Fashion

Watching models eat: On and off-runway shots at NY Fashion Week

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"New York inspires me to be more ambitious and to push my work to higher levels," reflected Academy of Art University shutterbug Aldo Carrera on his recent trip to document his school's Fashion Week runway collections.

"I also love watching models eat."

Truly, that most elusive of NYFW moments. Read more »

Pressure, two ways: Academy of Art and Project Runway at NY Fashion Week

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While hyperbolic coverage of what many news pundits called the ‘storm of the year’ raged across the Tri-State area, Manhattan’s would-be-mammoth blizzard arrived in the Big Apple as a pint-sized flurry that the Weather Channel dubbed Nemo. Nemo did little to deter the stilettoed, snow-shoeing pack of fashion-forward who started the morning of Feb. 8 filing into the tents at Lincoln Center for New York Fashion Week hullabaloo around 6 am.

This is the world of fashion, where a steel backbone is required. Plus, “this is New York, we have noreasters," said a publicist with whom I scored post-show beers. "This is not a some kind of apocalypse blizzard. This is a snow storm. Put on your big girl boots and get over it.” Read more »

Super Bowl losers, fan fashion winners

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Wandering around Polk Street before the Super Bowl on Sunday, I was seeing red -- but not from stray elbows or overserved sports boors. Team-inspired fashion is usually a pretty simple affair: a hat, a T-shirt with a logo, maybe a jacket. But this is San Francisco, where we don't do common and the Niners' presence in the Super Bowl was one more excuse for residents to show off their flair for dramatic costuming.Read more »

Buy me love

Locally-made gifts for your boo (or you)

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN You are welcome to spend Valentine's Day as I will this year: corralled onto a dark dancefloor with 200 similar atheists in the face of the love goddess. But as many of you will be happily celebrating with partners (hiss!), I've assembled this four-pack of completely locally-made Valentine's Day gifts. You're welcome (pfft.)Read more »

Bay Area fashion set celebrates release of Liz Caruana's photo book

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Photographer Liz Caruana has put Bay Area fashion designers on the other side of the lens – and they look pretty damn good. Select photographs Caruana shot for her new book, The Bay: Creators of Style were unveiled last Friday at the book launch and opening reception for her solo exhibit at Valencia Street’s Carte Blanche Gallery, on display through Feb. 13.Read more »

Noir Faze

Two local streetwear labels come up with distinct fashion philosophies 

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN While larger clothing companies are free to define their brand through glossy print campaigns and billboards staring out impassively over downtown shoppers, the little guys look elsewhere to establish identity.Read more »

Denim legends and stained glass socks

Japan blows your mind, via the family-run boutique Cotton Sheep

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN First, I saw the socks. Half sheer, half solid, the pair's blue rose design made me flash on stained glass cathedral. Like a sock-crazed zombie, I turned on my heels and entered the most unassuming, unmarked shop on Hayes Valley's row of quirky boutiques and designer collections.Read more »

Dapper down

Tomboy Tailors opens up the first genderqueer menswear shop in the country

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caitlin@sfbg.com

CAREERS AND ED When Ford Models announced that its newest menswear model was a woman — Olympic swimmer and New York artist Casey Legler — in the same month that Yves Saint Laurent chose Saskia de Brauw as the face of its spring-summer 2013 menswear collection, it became clear that men's fashion was opening itself to the fact that not all people who wear suits and sport rugged looks are male-identified.Read more »

Art Basel diary: Air-kissing South Beach on day one

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Caitlin Donohue does South Beach during the country's most excessive week of art. Check out her other Basel 2012 posts here

Faced with a daunting calendar, we went straight to the belly of the Art Basel beast on our first day in Miami: South Beach. The centerpiece of this belly, of course, is Art Basel -- "Art Basel proper," as one must call it during a week with over 20 satellite fairs in orbit around the main event. Read more »

Icy hot looks

Get fierce with winter fashion -- club-ready stunners and wet weather must-haves from local stores

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STREET SEEN Our stylist for this week's "Icy Hot" photoshoot Dick Van Dick was a little twerked from the party scene the night before, but in order to properly express the fashion aesthetic of his Arcam style collective, he was good enough to indulge me with a single quote.

"I believe in the power of the retrospective fashion sense," the Bay Area native texted me. "Nothing new ever happens. Recycle, reuse, resell." Read: vintage couture, the eternal refuge of the low budget club kid.Read more »