Category

style

style

a night of fashion life

M4

Zebras, antelope, and catwalks: amidst taxidermy wildlife in the African Hall, models prowled down a snowy AstroTurf runway at the California Academy of Sciences’ Fashion Forward Nightlife. An intermittent lion soundtrack roared as the doors opened for the 2nd annual show, unleashing a buzzing, cocktail-swilling crowd into the room. Eager to glimpse the latest collections from local designers, the audience packed the space from wall to wall and lay in wait as a succession of bold San Francisco style soon hit the stage.

Sara Shepherd began the night with an array of slim-fit models exuding polish and panache. A subtle edge of color-blocking and a coolness ruled the collection, transitioning starkly into Ken Chen’s dark, sultry coats and gowns with geometric detailing. Daniel Chimowitz crafted painterly punk jackets and dresses with layers of color and pattern, forming an aesthetic all his own. To contrast Chimowitz’ fresh, free spirit, Lan Jaenicke brought a tailored, business vibe to the runway with menswear-inspired garments and classic coats. For the penultimate designer’s collection, Camelia Skikos unleashed a whirlwind of neon modernity with a slew of structured and loose garments that sparked the audience’s attention, revving them up for the grand finale.

Lucien Shapiro’s hodgepodge masks criticizing consumer culture wrapped up the show, questioning contemporary notions of identity and turning brand loyalty on its head. In a final act of defiance, an antlered mask with burning tea lights was sent down the stage against security’s wishes, dripping wax dangerously close to audience members’ legs and singing the Astroturf in its wake. The intense tension of Shapiro’s final look erupted throughout the crowd in applause, sending attendees into the evening with swimming minds and stylish thoughts.

Continue reading

style

datter does it right

modeandthelikedatter1

While browsing one of my favorite blogs Miss Moss the other day, I stumbled upon a beautiful line of jewelry by the brand Datter Industries. Currently located in London, illustrator Kaye Blegvad handmakes all her precious pins, rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces, and is inspired by “ancient artefacts, talismans, ritual, the occult, weaponry, and the natural world.” I’m obsessed already. Datter’s hand amulet necklace is to die for, and I can’t wait to see what whimsical creations Blegvad dreams up next.

Continue reading

style

sunshine, shades & soul

There’s something special about the light in California, the way it seems to radiate effortlessly, evoking quintessential Golden State visions of quiet suburbs, heatstroke highways, and sandy beaches lined with lonely palms. Seasonal transitions are subtle when it comes to sunlight, and the severe winter glare that plagues many a foggy San Francisco day has finally begun to simmer into a warm, pre-summer blaze.

Sunglasses are a must in California, if not for function, then for pure flair. Even though my collection of shades is fairly diverse, I’m always on the hunt for a new pair to stand out among the sea of Ray Bans. This morning, when I came across Wild Soul, their collection of specs hit the spot, so much that they stirred me from my blogging slump. And here I am!

Continue reading

style

gone glam

On Friday I attended Glamorama for the second year in a row, and I’m excited to announce that today my article about it was published on Fashion School Daily. It was a great night and I’m so glad it benefits HIV/AIDS charities Project Open Hand, Glide, and the AIDS Emergency Fund. This year the theme was “The British Invasion,” carried throughout the fashion show with covers of classic songs by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, as well as with images of beautiful English estates and interiors. Pieces from Nicole Richie for Impulse and Bar III tied for my favorites, but Calvin Klein‘s ivory gown flowed with ease and grace.

To see more fall looks and read about the Macy’s Passport event, click here.

(Photos, property of Mode and the Like)

Continue reading
style

wrapped and ready

In response to the chilly winds and heavy fog we’ve been seeing in the city, I’ve fallen in love with Louisa Parris‘ color-blocked scarves. Inspired by the Bay Area and named after SF staples—you’re looking at the Noe 😉 (top) and Church (bottom)—Parris’ scarves consist of bold palettes that would complement neutrals, bright solids, and small-scale patterns. In the midst of all the gloom, you can bundle up and lift your spirits with the pop these beauties impart. The large swath of fabric allows you to get creative and use them as wraps, turbans, or whatever else your heart desires. I dream of matching either style with a black princess coat, dark wash denim, and a pair of suede platform pumps.

(Photos, via Louisa Parris)

Continue reading