May 24, 2015

FNO SF: Celebrate with Ali Golden & Two Birds

We’re teaming up with Noe Valley boutique Two Birds and San Francisco designer Ali Golden to celebrate San Francisco Fashion’s Night Out in true, independent style. Come hang with us, why don’t you? You’ll see Golden’s latest, score 10 percent off merch, hear beats from DJ Rye Toast and generally get loose. We promise.

Lady Pieces: Camilla Olson Fall ’11

Moving on from her Oscar moment last spring (she designed a gown worn to the event by James Franco’s mom), Bay Area designer Camilla Olson has populated her newly launched online shop with ladylike pieces for fall in neutral hues and eco-friendly fabrics.

The former Silicon Valley exec caught the attention of many earlier this year with her intricately constructed Identity line of dresses featuring delicate cage overlays and a spring collection of colorful, ready-to-wear tops, sheathe dresses and scarves that owe their noteworthy hues and unique patterns to a low-impact, environmentally-friendly iron-printing technique developed in Olson’s studio.

For fall, Olson continues her emphasis on classic shapes and silhouettes with a boatneck top, pencil skirt, cropped trench and high-waist trouser, but ushers in a newly muted palette of navy, lavender and putty. And while her collection ($450-$2,000) remains firmly planted in luxury territory, cage-inspired details on several pieces bring her higher-priced Identity line’s defining characteristic closer to purchasing reality for the masses.

Want to view Olson’s work in person? Pop into the Four Seasons Silicon Valley, where you’ll find her designs on display and featured during upcoming events such as the hotel’s Fashion’s Night Out celebration on Sept. 8.

Photography courtesy of Camilla Olson

This Weekend: A Great Cause, Stylish Folks + Free Giants Tix

Our friends over at Johnny Bueno Salon are participating in the 10th Annual Strike Out Violence Day this weekend at AT&T Park.

Volunteers will be selling $1 raffle tickets to raise money for La Casa de las Madres, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence. It’s a chance to help a great organization, hang out with some great people and see the Giants for free.

If you’re interested in volunteering for this event, you can email orĀ

Runway Recap: The Collection

Inside the tony surroundings of the British Motor Car venue, The Collection drew a dedicated crew of attendees last Saturday night to view the latest from San Francisco designers Daniel Sudar, Hector Manuel of Acta Non Verba and Joseph Domingo.

Produced by the San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Network, three runway shows ranged from the tailored suits of Daniel Sudar to Acta Non Verba’s contemporary women’s apparel and brightly-hued swimwear, cocktail dresses, handbags and formal gowns from Joseph Domingo.

Below, a few choice shots from the trio of San Francisco fashion shows:

A three-piece, leather-accented suit by Daniel Sudar

Classic playboy style is on the move in this look by Daniel Sudar

Designer Daniel Sudar (bottom, left) and models

A dramatic silhouette in basic black and crisp white from Acta Non Verba

A sheer skirt brings interest to a flowing gown by Acta Non Verba

Designer Hector Manuel with model

Swimwear for men and women kicked off Joseph Domingo's show.

Vibrant hues, soft textures and geometric patterns defined the collection from Joseph Domingo.

Bright blue lines add definition to a strapless mini.

Designers (left to right) Joseph Domingo, Hector Manuel and Daniel Sudar.

Photography courtesy Warren Difranco for After 5 Media

The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events Aug. 29-Sept. 5

Inside new Pacific Heights boutique Curve

With a holiday weekend looming large, Burning Man in full swing and Fashion Week just around the corner, it’s a quieter week than most on the San Francisco fashion scene. But there are still stylish adventures to be had in the coming days, including a new boutique opening, a trunk show and the launch of an independent fashion line. You’ll find the details on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.

  • Fans of luxe labels will embrace the opening of Curve, whose San Francisco location is now open in Pacific Heights. The upscale shop that owner Nevena Borissova first launched in Los Angeles in 1997 arrives in one of the City’s toniest shopping neighborhoods with racks boasting labels such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry Prorsum, Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, Balmain, Christopher Kane and Gareth Pugh.
  • On Sunday, say no to short-sleeve farmer’s tans and hello to margaritas during the launch party at Sui Generis for new men’s tank top line Cute Tank.
  • Also on Sunday, head east for Convert’s Prairie Underground Trunk Show to sample the label’s looks for fall and take advantage of wardrobe tips from an on-site stylist. Grade school-themed treats (think PB&J cupcakes and spiked “Capri-in-the-Sun” bevs) will be on tap. Continuing the back-to-school theme, post a pic of yourself from your formative years on the Berkeley shop’s Facebook wall, and you could win a piece from the Prairie Underground fall collection – the shot with the most “likes” wins.
  • And although it should go without saying, the most fashionable thing you can do this week: enjoy summer’s last long weekend.

You can find details on all of these events and more happening this week on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.

Photography courtesy of Curve