May 22, 2015

Oh-So Stellar Recap: 3rd Annual San Francisco Fashion Awards

While Tinseltown honored the best of small screen at the end of last month, San Francisco had an awards ceremony of its own in the form of Stellar: San Francisco Fashion Awards, an annual show now in its 3rd year [Read more...]

Hey, Big Spender: Zivity Striptease Fashion Show & Charity Auction

Generally, I attend a runway show to see a designer’s new collection. Ironically, last Friday’s Zivity Striptease Fashion Show & Charity Auction presentation was billed as much for the clothes and accessories as it was for what was not-so-coyly hidden underneath. [Read more...]

What Went Down: Barlow Trunk Show

Hayes Valley’s Azalea boutique hosted a trunk show for LA-based design team Molly Girard Coonan and Alice Barlow this past Saturday. For its first collaboration with the San Francisco shop, Barlow presented a 13-piece pre-fall capsule collection, inspired by the Mexican wrestling phenomenon Lucha Libre. Standout pieces from the range were a cutout tank, lace chino pants, asymmetrical cardigan and hooded moto leather jacket.

“We’re tomboys at heart. We wanted to create clothes that were comfortable, but that we’d still feel sexy in. We wanted to wear the boys’ clothing, but still make out with the boys,” designer Alice Barlow said of her menswear-inspired collection ($99-$999).

For Barlow, Azalea was a logical fit for a San Francisco trunk show.

“It’s my favorite store in San Francisco! The vibe fits in perfectly with our line and I love the girls who work here,” she said.

At the Hayes Valley shop, the floor feels like a collection of vignettes in a gallery setting, with menswear to the right, womenswear to the left, jewelry cases near the front and an alcove of beauty and skincare tucked away towards the back with a cleverly displayed assortment of denim. Popular lines include: James Perse, Shipley & Halmos, Elizabeth & James, Velvet, Eryn Brinie, and Helmut Lang.

“The Barlow collection fits in well with the other Los Angeles and New York designers we carry,” noted boutique manager Lesley Tanaka. “Because of our location, the Azalea customer is somewhat of a cross-section. We’ve adjusted our buying accordingly, with a good blend of high and low layering basics at prices ranging from $20 to $1,000.”

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