May 30, 2015

SF Street Style: Spring in the City

Spring is in the air! Meaning park fashion at its peak. It seems like half the city is migrating to Dolores Park these days for some serious chilling out a la music, friends, a few cold bevs and maybe some Bi-Rite ice cream thrown in there. Check out the fashionable friends we found paired up and trolling the streets in and around Dolores Park on a recent weekend day:

Jaz & Erica

Spotted: Photographers on their way from work to park transition.

What is the best thing about spring in the city?

Jaz: My favorite part about spring is usually the rain…..I do enjoy bringing out the light and bright colors to wear. 

Erica: The best part of spring is the variety. Sometimes I wear one thing, but it’s easy to layer, and I can wear all of my wardrobe. 

Allison & Toni

Spotted: Heading to pick up burritos on 16th Street.

Allison wears Lush studded-neck blouse, vintage skirt, Doc Marten boots.

Toni wears Calvin Klein shirt, Levi’s jeans, Chie Mahari shoes.

Erin & Maura

 Spotted: 1970s & 1950s inspired looks trekking thru the masses en route to meet friends.

What is your favorite thing to do when it’s this hot?

Erin & Maura: We love to bring our dog to Dolores Park.

Photography by Sara Iravani

Pretty Up: Scorpion Sisters’ Upcycled Jewelry & Home Designs

Born and bred San Franciscan Michelle Threadgould and her aunt Margarita Lopez come together as the beautiful minds behind local furniture and jewelry line Scorpion Sisters. Inspired by imperfection, the Scorpion Sisters give new life to reclaimed materials by turning them into jewelry, art and furniture designs that are fast becoming a must-haves among Bay Area fans of upcycled luxuries.

Star shaped vintage rhinestone pin necklace, $180.

Chevron rhinestone pin necklace, $115

Antique pin necklace featuring chains and leatherwork, $115.

Designer Michelle Threadgould wearing her own designs as she displays a piece she recently created.

What inspired you to start Scorpion Sisters?

I come from a costume design background. Dreaming up new worlds through design is what I love. Margarita was a visual merchandiser and designed window displays for twenty five years. The two of us like to tell stories through our designs.

We were looking for creative alternatives to our day jobs, and one evening, walking along Embarcadero, we discussed what it would be like to run our own business. My aunt loves live edge wood, and had once made a table out of a beautiful piece that she found at the flea market. So we began going to flea markets, salvage yards and eco-sourced lumber yards and making tables.

Shortly thereafter, I remembered that my aunt used to make beautiful pieces of jewelry as a hobby, and the two of us took the same idea of using reclaimed and upcycled materials as our base. We liked the idea of making jewelry that was one-of-a-kind and asymmetrical as a way to express individuality and to give a special touch to our designs.

You often use recycled materials. Can you let us in on where you find them?

Sixty percent of our materials are reclaimed or eco-sourced. We often find vintage or broken pieces of jewelry at flea markets, thrift stores and estates sales and then we redesign the jewelry, adding crystals, feathers, African beads or whatever new materials inspire us.

What makes your brand and aesthetic distinct and unique?

Both of us are inspired by imperfect things. We like the idea of giving an old item new life and restoring its original beauty. But we do more than that. We give our jewelry an artistic and modern edge with a handmade feel.

This living room setting features the Fleur de Lys-shaped English Walnut Table made of live-edge wood and reclaimed metal legs.

The sisters successfully incorporate unconventional elements into their furniture. Featured is a white wooden plank table with leather stitching.

Obsessed with the Scorpion Sisters yet? Check out their full collection online at To purchase jewelry, visit their etsy shop.

Photography courtesy  of  Scorpion Sisters

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Femme Cartel Seeks Fashion Sketches for Upcoming Art Show

Fierce, female Bay Area-based art collective Femme Cartel is seeking fashion illustration submissions for its upcoming show at Public Works, and you’ve got until April 22 to submit your work. These artistic ladies aim to include local talent and are looking for artists with a series of high quality illustrations or drawings focused on fashion design and or personal style. Bonus points for submissions that highlight diversity, including plus size, women of color, tattoos and sub-cultures.

Don’t miss out on your chance to take part in an exciting show, which will highlight the growing convergence of art and fashion by celebrating fashion illustration as an artistic form in its own right. Get a better idea of what Femme Cartel’s looking for on Pinterest and read on for the submission details.

1. ART WORK: Email with a link to your website or online portfolio.

2. HANGING: Artwork must be gallery-ready: all pieces from the same artist must be in matching frames.

SHOW: July 19 2012-August 6 2012

GALLERY: Public Works SF

CURATORS: Emily Howe & Christina Bohn of Femme Cartel

Snap Judgment: Ragabond High-Low Hemline Dress

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: Prepare yourself for an afternoon in the park with this  green high-low dress, $58, refashioned by the vintage and upcycled fashion collectors of Ragabond, whose etsy shop is stocked with re-fashioned floral frocks, tribal prints and sheer vintage maxi dresses.

Photography courtesy of Ragabond

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Runway Recap: Bossini Fashion Show

Front row before the show.

Guests donned colorful, inventive dresses for the Bossini Fashion show.

A guest gets snapped wearing a one-of-a-kind Mugler design.

Guests enjoyed champagne and light bites while a live band kicked off the festivities.

A model poses at the end of the runway while the cameras look on.

iPhones may have been the evening's most popular accessory, especially among those in the front row.

Silicon Valley store Bossini of Santa Clara‘s sold-out fashion show at San Francisco’s Regency Center drew over 400 Bay Area fashion fans, designers, bloggers, industry players and a slew of photographers out to view  apparel by Versace, Mugler and others to raise funds for Breast Cancer Action.

“We are showing some never-before-seen pieces from Lady Gaga favorite, Mugler, and Versace, their past year’s 2012 collections. People have flown in from all over the U.S. and even London to see this show,” explained event producer and Melange Production CEO Nick Navarro, as he escorted groups of Versace-clad women to their seats.

From the beginning the event, which counted Versace and Mugler executives among its guests, Bossini teamed up with  t.used Versace, Mugler, Zanella, Gimo’s, TORRAS and Eton raise money for and celebrate the launch of their new collections of luxury womenswear.

Models walked the runway, first in casual daytime looks. Evening apparel followed. Among the evening’s most successful looks were print dresses from the Versace Spring/Summer 2012 Collection. After the show, DJ River kept the party going until late into the night, as lingerers enjoyed bites of desserts and mingled with photographers snapping shots of fashionable attendees.

Below, more pics from the runway:

Versace Collection SS 2012

Versace Collection Spring/Summer 2012

Versace Collection Spring/Summer 2012

Versace Collection Spring/Summer 2012

Versace Collection SS2012

Versace Collection Spring/Summer 2012

Versace Collection Spring/Summer 2012

Versace Collection Spring/Summer 2012

Versace Collection Spring/Summer 2012

Versace Collection Spring/Summer 2012


Mugler Womenswear

Photography by Briana Tovey (images 1-6) & Wayne Serrano (remaining images)