September 2, 2014

Quick News: Modify Watches Goes Giant

Quick news: San Francisco-based wrist wear brand Modify Watches has launched a collection inspired by our precious Giants just in time for the Playoffs. The fun, affordable watches come in signature Giants colors: orange, black and white. Each features plate options from top players, including Tim Linceum and Brian Wilson, among others.

The quirky watches are available on the brand’s website.

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Runway Recap: SFFW 2012 Couture & Avant Garde

The final night of San Francisco Fashion Week 2012 featured designers with collections considered to be either couture or avant garde.

While the first two nights of San Francisco Fashion Week runway shows focused on emerging designers and ready-to-wear collections, the final night challenged the audience to see things differently by featuring labels considered either couture or avant garde in their aesthetic. Read on for our favorites from the show.

La Bete, a rebellious and sexy collection from Jennifer Ly, jump-started the evening with models artfully clad in gold chain head pieces and sometimes floor grazing, dramatic hooded garments that brought a certain ‘bad girl’ edge to the garments otherwise pleasantly ethereal silhouettes.

The spirit of couture was alive and well in Artful Gentleman‘s sleek custom menswear: done in sharp blues and plums, pieces were both bold, yet sophisticated and displayed high quality tailoring. Also eye-catching was the knitwear of Scott Ian Mcfarland, whose sweaters, tops, leggings and accessories for men and women were undeniably cozy and inviting to look at, but inventively avant garde in their patterns, textures and overall styling.

Below, some top shots from the night’s presentations. You can view the entire album on Facebook.

La Bete by Jennifer Ly

La Bete by Jennifer Ly

Artful Gentleman

Artful Gentleman

Artful Gentleman

Keneuoe

Keneuoe

Van Der Neer: The 11th Dimension

Van Der Neer: The 11th Dimension

Scott Ian McFarland

Scott Ian McFarland

Camelia Skikos

Camelia Skikos

Photography by Jennymay Villarete

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Runway Recap: SFFW 2012 Ready To Wear

The second night of San Francisco Fashion Week runway shows featured ready-to-wear collections from a variety of local designers.

When the San Francisco Fashion Week Ready to Wear fashion show began, the prevailing vibe in the room for the second runway presentation in a week-long series of events celebrating local fashion was relaxed yet refined. While typical spring show runways are filled with floral prints and sandals, our City’s have layers and rich printed fabrics. Each collection seemed ready to outfit every kind of San Franciscan. Read on for our favorites from the show.

Show opener Alyssa Nicole displayed a fun and versatile collection. The talented, young designer was able to manipulate the houndstooth-esque fabric she had imported from France into multiple silhouettes that included a one-shouldered dress with flowy sleeves and an ultra structured collared dress. To really add interest, she utilized trendy silhouettes such peplum dresses and high-low skirts. When I caught up with Alyssa Nicole designer Alyssa Cesares, she told me the seeds of the collection were planted with inspiration from Christian Dior and the design of the silhouettes.

Other stand out collections came from R State and Mere. While R State impressed with leather jackets perfect for San Francisco fog, Mere presented modern sportswear with a retro appeal characterized by eco-friendly hemp based fabrics complemented by a palette of crisp white and gray.

The event featured sponsorship from various tech companies, another detail that added to the distinctly San Francisco feel.  The audience, which was made mostly of the San Francisco fashion community, supporters, friends and family of designers and models, was fully engaged, and the smiles on the faces in the crowd seemed proof that the night’s show packed in enough style to suit our City.

A few images from the show are below. Check out our SFFW 2012 Facebook album for more.

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Photography by Jennymay Villarete for SF Indie Fashion

Knit Wits: Scott Ian McFarland’s Cozy Collection

Part of San Francisco Fashion Week, the cozy knits of local designer and AAU alum Scott Ian McFarland paired easygoing wearability with eye-catching patterns and varied textures. Our contributing photographer Jennymay Villarete snapped a few choice looks from the cozy collection during the designer’s Fashion Week preview in SoMa last week.

Below, a few of our favorite shots. Want more? View the entire album on Facebook.

Photography by Jennymay Villarete

JLD Jewelry Collection Launches

Oakland furniture designer Jason Lees has launched his first jewelry collection made using the same materials and aesthetic present in his handcrafted pieces for the home and inspired by minimalist sculpture, Japanese design, African tribal art and California mid-century modern craft. With a long track record of producing high quality goods in the Bay Area, Lees has serious ties to the local maker scene: he’s married to SFMade champion Janet Lees.

Available in his online shop, the JLD Jewelry Collection relies on chunky shapes revved up with blocks of color and hung on leather cords. Several could easily be worn by guys or gals, and we could see dressing several styles up by replacing the leather with a silver or gold chain of your choice.

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