October 31, 2014

Snap Judgment: Daughters of Simone Lola Custom Lace Wedding Gown

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: Here comes the bride, all decked in lace thanks the custom-order Lola gown, $1,100, by San Francisco’s Daughters of Simone. Part of the label’s latest Vintage Inspired collection, the floor length crochet lace dress delivers retro style with a modern cut and can be customized to your liking.

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Snap Judgment: Summer Blue Pearl & Flower Statement Necklace

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: a romantic statement necklace with turquoise blue beads and a delicate fabric flower, $22.00, handmade and crafted by San Francisco’s Snobish Design, a local maker of affordable modern, bridal and custom accessories capable of complementing a summer dress anywhere from a backyard BBQ to a night out with that special someone.

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2 San Francisco Wedding Shopping Opps for Indie Designs

Love must be in the air this week. A pair of wedding shopping events taking place in San Francisco this week means chances to find wedding jewelry and engagement rings, wedding dresses, tuxedos and lots of gift ideas by local and independent artists and designers.

First up, the 10-day Summer of Love event from Gallery of Jewels kicks off this week and showcases complete bridal jewelry collections from over 15 independent designers. Come the weekend, the historic Firehouse 8 building in Russian Hill puts on I Do: A Curated Shopping Party featuring local designers, who’ll be showcasing wedding dresses, tuxedos, jewelry and gifts for brides, grooms and guests.

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Betabrand Makes a Play for the Ladies

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San Francisco’s Betabrand, maker of such quirkily appealing apparel for men as the Sweatpant Dresspant, is making a play for the ladies. Debuting this week, the first item in its burgeoning women’s collection continues the label’s because-we-can approach to fashion with the Elope Dress, a little lace number just as ready for quick and easy matrimony as it is beat up boots and a denim jacket.

While the premise is one with no shortage of marketing appeal, this dress has serious potential for the wedding-bound and otherwise. A low price point (in the wedding realm at least) of $170, multiple sashes for changing up the look and details like a keyhole back make the dress practical and versatile, while the lace fabric and short length bring both a touch of vintage and modern edge.

More Betabrand women’s items are in the works, including a reversible skirt, casual short-sleeve top and a dress. Each is slated to arrive later this spring, and you can sign up in advance for an alert once they’re in-store (not a bad move, considering Betabrand’s more popular styles often sell out quickly).

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Aisle Style: Third Culture Jewelry Launches Wedding Collection

The new wedding collection from Third Culture Jewelry

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue—heeding the age-old chant can easily leave a bride steeped in tradition and an off-putting assortment of accessories. Thankfully, the new wedding line from Third Culture Jewelry is here to stylishly cover the bases – and then some.

Combining vintage rhinestones, mixed metals and the occasional hint of blue, the latest from this San Francisco jewelry line continues designer Kate Gray’s fondness for Art Deco shapes and the contrast that results from juxtaposing old and new. The result is an extensive array of special occasion pieces with vintage-meets-modern appeal.

“[The collection is] for brides to get something different and show their individual style,” Gray explains.

Prices range from $120 to $345 for gold chain earrings, pearl necklaces accented with vintage brooches and bracelets with 1930’s rhinestones.

This is the fourth line from Gray, whose SF Love collection features jewelry inspired by San Francisco places. She also offers one-of-a-kind pieces and, earlier this year, released a Spring/Summer 2011 collection inspired by the many places she’s called home (Spain, Israel, Russia, England, to name a few).

For the latest from Gray, you’ll find her blogging here and tweeting here.

The Patricia necklace mixes vintage brooches with silver and gunmetal chains.

A narrow line of blue bling punctuates the 1930's-era rhinestone Stephanie pendant.

The Olga earrings feature gold-filled hoops hung with blue and white rhinestones sourced from a vintage 1930's necklace.

The Nikki earrings

Designer Kate Gray of Third Culture Jewelry wears her piece inspired by Dolores Park.

Photography courtesy of Third Culture Jewelry

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