May 25, 2015

Nails, Hair, Fashion: KaoVey’s Romantically Wired

A collision of local fashion, nail art, makeup madness and styling talent sums up the Romantically Wired editorial photo shoot from the FiDi’s Salon KaoVey. With avant garde nail creations courtesy of Wild Orchid Nails Studio’s Sindy Mark, fashion by Justin Jamison and Lana Shapiro’s makeup, the result is a heady mix of urban edge, fantasy and real grit.

Credits: Creative Director/Hair Artist, Kao Vey Saephanh of Salon KaoVey; Director/Nail Specialist, Sindy Mark of Wild Orchid Nails Studio; Photographer, Haleigh Tevini; Designer, Justin Jamison; Makeup Artist, Lana Shapiro; Wardrobe Stylist, Alex Floro; Models, Kao Vey Saephanh, Christina Louis, Sindy Mark, Justin Jamison, Lana Shapiro, Alex Floro and Haleigh Tevini at Salon KaoVey.

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Fall Looks from Saffron Rare Threads (+Q&A with Priya)

The Diya dress is flirty and feminine, but as comfy as a pair of sweats.

The versatile Eila dress features a figure flattering Chevron pattern.

The Palika trench offers a short take on a classic silhouette.

Fresh out with its fall collection and busy planning a fall cocktail party and fashion show to be held in San Francisco next week, Saffron Rare Threads is continuing to build on its rep as a Financial District haven for women seeking polished, professional, yet original apparel that’s made in San Francisco. We caught up with longtime local designer Priya Saraswati to discuss her label, inspired by the world’s most coveted spice.

Tell us about the fall collection photo shoot. Where was it shot and why did you choose the location? I wanted the San Francisco couple with a cute guy, very in love and very urban. When my photographer Billy Winters was previewing the collection, he saw the fabrics and decided on North Beach.

You’ve been designing your line since 2004. How has being in San Francisco helped develop the aesthetic of Saffon Rare Threads over the years? It has mostly influenced things like fabric choices or silhouettes. For example, we sold maxi dresses with sleeves this summer because there aren’t many opportunities here to wear a sun dress. Instead of doing long, wool coats, we’ll do a shorter, herringbone trench because it speaks more to our customer.

Speaking of your customer, how would you describe the Saffron Rare Threads woman? Our customer is (usually) a working professional woman, working moms, women who do not have a lot of time to go shopping. We have a personal relationship with our customers. Even on our buying trips, we have customers in mind. We’ll wonder about taking a chance on something and then list six customers off the top of our heads that would be into the style.

How has the brand changed and progressed over the years? When I first started out, I was doing really “matchy-matchy” suits and now that has turned into a cute pair of shorts and a matching vest that a girl will wear with tights, booties and a little chunky sweater. People are dressing more casually, and we have to accomodate that.

Any favorite pieces from the fall collection? The Eila dress is just a great piece. It’s a great print and will just work well on every body type. We carry sizes from XS to XL. I fit myself (an extra small), and we just go up from there. We want every customer to feel there is something here for them.

Want to see it for yourself? Stop by Saffron Rare Threads on Friday October 19th for the label’s fall cocktail party and fashion show. Check out the SF Indie Fashion Calendar for more info.

Photography by Billy Winters for Saffron Rare Threads

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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



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