October 21, 2014

Spring Fling: Christopher Collins Spring ’10 Arrives

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If there’s one thing that puts a spring in our steps, it’s lovely fashion from local designers. The latest example to cross our radar: the spring 2010 collection from Christopher Collins. Newly arrived at the San Francisco designer’s Sutter Street boutique, the collection of skirts, tops, dresses and jackets for women ranges from feminine silhouettes with subtle retro touches to thoroughly modern pieces ready for everyday wear.

Want to peruse the collection in person? You’re in luck. New spring 2010 arrivals will be the guests of honor tomorrow evening during a party at the boutique. Stop by 1116 Sutter St. on Thursday between 5 and 9 p.m. for wine and bubbly, shopping deals and fun extras such as eyebrow waxing and consultations from a Di Pietro Todd colorist.

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Good Looks: Spring Comes Early to Golden Gate Park

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While we’re waiting for spring to come along and brighten up our days, what better to tide us over than a showcase of spring 2010 looks from San Francisco designers? We have just that from local fashion and beauty photographer Liz Caruana, who produced this shoot featuring choice pieces from the spring collections of Christopher Collins, Dylan Perrigo, odileodette and Joy Vintage.

“I’ve been going to San Francisco independent events for a long time trying to suss out who is trying to do good work in the San Francisco fashion industry, and I really found pieces and designers that are accessible to everyone,” Caruana tells us.

Set in Golden Gate Park (while a wedding was in full swing just a few feet away), the shoot features an all-local cast and crew, including styling by Mary Dyann Kees and hair and makeup by Tacha Scott. On model Phebe Standley, the looks you see are Caruana’s own interpretation of spring trends spotted on the runways last fall, among them nude and beige hues, big prints and gold accents.

“I think it’s really important to support the local industry, it’s not going to go anywhere unless you’re supporting them,” says Caruana.

We concur. Now feast your eyes on what’s ahead for spring.

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From top: purple dress, Christopher Collins; cape, Dylan Perrigo; lace dress, Christopher Collins; long dress, Dylan Perrigo; shirt, Christopher Collins; headpiece, Joy Vintage; striped dress, odileodette; gloves, Joy Vintage; blue dress, Joy Vintage; in remaining close-up shots, headpieces by Joy Vintage.

Credits: All photography by Liz Caruana. Styling by Mary Dyann Kees. Hair and Makeup by Tacha Scott. Modeling by Phebe Standley of Passport Models.

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Flake Factor: Fashion Network’s Snow Show

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On Saturday, we saw spied quite a rare San Francisco sight: snow. As we watched models donning looks from local designers such as Christopher Collins, Verrieres & Sako, Joseph Domingo, Bacca Da Silva, Dcepcion and Colleen Quen saunter down the center of newly-opened Pigment Cosmetics, white flakes flurried around the party’s entryway. And even though we knew they weren’t real, we marveled all the same. How often do you get to see snow on Market Street, even if it is fake?

The fun of flakes was hardly the only special effect at the inaugural event of the San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Network, founded by designer Joseph Domingo. Almost every guest at the event wore head-to-toe white and every look sent down the center aisle by the participating designers embraced the evening’s chosen hue. There were also cute-as-can-be mini cupcakes iced in white waiting around every turn in the predominately white-washed space.

After the show, which ended with each designer taking a turn before the crowd with models in signature looks, we were happy to find many of the designers chatting with guests and generally making merry (more than a few air kisses were blown and glasses of Chardonnay raised high) as the party continued into the night.

[Photos: Clockwise from top, looks by Bacca Da Silva, Joseph Domingo and Verrieres & Sako]

And a few more images, courtesy of Pigment Cosmetics:

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2 Days to Save at Christopher Collins

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A holiday sale kicks off tomorrow at the Christopher Collins boutique on Sutter St. If you go, be sure to ask Christopher about Bella. We’re sure he’ll be happy to cluck about her….

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SF’s First Lady Dons Local Independent Designers

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We were pleased as punch to get a sneak peek at the Bare Magazine December photo shoot with San Francisco First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom and even more so when we glimpsed the work of local designers featured prominently not only within the shoot, but on the magazine’s cover. That delicious poppy-hued dress Siebel’s wearing on the cover comes from the Christopher Collins spring 2010 collection.

“Our idea for this season was to put it on and walk out the door,” Collins told us when we asked him about the line during a recent phone chat.

Also featured in the shoot were pieces from Colleen Quen and footwear from Pacific Heights’ HeidiSays Shoes.

Along with a photo shoot in the Fairmont Heritage Place at Ghirardelli Square, the UC Berkeley publication dishes on Newsom’s relationship with the Gav and her everyday fashion choices.

See it for yourself when the issue drops next week.

[Photography: Erika Veliz]