May 22, 2015

How to Rock Local Gear at Outside Lands

What to Wear to Oustide Lands

San Francisco’s music event of the summer is here: Outside Lands is bringing awesome bands, performers and local food vendors to Golden Gate Park this weekend. Why not show off the best the city has to offer with a killer outfit built from locally-designed pieces?

Ladies, try staying warm in a cozy Micaela Greg sweater. Let your jewelry be fun and functional with a map necklace to keep you from getting lost and a watch to make sure you see your favorite sets on time. Gentlemen, take in the tunes in mocs from Taylor Stitch and keep the fog at bay with a jacket from local denim maker Tellason.

Check our list below to find the goods pictured above. Need something else for San Francisco’s (colder and foggier) version of Coachella? Head to BeGood Clothing, who’ll be hosting an Outside Lands sale on all the new shop’s festival-worthy gear.

Pictured above, from left the right:

San Francisco Map necklace, $24.

Micaela Greg Diamond Lace sweater, $308.

501 Original Fit Levi’s jeans, $78.

Taylor Stitch Red Patterned Chambray shirt, $125.

Convert + Jeffery Campbell Montauk sandal, $110.

Paolo Brown Buckle Ankle boots, $259.

Camilla Olson Silk-Chiffon Marigold scarf, $140.

Amour Vert Maxine Grey Stripes maxi dress, $114.

Ladies Steampunk Watch with Clockworks, $150.

Sarah Tejada Godfried bag, $176.

4sight unisex sunglasses, $49.

Young Love Outfitters Live Loud tote, $15.

Tellason Coverall jacket, $220.

Taylor Stitch Grey & Black California Bear Ballcap, $45.

Taylor Stitch Summer Linen Plaid shirt, $125.

Tellason Ankara Straight Leg jean, $198.

Green Chromexel Camp Moc (at Taylor Stitch), $230.

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Retrospective Smackdown: Jean Paul Gaultier vs. Cindy Sherman

For the moment, San Francisco has not one, but two must-see fashion-centric exhibitions on display. Jean Paul Gaultier’s edgy ensembles have taken over the deYoung Museum with The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, while Cindy Sherman’s variety of costume changes are gracing the galleries of SFMOMA in Cindy Sherman. We compare the exhibits blow-by-blow. Who will win this stylish smackdown? Read on to find out.

1. Volume: 

Over 140 ensembles of Gaultier’s are currently showcased, along with sketches, documents, photographs and even his first teddy bear. There are 150+ photographs of Sherman by Sherman on display in SFMOMA. But judging not by individual pieces, but based on the sheer size of the exhibitions, GAULTIER has Round 1 in the bag.

Gaultier’s “Galleon” headband. Photographed by Jennymay Villarete

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #92, 1981; chromogenic color print; 24 x 47 15/16″ (61 x 121.9 cm); The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Fellows of Photography Fund; © 2012 Cindy Sherman

2. Technology:

Gaultier worked closely with Montreal-based theatee company Ubu Compagnie de Création to produce lively projections of faces to bring mannequins to life (see photos). Also, the lighting of the exhibition transforms the galleries into more of a spectacle. However, Sherman relies on Photoshop alongside clothing, prosthetics and make-up to completely manipulate her image in every photograph. For using technology as part of the art, Round 2 goes to SHERMAN.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #193, 1989; chromogenic color print; 48 7/8 x 41 15/16″ (124.1 x 106.5 cm); courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York; © 2012 Cindy Sherman

Gaultier mannequin photographed by Jennymay Villarete

3. Tangibility:

Keep your hands in your pockets, ladies and gentlemen. Gaultier’s variety of textures and fabrics makes it hard to abide those “DO NOT TOUCH” signs. Even though Sherman’s photographs make you want to jump in and be a part of her creative process, they don’t have the same 3-D effect as the physical clothes themselves. Round 3’s winner is GAULTIER.

Gaultier ensemble photographed by Jennymay Villarete

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #512, 2011; chromogenic color print; 6′ 7 3/4″ x 11′ 4 7/8″ (202.6 x 347.6 cm); The Museum of Modern Art, New York, courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York; © 2012 Cindy Sherman

4. Exclusivity:

Both artists are celebrating their retrospective debuts with these traveling exhibitions. Plus, they both boast the appeal of showing “never before seen” items. Yet, Gaultier’s designs have graced many magazine pages, thanks to his runway shows, red carpets and celebrity collaborations (who doesn’t know Madonna and her cone bra?). Sherman’s acclaimed Untitled Film Stills series, owned by MoMA in New York City, has never been shown with all 69 photographs all together in one exhibition. Since it’s the first time you can see the entire series. And with that, SHERMAN wins Round 4.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #56, 1980; gelatin silver print; 6 3/8 x 9 7/16″ (16.2 x 24 cm); The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired through the generosity of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder in memory of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd; © 2012 Cindy Sherman

Gaultier’s first cone bra on his childhood teddy bear. Photographed by Jennymay Villarete

5. Social Commentary:

Both artists explore controversial and provocative topics relating to sexuality, diversity, and multiculturalism. Using clothing and styling, Gaultier and Sherman encourage viewers to consider various issues in the world on a broader spectrum. Looks like this one’s a TIE.

Gaultier bodysuit photographed by Jennymay Villarete.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #458, 2007-08; chromogenic color print; 6′ 5 3/8″ x 58 1/4″ (196.5 x 148 cm); courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York; © 2012 Cindy Sherman

DING DING DING! This smackdown crowns both Jean Paul Gaultier and Cindy Sherman as victors of this match. Did you really expect us to choose one of these intriguing artists over the other? As if. They both use fashion to articulate big ideas about our world and do so in aesthetically beautiful and interesting ways.  Not only did this result in a tie, but there’s a literal tie between the two: there’s a Cindy Sherman piece IN the Gaultier exhibition (see image below).

If you’re pressed for time, be sure to check out Gaultier’s work at the deYoung because it closes on August 19. Luckily, you still have a few months to get some face time with Cindy Sherman at SFMOMA, which closes on October 8.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #131, 1983; chromogenic color print; 7′ 10 3/4″ x 45 1/4″ (240.7 x 114.9 cm); courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York; © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Photography of “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier” by Jennymay Villarete.

Photography of “Cindy Sherman” courtesy of SFMOMA.

San Francisco Style Spotlight: Ellie Clark


Ellie's can't-miss-it look relies on bold accessories mixed with neutral black.


Ellie's must-read newspaper nails. Photo by Ellie Clark.


Sheer sleeves and an open neckline show off Ellie's ink.

Spotted: Photography student Ellie Clark, taking her 15-minute break from work in the Lower Haight.

What are you wearing tonight? Jeff Campbell black Lita’s, Motel Pierced Dress in black, Triangle plumped vintage doorknocker earrings.

How long have you lived in the city? I’m an SF native, 21 years in San Francisco.

Where did you get your tattoos done? Spider Murphy’s in San Rafael, Marin County. Paul Anthony Dobleman did them. He’s a beast. This parlor is known worldwide for its traditional style.

What about your hair? I usually let my friends do my hair. Once in a while at Aveda SF. I hair model for their hair tests at beauty school.

For better/for worse what has changed in San Francisco while you’ve lived here? The gentrification. Every neighborhood has lost its spunk. Most of my friends’ families that have lived here forever have to move to the East Bay because the rent has spiked so much.

I don’t want to have to choose crime vs. yuppies and bros. Fix the parks and the neighborhoods that need fixing, but don’t kick the neighborhood out. SF needs its natives.

I don’t like visiting the Mission and not having to order my food in Spanish. The difference between Mission Street and Valencia Street is uncanny. Where the fuck did all these bike and antique shops come from?

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Photography by Sara Iravani

SF Street Style: Dip-Dyes, Brights & Prints

Spring and early summer trends generally consist of floral, prints and bright colors being expunged from the back of our closets after the dreary days of winter. This season we’ve seen an explosion of pastels, a nostalgic return of Hawaiian prints and gradient dressing (i.e. wearing two different color blues in one outfit, or dip-dyed denims), to name a few. We spotted several San Franciscans strutting around town in this season’s brights, dip-dyes and prints:

Christina Pacelli wears an American Apparel bodysuit (underneath) & sheer black top, Rachel Roy shirt, Urban Outfitters shoes, and Marc by Marc Jacobs purse.

Spring Trend: Christina looks stunning in a 1920′s-inspired look. A drop waist skirt or pleating hint at the roaring era, and Christina’s skirt has both. A bright bag and lots of texture balance out the black.

Brad Thornton wears Old Navy polo shirt, Marni for H&M shorts, Polo by Ralph Lauren watch, sunglasses he picked up at a souvenir shop and L.A.M.B. shoes.

Spring Trend: Brad is busy coloring blocking in Golden Gate park. This stylish guy caught our eye with his bright yellow shorts.

Ines Almeida Alves wears Zara T-shirt, Forever 21 shorts, Zara boots, Mulberry satchel and Bimba & Lola sunglasses.

Spring Trend: Gradient dressing. Ines’s ultra-casual look includes two different hues of pink and shorts that incorporate a timeless San Francisco classic – tie dye.

Photography by Sara Iravani

Runway Recap: Black V 2012

Showcasing eight local designers, the Black V fashion show took place over the weekend. Originally produced to bring the San Francisco fashion community together, this year’s event saw a great mix of who’s who in the local blogger, photographer and editors’ circles. Each year, Black V features apparel that’s edgy and designed to accentuate fashion’s dark side. This year’s show was no exception. A fashionably late start added to the pre-show buzz and excitement in the audience. Read on for our highlights from the runway:

A slow playing violinist introduced Acta Non Verba's collection. Inspired by "New World royalty," models paraded down the runway in dark lace and bold colors.

Hector Manuel, the designer behind Acta Non Verba, mixes a classic silhouette with youthful materials.

A strong, tailored look from Daniel Sudar. The designer debuted his new line of sterling silver jewelry using bare-chested male models, a highlight for those in the front row.

Cari Borja showed a romantic line of evening dresses inspired by Francis Ford Coppola's movie Dracula. Borja's dresses stood out for their beautiful shapes and movement on the runway.

A feminine Cari Borja overcoat displays Victorian edge using a mix of satin and silk.

Accessory designer Kate Knuvelder crafted bold looks with her handmade chain, leather and beaded headpieces and neckwear.

The London club scene spurred GB Shrive's collection "London Calling." Shrive used dramatically detailed leather to create a feminine shape.

This fluid piece by recent Academy of Art grad Ken Chen floated beautifully on the runway.

Fusing constructed leather and free-form tulle, Zoe Hong formed this darkly sensual look.

Zoe Hong produced one of the more sexually-charged collections of the evening, thanks to leather, corsetry and S&M touches like the neck collar above.

A favorite look of the evening: Kate Knuvelder's imaginative chain mesh butterfly accessory.

Photography by Jennymay Villarete for SF Indie Fashion

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