Bay Area label Camilla Olson will debut its spring 2013 collection later this week during New York’s Coterie, but a sneak peek comes in the form of this shot featuring Just 45 Minutes from Broadway actress Tanna Frederick, who will be the face of the fashion company’s upcoming online and print campaigns. For the uninitiated, Frederick stars in the forthcoming film by Henry Jaglom, debuting on the West Coast next month.
Longtime local label Azadeh announced the launch of a brand new web store this month packed with its namesake designer’s made-to-flatter women’s apparel. It’s pricey, yes. But the garments find their way on to many a well-heeled local’s wish list, thanks to their rep for great fit and more-than-just-a-season potential.
Exuding Azadeh style are the dresses shown above. Shoulder-skimming sleeves, feminine shapes and just enough detail to make them stand out from the crowd would be enough on their own, but the office-to-cocktail party potential maxes out the intrigue.
Meet Tom Stewart and Michael Charley. The two run a small product development company based in San Francisco and recently launched what’s turned out to be an uber-successful Kickstarter campaign to revive what would have been a sad extinction in the world of vintage sunglasses.
A few years back on a surf trip in Forster, Australia (just north of Sydney), Tom came across a pair of sunglasses sitting on a table outside a local surf shop. Drawn to the shades’ vibrant colors, Tom bought all the remaining pairs the store had to offer and went on to rock the sunspecs on both the waves and shore for the remainder of his trip.
So the story goes, when Tom continued to wear his new shades after his return to the States, people constantly asked where they could find them. Eager to hunt down pairs of the whimsical shades for his friends, Tom called the Forster surf shop only to find that they were completely sold out. Next, he hunted down the original manufacturer of the frames, called Sunskis, and learned that the manufacturer had gone out of business decades ago. The Sunskis he’d bought were apparently among the last pairs in existence.
Putting their product development minds together, Tom and Michael hatched a plan to resurrect Sunskis for the modern day. Pairing the original frames’ colorful 80′s-inspired look with up-to-date lenses that block 100 percent of the sun’s ultra-violet rays, the design duo aims to produce “a high quality, hand crafted pair of sunglasses that look as unique as the original and feel even better,” says Michael in the campaign description video on Kickstarter.
It seems fans of retro sunglasses are game. While they’d hoped to raise $9,800 to help pay for the tooling and making of molds for the new Sunskis, the two passed the mark in just three short days. When the campaign closes today, it will have exceeded its goal by over 1300 percent and raised a jaw-dropping $143,000 or more for the project.
Want in? The first Sunskis are expected to land in donors’ hands by September.
Hitting stores in early April, spring and summer looks from San Francisco designer Kathleen van der Spek continue the Tommy Bahama alum’s laid-back take on California-cool daytime apparel. Below, find a sneak peek of what’s arriving in-store at retailers such as Conifer, Limu and Weston Wear this spring.
Can’t wait until then to see more from this line? You’re in luck. Kathleen is one of many local designers who’ll be sending their latest down the runway at tonight’s Lovesick 5.
Photography courtesy of Holman Photography for Kathleen van der Spek
Additional reporting by Sara Iravani
A brand new reason to look forward to the latter half of the year came this week when much-loved independent San Francisco fashion label gr.dano dropped shots of its latest collection on us. With the gr.dano Fall/Winter ’12 collection, prepare for the same sophisticated draping and architectural details designers Jill Giordano and Brian Scheyer are known for, but with a youthful edge and pops of color that provide a refreshing departure from their previous work. The inspiration? The iconic Daphne Guinness.
Pieces ranging from work-appropriate pants and skirts to edgier pieces with cut-out shoulders aim to channel the “unique boldness, agelessness, glamour and confidence” Guinness is known for, Giordano and Scheyer say, while sticking to the wearable, predominately neutral-hued roots of the brand. Among our favorite are a white, belted jacket with futuristic undertones, a long belted dress with long sleeves and a dramatic v-neck and an asymmetrical top with a drapey neckline.