May 22, 2015

First Look: Stars + Ravens Collection 2

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This just in from San Francisco’s Stars + Ravens: a second collection that’s equal parts ethereal and edgy. Silk charmeuse, wool cashmere and silk chiffon join with hand-painted details, razor cuts and and unexpected folds in pieces ranging from high-drama capes to long, slender evening gowns.

Continue on for a slideshow culled from the collection, and learn more about designer Sarah Borruso here.

Credits: photography by Lauren Stocker; producer, Josie P. Ramondetta; model, Jillian Lieber; hair and makeup, France Pierson.

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Serial Cultura Group Show at Silverman Gallery


A trunk show featuring local designers always catches our eye, but one featuring labels who show only a few times a year turns us into serious gawkers. Hence our laser-like focus on this Thursday’s trunk show at Silverman Gallery. Organized by Serial Cultura’s Jennings, the show features the wonderfully graphic work of Micaela Greg, jewelry by Austin-based Crumley, new works by Stars + Ravens and, of course, Jennings’ own work.

Along with discounts on merch, reason enough to stop by awaits in a limited edition capsule collection from Stars + Ravens designer Sarah Borusso. We hear the small collection of one-of-a-kind dresses grew out of her experiments with a single dress and its transformation over time. Click the flyer for more on the participating designers.

Want more trunk action? Check out upcoming San Francisco fashion events on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar….

Custom Garments by Local Designers at Hello by Candystore Collective



During a visit earlier this week to new Pacific Heights boutique Hello by Candystore Collective, we learned that the second San Francisco store from owner Jennifer Jones does more than just stock local brands. Along with Bay Area labels such as Serial Cultura and accessories by 1228 and Jene Despain, the spacious and almost-entirely-white shop offers visitors the opportunity to order custom garments directly from Stars + Ravens designer Sarah Borruso using the label’s lookbook.

While a small selection of Stars + Ravens garments hang from the racks, Jones points out that it can be difficult for emerging designers to reach customers without absorbing the cost of producing an entire line, one that retail buyers may or may not choose to pick up and offer to their customers. She hopes offering what she dubs “modern San Francisco couture” to Hello shoppers will benefit both designers looking to expand their reach and consumers seeking unique pieces. While Jones prefers to stay mum for the moment on other designers that may soon offer their lines at the shop in this way, she reports that she’s currently in discussions with some “very exciting” local labels and that their clothes will be “wearable pieces that are really special and made locally.”

Other reasons to visit this shop? Casual shoes by Marais USA, inventive accessories from Candace Ang, separates from Lorick and offerings from Hyden Yoo’s very first women’s collection.

See it in person at 2226 Bush St.

Learn more about Stars + Ravens in our previous coverage.

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Meet Stars + Ravens

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Need sartorial evidence that opposites attract? Look no further than San Francisco designer Sarah Borruso’s just-launched line Stars + Ravens, which made its debut during a trunk show at the Silverman Gallery last week.

“I’m inspired by contrasts: old and new, light and dark, understated and outspoken,” Borruso tells us.

It’s no accident, then, that the emerging local designer settled upon the seemingly disparate notions of flirtatious, twinkling stars and ominous, Poe-born ravens to name her label.

As for the clothes themselves, the San Francisco native turned to historic moments in the City’s past for inspiration.

“I’ve also realized how much San Francisco history and culture has influenced me. I’ve taken inspiration from historical events like the 1906 earthquake and the Summer of Love. It’s amazing and haunting to see the old photos of people walking around after the ’06 earthquake in those incredibly ornate clothes, for example, and how they stand out in such sharp contrast to the destruction and rubble all around them. Those are the kinds of contrasts that strike me,” she says.

Along with contrast, Borruso is also a fan of handcrafted construction. Many of her pieces feature hand-finished hems and hand-stitched details.

The result is a small collection of ethereal, romantic pieces such as a tie-waist halter dress in silk charmeuse and a cotton jersey dress with side flutter detailing and asymmetrical sleeves alongside darker pieces like a wool “East Meets West” Cape that can be worn cinched at the waist or tied loosely at the sides.

“I like the idea of giving people choices so they can wear something their own way or transform it into different looks,” says Borruso.

Borruso’s work will be available via the Stars + Ravens web site in the future. In the meantime, contact info (at) starsandravens (dot) com for more information and custom orders.

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[Credits: Photographer: Lauren Stocker; Model: Robin Ayers; Hair: Mai Ling Meyers; Make-up: Veronica Sjoen; Stylist: Carrie Vawter. Clothing design: Sarah Borruso for Stars + Ravens]