April 23, 2014

Party Scene: Fashion’s Night Out at Two Birds

San Francisco’s most dedicated fashion fans took to the streets on the evening of September 8th to enjoy an assortment of Fashion’s Night Out events happening throughout the city. At Two Birds in Noe Valley, independent designer Ali Golden showed her new fall line, local designers’ jewelry hung on the walls and labels such as Parker, Halston Heritage and Elizabeth & James beckoned from the racks.

Audrey of Two Birds in an Ali Golden dress that, amazingly enough, can be thrown in the wash and air-dried.

While many were downtown browsing through the offerings of Neiman Marcus, AllSaints, Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue and others dotting Union Square and Maiden Lane, SF Indie Fashion partied it up at the Noe Valley shop, nestled on a quiet part of Castro street near the main 24th Street shopping drag. DJ Ry Toast kept the fun pumping on the ones and twos, spinning hip-hop classics intermixed with party anthems, while wine and bubbles were offered for refreshment.

Mika (left) of Lookaroo and Susanna of Two Birds mug for the cam in versatile wool coats in camel.

On display in the middle of the store was a rack featuring theĀ Fall 2011 collection from local designer Ali Golden, who used to run the Bull & the Bear in Hayes Valley but recently headed for Oakland to set up a new studio. Royal blue, a smattering of polka dots, luxurious camel, pumpkin orange and other rich autumn hues composed the color palette. Flowing cropped blouses and voluminous sheer maxis were standouts, as were the oversized, one-size-fits-all wool coats. Sipping, sampling and a sale on Golden’s pieces made a good time for all.

The author wearing an oversized wool kimono sleeve coat by Ali Golden

Party-goers taking in the FNO atmosphere

DJ Ry Toast impresses us with her 'do, her earrings and her beats.

Fashion’s Night Out originated in New York, but the festivities have spread to other cities across the country in recent years. Prior years saw mostly mainstream stores participating, but this year a number of small boutiques featuring independent designers were on the FNO roster.

A pair of newspaper-covered birds adorn the checkout counter at Two Birds

No matter what your take on style, few would argue that San Francisco doggies are among the most fashionable in the world.

Photography courtesy of SF Indie Fashion (1, 2, 5) and Alexandra Naughton (all remaining images)

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The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events Sept. 6-11

While a little fashion-centric event kicks off on the East Coast this week, you’ll find noteworthy style diversions happening right here in the Bay. With numerous Fashion’s Night Out events, a local label’s fall collection launch at an adored fashion haunt and a sample sale featuring local designers, there’s much to do and then some. You’ll find the details on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.

  • It’s a short week, so it should come as no surprise that things don’t really heat up on the stylescape until Thursday, at which point you’ll have some tough decisions to make. A seemingly endless array of San Francisco Fashion’s Night Out events are overtaking the City. We’d love to see you at the Two Birds + Ali Golden party we’re co-hosting. You’ll find a slew of other good bets on this list and this list and also on this list.
  • Friday brings two events we dare say we’re drooling over. First up, there’s the Retrofit Republic Anniversary + Lookbook Launch Party at The Summit. Along with serious style from this local retailer of recycled wears, the event highlights 10 community heroes who’ve given back. We’ll have much more to say about this event later in the week.
  • Also on Friday, the folks at Modern Appealing Clothing (MAC) host the McIntoshFry Fall Collection Launch at their Dogpatch location. The collaborative line combines the work of evening wear designer Julia Fry and painter Lauren McIntosh in an assortment of tops, dresses, coats and shawls featuring eco-friendly textiles and arresting prints.
  • Close out the weekend by skipping over the Golden Gate Bridge and hunting down pieces from local, independent designers at The Marin Store Sample Sale, featuring names such as Amy Fink, juleseslin, Dear Mina, April Reno, Vanessa Gade, Sarah Swell and many others.

You can find details on all of these events and more happening this week on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.