Wishing you more treats than tricks today!
“Will you walk into my parlor?” said the Spider to the Fly,
“‘Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I have many curious things to show you when you are there.”
The Shop for the Cure launch party is tonight! With cocktails, live music and food trucks and awesome shopping that benefits breast cancer research, it’s a can’t miss evening! Stop by Vince and thank Adam & his team for putting it together this year.
Thursday, October 25
5 – 8 pm
Geary at Market
Here’s a few things I’m coveting from some of the participating stores.
And remember, a $65 minimum donation gets you a 20% card good at all participating stores for 10 days. You can find more information and a list of participant here.
Tassels have moved out of burlesque and, hopefully, into everyone’s wardrobes. The options range from demure to flamboyant and offer a hit of movement to any outfit. This is my favorite sort of detail- the kind that you buy once and wear forever. It’s a shot of unexpected that never goes out of style.
Leather, silk or wool. High society sleek or ski chalet fun, tassels are swinging through fashion right now.
Did you pick up a sweater dress yet? Try highlighting the waist with a tasseled belt. It’s a great accent piece for shift dresses or skirts as well.
My sister has a vintage gold tassel necklace that I have coveted for years. It effortlessly makes jeans and a button down glamorously chic. Shorter chains are better with collared shirts while collarless dresses and tops can handle any length.
Tassels can be dramatic, vampy or preppy on shoes. Pick your mood and then your kicks!
The city version of a classic moccasin. I feel like Lauren Bacall would have worn this back in the day, and if Katherine Hepburn wore heels, she would have, too. Maybe even Grace Kelly. It has all the hallmarks of great American sportswear, seen from a slightly glamorous angle.
Shop, drink and be merry while supporting the Susan G. Komen breast cancer research foundation. Shop for the Cure is fantastic event and this year, the brilliant Adam Petrasich of Vince has organized a block party on Thursday, October 25 from 5 – 8 pm to kick off 10 days of fabulous shopping! There’ll be cocktails, music and food trucks to make it one of the most festive shopping events of the year.
With a minimum donation of $65, you’ll receive a 20% off card that can be used as many times as you’d like at as many participating stores for the next 10 days. From cashmere to candles, leather goods to lingerie and storage solutions for everything there’s something for everyone.
Participating stores are:
AGENT PROVOCATEUR, AZADEH, BOTTEGA VENETA, THE CONTAINER STORE, DIPTYQUE PARIS, DOWNTOWN, FACONNABLE, GLORY CHEN, GUMP’S, HARPUTS, JUICY COUTURE, JOHN VARVATOS, PAUL SMITH, PORSCHE DESIGN, SERGE SOROKKO GALLERY, TED BAKER, THEORY, TSE CASHMERE, VINCE & WILLIAMS SONOMA.
How exciting is the discovery of the Diamond Planet (aka 55 Cancri e)!?!?! A planet made of diamonds!!!! That’s like heaven for Elizabeth Taylor! The clever kids over at Forbes have calculated it to be worth $26.9 nonillion, which makes me feel infinitely richer since it’s in my zodiac sign.
But all of this hullabaloo about it really just goes to show what a science fashion forecasting is. Somehow they were able to predict an renewed interest in space and so fall has some amazing futuristic fashions, perfect for intergalactic events. To me, this design movement feels like a natural (and much needed) progression of the minimalist trend. The lines are still very clean and sharp, but the shapes are more expansive.
As always in galactic things, there’s a struggle between light and dark. The light side of space style is full of wintry whites, icy blues, silvery greys and pops of midnight blue. Winter whites deserve their own post, but in general they’re off whites and you can layer them with each other. If that feels a little stark for you, try them with greige, mushroom or taupe.
The dark energy is fiercely sophisticated. It’s slightly angular, a little gritty but chic, chic, chic! If you already own a black leather jacket, try wearing it with a wide silver belt and slim pants for the futuristic look.
If you would like a wardrobe that makes you happy, contact me!
Wacky and wonderful, even if you’re not a pencil pusher. I keep meaning to do a full, proper post on the amazing surrealist trend skipping around right now. I have the images, the title, a bit of the text… I just need to buckle down and pull it all together. Hmmm… story of my life, in a surreal sort of way.
Remember my post about Jasmin Zorlu, the shoe designing gravedigger turned magnificent milliner? We can proudly add Parson’s School of Design instructor to her resume. Yay!
And I am super excited because she’ll be back in San Francisco teaching a two day Free-Form Hat Blocking class on November 17 & 18 and a workshop on Cocktail Hats & Fascinators on November 19 at the Emerald Tablet in North Beach.
You can get all the details and sign up here:
Luckily for us, the principles of jazz age architecture are being revisited by fashion right now.
Who knew the Chrysler building could be worn as a sweater? A graphic interpretations in two colors makes it easy to pair with the rest of your wardrobe.
Tucks, seams and sequins create a tonal statement reminiscent of beaded flapper dresses. Surface embellishments are a gorgeous way to add interest to a piece if you’re wary of prints or patterns.
The Deco era was defined by over the top design. A hood ornament of a necklace pays homage to the sentiment while being infinitely wearable with everything from LBDs to t shirts.
The sculptural components of Deco design lend themselves beautifully to cuffs. A dramatic cuff is a “must have” for every wardrobe in my book. It’s such an easy way to add excitement to an everyday outfit. If the Deco era is your favorite, then stock up on new pieces or keep an eye out for a one of a kind vintage piece.
Just as a side note, even hangers were gorgeous back in the day!
Need help deciding what your perfect pieces are? Contact me for help building a seamless wardrobe that you look and feel amazing wearing.