No doubt, San Francisco fashion is on an upward tick: Wintour drawing museum exhibits, Refinery 29's SF launch, the gentrification of mid-Market via CityPlace. And has anyone else noticed the San Francisco Ballet's style boom? I have, and I'm thinking of getting back to the bar with a Lines ballet class. But enough about this Black Swan, the Ballet is bringing shapemaster Giambattista Valli to The Fairmont for its 30th San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show on Tuesday, 5/10. Cocktail hour, live auction, raffle, fashion show — and yes, fancy costs as fancy does. Highest ticket price is the Grand Benefactor Costume Circle Ticket at $1,000, and $200 is as low as it goes for a Patron Ticket. Boom shaka.
$1,000 deep. That's what happened the last time Matthew Williamson did a mainstream collection — H&M circa '09. Two years later, and two years wiser, I'm hoping I can contain myself. Tomorrow, 4/13, Williamson is revealing his capsule collection for Macy's Impulse. His wanderlust aesthetic is evident in bold prints, ruffled hemlines, sexy silhouettes, maxi dresses, and light denim; prices range from $59 for peasant blouses and wispy dresses to $299 for a slick yellow leather moto jacket. Also, if you're a MW die hard, be sure to check out his compilation CD. Until tomo...
Spring has finally sprung. Meaning it’s time to pull out our sundresses, shades, and fedoras, and head outside for drinks in the sun. What better way to quench your thirst than a list of half-off happy hours? Next week is Yelp Drinks! 2011. From Monday the 4th to Sunday the 10th, we can all enjoy half off beverages at a variety of SF hotspots, including one of my personal favorites, Rye. Just mention Yelp, order one of the listed libations, and sip with a smile in the SF sun. I’ll be the one handling the Cold Whiskey Punch (Reg = $11, YD = $5.50). Cheers.
Not in a while has a fashion event sent SF abuzz. Now that the Bouquets to Art flowers have died, one of my favorite museos can turn full attention to its latest exhibit showcasing "the Picasso of fashion": Cristóbal Balenciaga.
Curated by Vogue European editor at large and longtime Balenciaga collector, Hamish Bowles, the exhibit runs March 26-July 4 and spans six sections brimming with 120-ish items of Spanish influence and flounce. A full-on fashion flock is headed our way including Anna Wintour, interior empress Kelly Wearstler, eternal eccentric Daphne Guinness, curator Mr. Bowles, and more - all sure to get rained on.
And no fashion fascination goes without a launch party. ArtPoint is throwing a bash this Saturday at the de Young and Gilt City SF has special discounted tickets. Did I mention the open bar? Dress your Spanish best; I'm thinking something sculptural and sophisticated, circa 1951 (see left). Mmm, opera gloves...
Not only was the exhibit storied in the latest Rihanna-faced Vogue, the Chronicle and the Times have been buzzing. Here's a smattering of local media to get us all in the mod mood:
- Balenciaga exhibit goes inside mind of curator - SFGate
- Vogue's Hamish Bowles schools us on Balenciaga at the de Young - 7x7
- Bowles and Balenciaga audio interview - KQED
- Balenciaga & Spain: ArtPoint's fashionable fundraiser - Vivanista
- Theatre Flamenco at Balenciaga & Spain exhibit de Young - Stephanie Narvaez
- Hamish Bowles and the new Balenciaga exhibit - Poetic & Chic
- ArtPoint party details - ArtPoint
Just when I was thinking I needed an artspirational trip to the MOMA, I get invited to Project One's latest, Warhol Reimagined: The New Factory. The exhibit, curated by Warholian.com, features a smorgasbord of San Francisco talent reinventing Warhol's iconic art. And here's where I give a shout out to the impossibly talented Aaron Nagel, whom I went to high school with. And I'm stoked to see glitter artist Rene Garcia Jr.'s take on Warhol — sure to dazzle. See you at the opening reception (Thursday, March 10, 7PM), and check out the complete line up. The exhibit runs March 10-April 19. AnyhoW...
I can't believe I've had this blog two weeks and haven't talked about wine. Yet. Growing up in the Bay, wine is such a huge part of the culture; it's medicinal in some circles. I'm actually planning a Calistoga getaway now, for some R&R and a vino fix. Until then, I will be throwing back at Bottlenotes' Around the World in 80 Sips next Friday.
I went last year and it was a smorgasboard of wine, cheese, and chocolate. What was cool though, was the global array of wines, and the friendly crowd. I vaguely recall shutting the place down, 80 sips plus. If you're looking for your wine fix, 80 Sips is next Friday, 2/11, at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio. $75 for a fab Friday night - do it.