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Gucci bags in the making

Green leather and skeches used by Gucci bags

Stuffing rose Gucci bag

Cutting leather for Gucci Bags

Gucci bags in the making

Gucci bags in the making

Gucci bags in the making

Tonight we went down to the Gucci store on Union Square to check out their artisan event.
All day today and the next two days you can watch the Italian craftsmanship that goes into handmade Gucci bags right in the store.
The collection in display is especially made for this San Francisco store and can not be found anywhere else.

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London Fashion Week Report: Day 3&4

By Lona

Day 3 & 4 at London Fashion Week was when the big name designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Tom Ford and Burberry Prorsum showcased their S/S 2012 collections.

But Burberry, with its impressive set up in Hyde Park away from the usual venues of the London Fashion Week pulled in a star studded FROW including Sienna Miller, Andy Rodick, Mario Testino, Kanye West etc.  Unfortunately our bus from the main venue (Somerset House) arrived late to the show due to surprise surprise London traffic so I was not able to see the show first hand however I’m sure that many of you were able to watch it live via Facebook and perhaps via “Tweetwalk” which tweeted pictures of every look before it hit the runway.

The International Herald Tribune wrote that Christopher Bailey took the coat to places it had never been before.  Indeed the S/S 2012 collection was a real departure from the traditional Burberry pieces.   It embodied artisan elegance through the African-Inspired prints.  Backstage Christopher Bailey was quoted as he described the concept behind the collection. “I loved the idea of craftsmanship, and things that were made by hand, as a contradiction to the pace of the digital world. These pieces were slot to make and made to treasure and last.”

This quote rings very true to us that live and work in Silicon Valley; the heart of the digital world.  Where everything is created and resides in digital space.  There is something to be said about creating beautiful tangible things with your hands.   This is why I love fashion especially couture since most pieces are created by hand and are meant to last and be treasured for a lifetime.

Below are some pictures I snapped and those professionally taken by style.com

The crowd outside Burberry Prorsum

Two bloggers having a fashion conversation after taking pictures of each other’s outfits

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Runway Favorites from NY Fashion Week

By Lona

It’s day 4 of New York Fashion Week and I have picked a few favorites from the shows so far.

Jason Wu

For his Spring 2012 collection he cited KAWS, the graffiti artist who came to fame in the nineties for inking up bus-shelter ads of Kate Moss, as a major source of inspiration, according to style.com. Jason Wu is a usually a favorite of red-carpet starlets and First Lady Michelle Obama.

He pushed the boundaries in the areas of fabric innovation and embellishment.  Wu used a nearly weightless nylon “that moves like chiffon” for his outerwear which I thought was very cool.

Monique Lhulier

“Lhuillier was focused on the body this season—most notably, on the athleticism that makes the body worth focusing on—and she fused elements of sport into her couture aesthetic. Bold color-blocking and sculpted seams lent an aerodynamic edge. The first look out, a strapless, seamed, blue and black corset dress, was as tight as a scuba suit, but much more appealing. Harness detailing appeared throughout; bodices were banded with leather, and sides were slashed open to expose sections of sheer black lace. An off-the-shoulder, cobalt blue cocktail dress wrapped in twisted tulle elicited actual sighs of desire from the front row.” style.com

Mandy Coon

“The DJ-turned-designer rolled out graphic lambskin halter dresses, disco-era jumpsuits, and kilt-like miniskirts patchworked together with pleated chiffon strips, which served to deliver an altogether brighter, more polished mood; albeit with a disheveled edge, in keeping with her youthful vision. What struck most was her playful use of color; a digital, Balenciaga-esque drip print in cobalt, moss, and lemon, promised to lure a more commercially minded customer to her growing band of acolytes.” Vogue.com

Coon’s inspiration? Artist David Altmejd’s towering, figurative sculptures, which incorporate a madcap mix of textures. That, and a nerdy childhood fascination with crystals and rock formations, whose structure played into that inaugural use of pleats. “It’s an indirect translation of those two things,” she says with a shrug. “And an evolution of the discipline I brought into my work last season.” Vogue.com


Inspiration: “Thoroughbred” -Brian Wolk and Claude Morais

Luca Luca

Inspiration: Designer Raul Melgoza said backstage, “I was thinking about sensuality.” This collection is super femme!!!

Yigal Azrouel

This New York-based designer took inspiration from painter Pablo Picasso for his Spring 2012 collection. The collection displays a mix of slim silhouettes, nautical prints and ethnic patterns.

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By Maja

A few more photos from last night.
First up, yours truly:

Lona in floor long DVF, Maja in COS and Stella McCartney

Marc Jacobs downtown was busy

Great blazer and cute shoes too – have a similar pair for sale on StylePal 🙂

Santina looking great in dots and leather, two of the key fall trends

Angie: Great to match the rivets on the dress with the spikes on the shoes – don’t you just love those shoes?

We finished off at Saks, it was by far the busiest and had the best crowd

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Fashion’s Night Out San Francisco

By Maja

Last night was fun! We toured the different venues and San Francisco’s fashion crowd really stepped it up! The party ended at Saks, which also was the only place with a continuous flow of bubbly – live and learn, NM.

The Marc Jacobs Circus tee launched last night was a little too bland for me. Not quite unisex enough to be cool and not quite circus-ey to be just crazy enough.

Neiman Marcus showcased pieces from their new collections on each floor. This fall is still looking grungy, but less army and more ladylike than the previous year. The just below the knee skirt length is really hard to wear – I know it would make my runner’s calves look like poles!
Both Lona and I totally loved the Haider Ackermann blazer on the far right, the shoulder cut is so elegant.

StylePal’s Lona and StylePal friend Kelsie looking gorgeous as ever, Lona rocking her DVF summer dress in spite of the cool SF night it was.

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New collection from 3.1 Phillip Lim, lots and lots of chunky knits of all kinds this season, love it.

Right, we also have a bunch of street shots from last night, they will come later. Be sure to check out our facebook page and our twitter too for extra goodies 🙂

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About tonight and the love for Miu Miu

By Maja

Tonight is time for Fashion’s Night Out as I’m sure you all know, and a lot of fun fashion events will be rolling out all over the country.

San Francisco might not be the hub for the big fashion houses, but there is still a lot of cool events to check out. At Neiman Marcus for example, you can decorate your own thong (!?) while checking out the latest collections from the God of Style and the father of all my sunglasses; Tom Ford, as well as the wacky stylist-gone-designer Rachel Zoe.

If I was in NYC tonight I’d make sure to hit the Miu Miu event hosted by Tavi Gevinson. Her blog Style Rookie has become hugely popular and obviously also very influential. Tavi has a great eye for style and the current influences, and I adore Miu Miu’s soft vintage and very feminine look. Just look at these shoes!

We will be blogging from the events tonight, see you out there! Make sure you follow us on twitter too: @stylepal

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