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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fashion's Night Out, and Other Events to Tide You Over During NYFW

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 9:49 AM

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For most of the year, San Francisco feels like a big city. There's so much to do, and so many people, that the city seems bustling and important. But every once in a while, I get this niggling feeling that I live in a small town. BART shuts down at midnight and Muni dwindles away to a few OWL buses, for instance. Or (and this one really sucks) New York Fashion Week happens, of course, in New York. It's these little things that make me wonder if I live in such a big city after all. I'm a rigorous defender of S.F. when other fashion writers pick on us for having crappy style, but this one week forces me to keep my mouth shut, as many of our fashionable citizens pack their bags and head to the East Coast. But, but! Don't worry. There's a silver lining.

Apparently, I'm not the only one who hates feeling left out. And although we'll have to stick to the de Young's yearly exhibitions for our dose of couture, S.F.'s retailers are doing their best to give us a peep at the New York experience. Last year, stores around Union Square hosted San Francisco's first-ever Fashion's Night Out on Sept. 6, an evening of shopping and champagne modeled after the kick-off event of New York Fashion Week. The tradition continues this year, with shops from Forever 21 to Marc Jacobs offering drinks and giveaways.

I recommend stopping by Macy's for an interactive experience, including a fall wardrobe styled by local publication The Bold Italic, D.I.Y. nail salon, and a workshop on reworking your old denim duds into something fresh. The designers who've been hard at work in Macy's Fashion Incubator program will also be on hand to present their work. Neiman Marcus also hosts a lovely exhibition of designs by Academy of Art students, presented on live models. The store is also offering free makeovers and a photoshoot for you and your friends. Many stores give away gifts with varying purchase amounts; for a complete list of participating retailers, click here.

There are a few other fashion events to round out your calendar. On Sept. 4, Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren celebrates the line's one-year anniversary with a show in Union Square. Grammy-nominated Swedish DJ Avicii will be performing, starting at 6 p.m.

On September 14, Macy's hosts their Glamorama fashion show at the Orpheum Theater, showcasing designs from Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, and its own Nicole Richie-designed line. Musicians Robin Thicke and Karmin will perform.

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook.

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