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Monday, August 8, 2016

The Biggest Cuteasses of Outside Lands 2016

Posted By on Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 1:34 PM

  • Peter Lawrence Kane
Music festivals have a particular style. Granted, Outside Lands is not Coachella, where the golden hour reflecting off the mountains makes everyone look stunning, and they're all excited because it's April and they can show off the tattoos that have been hibernating all winter (and the place is full of Angeleno fashionistas, besides).

It's not even close, actually. Although the fog burned off for so much of Sunday afternoon that Golden Gate Park came damn near close to experiencing a proper sunset, it's been a relentlessly cold summer and people seemed to dress accordingly. Comfort and good sense ruled the day, every day, and many of the cliches of years past seemed to have fallen by the wayside. Yes, there was a fair amount of Bernie paraphernalia and Jill Stein-branded apparel, but I don't think I spotted a single Keep Calm and Chive On shirt.

Although we would shame brazen cultural appropriation — like feathered war bonnets or nón lás (those Vietnamese conical hats) — we're delighted to report that we saw a grand total of zero offenders in either category all weekend. (We did spot a Reagan-Bush '84 T-shirt at the Panhandle Stage, but that was probably ironic.)

Plus, shaming isn't really that much fun. It's way better to draw attention to people who put a little effort into looking good in a frequently inhospitable climate, so here are some of our favorites.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Meet Ms. Noir City 14, Aja De Coudreaux

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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Women have always played an important role in the dark, tortured world of film noir, portraying femme fatales, damsels in distress and sly murderesses with tragic flaws. Taking the lead from the silver screen performances of Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford and Lauren Bacall, the new Ms. Noir City will grace the Castro Theatre stage during the 14th annual Noir City Festival, held Jan. 22 -31.

Artist’s model and Oakland resident Aja De Coudreaux will be the 11th Ms. Noir City, a title given to the glamorous women who grace the festival posters each year and introduce films during the festival. Previous years’ posters included scenes of a murderous wife, a hitchhiking hottie and a Chinatown Madame with a smoking gun. The theme of Noir City 14 is "The Art of Darkness" and features 25 films about the pressures and pain of being an artist.

Sometimes your art can turn against you, so we chatted with De Coudreaux along with the “Czar of Noir,” Film Noir Foundation President Eddie Muller about the Ms. Noir City dames.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

YASSS: Yarness Is Back, This Time With a Puppy Hood

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM

  • Yarness

Having emerged on the scene last summer just in time for all the outdoor festivals, Yarness is back with a new set of fetish wear that swaps leather and latex for hand-crocheted, neon-colored yarn. (For the uninitiated, yarn + harness = Yarness.) With a body-positive, pan-gender ethos, Yarness is San Franciscan to the core, such that it popped up in a rave scene on HBO's Looking last year.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Rep SF: tony.psd

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 10:30 AM

  • Courtesy of Tony Robles
Riding the wave of an unprecedented 24-0 winning streak, the Golden State Warriors are solid gold. In the flurry of the championship chaos, and in the midst of Steph Curry ascension to the best player in the NBA throne, anything that features those bright cobalt and sunshiny yellow colors — that indicate we are all winners—has been appearing left and right. There is one brand, however, that has always repped the Bay, but especially the Warriors hella hard — tony.psd.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Ari Seth Cohen brings Advanced Style to the Bay

Posted By on Mon, Dec 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Through his photos, Ari Seth Cohen proves that fashions may come and go, but style is ageless. - ARI SETH COHEN
  • Ari Seth Cohen
  • Through his photos, Ari Seth Cohen proves that fashions may come and go, but style is ageless.

What started as Ari Seth Cohen's tribute to his beloved grandmother, the Advanced Style blog has since spiraled into a book (with a follow-up on the way, featuring an essay from San Francisco's very own style icon Joy Bianchi), a movie, photo shoots for various brands, partnerships and the development of a "stylish" hearing aid.

On Dec. 9, Cohen will appear at the JCCSF for a screening of his Advanced Style film, followed by a conversation with one of his seasoned subjects Debra Rapoport, a book signing and a fashion show from Pascaline Paris boutique. SF Weekly spoke to Ari Seth Cohen about his powerful intergenerational relationships, turning his hobby into the career of his dreams and what he's learned along the way.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Rep SF: 4fifteen

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM


When I started Rep SF, the first brand that came to mind to cover was 4fifteen. Started in 2004, by Derek Poon and his wife Denise Voong, 4fifteen, named for San Francisco’s area code, has been consistently creating garments and accessories for men, women and babies that celebrate all that is dope about San Francisco. From the 4fifteen bridge logo, to the “I Hella Heart SF” shirt, 4fifteen is synonymous with the city (so much so that I even ran the SFCentric name by Derek when I was coming up with business monikers).

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Rep SF: Old-School Niners Gear at Static Vintage in the Haight

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2015 at 12:00 PM


The Haight and wearing vintage, perfectly symbolize the spirit of San Francisco — being bohemian, counterculture, and living in a perpetual longing for simpler, easier times. Static Vintage, arguably the best vintage store in San Francisco, epitomizes everything great about vintage shopping in the City. Actress and fashionista Chloe Sevigny was recently spotted in there, too.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Mario Lopez Opens Up About His Hispanic Heritage

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Viva La Raza: Mario Lopez wants you to take pride in your Hispanic heritage. - PHOTO BY ALAN NOMURA
  • Photo by Alan Nomura
  • Viva La Raza: Mario Lopez wants you to take pride in your Hispanic heritage.

There are plenty of ways that Mario Lopez (best known as Saved by the Bell's A.C. Slater) can rev up a crowd — aside from taking off his shirt. He could wow them with stories about becoming a successful actor, bestselling author or Broadway star. He could inspire them by talking about achieving a fourth-career renaissance as host of Extra. Hell, he could stimulate them with Saved by the Bell stories that would make their toes curl.

But on Oct. 3, halfway through Hispanic Heritage Month, Lopez, along with Reggaeton star Don Omar and beauty expert Angel Merino, stopped by Macy's Valley Fair, in Santa Clara, to incite Hispanic pride. SF Weekly asked Mario Lopez about his Hispanic role models, why there are comparatively so few Latinos on television and any misconceptions about Hispanics that he'd like to break. 

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Bill and Giuliana Rancic Talk San Francisco Fashion

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Models showcase garments made by the Project Runway designers using items from Macy's prop room. - SIMPLE2C PHOTO
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  • Models showcase garments made by the Project Runway designers using items from Macy's prop room.

One of America's favorite couples was in San Francisco for two events that brought to the forefront the topics of fashion and small business in the City. Bill Rancic, winner of the first season of The Apprentice, real estate developer, restaurateur, and speaker to small businesses, and Giuliana Rancic, entertainment journalist, fashion expert, TV personality, fashion designer, and entrepreneur, know both realms quite well, and shared their views on what San Francisco brands can do to become major players nationally.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Fashion Tips from Giuliana Rancic and Jake Wall

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 1:30 PM

[Left to right] Current Project Runway contestants Blake Patterson, Jake Wall and Joseph Charles Poli and Fashion Police's Giuliana Rancic add some celebrity to Macy's Fashion’s Front Row event. - COURTESY OF MACYS
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  • [Left to right] Current Project Runway contestants Blake Patterson, Jake Wall and Joseph Charles Poli and Fashion Police's Giuliana Rancic add some celebrity to Macy's Fashion’s Front Row event.

San Francisco may be a leading tech, green and food city, but when it comes to fashion, we rarely trend. But can you blame us? With ever-shifting weather conditions and Burners for muses, our judgment is often clouded by a mass of fog and feathers. And with today's narrow tech-focus, many of us care more about accessorizing our new Apple Watches with the latest bands than ourselves. It doesn't help matters that the city is so cost-prohibitive that most budding designers are forced to flock to Los Angeles and New York in order to truly take off.

Macys is trying to defy this trend with its Fashion Incubator, which gives emerging designers, such as Stephanie Bodnar, Cake Carlos, Jessie Liu and Nishika De Rosairo, the tools they need to persevere, including spots in the Union Square department store's Sep. 25 Fashion's Front Row event, hosted by Style Police's Giuliana Rancic and featuring Fashion Incubator alum and Project Runway contestant Jake Wall of JAKE fame. SF Weekly spoke to Rancic and Wall about staying stylish in San Francisco. 

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