San Francisco Treat (Epi 2)
Monday, November 5, 2007
What another wonderful trip 2 the fashionable city 2 the north, San Francisco!
Where else in CA can u get seasons? It was beautifully sunny and brisk all week that I was there and I got 2 see my fashion inspirations (my SF friends) and check out some of my usual haunts and meet the new fashion brigade (hi Marc Jacobs kids!!!). I of course did a bit of shopping and a bit of trend shopping while there, and here is the report...
YSL: It was just happenstance that I run in2 my NYC friend J there, who did the trek West and is now at YSL on Maiden Lane! I am very impressed with how YSL has changed and evolved as a brand and as a fashion look. Everything is very directional and forward, with trendy styles (bubble skirts, elongated tunic tops, slim cigarette pants) but still friendly 2 the ladies-who-lunch crowd. I've got my hot little hands pining 4 the "Limo" heel, at a 7" height! Yowch! J tells me that its the HOT seller in their store and I can see why! Stiletto sharp heel, covered platform, and very comfortable!
Helmut Lang: Theory's new sister company/store, I had 2 stop on in and do some credit card damage! I like the SF outpost better than the LA store. It's more accesible and has a real urban feel. I had 2 scoop up the cashmere/cotton assymetrical vest, which I L-O-V-E!!!
(check out G in HL's great men's sherpa lined trench...Yum!)
Marc Jacobs: I had the 4tunate luck 2 grab drinks with the MJ team the night b4 @ new lounge hotspot Azul, and meet up again on Friday 4 their Spring Trunk Show. I love the colors that MJ is going with 4 Spring, with a deliciously vintage-inspired floral/animal/bug print in pop pink, green, and yellow, his Spring color palette. I loved the tweed cape with chiffon overlay, and my favorite piece, a balck beaded wrap top wprthy of the red carpet. I've gotta see who's back I'm gonna get that top on 4 the award season! Such a coveted peice, and at $6,000 it wasn't coming home with me!
On a quiet Sunday stroll I took up the charming district of Noe Valley, home to the fabulous and my dear friend Ian, and checked out what the area has 2 offer. I stopped in2 Noe Valley Bakery and grabbed a cup of sweet micha and headed down 19th Street.
Ambiance: This is the stop if u wanna get a quick and thorough lesson in SF trendy shopping. I have been 2 their Haight-Ashbury outpost and delighted in the store's unique set up of colored rooms (greens in the Green Room, reds in the Red Room, etc) and find that the Noe Valley shop is a little bit more "boutique". Antique decor and GREAT bargains all around, Ambiance is a hot little shop and a fave of mine in SF. I found a hot leather tote 4 $62 and a great vintage-y dot tunic top 4 $65!!
Nisa: The simplicity of this new Noe Valley shop is what grabbed me. Then the "designed in San Francisco" tag clinched the deal 4 me. Oh my! There was a red plaid fur-trim vest in here that would make Alexander McQueen proud! The range is made up mostly of knits (of which I am a freak about!), all soft and supple and whipped-thin. I scooped up 2 white teees 4 layering and a great vintage mustard leather clutch 4 $23 (yes, only $23!). I'm heading back next week-end 2 pick up the large navy leather clutch, which at a steal 4 $25 is definitely hard 2 beat! Asia, the desgner/buyer searches high and low 4 unique vintage pieces and also designs such great and simple basics, that it's not hard 2 add a it of Nisa 2 your closet. Check them out at: www.nisasf.com
House of Hengst: I can't come 2 SF and not stop in one of my favorite stores, House of Hengst. Their Spring 2008 preview collection is in true Hengst style: sexy, demure, alluring, HOT! Check the website as their update should be happening in the next coming weeks!
After breakfast at Harveys (a MUST just 4 their pancakes and oatmeal!!Yum!!), I walked two storefronts down Castro Street 2 check out the only rival 2 Rolo 4 men;s clothes, Citizen (Castro St/16th St). Where as Rolo is full-tilt fashionisto, Citizen is young urban up-n-coming male. They have an eclectic selection, from Paul Smith trousers 2 Ed Hardy tees, and a whole lot in between. Z bought up 3 pairs of great boots that were on sale and at a steal at about $100 a pair! The staff is super-friendly and super-cute and this is such a great place 2 stop on in and see what the trendy boys r wearing...
I'm back 2 SF next week-end with another report 2 shell out. I'll be checking out the trendy Marina District and Hayes Valley, and taking another gander at Lower Haight and the Sunset District. Stay tuned 4 more!