Even though I plan on wearing a lot of black to New York Fashion Week, there’s something about springy pastels and soft whites that bring a much-needed ray of sunshine in the winter. From structured, modern silhouettes to ultra-feminine designs, these sweet pieces transcend the seasons (well, with a thick scarf, at least!).
I can’t keep my mind of the Prabal Gurung caped dress that meshes drama with a work-friendly silhouette. And for a date, I’d love to slip on Adeam’s peachy-sweet frock with perfect cap sleeves. As always, Hervé Léger by Max Azria concocted the perfect flirty dress that manages to be ladylike and a little bit vampy at the same time. And look to Donna Karan for the perfect combination of easy-sexy slouch and structure.
I know the polar vortex is going to knock me off my booties as soon as I step off the plane at LaGuardia, but there’s nothing like a little pastel hidden under a parka to keep you warm (emotionally, at least!).
Last Thursday, San Francisco’s Bloomingdale’s transformed into a Chinese New Year celebration to behold, complete with an undulating dragon and noodle cutting (so much tastier than ribbon cutting). The collaboration between Westfield, the Asian Art Museum, and M.Y. China celebrates the Year of the Horse in all its galloping glory. The kick-off cocktail party featured an array of products designed to get you in the spirit of the holiday, from horse-themed home decor to blazing red frocks.
There are more Year of the Horse celebrations to come at Bloomie’s , including lion dancers, tea tastings, and a contortionist. The pop-up shop pictured below is only open through February 1st, so be sure to stop by this week to check it out! The other celebrations culminate on February 15th, the date of the annual parade. It’s been a few years since I’ve attended, but I’ll definitely be there this year! If you haven’t been before, get there early with a large thermos of coffee and purely functional footwear (yes, I know, this is me saying this. Trust me).
Many thanks to Bloomingdale’s for being such a fantastic host and celebrating such an important part of San Francisco’s cultural traditions. A Happy Chinese New Year to all, and to all a good night!
A new year, a new store. Last Thursday, Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo opened a new store in downtown San Francisco, nestling in to a block of Post Street chock-full of high-end boutiques and specialty shops. The new boutique opening served double duty as the kick-off event for the Mid-Winter Gala, one of San Francisco’s major philanthropic fundraising events. A percentage of sales from the evening benefited the Fine Arts Museums.
The store’s lofty two-story layout lets it play around with the different facets of the designer’s collections. The feminine downstairs features a display of heels and handbags that would make Carrie Bradshaw swoon, while the masculine upstairs boasts enough ties and structured work bags to please the most discerning fashionisto.
Blame it on my Midwestern upbringing, but I can’t help stopping well-dressed women to compliment them on something beautiful that they’re wearing. From structured shifts to frothy, floaty skirts, nearly every person I stopped was dressed in Ferragamo. It’s one thing to see a design on a mannequin, but it’s twice as inspiring to see it on a vibrant, champagne-sipping guest.
Even if the closest you come to Ferragamo is a trip through San Francisco’s best thrift stores, it’s well worth your while to peek into the new location. Part art museum and part retail store, the visual merchandising alone is well worth a visit for any fashion lover.
Photography by Drew Altizer (except for the last one!).