Archive for April, 2009

Lacoste much?

Posted in Fashion with tags on April 29, 2009 by shapach
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Walk the plank in the "Cabestan CC"

Lacoste is known for their preppy attire, and their shoes prove to be no different. Even the sportier versions border on nerdy. The epitome of Lacoste’s clean cut image lies in the Cabestan CC, seen on yacht decks and Hamptonites everywhere. This nautical-inspired boat shoe acts as a barrier between the normal and the yuppies of the world. Every young man who aspires to live in Capri with their trophy wife named Candy needs a pair.

Beside the wanker factor involved, these shoes are said to be the ultimate in comfort. Made of supple, super-soft leather – even the laces are a smooth raw hide – with a rubber sole, and EVA footbed for extra comfort, this footwear style is a timeless classic at the rip-off price of just $125.00

So if you don’t mind looking like Carlton from Fresh Prince, go ‘head wit your bad self, but don’t be surprised if someone invites you to join their country club.

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Birkenstock truly is Das Original

Posted in Fashion with tags on April 29, 2009 by shapach
"The Arizona", the sandal that started it all!

"The Arizona", the sandal that started it all!

 

The name Birkenstock brings back memories of my hippie grandparents in their matching pairs of leather-bottomed, arch-supporting sandals. (Literally, the ONLY shoes they ever wear, to this day!) Insisting they were comfortable, they bought me my first pair at 9 years old. Although I did like the feel of the butter-soft suede on my tootsies, my wide foot hung over the side and dug in, making them quite uncomfortable rather.

Today, Birkenstock continues their Green tradition with sandals made from biodegradable cork and earth-friendly adhesives…and in much trendier colors.

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"The Gizeh" in Bright White.

Their new styles for spring, “The Gizeh” and “The Madrid”, come in a rainbow of cool colors like Striking Purple, Peridot Green, and Liquid Silver. These new non-leather styles are made of Birko Flor®, a material developed by Birkenstock as an alternative to leather. It is made of acrylic and polyamide felt fibers, and feels NOTHING like the real thing, although it’s supposed to. And they even look cheaper than Das good’ol originals I remember from my tree-hugging youth.

"The Madrid" in Cherry Red.

"The Madrid" in Cherry Red.

I guess comfort and quality must be sacrificed for style and eco-responsibility. Oh well, grandma, I’ll still get you your “Arizonas” for Christmas. 

Academy of Art University Graduation Fashion Show 2009

Posted in Academy of Art (AAU), Art & Artists, Designers, Fashion with tags , , on April 29, 2009 by shapach

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Considering this was my first Academy fashion show that I have attended (I know right!), I was so overwhelmed and excited. I spent about a million hours getting ready. What does one wear to a fashion show? The ensemble must be extremely fashionable, of course…and comfortable, considering I was going to be sitting for an hour, craning my neck in anticipation for the next in a series of remarkable collections.

I invited my mother, the ultimate fashionista who taught me everything I know about style, and whom I was sure would appreciate such an astounding event. I rushed us up the hill toward the Morgan Auditorium on Post St., fearing we would be late and not wanting to miss even a millisecond of the action. When we arrived, crowds of people were still coming in and taking their seats.

Attending numerous symposiums in this same auditorium had taught me that nothing can be seen from the lower pews except the backs of scraggly heads, so I went straight for the balcony, knowing we would have the best vantage point of the runway from above.  We slid into the most perfect seats in the house, front row hanging directly over the stage, on the right side. Thankfully the show hadn’t started yet, so I had time to get out my camera and sweat it out eagerly until the show commenced.

After many grueling minutes of waiting longingly, the President of the Academy, Lisa Stevens, was introduced to say a few words. Then finally…the lights went low and the music started.

Many beautiful and intriguing collections were then paraded down the stage, including collaborations between fashion designers, textile designers, and jewelry designers from the Fine Arts department. I happily snapped away in amazement, like a tourist on a wild safari, almost too stunned to believe my eyes.

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I love garments that have an edgy, urban style so I was thrilled to see the collection of Aurelie Martin-Chiari, who worked with textile designer Van Kim Le, to create a a series of outfits inspired by the children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are.” The whole concept really brought out the inner street warrior in all of us, especially when accessorized with trendy, neon colored sneakers. Featuring intricate patterns of neon swirling lines printed on hoodies, footsies (one-piece jumpsuits complete with feet), and pants with protruding spikes, the collection was reminiscent of mom’s homemade monster costumes from the Halloweens of childhoods past.

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Every collection had an impact and thoughtfulness of its own, and goes to show the superb talent and dedication behind each designer that the Academy continually produces, sending forth such raw vitality to make their mark on the wide world of fashion. It’s times like this that make me proud to be a part of the family at the Academy of Art University.

After the show, as everyone piled out and the room slowly became empty, I simply sat in awe and soaked in the energy. If it weren’t for my bladder, I may have never moved from that seat!

Catch the whole show here!

H is for Hottie!

Posted in Actors/Comedians, Movies, Red Carpets on April 22, 2009 by shapach
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Photo by James White for Esquire Magazine

Miss Hilary Swank, the darling of the red carpet, is no stranger to being hot and sexy. With numerous steamy fashion editorials, a plethora of hot numbers worn at various award shows, and the killer bod to prove it, there is no denying the girl is bad! 

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Hilary Swank receives Humanitarian Award for her role in Freedom Writers. Photo courtesy of http://www.celebrityrolemodel.com

Body like a gazelle.

Body like a gazelle. Photo by Norman Jean Roy for Vanity Fair Magazine

Since splitting with nerdy hubby Chad Lowe, the hotness factor of Swank has increased thrice-fold.

Hilary and Chad split after eight years of marriage.

Hilary and Chad split after eight years of marriage. Photo courtesy of http://www.msnbc.com

Street Styles Part Trois

Posted in Designers, Fashion on April 14, 2009 by shapach

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Maria, who works at Saks in San Francisco, was equally chic with her adorable combo of designer paired with budget basics. She was wearing a black leather jacket over a ruffly, striped shirt and yellow vest (all from Forever 21) with trendy black skinny jeans by Marc Jacobs. Her outfit was set off by a great pair of Banana Republic ballet flats with matching patent-leather yellow toes. My favorite part of her ensemble was an awesome heart pin, hand made by Raul out of red Legos! Her love of funky shoes runs deep, as she stated her favorite items are her red patent “mouse” shoes from Marc by Marc Jacobs. She loves to shop at Goyard and when I asked her if she had alot, she said, “I’m slowly building my collection.” Raul is too, apparently, starting with his ensemble-matching Goyard keychain. Keep up the good style, kids!  

Street Styles Part Deux

Posted in Designers, Fashion with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2009 by shapach

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After some strenuous shopping, I needed a quenching pick me up, so I headed to the Starbucks on Park Ave. in Alameda. I walked in and ordered the most delicious shaken Passion Iced Tea Lemonade (it really just hit the spot, I do recommend) before quickly spotting trendy couple Raul and Maria posted up in the corner. Raul, a truck driver, had the most interesting mix of eclectic and urban styles. He sported a camo Bathing Ape shirt, one of his favorite labels, over a woven J. Crew with APC Denim jeans and flashy BAPE sneakers. Not surprisingly his favorite article of clothing is his grey Bathing Ape varsity jacket. His favorite place to shop is American Rag Denim Boutique, and he describes SF style as hipster, with a twist of expensive and trashy looks.

 

Street Styles

Posted in Designers, Fashion, Shops/Boutiques with tags , , , , on April 14, 2009 by shapach

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I ventured into a chic little shop called M Zoe Couture in Alameda and saw Nikki, a sales associate, rocking her chic outfit. She was wearing these adorable Steve Madden boots with her skinny, black Hudson Jeans, and a pretty wrap top. As expected, she said M Zoe was her favorite place to shop (but I think that had more to do with her boss being in earshot). Her favorite piece in her closet is a navy blue Charlotte Ronson sweater dress that she picked up at Dutchess in Lafayette. When I asked her to sum up SF/Bay Area style in a few words she said it was relaxed, and very conservative/trendy.