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49ers Foundation, Ready for Some Football!

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Everyone in the Bay area is ready for some football, especially in the new Levi’s Stadium!  The 49ers are good to go for the regular season and so are all the fans.  The stadium hosted the 49ers vs. Denver on Sunday in a pre-season game and the sparkly new stadium is amazing.  Many people don’t know that The 49ers Organization has a philanthropic branch call the 49ers Foundation.

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“The San Francisco 49ers Foundation is the non-profit community funding extension of the San Francisco 49ers. Now in its 22nd year, the 49ers Foundation supports development programs for underserved youth that keep them, “Safe, On Track and In School.” Since 1992, the Foundation has donated over $23 million to support non-profits, including $3.3 million in 2013.”

On Thursday night, there will be a party launching the limited edition “Key to the Stadium”, designed by the lovely and talented Jennifer Montana of Jennifer Montana Design.  Proceeds from sales will be donated to the 49er Foundation and the Montana Family Four Rings Foundation.  Joe and Jennifer Montana will be on hand to help launch this wonderful fundraiser!

Jennifer and Joe Montana

Jennifer and Joe Montana

Wanna come as my special guest?  All you need to do is sign up to receive my blog and you are entered to win a special invitation (+1) to the Launch Party…  easy, right?  Tell your friends to enter!  You can also enter by “liking” the Jennifer Montana Design Facebook Page or following on Twitter  @jmontanadesign.  You have 3 ways to enter*.  The event is this Thursday, August 21st from 6-8 pm in Palo Alto.

49ers Foundation 'Key to the Stadium'

49ers Foundation ‘Key to the Stadium’

 

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Good luck!  *Entrants must be 18 years of age.  Contest ends at 9 pm (PST) on Wednesday, August, 20th.

Roland Mouret Hits Banana Republic 8/7!

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Banana Republic keeps pulling out great designer collaborations and their next one with Roland Mouret, is hitting stores on August 7th.  I love designer collaborations and  most major designers are jumping on the bandwagon.  It makes sense for all involved.  The retailer gets an association with a big name designer and the designer gets introduced to other markets.  It’s a win-win for both.

Roland Mouret was born in Paris in 1962 and had no more training than a 3 month stint at a Parisian fashion college in 1979.  Somehow, despite his lack of formal training, he seemed to understand the way a dress in particular, should fit a woman’s body.  He partnered with the Meyers (Sharai and Andre’) who bought his namesake line in 1998.  Mouret introduced his Galaxy dress in his 2006 collection and it was an immediate success sending ripples through the fashion world.  Vogue Magazine said  ”for weeks you [couldn't] open a newspaper or magazine without seeing another young Hollywood A-lister wearing it”.  Less than 2 months later,  he split with his backers, the Meyerses and neither side ever elaborated on the break up.  Mouret took a 2 year break and launched RM by Roland Mouret and eventually bought back the rights to the Roland Mouret name in September 2010.  He opened his first retail store in London in 2011.

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Victoria Beckham in Roland Mouret Moon dress

Roland Mouret

Roland Mouret’s iconic Galaxy dress

Roland Mouret has designed a 25 piece collection for Banana Republic and it will be available on August 7th, and will feature a beautiful mixture of skirts, trousers, tops and dresses in a muted, classic color palette. There is no doubt Mouret’s iconic dresses in particular, will be the most popular.  With price points between $49.50 and $165.00, everyone can afford a piece from this talented designer!  The limited-edition items feature the retail brand’s signature Sloan fabric — a rich, bistretch material that Mouret hand-draped, cut, and pinned on the body to create his classic hourglass structure. Heavy Sigh

Roland Mouret

Photo: Banana Republic

Roland Mouret

Photo: Banana Republic

 

Roland Mouret

Photo: Banana Republic

Roland Mouret

Photo: Banana Republic

As readers may recall, I had quite an adventure acquiring a certain Marimekko skirt when BR launched their collaboration with the Swedish fabric line.  I am a little wiser and a lot smarter now, so I have my list of must-haves from the Roland Mouret collection, and I am sure, a story to share. Stay tuned.

PS-  BR cardholders get a chance to buy a day early online.  Go sign up for a credit card, NOW!

PPS- check out this video for the collection featuring Karolina Kurkova http://youtu.be/ZLG2oKIwhSc

 

Top 10 Reasons I Loved BlogHer14

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

I just returned (well, 4 days ago) from the BlogHer14 conference in San Jose, CA.  It was my first time there (newbie) and I felt a bit intimidated at first, but not enough to forgo this opportunity to learn more about writing and blogging.  As I mentioned in my last post, I went at the urging of Nancy Davis Kho of Midlife Mixtape, my literary inspiration and talked Amy Roseveare, of Jewelry Fashion Tips, into going and being my roommate.  In no particular order, here is my top 10 list of reasons I was happy I went.

10.  It was an opportunity to be away from my family.  OK, that doesn’t sound very nice, does it.  I LOVE my kids and husband like crazy, but sometimes it’s really nice to experience life as a 1, not part of a 2 (husband) or 4 (husband and kids).  It was exciting to be going to a place where the women and a few men spoke a language unique to writing and blogging.

9.  It was an opportunity to spend time with my people.  Having a BlogHer alumni to show me the way, tell me to sign up for the FB group and what were the not to be missed parts of the conference was invaluable.  Nancy got me excited and took me under her wing, introducing me to wonderful women who made everything more fun.  My roommate, friend and colleague Amy gave me a sense of belonging and saved me from sitting alone in most of the breakout sessions.  It felt like college all over again, since Nancy and Tarja at The Flying Chalupa, were in the very next room at our hotel.

8.  I loved the energy of 2500+ women and a smattering of men of all ages, colors, sizes, sexual preferences, writing styles and levels of blogging success.  Every time I sat down at a table for a meal or a speaker, everyone was so darn friendly, I LOVED that.  Where else can you go where people are genuinely excited to meet and talk to you?  Don’t answer that, but for me that place was BlogHer.

7.  The keynote speakers were amazing!  From Tig Nataro, to Kerry Washington, to Arianna Huffington, these women  are heavyweights in their respective fields.  Tig Nataro was hilarious, self deprecating and her delivery was dry as a bone.  I’d never heard of her before Blogher, but she is surely on my radar now.  Arianna Huffington’s message about getting enough sleep and not gloryifing being busy really resonated with me.  She was a font of clichés and quotable sound bites.  Kerry Washington was real, unapologetic about protecting her privacy and very well spoken.  These women were inspiring.

6.  There were a lot of great outfits.  OK people, I’m a fashion/style blogger, of course I am going to comment on the clothing!  Here are  a few of my favorites:

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5.  Finding a sticker on my mirror that said “You’ve never looked better”.  Whether or not it was true, I appreciated the vote of confidence.  In addition, there were stickers left to bring home that said “I’m enough”, a wonderful sentiment indeed.  Aforementioned stickers were part of the marketing campaign for a new band called The Mrs. with a single coming out called…you guessed it, Enough.

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4.  Voices of The Year (VOTY).  This is BlogHer’s version of the Oscars.  Pieces are submitted and chosen to be recognized at the Friday night reception.  I was so proud that one of Nancy Kho’s pieces was chosen, although not everyone honored gets to read theirs.  The honesty and heart with which these women wrote such personal stories, was so incredibly inspiring to me.  Tears flowed freely as each one was read.  Lisa Rae Page Rosenberg at Smacksy read hers last and I believe it was my favorite, sniff, sniff. You won’t regret clicking her link and reading it for yourself, promise.

Nancy Davis Kho

Nancy Davis Kho

3.  I got a whole lotta new ideas, apps, contacts and a very long to-do list.  That’s why you go to conferences, right?  You want to be better; to write better, to take better pictures, to learn about the latest and greatest buzz in the biz.  BlogHer delivered and I’d  be looking forward to implementing what I learned if I wasn’t so busy  (oops, sorry Arianna).

2.   Dancing at the closing party to Reverend Run from Run DMC.  I think this was a high point for most of us over the age of 35, or anyone that likes 80′s dance music.  The dance floor was a sea of women dancing, grooving and singing every word.  The 1 hour set was way too short and left us wondering what happened.  But that 1 hour was one helluva good time!

 

Rev Run at closing party

Rev Run at closing party

 

1.  Coming home to my +1 (husband) and +3 (husband + 2 kids).  I always say the best part of vacation is coming home, and I was sure happy to see my family after the 5 days I was away.  I missed them and I know they missed me too.

Thank you for a great time BlogHer14!

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Take YOUR Personal Style to BlogHer ’14!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

I am about to leave for a 3 day blogging conference in San Jose, CA.  I am going with my friend and Midlife Mixtape author Nancy Kho and friend and colleague Amy Roseveare, author of Jewelry Fashion Tips. Stop by their blogs and give them some BlogHer love.   Nancy is a seasoned veteran of BlogHer and has been my go to person for questions, concerns and advice for newbies like me.  It was at her urging, that I decided to weigh in on dressing for BlogHer.

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BlogHer 14 has a Facebook page that many of us have joined and the MOST asked question by far is “what do I wear???  Normally, I would jump all over this question!  I am a Personal Shopper and get paid for helping people with their wardrobes.  After reading tons of entries over the last few weeks, I came up with advice and guidance to answer that ‘what to wear’ question.  I’m not going to offer packing tips, Pinterest boards, Polyvore sets or trend advice, but some thoughtful guidelines on how to dress for BlogHer or any other intimidating and new situation.

“Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of someone else”.  I love this quote by Judy Garland and have repeated it many times.  Dress like and for yourself, not for someone else.  I have read countless posts about feeling scared, unsure and downright out of place, coming to BlogHer for the first time.  I am inspired by how many people have said to dress comfortably and in what you feel most powerful and confident in.  This is the very same advice I give to my clients.  If I am not taking their personality, lifestyle and spirit into consideration when choosing items, then the clothes we buy together will go to waste.  Buying clothes that aren’t ‘you’ is the equivalent of buying a new couch and leaving it in the attic; neither will ever see the light of day.

 

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Are you artistic, flamboyant and outgoing?  Wear color!  Are you a bit shy and reserved, not wanting to stand out in the crowd?  That’s OK, wear more subtle understated colors and clothing!  Don’t like the way jeans fit your frame?  Wear A line skirts and dresses!  There is a solution for everyone.

Remember, personal style is not static.  Are you the same writer you were 5, 10, 15 years ago?  Probably not.  In that same way, our own personal style changes, grows and morphs as we make our way in the world.  No need to go all out dressing up if you spend most of your working hours in the comfort of a home office.  It’s not necessary to buy lovely dry clean only separates with babies or toddlers around.  Dress for your life today, don’t worry about where it will be next month, year or decade.  Celebrate where you are now.

My BFF has a picture of me circa 1999 in a pair of pale blue linen overalls!  She uses it in loving way to remind me of where I came from.  At that time I was a new mother to boy/ girl twins.  You could say I was overwhelmed and sleep deprived and that would be the understatement of the year!  The fact that the overalls were easy to clean, supposed to be wrinkled (they were linen after all) and could be easily undone for nursing, made them a slam dunk in my wardrobe.  Would I wear them now?  Most likely not, but my life has changed a lot since then.  My kids are going to be high school juniors this fall, so parks, playgrounds, dirty diapers and sippy cups are a distant memory.

My linen overalls.  I hated to get rid of them.

My linen overalls. I hated to get rid of them.

 

Having spent the whole of my career in the fashion/ retail industry, my style has grown and changed accordingly.  Spending time in NY covering Fashion Week (talk about stressful packing), requires a very different mindset and wardrobe than driving a carload of teens to the movies.  No matter what I wear with my teens, I will never look cool enough, young enough or hip enough.  Here’s the rub, I don’t want to!  I dress for my age, figure, budget, husband, girlfriends, but most of all, I DRESS FOR MYSELF!  So as you fellow BlogHer 14 attendees are scrambling to pack, do last minute errands, get manis and pedis, remember, whatever you have on will be the perfect outfit for YOU!

And if happen to notice you in overalls  (BTW, they are very on trend right now ), you will get an understanding, accepting and admiring nod from moi!

 

Marimekko, Banana Republic, a Great Team!

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Exciting news from clothing purveyor Banana Republic,  Marimekko, the iconic Finnish fabric design and fashion house, is partnering with them for a wonderful capsule collection.  I have always been a big fan of Marimekko fabrics and their prints are just so FUN, no doubt about it!  They have created, or in some cases reimagined, vintage prints, to put together a really inspiring clothing group.

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photo courtesy of bananarepublic.ccm

I love when retailers collaborate with designers and the outcome is a more affordable group.  Although Marimekko is not very high end, their fabric designs are always imaginative and feel very Scandinavian in it their aesthetic.  Marimekko has done some very successful collaborations with Crate & Barrel stores, where customers pick their Marimekko fabric and have a custom table cloth made for them.  They are also launching a showroom in the EQ3 store in San Francisco at the end of May.

Marimekko started in 1949 in Helsinki, Finland and was Printex before it was renamed Marimekko.  Their first fashion show was held in 1951 and the crowds were so excited, they practically bought the garments off of the model’s backs!  The first Marimekko store opened the following year.  Their most iconic and recognizable print is Unikko, an abstract interpretation of poppies.

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Marimekko has it’s own stores as well as being carried in stores all around the world.  The store locator can help you find the store nearest you.

The Banana Republic collection includes shorts, skirts, dresses, pants, tops and a few cute clutches.  Everything is priced at $39.50-$130, a very doable price point!  It went on sale today for BR cardholders on their website and is available in stores starting Thursday, May 22nd.  The black and white skirt in the top picture is already sold out online, so I think that means there will be a lot of excitement around this launch.  I’ve already placed orders for my clients (and me)!

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BR short set

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Missoni Family attends AAU Graduation Fashion Show!

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The Academy of Art University students wowed the invitation only audience at the packed graduation fashion show last Thursday night, May 8th!  The venue was a massive warehouse in a south San Francisco industrial/chic neighborhood.  Attendees were treated to wine and nibbles before the show, in order to peruse the portfolios of select BFA and MFA graduating fashion students including Fashion Design, Textile Design, Knitwear Design, Merchandising, Jewelry/Metal arts and Illustration majors.  It was an impressive group of graduates!

Even more impressive were guests of honor Rosita, Angela and Margherita Missoni…THREE generations of amazing Missoni women.  The Missoni label was started by Rosita and her husband Ottavio  in the 1950’s and continues to be one of the most iconic knitwear brands in the world.  Rosita and Ottavio (Tai) were awarded Honorary Doctorates while they were guests of AAU in 1999.  I was working at AAU at that time as Merchandising Coordinator and instructor.  I had the great pleasure of spending some time with the Missonis and they were beyond gracious and charming!

The picture below is a wonderful reminder of that time.  Pictured (L to R) Maureen French, Bridget Kelly, Louise (top), GPP (bottom), Tai Missoni (top), Rosita Missoni (bottom), Rhona MacKenzie, Sharon and AAU President, Elisa Stephens.

The Missonis along with fashion school faculty in 1999

The Missonis along with fashion school faculty in 1999

Rosita was thrilled to see the 1999 picture, as was AAU President, Elisa Stephens and AAU Fashion School Executive Director, Gladys Perint Palmer.  Sadly, Tai Missoni passed away in May of last year at the family’s home in Sumirago, Italy.

Rosita Missone, Maureen French & Gladys Perint Palmer

Rosita Missone, Maureen French & Gladys Perint Palmer

It was lovely to see both Angela and Margherita Missoni receive their Honorary Doctorates during Thursday’s show.   They were both so grateful to be awarded these honors along with their parents and grandparents 15 years prior.  AAU President, Elisa Stephens said “The Missonis have created an iconic, globally recognized and celebrated style.  We are thrilled to have the Missonis as our esteemed guests, and it is an honor to have three generations of lady doctors join us for our Graduation Fashion Show.”

simon_unglessAs in years past, the show was as close as SF gets to a fashion week show!  AAU graduate students show at New York Fashion Week in the Spring and Fall.  Every year the show gets better and having missed only one or two over the last 16 years, I feel very qualified to say that!  Simon Ungless, Director of the School of Fashion and Director/Producer of the fashion show, is brilliant in his role and NEVER disappoints!  He has his hand in every detail of the show and it always pays off with a stunning parade of sartorial splendor.  He really is the heart and soul of the show and makes sure every student whose collection is included, really works hard for that honor.  Many tears have been shed by students who did not complete their collections on time or were lacking in quality and construction… talk about a project runway moment!  BTW, several AAU alumni have been on the popular show including fan favorite, Melissa Fleiss.

Overall, the collections were imaginative, original and impeccably tailored.  The variety of men’s, women’s and children’s collections kept the audience totally interested in whatever came down the runway.  Here are a few highlights…

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And here is the full video from the AAU website.  Watch it, you WON’T be disappointed!

Peter Pilotto hits the Target!!!

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Peter Pilatto for Target #3Target is truly the benchmark when it comes to designer collaborations, it made Isaac Mizrahi a household name after all!  Well, for those of you obsessed with getting designer styles at a fraction of the cost, the wait is over.  Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos,  co-creators of the Peter Pilotto line have designed a capsule collection for Target.  It hits Target stores/website on February 9th, as well as Net-a-Porter.com.  That means those living outside of the U.S. can buy it too, c’est magnifique!

Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos are London based designers and met whilst studying at Antwerp’s prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 2000.  Pilotto is half Austrian and half Italian and De Vos is half Belgian and half Peruvian.  Pilotto’s passion is wonderful prints and textiles while De Vos leans toward silhouette and draping.  Together, they are just genius!

Capsule collection for Target

The collection is so interesting in the way it pairs Pilotto’s graphic and sometimes crazy prints with the architectural design of De Vos.  Almost the entire line is priced below $60 and keep in mind that a real Peter Pilotto dress can cost upwards of $2000!  Some have described their sensibility at Fem-Geek, which hits the nail on the head.

 

The line includes staples like dresses (can you say summer parties?), skirts, pants tops, as well as bathing suits, accessories (totes and clutches) and even a beach towel.  I was a little disappointed with the quality of the Philip Lim for Target collection, so I hope this latest collaboration is a step up.

Peter Pilatto for Target #4

I love the playfulness of the prints and the wear-ability of the dresses.  Until it comes out, it is hard to gauge how well it will fit.  Although from the lookbook, it seems to skew towards the younger side, I think some of the separates worn with a solid would be great on any age.  It’s all about what you wear it with, yes?

Peter Pilatto for Target #2Anyone have their eye on anything???  For the full lookbook, check out fashionista.com and let me know what you like … Happy shopping!

 

 

Lesley Evers Warehouse sale!

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

One of my favorite designers is having a warehouse sale starting on Wednesday, and I’m pretty excited!  Lesley Evers is a local Oakland designer of both clothing and wonderful fabrics, and I’m not sure which I love more!  They opened a lovely store on College Ave. in Rockridge, and their second store is in Lafayette, where the sale is taking place.  Come and check them out, even if you can’t make it to the sale …

See ‘ya there!

 

Lesley Evers sale

‘Future Beauty’ at SAM

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

It’s hard to believe that summer is over, kids are back at school and fall is almost upon us.  Vacations are a distant memory and plans are being made for the holidays already…yikes, take me back to summer!  We took a wonderful family trip to the Pacific Northwest; Eugene, Seattle, Vancouver, Whistler and Portland in that order.  I had discovered an exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum that I was REALLY excited about, Future Beauty 30 Years of Japanese Fashion.  Although always a fan of the sculptural silhouttes of Japanese designers, I do not own any pieces, nor do my clients lean in that sartorial direction.  I really loved this exhibit and it was only enhanced by the perspective of my 15 year old daughter.

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The entire exhibit was on loan from the Kyoto Costume Institute, a museum I would LOVE to visit one day (#327 on my bucket list).  The exhibit starts with 1973, the year designer Rei Kawakubo started Comme des Garcons (meaning “like the boys”), known for it’s androgoneous styles that challenged gender stereotypes.  Pictured below is a piece from the 1997 collection, “Dress Meets Body, Body Meets Dress”, sometimes referred to as the Quasimodo collection.

Rei Kawakubo/ Comme des Garcons Top and skirt of stretch nylon/ polyurethane plain weave printedgingham checks; down pads Spring/ Summer 1997

Rei Kawakubo/ Comme des Garcons Top and skirt of stretch nylon/ polyurethane plain weave printed gingham checks; down pads
Spring/ Summer 1997

It’s interesting to note that Kawakubo did a stint as “guest designer” for H & M in 2008.  Here is another Comme des Garcon collection piece designed by Kawakubo that is as appropriate today, as it was in 1992/93 when it was first shown…

Rei Kawakubo/ Comme des Garcons One piece dress of three sheets of black and purplish brown polyester georgette; of two sheets of the same material at sleeves; black nylon knit at neck; trained Autumn/Winter 1992-93

Rei Kawakubo/ Comme des Garcons One piece dress of three sheets of black and purplish brown polyester georgette; of two sheets of the same material at sleeves; black nylon knit at neck; trained
Autumn/Winter 1992-93

Yohji Yamamoto was another Japanese designer emerging at the same time as Kawakubo.  He showed his line in Paris for the first time in 1981, and was a rumored paramour of Kawakubo.  Together, along with Issey Miyake and Kenzo Takada, they embodied Japanese fashion design and elevated it to what it is today.

Yohji Yamamoto Dress, Black and white felt; black knit under skirt. Autumn/Winter 1996-97

Yohji Yamamoto Dress, Black and white felt; black knit under skirt.
Autumn/Winter 1996-97

Following on the heels of Yamamoto and Kawakubo was Junya Watanabe, former apprentice and protégé of Kawakubo at Comme des Garcons.  Watanabe worked his way up through design positions, finally designing under his own name for Comme des Garcons.

Jnya Watanabe Comme des Garcons Autumn/Winter 2000-01 Red polyester organdie jacket;Yellow polyester organdie skirt

Junya Watanabe Comme des Garcons
Autumn/Winter 2000-01
Red polyester organdie jacket;Yellow polyester organdie skirt

The above ensemble was just incredible!  Pictures do not do it justice, the architecture is just beautiful.  Pictured below is another piece by Watanabe in denim, a great fabric to work with, but a little unexpected from this genre of designers.

Junya Watanabe Comme des Garcons Blue washed denim dress and trousers Spring/Summer 2002

Junya Watanabe Comme des Garcons
Blue washed denim dress and trousers
Spring/Summer 2002

Future Beauty also paid homage to the newer up- and- coming Japanese designers like Jun Takahashi for UNDERCOVER.  He has collaborated with Nike and Uniqlo in past seasons.  Below is a look designed for UNDERCOVER.  He also designs with his wife RICO as well (not sure what the capitol letters signify???).

Jun Takahashi/ UNDERCOVER Jacket, sweater, scarf, belt, bag, gloves, stockings and wig of various fabrics including wool, mohair, synthetic 'leather', painted, printed and embroidered with plaid pattern  Autumn/Winter 2000-01

Jun Takahashi/ UNDERCOVER
Jacket, sweater, scarf, belt, bag, gloves, stockings and wig of various fabrics including wool, mohair, synthetic ‘leather’, painted, printed and embroidered with plaid pattern
Autumn/Winter 2000-01

Hokuto Katsui and Nao Yagi designer for mintdesigns and they represent the new  aesthetic of younger Japanese designers.  The dress below conveys the creativity and vision of this new crop of designers.

Hokuto Katsui and Nao Yagi for mintdesigns White and blue silk-screen printed polyester; shredded magazines Autumn/Winter 2008-09

Hokuto Katsui and Nao Yagi for mintdesigns
White and blue silk-screen printed polyester; shredded magazines
Autumn/Winter 2008-09

This exhibit was really a highlight for me, as you don’t expect to see a major collection like this outside of New York or the de Young in San Francisco (speaking of which, I can’t wait to see The Art of Bulgari, jewelry exhibit opening at the de Young on Sept. 21st!).  I was totally impressed with the 100+ pieces this exhibit encompassed and my hope is that it travels to other locations in the US, before returning home to Kyoto!

“What you wear can largely govern your feelings and your emotions, and how you look influences the way people regard you.  So fashion plays  an important role on both the practical level and the aesthetic level.” —Kawakubo, Interview Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mycra Pac warehouse sale!

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Mycra Pac is one of those smaller bay area companies whose styles are instantly recognizable, yet they remain under the radar.  Mycra Pac is a manufacturer of cool designer rain wear and they are located right here in Moraga, CA.  Nordstrom carries a wide range of styles and colors in all of their stores.  One of the things I like best about these raincoats is that they’re so packable and come with their own little pouch that doubles as a handbag.  They are designed and made in the USA and have hoods that are perfect if you have no umbrella and they don’t mess up your hair!  Oh, as if that wasn’t enough, they’re reversible!

Reversible Mycra Pac rain coat

Reversible Mycra Pac rain coat

Mycra Pac has a yearly warehouse sale at their offices in Moraga, and it starts WEDNESDAY, June 12th continuing through TUESDAY June 18th.  This needs to make it on your calendar!  Women wait all year for this sale, so it does get pretty crowded.  People start lining up early.  As with most warehouse sales, they don’t put everything out on the first day, so I’m sure each day will have new merchandise.  See you at the sale!

Mycra Pac sale 6-12-13