Today was busy. Let’s start with that. I woke up late because my alarm didn’t go off, just enough time to get me to my interview at Crossroads but not without first stopping in my tracks, panicking at the notion that I was going to a FASHION interview and had not planned out what to wear. Fear not, though, luckily, I had just received a package in the mail with the most fucking amazing leggings by Michael Angel. Easy fix. Throw on a slouchy gray tank and some and my old cowboy boot faves and voil√†, interview ready. That’s good cause I turned out having a couple more interviews later on, of which I am most excited about an internship at D-Structured, a fashion/art gallery.

Jacket, Piko // Top, Old Navy // Leggings, Michael Angel // Shoes, thrifted // Bag, Cheap Monday

This past week has been chaos with the two simultaneous SF fashion weeks happening (whats that all about???) but at least it’s been interesting. Tonight was one of the first night that I actually bothered to take pictures at even though it’s so damn easy thanks to my brand new iPhone 4 (hello product placement, and no, I’m not getting paid).

First is what I wore and then there’s a couple of the lovelies that I met at the Pop Art Pop-Up (which is actually not part of Chic Fashion Week, just coincidentally coinciding)¬†including the designers of Serial Cultura, a fucking luscious San Francisco based clothing line, an Academy of Art textiles teacher, a photographer at SF Station, and a couple of dapper attendees.

Coat, Charles Klein, thrifted // Tunic, J Crew, thrifted // Leggings, Zara // Belt, Miu Miu, vintage // Shoes, Sam Edelman Zoe

A lovely gallery-goer

Designer wearing Serial Cultura

Sandra from the AAU textiles department

This handsome young man

Lily from SF Station

I’m not even embarrassed to say it: I have a huge, throbbing erection for the way she plays dress up. Jerk it here: http://moohoop.tumblr.com/

Also, yes, you don’t have to say it, I may be the laziest person to ever write a blog. I’m not even going to bother to resize the images and make them look all pretty and uniform or whatever. Ahh, sometimes I miss the old me who used to care about shit like that. Whatevs2bad4U:(

Contrary to the failure that was last Wednesdays discussion (see Rebel Rebel: Waste of Time), Thursday’s interview with Suzy Menkes, editor of the International Herald Tribune, proved to be quite insightful; I had always wondered what was happening underneath that signature pomp of hers. The audience listened with rapt attention to the relaxed conversation between Menkes and Gladys Perint Palmer, Executive Director of Fashion at Academy of Art, whose voices were projected ever so softly from the auditoriums potentially powerful speakers.

Marching fearlessly into an open explanation of a very current and close to home topic to us bloggers: e-commerce and internet journalism, Menkes was articulate, knowledgeable, and even used the word ‘blogosphere’ which I have since reinstated to my vocabulary repertoire. Her understanding of media’s influence on fashion was impressive and surpassed that of any over-confident twenty-something by a landslide. Atop of that, her knowledge was by no means one-dimensional; she covered topics from the direct link between fashion shows and online shopping (see Tokyo Girls fashion show) to the endless opportunities to diminish the waste created by fashion (Monsoon’s return policy) and even the evolution of the tribal headdress to the logo and beyond.

Perhaps the most thrilling part was being privy to a few of Menkes’ theories about the fashion industry. Who else would have claimed that the current silhouette of models and the drive to be thin can not be accredited to designers nor journalists but to the lack of means to differentiate ones self from the masses? According to Menkes, the “extreme body modification” that is paraded down the runways is really just a replacement for the clothing that royalty and the elite were once identified by.

Not to say that the interview was monopolized by heavy, hard to swallow concepts – when asked about her opinion on Lady Gaga, Menkes responded by saying, “I don’t think anything is going too far in fashion.” Not to say that Menkes’ own style was Gaga-inspired – to the amusement of the audience, she added, “Well, I can’t wear a telephone on my head because of my hairstyle.”

Pt. 1: Keanan Duffty’s Rebel Fashion Panel Discussion

The students in the auditorium were hushed by the sight of easily-distinguishable Walter van Beirendonck, member of the notoriously avant-garde Antwerp Six, with his bushy beard and regally bejeweled fingers as he took a seat at the satin-clothed table on stage. He began an inaudible conversation with the other panel members, Joe Haller and Ian Hannula, bay area founders and designers of Nice Collective and Keanan Duffty took the mic. The buzz about Duffty’s roots in the punk scene as a musician and fashion designer (and now writer of the book Rebel Rebel: Anti-Style)¬†quickly faded after a children’s show host-like introduction and a crassly edited video when it became clear that the next hour or so would be little more than a joke.

His discussion questions and accompanying slide-show were shamelessly self-promoting, although quite unconvincingly so. Keanan’s one-dimensional queries to the panel were met with frustration and disbelief. Luckily, Beirendonck’s skepticism and rightfully superior demeanor kept the discussion interesting and inspiring. Haller and Hannula stumbled over their points and actually appeared to be insecure about the credibility of their own company’s rebel-status. What was supposed to be an exploration of the culture of counter-fashion turned out to be more of a name-dropping contest. It started with Duffty’s straightforward references to his days with Bowie, Nice Collective’s collaboration with Gwen Stefani and finally, Beirendonck’s unenthusiastic but obligatory mention of his wrk for U2.

Overall, I have to say that the most amusing part, other than Duffty still believing he had punk cred despite having just finished designing a line for Target, was Beirendonck’s happy powder blue sweatshirt with a rainbow on it.

When I received an email from Sarah a few weeks ago asking me to review her jewelry site, LuShae Jewelry, I was pretty skeptical. After having been bombarded for the last few years, over the life of this blog, I had yet to be presented with anything as worthwhile as her designs proved to be. I spent a full hour on the site trying to choose between all the wonderful items. I finally decided upon the Branch Wrapped Shell Pearl which arrived within the week. After spending some time getting used to it and merging it into my collection quite comfortably, I can say with full confidence that it is truly an excellent piece of jewelry that I am proud to own. The ring is a realization of careful craftsmanship with a stature and modern flair that reminds me of Luxirare’s own ring creation.

(Sarah’s ring is the on the middle finger of my right hand… always)

For those of you who are interested, these are my favorite picks from the ring selection: Black Onyx Egg, Queen Royalty Eternity Ring, and Amethyst World Wonder.