Independent fashion boutiques are tucked throughout San Francisco's bustling neighborhood shopping districts. Here's a sample of specialty women's stores and how they interpret trends for spring.
"The must-have fashion piece is an oversize scarf as a wrap or layered around your neck for a dramatic effect," declared Cristina Moe, an owner of Hush, 1878 Union Street, in lower Pacific Heights (myhush.com). The boutique is stocking colorful silk and cotton scarves from India, some personalized for Hush with Hindu prayer prints ($150 to $200). Other expected standouts are the season's bright colors, like canary yellow seen in a silk sleeveless racer-back top ($245) by San Francisco native Alexander Wang and a long sleeveless electric-blue cardigan for $154 by Clu, which go with $500 patent leather totes in bright yellow, navy and white by Graham and Spencer.
The season's primary colors are "great for San Franciscans" in the foggy summers, confirmed Melissa Grimm, partner in Carrots (sfcarrots.com), 843 Montgomery Street, in the Financial District. Also expected to score with local shoppers are casual dresses and lightweight outerwear with the season's defined waists, Grimm said, singling out a Kaufman Franco paper nylon belted jacket in sun yellow ($1,995) and a Sara Gueron navy V-neck shift with a waistband ($625).
"The return of the waist in both dresses and denim" is expected to boost business for the Candy Store Collective, 3153 16th Street in the Mission (candystorecollective.com), said partner Jennifer Jones. Examples the store carries are a Corey Lynn Calter fitted pencil dress with a thin belt, black chiffon top and green silk printed skirt ($238), straight leg jeans with a 9-inch rise by Good Society ($88) and wide-leg high-waist trousers from Found Denim and Dittos.
Russian Hill boutique In Lieu, 2420 Polk Street (shopin lieu.com), is embracing trends like the safari and nautical looks, vibrant floral prints and boyish-fitted blazers and trousers. However, owner Christina Claypool noted she won't be stocking the season's expected fuller-skirt fad. "My San Francisco customer is not a big skirt girl," Claypool affirmed, adding one-shoulder dresses seen on runways for spring to her list of no-nos for the city's fashion flock.
Rather, arriving at In Lieu this spring will be more in the likes of the above-the-knee navy linen-blend safari dress by Dace ($271) or a blue and white seersucker fitted sportcoat designed by Built by Wendy ($299).
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews