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).
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye