SF LIFE: All Things Fashion, Films & Fests
Yes, yes, we do! We have a Fashion Week Tomatoes and it’s here –all about the convergence of tech (our specialty here) and fashion. Speaking of fashion (I’m always thinking about it), check out the new stores in the “hood.” Films and festivals, things we do well. From Tea fests, to the Wharf, to documentaries. Get out and enjoy!
Oct. 17-27. Fashion Week
Our Fashion Week is a tad different than those found in Paris, Milan or NYC. This year’s theme is “Redefining Fashion” and will explore the current state of the fashion industry’s continuing challenges in diversity and sustainability. Highlighting San Francisco Fashion Week’s prime initiatives in education and technology, the weeklong celebration will include conferences in ethical fashion and an inclusivity panel with Macy’s.
In addition to showcasing emerging talents, sustainable designers will also play a prominent role in this year’s programs. Wearable tech, VR and of course fashion shows featuring the unique designs from around the world can be found. Events include a panel and discussion on Diversity in the Workplace, a Sustainable Fashion Showcase, The Future of Fashion presentation, a Fashion Tech Conference, and an emerging Designers showcase. Various locations around town including Macy’s and Target. Get the details.
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Oct. 17-27. Documentary Film Festival
The United Nations Association Film Festival takes place in SF and Palo Alto and the theme this year is Scales of Justice. Over the next 11 days you can check out 60 documentaries spotlighting current events from across the globe.
Topics include the use of art and music as rehabilitation in prisons, how fast fashion is polluting our planet and an artist’s response to the Sonoma wildfires. That is merely a hint of the thoughtful films being screened. www.unaff.org
Oct. 19. WHARF FEST
Love that chowder in a bowl? Our SF classic! Tomorrow grab your pals and head to Fisherman’s Wharf and taste away while you tap your feet to the tunes of 4 different bands. Join in and watch a concert in support of the Fisherman’s Wharf Homeless Outreach Program, Wharf Cares, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Additionally, food and beverages from Wharf businesses can be purchased during the entire event from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. Beer and wine tasting will go nicely with your creamy, salty chowder. The tourists have departed and our glorious fall weather is on hand. Wharf fest is calling. Get the details.
Oct. 19-20. Tea Festival
Lift your pinkies tomatoes and ready yourself to revel in the tasting of the finest teas. Local and global producers will be featured and you get to take home your own porcelain teacup (don’t we just love gifts?). There are lectures and workshops and you will discover the benefits of teas, their healing properties and what makes the taste. The gorgeous Palace of Fine Arts hosts this gathering. Get the details.
Allbirds is celebrating a new hatchling. Born a few weeks ago on Hayes Street, the new shop is fun and bright and pays homage to its hometown via gray-blue color pops, an affectionate ode to Karl the Fog, and with the metal and wood service bar, a clear shout-out to the Golden Gate Bridge. Our favorite SF thing, though, is the Tree Topper ($115) in a limited edition, only-available-in Hayes, washed-navy-and-green combo inspired by the Land’s End Trail. You can also shop the full collection including the new-on-the-scene Trino socks, made from wool and trees…because of course. / 425 Hayes St. (Hayes Valley), allbirds.com
Next time you’re strolling Fillmore, make it a point to pop by Garin. The new (long-term) temporary shop sells just one thing: cashmere sweaters. Currently, you’ll find six women’s and five men’s styles—timeless crews to elevated hoodies. Eco- and animal-friendly, each sweater is crafted in 100 percent biodegradable cashmere, with yarn processed in Italy and made in Mongolia. And, be still our hearts, they’re machine washable, too. Local designer Negarin Sadr set out to create an everlasting sweater that won’t pill or unravel with wear. Prices range from $295 to $495. Open daily from 11am to 7pm; 2053 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights) garinshop.com
Oct. 19-20. Betabrand Sample Sale
Hurry, hurry and get to Betabrand at 780 Valencia Street tomorrow morning. Their annual sample sale is happening and you have probably seen the ads for the yoga dress pants everywhere – now they are deeply discounted. In case you aren’t familiar. Betabrand is a retail clothing company and a crowdfunding platform based in our city. The company designs, manufactures and releases new products in limited quantities each week. Their fans connect with designers, and voila, really useable products are manufactured and brought to the consumers (us!). Sat and Sun 11 – 6. Get details.