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>From Tony Walton to Balenciaga: 7 Fashion Events to Check Out This Week

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By Lily Ko

1. Designers on Design: Tony Walton at The Museum of Performance and Design, Monday March 21, 7pm, $15-$30.

The Museum of Performance and Design launches their new conversation series,Designers on Design,  tonight, with the legendary costume and set designer, Tony Walton. After a career as a Broadway set designer in NYC and London, Walton hit the big screen in 1964, as the costume designer and visual consultant for Mary Poppins. His detailed costume work was immediately recognized with an Oscar nod, but it wasn’t until 1980 that he won an Oscar for his designs in All That Jazz. All of this and more will be discussed when Walton joins Brad Rosenstein, Curator of Exhibitions for the MPD, in an intimate conversation on Walton’s life and five decades of work. Photos and footage behind-the-scenes of Broadway and Hollywood will accompany the conversation.

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>Look of the Week: SXSW

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By Lily Ko

Waves of Bay Area tech geeks, music lovers and general party people alike have been gettin’ down in Austin-town at South by Southwest (SXSW). With every concert being a party, and every conference having an after-party, it’s basically Spring Break for grown-ups.
SXSW is rooted in rock ‘n’ roll, and with that in mind, we’ve comprised an edgy layered outfit. This dress is sophisticated enough to attend lectures in, sexy enough for mega-networking and, with a trendy hat and sunglasses, its hip enough for any indie band. When the sun goes down, bring out that statement necklace and cropped leather jacket — urban chic, but still rock ‘n’ roll. Last but not least, when in Texas, just remember, everything goes with a good pair of cowboy boots.

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>Fashion 101: How to Start a Fashion Business

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By Lily Ko

So you’re a designer, and if you had time to spare for the drama that is reality TV, you would have won your season of Project Runway. Or maybe you’re not great with needles and thread, but you have the eye to round-up exclusive goods for a slamming new boutique. If you’re all fashion, but need a little help on the business end, check out The San Francisco Fashion and Merchants Alliance (SFFAMA) Mash-up event, “How to Start a Business in Fashion“, Thursday night at Pigment Cosmetics.

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>Look of the Week: White Wedges

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By Lily Ko

When it comes to statement shoes, white is the new red. We love both the neutrality, and pop that come with a great white. And, of course, we adore wedges for their comfort and versatility — not to mention their super lengthening powers. White wedges are a subtly striking combination, and we’re guessing your new go-tos.
Whether you’re going for a bright, clean white, or opting for more of an off-white, these kicks will add a refreshing accent to any Spring look. And with that, we present 7 white wedges we love.

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>Meet Your New Favorite Manicure: 2-Weeks Chip Free with Shellac Hybrid Polish

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By Lily Ko

CND’s Shellac is a line of gel-based nail polish that hit salons last year, but is just now on the verge of booming. It’s marketed as the 14-day chip-free manicure, which certainly caught our attention. We thought we’d do some hard, investigative journalism and get to the bottom of this seemingly too-good-to-be-true mani/pedi treatment.
We talked to Michelle Vella, a CND Shellac certified manicurist at Joseph Cozza Salon, and Sandi Tran, owner of Thi Spa and Nails, to get the inside scoop on the new nail buzzword: Shellac.

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>Look of the Week: Sick Day

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By Lily Ko

A number of nasty bugs are circling around SF right now. And what, with the up-and-down weather, and sneezes going off like BBMs on MUNI, catching something is almost inevitable. Do yourself a favor and be ready to take a sick day.
We know it’s really tough — staying in, having soup, and the watching the last season ofOprah — so find rescue in the coziest of outfits. Slouchy-cute sweats, a simple tank, and a great cashmere sweater are essentials for any lazy day. For the super sick gal, keep those toes warm with heated polar bear slippers, ensure lots of rest with a fun eye-mask, and don’t forget to keep drinking liquids. Basically, rest up, stay warm, have a little fun, and get well soon.   Read More…