Look of the day: Karen Tamblyn

Look of the day: Karen Tamblyn

Friday, October 30, 2009

San Francisco Fall Antique Show 2009: Festival Pavilion At Fort Mason Center

Drew Altizer Photography

Drew Altizer Photography

I recently attended one of the biggest event of the season, The San Francisco Fall Antique Show, benefitting Enterprise for High School Students. This is the oldest continuously operating antique show on the West Coast (established in 1981 as a major fundraising event). The show gathers more than seventy dealers from across the nation and Europe showcasing a range of fine and decorative arts representing all style and periods for SF's elite crowd.

Vanessa Getty

Karen Caldwell

Karen Tamblyn

Angelique Griepp

Kimberly Miller

Lindsay Bolton and George Bolton

Alexis Traina and Trevor Traina

Mark Rhodes

Joy Bianchi and Vanessa Getty

The San Francisco Fall Show runs from October 29 through November 1 at the Festival Pavilion At Fort Mason Center. This year the show's Lecture Series theme is Egyptomania: The Antique Culture Wars, Jewels in the Egyptian Style, (Egyptian symbols and motif have been a source for artistic inspiration over thousands of years), Napoleon's Empire and Egypt, in this lecture designer Deschamps traces the influence of ensuing Egyptomania in interior design, decorative and fine art.

And of course, San Francisco biggest fashionistas and social elite attended the always anticipated event. Among the attendees were Dede Wilsey, Andrea Schnitzer, Elizabeth Touw, Judy Holm, Paul Holm, Samantha Duvall, Joel Goodrich, Mark Calvano, Christine Suppes, Lisa Alexander, Karen Caldwell, Scott Harkonen, Barbara Brown, Daru Kawalkowski, Vanessa Getty, Kimberly Miller, Angelique Griepp, Mark Rhodes, Linda Gordon.......etc, all looking fashionable fabulous!!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The New Fillmore: Fashion Article October 2009 Edition

The New Fillmore October Edition

Spending Less, But Still

Looking Like a Million

Fillmore’s resale shops are right for the times

By Teresa Rodriguez Williamson

photographs by tim williamson

If you’re like most people, you’re feeling the economic pinch and don’t have the means to drop big bucks on a lot of new clothes right now. But that doesn’t mean forgoing fashion this season. It just requires knowing where to look — and how to put your look together.

“Thrift stores and consignment shops are great places to find excellent key pieces from previous season,” says personal stylist Karen Tamblyn, an admitted shopaholic with an eye for style, creativity and resourcefulness. “Vintage elements are always a hit, and you can easily

find them in the secondhand shops on Fillmore Street,” she says. “You don’t need to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks.”Tamblyn recently scouted the neighborhood to create a number of different looks — all from the consignment and resale shops that line Fillmore Street.

Five fashion faux pas to avoid

Karen Tamblyn offers these tips to help the fashion-conscious find the right fit and flair in Fillmore’s resale shops.

  • Don’t buy a size too big or too small. Buy what fits your body.
  • Don’t wear it if it doesn’t feel right. Confidence is the most attractive accessory.
  • Don’t overspend. Fashion doesn’t have to be expensive.
  • Dress your age.
  • Don’t wear the wrong shoes. They make or break an outfit

1. Cocktail hour

Repeat Performance

2436 Fillmore

This simple yet elegant look easily floats from the symphony to a society cocktail party. The chic silk dress is reminiscent of big name designers, but with a price tag more shoppers can afford.

“Draping the necklace across the dress adds a touch of glam with a little twist,” Tamblyn says. She completed the winter white ensemble with simple gold accents.

Dress 118

Bracelet 12

Necklace 24

Evening bag 12

Shoes 68

Hair comb (optional) 88

total $ 322

2. Weekend getaway

Seconds to Go

2252 Fillmore

“Every woman needs a timeless classic look that will always appear stylish, but not super daring,” says Tamblyn, who fashioned two ensembles to go from Sunday brunch to a day at the races. She chose a classic polka dot, a print that flatters most women’s body types, and added a brightly colored scarf to define the waist and make the look fresh. She also belted the classic strapless A-line dress, and topped it with a pastel bolero. “Adding a pop of color turns a classic look into a playful ensemble with attitude,” she says.

Dress (polka dot) 160

Scarf 8

Bracelets 24

Shoes 18

total $ 210

Dress (black and white) 45

Sweater 14

Belt 22

Shoes 20

total $ 101

3. Urban chic

Crossroads Trading Company

1901 Fillmore

“Here is the look for the young and fabulous ready to conquer the world — funky, fun and yet sexy,” says Tamblyn, who added cuff bracelets on both wrists and a messenger bag to spice up the urban look. “And the messenger bag is one of the must-have pieces of the season.”

Jean skirt 10

Shirt 26

Bracelets 37

Ring 12

Shoes 38

Bag 55

total $ 178

4. Ready for business

Goodwill Industries

1699 Fillmore

Nestled in the new boutique in the back of the store, Tamblyn found an amazing orange blouse reminiscent of Hermes. She paired it with a two-piece black suit and cinched it with a camel belt, which she says took the suit into a “more fashion-forward look.”

Blouse 16.99

Jacket 7.49

Skirt 10.99

Belt 1.49

Shoes 10.95


5. City sophistication

Next-to-New Shop

2226 Fillmore

Tamblyn says what makes this outfit so wonderful is the metallic theme that runs through the dress, shoes and ring. “Everything shimmers and moves with

the light,” she says, proclaiming this dress — with its “Sex and the City” feel without being overly sexy — perfect for a fun night on the town with the girls.

Dress 55

Ring 115

Purse 40

Shoes 30

total $ 240

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Paris Fashion Week: Andrew GN

Scooter Ride from Andrew Gn Show to The Ungaro at Carrousel du Louvre

My Diary In Paris: First Day

What a way to open my week in Paris during "Le semaine de la mode"....I arrived in Paris without my luggage, which happened to be missing for two days courtesy of Air Canada.....I survived on high heels and what I had in my carry-on. And last, but not least my camera broke.

Regardless of all minors obstacle, which I survived...my biggest moment was by far my encounter with idol, the icon Karl Lagerfeld, at Collette on my first day in Paris, Without any doubt, it was the most remarkable moment during my trip to the Capital of the Fashion World, Paris!!!!

It turned out to be a "magnifique" first day........Lunch at Costes, Private show at the Ritz with Photographer Iris Brosch, dinner at Pershing Hall and Private pre-party at Plaza Athenee hosted by owners of the house of Ungaro Isha and Asim Abdullah.

Among the fabulous San Francisco crowd attending PFW were my dear friend Joel Goodrich, Victoria Sawyer, TV Host Sophie Azouaou, Melodie Johnson, Journalist Teresa Williamson, Chateau Owner Olivia Decker, Jorge Maumer, Heidi Pettit, Ari Kalfayan, Erick Irigoyen, among others.

My second Day in Paris: Andrew GN Fashion Show

Front Row Gn

White Bolero in Guipure with patchwork

Tea Rose Triple Silk Crepe Top

Indigo Sculpted Mini Dress in Silk MIkado

On October 3 at L'Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux -Arts, the Singapore-born and Paris-based fashion designer, Andrew GN opened his show with clothes that were chic and beautiful and fabulously embellished. The collection embraced the most exquisite fabrics form white guipure lace, organza and silk crepe and embroidered epoulettes.

GN Opened his show with a series of white wool linen skirts, shorts and jacket with enameled pansy buttom or organza flower appliques. These were followed by pieces with multi-patchwork lace and flower appliques and its collection was wrapped up with gorgeous and dramatic floor sweeping silk mousseline halter gowns in shades of violet, teal and jade just to make sure we, the women, garner the attention we crave.

Without any doubt this collection was made for the women with a recession-proof bank account. It was a romantic collection that embraced jeweled embellishments accenting the waist or the shoulders and brodeire anglaise blouses to make the woman feel gorgeous and polished.

Halter Gown in Silk Mousseline With Flower Appliques

Andrew Gn

Of course, after the show I then went to the Ungaro Show at Carrousel du Louvre in such Paris style, on a scooter ride, the only way you can make it to the next show on time.

Monday, October 12, 2009

My Journey During Paris Fashion Week: Ungaro Show

Can't believe my hair still looking good after the scooter ride..Hahah!!!

Front Row

Chateau Villette Owner Olivia Decker, Joel Goodrich and Elaine

Estrella Archs and Lindsay Lohan

Backstage: Ungaro

Olivia Decker, James Goldstein, Karen Tamblyn and Joel Goodrich

Beautiful People From San Francisco

My Favorite looks from Ungaro