Monday, November 10, 2008

Bella Bigsby artist reception at August this Wednesday

If you're in the mood for beautiful art and amazing clothes, head over to August on Wednesday for a reception for the lovely Bella Bigsby, a local artist from Oakland. 

Bella Bigsby
New Works in Oil

Full Moon Party
and
Artist Reception

Wednesday, November 12, 5-9PM
winter warming food and drink
exhibit continues through November

Check out more of Bella's art and her bio on her website. And head over to August to see her new series.

5410 College Ave
Oakland

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Nothing Scary About It


So, hopefully you had bigger plans than just staying in and watching movies on Halloween night, unlike this FF blogger. But, a night of being comfy and enjoying a bowl of popcorn on the couch did allow me to realize one thing, you really can find fashion inspiration anywhere. And, if the Grey Ant line of fashion forward high waist jeans was inspired by Jamie Lee Curtis's character in Halloween, then why not look for style inspiration in our favorite scary movies?


Movie 1: Nightmare on Elm Street. 1984
Not only does the first Nightmare on Elm street feature a young Johnny Depp, but it also features classic preppy looks. Think oxford shirts, sweater vests, chinos, and natural makeup palettes.



Movie 2: Rosemary's Baby 1968
A classic. Especially when talking about hair. Who can forget that great Vidal Sassoon cut?
The movie also features great mod styles. Think clunky shoes and babydoll dresses.




Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Moon Pony and Bennykelly Designs

A touch of whimsy was brought to the night with these fun and feisty looks by Moon Pony:

Floating tulle head pieces meet almost twenties-inspired dresses with matching fingerless gloves:
Tall riding boots match the adorable horse pattern on the final look:
Bennykelly brought a more natural and ethereal look to the show with hand-dyed and silkscreened organic fabrics:
A silk ribbon and screenprinted flowers add a touch of romance to this look:

Silkscreened horses added the finishing touch to this purple riding skirt.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fashions by Pretty Penny

Sarah Dunbar, the amazing owner of Pretty Penny, shared an awesome selection of vintage finds with the crowd Saturday night, ranging from her "mineral" inspired looks of metallic frocks and heavy metal chains:



To funky and fun neon:



To sultry, sexy fur:


You can find these and other amazing vintage finds at The Pretty Penny.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Mineral Fashion Show Recap

This week we'll show you what you missed if you didn't make it Saturday night to the Mineral Fashion Show at Pretty Penny. The floor was packed, the music was hot, and the fashions were even hotter.
Check back every day for pics of all of the great local designers who shared their talent with the East Bay.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Mineral Fashion Show Tonight!

The Mineral Fashion show at The Pretty Penny is tonight. 7 to 10 pm. Come support great local designers.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Magnetic Honey: Jewelry by Claire Hummel

Here's a sneak peak at some of the jewelry looks you can expect at The Mineral Fashion show this Saturday at The Pretty Penny:

Claire Hummel moved to San Francisco after receiving her degree in Metalsmithing and Jewelry design from the University of Kansas in 2005. In addition to her passion for jewelry she has since become involved in Vintage light restoration. She currently works as a mold maker and sculptor for a artist in the bay area. Her work is created by combining both modern and antiquated elements of design. She is captivated by anything timeworn.


See more amazing looks by Claire this Saturday at The Pretty Penny!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

An Inside Look at Moon Pony


Moon Pony is Jenna Feldman from Oakland, California. Jenna, who was a co-founder of Rock Paper Scissors arts collective in Oakland, has been crafting since 2003 and is now a hairstylist at Peter Thomas Hair in Berkeley. Inspired by 1930's hairstyle design books, lack of awesome head pieces, and fashion inspiration kaila "Coco" Chanel, Moon Pony whipped together a flower headband/ headpiece to wear to a friends wedding which was "garden party" themed.

From there Moon Pony has flourished with hair accessory designs. Tulle and feathers, flowers, leather feathers, ribbons and gems have all crossed paths to inspire Moon Pony in her quest of pretty hair wear. Moon Pony has also started a simple line of reconstructed and handmade dresses and tops! This line uses recycled fabrics and new fabrics to create easy to wear, pretty pieces with an earthy feel.


Check out Moon Pony's designs in the Pretty Penny Mineral Fashion Show on October 25th. Her fashions can also be found for sale anytime at The Pretty Penny.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New Shipment at Sway

If you're looking for something new and sassy for fall, sashay over to Sway and check out their new shipment.They have a lot of plaid finds that, I hate to admit, are quite adorable.

No joke, I have a hoe-down to go to this weekend that requires this shirt. And I may have to wear it to less country occasions as well.

Sway
2569 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley

Monday, October 13, 2008

Crowns by Lea

Here's another sneak peak at the Mineral Fashion Show. Check out one of the great designers:




Artist and Minnesota native Lea Mckenny Willcox has been living and working in the Bay Area for the last five years. A designer, sculptor and photographer, Lea recently completed a series of headdresses made of dried foods, flowers, fabric and found objects.
She created the crowns that will be worn with Abi McCannon's couture line in Pretty Penny's up coming fashion show. Head over to the Pretty Penny on October 25th. Reception with drinks and music starts at 7:00, show starts at 8:30.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

New from Moon Pony

Our new favorite hair accessories come from Berkeley's Moon Pony. Check out these great new pieces in her Etsy shop:


Ridiculously beautiful with a vintage asthetic, these pieces would be great for a night on the town, or even for spicing up your everyday look.
Moon Pony will also be providing pieces for Pretty Penny's Mineral Fashion Show on October 25th. Stay tuned for more about this great local designer!

Art Show at Issues this Friday

Issues will be holding an art show this Friday for Melissa Dale Neal.

The show will feature her spooky, yet wonderful photographs and a video installation. Head over to Issues and check it out!

Opening reception: Friday, October 10, 5pm -9pm
Show runs through Friday, November 7

Issues
20 Glen Ave @ Piedmont Ave
Oakland

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Trend Report of the Week: Wayne's World?

Okay, so we're no longer calling this feature the trend pick of the week, since really, it's been so much more fun to poke fun or lament fashion trends. For now on, we're just reporting, on the good and the bad. And continuing with our grunge tracking, we found this hilarious report from the style gurus over at WhoWhatWear.com: Take your fashion advice from Wayne's World.

Yes, our childhood is now being mined for fashion splendor. Look to Tia Carrere for advice and start practicing your Stairway to Heaven. And if you don't know what we're talking about, you make us feel old

Mineral Fashion Show Details



Friday, October 3, 2008

New Shipment and Hours at Magnet

Just in case you had an urge to shop after the weekend, Magnet will now be open on Mondays from 11am to 6 pm. They also have a great new shipment of shoes from Rachel Comey,


and other new arrivals from Rachel Nasvik, She-bible, and more!

Go shopping at:
Magnet
2508 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley

Sneak Peak: bennykelly at the Mineral Fashion Show

bennykelly agreed to give us a sneak peak at the inspiration behind her fall/winter line, which will premiere at The Pretty Penny's Mineral Fashion Show on October 25th. Take a look...


Inspired by mustard flowers, Kelly has gone completely eco friendly this fall, using only 100% organic fabrics and recycled materials.

Come to The Pretty Penny on October 25th to see how Kelly's inspiration will transform on the runway.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Designer Profile: Who is bennykelly?

bennykelly is a clothing line created by designer Kelly Holbrook to recapture that magical play we all need from our little child within. Kelly wants people to see that even when you are grown you can still incorporate the little necessities-like a funny picture or an interactive outfit-that make us excited even for just a split moment.

With bennykelly, Kelly combines simple classic apparel design, for both men women, with post abstract graffiti expressionalism (i.e. stencils and screens of a limited run). Every garment created is piece dyed and handmade, giving each a truly unique one-of-a-kind look. Kelly has also pushed to incorporate the overall guide of sustainability when producing our garments. This is one of the reason bennykelly runs such a limited series of most designs, the limitation of recycled or reused supplies.


Recently bennykelly has launched an infant toddler line to bring friends child-friendly designs that are not only sustainable, but avoid the cutesy-wutesy designs found at most children's boutiques.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a sneak peak at bennykelly's Fall/Winter line, which will premiere at the "Mineral" fashion show at The Pretty Penny on October 25th.

Depression Sale at bennykelly

Bennykelly, one of our favorite green East Bay designers, is having a fall "Depression Sale" in their Etsy shop. Head on over and buy a lovely renewed piece with a funky bennykelly twist.

Bennykelly is also one of the designers that will be featured in the Pretty Penny Fashion Show on October 25th. Stay tuned for a behind-the-scenes look at what bennykelly will send down the runway.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fashion Trend of the Week: Unlaced boots

Continuing with our sad acknowledgement of the return of grunge, we bring you this unfortunate fashion trend: unlaced combat boots. We, at FF, wonder why some think it's sexy to look homeless?
What do you think of this 90's revival? Doesn't Anne Hathaway remind you of Johnny Depp here, circa Benny and Joon?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Looking for a short full skirt?

Then check out this new arrival at Sway in Berkeley.

Casual and pretty, this simple cotton skirt is one that can easily be dressed up or down. And heather grey is always the perfect choice for fall.

Get it at:
2569 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley

Monday, September 29, 2008

This Month: Fashion Show Madness!

On October 25th, our favorite vintage boutique, The Pretty Penny, will be hosting a fashion show featuring a selection of fabulous East Bay designers. 


This month we're going to introduce you to the women behind the looks that will walk the runway and give you a sneak peak to what's to come. Stay tuned...