Sketchbooks, Clothes, and Wearable Art: More from the Arts of Fashion 10th Anniversary Symposium

One of the amazing pieces produced during the four-week Arts of Fashion Summer MasterClass in Paris. The women's wear incorporated intricate pleating techniques that students learned from working under master pleat-maker Gerard Lognon.

Earlier this week I wrote about the Arts of Fashion’s 10th Anniversary Symposium at the San Francisco Art Institute and the winners of the international student design competition. I was so inspired by the creativity and high level of craftsmanship, achieved in a short amount of time, I had to bring you more photos I took of the exhibitions.

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Arts of Fashion Foundation Emerging Designers Push Boundaries with “Tension”

San Francisco-based non-profit organization, Arts of Fashion Foundation, celebrated the 10th anniversary of its annual student design competition and symposium this weekend, presenting a body of innovative work from students around the world.

Designs by Xiaotian Zhang (Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology), winner of the Arts of Fashion Paris summer MasterClass award. Photo by Margo Moritz.

Held for the first time at the San Francisco Art Institute, the picturesque campus served as the ideal backdrop for a weekend of inspired creativity. The two-day event  featured fashion lectures by designers, educators, and industry experts—including the CFDA’s  Steven Kolb and Arts of Fashion founder Nathalie Doucet—along with fashion exhibitions by emerging designers.

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French Designer Shourouk Takes Statement Jewelry to Another Level

Last night I had a really fun chat with French accessory designer Shourouk Rhaiem, who’s in town to fete the launch of her spring/summer 2011 collection tonight.

The event is happening at La Boutique, one of my truly favorite SF-meets-Europe boutiques, where owner Carole Harari has transformed the shop to look like a little piece of Rhaiem’s atelier in the chic Marais district of Paris.

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Dark Swan Meets Steampunk at the “Spring Into Fashion” Show

A corset with removable tulle skirt by Dark Garden. Feather headpiece by Dollymop.

With all the big industry news as of late, from Dior’s fallen star to an American sportswear designer planting a flag on fashion’s sacred ground, it’s no wonder I’ve had a bit of ADD lately when it’s come to local fashion.

But the drama managed to make its way back to San Francisco on Friday at the “Spring Into Fashion” couture fashion show held at the Bently Reserve, and I couldn’t have been happier to see a little razzle dazzle at home.

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Don’t Miss This Event: Arts of Fashion Competition and Show on Dec. 7

Winners of the Arts of Fashion Competiton 2009 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

For the past two years, I’ve been involved with the internationally recognized Arts of Fashion Foundation, which in my opinion is one of San Francisco’s best-kept industry secrets. The non-profit organization, founded by Nathalie Doucet, supports young fashion design talent from around the globe with scholarships, masterclasses, and internships at prestigious and creative fashion houses, including Jean-Charles de CastelbajacAnne Valerie Hash, and San Francisco’s own Nice Collective, to name a few.

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My Favorite Outfit: Fashion Stylist Karen Tamblyn

Fashion stylist Karen Tamblyn on the red carpet at the Haydee Silveira atelier opening in Lima, Peru.

If there’s ever been anyone I have met who lives by the phrase “It’s all about attitude,” it would be fashion stylist Karen Tamblyn. Every outfit she chooses—whether it’s a casual, graphic tee paired with rolled up boyfriend jeans or a daring, red-carpet gown—she wears with the utmost flair.

With San Francisco’s gala season upon us, it seemed only fitting that I feature the Peruvian-born globe-trotter, who not only dresses some of the city’s most social of butterflies, but is also known to flit around town on the party circuit herself. In between attending social events and running her styling business, Tamblyn works on occasion as a correspondent for publications in Chile and Ecuador and she recently launched an eponymous women’s wear line of hand-woven pieces made from Peruvian baby alpaca fleece.

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My Favorite Outfit: Fashion Designer Lucile Puton

Meeting interesting new people from all walks of life was a major motivating factor that lead me to a career in journalism years ago when I was still slogging away as a college student at UCLA’s Daily Bruin. To this day, it’s still one of the best parts of the job. As a fashion editor, I’m constantly meeting a special breed of industry insiders—designers, stylists, photographers, artists, publicists and others who live and breathe fashion and beauty and possess an incredible eye for style. Nerissa’s Notebook seemed like the perfect place to bring you an occasional style snapshot of trendsetters I meet from around the globe in the feature I’m simply calling “My Favorite Outfit.”

Menswear designer Lucile Puton at the Different Fountains studio in Brussels, Belgium. Photography by Michael Langeder and Bernardo Risquez.

For the debut post, I’ve interviewed Lucile Puton, a talented young menswear designer I met in the South of France in May while covering the Hyeres International Festival of Fashion and Photography. She was one of the 10 selected finalists in the competition.

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Karl Lagerfeld Coca-Cola Light Ads Make a Splash in France

I kicked my soda-drinking habit a couple of years ago in an effort to live a little healthier, but while traveling through France earlier this month I started to get serious cravings for Diet Coke.

Maybe it was just the next phase to follow that slippery slope I had rapidly fallen down after daily indulgences in chocolate, croissants, and entire bricks of cheese. But then again, the cravings could very well have been a result of brilliant advertising working on my subconscious.

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Hyeres 2010 International Fashion Festival Wrap Up

A view of Hyeres from the Villa Noailles, site of the 25th annual Hyeres Festival de Mode et Photographie.

I landed safely back in San Francisco on Saturday, even after yet another delay caused by the rerouting of my flight from Paris (Thanks, trusty Eyjafjallajokull ash cloud!) The pilot actually announced that we’d be flying north of the danger zone and that we’d be able to spot the volcano from our flight path above.

The information caused a ripple effect of eager passengers from the right side of the aircraft to hurriedly get out of their seats and climb across the laps of passengers on the left for a glimpse outside, much to the dismay of the lefties, not to mention a couple of irritable flight attendants who were flustered by the sudden chaos. My husband happily spotted the wafting gray remnants; meanwhile I stayed seated lazily watching old episodes of Sex and the City on the plane’s in-flight system wondering when, if ever, I’d finally tire of watching the show’s reruns.

On the way home, I was thinking about how it’s taken me a while to absorb everything I experienced at the Hyeres International Festival de Mode et Photographie last weekend. Each day delivered new artistic stimulation: photography exhibits, video installations, music performances, panels on the business of fashion, copyright, and the state of new media, and a culminating fashion show of the young designers competing for the festival’s top prize from Europe and Asia. Half the time, we were both having a field day just photographing inspiring ensembles worn by attendees!

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Wedding Season Preview: Saying Yes to Amy Kuschel Bride

A scene from TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress." Courtesy of TLC.

I’m back in Paris, my last night in France, and lately have had weddings on the brain. It’s likely because I have several friends all getting married in the coming months, and I’ve been getting plenty of requests from eager brides-to-be about vendors I would recommend.

Having just gotten married in January, I can happily say that one of the best experiences I had during the planning process was finding The Dress. As a fashion editor and style-conscious bride, the whole process of looking for a gown was exciting, emotional, and inspiring all at once. (There’s good reason that an entire reality show based around the drama of finding a wedding gown exists. If you have yet to see an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress” on TLC, you’re missing out!)

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