Hot Summer Sales: Union Street and Barneys New York

The Fall collections are already hitting stores, which means a boon for any of you looking to refresh your warm weather wardrobes. Retailers are unloading summer stock to make room starting today with more than 100 shops in the Marina at the annual Union Street Sidewalk Sale.

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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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Postcard from Manila: Inaugural Finery

President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino (center) with Vice President Jejomar Binay to his right.

Happy belated Fourth of July! As our country celebrated its independence, the Philippines rang in its own national holiday to swear in the country’s 15th president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino. I recently returned to S.F. from Manila where I traveled for the past few weeks to spend time with family, do a little island hopping and get the rare opportunity to attend the inauguration of the country’s 15th president on June 30. It was my first trip back to the Philippines in more than 20 years, and what an awesome way to return! Click here for my latest fashion dispatch to the San Francisco Chronicle from the front lines of all the festivities … and stay tuned for more.

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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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Earth Day Fashion: Not an Oxymoron

Courtesy of Fleece-A-Nista

Skeptical already? So was I. Any pitch I receive touting “Fashion and Earth Day” usually conjures images of burlap bags and hemp dresses.

Not pretty.

Fleece-A-Nista and Convert, on the other hand, are two worthy newcomers to the Bay Area fashion mix that are verifiable finds appropriate for such a green-minded holiday (April 22).

For those city slickers out there squeezing the last of the season from the Tahoe slopes, Fleece-A-Nista has the perfect pieces for your après ski or boarding activities.

Not only does SF designer Jeanne Feldcamp create surprisingly beautiful silhouettes out of a typically technical (read: unsexy) fabric, but also her company employs a “zero-waste production” process by which all scraps are used as stuffing for her original collection of graphic pillows.

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