Christian Louboutin 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection Bows at Neiman Marcus

Bubbly, bites, and limited-edition Louboutins drew San Francisco’s fashion bloggerati to the Union Square Neiman Marcus store on March 15 for the private unveiling of the celebrated French designer’s 20th anniversary capsule collection, available for sale on the Christian Louboutin online boutique and in stores exclusively at 10 Neiman Marcus locations nationwide.

All photos by Nerissa Itchon.

The invitation-only event, held in the second level women’s shoe salon, gave bloggers and select shoppers the chance to preview 20 unique styles inspired by 20 years of iconic shoe designs, which run the gamut from the pointy-toe bejeweled “Pigalove” flats to the soaring six-inch fringed “Highness Tina” boots designed in homage to diva muse Tina Turner.

Christian Louboutin’s velour “Highness Tina” boots ($2,295), a collector’s item from the 20th anniversary capsule collection.

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Where to Shop Now: Sui Generis Womenswear Boutique in the Castro

As seen in this weekend’s San Francisco Chronicle: (Check out the newly expanded glossy version in print every Sunday!)

The men behind the Sui Generis stores, Gabriel Yanez (left) and Miguel Lopez, built a clientele in Guadalajara, Mexico, but yearned to make a splash in San Francisco's fashion scene. Photography by Russell Yip / The Chronicle

It may not seem the most obvious choice to open a high-end womenswear boutique smack dab in the heart of the Castro, but for Miguel Lopez and Gabriel Yanez, going against the grain has always made perfect sense.

Never mind that the ailing economy has shuttered doors of retailers throughout the country. Since their move to the Bay Area in 2000 from Guadalajara, Mexico – where they produced their own men’s and women’s clothing lines, owned two ready-to-wear boutiques and dressed a small cadre of Mexican celebrities – this enterprising couple have had an eye on making their mark on the San Francisco fashion scene.

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My Favorite Outfit: Wedding Designer Hayley Seed

Hayley Seed in her Telegraph Hill apartment in San Francisco's North Beach district. Photography by Edric Itchon.

You may remember a post I wrote several months ago about Hayley’s fabulously fashionable wine country wedding. With her job as a wedding designer for one of San Francisco’s foremost catering and event companies, it only seemed natural I also ask this chic city girl to give us the inside scoop on her favorite outfit.

Like a lot of us, she’s often faced with the challenging task of choosing a look that can easily transition from a day at the office to after-five events at a moment’s notice.  Here’s one of her go-to ensembles for those nonstop days when heading home for a style pit stop isn’t an option.

Name: Hayley Seed

Occupation: Wedding Designer, Taste Catering & Event Planning

Where I live: Telegraph Hill, San Francisco

What I’m wearing: Theory blouse, J Brand black skinny jeans. Theory black blazer. Christian Louboutin nude stilettos. My own pearls.

Why this is my favorite outfit: “I’ve always thought of myself as a blue jeans-cowboy boots American girl, but I also love heels and dressing up on occasion. My cowboy boots and Levi’s don’t really work in the city, so this outfit is a way for me to maintain my personal style, while dressing up enough so that it’s appropriate for work and going out.”

Where I wore it: “To work today and then out to dinner with friends.”

How I would remix this outfit to create a new look: “For the weekend, I would lose the blazer and the pearls and pair the blouse with a brightly colored scarf, my boots and some big, sparkly earrings. My favorite thing about all these pieces is that they are staples that really go with anything.  I wear this black blazer over graphic t-shirts and flowery dresses to make it ‘work for work.’

My skinny jeans I’ll wear this Fall with boots – I already have my eye on some Stewart Weitzman over-the-knee boots.  And the nude Louboutins?   I can honestly say there is not one thing in my closet that I can’t wear with these bad boys.”

My best beauty tip: “Wash your face every night— no matter what.”

My best wedding style advice: “Splurge on the dress and on the food. Eat, drink, and be married!”

My biggest style indulgence: “Shoes!  I am obsessed with patent leather pumps—Gucci, Miu Miu, Brian Atwood. If I see a unique color, I have to have them.”

“On most days, you can find me….”: “In the Kitchen. I love to cook, eat, and try new things. Whether I am cooking dinner at home or in the Taste kitchen with our executive chef planning a special menu for a bride, I love the creativity, energy and ultimate product of being in the kitchen!”

Bridal Bliss: Hayley and Lindon tie the knot in St. Helena

Photography by Tanja Lippert.

I first met Hayley Seed a few years ago when I was still fashion editor at 7×7 magazine. Not long after I arrived, Hayley joined the staff as the events manager in charge of throwing all of our fabulous parties. Since part of my job entailed covering the city’s party scene, our worlds—and most of our after-five outings—overlapped, and we became fast friends. Bonding ensued when my husband Edric proposed three months after her engagement to Lindon, and for the next nine months, as we stressed over wedding planning, we became a support group of two.

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