New York Fashion Week Accessories: Crowd Favorites

Aside from the obvious attraction of being among the first to view the new spring/summer 2012 collections on the runway, Fashion Week is truly inspiring for the parade of fashion that goes by in the crowds—on the street and especially in the shows. I’m always drawn to accessories and how people express their creativity, stepping up a great outfit to the level of truly fabulous. I’ll have a post up this week for the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Unzipped blog on street style trends I spotted on the Lincoln Center plaza, but for now… Here are some snapshots of show-goers I saw sporting some of the most covetable accessories of the season.

Perfectly pretty bow at Herve Leger by Max Azria

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Bigger, Better Beauty Company in Russian Hill

Beauty Company's new storefront in Russian Hill.

Beauty buffs will be happy to learn that the former pint-size Beauty Company in Russian Hill has relocated to a bigger, brighter space less than a block away on Polk Street. The new boutique will still carry everything a beauty-obsessed heart could desire, from staple brands such as Kerastase, Wella, and Pureology to more exotic products by La Lavande, Propoline, Roger & Gallet and Apivita, among a ton of others.

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Oh la la! Scarves are hot!

I reluctantly parted with Paris  today by train after an inspiring week of total fashion immersion. (But much more to come here in Hyeres!) I spent my last few days in the city soaking in street style– my attempt to pay tribute to the great Bill Cunningham of the New York Times. The trend I spotted? Scarves in Paris, even in balmy springtime temps, are all the rage. Check out my latest post here on  Unzipped, sfgate.com’s style blog.

More street style photos to come… stay tuned!

Fashion Dispatch from Paris: What is Hyeres?

Courtesy of Hyeres 2010 International Festival de Mode et Photographie

I’m in Paris for the next nine days before heading to the South of France to cover the 25th annual International Festival de Mode et Photographie in the city of Hyeres for the San Francisco Chronicle.

With all the chaos happening for the past week in Europe, caused by that now infamous and insanely-hard-to- pronounce Icelandic volcano, my husband and I were anticipating that our working vacation might be postponed. But as good luck would have it, we left without a hitch on one of the first flights out of San Francisco to Charles de Gaul, which finally reopened this morning. (It was obvious that a crowd of anxious Europeans who had been stranded abroad were on our flight when the plane erupted in lively chatter and applause as we touched down.)

Although not widely covered by the American fashion press, the upcoming festival in Hyeres (pronounced ee-AIR), which takes place from April 30 to May 3, is an influential fashion festival and competition that showcases up-and-coming talent from abroad, and has served as a launching pad for such designers as Swedish knitwear designer Sandra Backlund and women’s- and men’s wear designer Henrik Vibskov of Denmark. Viktor & Rolf are Festival d’Hyeres alumni, having won the prize in 1993.

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