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The Looker: Oscar de la Renta Takes Tahoe, Taylor Stitch Launches Suiting
Lauren Murrow | August 10, 2012
Few San Franciscans can swing a seat at Fashion Week, but sometimes the catwalk comes to us.
Few San Franciscans can swing a seat at Fashion Week, but sometimes the catwalk comes to us. Last weekend, 550 local fashion followers took a road trip to Incline Village for an outdoor runway show of Oscar de la Renta's stunning resort 2013 collection, benefiting the League to Save Lake Tahoe. De la Renta delivered his usual polished dose of elegance, though I love some some of the collection's more playful touches, like a silk, sequined spin on the baseball tee, paired with a flouncy gingham skirt. The collection reinforced some ongoing trends from fall, from the peplum on a mint green skirt suit to the lush, blown-out florals. The sold-out event drew a style-savvy crowd—Marissa Mayer, Barbara Brown, and Oscar de la Renta executive vice president (and daughter) Eliza Bolen among them—and raised $500,000 for the environmental organization.
In menswear news, culty local shirting brand Taylor Stitch expanded into custom suiting this week, launching a two-month pop-up at Station Cafe in Jackson Square (596 Pacific Ave.; 415-758-0123). The slim-cut suits incorporate high-end fabrics by Holland & Sherry and Dormeuil and are produced by Southwick, a Massachussetts-based company that's been around since 1929. All the offerings are made-to-measure, ranging from $1,000 for your standard charcoal-gray wool model (hello, wedding season) to $5,000+ for limited fabrics. Though the pop-up will only run through October, the trio behind Taylor Stitch is currently hunting for a stand-alone suiting space, aiming to open later this fall.
And though Japanese fast-fashion chain Uniqlo won't open its Union Square flagship until October, you can shop for fall staples in advance at the brand's pop-up, which opened today (117 Post St.; through September 23). There's a slew of cashmere sweaters, fleece pullovers, and lightweight down puffers in a rainbow array of colors, but I'm most excited about some of the more understated, fitted jackets in the Undercover collection, which will launch August 31st. Click ahead for a look inside the pop-up.