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Five Looks to Steal from San Francisco Fashion Week

Now that Folsom's over, it's time to put on some clothes. 


Carrina Lau's eye-catching frocks.

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Sylvia Heisel's reflective gear.

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Zelenco Designs' stitched silhouettes.

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Stella Carakasi's layered looks.

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Saks Fifth Avenue's show-offy socks.

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While the Folsom Street fairgoers were stripping down over the weekend, a coterie of more appropriately attired revelers was dressing up for the sixth annual San Francisco Fashion Week. Nine designers and their packs of models descended on three runways around the city for three nights of shows that featured everything from technology-based materials to clothing made from, what else, hemp. How much more San Francisco can you get? Here, five approaches to fall dressing that caught our eye.

Think bright

Emerging San Francisco designer Carrina Lau likes to use color and texture to stand out in the crowd. “I think every San Franciscan needs color in their wardrobe,” Lau says.

Reflect yourself 

Designer Sylvia Heisel blends safety with a little dance-floor pizzazz in her collection of reflective clothing. These looks will not only make you shine on the street, but they’ll also make your Instagrams glow. As for the pants? The guys behind McMacular devised Mulberry Silk–lined denim to keep you warm, comfortable, and stylish.

Sew up your look

The new Zelenco Designs collection, Harmony, incorporates designer Halyna Hostetler’s signature Slavic embroidery to create statement pieces subtle enough for the office yet snazzy enough for cocktails. “Everyone needs the right day-to-night look,” says Hostetler. 

Layer up

For Berkeley-based designer Stella Carakasi, layering is second nature. Using eco-friendly cotton, linen, and silk, she turns out layered silhouettes that flatter women of all shapes and sizes. You can also mix and match her pieces to multiply the options, giving you more ways to leave the hoodie at home. 

Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize

Saks Fifth Avenue manager Anthony Solorio likes to accessorize suits with brightly patterned ties, pocket squares, hats, and socks to give the classic look a touch of flair. His go-tos are Happy Socks, John Varvatos, and Ben Sherman. 


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