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What happens when spring’s boldest looks meet a new group exhibition that isn’t bound by museum walls? A riot of color and pattern.

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Calvin Klein Collection polka-dot cape-sleeve gown; Libertine wool embellished jacket; Puma Basket gold platform lace-up sneakers.

Mural: By Optimist, located at Treat Avenue and 19th Street.

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Johanna Ortiz Bahama striped floral-shoulder jumpsuit.

Mural: By Optimist, located at Treat Avenue and 19th Street.

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Missoni gold lamé tunic tank.

Mural: By Ronnie Buders, located at Valencia and 17th Streets.

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Dries Van Noten short-sleeve striped crewneck sweater; Proenza Schouler jacquard knife pleated long skirt; Saint Laurent Candy suede-and-leather platform sandals.

Mural: By Ronnie Buders, located at Valencia and 17th Streets.

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Chanel Fantasy tweed dress with Velcro straps; Alexis Bittar crystal jaguar ring.

Mural: By Rogelio Martinez, located on Bluxome Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets.

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Left: Versace gridlock knit top; Versace gridlock pencil skirt; Chanel metal resin bracelet.

Right: Proenza Schouler cropped striped knit top; Celine flared trousers; vintage snakeskin skinny belt, stylist’s own; Chanel metal strass cuff; Diane von Furstenberg fur collar.

Mural: By Strider, located at Sixth and Mission Streets.

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Sacai dot lace tee; Proenza Schouler geometric rib-knit midi skirt; Puma Basket gold platform lace-up sneakers; vintage gold earrings, stylist’s own.

Mural: By Vogue, located at Van Ness Avenue and Oak Street.

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Issey Miyake Pleats Please long ballet top.

Mural: By Vogue, located at Van Ness Avenue and Oak Street.

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Bottega Veneta Shiny Dark Shocking dress; Chanel resin necklace.

Mural: By Vogue, located at Van Ness Avenue and Oak Street.

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Earlier this year, a group of local artists stealthily took to the streets of San Francisco with ladders, lifts, and hundreds of cans of spray paint. In around 30 days, they transformed 14 formerly blank walls into works of art. Dubbed the Trick Dog Mural Project, it was an act of radical artistic expression executed at a time when we needed it most—when national arts funding (among so many other things) is under threat. Initiated by owners of the Mission district craft cocktail bar Trick Dog and curated by artists Ronnie Buders and Sam Flores, all 14 murals were reproduced in a book of the same name, with proceeds split between S.F. nonprofits Precita Eyes Muralists and Creativity Explored. The murals also show up on Trick Dog’s current cocktail menu, which features libations named in honor of each artist.

 

Originally published in the March issue of San Francisco

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