The Fashion Blueprint: Final fashion tips

December 15, 2012 Life 1 Comment

The time has come for me to sashay away. It’s been a great semester telling you about the latest fashion trends, the do’s and don’ts and sharing my knowledge on what’s hot and what’s not. Before I say farewell, the last piece of advice I leave you with is dressing well for all occasions. Gentlemen, ...

The Fashion Blueprint: Finding the right holiday dress for you

December 8, 2012 Life

We want to look our best during the holidays — especially single ladies. So get into the mindset of looking sharp. The hunt is on for that perfect holiday dress. “This holiday season, I think women are looking for the ‘wow’ factor look,” Kristen Silva, personal stylist for Nordstrom, said. “The holiday season is the ...

'Revive' fashion show to feature student work

December 3, 2012 Life 1 Comment

The holidays have always been big for fashion, but this winter, the Fashion Network Association is upping the wow-factor with a fashion show fueled by 30 student designers. Revive When: 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Where: Jack Adams Hall in Cesar Chavez Student Center Cost: $5 with student ID, $10 general admission. Tickets sold ...

The Fashion Blueprint: 'Revive' fashion show takes dark spin on fairy tales

December 1, 2012 Life

Fairy tales are a part of everyone’s childhood, but the Fashion Network Association’s leading designer Iris Chu has turned it into reality. Chu’s collection will feature a dark color palette based on Grimms’ fables, especially Little Red Riding Hood, in FNA’s upcoming winter show, Revive. BV: What inspired you to choose this particular theme? IC: ...

The Fashion Blueprint: Lingerie enhances intimacy, seduction

November 17, 2012 Life 2 Comments

Shopping for lingerie can be daunting, but don’t get your panties in a bunch just yet. Lingerie is not only an important staple in a woman’s life, but in her relationship as well. Lingerie is not the same as the undergarments women wear in their daily lives. It is meant for special occasions, and the ...

The Fashion Blueprint: How to update your clothes with hardware

November 10, 2012 Life

If you’re looking for some attention this season, ditch the pretty girl tulle and go get some studs. And I’m not talking about hunky men. This fall, hardware fashion rules. From oversized grommets to metal plating and steel-like details, tough hardware meets sleek style to create visually arresting looks. But these flashy spikes can be ...

Exclusive: Angels work their magic at 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

November 9, 2012 Life 2 Comments

NEW YORK – Down in New York, the wake of Hurricane Sandy couldn’t stop supermodels from hitting the runway Nov. 7, With the floors flourished in pink and walls covered in hearts, 18 makeup artists, 22 hair stylists and seven manicurists turned supermodels into heavenly angels backstage before strutting their costumes at the 17th annual Victoria’s Secret ...

The Fashion Blueprint: How first lady fashion could attract voters

November 3, 2012 Life

This season, voters are looking for someone who has mastered public speaking and has a strong public image — and perhaps a better half with a good sense of fashion. President Barack Obama’s polished image allowed him to draw support from younger generations in 2008, a direct relation between age and appeal, political consultant Seth ...

The Fashion Blueprint: Ditch those ugly UGGs

October 27, 2012 Life 2 Comments

It’s beginning to get colder out there and it’s natural to want to keep your feet warm, but remember — UGGs are just short for uggly. For some reason, girls continue to wear UGGs and strut around in them like they’re wearing Manolo Blahniks. News flash: UGGs are a failed fashion faux pas. Wearing sweat ...

Local clothing store Piece x Piece creates wearable art from discarded fabric

October 24, 2012 Life

In a spacious building housing workrooms with doors that open like chambers, Elizabeth Brunner prepares a sketch for a garment as another worker cuts and sews fabrics together to make a blouse. The makeshift factory around them is filled with sewing machines, fabric rolls and scraps discarded sporadically on the floor with the other leftover ...

The Fashion Blueprint: Go bold with oxblood

October 20, 2012 Life 1 Comment

Step aside, gamboge orange. There’s a new color on the block and it’s bold. The hottest hues for the fall right now are a showcase of darker tones and shades. But there is one blistering color that is catching the most attention on the run­way and in retail stores this fall — it’s red’s ultra ...

The Fashion Blueprint: Why skinny jeans lower sperm count

October 6, 2012 Life 2 Comments

Fashion has a cost — and I’m not talking about the price tag. The skinny jean trend is infecting the world, spreading beyond hipster and punk rock fashion scenes — but if the jeans are too tight, you may be checking yourself in at the doctor’s office. According to Karen Boyle, a specialist in urology at ...

The Fashion Blueprint: The time is now to rock a watch

September 29, 2012 Life

The ticking of a second hand through a chronograph face is a reflection of the modern man. As collectible works of art, watches with 24-hour and date subdials pair well with business and dressy looks, while leather strapped watches can be worn with casual wear according to Kim La, Nordstrom watch sales representative. “Watches come ...

The Fashion Blueprint: Strike a pose in eco-friendly clothing

September 22, 2012 Life

It looks like “organic fiber” is the new black when it comes to fashion. Ladies, think twice before buying those cute simple cotton tanks from your go-to store. And gentlemen, don’t be so quick to buy those slimming tailored wool pants. You are potentially bringing home items that were infused with chemicals and pesticides. You might ...

Vintage Fashion Expo to showcase one of a kind clothing this weekend

September 18, 2012 Life 1 Comment

Combining garb ranging from ball gowns, theater costumes, cowboy boots and everything in between, dealers are delivering eye-catching displays for customer attraction at the Vintage Fashion Expo. The Concourse Exhibition Center will host the 24th annual expo this Saturday and Sunday as consumers come to experience fashion from the past to the present. Up to ...

PHOTOS: San Francisco's best dressed raise money for charity at Glamorama

September 15, 2012 Life

Glamorama pulled out all the stops at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre with lively performances and glamour-tinged fashion while raising money for charity Sept. 14. Macy’s Passport hosted the fourth and last Glamorama fashion fundraiser as San Francisco beneficiaries came to enjoy the night for a valuable cause. Fashion designers and recording artists took part in this year’s theme, “British ...

The Fashion Blueprint: To wear heels or not to wear heels?

September 15, 2012 Life

All right fashion fanatics, take a chic step forward. Wearing heels and workin’ it like a runway is a gift, but deciding between breaking necks or breaking ankles can be tough. Style over comfort is one thing people stress in fashion, but before you plan on walking in fancy 6-inchers, realize the damage that can be ...

The Fashion Blueprint: Learning how to layer for the fall

September 8, 2012 Life

It’s getting colder, but the sun is still here. Do you know what that means? Fall fashion! This season is all about layers. You might be afraid that layers are thick and heavy. It’s time to get that out of your system. The trick to layering is to find pieces that are light and create slimming ...

San Francisco fashionistas party down at Fashion's Night Out

September 7, 2012 Life News

With great timing to kick off New York’s Fashion Week, consumers were able to join editors, models, stars and celebrities in the most fashionable party yet. Fashion’s Night Out is a one-night event that was created in 2009 by Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine. The New York-born shindig is an annual revitalization of the industry. ...

The Fashion Blueprint: keeping back-to-school fashion simple

September 1, 2012 Life

It’s not easy pulling a figure-flattering outfit from a messy closet when you’re late for school. Don’t decide between your dad’s vintage button-up and your mom’s snagged knitted sweater. Drop those garments and step back. This weekly style consultant is here to help you make a good impression the first week of school. Here’s a ...

Visually impaired cartoonist and SF State student aspires to be published

March 28, 2012 Life

Patrick Ward makes himself comfortable on a bench in Cafe Rosso’s popular patio area, hunched merely 6 inches away from his sketchpad and intent on drawing his next cartoon masterpiece to add to his portfolio. He is visually impaired, making this no small feat. Ward, 28, student and cartoonist, faces unique challenges in both the ...

Debt: The dangers of credit cards for college students

October 18, 2011 Opinion

If I were to give any SF State student advice, it would be this: Don’t enter the debt danger zone. Credit cards can provoke you to spend money that you can’t afford to spend. The inability to pay for overspending puts students in a debt trap. There isn’t a problem with owning a credit card ...