Monthly Archives: July 2011
We know we’ve been talking a lot lately about the City Matrix tie for men and how the guys are all over them. Well, little did we know that the ladies are also hot and bothered to get their hands on their very own tie. Turns out women’s ties are the new “must have” accessory for Fall 2011. Don’t worry ladies, we’ll hook you up! Oh and how can we not share a picture of Diane Keaton dressed as Annie Hall (circa 1977.) She no doubt set the trend that started it all.
The proof is all here. We are seeing women sporting men’s ties all over the runways for Fall 2011 and we’re loving it! Check out Tommy Hilfiger, Paul Smith, and L.A.M.B. who all sent their models down the runway working a tie in various ways. Which one speaks to you?
We can always count on celebrities to get a trend going and how can we not stop and take notice. These ladies are a good example of how to take a trend and put your own spin on it. Leighton Meester looks feminine and comfortable wearing this menswear inspired outfit. Kate Moss is no exception either wearing a tailored suit with a rock & roll edge to it. Also, wearing a loose fitted tie her own way is Emma Watson combining a blazer and skirt to round out a very youthful look. Love these looks ladies!
*In case you don’t know how to tie a proper knot for your neck, here is a diagram to help you out. Now you have no excuse!
Welcome to the other side of DogPatch. We’ve shown you many popular hot spots to shop and eat here in the hood of Piece x Piece, but we have been dying to share with you the spookier side of our otherwise quaint little neighborhood. Our block has come a long way in the past couple of years, thanks to the T-line, the development of UCSF Research Centers, the renovation of the Carriage House, the opening of Serpentine and so many others. And while all the construction has brought new life into the neighborhood it’s also begun a crack down on what we like to call Shantytown.
Ever since PxP has resided in DogPatch we have noticed a number of RVs, vans, trucks and just plain camping out in general. We all know San Francisco has always had more than its fair share of homeless inhabitants but here in DogPatch it’s more about shanty encampments.
Need a kitty? DogPatch is home to many. Need a shopping cart? Come on down! Feel the urge to pick up some trash? We have just the place for you. You never really know what or who you’ll find living down that dark alley surrounded by all the abandoned warehouses with broken windows and barbed wire entrances. It’s sensory overload!
So next time you come down to DogPatch for some fabulous wine at Yield Winebar, or some yummy New Orleans style sweet fixings from Just for You Cafe take a closer look and see for yourself the colorful somewhat unsavory surroundings. You may just get a first hand peek at the elusive town in the neighborhood. It’s a shantytown people, and it may not be around for much longer…
Black and white is the epitome of sophistication and is a true classic combination. Let’s be honest, we LOVE our black fabrics here at Piece x Piece and that’s not changing anytime soon so we’re embracing it. We love Calvin Klein’s simple lines with an extra long sleeve and pant hem, seen above left. Black & white together is the yin/yang in anyone’s wardrobe, a perfect marriage of high drama and contentment. Check out The Rows leather leggings, white button down and over sized jacket, so casually cool. CK does it again with elegant lines and beautiful details in a white fitted coat, worn with tapered black pants. Just perfect.
SF is all about layers, not just in Fall but all year round. If you live here you know just how schizophrenic the weather can be so layering up is the best way to out smart the kooky climate. Chloe knocks it out of the park with its 70′s inspired chic pre-Fall collection. Neutrals are always in style so we were all over the simple deep v-neck gray wool dress, sheer turtle neck and nude boots. Our mouths were also watering over the patchwork blanket wrap again, by Chloe. Gucci, also clearly inspired by the 70′s but this time with more of a jet set lifestyle collection. Chunky sweater, relaxed trouser short, and above-the-knee boots. What more can a girl about town ask for?
I know we love to complain about the temperamental seasons here in SF but we know we really have it so good. I have a really beautiful winter coat at home that sits in my closet almost all year round because it’s never cold enough to wear so I know dreaming of owning a fabulous new coat this Fall is nothing but a fantasy. Still we couldn’t keep ourselves from drooling when we found these coats (Gucci, Narciso Rodriguez, and Lanvin.) Makes me want to pack-up and move to a colder climate just for the chance to wear any or all these coats…almost.
Hello there, I’m Laura Allcorn, your guest blogger from Pacific Northwest College of Art + Oregon College of Art and Craft.
I’ve spent the past year looking for opportunities for innovation in the fashion industry as my final graduate project, which lead me right here to Piece x Piece. The fashion industry is one of the most innovative as it is quick to adopt new technologies and business models. Like other industries it will also face a myriad of challenges within the next 15 years including material shortages, climate change, and population growth. What will fashion look like then?
The fashion industry adapts quickly because it is driven by the values of its customers. For that reason, I believe women hold the power to re-define fashion.
I began by looking at how women use the clothing they own. How much of their wardrobe’s are being worn on a regular basis? Is there an opportunity for us to share those garments that are not being worn regularly?
To find out, I conducted in-home interviews and scoured research studies. I found that much of a women’s closet is not worn regularly and many of the women I spoke to expressed excitement towards the idea of borrowing the types of garments they rarely wear. For instance, items to wear on a date, at work, on vacation, or just out with friends on the weekend.
Based on those conversations I developed a concept for a garment lending service I call FLUX. The concept is intended to fulfill a women’s needs and desires for fashion and at the same time extend the life-cycle of the garments that are produced.
For the public exhibition of this concept I wanted to share the innovative practices being pursued by makers and designers. Instead of pointing fingers, I chose to celebrate designers who are making garments in an interesting and sustainable way.
I immediately thought of Piece x Piece as an ideal representation of material re-use. The Piece x Piece collection makes this difficult endeavor look effortless by turning discarded swatches into one-of-a-kind pieces of luxury. Thank you to the Piece x Piece team for being a part of my story!
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