The days are longer and the sky bluer, which means it's time to put away your winter blacks and boots. Local boutiques are stocking up on spring looks from Alexander Wang to Rachel Comey to Diane Von Furstenberg. (Plus, there are still a few clearance sales left.) Also, check out a retrospective fashion exhibit at UC Berkeley and find out how to donate your old suits to needy professionals.
Twenty-Two Shoes (5856 College Ave., Oakland): Put your boots back in the closet and stock up on new spring shoe styles for men and women, plus new limited-edition handbags. Don't be caught be summer empty-handed!
Magnet (2508 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley): Spring dresses from Rachel Comey, Paige Laurel Canyon denim in petite, Earnest Sewn Harlan skinny jeans, Tinc cotton bomber jackets, Melissa Sweet Lips sandals in yellow for just 59 bucks, plus more.
Hush (1354 N. Main St., Walnut Creek): Blow your tax rebate on the latest looks from must-have designer, Alexander Wang. (We blew last year's Christmas money on an AW cashmere sweater dress.) A khaki cropped trench is versatile and timeless, but we say "no!" to the jumper look.
SALES: For the week of March 21-March 27
Jeremys (2961-2967 College Ave., Berkeley): Bring elbow pads and your boyfriend (to hold your items) for this storewide 50 percent off sale - including women's, men's, handbags, & shoes. Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22. (They're closed for Easter on Sunday.) Also at their SF location (Two South Park).
F.I.T. (5707 College Ave., Oakland): In case you missed their one-day sale yesterday, stop by the boutique for 25 percent off new spring arrivals from Helmut Lang, Vera Wang, and DVF. Today (Friday, March 21) only!
August (5410 College Ave., Oakland): Pick up discounted jeans and browse their clearance rack.
Porcelynne Lingerie (261 10th St., Suite 302, Oakland): Enjoy 65 percent off this Oakland designer's entire stock when shopping online.
Laid Off? Donate That Suit to a Good Cause!
Dress Barn is partnering with the nonprofit Dress for Success to give low-income women access to professional business attire. Donate your new or gently-used suits and other professional apparel to your local Dressbarn. March 30-April 5. 430 El Cerrito Plaza, El Cerrito or 500 12th St., Oakland.
Campus Fashion Exhibit: "From Plugs to Bling: A Century of Cal Student Fashion" on display at UC Berkeley's Doe Library through August 29.
Also at Cal: UC Berkeley students launch quarterly fashion magazine BARE.
The Chronicle hits up the Alameda Antique Fair. And gives a guide to shopping in Cow Hollow.
J. Crew launches new accessories line including fine jewelry.
Banana Republic tries to go upscale with new store Monogram, reportsibabuzz.
Gap shoe store Piperlime (competing with Endless.com) now has handbags. Upcoming Events
Clear your calendars and RSVP for these upcoming can't-miss local fashion events.
3/29 - Style Lounge San Francisco @ the W Hotel
Shop, sip cocktails, view art, and listen to DJs while receiving complimentary manicures, makeovers, and other spa services. VIPs get a gift bag, free cocktails, and the chance to win up to $500 in designer goods and prizes. Noon-6 p.m., W Hotel (181 3rd St., 3rd Fl., San Francisco). Two tickets for $15 or $60 for VIP.
4/13 - Thread Spring Show
The Galleria, SF Design Center, 300 Townsend, noon-6 p.m.
4/14-4/20 Spa Week
Take advantage of this nationwide spa promotion event, in which participating spas offer services for just $50. Many of the services will be "green," (i.e., organic, herbal, detoxifying, etc.). Oakland spa Body By Melisa (4442 Piedmont Ave., Suite A, Oakland) will be participating. Here's a full list of spas in the area also taking part:
The Appearance Care Center
Banyan Spa at Club One Santana Row
Epi Center Med Spa
La Belle Day Spa
La Petite Rose
Mary Thé Skin Care
Red Door Spa
Skyline Spa at club One Silver Creek
The Barber Lounge
Thermae Day Spa
5/25 - Capsule Design Fair
Hayes Valley Park 11-6 p.m.
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