Saturday, August 4, 2007

Buy Curious: Must-Attend Events This Weekend

Sat, Aug 4, 2007 at 4:56 PM

Feria Urbana tonight, sample sale tomorrow, and antiques on Sunday. Buy Curious has your weekend covered!

SHOP TALK

Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire In case you've never been to this massive antique fair, which happens the first Sunday of every month, expect to be overwhelmed. Tons of vendors hawk everything from posters to telephones, clothes to jewelry. Prepare to walk a lot, and bring cash! Don't forget to sample the sausages and the kettle corn. When: Sun., Aug. 5, 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Alameda Point Naval Air Station, Alameda How much it'll cost ya: Depends what time you get up. The earlier, the more expensive. $5-$15.

Feria Urbana It's that time again. Head to this popular bi-monthly fair to score unique goods from local designers and artists. When: Fri., Aug. 3, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland How much it'll cost ya: Free with museum admission ($8 for adults, $5 for seniors, $5 for students with valid ID, free for kids under 6).

Sample Sale Check out this massive sample sale (up to 70 percent off) on dresses, tops, swimwear, coats, bags, and more from BCBG, Ella Moss, and Splendid. When: Sat., Aug. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: The Fort Mason Center, Building D

Final Markdowns at Twenty Two Shoes Still clearing out their Spring 2007 collection - up to 75 percent off! Where: 5856 College Ave., Oakland; and 2277 Union St., San Francisco

FASHANALYSIS: Style News & Views

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Berkeley Grad Gets Recognition UC Berkeley grad and San Francisco native Erin Fetherston is one of ten nominees honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund. One prize of $200,000 and two of $50,000 go to promising designers, who also receive business mentoring. As Buy Curious previously reported, Fetherston won $25,000 from the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation in its 2007 competition. Kirsten Dunst appeared in this promotional video for Fetherston's fall 2006 collection.

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SF "Fashion" Week You know, we love to support talented, independent, up-and-coming designers. Unfortunately, organizers of SF Fashion Week made that more difficult thanks to their policy barring bloggers from obtaining press passes (and we're too cheap to pay). Ironically, SFFW organizers responded to this criticism on their own blog, stating, "we will continue to evaluate each pass request and make case-by-case decisions on each one, regardless of whom applies." (their italics, not ours). In other words, they don't officially admit bloggers, but bloggers can apply and they'll think about it. ... In other SFFW news, designers for this year's show, which takes place August 22 to 26, have been announced - and they include Berkeley-based EVarize. The designers (some of whom are pictured here) celebrated the show's launch at a party last Saturday at the W Hotel. We're probably going to burn in hell for this, but aren't they a little fug to be at the forefront of SF fashion?

Down with Fug! Support Breast Cancer Research Think you've got an untapped sense of style? Design a breast cancer awareness t-shirt for a contest sponsored by Tobi and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure San Francisco. Five winning designs will be chosen and printed on organic cotton tees, which will be sold exclusively at Tobi. 10 percent of the sales will be donated to the cancer fighting charity. Deadline is August 15!

Every Friday, Buy Curious dishes on the hottest fashion trends, news, and sales in the East Bay and beyond. If you've got suggestions for shops or Web site to feature, comments on the blog, or a burning style question you'd like us to answer in our occasional column, Buy Clueless, send them our way! BuyCurious[at]EastBayExpress[dot]com

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