Friday, February 22, 2008

Buy Curious

Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 12:49 PM

Plus, covetable celebrity lines, boutiques on the move, prom dress donations, and more sales. All after the jump…

Your weekly dose of East Bay style, news, sales, events, and more, delivered to the EBX's news blog, 92510, every Friday.

Natalie Portman Makes Vegan Chic
Not only is Natalie Portman singlehandedly elevating the reputations of young actresses everywhere (being the non-skeezy, Harvard grad, multilingual, UN-ambassador-type that she is), the actress is also now making us more sophisticated and eco-conscious. Damn her perfectness! Portman's new vegan-friendly shoe line, available exclusively at this NY boutique actually has shoes you'd wanna wear (unlike Jessica Simpson's hooker heels), such as satin ballet flats and faux-patent-leather mary-jane pumps. And because they're not leather, the prices aren't outrageous ($185 for the flats), which is probably why they're almost all sold out. Try signing up for their mailing list - looks like more sizes will be available in the future. Other celebrity lines: Chloe Sevigny recently celebrated the launch of her new clothing line for Opening Ceremony (where Andy Samberg and local singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom reportedly showed up together. Lookbook download here. No prairie skirts or cowboy shirts, but some definite ‘80s/'90s looks going on (Creepers, anyone?). Also, here's Sienna Miller's boring line.

Crossroads Wants Your Prom Dress (Please Dryclean First)
Crossroads would like your prom dress ... for a good cause, of course. The nonprofit Princess Project aims to hook up local girls who can't afford prom dresses with the ones you no longer have use for. Drop off your old frocks or accessories at any Crossroads store next week, starting Monday, Feb. 25 to Friday, Feb. 29. If you wanna help but don't have a dress, check out one of their upcoming fund-raisers:

Full Figure Entertainment Presents FAB: A dance party benefiting The Princess Project East Bay.
When: Saturday, March 1st from 10:30pm-2am
Where: Levende East, 827 Washington St., Oakland.
How much: $10 before 11 p.m., $20 after. Half-off with a donation receipt from the Princess Project.

Pretty in Pink screening to benefit the Princess Project East Bay
When: Tuesday March 4th at 9:15 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater, 1834 Park Blvd, Oakland.
How much: $8 at the door with $2 going to the Princess Project East Bay. The box office opens at 5:45 p.m. the day of the show. Dress and accessory donations will be accepted in the lobby.

Store Moves
Perhaps fed up with all the break-ins, Amy Cools & AC Clothing and Bags left their Temescal digs for Chinatown. Now open by appointment, or on Etsy
261 10th St., #202, Oakland
510-654-7514
And Inside Bay Area's Shop Talk blog reports that Elisa Wen is leaving the ‘Creek for Danville. Hush tried to expand to SF but is now going online instead, while maintaining that they'll keep their Main St. store. Hmm… trouble in retail land? SALES!

Mission Indie Mart
Check out more than forty local designers (including Coma & Cotton, Still Life Vintage, Funk Devine, Vividot, Porkchop Rules, Kate Durkin. AC Clothing and Bags, Noli Goods, Brown Bear Vintage, Deadbeat Sister & Hired Meat, Featherwitch, & Noir Jewelry), vintage, offbeat handmade stuff, and more, plus music, beer, and bloody marys at Mission Indie Mart.
When: Sunday, Feb. 24, 12-5 p.m.
Where: 12 Galaxies, 2565 Mission St., SF

Picnic Boutique Bi-Annual Sale
Save up to 80 percent on She-bible, FreePeople, and Olive & Page.
Where: 1808 Polk St., San Francisco
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11-8; Sun., 12-6

New Store Opening
Heidisays Casual
This sister store to Heidisays featuring James Perse, Vince, AG, True Religion, and Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent.
Where: 2416 Fillmore St., San Francisco
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11-7; Sun., 12-6

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