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Gen Art San Francisco Fresh Faces in Fashion | GENES

Background on GENES: Combine
San Francisco native Genes Sotto with former Zang Toi assistant
designer Fleur Lidwine-Louis and what you get is GENES. The clothing
line, which is based in New York, is designed with the sexy, urban
woman in mind.

Photo Credit: Cary Wun

Key Takeaways: This
collection, created by Genes Sotto and Fleur Lidwine-Louis, was a bit
retro, a bit classic, a bit urban, and rather youthful all at the same
time. Classic shapes make Genes highly wearable, while colorblock
designs evoke an element of retro youthfulness.

Color Palette: Canary yellow, teal, turquoise and gold.

Most of the collection was dedicated to lustrous silks, which weighed
flatteringly on models in the form of circle skirts, ruched dresses and
blouson tops.

 Photo Credit: Cary Wun

Accessories Report: Side ponytails, dewy faces and lace-up stilettos.

What’s Wearable: Dresses covered in pailettes.

The latest way to show off a toned midsection:


 Photo Credit: Cary Wun

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Fashion Notebook | Gen Art San Francisco’s Fresh Faces in Fashion

At the VIP reception before the show, San Francisco’s finest dressed were busy working the lounge area & complimentary bar (courtesy of Beck’s, X Rated Fusion Liqueur and Jean Marc XO Vodka.) Some of our favorite hipsters:

Before the Show 1
Photo Credit: Cary Wun
Private-label dress on her/Paul Smith blazer on him

Before the Show 2
Photo Credit: Cary Wun
Arden B. shrug on her/Banana Republic shirt on him

At the post-party, revelry ensued, complete with DJ Diego Rockwell spinning, more liquor flowing, nail treatments from re:fresh day spa, massages and more. We can’t wait for next year!

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Spring 2006 Trend: Hardware Detailing

Trend Importance Factor: Medium.

Wearability Factor: Medium High.

How to Wear It: Grommets, metal zippers, D rings, snaps, and buckles have found their way to traditional garments ranging from dresses, sweaters, and blouses to pants and skirts. The hardware look gives a bit of an edge to otherwise conservative (read: normal) looks, and really turns up the heat on more risqué garments.

For maximum wearability, keep the metal pieces small and on sections of the body that you want to highlight. If you have a great waistline, for example, wear metal on your belt. And if you love your shoulderline, look for hardware trimmings on or near the shoulder area. For a fresh look, try D rings and buckles in unexpected places.

Where in Trend Lifecycle: This trend has been bubbling up for at least a year. We even made note of hardware detailing at Armani Exchange back in April. And hardware studded bags were a ubiquitous accessory this past season. Look for this trend to continue as a counter to the pretty, overly feminine look dominating the runways.

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