Posts Tagged ‘fall fashions’

Knitwear accessories by Elyse Allen. Photo courtesy of ACC.

Knitwear accessories by Elyse Allen. Photo courtesy of ACC.

When August arrives thoughts turn towards autumn. Not long off is back to school, back to work, and a new season of fashions. Oh, and did someone say Christmas in July? How about The Holidays in August?

To get a head start on it all, my favorite outing is the American Craft Council Show at Fort Mason Center, July 31 – August 2, 2015. This is our chance to check out high-end handmade items such furniture, home décor, fashions, and jewelry. Think new for fall, think gifts, think one-of-a-kind.

The American Craft Council Show is the largest juried show west of the Rockies and one of a handful of shows across the country that highlights the best of the best in handcrafted works of art. Over 220 American artists gather at Fort Mason to show and sell their unique wares.

This year includes many a fashion-forward designer:   

Also this year there’s something called Hip Pop, which is a section of the show that features new and rising artists. Let’s Make is all about inviting attendees to watch artists at their craft and maybe even give it a whirl themselves.

It’s all fun and a wonderful opportunity. I say this season skip the big box stores and corporate brand names. Instead, get your unique on at the American Craft Council Show.

Here’s all the info:

Friday, July 31: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 1: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 2: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m

The Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street, San Francisco. $14 one-day pass
$29 Become a member of the American Craft Council and receive entry to ALL THREE days of the American Craft Council Show in San Francisco & a one-year subscription to American Craft magazine.
FREE for American Craft Council members and children 12 and under.

Be there, or be square.

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Custom made coat in progress. Faux braodtail fur will be added to the collar.

The July issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine covers what’s up for fall, including Statement Coats. Houses such as Alexander Wang, Dior, and Nina Ricci are showing big silhouettes in bold colors for fall/winter outerwear.  

1920s Day Coat from the book, The 1920s by John Peacock.

Well, I got my own Statement Coat in the works and it’s sayin’ 1920s.

Designer Theresa LaQuey has been building a coat for me based on a 1920s version I found in John Peacock’s fashion book The 1920s. The fabric is a lovely Italian tweed from Stonemountain and Daughter. The collar will be covered with faux broadtail fur which comes from a vintage stole my mother gave to me. In fact, this custom-made coat was all her idea.  

If you’re a regular reader of Over Dressed for Life, you know I believe we get the most for our money with custom-made. For as much or less than we would pay for designer ready-to-wear, we get better quality and a better fit which means the best look. Plus, supporting local designers is a very good thing.

There’s no instant gratification, but  I learned a lot from watching the piece develop. It’s been great fun choosing the fabric and consulting with Theresa on what kind of pockets I want, where the hem should hit, and pondering plain lining or wild. Having such control is great and of course I love the fact that this coat is one-of-a-kind.

Check back soon for a peek at the finished product.

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