– Luxury women’s label BlacMéra was a rare Bay Area name gracing the schedule during New York Fashion Week. Designed by Yuliana Candra, who has a showroom in San Mateo and another in Los Angeles, the apparel line is known for opulent gowns and brightly hued silk tunics, which feature abstract imagery captured in photographs from Candra’s world travels. The show was held Wednesday at the Metropolitan Pavilion during Elle‘s Style360 New York Fashion Week alongside collections from singer Avril Lavigne, “Jersey Shore” star Sammi Giancola, “Real Housewives of Orange County” personality Gretchen Rossi and actress Daisy Fuentes. (For a review of San Francisco’s Academy of Art University, see Page 8).
– The Nob Hill Gazette, with a Bay Area circulation of 80,000, sought to show its regional reach by dropping Nob Hill from its title in August, but after reader complaints, Nob Hill is back on the cover only a month later. “The phones rang off the wall,” said publisher Lois Lehrman. “One man told me the Gazette could be anywhere, like Des Moines. Everybody insisted that Nob Hill is not a destination but an attitude, and an important part of the branding, and how dare I take it off? I bent to popular request.”
– Highlights from the fourth annual Fashion’s Night Out: A great bar and tunes by Live 105′s Aaron Axelsen at new shoe store Kurt Geiger, where a 20 percent sale, raffles and the Lash Bar by Faux Lash had the store at capacity, making it the most crowded party in the Square. Soon-to-open Uniqlo (see more on Page 7) hosted a panel about fashion and technology that drew hundreds to its Post Street pop-up. At Marc Jacobs, Champagne flowed, and mingling shoppers were photographed against a garden-themed, glitter-bombed backdrop. John Varvatos made “Who the Hell Is John Varvatos?” T-shirts for the occasion, and after a couple Patron Varvatosaritas or Simply Varvatos cocktails, it’s possible some of the guests forgot.
– Impressions, part two: Afsaneh Akhtari of Woodside wore not one but two gowns to the San Francisco Opera gala, appearing during cocktails in a black Cavalli sheath (pictured) from her closet. The red Azadeh gown she had ordered wasn’t ready until dinner was served; she changed in the Opera House and laughed off questions about whether a third gown was coming for the after-party. And you thought “Rigoletto” had a dramatic ending.