Please welcome Chloé Harris, SFist's new Style Editor. Why Harris, you ask? Because she has an awesome wardrobe, isn't a slave to flats, and doesn't dress like a 25-year-old Missionite who looks like she's on the school playground. And that's good enough for us. Also, she's a bit of a do-gooder who, along with her spouse Frankie Frankeny, co-founded JustMarried.us, a lifestyle campaign for marriage equality.
Take it away, Chloé.
In terms of style, San Francisco’s so-called hipsters (anyone else tired of that term?) delight in hanging around the garbage. Before you get all attitude-y with me, let’s just be honest: SFers celebrate a particular brand of trash fashion that sets us apart from the tailored decadence of New York and the matchy-matchyness of the Midwest. Here, you’re just not cool, if you will, unless your threadbare skinny jeans are threatening to decompose and your well-trod vans have clocked hundreds of miles just standing in line for a Blue Bottle coffee. (A confession: By these standards, We are So. Not. Cool. We take our Gibraltar with four-inch heels, thank you.)
But you know who is cool? Jay Nicolas Sario, the San Francisco-based GAP kids stylist who, on last night’s Project Runway, took trash fashion from stank to swank. On the episode dubbed “Hard Wear,” the challenge was to create a runway-worthy look with materials found at the hardware store. Our boy from the Bay killed it. While lesser designers opted for neon pink twine and washers (ahem, Emilio Sosa), Sario mined the rubbish and turned out a beautifully biker-rific pair of “leather” pants made from garbage bags cut on the bias. A bustier with stripes of bright blue masking tape topped the winning look, which was tied together by a woven, I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-leather belt. As for that nasty twine-and-washer “swim suit,” it and its designer should go out with the trash.