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Janette Maack

The Style Boutique

Browsing booths were set up around the appetizer greeting area showcasing some of Santana Row's finest retailers. My favorite stops? The Footcandy booth (Jimmy Choos, anyone?) and the Boutique Harijuku booth, which highlighted the store's signature modern European style. Other popular booths included Furla (perhaps because of those twin puppies in their stroller next to the booth!), Franco Uomo, and Lululemon Athletica.

On to the Show

Overall the runway show went off without a hitch (except perhaps for the wind blowing the gauze curtains making it a bit difficult for the models to enter and exit the runway). First out of the gate were summer looks from Boutique Harijuku which included an artful racer-back version of the little black dress with a jersey top and silk puff skirt and a curve-hugging leopard print dress that hit just above the knee. Easy favorites, both of these looks are going straight to the top of my summer must-have list.

Santana Row Summer Fashion Show

Saturday brought cloudy skies and light rain to the South Bay, but even the drizzle couldn't spoil Santana Row's Poolside Soiree Summer Fashion Show. Crowds of anxious fashion-savvy attendees came from all over the Bay area, lining up early for the show, which was put on at noon and again at 3 pm.

At 11:45 we were herded into elevators behind Sino and up to the poolside deck where large white tents, white paper lanterns and white gauze curtains flanked a (white, of course) runway around the pool.  Just outside the pool area and runway guests were beginning to mingle and enjoy some highlights of the event: I'm referring to the refreshments, of course. To the tune of a mellow yet upbeat cello-drum duo guests sipped wine, champagne, appetizers and light desserts from the Village Bistro and enjoyed a grand appetizer buffet catered by Maggianos (extra kudos on the bruschetta!).


Men's looks from St. Croix were next, and the crowd practically squealed with glee as one of the models walked an adorable bulldog in a yellow (the color of the season) harness around the runway. Following St. Croix's classic casual menswear looks were summer neutrals from H&M with safari details, metallic pops, and a touch of animal print (love the leopard headscarf and big tribal bangles).

Casual tops and denim from Blue Jeans Bar (a relatively new addition to the Santana Row family) paired with shoes and bags from Cole Haan circled the runway next. Pretty floral and graphic printed tops, skinny jeans, and a pair of hot pink t-strap heels (a personal favorite) are sure-fire hits for summer. Models with butterflies in their hair showed off Franco Uomo's summer looks, a lineup of fine cotton dress shirts in bright summer colors and crisp suit jackets with boldly colored silk linings. A high point of Franco Uomo's selections was the white linen jacket with safari inspired pockets.

Lululemon's athletic looks got the attention of the audience with models doing workout moves around the runway (a lovely group of women from Monterey especially liked the male models in their workout gear), and Oakley showed boardwear and eyewear that epitomizes California cool to the tune of En Vogue's ‘Free Your Mind.' A white swimsuit cover-up with green printed trim from Oakley was especially cute.


Anthropologie showed off a carefree seaside vibe with a color palette of poppy red, coral, mango, and clean white accented with big, bold jewelry. Standouts included a poppy red jersey dress with wrap detailing and a cap-sleeved cropped linen jacket with fabric manipulation detail. Next on the program was another new name for Santana Row- London-based designer Ted Baker- who took us on a European vacation with trendy, youthful, and innovative pieces for summer.

One of my personal favorite looks of the entire show was a Ted Baker navy blue silk mini-dress with a splatter-paint print and grey silk belt. Shoes from Footcandy sweetened up Ted Baker's modern take on summer style, and reminded us to get out those Manolos and martinis for a night with the girls.

Laid-back summer style with impeccable details was the theme for Smith & Alder's summer collection, which contained cotton and linen basics in a pop color combination of orange, white, and khaki. Eli Thomas followed with casual styles for the executive who knows how to relax- especially noteworthy were the looks with embroidered details.

Penelope Boutique and accessories from Furla reminded us of the feminine side of summer with flowing dresses in oceanic hues and classic, richly textured handbags.


A blue tent dress with a green rose print and beaded detailing at the neckline in addition to a navy blue floral A-line number with a sheer neckline are on my summer shopping list.

Rounding out the show were classic looks from Brooks Brothers (you may want to skip those few pieces embroidered with pineapples) perfect for an afternoon game of croquet in the Hamptons, followed by a gorgeous group of summer looks from Anne Fontaine. The summer collection from Anne Fontaine captures the essence of the French countryside without looking at all Little House on the Prairie.

Favorites included the metallic lavender belt with crystal flowers worn with a white puff-sleeve blouse and a slim black pencil skirt and a black zip-front tie-back top with fabric manipulation floral detailing around the collar. Delicate and classic, the Anne Fontaine looks will be great for summer work wear.

Spirits were high throughout the show, and afterwards guests commented on how wearable the fashions were and tasted appetizers from Sino while sipping champagne at the after party in the Santana Row Via penthouse. I personally had a wonderful time taking in the hottest styles and colors of the season. So where will I be shopping for summer? Santana Row stops on my shopping trip will include Boutique Harijuku, Ted Baker, and Footcandy, my personal favorites from the Poolside Soiree.   


Stevn De Lozada

Tommy Bahama
Boutique Harajuku
Donald J. Pliner
St. Croix
The Blues Jean Bar
Cole Haan
Franco Uomo
Lululemon Athletica
Ted Baker
Pink Stripes Boutique
Smith Alder
Sunglasses on the Row
Eli Thomas for Men
Penelope Boutique
Brooks Brothers
Optical Illusions
Anne Fontaine

Fashion Writer
Janette Maack

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