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August 25, 2006
Fashion Week: Here we are!

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Richard Hallmarq in front of S.F.'s Neimans

So, we're now on the streets of San Francisco, in the heart of Union Square and all its shopping. From the size of the crowds, it looks like they're giving it away.

I'm with Sacramento designer Richard Hallmarq, in front of Neiman Marcus. He's in the city for San Francisco Fashion Week; his show is the finale tonight. He's excited, but still in need of an energy booster.

He left Sac at 5:30 a.m. to do a radio interview at 8. Now, he's on the prowl for the perfect pigmented eye shadow. He admits to being "dead tired." And, after seeing a screaming baby on the street, comments, "That's how I feel right about now. I need a nap."

We peruse the makeup counters at Neimans, but nothing piques his interest. He does nab one of those fab eyelash curlers from Shu Uemura.

Richard says that his ensemble for hitting the runway after the show tonight is an $8 Yves St. Laurent suit that he picked up at a thrift store. But he is looking for some expensive underwear to wear underneath it.

His guest performer tonight, Ingrid Chavez, will be wearing "the most fabulous outfit," he continues. "There's a hand-beaded fishnet jacket. It's just the bomb."

The models are scheduled to arrive around 1:30. Hair begins soon thereafter, followed by makeup at the fashion venue, a soundcheck and a run-through.

Maybe I can fit some shopping in before then.

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