Philanthropist Fall Picks

Jessica Moment and Sally Fowler, co-owners of Philanthropist, a boutique on San Francisco's Sacramento Street. Philanthropist donates proceeds to local charities

Fall is our favorite season at the Philanthropist boutique in San Francisco. Designers tend to use the most luxurious fabrics, and fall runways set the tone for for the coming year. Fall in San Francisco is filled with sunshine, lots of cocktail parties and social events, and provides the perfect backdrop for shopping outings with girlfriends.

Some key 2009 trends, for the playground, at work, or for a cocktail event:

Jewel Tones — Color continues to be an important message.  Our clients are opting for statement colors like opulent purple, emerald green, fuschia and sapphire blue, rather than black.  The color trend extends beyond cocktail dresses and gowns to flowing silk tops, knits and sweaters.  Designers are veering away from neutrals and capitalizing on vibrant tones such as red and teal.

Shoulder Pads — Yes, it is true — shoulder pads are back!  The new pads are not the ’80s football-player type, they are sculpted, sassy and they make your waist look itty bitty.  Stella McCartney put them in her luscious wool coats and Philip Lim inserted them in blazers.  We recommend going out and wearing your pads with pride.

Statement Necklaces — Don’t throw those chunky baubles away!  We continue to see heavy-hitting necklaces for fall and beyond.  What we love about these is that you put them on with anything and they make the outfit.  Whether you are dripping in crystals or going for an edgier look, putting on a statement necklace exudes fun and frivolity.  Remember, fashion is not meant to always be taken seriously.

Slouchy Sweaters and Boyfriend Jeans — Sometimes you just want to be comfortable, which is why we love sweaters this season, especially when paired with the casual-chic boyfriend jean.  Lutz & Patmos uses the best yarns out there and their classic designs mean you won’t be shopping for a new sweater season after season.  And the great thing about denim this year is that you can pick your shape—skinny, trouser, boot cut – wear whatever works for your body type.  But the beat-up boyfriend jean is our favorite.  We recommend going up one size and rolling the cuffs for the full effect.

Philanthropist is located at 3571 Sacramento Street in San Francisco, telephone 415.441.1750.


Philanthropist donates proceeds to a designated charity each quarter. This quarter we will donate to Juma Ventures. Juma empowers low-income youth to break the cycle of poverty with a program that integrates employment, college prep, and financial education. Juma’s ultimate goal is to ensure these young adults gain admission to and graduate from college.  Because of Juma’s educational mission and our clients’ current focus on the beginning of the new school year, we have been in the back-to-school mindset. — submitted by Philanthropist co-owners Sally Fowler and Jessica Moment

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