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Sixties Invasion

It's certainly not 1965 but it will be hard to tell when the mod fashions from the Swinging Sixties invade the streets and boutiques of San Francisco this fall. The spirit of the counter-cultural and sexual revolutions, which is deeply rooted in San Francisco, will be here again.

Bringing back the Sixties means bringing up the hemlines. The Mod A-line minis range from mini (derriere coverage only) to midi (mid-thigh) to maxi (above-the-knee). At Resident Apparel Gallery (RAG) in Hayes Valley you can find customized minis in denim and inventive fabrics such as mesh by Tolya Syril Pfeffer-Bacon for Mole Design. Or try Clobba with its pleated red minis with a silver circle belt ($20).

Don't forget to top your red mini with a fitted turtleneck. Try turquoise! Striking hyper-optic color combinations burst on the scene in the late Sixties and hardly fade for this fall. There is no such thing as the wrong color combo so splash a blue turtleneck with an orange mini skirt over red tights. For the faint-hearted go for the more conservative, yet equally powerful, graphic black and white combination.

Ver Unica on Hayes Street features a local designer who incorporates the comeback of the Sixties in her new tees, custom made with circle cut-outs. In addition to the new, Ver Unica brings in top quality vintage pieces. On my last visit, "with a little help from my friends," I found a Sergeant Pepper red military A-line coat for only $140.

And no vintage trip is complete without Static. It's a newly opened shop which shines amongst the many vintage stores in Upper Haight. Static has everything for sale including the groovy lounge area which sits in the rear, complete with shag carpet. Owners Bryan Lehman and Motohiro Yasue stock racks of shift and mini dresses which start at $34. You can also find plenty of menswear which features narrow trousers that can be teamed with the perfect pair of shades.

The resurgence of the Mod movement means men can get away with wearing smoking flared velvet pants and skinny ties. It also means reaching for those peacock-like colors such as psychedelic purples and oranges. It's about blinding passerbys with color and prints. There are many renditions for this fall but try Crossroads which is a good place to hit for bargain prices.

Alas do not ignore the accessories. Accessorize with drop chandelier earrings by local designer, Jodi's Lucky Bunny, at RAG or pick up geometric shaped purses at Clobba which start at $16. Else team the minis with candy colored tights in sheer solids or fishnet and basic flats which are musts for re-working the Sixties.

And of course over-the-knee boots or go-go boots are hitting the pavement hard for this fall. They provide a great accessory to the mini skirt and can provide some protection to that perpetual San Francisco chill. Can you not hear Nancy Sinatra's 1965 hit, "These Boots are Made for Walking?"

"Are you ready, boots?

Start walking."

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