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Best of Sacramento 2012


Posted on January 9

Rudy Meyers

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SHOPPING+STYLE+BEAUTY

BEST WOMEN'S WEAR ON WHEELS
Sacramento had barely gotten used to the idea of food trucks when the city's first fashion truck hit the streets. Bridgette Maldonado debuted her GYPSY MOBILE BOUTIQUE this past April during Second Saturday. Now, the chic black van (formerly a U.S. Postal Service truck) makes regular appearances at events such as SactoMoFo and on the streets outside Shady Lady Saloon, Fox & Goose Public House and other restaurants. Maldonado transformed the van's interior into a 60-square-foot shop, complete with clothing racks, display shelves, a sales counter, even a tiny dressing room. She sells trendy dresses, tops, hats, belts, purses and jewelry at wallet-friendly prices. (Dresses cost about $42, tops no more than $30.) The truck has been so successful, she's now toying with the idea of opening a second truck selling menswear. gypsymobileboutique.com

BEST PLACE TO WIG OUT
Want to look like your favorite pop star—Katy Perry, say, or Nicki Minaj? Head straight to the wall of wigs at EVANGELINE'S in Old Sac. The store carries more than 500 styles: everything from beehives and flips to mohawks and Afros. There are light-up wigs, glowin- the-dark wigs, even a pixie-cut wig with detachable pigtails. They come in every color of the rainbow, so you can sport blue locks one day, magenta the next. The synthetic wigs cost $10 to $45 and are a hit with young women and anime fans of both sexes. "People are having wig parties," says Teri Burge, a buyer for Evangeline's costume section. "It's a great party idea." 113 K St., Old Sacramento; (916) 448-2594; evangelines.com

BEST BOUTIQUE FOR HIM AND HER
Sacramento has its share of women's boutiques, but there aren't many stores that cater to both the men and the ladies. To fill that niche, Justin Bilbao and Scott Gilbert opened GOOD STOCK BOUTIQUE. "Neither side is an afterthought," says Bilbao about his Downtown Plaza store, which is modeled after big-city his-and-hers boutiques such as Atrium in New York. The shop carries women's labels including TOMS, Wildfox Couture, Rebel Yell and MinkPink and men's brands such as Insight, Obey, Lifetime Collective and RVCA. This isn't Bilbao and Gilbert's first rodeo: They brought urban streetwear and skate apparel to Sacramento 20 years ago when they opened their first store, GettaClue, for the 14- to 21-year-old set. Good Stock caters to a slightly older, wealthier, more fashionforward clientele. Among its customers: Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans. 545 Downtown Plaza; (916) 440-9700

BEST PLACE TO NAB A BIT OF OLD HOLLYWOOD
Vintage and consignment stores are a dime a dozen these days. But there's nothing quite like LA FEM SOPHISTIQUE, an East Sac resale boutique that opened in April. Store owner Sandi Linder was asked by a friend—a former Hollywood glamour girl once married to a movie producer—to sell her private collection of clothing from the mid-'50s to the late '80s. In her prime, the anonymous collector had been an avid shopper with an eye for designer labels and a reputation for never wearing anything twice. Linder took possession of more than 300 wardrobe boxes filled with 10,000- plus items in perfect condition: lingerie, cocktail dresses, evening gowns, business suits, silk blouses, purses, hats, shoes, bathing suits—you name it. There's a flouncy pale-blue chiffon peignoir trimmed with dyed-to-match blue marabou by Lucie Ann of Beverly Hills (lingerie designer to the stars in the '60s) and an emerald satin Natori robe with mink collar and cuffs that could have been worn by Alexis Carrington Colby, the "Dynasty" ballbuster played by Joan Collins. Prices range from $10 for a Tshirt to upward of $15,000 for a designer evening gown. If these clothes could talk, just think of the stories they'd tell! 3241 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 308-4456; lafemsophistique.com

 

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