Face aging with elan, ‘French women’ author tells us

One would be hard pressed to find someone more qualified to address the subject of aging the French way than Mireille Guiliano, best-selling writer and former CEO of Clicquot Inc. The author of “French Women Don’t Get Fat” is back with her fourth book in the series, “French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging With Style & Attitude.” Having researched the rituals of friends and family in her native France, she’s imparted her experiences in her trademark style of friend and confidante, with tips for aging naturally. Guiliano spoke to Style from her home in Manhattan in advance of her Bay Area appearances Monday and Tuesday.

“In France we have the saying ‘life starts at 50,’ and we really mean it. I always thought it was a joke when my mother would say that, but I’m experiencing it now. And I can see why, because there are so many insecurities and challenges that we don’t have anymore. We have others, but we have also become wiser, more mature and experienced, and we deal with them in a different way.”

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Lauren Geremia – Upstart designer for tech

Designer Lauren Geremia stretches out in the dining room at Lumosity in S.F. Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle

Geremia Design founder and principal Lauren Geremia is not your typical interior designer. A painter, she has used the fine art skills she honed at Rhode Island School of Design to become the go-to designer for San Francisco startups.

Don’t let her age, 31, and easygoing vibe fool you – her plans for her Emeryville firm extend far beyond the Bay Area and the tech industry. Geremia is now ready to “take the show on the road” and explore new destinations for her talent.

After moving to the Bay Area in 2004, her interiors for several local bars started to get noticed by the young tech executives who frequented them. Residential work for an early Facebook employee came next, followed by referrals. She designed office spaces for bright young startups YouSendIt (now Hightail), Instagram and Dropbox.

Lauren Geremia's hanging paper airplane mobile for Hightail in S.F. Photo: Geremia Design

When Dropbox commissioned her in 2011 to design its new 89,000-square-foot headquarters in China Basin, Geremia hired a full-time team. Starting with an elegant foundation made it easier to keep the integrity of the design when the team moved in: “Dropbox was an interesting project, because they knew it was going to end up being covered in whiteboards, Legos experiments and catered food – I knew I had to create a platform that was maybe too sophisticated at the time, but when you put in the content and the employees’ belongings, it feels organized.”

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London fashion luminary joins Art Institute faculty

Source:  Michael Rosen

Source: Michael Rosen

A fashion force is not to be missed, and during the recent student show at the Art Institute of California-San Francisco, something exciting swept through. The student designers displayed intense individuality on the runway with a range of inspiration from “The Great Gatsby” to drag queens. Other students contributed their talents in marketing, graphics, video and the culinary arts, but the show’s creative vision came from the school’s new visiting professor and show producer, Michael Rosen.

If there is anyone who has lived multiple fashion lives, it’s Rosen. Celebrating his 60th birthday in October, Rosen has lived through some of the most exciting decades in London fashion, from punk in the ’70s to Britpop in the ’90s. He was a founding member of London Fashion Week in 1982 and later developed the fashion merchandising and marketing program at his alma mater, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London.

As an instructor at the college in the ’90s, his students included fashion luminaries Hussein Chalayan, Phoebe Philo, Giles Deacon, Katie Grand and the late Alexander McQueen. He attributes the creativity exploding from the school’s graduates to cross-collaboration among departments: “It was the mixing of these people from different areas, like linking to the sculpture department and the film department, which was roughly what we were doing in the ’70s when the punk thing happened.”

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