Designer Lyn Devon in one of her designs
New York-based fashion designer Lyn Devon recently debuted her ready-to-wear collection in San Francisco at a private event co-hosted by Heidi Castelein, Kathryn Lasater and Katie Schwab at Hilary McInerney’s elegant art-filled home.
Hilary McInerney, Kathryn Lasater, Heidi Castelein, Designer Lyn Devon and Katie Schwab
“I’m so excited to finally be bringing my collection to San Francisco,” says Devon. “The women here are modern and have an effortless chic and practicality, while always looking polished and luxurious”.
The Lyn Devon collection — which has been worn this year by Katherine Heigl, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lake Bell, and other celebrities — was a big hit with the ladies who stopped by for the trunk show.
Alexandra Tyndall, Designer Lyn Devon and Hilary McInerney all in Lyn Devon
Covered in the pages of Vogue, W, Harpers Bazaar and the Financial Times, Lyn Devon is the fresh young voice of true American luxury sportswear. After studying at Parsons, and while designing for Ralph Lauren, she began designing and producing custom clothing for a small private clientele, allowing her to bring the customer needs to the forefront of her creative process. This design philosophy has stuck with her. “I love creating investment pieces that women will wear all the time and have in their closets forever.”
Karen Jeffords in Lyn Devon dress
Upon launching her label in September 2005, Lyn was quickly named Women’s Design “Rising Star” by the Fashion Group International. Following the debut of her Fall/Winter 2008 collection, style.com called her one of “The Season’s 10 Most Promising Talents.” Soon after she was awarded the prestigious Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award, and most recently, she was accepted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
Heidi Castelein and Karen Jeffords
Renee Gold and Melissa Cope
For Fall/Winter 2010, the theme is “Beatnik Ballet” starting with a “beatnik uniform of a black skintight turtleneck and slim pant as the foundation for easy dressing and carefree chic, softened with layers of dance-inspired tie-tops, bias-cut skirts, pretty prints, soft sweaters and wrap coats and vests in seasonless fabrics like cashmere jersey and hand knits.”
“There is a lot of movement…dresses that float,” says Devon of her latest Fall 2010 collection. “I’ve mixed a bit of softness and femininity in with my intrinsic sporty elements of clean lines and a bold spirited color palette.”
Renee Gold in a Lyn Devon dress
With an expansive group of loyal private clients and select specialty stores, it seems fitting that Lyn is partnering with Elizabeth Charles, the chic boutique on Fillmore Street known for finding highly coveted pieces that are not readily available in the US, where the collection will be available this Fall.
Elizabeth Charles and Christine Lowndes
Designer Lyn Devon with Karen Tamblyn
Diego with mom Karen Tamblyn
The McInerney family home, with its wide-ranging, colorful collection of art, was the perfect setting for the collection, which is perfectly suited to women like Mrs. McInerney and her friends — a woman wants an effortless way to dress colorfully, comfortably and with flair without wearing a big designer label on her chest. The collection has the versatility of being wearable whether picking the kids up from school, or dashing off to a cocktail party at night.
Elizabeth Thieriot in Lyn Devon
Elizabeth Thieriot tries on another Lyn Devon design
Julie Whitlock, Karen Jeffords and Lyn Devon
Stylist Karen Tamblyn attended the event and was impressed by the collection. She remarked that Elizabeth Thieriot looked “absolutely fantastic” in the pieces she tried on. She especially liked Lyn Devon’s belted suit looks.
Elizabeth Thieriot in a belted Lyn Devon Suit
Wendy Tyndall tries on Lyn Devon jacket as Alexandra Tyndall looks on
Designer Lyn Devon styles Hilary McInerney
Elizabeth Charles and Bonnie Jeffery
Josephine Fischer and Nisreen Gardner
Elizabeth Everdell and Karen Jeffords
Tags: Alexandra Tyndall, Bonnie Jeffery, Christine Lowndes, Elizabeth Charles, Elizabeth Everdell, Elizabeth Thieriot, Heidi Castelein, Hilary McInerney, Josephine Fischer, Julie Whitlock, Karen Jeffords, Karen Tamblyn, Katherine Heigl, Kathryn Lasater, Katie Schwab, Lake Bell, Lisa Zanze, Lyn Devon, Nisreen Gardner, Renee Gold, Sarah Jessica Parker
With Sloan and Roger Barnett, Sabrina Buell and Yves Behar, Jean-Pierre Conte, and Alison and Mark Pincus, Gucci recently hosted a private cocktail party at the San Francisco store to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the loafer, and the new 1953 collection for men and women.
Catherine Kwong’s living room, inspired by Mick Jagger and Bianca Jagger, is one of the highlights of the 2013 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, taking place at 2800 Pacific Avenue.
Michael S. Smith was recently honored at Hedge Gallery in San Francisco at a party hosted by Alison Pincus, Vanessa Getty and Allison Speer. His design work for a Palladian Villa in Malibu is being put up for auction at Christie’s in New York. Nicolas Berggruen, Princess Tatiana Galitzine, Dede Wilsey, and Sabrina Buell were among the guests.
Deepa Pakianathan and Phil Pemberton recently hosted a reception for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in anticipation of its upcoming Gala on April 20, 2013, which pays tribute to legendary opera baritone and Conservatory Advisory Board member Thomas Hampson.
Conservatory mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook directs and stars in a program featuring special performances by Hampson with Conservatory students, faculty and guest artists. Teresa Medearis and Barbara Walkowski co-chair the event, with catering by McCall’s Catering and Events and decor by Blueprint Studios.
Tickets for this very special occasion can be purchased at www.sfcm.edu
UCSF Partners in Care recently held its 2013 kick-off membership event at Reed & Greenough. Membership co-Chairs Schuyler Hudak and Libby Leffler hosted the launch party and kicked off the well-attended evening with brief remarks, followed by UCSF Partners in Care President Katie Budge, who spoke about the services that the auxiliary organization provides to the hospital.
UCSF Partners in Care works with UCSF hospital staff to fund programs that provide comfort and well-being to patients and their families while visiting the UCSF medical center.
Guests enjoyed spirited greyhounds nicknamed “Doctor’s Orders,” and a “Members Only” wine special while noshing on sweet treats from Kara’s Cupakes, and savory sliders and arancini from Cedar Hill Kitchen and Smokehouse.
Please visit www.ucsfpartnersincare.org for more information about this important organization.
Renowned European designer Ms. Madeline Pauw recently made an appearance at a delightful luncheon at Saks Fifth Avenue in San Francisco, where her Spring 2013 collection was presented.
The Pauw collection is designed by Madeleine Pauw, daughter of the original founders. Pauw is known for its luxurious fabrics and soft touches of femininity while integrating just a splash of masculine undertones, but always keeping the fit and style in mind for the female physique. The company has been in business for over 50 years, and originally was created in the Netherlands where it currently has 29 stores.
You can purchase pieces from Pauw at Saks Fifth Avenue at 384 Post Street, San Francisco, or online at Saks Fifth Avenue
Neiman Marcus and Vanity Fair, with writer Amy Fine Collins, recently hosted a luncheon in celebration of Vanity Fair’s 2013 International Best Dressed List. Â Guests included some of the West Coast’s best dressed women, such as Vanessa Getty, Pamela Joyner, and Sobia Shaikh. Â It also provided an opportunity to meet Alan Morell, the new general manager for Neiman Marcus’s Union Square store, following the move of our beloved John Capizzi to Bergdorf Goodman in New York.
HBO recently presented the premiere of Game of Thrones Season 3 with a VIP screening at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, attended by cast and creators, and VIP guests.
After the screening there was an on-stage discussion with Executive Producers D.B. Weiss, David Benioff and Co-Executive Producer George R.R. Martin, moderated by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, Co-Executive Editor’s at All Things D.
The Mid Winter Gala for 2013 honored the exhibit, “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis” with a chic winter wonderland that raised over $400k. Marissa Mayer, Jonathan Ive, Alison Pincus, Vanessa Getty, Dick Costolo, Stephan Jenkins, Connie Nielsen, Lori Levine, Evgenia Peretz, Jeremy Stoppelman, Trevor Traina, Allison Speer and Kathryn Lasater were among the 380 who attended.
Stephanie Phair, the managing director of Outnet.com, recently visited from London to host a luncheon previewing Oscar de la Renta’s new limited edition collection designed exclusively for The Outnet.
The Italian artist, Paolo Troilo, recently debuted his first U.S. exhibit at Coup d’Etat, the most exceptional designer space in San Francisco.
Sponsored by Testa Vineyards, the event brought together San Francisco tastemakers such as Jack Calhoun, Stephen Brady, Gary Friedman, Joy Bianchi, Anna Weinberg, Ken Fulk, and Jamie Finegold, among others.
The exhibit will run at Coup d’Etat until May 2013.
Visit Coup d’Etat at 111 Rhode Island, or online at coupdetatsf.com
Larkin Street Youth Servicesâ€™ eleventh annual fund-raising gala benefit, Paving the Way, hosted over nearly 400 community leaders and philanthropists at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco on March 8, 2013. Hosted by special guests, Mark Buell, Chair of the Americaâ€™s Cup Organizing Committee and Jimmy Spithill, Skipper and Helmsman for ORACLE Team USA, the benefit event raised over $725,000 in support of Larkin Streetâ€™s programs for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth in San Francisco. Over eighty percent of all funds raised by Larkin Street go directly to supporting the organizationâ€™s programs.