The Annual MoAD Gala Returns in Style

Thanks to the initial vision of Belva Davis, Willie Brown Jr. and like-minded thinkers, for the past eight years the MoAD (Museum of African Diaspora) has enriched San Francisco’s cultural landscape by showcasing the art of people of African descent.

Roderick Spencer, Alfre Woodard, Eliane Cavalleiro, Danny Glover

Roderick Spencer, Alfre Woodard, Elaine Cavalleiro, Danny Glover and Renel Brooks-Moon

Thanks to the initial vision of Belva Davis, Willie Brown Jr. and like-minded thinkers, for the past eight years the MoAD (Museum of African Diaspora) has enriched San Francisco’s cultural landscape by showcasing the art of people of African descent.

Exhibitions have included “Double Exposure: African Americans Before and Behind the Camera,” “The Hewitt Collection of African American Art,” “The Art of Richard Mayhew,” and “From Process to Print: Graphic Works by Romare Bearden.” The “The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect” exhibit, which was on display this past Spring and is now at its final destination, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture, deeply touched many, including Honorary Chairman Lawrence Bancroft.

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Red carpet arrival and cocktail reception in the Palace Hotel’s Garden Court

Set to the theme of “MoAD: The World’s Canvas,” this year’s black-tie gala took place at the Palace Hotel where Lawrence Bancroft spoke of the museum’s mission. Appealing to his finance colleagues, Bancroft single-handedly exceeded the fundraising goal in support of the museum’s newest exhibition.

Willie Brown Jr., Pam Moore and Wilkes Bashford

Willie Brown Jr., Pam Moore and Wilkes Bashford

Co-hosted by Interim Executive Director Deborah Santana and local fashion icon Wilkes Bashford, the glamorous event was emceed by KRON’s Pam Moore and kicked off the museum’s new exhibition “Cultivating Crosscurrents: Africa & Black Diasporas in Dialogue.”

The new addition, which will run through January 20th, 2014 explores the mutual and cross-cultural influences that shaped the struggles of African peoples, the Civil Rights Era, Black Power Movement, Black Panther Party and the Black Arts Movement.

Tommie Moon, Renel Brooks-Moon, Danny Glover, Wilkes Bashford and Elaine Cavalleiro

Tommie Moon, Renel Brooks-Moon, Danny Glover, Wilkes Bashford and Elaine Cavalleiro

At $1,000.00 per plate the fundraiser drew a well-dressed (and well-heeled!) crowd who came to honor actor-activist Danny Glover (Patron of Culture), San Francisco Foundation CEO Sandra Hernandez (Legacy of Philanthropy), actor Alfre Woodard (Performing Arts Program Honoree) and long-time Tuskegee Institute supporter, Moet Hennessy USA (Corporate Leadership Award).

Dierdre Luddington, Brian Conley and Alfre Woodard

Dierdre Luddington, Brian Conley and Alfre Woodard

Glover charmed the crowd with his typically humble presentation while paying homage to the founders of the museum and his fellow honoree Alfre Woodard.

Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard

Woodard, who was honored for creating a Performing Arts program in schools, captivated the audience with a dramatic presentation of a poem by Nikki Giovanni, which described the lessons NASA scientists traveling in space could learn from the experiences of her African ancestors who crossed the Atlantic aboard slave ships during the most horrific of conditions.

She reminded us that Africa is the birthplace of all humans, “You are an old African. I am an old African. And for that I am truly grateful. We are all part of the African Diaspora.”

Deborah Santana, Sandra Hernandez and Viviana Paredes

Deborah Santana, Sandra Hernandez and Viviana Paredes

Among the festive audience were Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard J. Tyson and his wife Denise Bradley Tyson, Vice President of the San Francisco Film Commission, Wells Fargo executive and community leader Brenda Wright who kept the Champagne flowing at her table, Morgan Stanley Vice President Kimberly Brandon, California Public Utilities Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon and fiancé Kimberly Brandon, Dr. Ernest E. Bates, Commissioner Toye Moses, Supervisors Malia Cohen and London Breed, Union Bank’s Social Responsibility E.V.P. Julius Robinson, Frankie and Maxwell Gillette, and Marin County Deputy District Attorney Otis Bruce.

Joy Bianchi, Alike Boggan, Amanda Wright, Brenda Wright

Joy Bianchi, Alike Boggan, Amanda Wright, Brenda Wright

Also attending were Giants announcer Renel Brooks-Moon and husband Tommy Moon, Ghana-born architect and Lennar Urban VP Kofi S. Bonner, General Council for Salesforce Lola Oladunjoye, ABC-TV anchor Carolyn Tyler, and technology advisor, angel investor Jill Ford, Farah and Victor Makras, philanthropist Deirdre Luddington, Fireblaze CEO Chuck Baker and wife Celessa, President of Williams Capital Management Dail St. Claire, wealth managers Gail Covington and Barry Zuckerman, Co-Founder of GridSpeak E. David Ellington, Jill and Stephen Davis, Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Clem Jones, and attorney Ayanna Jenkins-Toney in a curve-hugging and fierce red gown.

Willie Brown and Sonya Molodetskaya

Willie Brown and Sonya Molodetskaya

Kimberly Brandon, Brenda Wright, Deborah Santana, Wilkes Bashford
Danny Glover, Alfre Woodard

Kimberly Brandon, Brenda Wright, Deborah Santana, Wilkes Bashford – Danny Glover, Alfre Woodard

Dave Clark and J. Rosalynn Smith-Clark
Danny Glover, Alfre Woodard

Dave Clark and J. Rosalynn Smith-Clark – Monet and Larry Lee

Sherri McMullen and Lisa Blackwell

Sherri McMullen and Lisa Blackwell

DDerrick Muhammad and London Breed
Carolyn Tyler and Gary Love

Derrick Muhammad and London Breed – Carolyn Tyler and Gary Love

Gloria and Julius Robinson
Dr. Clem Jones and Yvonne Liu

Gloria and Julius Robinson – Dr. Clem Jones and Yvonne Liu

Denise Bradley Tyson and Bernard Tyson

Denise Bradley Tyson and Bernard Tyson

Donald White and Lillian White
D'wayne Wiggins

Donald White and Lillian White – D’wayne Wiggins

Belva Davis
Neshormeh Lindo

Belva Davis – Neshormeh Lindo

Otis Bruce and Alanna Hodgson

Otis Bruce and Alanna Hodgson

Guillermo Montes and Lisa Montes
Valerie Lewis and Otis McGee

Guillermo Montes and Lisa Montes – Valerie Lewis and Otis McGee

Also in attendance were the creative set including Screenwriter Producer and Alfre Woodard’s husband Roderick Spencer, Neshormeh Lindo, Soprano and Opera Noir founder J. Rosalynn Smith-Clark, dapper music producer and composer D’wayne Wiggins, the always stylish Sonya Molodetskaya, fashion icon Joy Venturini Bianci in stunning fuchsia, documentary filmmaker and philanthropist Susan Brown, music industry veteran Kitsaun King, Founder of UNION MADE CREATIVE Keith Cartwright and wife Anju, Amanda Wright, Dr. Brenda Wade, and the Publisher of San Francisco Magazine Steven Dinkelspiel.

Paula Harrell and Christie James
Tyra Fennell and Obaid Khan

Paula Harrell and Christie James – Claudia Juestel, Stacey and Lawrence Bancroft and Beata Piasek

Malia Cohen and Warren Pulley
Leslie Kana and Carl Hackney

Malia Cohen and Warren Pulley – Leslie Kana and Carl Hackney

Timothy Weldon and Vianna Briscoe
Alvin Huggins and Christy Huggins

Timothy Weldon and Vianna Briscoe – Alvin Huggins and Christy Huggins

Kitsaun King and Gregory Robinson
Roberta Burroughs and Terry Collins

Kitsaun King and Gregory Robinson – Roberta Burroughs and Terry Collins

Ingrid Roseborough
Tyra Fennell and Obaid Khan

Ingrid Roseborough – Tyra Fennell and Obaid Khan

Rick Nagore and Tracy Curtis
Loretta and Morris Walker

Rick Nagore and Tracy Curtis – Loretta and Morris Walker

Sherron and Sean Boyea
Loretta and Morris Walker

Sherron and Sean Boyea – Anju and Keith Cartwright

After dinner guests enjoyed an extensive concert by eight-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Ledisi and then moved to the romantic Garden Court to join a soulful line dance to the stylings of The World Famous Rick and Russ Show.


Ledisi performing

One thing is certain — MoAD supporters know how to party, and I was honored to have joined them once again in celebrating the institution’s achievements!


The Cavalier Opens On Jessie Street

Jeffrey Alan Marks, Kyle MacLachlan, Restoration Hardware’s Gary Friedman, Willie Brown, Jr., Facebook’s Libby Leffler, Banana Republic’s Jack Calhoun, Asim Abdullah, Keith Bellings, Lisa Alexander, Karen Caldwell, and others attended the recent opening of The Cavalier in San Francisco.

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The Cavalier at 360 Jessie Street, San Francisco

The Cavalier represents the third restaurant in just over three years from Executive Chef/ Partner Jennifer Puccio and Managing Partners Anna Weinberg and James Nicholas.

Building on the successes of Marlowe and Park Tavern, The Cavalier aims to be an instant classic- that favorite restaurant and bar where you want to eat every meal, and stop by at any time of day.

Jennifer Puccio, James Nicholas, Anna Weinberg

Jennifer Puccio, James Nicholas, Anna Weinberg

The 135-seat restaurant is divided into four unique, intimate spaces, designed by Ken Fulk, the ultimate mix master of high style and downtown cool.

“We wanted it to be a spot buzzing with activity and filled with a sense of history,” says Fulk, who wore Thom Browne to the recent opening party, before leaving for a few days of relaxation in his beloved Provincetown.

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Ken Fulk

A glamorous group of the restaurateur’s friends and fans, and some of our favorite San Franistas, attended the event, including Restoration Hardware’s Gary Friedman, LaFace Laboratories’ Lisa Alexander, interior designer Jeffrey Alan Marks, actor Kyle MacLachlan, Banana Republic’s Jack Calhoun, Popchips CEO Keith Bellings, Willie Brown, Jr., Karen Caldwell, Mary Beth Shimmon, Libby Leffler, Asim Abdullah, and Shirley Robinson, among others.

Gary Friedman, Lisa Alexander, Jeffrey Alan Marks

Gary Friedman, Lisa Alexander, Jeffrey Alan Marks in The Cavalier’s “Blue Bar”

Mary Beth Shimmon, Ken Fulk
Jon dela Cruz, Claudia Ross, Jack Calhoun, Anna Weinberg

Mary Beth Shimmon, Ken Fulk – Jon dela Cruz, Claudia Ross, Jack Calhoun, Anna Weinberg

The space is comprised of four spaces: a bar, called “The Blue Bar”, two dining rooms, and an intimate inset space.

The crimson-hued Main Dining Room is surrounded by luxe black banquettes. “It was important for us to create a space where there wasn’t one bad seat in the house,” says Nicholas. To the side of the room is a cozy, inset space called “The Wine Stables,” wrapped in a hand painted scene of a formal English Fox Hunt, created by Shirley Robinson.

The second dining room (our favorite) is called “The Rail Car,” named for the room’s likeness to a heritage train, complete with brass luggage racks set atop the banquettes to set shopping and bags upon.

Sonya Molodetskaya

Sonya Molodetskaya

Shirley Robinson, Joy Venturini Bianchi
Mike Harden, Shauna Harden

Shirley Robinson, Joy Venturini Bianchi – Mike Harden, Shauna Harden

Karen Caldwell

Karen Caldwell in The Cavalier’s “Rail Car”

Justine Higueras, Heather Doshay, Libby Leffler
Ivan Bekichev, Tatiana Sorokko

Justine Higueras, Heather Doshay, Libby Leffler – Ivan Bekichev, Tatiana Sorokko

Gary Shansby, OJ Shansby

Gary Shansby, OJ Shansby

Dante Young, Angella Sprauve
Keith Belling, Lora DuBain

Dante Young, Angella Sprauve – Keith Belling, Lora DuBain

Kimberly Bakker, Denise Ivory

Kimberly Bakker, Denise Ivory

Claire Morrissey, Teresa Rodriguez, Bianchi Nolfi, Jessica Hon
Angie Silvy, Lisa Tennyson

Claire Morrissey, Teresa Rodriguez, Bianchi Nolfi, Jessica Hon – Angie Silvy, Lisa Tennyson

Launching with a dinner-only menu, The Cavalier will then expand into breakfast and lunch starting October 1st, 2013.

A semi-private club at the rear of The Cavalier, Marianne’s, will open in the coming months. Named for Weinberg’s favorite style icon, Marianne Faithfull, the intimate salon is fittingly decadent, with low lighting, Moroccan touches and club chairs perfect for late night tete-a-tetes.

After such an impressive opening, and with exciting plans still in the works, it’s no wonder Anna Weinberg collapsed into the arms of longtime pal Greg Lopez!

Greg Lopez, Anna Weinberg, Cecilia Chiang

Greg Lopez, Anna Weinberg, Cecilia Chiang

Paolo Trolio Makes US Debut at Coup D’Etat

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 /

Darin Geise, Paolo Troilo, Claudia Ross, Stephen Brady

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Darin Geise, Paolo Troilo, Claudia Ross, Stephen Brady

Special Diana Vreeland Screening with Joy Bianchi

Banana Republic is sponsoring a special screening of “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel,” with a Q&A by Joy Venturini Bianchi of director Lisa Immordino Vreeland.

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We’re pleased to announce that on February 20, 2013, Banana Republic is presenting a special screening in San Francisco of one of our favorite fashion films, “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel.”

Hosted by Mark Rhoades, the evening will feature a Q&A with director Lisa Immordino Vreeland by beloved fashion icon Joy Venturini Bianchi, who has always shared Mrs. Vreeland’s passion for Valentino red, long lacquered nails, and the pizazz of leopard on a foggy day.

Purchase tickets at this link for the screening at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., SF, 8:00 PM.

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Jean Paul Gaultier, Joy Bianchi and Banana Republic president Jack Calhoun

Date: February 20, 2013
Time: 8:00 PM Screening (Doors open at 7:30)
Location: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco, CA
Tickets: Purchase Here

Wilkes Bashford’s Glamorous New Look

Take a look inside Wilkes Bashford’s glamorous new interior at their landmark San Francisco store. It’s one of the most chic stores on the West Coast!

The New Wilkes

We love the glamorous new renovation of Wilkes Bashford’s San Francisco store (375 Sutter St.), which was recently unveiled with a festive grand opening celebration that showcased all seven floors of the new townhouse-inspired design.

During the festive grand fete, fall and resort clothing from Italy’s top designers were revealed with the finest Italian wines and gourmet bites, while SF Jazz will provided a different style of music on every floor.

“Our design team has paid meticulous attention to every detail on every floor, turning our flagship San Francisco store into a metaphorical ‘townhouse,'” said Jack Mitchell, CEO of The Mitchell Family of Stores, which acquired Wilkes Bashford in 2009.

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Gensler, the architecture, design, planning and consulting firm, created the new store design. Jack Mitchell described the new interior as “an exciting new environment not only for perusing our fashionable selection of women’s and men’s clothing, but also for trying on garments in our new, expansive fitting rooms, socializing with shopping companions on our penthouse level, or consulting with our trusted sales associates.”

Jack Mitchell and Bill Mitchell

“I’ve worked with the Mitchells for over a decade and their integrity and passion towards their clients sets an example for our entire industry,” said internationally-acclaimed designer Brunello Cucinelli “Their commitment to restore the historic Wilkes Bashford townhouse is a testament to their vision for the future of the company. It is sure to become an instant San Francisco landmark.”

Matthew Goldman, Willie Brown, Jason Goldman

Matthew Goldman, Willie Brown, Jason Goldman

Wilkes Bashford with Tatiana Sorokko and Charlotte Shultz

Mayor Ed Lee, Wilkes Bashford – Tyler Mitchell, Commissioner Karl Hasz, Seth Richart

Kevin Chessen, Brian Wilsey, Jeff Oster

Kevin Chessen, Brian Wilsey, Jeff Oster

Ann Moller Caen, Charlotte Schultz – Bill Down, Lisa Goldman, Zach Blumenfeld

Alan Malouf, Beth Townsend – Joel Goodrich

Charlene Court, Maya Alex, Jordan Deschamp-Braly, Alex Skillman, Ashley Giesler

Charlene Court, Maya Alex, Jordan Deschamp-Braly, Alex Skillman, Ashley Giesler

Will Harbin, Stephanie Southerland – Stephanie Mitchell, Tyler Mitchell

Claudia Ross, Laura Summers – Mina Yazdi, Olya Dzilikhova

Jenny Georges, Deb Alvord – Lisa Alexander, Sara Deseran

Maya Alex, Jordan Deschamp-Braly – Sonya Molodetskaya, Jessica Hon

Stephanie Mitchell, Alyson Harrington – Jane Mudge, Shannon Cronan

Kimberly Miller, Lisa Oberwager, Claudia Ross – Liza Cannata, Ali Turner, Stephanie Mitchell

Isabella Brown, Michael Brown – Dennis Phelps, Cara Cutter

A Time to Dazzle

Nina Kirilova, Wilkes Bashford, AnnaLia Biagi

Shortly after the opening party, Wilkes Bashford hosted another festive event for longtime friends and customers such as Kamala Harris, Paul Pelosi, Joy Bianchi and OJ Shansby, to celebrate their newly expanded jewelry collection.

Designers Adam Heyman from Oscar Heyman and Paul Morelli made a rare public appearance for the special occasion, with a portion of the evening’s sales benefiting PAW (Pets Are Wonderful).

Kamala Harris, Paul Pelosi – Jack Mitchell, Joy Bianchi

Joe Pacetti, Joy Bianchi, Mark Calvano – Tanya Powell, Minal Jethmal, Jorge Maumer

Farah Makras, Victor Makras – Judy Guggenhime, O.J. Shansby

Cristina Tugino, Heidi Pettit – Brent Johnson, Mary Johnson

Christine Robbins, Sandy Ross – Nina Kirilova, AnnaLia Biagi

Cavalier Celebrates Opening with Alexandra von Furstenberg and other VIPs

Designers Alexandra Von Furstenberg and Lee Brooks recently made an appearance at the new Cavalier boutique in San Francisco.

Cavalier Grand Opening event honoring Alexandra Von Furstenberg

Cavalier, at 1035 Post Street, San Francisco

Cavalier by Jay Jeffers, the new boutique in the hip Union Square West neighborhood (1035 Post Street), recently celebrated two visionary artists at a splashy event that also served as the shop’s grand opening.

Alexandra Von Furstenberg

Jay Jeffers, Lee Brooks, Michael Purdy, Alexandra Von Furstenberg

The evening showcased Alexandra Von Furstenberg and her collection of edgy acrylic home accessories and the spectacular new jewelry collection by Alex & Lee, the amazing Bay Area designers who were icons of the 1970s, and continue to have an international influence in fashion, having recently worked with Proenza Schouler.

Alexandra Von Furstenberg, Vanessa Getty

Alexandra Von Furstenberg, Vanessa Getty

Alexandra Von Furstenberg, Lee Brooks – Alexandra von Furstenberg, Sloan Barnett, O.J. Shansby

Alexandra Von Furstenberg and Alex & Lee founder Lee Brooks celebrated with the evening’s hosts Jay Jeffers and Michael Purdy (founders of Cavlier), Vanessa Getty, Sloan Barnett, Alison Pincus, JP Conte and Paul Weaver. The packed house also included VIP guests OJ Shansby, Hillary Thomas, Alexis Traina, Juliet de Baubigny, Joy Bianchi, Wilkes Bashford, Ed Hardy and Dr. Carolyn Chang.

The event was also an opening for the stunning retrospective Alex & Lee: 40 Years of Renegade Jewelry Design, curated by Michael Purdy and on view at Cavalier.

Michael Purdy, Alison Pincus, Jay Jeffers, Alexandra von Furstenberg

Alice Cahan, Nina Stanford, Alexandra Von Furstenberg

Aneliese Ramsey, Stephanie Southerland

OJ Shansby, Allison Speer

Shawn Forbes, Michael Purdy – Melissa Barber, Sobia Shaikh

Bret Morrison, Joy Bianchi – Shawn Forbes, Stefanie Felser

OJ Shansby, Susan Dunlevy, Sloan Barnett – Stephen Suzman, Claudia Juestel

Shauna Harden, Kelly Hohla – Chloe Harris Frankeny, Jodi Nakatsuka

Dr. Carolyn Chang, Jenna Hunt – Melissa Barber, Claire Spaht

Alison Pincus, Brad Murray, Lynn Jurich, Pejman Nozad – Colette Clark

Dara Rosenfeld, Alisa Carroll – Hillary Thomas, Jean-Pierre Conte

Erik Hughes, Lorissa Kim, Gary Hutton – Steven Czekala, Robbie Zweig, Michael Purdy, Andrew Fisher

Bloomingdales Supports REAF in Style

Bloomingdale’s San Francisco recently showcased its new menswear collections at a lively cocktail party held in support of REAF, the Richmond Ermet Aids Foundation.

Arsen Kalfayan, Joel Goodrich, Mark Rhoades

Bloomingdale’s San Francisco recently showcased its new menswear collections at a lively cocktail party held in support of REAF, the Richmond Ermet Aids Foundation.

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Lorenzo Thione, Ari Kalfayan

Hosted by REAF supporters Mark Rhoades, Joel Goodrich and Ari Kalfayan, the event was an opportunity not only to enjoy the store’s best menswear looks, but also to introduce people to the important work done by REAF, which raises funds for AIDS service provider agencies, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area.

John Bradfield, John Hunt, Joy Bianchi, Mario Diaz

Brock Keeling, Beth Spotswood – Edward King, Amir Mortazavi

Jonathan Lazar, Brenda Zarate – Bacca da Silva, Konrad Janus

Kevin Hatzell, Mark Calvano, David Kensington

Joel Goodrich, Patrik Gallineaux, Lorenzo Thione, Ari Kalfayan – Jenny Georges, Elias Michael

Jennifer Fick, Daryl Crawford, Christine Rios – Ari Kalfayan, Bailey Locke

Joel Goodrich, Sayareh Farsio, Al Lacayo

Gucci Celebrates 90 Years

In celebration of Gucci’s 90th anniversary, the House recently hosted a private cocktail party at its San Francisco store.

SFMOMA Supporters Allison Speer, Douglas Durkin and Norah Stone

In celebration of Gucci’s 90th anniversary, the House recently hosted a private cocktail party at its San Francisco store. The exclusive Artisan Corner event brought the craftsmanship of Gucci’s Florentine leather goods factory directly to its clientele, allowing guests to view skilled artisans assembling some of the brands most iconic handbags.

Gucci America President, Laura Lendrum, with Dede Wilsey

As Gucci was a key sponsor of the 21POP installation at SF20, they donated a percentage of proceeds from the evening’s event to SFMOMA, furthering their longstanding commitment to preservation of the arts.

The party also honored SFMOMA’S SF20 Honorary Committee and co chairs, including Gina and Stuart Peterson, Katie Paige, Stanlee Gatti, Allison Speer, Elaine McKeon, and Douglas Durkin.

Stanlee Gatti, Vanessa Getty and Laura Lendrum

Guests including Vanessa Getty, Dede Wilsey, Norah Stone, Barbara Brown, Danielle and George Boutros, Alyson and Brad Jackson, Alicia Engstrom, Emily and Roth Martin, Lindsay Bolton, Summer Walker, Ken Fulk, and Bill Brady mingled and shopped as Gucci artisans from Italy displayed their craft.


A Gucci artisan at work

Summer Tompkins Walker, Ken Fulk – Robert Oren, Brian Grady

Gina Peterson, Stuart Peterson, Norah Stone, Laura Lendrum

Kara Warrin, Vanessa Getty

Mary Beth Shimmon, Lindsay Bolton, Aurelian Lis

Chrisa Sioukas, Voula Tappas – Heidi Pettit, Lily Achatz

Jenna Hunt, Nina Stanford, Victoria Raiser, Kate Sheridan

Antonio Amitrano, Emily Martin

Marisa Scordelis, Liz Neil, Elizabeth Conrady

Franc Harriss, Barbara Brown – Stephanie Oshana, Tyler Mitchell

Laura Lendrum, Joel Goodrich

Brenda Zarate, Jonathan Lazar

Johnny Delashaw, Ricardo Cebrecos, Nikita Mensah

Adriano Paganini, Julie Paganini – Alex Chases, Jessica Hon

Peter Griffith, Bradley Kovacevich, Carolyn Mahboubi

Ray Vega, Laurie Waterhouse

Alyson Harrington, Ali Sonsini Turner, Louise Armour

Louise Armour, Max Armour – Alicia Engstrom, Lex Downing

Laura Compton, Mark Rhoades, Joy Bianchi, Linda Gordon

It was a wonderful treat to see how some of Gucci’s products are made, and at the highest level of quality thanks to these hardworking men and women.

SF20/21: Reaching into the 21st Century

Only in its forth year, SF20/21, held at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason, has had a big impact on the modern design scene, and it has continued to grow its repertoire. Claudia Juestel attended the recent 2011 show, and reported back on what she found.

Detail of Hedge Gallery

Only in its forth year, the 2011 SF20/21, held at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason, has had a big impact on the modern design scene, and it has continued to grow its repertoire.

Sponsored by Gucci and Christies this year, the San Francisco Art and Design Show & Sale expanded its 21POP Atelier, the collection of pop-up shops curated by Stanlee Gatti, which showcased more contemporary and cutting-edge designers, artists and artisans. This year’s selection included Anandamayi Arnold, Matt Dick, Angelina DeAntonis, Wendy MacNaughton, The Popular Workshop and Town Cutler.

Stanlee Gatti and Frish Brandt

Matt Dick in his 21POP Atelier

Joy Bianchi trying on a ring

Town Cutler’s 21POP Atelier

Stephanie Tuttle, Angelique Griepp, Jacqueline Sacks, Elizabeth Touw, Susan Dunlevy

Wendy MacNaughton in her 21POP Atelier

For the main show co-chairs Katie Schwab Paige, Allison Speer and Stanlee Gatti and honorary co-chairs Gina and Stuart Peterson collaborated with Elaine McKeon, the SFMOMA’s trustee advisor, and Designer Forum Chair Douglas Durkin. They brought together 40 of the most prominent 20th century decorative and fine arts dealers from around the country and Europe. Returning exhibitors were R20th Century Gallery and Hostler Burrows from New York, Hedge Gallery, Fraenkel Gallery, Monument, and Silverman Gallery from San Francisco, Ma(i)sonry from Yountville, Reform Gallery from Los Angeles, and The Silver Fund from London. New to the show were Almond Hartzog and Anthony Meier Fine Arts of San Francisco, Gray Gallery of Los Angeles and Paris, and Daniel Blau of London and Munich.

Beauvais Carpets


Nirav Tolia, Stuart Peterson, Megha Tolia

Hostler Burrows

Jenna Hunt, Emily Martin

Amarcord Fine Decorative Arts

Marilyn Garrow Fine Textile Art

Again serious collectors, SFMOMA patrons, interiors designers and architects, as well as social A-list, all turned out to admire and procure some of the 20th and 21st centuries finest examples of high design and art. Ample sized Grey Goose cocktails, delicacies by McCall and a hot DJ kept the 700+ guests joyous and generous, including many gentlemen bestowing a modern jewel or two on blessed ladies or procuring coveted treasures for themselves.

Guests included politicians Willie L. Brown Jr. with Sonja Moledetskaya, and Matthew Goudeau, as well as collectors and design enthusiasts such as Randi and Bob Fisher, Dorothy and Ken Paige, Sara and Austin Hills, Alison and Mark Pincus, Alexis and Trevor Traina, Kathryn and Bo Lasater, Kate Harbin and Adam Clammer, Cathy and Ned Topham, Merla Zellerbach, Barbara and Larry Sonsini, Marissa Mayer and Zach Bogue, Helen Hilton Raiser, Jennifer Raiser, Jenna and Brian Hunt, Nion McEvoy, Summer and Brooks Walker III, Concepci n and Irwin Federman, Angelique and Troy Griepp, Dolly and George Chammas, Bobbie and Mike Wilsey, Susan Swig, Pat and Bill Wilson, Diane Morris, Danielle Boutros, and Mitchell Benjamin and Ricky Serbin.

Darrin Schnabel, Bill Brady, Allison Speer

Manizeh Rimer and Alison Pincus – Zach Bogue, Alexis Traina, Marissa Mayer

Dede Wilsey and John Buchanan – Suzanne Tucker and Timothy Marks

Anandamayi Arnold’s 21POP Atelier

Karen Caldwell – Claudia Juestel and Matthew MacCaul Turner

Also in attendance were architects Ronald Rael, Virginia San Fratello, Richard Beard, and Gregg de Meza, interior designers; among them, Suzanne Tucker, Jay Jeffers, Ken Fulk, Geoffrey de Sousa, Candace Barnes, Matthew Leverone, Will Wick, Cecilia Sagrera, George Brazil, Matthew MacCaul Turner, Benjamin Dhong, landscape architects Stephen Suzman and Todd Cole, and lighting designer Jonathan Browning.

Christopher Anthony Ltd.

Michael Purdy, Ken Fulk, Jay Jeffers, Glenn De Mattia

Fraenkel Gallery


George Brazil, Jennifer Gustafson, Cecilia Sagrera-Hill, Greg de Meza


From furniture, lighting, jewelry, and objets d’art to paintings and photography, once again the show had it all. This year many more contemporary designers and artist were in the mix. Wunderkind David Wiseman was at hand at R20th Century, showing some of his latest creations in glass, bronze and porcelain.

Silverman Gallery exhibited an international range of current artists, such as Canadian multi-media artist Scott Treleaven, local conceptual artist Ginger Wolfe-Suarez, California photographer and sculptor Matt Lips, and Argentine multi-media artist Lucas Michael. Interior and furniture designer Charles de Lisle introduced his collection of furniture and lighting to a larger audience, and Antoinette Faragallah captivated with her ceramic pieces at Gray Gallery.

Lisa Alexander and Lindsay Bolton

Douglas Durkin – Alex Chases and Maria Manetti Farrow

Kate Watson and Eoin Harrington – Kate Harbin and Will Harbin

R20th Century Gallery

Jennifer Raiser and Mitchell Benjamin – Serena and Alec Perkins

Alicia Cheung, Sarah Lynch – Lillian Goodwin, Liza Cannata, Alex Turner, Ali Sonsini Turner

Amy Schoew and Sergie Azzolino – Candace Barnes, Janelle Loedner, Andrea Suarez

I am very much looking forward to what next year’s show will bring, as more 20th century treasures will see the light and new artists and designers will be discovered.

Dining by Design 2011 Opens November 16th

This year’s Dining By Design fundraiser in San Francisco occurs November 16th and November 17th, 2011. Tickets are still available for the fun and elegant evening.

Michael Friedes Design in 2010

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first formal report of the AIDS virus, and all over the country cities, museums, organizations, celebrities and individuals have commemorated the occasion with exhibitions, art installations, TV specials, and symposiums. Although still no cure has been found it is an important milestone considering that HIV/AIDS is now considered a chronic illness if patients receive the proper treatment and support.

But much more needs to be done, and DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS), one of the country’s largest supporter of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS, returns to San Francisco with the 11th consecutive Dining by Design event to raise money for the Positive Health Program part of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute

John Lum Architecture for 7×7 and California Home + Design magazines in 2010

Senator Mark Leno chatting with the guests at the table of Kriste Michelini Interiors in 2010

Gensler Design Submission

Concept by Gensler for their 2011 installation (Image: courtesy of Gensler)

Only a few weeks away on November 16 and 17, 2011, this colorful high design event will once again turn the Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center into a feast for the eye. Bringing together leaders from the worlds of design, art, architecture, and fashion with fine gastronomy and philanthropy has been a marriage made in heaven for more than a decade now.

Whether Ken Fulk has Snow White portrayed by a six foot drag queen sleeping in a glass coffin in the middle of his grand table while seven tipsy dwarves roam the party, or exotic bird handlers Steven Miller and Paul Benson make Fauxnique dance in their enormous birdcage, Dining by Design is always full of surprises.

Steven Miller and Paul Benson with Fauxnique in 2010

During the first evening’s Table Hop & Taste guests will view the amazing installations while enjoying cocktails by Effen Vodka and hors d’oeuvres by a variety of restaurants and chefs including 25 Lusk, Fifth Floor and Limon and Chef Tyler Stone, contestant of the upcoming “Top Chef.” On the night of the Gala guests will actually dine amid the over-the-top settings enjoying a three-course meal prepared by Taste Catering.

Detail of tablescape by Gensler in 2010

Joy Bianchi and John Bradfield in 2010


Youngsong Martin for Wildflower Linens – Gary Spain, Will Wick for Restoration Hardware in 2010

Gary Hutton’s concept for his 2011 installation (Image: courtesy of Gary Hutton)

Brayton Hughes Design Studio for Valley Forge Fabrics in 2010

Event co-chairs are the celebrated interior and furniture designer Gary Hutton and Ronette King of Gensler. Joining them are more than 30 creative talents who lend their imagination, skills and time to create some of the most glamorous, elegant, playful and thought-provoking dining environments. Among them are interior designer Anu Arora, furniture designer Tarin Bernard of Room Service, product designer Aaron Silverstein, rabbi Mikki Bourne, and fashion designer Tracy Reese, as well as students from the Academy of Art University and San Francisco State University.


Moroccan inspired concept by Aldea Home for their 2011 vignette (Image: courtesy of Aldea Home)

Butler Wellington at Adeeni Design Group’s table for Poggenpohl in 2010

Gary Friedman, Ed Hardy, Tatiana Sorokko, Jennifer Kelly, Will Wick during cocktail hour at Restoration Hardware’s installation in 2010

Brayton Hughes Design Studio for Valley Forge Fabrics in 2010

Also participating for the first time will be fashion designer, Mondo Guerra whom many may know from his heartfelt confession about being HIV-positive on “Project Runway.” Since then Mondo has aligned himself with Living Positive By Design campaign. Along with Jack Mackenroth, another HIV-positive “Project Runway” alumnus, they are at the helm of an HIV education campaign supported by global healthcare leader Merck, encouraging people living with the disease to maintain a positive outlook on life while working with their doctors to manage their treatment.

For Dining by Design Mondo is collaborating with interior design students from San Francisco State University. Together they are creating a community table called “Phoenix”, inspired by Mondo’s journey, highlighting the contrast of tragedy and triumph, and celebrating a rise from the ashes punctuated by a small single flower growing from the glowing destruction.

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Mondo Guerra’s concept for his “Phoenix” table (Image: courtesy of Mondo Guerra)

“I’m truly inspired to partner with such talented students and to be able to be a part of such a beautiful event, which gives back and supports a cause that is so dear to my heart,” said Guerra. “Through my partnership with Merck, Living Positive By Design, I hope to inspire others to continue to have an open heart, and not only take steps to work with their doctors to manage their disease, but also their overall health.”


Hartmann Studios in 2010 – Gensler in 2010

Please come and join us for the most over-the-top and creativee tabletop event in the country. Some tickets are still available for both evenings.

Table Hop & Taste
November 16th, 2011 6:00pm to 11:00pm
$ 100.00/person

Gala Dinner
November 17th, 2011 from 6:30pm to 11:00pm
Platinum Circle $ 20,000.00+/table of 10
Gold Circle $ 10,000.00/table of 10
Silver Circle $ 5,000.00/table of 10
Individual $ 500.00/person
Community Table $ 350.00/person

We have a special treat for SFLuxe readers who purchase tickets at DIFFA San Francisco. You will be entered in a raffle to win two additional tickets to Table Hop & Taste by emailing the confirmation number for the ticket to SFLuxe. The winner will be announced on November 7th, 2011.

Ken Fulk’s Peep Show Revealed

Ken Fulk recently opened his new retail shop, Peep Show, with the usual pomp and circumstance we all have come to expect of him.

Vanessa Getty, Ken Fulk, Denise Hale

Ken Fulk recently opened his new retail shop with the usual pomp and circumstance we all have come to expect of him.Peep Show, a 3,000 sf concept store housed on the ground floor of his 7th Street warehouse, is stocked with unique furnishings, accessories, art and fashion, put together by the multi-talented designer in the same uncompromising, iconoclastic manner with which he approaches interior design.

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Peep Show Gallery

The selection is full of contradictions, from the formal, such as bespoke menswear by Chado Ralph Rucci, bowties handmade from vintage Hermes scarves, and Wedgwood basaltware, to the attractively lascivious, expressed in monogrammed leather “love-slappers,” linen cocktail napkins embroidered with abbreviated classified ads, all paying homage to the building’s history as a former S & M leather factory, and the unapologetically bizarre, such as light fixtures made from taxidermy animals.

View of the Peep Show Gallery from the mezzanine

The shop’s library includes books of interior design, erotic photography and fashion, while the gallery exhibits a rotating collection of vintage paintings and contemporary artwork, such as the current exhibition of large-scale photography by Robert Stivers and Michael Stuetz. In contrast, the back of the shop boasts a comparatively tame floral atelier where custom arrangements can be ordered.

Ralph Rucci and Tatiana Sorokko

Chado Ralph Rucci display at Peep Show Gallery

A Guest with Denise Hale, Ken Fulk, and Mark Leno

Melissa Barber, Sobia Shaikh, Nadir Shaikh

Michael Boodro and Keith Scott

Display of vintage furniture and accessories at Peep Show Gallery

A group of more than 600 select San Franciscans from the apexes of Pacific Heights and Nob Hill to the depths of South of Market, with a sprinkling of Silicon Valley powerhouses, got a sneak preview of the shop with a party only Fulk would dream of.

Circus performers and leather-clad models greeted guests into the decadence of Peep Show, led them to the carnival in the parking lot and onto all floors of the building where a white rabbit, a burlesque snake dancer, and a contortionist created exciting disorder. A drag queen fortuneteller promised tantalizing futures, and waitresses in burlesque costumes served much wanted libations. Presiding over the deliciously unruly bunch was ring mistress Sarah Lynch, the former editor in chief of California Home and Design magazine, and now Director of Marketing & Events at Ken Fulk, Inc.

Afsaneh Akhtari, Deepa Pakianathan

Gatekeepers – Sconce made with butterflies at Peep Show Gallery

Performers – Lex and Michael Downing

Snake dancer – Debbie Kay and Alison Pincus

A Guest with Kurt Wootton, Victoire Reynal Brown – Ricky Serbin

Peep Show Gallery – Brenda Mickel and Ned Mosbey

Down from the Hills and Heights of San Francisco came Denise Hale, Vanessa Getty, Maria Manetti Farrow, Sobia and Nadir Shaikh, Kathryn and Bo Lasater, Pasha Thornton, Melissa Barber and Senator Mark Leno.

Also in attendance were technology luminati Xochi and Michael Birch, Michael Downing with wife Lex Downing and Nirav Tolia, plus chefs extraordinaire Nancy Oakes and Gary Danko, as well as a slew of Fulk’s colleagues from the world of design, among them architects Andrew Skurman and Richard Beard, interior designers Douglas Durkin, Steven Volpe, Jay Jeffers, Steven Miller, Brenda Mickel, Matthew MacCaul Turner, Will Wick, Michael Friedes, and Benjamin Dhong, antiques dealers Ed Hardy, Candace Barnesand Gabriela Sarlo, Restoration Hardware’s CEO Gary Friedman and landscape architect Todd Cole, and not to be missed the founding ladies of One Kings Lane Alison Pincus and Susan Feldman.

Jeffrey Alan Marks and Ross Cassidy

Fresh in from LA came “Million Dollar Decorators” Jeffrey Allen Marks and Ross Cassidy who divided their weekend between San Francisco and Healdsburg where they attended a dinner in their honor at home of the queen of alpaca Sandra Jordan.

Greg Lopez, Maria Manetti Farrow, Paul Weaver – Lindsay Bolton, Serena Fairchild, Kate Chung

Andrew Skurman and Vanessa Getty – Katya Smirnoff-Skyy

Henry Urbach and Stephen Hartman – Matthew Stoops, Aron Carmanis, Kevin Clarke, Steven Miller, Monique Jenkinson, Karl Soehnlein

Malin Giddings, Lonna Wais, a Guest and Ken Fulk – Menswear display at Peep Show Gallery

Serge Sorokko and Suzy Kellems Dominik – Steven Miller

Michael Boodro and Jeffrey Alan Marks – Jay Jeffers and Douglas Durkin

Will Wick and Jennifer Kelly – Claudia Ross

The fashionable, fashion experts and fashion designers were also at hand. Joy Bianchi, Summer Tompkins Walker, Suzy Kellems Dominik, Brenda Zarate, Ricky Serbin in a floor length fox fur coat, Keith Scott, and late arrival Ralph Rucci himself in a-to-die-for black crocodile leather jacket.

Also the art world took notice with Henry Urbach former Curator of Art and Architecture at SFMOMA, bicoastal art advisor Holly Baxter, and photographers Robert Stivers and Michael Stuetz. The gals of PR and press would not miss it: Claudia Ross who had the host’s name “tattooed” on her lower back, Jessica Mullens in a vintage top hat, the ever understated Diane Dorrans Saeks and Alisa Carrol, as well as Carolyne Zinko, and Jennifer Raiser adorned with a red corset, black satin hot pants and black stripe stockings; neither did Elle Decor’s Editor in Chief Michael Boodro who flew in from New York.

Joy Bianchi, Ralph Rucci, Tatiana Sorokko

Mezzanine of the Peep Show Gallery with photograph “Hand” by Robert Stivers

James Marzo, Claudia Juestel, Ed Hardy

Matt Dick, Nirav Tolia, Jessica Mullens

Betsy Dalkert, Melissa Barber, Jennifer Raiser

Michael Purdy, Sasha Eisner, Gabriella Sarlo

Jonathan Lazar, Brenda Zarate, Mark Calvano, and Guest

Peep Show Gallery

Peep Show is located at 310 7th Street at Folsom and will be open by appointment only by calling (415) 285-1164.

Inside the Balenciaga Opening

Enjoy the most complete coverage from the opening of the Balenciaga and Spain exhibit at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, with Gwyneth Paltrow, Anna Wintour, and Orlando Bloom!

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Anna Wintour and Gwyneth Paltrow at the de Young Museum

Legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland once said that “If a woman came in in a Balenciaga dress, no other woman in the room existed.” At the recent Balenciaga gala at the de Young in San Francisco, Mrs. Vreeland’s observation was pushed to the limit by the fact that at least 19 women were wearing the hallowed label.

anna wintour, denise hale, gavin newsom

Anna Wintour, Gavin Newsom and Denise Hale

But if there were one Balenciaga-clad woman at the event who seemed to make all others invisible, it was the most petite and quiet of them all: Vogue’s Anna Wintour, wearing a glittering gown created for her by Nicolas Ghesquire from a 1957 design by the master couturier.

anna wintour, hamish bowles

Anna Wintour and Hamish Bowles

Touring the exhibit with curator (and Vogue contributor) Hamish Bowles, Anna told Diane Dorrans Saeks “I’m so impressed with the show… Hamish is so knowledgeable, so brilliant.”

Although San Francisco’s most fashionable women are often featured in Vogue (Sloan Barnett, Vanessa Getty, Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg, Danielle Steel, the Trainas and the Swansons), it’s rare for the editor herself to visit the city, so it was exciting to see her. The party was attended by A-Listers Gwyneth Paltrow and Orlando Bloom, but it was Anna who was eyed like a pop star as she toured the exhibit. One prominent woman breathlessly told how she saw her earlier in the day at Saks Fifth Avenue. Others dissected her wardrobe (“she wore that fur before” muttered one keen observer.) And even the most jaded and sophisticated couldn’t help but gawk.

Anna Wintour with Laura Mulleavy and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte

The occasion for all the fabulous fashionista fun was the Museum’s opening gala of “Balenciaga and Spain,” which runs through July 4, 2011. Over 350 guests attended the $2,500-a-ticket fund-raiser and previewed the 120-piece fashion retrospective of Cristobal Balenciaga’s career.

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East Meets West: Dede Wilsey welcomes Anna Wintour to San Francisco

The much publicized opening was in some ways a smaller, West Coast version of the annual benefit gala for the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute in New York, which this year is expected to raise $9 million, with tickets starting at $25,000 (the second highest grossing fundraiser in New York, this year’s guest list includes Paul McCartney, Jeff Koons, Alicia Keys and Marissa Mayer, who with her husband Zachary Bogue was a key supporter for the Balenciaga exhibit in San Francisco.) Dede Wilsey has consistently and brilliantly followed Wintour’s lead in using the glamour of fashion and celebrity to raise money for the Fine Arts Museums, and this year she truly reached the pinnacle.

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Gwyneth Paltrow with Miranda Kerr and Sobia Shaikh

Also bringing an extra touch of fun to the evening was the appearance of Gwyneth Paltrow in a chic Antonio Berardi dress. She was in a cheerful mood and spent much of the evening chatting with Juliet de Baubigny (who was recently featured in Paltrow’s GOOP), Alison Pincus, Roger Barnett, Orlando Bloom and his wife, model Miranda Kerr.

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Juliet de Baubigny, Trevor Traina, Gwyneth Paltrow, Roger Barnett

As we mentioned, Anna wasn’t the only woman wearing Balenciaga for the night. In original haute couture designed by Cristobal Balenciaga himself were Marissa Mayer (Balenciaga, 1957, from Decades), actress Maria Bello (Balenciaga, 1950), fashion connoisseur Christine Suppes (Balenciaga, 1951), vintage collector Joy Bianchi, Suzy Kellems Dominik (Balenciaga, 1961, from Lily et Cie) and Martha Brigham.

Jill D’Alessandro, Laura Mulleavy, Christine Suppes, and Frederic Aranda

Writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, Carolyne Zinko has the interesting background on Christine Suppes’ dress, which she donated to the Fine Arts Museums after the gala.

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Paula Carano and Hamish Bowles

Those who wore contemporary Balenciaga, and vintage pieces that were re-created by the house, included Paula Carano, Sobia Shaikh, Miranda Kerr, Mia Wasikowska, Yurie Pascarella, Angelique Griepp, Jennifer Seibel Newsom, Elizabeth Touw, Katie Traina, Katie Schwab Paige, Kate Harbin and Emma Goltz.

Jeana Toney, Lisa Zanze, Elizabeth Touw, and Terri Mino

And even those who didn’t wear Balenciaga certainly dressed in a starkly elegant style that would have impressed the late designer, such as Vanessa Getty in a design by another genius of 20th century design, Madame Gres, Alison Pincus in Nina Ricci, Kate Chung in Chanel, Sloan Barnett in Christian Lacroix, Deepa Pakianathan in Jil Sander, and Alexis Traina in Dolce & Gabbana.

Alison Pincus in Nina Ricci with Roger Barnett

Stylist Marcy Carmack, who wore a beautiful Lyn Devon dress to the opening, was especially impressed by Alison Pincus’ elegant look, commenting about it on her blog that “Classical beauty is always in style.”

The Fisher Girls: Rose, Doris and Emma

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Trevor Traina and Jeremy Stoppelman

Jennifer Raiser in Oscar de la Renta

Jennifer Raiser had one of the most dramatic looks of the evening, in a Spanish-inspired dress by Oscar de la Renta, who worked for Balenciaga. She also had the wittiest lines about the night, writing at that “For one fabulous Franciscan night, the reign of Spain was anything but plain.” Indeed! Oscar was the second most widely represented designer, worn by Dede Wilsey and Allison Speer, among others.

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Vanessa Getty, whom Hamish Bowles called “a living Venus”

christine suppes

Christine Suppes

katie traina

Katie Traina

lindsay boulton

Lindsay Bolton

maggie rizer

Maggie Rizer Mehran

marissa mayer

Marissa Mayer

samantha traina

Samantha Traina

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

At an event which included the most powerful woman in fashion, one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and the world’s greatest collection of haute couture, one would think it difficult for a gal to make any special kind of impression, yet we must say that these women really stood out for their style and elegance. Aside from those already mentioned (Vanessa, Christine, Katie and Marissa), Lindsay Bolton, Maggie Rizer Mehran and Karen Caldwell (who designed their own dresses), Samantha Traina, Bita Daryabari, Isha Abdullah, Leigh Matthes, Kelsey Lamond, Kathryn Lasater, O.J. Shansby, Carol McNeill, Jenna Hunt, Susan Dunlevy, Sobia Shaikh, Mia Wasikowska, Kelly Wearstler, Gela Nash-Taylor, Pamela Skaist-Levy, and Becca Thrash captured the photographers’ lenses and certainly made it to the top of our Best Dressed list.

Designer Karen Caldwell and actress Mia Wasikowska

Christine Suppes, Hamish Bowles and Alexis Traina

Allison Speer and Sloan Barnett

Jenna Hunt, Susan Dunlevy and Sobia Shaikh

Andrea Schnitzer, Elizabeth Touw and Claudia Ross

Gela Nash-Taylor, Pamela Skaist-Levy

Isha Abdullah and Alan Malouf

Paula Carano

Angelique Griepp and Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Bita Daryabari

O. J. Shansby and Carol McNeill

Kathryn Lasater and Deepa Pakianathan

Leigh Matthes and Kelsey Lamond

Becca Thrash

Cameron Silver and Ricky Serbin

Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom

Dede Wilsey

We are so grateful to Diane ‘Dede’ Wilsey , Hamish Bowles, and the generous supporters of the Fine Arts Museums for bringing Balenciaga to San Francisco, where it will not only please the average museum-goer, but provide an unprecedented opportunity for local fashion students to study the genius of Cristobal Balenciaga up-close.

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San Francisco Ballet Gala, 2011

San Francisco Ballet, America’s oldest professional ballet company, has an illustrious history of “firsts,” including the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, and 2011 continues the tradition!

San Francisco Ballet is America’s oldest professional ballet company with an illustrious history of “firsts,” including the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker.

And so it was befitting the high standards of the Ballet that the 2011 opening gala performance featured two world premieres!

Gorretti Lui, Edwin Lee, Charlotte Shultz, Jerry Yang

Gorretti Lui, Edwin Lee, Charlotte Shultz, Jerry Yang

Carl Pascarella, Pam Baer, Jerry Yang

Carl Pascarella, Pam Baer, Jerry Yang

The first world premier of the evening was Val Caniparoli’s Double Stop, set to the music of Philip Glass. The pas de deux was performed by Sarah Van Patten and Tiit Helimets.

Kim Carim, Debra Bernard (General Manager San Francisco Ballet), Glenn McCoy (Ballet Executive Director), Arshad Carim

Kim Carim, Debra Bernard (General Manager San Francisco Ballet), Glenn McCoy (Ballet Executive Director), Arshad Carim

Lorena Feijoo and Vitor Luiz performed the world premiere of Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov’s Talk to Her (hable con ella).

Created for the 2011 Opening Night Gala, the work was set to Alberto Iglesias‘ Hable con ella, and marks Possokhov’s 13th work for the Company.

Alison Mauze (Auxiliary President), Richard Barker, Rada Brooks (Gala Chair), Marie Hurabiell (Gala Dinner Chair)

The program also included the United States premier of John Neumeier’s New Pizzicato Polka. Created for the 2006 New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic and set to the music of Johann Strauss Jr., the work was originally danced by members of the Hamburg Ballet, where Neumeier serves as director and chief choreographer. It was performed by Vanessa Zahorian, Jaime Garcia Castilla, and Taras Domitro.

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Marie Hurabiell (Gala Dinner Chair), Andrew Trader

Prior to the Gala performance, five black-tie fundraising dinners were held in City Hall, with all proceeds from the dinners benefiting San Francisco Ballet’s annual fund.

Ellen Hummel, Jessica Lind, Lauren Parrott

Ellen Hummel, Jessica Lind, Lauren Parrott

Patti Rock, John Fetzer, Suzanne Thornton, Charlie Thornton

Patti Rock, John Fetzer, Suzanne Thornton, Charlie Thornton

Joy Bianchi, Linda Gordon

Joy Bianchi, Linda Gordon

All five dinners were catered by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, with wine provided by William Hill Estate Winery, and water by Crystal Geyser and CG Roxane. Sparkling wine was courtesy of La Marca Prosecco and cocktails courtesy of GREY GOOSE Vodka.

Riccardo Benavides, Kathy Huber (Gala Decor Chair)

Riccardo Benavides, Kathy Huber (Gala Decor Chair)

Dinner decor for the evening was created by J. Riccardo Benavides of Ideas.

Patrick Barber, Melissa Barber

Patrick Barber, Melissa Barber

Melissa Barber

Melissa Barber

Nate Schierholtz

Nate Schierholtz, of the SF Giants

Bandel Carano, Paula Carano

Bandel Carano, Paula Carano

  Paula Carano, Rosalina Lydster

Paula Carano, Rosalina Lydster

Alan Malouf, Lindsay Bolton

Alan Malouf, Lindsay Bolton

Suzy Kellems Dominik

Suzy Kellems Dominik

Dede Wilsey, Helgi Tomasson

Dede Wilsey, Helgi Tomasson

Marybeth La Motte, Lisa Grotts, Keylee Sanders

Marybeth La Motte, Lisa Grotts, Keylee Sanders

Nicola Miner, Robert Mailer Anderson

Nicola Miner, Robert Mailer Anderson

Stephanie Ejabat

Stephanie Ejabat

Angelique Griepp

Angelique Griepp

Deepa Pakianathan

Deepa Pakianathan

Suzanne Felson

Suzanne Felson

O.J. Shansby, Gary Shanbsy

O.J. Shansby, Gary Shansby

Bob Fisher, Randi Fisher

Bob Fisher, Randi Fisher

Yurie Pascarella, Carl Pascarella

Yurie Pascarella, Carl Pascarella

Patricia Ferrin Loucks (Gala Benefactor Party Chair), Laura Miller, Elaine Mellis (Gala Patron Party Chair)

Claire Kostic (Gala Launch Party Chair), Suzanne Thornton

Rada Brooks (Gala Chair), Debra Bernard (General Manager San Francisco Ballet)

Val Caniparoli, Lorena Feijoo, Vitor Luiz

Val Caniparoli, Lorena Feijoo, Vitor Luiz

Shannon Cronan, Dan Cronan

Shannon Cronan, Dan Cronan

Jingle & Mingle 2010

Children of Shelters recently hosted its annual holiday event, Jingle & Mingle, at The Presidio Officers’ Club in San Francisco to raise money for children living in shelters.

Detail of Wreath by Tish Key Interior Design (Photo: Michael Bello)

Children of Shelters, founded in 1995 to help children living in transition and in shelters, assists an estimated 4,000 homeless children. Their two annual holiday events, Jingle & Mingle and Santa Fest are their major benefits to finance programs such as back-to-school clothing, one-on-one tutoring, college and secondary school tuition assistance and more.

This year the Board of Directors, Lois Pavlow, Serena Fairchild Sheldon, Summer Tompkins Walker, Sarah R. Moore, Heidi Castelein, Alison Kiley, and Kate Sheridan Chung, along with their board members, organized their tenth Jingle & Mingle event. It brought together San Francisco’s society and design community to cheer the holidays and to raise money in them most creative of spirits.

Held at the historic Presidio Officers’ Club guests got to bid on some of the most creative and stunning holiday wreaths while enjoying wines and cocktails and tasting hors d’oeuvres from various San Francisco restaurants.

Summer Tompkins-Walker and Vanessa Getty

The venue was designed by Ken Fulk Design and provided comfortable lounge areas throughout the Officers’ Club, a much-appreciated option to rest one’s heels for a moment. But most of the activity of course was around the stunning wreaths, as guests wondered what the designers were inspired by and where some of the more unique materials came from.

Over 50 of the top Bay Area designers and artists conjured up exquisite one-of-a-kind creations to be auctioned off. Shapes and materials pushed the boundaries of what we generally expect from a holiday wreath. From squares to deer heads, and from magazine pages to electrical wires and old light bulbs, nothing was off limit, and the results were the reflection of the impressive creativity San Francisco has to offer.

Ken Fulk, Jo Labagh, Nelson Bloncourt

Raising a toast to artistry and to support of Children of Shelters were Vanessa Getty, board members Lana Adair, Melissa Barber, Summer Tompkins-Walker, Jenna Lidell-Hunt and Bryan Hunt, Karen Caldwell, Angelique Griepp, Helen Hilton Raiser and Jennifer Raiser, Joy Bianchi, Jessica and Jason Moment, Kate Harbin, Sobia Shaikh, Elizabeth Touw, Holly Baxter and Lindsay Bolton.

Sobia Shaikh, Susan Dunlevy

In friendly competition designers came to appraise their colleagues’ creations and to view their own, hung from old doors and lit to highlight their allure. Amidst them were landscape architect Stephen Suzman and Katharine Webster, architects Ken Linsteadt and Aleck Wilson, interior designers Douglas Durkin, Ken Fulk, Steven Volpe, Gil Mendez, Nicole Hollis, Vernon Applegate, Gioi Tran, Barbara Scavullo, Tish Key, Will Wick, Michael Burg, Beryn Hammil, Barbara Ashfield, David Hansen, Cecilia Sagrera Hill, George Brazil, sculptor Adam P. Gale, artists Daniel Tousignant and Shirley Robinson, Jennifer Perlmutter, floral designers Mandy Scott, Paul Robertson, lighting artist Michael Donnely of Dogfork Lamp Arts, seamstress Madina Aryeh, and retailers Marta Benson of Gump’s and Sue Fisher King.

“I love supporting Children of Shelters’ programs by purchasing a wreath every year at Jingle & Mingle. I started buying wreaths for my own home six years ago and now I try to buy at least one wreath annually as a gift for friends. These wreaths are one of a kind and my purchase makes a difference in the lives of many- that is a recipe for a great gift!” Anonymous

And now let me introduce you to:


Beryn Hammil took red silk roses and dusted the edges of the petals in red glitter for a most elegant holiday wreath.

Beryn Hammil

Elizabeth Touw, Sobia Shaikh, Susan Dunlevy

Cecilia Sagrera and George Brazil created a wreath was influenced by the incomparable jewelry of Tony Duquette. To represent the iconic designer’s penchant for unusual materials the gilded leaves illustrated his use of handcrafted metal, and the organically shaped berries represented the colorful gems. Contrasted by a teal ribbon the arrangement looked worthy of a Roman emperor.

Sagrera Brazil Design (Photo: Michael Bello)

Sue Fisher King paired classic evergreen with touches of teal and turquoise in the form of pinecones dusted in teal glitter, sparkling birds and a turquoise satin ribbon.

Sue Fisher King

Jennifer Fick, John Bradfield, Joy Bianchi


Gil Mendez’s 35 pound ring of humble everyday childhood memories was tailored beauty reminiscent of simpler times, created from red crayons tied with the perfect large red satin ribbon.

Gil Mendez Design

Jennifer Weiss arranged perfect bands of felt for their wintery piece that had the soft appearance of a winter-white cashmere coat.

J. Weiss Design

Barbara Ashfield’s and David Hansen’s classic star made from pale bird’s eye maple with black edges, held by an elegant black & white vintage ribbon from Ribbonerie, was evocative of the styling and palette of Biedermeier furniture.

Ashfield Hansen Design

“Children of Shelters is a charity very close to my heart, and I love Biedermeier. So I am very happy to have won this beautiful star wreath to hang in my study all year round.” — Jenna Liddell Hunt

Jenna and Bryan Hunt


Steven Volpe must have been inspired by the long nights of Winter with his irregularly shaped piece of blackened metal braces and black tulle.

Steven Volpe Design (Photo: Michael Bello)

Melissa Barber and Erin Lowenberg

Gloria Marth is known for tailored their interiors fabricated a square wreath from steel reminiscent of an industrial window.

Gloria Marth Interiors

Jacqueline Sacks and Angelique Griepp


Monica Duque’s organic creation was influenced by studio visits to various Bay Area artists. Visiting John Lewis Glass in Oakland they stumbled across recycled glass disks that were waste from drilling holes in the fabrication of sinks for Kohler. Combined with curly driftwood branches, surrounded by a ring wrapped in rope, the designers composed a wreath representing the chilly and dry air of Winter.

Duque Design Group

Michael Burg collaborated with c1901 in devising a simple large upholstered ring made from lipstick-red cowhide studded with nailheads.

Michael Burg Design & c1901

Katherine North returned to her roots with her firm’s design. Her family owns Kelly Miller Circus, and in the 1940s her great uncle John Ringling North of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey popularized what is called a web rope. Web ropes are generally suspended from the top of the circus tent via metal cable rigging and are used to support areal ballets. Katherine has always been very fond of those areal ballets, and to pay tribute to her family’s circus legacy she composed a wreath from web ropes tied together with metal cable rigging.

Northbrook Design

Helen Hilton Raiser and Jennifer Raiser


Douglas Durkin used traditional materials in an untraditional shape with a variety of natural elements, such as branches, different color mosses, pinecones and berries.

Douglas Durkin Design

Heidi Castelan, Douglas Durkin, Serena Fairchild

Decorum, an intellectual consortium comprised of four interior design firms, namely Ashfield Hansen Design, Brian Dittmar Design, Sagrera Brazil and my own firm Adeeni Design Group, got together to create a wreath inspired by the four seasons. Each firm created a lacquer square adorned with materials and objects reminiscent of Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

Decorum (Photo: Michael Bello)

Baylor Chapman, owner of Lila B Design, a certified green floral and garden design firm, likes to use long-lasting flowers, repurposed and sustainable materials. They juxtaposed life and inanimacy by encapsulating nature in glass globe terrariums, forming a circle on a polished copper square.

Lila B Design

George Brazil, David Hansen, Michael Burg, Larry Martin


Ken Fulk, often pushing the boundaries of what may seem appropriate, literally went below the belt with his traditionally shaped wreath fashioned from pages of a porn magazine complete with a condom and hung from a black leather harness strap. Let’s just say, there was a lot of talk about it throughout the evening. In the end it served as an example of audacity paying off, judging by the amount of bids it had received.

Ken Fulk Design

Barbara Scavullo’s witty Wheel of Fortune actually spun, and it was filled with New Year’s resolutions where the winning numbers included messages like ” I will pay my bills on time”, I will have more sex”, “I will give pedestrians the right of way” and “I will send a handwritten letter instead of an email”.

Barbara Scavullo Design

Una Malan and Waldo Gibson


Gump’s recalled Christmas traditions with a framed vintage photo of their legendary store surrounded by beautiful quotes from Charles Dickens, Charles N. Barnard and others written in the most gorgeous red calligraphy.

Gump’s (Photo: Michael Bello)

Nicole Hollis’ creation could be considered minimal in display, but it was full of movement and made you linger to watch a creature running around a wreath and the spinning head of a snowman, all simply projected in white light onto the door.

Nicole Hollis Interior Design (Photo: Michael Bello)

Kate Harbin, Douglas Durkin, Rachel Latch

Shirley Robinson created a beautiful old-fashioned round plaque with the delicate painting of a goldfinch on snow-topped branches of evergreens, recalling romantic memories of winter.

Shirley Robinson

Jason and Jessica Moment


Kimberly Ayres’ hexagon-shaped design made from brass tubing tipped with decorative bulbs would also make a beautiful light fixture.

Kimberly Ayres Interior Design

Ricky Serbin and Mitchell Benjamin

Michael Donnelly took the idea of the wreath horizontal, more reminiscent of European Advent wreaths. A ring fashioned from a cluster of lit vintage fishing floats was suspended from a heavy metal bracket with iron chains.

Dogfork Lamp Arts

The beauty of the architectural design by Aleck Wilson made from intersecting sheets of acrylic was emphasized by the light behind it, which made it glow quite mysteriously.

Moroso Construction & Aleck Wilson Architects

Gary Friedman and Claudia Castillo Ross


Ken Linstaedt designed an almost delicate criss cross of metal rods accented with big chunks of glass to form a spiky “ring”.

Ken Linstaedt Architects (Photo: Michael Bello)

Michael Bello, Kaylee Tierney, Robert Whitworth

Metal sculptor Adam P. Gale, the frontrunner for the highest bids, created two wreaths this year, both of course in his signature material. One was a free-standing, with riveted squares of steel fashioned into a ring, and the other one was a jewelry-like circle comprised of bronze bands in the shapes of circles and squares, attached to the door with a very serious metal bracket.

Adam P. Gale

Adam P. Gale, Megan Murr, Holly Mitchell, Josh Lambert

Kelly Keiser fashioned their wreath from rusted bells and keys strung from a willow ring, the perfect choice for a country house.

Kelly Keiser Splendid Interiors

Laticia Headings, Maya Hiersoux, Kelly Keiser


Daniel Tousignant bejeweled a red stag head with hundreds of red rhinestones, as its antlers formed the circle of a wreath. Hanging from one of them was a generous spherical ornament painted with one of Daniel’s meticulous landscapes.

Daniel Tousignant for JAK Home

Daniel Tousignant and James Geras

Chandler Prewitt turned an animal skull, hemp romp and crystal into an object of opulence that felt like an over-scaled mystical tribal necklace.

Chandler Prewitt Design

Katherine Jacobus and Gloria Marth

Tish Key’s tailored creation was traditional in shape but modern in execution. The swirly coral-colored felt ring was suspended from a tan leather belt, evoking the Equestrian glamour of Herm s.

Tish Key Interior Design

Laura Miller and Michelle Ojala


Gioi Tran and Vernon Applegate created art out of chaos and trash. Due to their recent office move they were left with a ton of wires and burnt out light bulbs ready for the dumpster. With a great sense of humor, a generous dose of creativity, and hours of twisting and tying the result was a wreath out of the ordinary.

Applegate Tran Interiors

“This piece could have sold for $100K at Art Basel Miami.” Holly Baxter, Baxter & Cook Art Advisors, who had just returned from Art Basel.

Drew Altizer

Will Wick, known for his industrial aesthetic composed an unpretentious yet beautiful wreath from a large vintage rope formed into a perfect circle and strung from an old pulley, simple and effective.

Wick Design Group

Jennifer Kelly and Will Wick

Me and my team at Adeeni Design Group wanted to reuse some leftover acrylic from a recent cafe project. Inspired by its translucent quality and childhood memories of creating holiday paper cuts we designed a bright orange snowflake ring with a smaller snowflake suspended from the bottom.

Adeeni Design Group (Photo: Michael Bello)

When I walked into the festive room the first thing that caught my eye was this beautiful orange wreath in my favorite color orange. I not only will display it happily during the holidays, but throughout the whole year. It is a beautiful piece of art! The whole event made me really feel the Holidays in all their glory, and it supports such a needed cause.” Karen Caldwell, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

Marta Benson and Karen Caldwell

Once again Jingle & Mingle raised a generous amount of money for Children of Shelters. But as always it also allowed designers to showcase their creativity on a more intimate scale, and the lucky winners to bring home true works of art, many of which they will surely enjoy long beyond the holidays.