Twitter CEO Dick Costolo joked on his way to the 2011 Mid-Winter Gala that the last time he wore a tux was for his junior prom. He tweeted “I think this powder blue is going to freak them out!”
Dick Costolo and Loren Costolo
In such a fashion conscious setting, it was wise that Dick went dapper in a classic black 3-piece instead of wearing the 1980s prom special, and it’s a look he should probably get accustomed to. The new reality of Silicon Valley, at the highest levels, is that style matters.
Marissa Mayer in Carolina Herrera with Allison Speer in Oscar de la Renta
A few prominent examples spring to mind: Google’s Marissa Mayer, with her penchant for de la Renta and Herrera, spearheading the launch of boutiques.com; Youtube co-founder Chad Hurley’s creation of the Hlaska line of menswear and accessories; Carol Tran’s founding of the Chic Meets Geek networking conferences; and the recent revelation that Jack Dorsey studied fashion at Apparel Arts in San Francisco before founding Twitter.
Yammer CEO David Sacks and Jacqueline Sacks
Chaired by Vanessa Getty, Trevor Traina, Kathryn Lasater and Allison Speer, this year’s gala (the 7th!) raised approximately $400,000 for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco by bringing together the new elite of Silicon Valley (Sacks, Mayer, Bonnie, Costolo) and the younger members of San Francisco’s Old Establishment (Getty, Wilsey, de Baubigny, Schnitzer, Thieriot), creating a mix of people that was truly invigorating.
Vanessa Getty in Michael Kors
This year, the theme of the Mid Winter Gala was the legendary El Morocco nightclub, a bittersweet tribute to the recently departed John Traina, who beautifully re-created the infamous black-and-white zebra decor of the club at two of his homes. The decor by Stanlee Gatti featured the timeless chic of the zebra banquettes (which made everyone look glamorous), and the iconic El Morocco palm trees.
Trevor Traina, Alexis Traina, Allison Speer, Kathryn Lasater, Bo Lasater
Trevor Traina and Loren Costolo
Reed Woodson, Allison Speer and Dick Costolo
Patrick Herning, Vandy Boudreau and friend
Mireille Schwartz and Damion Matthews
Paula Carano, Angelique Griepp, Allison Speer, Jasmine Slovak
The event saluted the wonderful OLMEC: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico exhibit, which is open at the De Young Museum until May 8, 2011. But it was the upcoming Balenciaga and Spain that was the talk among this well-dressed crowd. One guest commented that the dresses of the evening were youthful and fun but somewhat understated. The reason for that was clear; the major statement pieces were being kept for the Balenciaga gala!
Leslie Thieriot, Summer Tompkins Walker
Nevertheless, we saw some beautiful gowns. Aside from the looks shown above, here are some of the other fashion highlights of the evening.
Connie Nielsen and Vanessa Getty
Jacqueline Sacks in Zuhair Murad
Elizabeth Touw in Balmain
Karen Caldwell in her own design, inspired by Balenciaga
Katie Traina in Nina Ricci
Mary Beth Shimmon with Marcy Carmack (in Lyn Devon)
Kelly Grimes in Dolce & Gabbana
Carol Bonnie and Jeana Toney
Meredith Levy and Alice Cahan
Gina Peterson and Katie Page
Lindsay Bolton and Brooke Reeds
Elena Madsen and Melissa Barber
Ann Ferrell Millham, Susan Dunlevy, Maryam Muduroglu
Hayla Schutt, Stephanie Plexico, Evie Simon
Linle Froeb and Kate Harbin
Victoria Raiser and Jennifer Raiser
Marissa Mayer, Sloan Barnett, Leslie Thieriot
Christie’s Los Angeles auctioneer, Andrea Fiuczynski
Juliet de Baubigny in Andrew Gn
And as for the men, Dick Costolo wasn’t the only guy to rise sartorially to the occasion. More than a few heads were turned when these delightful duos dashed into the room!
Lindsay Bolton and Aurelian Lis
Suzanne Levit, in Karen Caldwell, with George Bolton
Shonaree Michael, Richard Lawson and Polly Lawson
Reed Woodson and Serena Perkins
Erin Cowan and Matthew Cowan
Bandel Carano and Paula Carano
Kate Sheridan Chung and David Chung
Stephanie Unger and Maxx Traina
Jessica Moment and Jason Moment
Sobia Shaikh, in Balenciaga, with Nadir Shaikh
Justin Fichelson and Cameron Phleger
Gus Spanos, Marta Scattini, Kimberly Miller, Michael Polenske
Ryan Simon and Evie Simon
Patrick Herning and Vandy Boudreau
John Lowenberg and Erin Lowenberg
Terri Mino and John Capizzi
Heather Henson and Gary Friedman
Alyson Jackson, in Karen Caldwell, with Brad Harrington and…
The best news of the evening was that Brad Harrington and Alyson Jackson, whom in 2009 we declared “the hottest young couple on the San Francisco social scene,” have announced their engagement. We wish them well!
Katie Traina, Todd Traina and Alexis Traina
Laura Rockwell and Jorge Maumer
Elizabeth Funk, Allison Speer, Deborah Lee Minor and Jim Justice
Gary Maguire, Natalie Maguire, Michelle Cardinal and Chris Cardinal
First Republic, BVLGARI, Sotheby’s, Porsche Design, and Nordstrom were the event sponsors while Grey Goose Vodka, and Swanson Vineyards were the alcohol sponsors. It was an evening not only of fashion, fun and fundraising, but also of family and enduring friendships.
Andrea Schnitzer and Elizabeth Touw
Past Coverage: Mid-Winter Gala 2010 [sfluxe.com]
Past Coverage: Mid-Winter Gala 2009 [sfluxe.com]
Past Coverage: Mid-Winter Gala 2008 [sfluxe.com]
Past Coverage: Mid-Winter Gala 2007 [sfluxe.com]