In Black and White: 25 Gala Looks We Love This Month
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Michael Purdy, James Loduca, Alison Pincus, Jay Jeffers (Photo: Moanalani jeffrey)
Michael Purdy, James Loduca, Alison Pincus, Jay Jeffers (Moanalani Jeffrey)

With the opening night parties for the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Symphony seasons behind us, we’re taking a look at some of the gala fashions that seem to define the style of the season. We are struck, in particular, by the way guests wore black, white and variations thereof (with accents of silver and gold), to dramatic effect.

Mary Beth Shimmon, Sonya Molodetskaya (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Mary Beth Shimmon, Sonya Molodetskaya (Photo: Drew Altizer)

Whether it was Vanessa Getty in an elegant lace gown by Yves Saint Laurent, Sarah Somberg in a beautifully crafted Alexander McQueen, or Denise Hale in vintage Gianfranco Ferre and Lily Samii, the looks shown here demonstrate that black and white are anything but basic when worn by people of style.

See the Gala Slideshow Below!
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Brad Somberg, Sarah Somberg (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Brad Somberg, Sarah Somberg (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Vanessa Getty (Photo: Moanalani Jeffrey)
Vanessa Getty (Photo: Moanalani Jeffrey)
Komal Shah (Photo: Moanalani Jeffrey)
Komal Shah (Photo: Moanalani Jeffrey)
Anne Vyalitsyna (Photo: Moanalani Jeffrey)
Anne Vyalitsyna (Photo: Moanalani Jeffrey)
Allison Speer (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Allison Speer (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Willie Brown, Sonya Molodetskaya (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Willie Brown, Sonya Molodetskaya (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Mary Beth Shimmon, David Shimmon (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Mary Beth Shimmon, David Shimmon (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Vita Vaysman, Rada Katz (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Vita Vaysman, Rada Katz (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Carolyn Chang (Photo: Moanalani Jeffrey)
Carolyn Chang (Photo: Moanalani Jeffrey)
Denise Hale (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Denise Hale (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Karen Kubin, Jane Mudge (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Karen Kubin, Jane Mudge (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Rose Fisher (Photo: Moanalani Jeffrey)
Rose Fisher (Photo: Moanalani Jeffrey)
Jessica Hon (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Jessica Hon (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Yurie Pascarella (Photo: Moanalani Jeffrey)
Yurie Pascarella (Photo: Moanalani Jeffrey)
Shannon Eliot (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Shannon Eliot (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Laurie Diab (Photo: Drew Altizer)
Laurie Diab (Photo: Drew Altizer)
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