Cheers to Chanel!
When Allison Speer commented that “Chanel really made it a Mid-Winter to remember” she surely conveyed the sentiments of everyone who attended the glamorous event this year. Now in its 8th year, the 2012 Mid-Winter Gala had the support of Chanel as Marquee Sponsor for the first time ever, and one could sense the elegant Chanel touch throughout the evening.
Although Karl Lagerfeld wasn’t at the event, his style transformed the Court of the Legion of Honor to its most starkly sophisticated to-date, with an all-black tent lit by dramatic crystal chandeliers encircled by a transparent black mesh. The black, white and silver tables were brought to life with white candles and beautiful purple orchid centerpieces from Oscar Mora.
As the Fine Arts Museums largest single-night fundraiser the event raised over $400,000. Among the 400 guests were young art patrons and business leaders such as Billy Getty (an event sponsor with wife Vanessa Getty, who was Honorary Chairwoman), Alexis Traina (wife of Honorary Chair Trevor Traina, her family’s company, Swanson Vineyards, provided the wine for the evening), film producer Todd Traina and wife Katie Traina, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and Lauren Costolo, entrepreneur Zack Bogue and wife Marissa Mayer, Yammer CEO David Sacks and beautiful wife Jacqueline Sacks, Shaklee CEO Roger Barnett and his wife the healthy-living expert Sloan Barnett, Shelby Bonnie and Carol Bonnie, Boris Putanec and Jeana Toney, Stuart and Gina Peterson, Matt and Katie Paige, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, Benchmark Capital’s Matt Cohler, Kevyn Wynn (visiting from southern California), actress Connie Nielson, and many more.
Billy Getty and Honorary Chairwoman Vanessa Getty
Chanel was joined by Christie’s and Conde Nast Traveler as event sponsors, and Grey Goose Vodka and Swanson Vineyard (Swason’s wine was perfect with Lucas Schoemaker’s French-inspired dinner) were the Drink Sponsors.
The DJ for the evening, Zen Freeman, was brought in from Los Angeles (by Chanel, of course), and if the gorgeous male models who greeted guests at the entrance of the Legion of Honor haven’t walked the Chanel runway yet, they certainly could.
For the second year, Christie’s auction house in Beverly Hills flew in their president, Andrea Fiuczynski, to oversee the evening’s auction.
Our favorite auction item was for two people to attend the Spring/Summer 2013 showing in Paris in October, 2012. It was won by Ichor CEO David Shimmon who bought it for his glamorous wife Mary Beth Shimmon.
Other fabulous items included a private McCalls dinner for 12 at either the de Young or the Legion of Honor, dinners at The French Laundry and Quince, a private party at the new Lucky Strike on King Street, tea for 10 at the Palace Hotel, weekly luxury floral delivery by H. Bloom, a Judith Leiber handbag, and a day of indulgence at Gump’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.
The event was also a salute to the wonderful exhibit, “Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860-1900,” which is open at the Legion of Honor through June 17, 2012.
Sloan and Roger Barnett
Past Coverage: Mid-Winter Gala 2011 [sfluxe.com]
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]
PHOTOS : Drew Altizer for Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Mid-Winter Gala, Sponsored by Chanel