In the days leading to this year’s Mid Winter Gala, one could tell it was going to be an extra special night by the flurry of activity it was generating on Instagram.
Guests such as actress Camilla Belle, model Jessica Hart and jetset fashion writer Derek Blasberg shared tourist photos from their visit to City, from the airport to the cable car to the de Young Museum. Event planner Lewis Miller shared photos of the flowers and table design for the evening. And representatives of Salvatore Ferragamo shared previews of the event interior as it was all being put together.
But none of the buzz prepared one for the incredible glamour of the night itself, which started at 7:00 but lasted past 1:00 AM. In the 11 years that the Junior Committee of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has hosted the fundraiser for the FAM, it was definitely one of the best.
Here are some highlights from the event, which was co-sponsored by Salvatore Ferragamo in celebration of its 100 year anniversary in California, as well as the opening of its beautiful new boutique on Post Street.
Each year, the Mid Winter Gala switches locale between the de Young Museum and The Legion of Honor. This year it was at the spectacular Legion of Honor, the perfect setting for an event celebrating European glamour and sophistication. 100 34th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121 (415) 750.3600
The “Thinker’s Courtyard” (named for its famous Rodin sculpture) was transformed by Lewis Miller and Salvatore Ferragamo into a Florentine garden, with topiary trees and gorgeous Renaissance-inspired arrangements of fruit and flowers . 441 East 21st Street, New York, NY, 10009. www.lmdfloral.com
It was Salvatore Ferragamo’s night, with women and men wearing pieces from creative director Massimiliano Giornetti’s collection for the house. Salvatore Ferragamo’s grandson, Diego di San Giuliano, flew in from Florence for the evening. And Ferragamo’s USA president, Vincent Ottomanelli, attended with an entourage of Ferragamo executives. “It’s fabulous to be here,” he said, “and to be part of the exciting scene now in San Francisco, surrounded by new ideas that are changing the world.” Salvatore Ferragamo, 236 Post Street, San Francisco, CA, 94115. (415) 391.6565
Diego di San Giuliano, Vincent Ottomanelli, Trevor Traina, Vanessa Getty, Colin Bailey