Trevor Traina, Vanessa Getty and Alexis Traina

Trevor Traina, Vanessa Getty and Alexis Traina

After seeing Vermeer’s “Girl With A Pearl Earring,” (c. 1665) on a visit to Amsterdam in 1976, and being struck by the girl’s turbaned head and moist red lips, Yves Saint Laurent was so inspired he designed what turned out to be one of his most most important collections. That’s just one example of the influence the painting has had over three centuries on those in fashion and the visual arts.

And so it was fitting that San Francisco’s most fashionable party of the year would take place at the de Young, where the world-famous work is being displayed on the first stop of its American tour. Amazing things happen when fashion and art merge — and this year the Mid Winter Gala, hosted by the Fine Arts Museum’s Junior Committee, proved it by raising more than $400k for the museums.

Kathryn Lasater, Bo Lasater
Alexis Traina, Alison Pincus, Allison Speer

Kathryn Lasater, Bo Lasater – Alexis Traina, Alison Pincus, Allison Speer

When guests arrived in the de Young Museum’s tented marquee, they walked into a winter wonderland designed by Ken Fulk, who installed a table constructed of ice dispensing vodka shots and caviar, a Dutch windmill, and a faux ice rink with four real skaters! Or as FAM Trustee Trevor Traina told Catherine Bigelow of the Chronicle, “Ten years ago we didn’t even have this museum. Or our own tablecloths. But tonight we’ve got an ice rink, a windmill and caviar.”

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Trevor and Alexis Traina

Among the 380 guests brought together by Trevor Traina, Vanessa Getty, Kathryn Lasater and Allison Speer, were tech leaders Marissa Mayer and Zach Bogue, Apple’s Sir Jonathan Ive, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo,Yelp co-founder Jeremy Stoppelman, One Kings Lane co-founder Alison Pincus, Kleiner Perkins’ partner Juliet de Baubigny, actress Connie Nielsen, TV producer Lori Levine, rocker Stephan Jenkins, fashion designers Azadeh Riaz and Karen Caldwell, and Vanity Fair’s Evgenia Peretz.

The dinner in Wilsey Court, created by McCall Associates’ chef Lucas Schoemaker, was served with Perrier-Jouet champagne and Hafner Vineyards wine.

Alexis Richter,  Angelique Griepp, Erin Cowan, Jacqueline Sacks

Standing: Alexis Richter, Angelique Griepp, Erin Cowan, Jacqueline Sacks
Seated: Amy Keith, Annie Felbab, Susan Dunlevy and Friends

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Damian Smith, Vanessa Getty, John Gidding

Vanessa Getty with Damian Smith and John Gidding

Kathryn Lasater

Kathryn Lasater

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Marissa Mayer, Jonathan Ive and Heather Pegg

Juliet de Baubigny, Jeremy Stoppelman
Marissa Mayer, Zachary Bogue

Juliet de Baubigny, Jeremy Stoppelman – Marissa Mayer, Zachary Bogue

allison speer

Allison Speer

Justin Fichelson, Cameron Phleger, Edward King, Maria Kochetkova

Justin Fichelson, Cameron Phleger, Edward King, Maria Kochetkova

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Mary Beth Shimmon, Ken Fulk

Alison Pincus, David Mohammadi – Mary Beth Shimmon, Ken Fulk

lindsay bolton

Lindsay Bolton

Evgenia Peretz, Ken Fulk, Jennifer Raiser
Marissa Mayer, Zachary Bogue

Evgenia Peretz, Ken Fulk, Jennifer Raiser – Tina Sutakanat, Elizabeth Touw

lori levine

Lori Levine

Anthony Rodriguez, Cecilia Fisher, Fati Farmanfarmaian, Lisa Sardegna, David Carrillo, Megan Somogyi

Anthony Rodriguez, Cecilia Fisher, Fati Farmanfarmaian, Lisa Sardegna, David Carrillo, Megan Somogyi

Katie Schwab Paige, Matt Paige, Margi Heldfond
Stephanie Mitchell, Tyler Mitchell

Katie Schwab Paige, Matt Paige, Margi Heldfond – Stephanie Mitchell, Tyler Mitchell

Sarah Somberg

Sarah Somberg

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Ken Fulk’s whimsical design touches delighted guests

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Lorin Costolo, Dick Costolo
Stephanie Unger, Maxx Traina

Lorin Costolo, Dick Costolo – Stephanie Unger, Maxx Traina

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Ali Sonsini Turner

Max Boyer Glynn, David Glynn
Jessica Moment, Jenna Hunt

Max Boyer Glynn, David Glynn – Jessica Moment, Jenna Hunt

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Sobia Shaikh, Nadir Shaikh

Letitia Kim
Patrick Barber, Melissa Barber

Letitia Kim – Patrick Barber, Melissa Barber
Letitia and Melissa carried Isly Handbags, designed by Sobia Shaikh

Angelique Griepp

Angelique Griepp

Azadeh Riaz, Karen Caldwell
Monica Maduro, David Grumm t

Azadeh Riaz, Karen Caldwell – Monica Maduro, David Grumm

tanya powell

Tanya Powell

Alex Chases, Erin Glenn
Serena Perkins, Kate Harbin Clammer

Alex Chases, Erin Glenn – Serena Perkins, Kate Harbin Clammer

jane gruber

Jane Gruber

Carolyn Chang, Riccardo Benavides
Trevor Traina, Heather Pegg

Carolyn Chang, Riccardo Benavides – Tatum Getty, Alex Getty

Todd Traina, Katie Traina
Trevor Traina, Heather Pegg

Todd Traina, Katie Traina – Trevor Traina, Heather Pegg

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Northstar California was among the Sponsors of the evening

The exhibit, “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis” will be on view at the de Young Museum through June 2, 2013.

Further Mid Winter Gala coverage:

C Magazine [csocialfront.com]
SF Chronicle, by Catherine Bigelow [sfgate.com]
SFWIRE, by Jennifer Raiser [sfwire.com]
Town & Country, by Gillian Hearst Simonds [townandcountrymag.com]
WWD, by Diane Dorrans Saeks [wwd.com]

Past Coverage: Mid-Winter Gala 2012
Past Coverage: Mid-Winter Gala 2011
Past Coverage: Mid-Winter Gala 2010
Past Coverage: Mid-Winter Gala 2009
Past Coverage: Mid-Winter Gala 2008
Past Coverage: Mid-Winter Gala 2007