Afsaneh Akhtari

Stylish Moments from the SF Ballet's Infinite Romance Gala | SFLUXE 30

Stylish Moments from the SF Ballet’s Infinite Romance Gala

As the first major gala of the year (it was at full capacity with 3,400 guests!), the San Francisco Ballet's Infinite Romance was a night not just of beautiful movement on stage, but of some striking fashion off stage. Here are some moments we particularly enjoyed from the gala.

San Francisco's "Passione," Opera 2014 | SFLUXE 1

San Francisco’s “Passione,” Opera 2014

The San Francisco Opera Guild recently hosted the opening night of the Opera's 92nd Season with the theme of "Passione," co-chaired by Teresa Medearis and Cynthia Schreuder, with honorary chairs Cynthia Fry Gunn and Dede Wilsey, with Opera Guild president Karen Kubin.

Rubin Singer's Serpent Queen | SFLUXE

Rubin Singer’s Serpent Queen

Sloan and Roger Barnett recently hosted a preview of Rubin Singer's sensuous, slithery and seductive collection for Spring 2014, "The Serpent Queen," at their Pacific Heights home.

Launch Party for Donald Deal Fashion Show | SFLUXE

Launch Party for Donald Deal Fashion Show

The Bay Area Arthritis Auxiliary and over 90 friends recently gathered for an elegant launch party at the Rotunda Restaurant at Neiman Marcus. Hosted by Alan Morrell, General Manager of Neiman Marcus, and Sharon Seto, Fashion Show Chair, the group discussed the important work of the Arthritis Foundation for the two million children and adults living with arthritis in Northern California. The organization's 2013 Benefit & Fashion Show at the Fairmont Hotel will feature New York designer Donald Deal, whose clients include Sharon Stone, Laura Linney, Donna Summers, and Vanessa Williams, among oyhers. Set for October 14, 2013 with festivities from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, the runway show & luncheon are partnered with a reception, silent auction and special "Shopping for a Cure" marketplace. Youth Honoree, 18-year-old Lily Shouldice, will speak about the debilitating effects of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, and the positive impact of the Arthritis Foundation on her life. Tables & tickets are available at 415-356-5484

The SF Conservatory of Music Gala Pre-Party | SFLUXE

The SF Conservatory of Music Gala Pre-Party

Deepa Pakianathan and Phil Pemberton recently hosted a reception for the / San Francisco Conservatory of Music in anticipation of its upcoming Gala on April 20, 2013, which pays tribute to legendary opera baritone and Conservatory Advisory Board member Thomas Hampson. Conservatory mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook directs and stars in a program featuring special performances by Hampson with Conservatory students, faculty and guest artists. Teresa Medearis and Barbara Walkowski co-chair the event, with catering by McCall's Catering and Events and decor by Blueprint Studios. Tickets for this very special occasion can be purchased at

Paolo Trolio Makes US Debut at Coup D'Etat | SFLUXE

Paolo Trolio Makes US Debut at Coup D’Etat

The Italian artist, Paolo Troilo, recently debuted his first U.S. exhibit at Coup d'Etat, the most exceptional designer space in San Francisco. Sponsored by Testa Vineyards, the event brought together San Francisco tastemakers such as Jack Calhoun, Stephen Brady, Gary Friedman, Joy Bianchi, Anna Weinberg, Ken Fulk, and Jamie Finegold, among others. The exhibit will run at Coup d'Etat until May 2013. Visit Coup d'Etat at 111 Rhode Island, or online at /

SF Ballet Patrons and Sponsors Party | SFLUXE

SF Ballet Patrons and Sponsors Party

On January 10, 2013, the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary and the Netherlands Consulate General hosted a Cocktail Reception honoring Patrons and Sponsors of “Moving the Compass” San Francisco Ballet 2013 Opening Night Gala.

Samasource Gala Raises $700,000 | SFLUXE

Samasource Gala Raises $700,000

The recent Samasource fundraiser in San Francisco raised $700,000 to help the organization reach its goal of providing life-changing work to over 4,000 women and youth globally this year.