The San Francisco Opera Guild recently honored Bay Area philanthropists John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn at the sixth annual “An Evening on the Stage,” one of the highlights of the fall social season.
San Francisco Symphony’s 103rd opening night gala for 2014 was a special tribute to musical director Michael Tilson Thomas, celebrating his 20th anniversary this year.
“Phenomenal” was theme for the 2014 San Francisco Balletâ€™s Opening Night Gala, but also describes the looks put together by gala guests.
With gala chair Tanya Powell starting the evening in an elegant Vera Wang ball gown and ending in a short runway-worthy Dolce & Gabbana, there was a full gamut of looks.
One saw understated elegance with Yurie Pascarella in Andrew Gn and Mary Beth Shimmon in Chanel; a full flowering of colors, shapes and textures from Deepa Pakianathan, Paula Carano, Sonya Molodetskaya, Elizabeth Fullerton and Komal Shah; and striking black dresses on Karen Caldwell, Azadeh Riaz, Stephanie Southerland, Stephanie Ejabat, and SF Ballet’s Principal Dancer Mathilde Froustey.
More than 500 people, who together had already committed more than $1.3 million to Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center, attended the organization’s biennial “Wishes for Wellness” fundraiser in the fall.
A highlight of the holiday season in San Francisco is the annual “Jingle & Mingle Designer Wreath Auction” which features wreaths from some of the West Coast’s top designers. Here are some moments captured from the 2013 event.
We admit it – we’re hopelessly in love with ball gowns! With layers of weightless tulle and pounds of heavy beads, corsetry to tighten and ruffles to widen, taffeta to stiffen and chiffon to make it flow, a beautifully constructed ball gown is a work of art that can defy physics, bank accounts and common sense. But what art!
Here is our selection of the best ball gowns at San Francisco’s 91st Opera Ball, September 2013. Among the looks our favorite is worn by Deepa Pakianathan, who had a stroke of genius in combining an exquisitely embroidered Andrew Gn gown from his resort 2014 collection with a museum-worthy Alexander McQueen headdress. We’re told that Deepa was the first person in the world to wear the McQueen piece since it was last seen on the Fall 2013 runway.
On January 16, 2013, the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary and The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Peter Rothen and Mrs. Gerlind Rothen hosted a reception honoring Grand Benefactors and Benefactors of “Moving the Compass” San Francisco Ballet 2013 Opening Night Gala.