Is anyone not wearing Lily Samii to the Ballet gala tonight? This month’s Nob Hill Gazette photo of Rosemary Baker and Jean Larette in Lily gowns was just the beginning — we’ve identified at least a dozen women who will be wearing her modern opulent designs this evening:
President of the Ballet Auxiliary, Marie Lipman of San Francisco, is wearing a garnet embroidered shantung gown and jacket. The gown has a halter neckline with flat folded pleats, long fitted torso with a wide gathered multi panel skirt. The skirt part of the gown is supported by layers of tulle and crinoline. The embroidery on the skirt is Asian inspired in its print and color palette. The gown is accompanied by a shantung jacket with cala lily shaped sleeves, high standing collar and swing back.
Auxiliary member, Kelli Burrill of San Francisco is wearing a midnight sequin strapless gown. The figure hugging gown features vertical slits marked by bias cut organza attached vertically to lend the effect of movement.
Barbara Engman of San Francisco is wearing an anthracite duchess satin strapless gown. The gown is ruched at the waist and flares into an A-line skirt with a side panel that open up to reveal a sapphire taffeta insert. The gown is hand embroidered with clusters of fire coral lace and is accompanied by a two tone shawl with the same lace embroidery.
Julie Ballard of San Francisco is wearing an emerald green velvet gown with ‘Merlot’ lace embellishment. The gown is ruched at the waist with a diagonal seam across the bodice into which is inserted a bias cut piece that ends in a train
Susan Van Wagner of San Francisco is wearing a garnet taffeta 2 piece suit. The jacket neckline and sleeve cuffs are trimmed with folded bias ruffled taffeta. The skirt is fitted throughout the hips and flared at the bottom to create a very regal silhouette.
Deborah Strobin of San Francisco is wearing a white taffeta wrap top with a stand up collar and a black silk crepe skirt that is fitted throughout the bodice and has a bias cut insert that creates a playful flare.
Karen Caldwell of St. Helena is wearing a ‘Blue Grotto’ one shoulder figure hugging gown. Skilful use of diagonal inserts create a slim silhouette while the side bustle spills a wealth of fabric into a side train brushing the floor. The gown is also complimented by a vintage brooch of pearls and multi color stones.
Susie McCormick of Ross is wearing a black strapless silk crepe gown with a fitted bustier that gathers at the center and a slight A line flared bottom. Attached at the center front gathers of the bustier is a cascading black chiffon drape. The gown is accompanied by a black organza bolero jacket.
Kate Horan of San Francisco is wearing a black panne velvet over ‘Ice Blue’ duchess satin gown. Fitted throughout bodice and flared bottom.
Gail Levie of Orinda is wearing a ‘Marrionberry’ silk crepe strapless empire waist gown with moss green contrast sash and asymmetric inserts.
Annette Gellert of Tiburon is wearing an ‘Olivine’ taffeta gown made to match her existing handmade ostrich feather stole. The gown is ruched at the waist and slim throughout the bodice with a slight flare at the bottom.
At the time of writing, Ann Moller Caen of San Francisco is debating between two Lily Samii gowns, we’ll see what she picks!