The Mid-Winter Gala achieved something of a Renaissance on the Legion of Honor as trendy-day Medicis and their courtiers gathered for a sumptuous evening in support of the arts. Inspired by the night’s sponsor, Salvatore Ferragamo, the luxury model initially recognized for its sneakers, the museum’s Rodin courtyard was transformed into an Italianate winter backyard of Della Robbia delights, with topiary trees and enchanting preparations of fruit and flowers glistening by candlelight. Fortunate visitors of the invitation-only Junior Committee have been equally adorned, with draping silhouettes and dangling diamonds serving the same decorative and demonstrative purpose because the velvet cloaks and smooth scarpine slippers of their Florentine predecessors.
The comparatively youthful demographic (at least by dowager standards) ensured that the crowd was lithe and lovely; this was undoubtedly a take a look at of San Francisco’s finest-dressed, who truly delivered their newest runway biggest for each other’s delectation. A robust out-of-city showing upped the glamour quotient as nicely, with Ferragamo-adorned brand ambassadress and actress Camilla Belle, Dita Von Teese in Burberry and a brassiere of her personal design, Liz Goldwyn, Rosetta and Balthazar Getty, Tatum Getty, Christina Getty, Claiborne Swanson Frank, Ashley Wick, and everybody’s favourite social gathering pal, Bazaar Journal’s Derek Blasberg surveying the scene from the inevitable cool-youngsters smoking clique.
The Ferragamo household was ably represented by Diego Di San Giuliano, Salvatore’s grandson, who made the jaunt from the historic Florentine headquarters a stone’s throw from where Dante first spied his Beatrice. Auction bidders were ready to consider a reciprocal visit, with the evening’s prime package providing a tour of the Renaissance Palazzo Feroni-Spini on the banks of the Arno, and a respite on the Tuscan vineyard property Castiglion del Bosco, from where the night’s delectable wines also hailed. Nearer to residence, company bid on a non-public shopping breakfast at the brand new Ferragamo store, a dinner occasion within the tower of the DeYoung, and an Italian cooking class with Flour and Water’s Thomas MacNaughton. McCall’s Catering delivered a deluxe meal of Lobster Bisque, Goat Cheese Beet Ravioli, Grilled Lamb Chops and a cioccolato, limone, and lampone dolci, capped off by a bracing digestivo of limoncello to loosen the limbs and the libido on the dance floor.
A DJ spinning disco and danceable hits ensured that everybody’s shoes received some extra put on and tear, all the higher to keep the fashionable flocking back to Ferragamo for an additional pair of scarpines, chopines, or patent-leather pumps to go well with the dukes and duchesses of the fashionable middle ages.
Awakening a Tuscan spring in Mid-Winter: Ferragamo CEO Vincent Ottomanelli, , Honorary Chair Vanessa Getty with husband Billy, and Trevor Traina with spouse Alexis, together with Committee Chair Kathryn Lasater with husband Bo, and Allison Speer spearheading the present. Paula Carano stunned in black beaded Elie Saab significantly appreciated by her husband Bandel. Couples making a chic date evening included Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue Mary Beth and David Shimmon, Lisa and Jim Zanze, Kate and David Chung, Max Boyer Glynn and David Glynn, Suzanne and Carson Levitt, Sobia and Nadir Shaikh, Heather and Jonathan Ive, Pasha and Laney Thornton, and Melissa and Patrick Barber. Most of the ladies determined to make a women’ night of it, with Vandy Woods Boudreau, Victoire Reynal, Jenna Hunt, Lauren Goodman, Minal Jethmal, and a bevy of beauties all appreciating the sisterhood far fromany medieval convent.
Skipping continents, Carolyn Chang and Patrick King swapped Paris fashion week tales with Jacqueline Sacks alongside husband David, and agreeing that the Chanel supermarket set was price trying out. Also appreciating the Italian hours had been Justin Fichelson, Lauren Goodman, James Krohn, Stephanie Ejabat, Claudia Castillo Ross, Jack Calhoun, Nion McEvoy, Chloe Harris, Lisa Podos and Michael Wais, Ashley Wick, Jessica and Jason Second, Jeana Toney and Boris Putanec, Katie and Todd Traina, J-P Conte, Ken Fulk, Gary Friedman, and a phalanx of the fashionable and personable who had been fabulous and fortunate sufficient to populate this palazzo.