RedCarpetSF’s Style Council: Karen Caldwell

Karen Caldwell in a suit by Karen Caldwell

Karen Caldwell in a suit by Karen Caldwell

Karen Caldwell, a local fashion leader and longtime community volunteer and fundraiser for San Francisco Ballet and SFMOMA, is embarking on a new career. Karen is designing her own line of clothing — Karen Caldwell Design. She and her husband Oliver Caldwell own Caldwell Snyder Art Galleries and Caldwell Vineyards. 

A recent interview with Karen Caldwell:

What do you like about San Francisco style? Individualists — from hippie cool in the Haight to ultra-hip in the South of Market club scene, to the classicists — everyone does their own thing.

Who is your favorite beauty guru in San Francisco?My personal stylist Vicki Winston at Neiman Marcus. She finds me the most amazing clothes, handbags and accessories.

Favorite place to meet for cocktails in San Francisco? The piano bar at the Big Four in the Huntington Hotel, which is where my husband Oliver proposed to me.
Which are your favorite annual events? The opening nights at San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Opera

Karen’s Personal Style:

Whose red carpet style do you admire? Actresses Marion Cotillard and Uma Thurman

In whose closet would you most like to shop?  Rachel Zoe’s

Your newest must-have fall item? A Chanel handbag in soft turquoise

Top three beauty products: An organic skincare line from Paris called Absolution, Bobbi Brown’s Bali Bronzing Powder, and Jo Malone body cream in Red Roses

Fragrance? Paris by Yves Saint Laurent

Where do you shop online?Ricky’s Exceptional Treasures

— October, 2009