Some 1,050 supporters and guests attended Bella Notte, San Francisco Ballet’s opening night gala on January 19, 2012, and helped raise $2.1 million for the institution. Funds raised represent an increase of 20 percent from opening night 2011, and 35 percent more than 2010. Not only were contributions to the ballet significant, but it also appeared retailers benefited from the windfall. An abundance of high-style fashions from the likes of internationally acclaimed Alexander McQueen, Andrew Gn, Reem Acra, Marcel Rochas, and Stella McCartney, and local designer Karen Caldwell, just to name a few, were spotted at City Hall and the War Memorial Opera House.
Despite torrential rain, Bella Notte, was indeed a beautiful night. Below are some of Red Carpet Bay Area’s favorite gowns; click here for more from the evening, and meet Marie Hurabiell Trader, chair of San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary’s 2012 opening gala.
Yurie Pascarella in Andrew Gn
Juliet Flint de Baubigny in Andrew Gn
San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary decor chair for opening night, Carolyn Chang (in Alexander McQueen), with Tanya Powell (in Mary Katrantzou) and Deepa Pakianathan (in Alexander McQueen)
Erin Glenn in Stella McCartney
Paula Carano in Elie Saab
Suzy Kellems Dominik in Marcel Rochas
Andrew Trader with San Francisco Ballet Opening Gala Chair, 2012, Marie Hurabiell Trader, in Frans Baviera
Charlotte Shultz in Naeem Kahn
Pamela Joyner and Athena Troxel (in Pierre Cardin)
San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary post-performance party chair, Patricia Ferrin Loucks (in Reem Acra) with Elizabeth Fullerton
Randi Fisher in Armani
Sloan Barnett in Alexander McQueen
Photos by Drew Altizer Photography
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