While designers were showing their spring/summer 2014 collections at New York Fashion Week, the Bay Area was experiencing a fashion week of its own. On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, San Francisco Symphony served up three gala dinners, an American-style concert and an after-party with dancing in the streets. On Wednesday, Vera Wang and Red Carpet Bay Area hosted a brunch and spring 2014 gown presentation, on Friday there was San Francisco Opera Ball in the Garden of Good and Evil, and finally, on Saturday a let-your-hair down Party for the Parks in Golden Gate Park.
Red Carpet Fashion Week in San Francisco began with San Francisco Symphony‘s 102nd season opening gala chaired by Goretti Lo Lui. The Patrons Dinner, chaired by Eliza Cash, was held in a tented pavilion built for the occasion behind Davies Symphony Hall. Some 750 patrons, many of whom contributed $10,000 for their seat, dined on caviar and filet mignon prior to the gala performance. City Hall was host to Symphony Supper and Symphonix Dinner guests who filled some 500 seats, from $395 – $800. Tickets for the concert only on opening night were available from $160 and included a pre-performance wine reception and the after-party.
Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony, and soprano Audra McDonald presented an evening celebrating the Jazz Age and the Great American Songbook at Davies Symphony Hall. Antheil‘s A Jazz Symphony and Bernstein classics were played during the first half; Kander and Ebb, Edwards, Styne, Loewe and Gershwin followed an intermission. Later, all ticket holders were invited to an after-party, chaired by Libby Leffler, on Grove Street and in the patrons tent, featuring music by The Cheeseballs, DJL! and DJ Masonic.
Soprano Audra McDonald joined Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony for San Francisco Symphony’s 2013 opening gala celebrating the Jazz Age and the Great American Songbook
San Francisco Symphony President Sako Fisher wore Oscar de la Renta on opening night
Lexi Fisher at the Patrons Dinner
Leigh Mathes in a gown by J Mendel
Lisa Grotts and Stacey Dobos
Yurie Pascarella in a gown by Andrew Gn (photo by Agency Moanalani Jeffrey)
Deepa Pakianathan in Tom Ford, Joy Bianchi in Ralph Rucci and Afsaneh Akhtari in Dolce & Gabbana (photo by Moanalani Jeffrey Photography)
Randi Fisher in Naeem Kahn at the Patrons Dinner
Allison Speer, Summer Tompkins-Walker, Vanessa Getty and Ken Fulk
Dede Wilsey in Oscar de la Renta at the Patrons Dinner
Barbara Brown in Chanel with Dr. Carolyn Chang in Peter Pilotti
Stephanie Ejabat in Zuhair Murad
Photos by Moanalani Jeffrey Photography