Deepa Pakianathan in Rubin Singer, Allison Speer in Andrew Gn, Komal Shah in Oscar de la Renta, Marybeth Shimmon in J Mendel
San Francisco Opera opened its 93rd season on September 11, 2015, and the audience did not disappoint. A near capacity crowd of 3,000 filled the seats at the War Memorial Opera House for Verdi’s Louisa Miller, produced by Francesca Zambello. Some 800 filled the tent for Opera Ball, and 300 gathered at Jardiniere restaurant for the BRAVO! post-performance party.
The pre-performance dinner and after-party branded Opera Ball inspired gowns and dresses worthy of any red carpet. My top-ten looks, in alphabetical order: Barbara Brown in Alexander McQueen, Paula Carano in Oscar de la Renta, Carolyn Chandler in Reem Acra, Carolyn Chang in Andrew Gn, Nancy Kukacka in Tom Ford, Stephanie Marver in Oscar de la Renta, Deepa Pakianathan in Rubin Singer, Paula Pretlow in Oscar de la Renta, Komal Shah in Oscar de la Renta, Mary Beth Shimmon in J Mendel and Allison Speer in Andrew Gn.
Red Carpet Bay Area Top Ten at Opera Ball:
Paula Carano in a painted rosebud appliqué gown by Oscar de la Renta
Nancy Kukacka in black and white sequins and fringe from Tom Ford
Stephanie Marver in Oscar de la Renta
Komal Shah in embroidered Oscar de la Renta
Deepa Pakianathan in red and fuchsia double faced silk satin by Rubin Singer
Mary Beth Shimmon in a J Mendel gown of satin and crepe with an embellished bodice of cutouts and gold lace
Carolyn Chang in Andrew Gn
Paula Pretlow in an Oscar de la Renta gown of hot pink satin with a midnight blue overlay
Daniel Diaz with Barbara Brown in a 3-D animal print on metallic, silk and wool jacquard by
Allison Speer in pearl encrusted Andrew Gn
Event designer Riccardo Benavides with Carolyn Chandler (in Reem Acra)
Photos by Drew Altizer Photography
If you counted, you know I did not narrow it down to ten! In addition, high honors to all of the women who wore creations from local fashion designer Vasily Vein.
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