We first noticed Sarah Somberg in a feathered ensemble by Erdem at the designer’s fashion show and benefit for San Francisco Opera Guild in April 2015. An admiration of her style ensued. Somberg heads up digital marketing, social media and research for B+N Industries, a design driven manufacturer of products and services for the retail, architectural, and hospitality industries.
Sarah Somberg’s swoon-worthy style:
What inspires you to purchase a garment? Fit and personality – I only buy pieces that fit to perfection, and they have to speak to me, even my basics – whether it is the texture, shape, color, or material. I believe in dressing every day, you won’t find me in workout gear unless you run into me at the gym at 6am each morning
Who are some of your current favorite fashion designers? I am currently obsessed with the fresh shapes coming from Rosie Assoulin and Josep Font at Delpozo, John Galliano’s rollout for Margiela, staples from The Row. I am a forever client of Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen – who is one of the most genuine and endearing women in fashion nailing the feminine edge. I like Giambattista Valli’s playful girly perfection, and then there is Mary Katrantzou whose drive and imagination I adore along with the rest of the “Brit Pack” – Erdem, Christopher Kane, and Simone Rocha
How about shoes? What my darling Edgardo is doing at Aquazzura – sexy, comfy, and Italian!
Gianvito Rossi for anything basic to over the knee; Francesco Russo for his stunning, sexy shapes;
Sophia Webster for whimsy and color; Celine for anything else
Sarah Somberg, in a dress by Valentino, with Carlos Souza
Sarah Somberg in Erdem with a Bottega Knot Bag and Giuseppe Zanotti pumps
Sarah Somberg in a dress by Mary Katrantzou at a lunch and fashion show for San Francisco Ballet
Sarah Somberg in a gown, neck harness and knuckleduster, all by Alexander McQueen, at the Queen Sophia Spanish Institute Gold Medal Gala honoring Hillary Rodham Clinton and Antonio Banderas
Sarah Somberg at the San Francisco Ballet Opening Night Gala 2015, dress by Naeem Khan, Masquerade clutch by Judith Leiber jewelry by Bulgari
Sarah Somberg in a gown by Matthew Williamson with a vintage belt, Judith Leiber custom clutch and Valentino sandals, at the Mid Winter Gala 2014
Sarah Somberg in a Giambattista Valli dress with Olympia Le-Tan Composition Notebook Clutch
Sarah Somberg in Dior at the Mid Winter Gala 2015
Sarah Somberg in Erdem at the designer’s show and benefit for San Francisco Opera Guild
Sarah Somberg in a dress by Erdem, shoes by Aquazzura
Sarah Somberg in a dress by Christopher Kane, with Christopher Kane
Lupe Puerta, global head of personal shopping at Net-a-Porter, with Sarah Somberg (in a dress by Mary Katrantzou and M2Malletier handbag)
Sarah Somberg in Maison Margiela
Photos by Drew Altizer Photography
Could you share a tip or two? I believe the most valuable lesson to harness in defining your own style begins with understanding your unique shape. Focus on creating the hourglass by minimizing the areas you don’t prefer and maximizing the ones you love. The fashion world is so rich with ideas right now, so seek out those designers who cut pieces for your frame. Each woman has the power to be her own style icon. Take risks with your accessories, and use them to strike up a conversation and show your personality.
More local women whose style we admire (in alphabetical order): Joy Bianchi, Lindsay Bolton, Barbara Brown, Karen Caldwell, Paula Carano, Carolyn Chandler, Dr. Carolyn Chang, Juliet de Baubigny, Samantha DuVall, Vanessa Getty, Angelique Griepp, Hasti Kashfia, Stephanie Marver, Sonya Molodetskaya, Deepa Pakianathan, Yurie Pascarella, Komal Shah, Sobia A. Shaikh, OJ Shansby, Charlotte Shultz, Christine Suppes, Elizabeth Touw, Katie Traina, Vicky Tsai, Dede Wilsey, Victoria Yeager