The red carpet on opening night at SF Symphony usually sizzles, but this year in honor of Michael Tilson Thomas’s 25th and final season as music director, coolness prevailed. San Francisco Symphony celebrated the start of the milestone season on September 4, 2019, with a gala concert, reception, four dinners, and an after-party, all honoring MTT and Joshua Robison.
The invitation suggested wearing blue in honor of MTT. As a result, many guests showed up in shades of the sea and sky. For example, SF Mayor London Breed in turquoise silk, SF Symphony President Sako Fisher in navy leather, and patron Gorretti Lo Lui, in royal.
Outside of the blue, Gala Co-Chairs Rachael Bowman and Nicole Curran ruled the red carpet with their choices. For instance, like many in the best-dressed category, Lacob floated in a cloud of ruffles. In contrast, Bowman’s elegant silk and embroidered haute couture design by Schiaparelli exemplified the most elegant way to wear applique — with jewel stones, on luxe fabric, and with restraint.
The Red Carpet Scene on Opening Night at SF Symphony
Floating on the red carpet in clouds of luxurious fabrics: Navid Armstrong, Sloan Barnett, Vandy Boudreau, Nicole Lacob, Marissa Mayer, Komal Shah, Danielle Snyder Shorenstein, and Elena Zorn:
Certainly elegant in detail: Jarrod Baumann, Rachael Bowman, Christopher Lawrie, Huifan Chan, Stacy Dobos, Joel Goodrich, and Holly Lawson:
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Photos by Drew Altizer Photography