While the San Francisco Symphony and Opera opened nearly two weeks ago, the buzz over the Bay City’s first official week of the social season has yet to subside. In a recent review of all that the red carpets had to offer, SFLuxe evaluated the ensembles of the evenings, presenting a web review of their list of the 70 most impressive looks from each of the galas. After sifting through thousands of images from all modes of modern technology, including cell phone cameras, Facebook brags, Tweets, and the work from various professional photographers at Drew Altizer Photography, the red carpet watchers turned in their picks.
Haute Living is proud to report that our very own Haute Ambassador of International Events and Luxury Travel Olivia Hsu Decker made the cut, as well as Opera Ball co-chairman Teresa Medearis, who we interviewed for a feature article “The Business of Being Social” in the September/October issue. Teresa shared with us her fashion inspiration for the evening when we inquired back in August which designer she would don for the night. “Adrianna [Pope Sullivan] and I wanted to wear something in tune with the Spanish theme, so I am wearing a red lace gown. We are honored to also be wearing jewels from our sponsor Boucheron for the main event.
Adrianna Pope Sullivan, fellow Opera Ball co-chair, shared that her design decisions for this year’s event were based on philanthropy and the economic conditions of 2009. “I decided to up my donation to the guild this year and shop in my own closet. I will be wearing a dress by Jean Louis; she did the dress Marilyn Monroe wore for JFK’s birthday. My mother’s dear friend gave me the dress in my mid-20s. It’s a beautiful black chiffon and lace, off-the-shoulder gown with a tiered skirt, and it is so Spanish that I don’t think I could do any better. That it is vintage is very cool—I would rather give more.”
Here is a complete showing of all 70 red carpet winners.