A Night at the Opera: Songs and Style

In lieu of this fashion-themed Haute Living edition, I realized that the San Francisco Opera Opening and Opera Ball were the perfect opportunities to kill two birds with one stone—I can cover both luxury events (my usual column) and style. After all, fashion without events is like a girl all dressed up and nowhere to show! What better occasion for ladies to dress up in their best gowns than at the Opera Ball?

San Francisco Opera’s 88th Season opened September 10 with the fabulous production of Verdi’s Aida with music director Nicola Luisotti. The opening night festivities included cocktails and dinner at City Hall, Aida at the War Memorial Opera House, and an after party of dessert and dancing. British designer Zandra Rhodes created the magnificent costumes and brilliant stage sets for the dramatic Aida. Equally magnificent and dramatic off stage were the gowns on the ladies. Featured here are just a few that caught my eyes, but there were hundreds of beautiful ladies and gowns at the city’s most coveted affair. As a board member of Opera Guild that organizes this annual fund-raising event for SF Opera’s education fund, I hope you will support us and come to the Ball year after year!

Olivia Hsu Decker