Haute SF Events: Oscar de la Renta Cocktail Party & St. John Hosts Domestic Violence Hotline Fundraiser

Katrina Sperry, Lana Kohn, Sydney Reed
Katrina Sperry, Lana Kohn, Sydney Reed

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer Photography

Oscar de la Renta Cocktail Party

Oscar de la Renta enthusiasts gathered at a cocktail party at The Rotunda in San Francisco’s Neiman Marcus Union Square to celebrate the Spring 2016 Collection with the fashion house’s executive-at-large, Boaz Mazor, on Jan. 19. The luxury store is the lead corporate sponsor of a highly-anticipated exhibit of the icon’s creations this spring at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

Alan Morrell, the San Francisco Bay Area vice president and general manager of Neiman Marcus, welcomed guests, including San Francisco Fine Arts Museums acting director Richard Benefield and Board of Trustee President Dede Wilsey, Sonya Molodetskaya, Rada Katz, Barbara Brown, Dr. Carolyn Chang, Karen Caldwell, Karen Kubin, Navid Armstrong, Christine Suppes and Marilyn Cabak.

On display from March 12, 2016 to May 30, 2016, the world premiere retrospective of Oscar de la Renta’s works celebrates the life and career of one of fashion’s most influential designers and will include more than 130 pieces produced over five decades. The exhibit, curated by André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue, is presented in collaboration with the house of de la Renta and the designer’s family.

St. John Boutique San Francisco Hosts Domestic Violence Hotline Fundraiser

St. John Boutique San Francisco hosted a fundraising event for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Katie Ray-Jones, CEO of the Hotline, jetted in from the organization’s headquarters in Austin, Texas to attend the event and meet various San Francisco supporters. The Hotline is the leading resource for domestic violence and the only national organization that directly serves victims of relationship abuse and their families and friends. This invitation-only event, which drew Lora DuBain, Roberta Economidis, Joel Goodrich, Jake Wall and others, kicked off the fundraising efforts for The Hotline in San Francisco, as well as drove broader awareness for the organization’s 20th Anniversary this year. The event showcased an upcoming fundraising commemorative gala, co-chaired by Arlene Inch and Elaine Mellis, in San Francisco on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the historic Julia Morgan Ballroom. St. John Boutique San Francisco generously donated 10 percent of sales to The Hotline starting at the event on Jan. 20 and continued through Sunday, Jan. 24. These funds are earmarked to help the organization in continuing to expand its resources in order to meet the ever-growing need of supporting victims of domestic violence. Approximately 145,000 calls, chats and texts to The Hotline went unanswered in 2014 due to a lack of resources.