The Art Deco era came roaring back to life Saturday in San Francisco, as the Junior Committee of the Fine Arts Museum held its first mid-winter gala at the Legion of Honor. As young ladies in silk, satin and piles of fur joined their tuxedo-clad escorts in the museum’s courtyard, the event’s honorary co-chair Trevor Traina surveyed the chic throng, which included his younger sisters, Victoria and Samantha, as well as older sister Beatie Seidenberg, brother Todd Traina and Todd’s wife, Katie. “Many said we could never pull it off, but I wanted to show that there are plenty of young, attractive and fun people here who support the arts,” said Traina. “It’s not all old and stuffy.”
But it was one young, attractive and fun lady who put Traina in a particularly good mood: his new girlfriend, Alexis Swanson. And she looked hot — literally. “I can’t wait to take this rug off!” Swanson laughed, glowing under her fur wrap. As she floated into the dinner tent, off it came, and Swanson dashed to the bar to sample the Swanson Vineyards vintages that accompanied dinner. “Just let me sip wine all night, and I’ll be happy,” she joked.
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At honorary co-chair Vanessa Getty’s table, Stephan Jenkins and his squeeze Vanessa Carlton, Kelly Phleger Johnson, Summer Walker and Kimberly and Nicholas Bini begged their server for more mashed potatoes and dug into the prime rib. “I mean, a girl’s got to eat,” reasoned Getty. After dinner, they had the chance to work it off, dancing to Eighties tunes, while party girl Consuelo Lyonnet led the conga line and Dorka Keehn commandeered the dance floor. Their party-hearty spirit certainly impressed Tatiana Sorokko. “It’s not what you’d expect from our little village,” she said.