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“I feel as if I’m in the garden of a palazzo in Florence,” Vanessa Getty said on Saturday night, standing in the Legion of Honor, part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The airy space had been transformed into an Italian al fresco fantasy, courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo, which was hosting the 11th annual Mid-Winter Gala, presented by the Junior Committee to benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Getty, an honorary chair for the evening, was joined by Dita Von Teese, Camilla Belle, Lauren Remington Platt, Jessica Hart, Balthazar Getty, Billy Getty, Kathryn Lasater, Dylan Penn, Liz Goldwyn and Eric Buterbaugh, all of whom traipsed into the blossom-filled space. “Ferragamo went all out on the party decor. I love the topiaries,” said Alexis Traina of the Lewis Miller-outfitted decor. The museum’s marble colonnades were filled with Florentine chandeliers, and the dining tables were covered with lilies, roses, tendrils of jasmine and rustic citrus branches. “So chic,” Traina continued. Landscapes were on her mind. She and husband Trevor recently acquired a landmark property, a former artists’ colony, up the coast in Inverness, and have commissioned designer Madison Cox to finesse their garden.
Jonathan Ive of Apple swapped iPhone images with Marissa Mayer. Beneath Rodin’s “The Thinker,” photographer Douglas Friedman offered Mustique travel tips to Ken Fulk. Nearby, Claiborne Swanson Frank (who shot the recent Vara campaign for Ferragamo) chatted about her new Assouline book featuring on-the-cusp Hollywood actresses. Of course, the bash had a strong Ferragamo showing.
The label’s USA president, Vincent Ottomanelli, noted that when Salvatore Ferragamo set up shop in California in 1914, the custom shoemaker launched the idea of celebrity dressing.“It’s fabulous to be here, and to be part of the exciting scene now in San Francisco, surrounded by new ideas that are changing the world,” he said. Diego di San Giuliano, who sits on the label’s board, had flown in from Florence to represent the Ferragamo family.
Von Teese, in laced black leather gloves and a peekaboo vintage gown that revealed her bra, wafted the leather and musk notes of her new perfume, Erotique. “I designed my scent to be very carnal and sexy, inspired by the heroines of Henry Miller novels,” Von Teese purred.
After cocktails and a Northern Italian flavored dinner, there was dancing in the colonnaded courtyard, with music spun by the Misshapes. Everyone hit the dance floor, the midnight air scented by Ferragamo’s new and aptly named perfume, Tuscan Soul.