Derek Lam was the big draw at Wednesday night’s gala opening for the San Francisco Fall Antiques show held at Fort Mason.
Committee chairs were all decked out in his sequinned spring samples, and Lam, a San Francisco native, was eager to buy art and antiques.
“I got my first inkling of fashion in San Francisco. My grandparents owned a sewing factory in Chinatown making wedding gowns,” said Lam. “As a boy in the seventies, I loved watching the ladies who worked there making spaghetti straps using chopsticks. It was so artful.”
The theme of the show, which runs through Sunday, is Chinoiserie, so some guests like Suzanne Tucker and Suzanna Allen came decked out in colorful gold brocades and strings of coral and pearls.
But centuries old furnishings isn’t everybody’s bag, and with the San Francisco Giants in the World Series, there were several guests gathered around the jumbo screen TV installed at the back of the pier.
Cheers erupted when the Giants beat the Texas Rangers, 11-7, then it was back to the girandoles and Chinoiserie.