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Last week, Tod’s creative director Derek Lam headed to his hometown of San Francisco, where he was treated to a little home cooking from his mom, Celine Lam. She prepared her son’s favorite abalone and shiitake mushroom dish for a family-style dinner for 14 on Wednesday night.
This story first appeared in the October 27, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
The next day, Lam’s pal Vanessa Getty made sure he was equally well taken care of at a tea in the Saks Fifth Avenue shoe department. Guests shopped for his handbags and Tod’s donated a portion of sales to one of Getty’s favorite charities, Orangutan Foundation International. “I met Derek at the  Barneys opening here and we just clicked,” Getty said.
That night, the party caravan moved south of Market to the bohemian Mission District, where Getty and her husband, Billy, threw a dinner for Lam. A group of 30 toasted the designer at Martin Muller’s Modernism West Gallery, including eco-entrepreneur David de Rothschild; local socialites Denise Hale, Kate Harbin, Victoire Reynal and Vandy Boudreau; San Francisco Ballet principal Damian Smith, and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and actress Connie Nielsen.