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“I’m in love with this museum,” Carolina Herrera said, gazing up at the dramatic copper-clad tower of the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the setting for her fashion show Monday afternoon.

Herrera had flown in for The Art of Fashion luncheon, where she’d present her spring collection to her West Coast clients — Dede Wilsey, Vanessa Getty, Stephanie Marver, Komal Shah, Barbara Brown, Yurie Pascarella, Diane Chapman, Allison Speer — while they grazed their salads. The luncheon benefits the de Young’s Costume and Textiles Department, which has a history of presenting fashion exhibitions. The next exhibition will be “High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection,” in March.

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“I am always inspired by architecture, as well as art, so this is the perfect venue for my newest collection. San Francisco has a vibrant cultural scene,” said Herrera, as she strolled through the galleries toward a towering 30-foot Gerhard Richter piece. “And the women are so chic.”

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