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Film fans and Gucci collectors gathered in San Francisco last week to celebrate the glittering new Gucci boutique on Union Square, followed by a private party and dinner benefiting the San Francisco Film Society and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Karen Caufield arrived from Santa Barbara ready to party in the newest boho chic Gucci frock trimmed with brass grommets, lashings of gold metal fringe and shiny gold chain epaulettes.

“I love my dress, but I had a nerve-racking fashion moment when it set off alarms all over the airport,” said Caufield as she checked out evening clutches. Jennifer Siebel Newsom and her husband, Mayor Gavin Newsom, dashed in for a quick look-see before heading off into the night.

“We’re going to China next week, but I wanted to check out Gucci before we left,” she said.

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Vanessa Getty, wearing the house’s vertiginous platforms and jewelled dress, said the chance to get dolled up was a rare treat. “I spend the day with my darling baby daughter, Veronica, carrying her hands-free in her Babybjorn,” said Getty. “She’s only three months old, so I can take her everywhere.”

Also nibbling on smoked salmon and caviar were Kamala Harris, Connie Nielsen, Juliet de Baubigny, Sloan Barnett, Marcy Carmack, Jennifer Biederbeck, and Angelique Griepp.

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