SF Ballet’s 81st Opening Night Gala Phenomenal Onstage and Off


An En Pointe evening with the San Francisco Ballet

I’ve been infatuated with the ballet since I was a little girl attending Boston Ballet performances with Ms. Michelle, my local dance instructor. Needless to say, I was more than a tad excited about attending the San Francisco Ballet’s 81st Opening Night Gala.

I was also excited to finally take the tags off this storm cloud grey Z Spoke Zac Posen gown I bought on Gilt Groupe last year. I decided to balance the modern cutouts in the trumpet-style gown with an old Hollywood glamour aesthetic; crystal, art deco RTR accessories, a strong violet lip and romantic Veronica Lake finger waves rounded out the look.

The festivities began early yesterday evening at the Encore Gala pre-show cocktail at City Hall. When it was time for the show to start, Chris and I joined the tuxedo and ball gown-clad patrons pouring out onto Van Ness, nearly shutting down the avenue as we crossed from City Hall to the War Memorial Opera House. The performance was nothing short of rapturing, alternating between classics like Giselle to stirring contemporary pieces to sensual duets like “Bedroom Pas de Deux.”

When the curtain fell onstage, we migrated back to City Hall to celebrate into the early morning hours with live music, dancing and desert. I don’t know of any other city that rallies around the arts with so much gusto and style!

Check out my Old Hollywood Glamour style inspiration board and look breakdown below, then scroll down for my Gala photo album…

Counterclockwise from top: Z Spoke Zac Posen Dress (similar here) / Ben-Amun Earrings / Tom Ford Lipstick in “Violet Fatale” / Diane Von Fustenberg Sandals / Essie Polish in “Big Spender” / Diane Von Furstenberg Clutch / Dolce & Gabbana Eye Quad in “Femme Fatale” / Ben-Amun Chain Bracelet for Rent or Sale / Veronica Lake Hair

Wining & dining at the Encore pre-party…

Onto the “Phenomenal” Gala Performance…

& back to City Hall for the after party!

…when the 2 a.m. stars in the sky were fading faster than my glistening accessories, it was time to catch a cab and bid adieu!


3 Comments on SF Ballet’s 81st Opening Night Gala Phenomenal Onstage and Off

  1. Maggie Winterfeldt
    January 24, 2014 at 12:09 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks, Jacq!! The bracelet was a fun one; very unique and Daisy Buchanan-inspired!

  2. elle
    January 26, 2014 at 10:07 pm (4 years ago)

    Maggie , you are a knockout, You could teach Old Hollywood a thing or two .
    You wear that dress and well as they dance performed their ballet, I am quite sure, and you look like you could be a dancer too .
    The bracelet is divine.
    What a wonderful night,
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    XX, Elle