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Annual Nordstrom Fall Preview Benefits Raphael House

On Wednesday, July 9, models walked the runway for Nordstrom’s Annual Designer Preview at the Herbst Pavilion. Guests enjoyed a sneak peek of fall collections by such fashion icons as Bill Blass, Burberry Prorsum, Stella McCartney, Michael Kors, Derek Lam, Donna Karan, Peter Som, Valentino, Vera Wang and Versace. Attendees sipped cocktails and sampled hors d’oeuvres while shopping for the night’s featured looks at a special on-site boutique. Ticket proceeds were donated to Raphael House, a San Francisco nonprofit for homeless families seeking help.


Claire Spaht, Kris Anthony

WildAid Celebrates Bo Derek’s Work with Peter Knights

On Thursday, June 26, guests joined Laney and Pasha Thornton at their San Francisco home to toast actress Bo Derek and celebrate her work with Peter Knights of WildAid. The celebrity-endorsed Bay Area nonprofit is dedicated to protecting endangered species in developing countries and ending the illegal wildlife trade.


Lydia Mondavi, Gillian Shenon


Steve Morgan, Mattie Morgan

The Eat + Drink List: This Week's Top 7


photography by Joe Budd

1. One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, corn 

On July 23, Elizabeth Falkner wakes taste buds from their slumber with a three-course tequila-and-corn dinner at Orson. For $65, you can sample your way through chilled corn soup, rib eye with corn-ricotta gnocchi and ham hock with corn hash, all paired with original tequila cocktails. Book your table for the party by calling 415-777-1508.
 

The Napa Valley: Where Meadowood Meets Mixteca

I took a trip up to Napa this last weekend. My boyfriend Joe and I stayed at Meadowood. Despite its location off the Silverado Trail, there’s not a vineyard in sight. It's kind of a wine country getaway in the heart of the wine country. I like that.

The Fratellis Play the Fillmore

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

The alternative rock “band of brothers” from Glasgow played a high-powered show at the Fillmore on Wednesday, June 18. Concertgoers got down to hit singles “Henrietta” and “Chelsea Daggers.”

THE FRATELLIS



Richard Nicoll for Thomas Pink Collection


Thomas Pink isn’t exactly the first label that comes to mind when I think of on-trend women’s wear. Impeccably tailored shirts, yes. But silky shifts and flirty frocks? Not so much. The Brit design house synonymous with men’s fashion is taking a stab at changing that image with the launch of the Richard Nicoll for Thomas Pink Collection next month—a nine-piece capsule collection by the rising London designer and Central Saint Martins grad who was dubbed Best Young Designer at the Elle 2008 Style Awards during February's London Fashion Week.

The French Connection


It's Bastille Day! Got your freedom fries?

We here in San Francisco might not like France and the French quite as much as we like Italy and the Italians (at least, judging by our restaurant predilictions), but we still seem to have a bit of a love-affair with the country and, particularly, with its food. Today is Bastille Day (quick history lesson: this is the day that the French people stormed the Bastille prison, marking the beginning of the French Revolution). Here in the states (and probably in , too) the day may be celebrated, but it's watered down to be a day of feasting, picnicking and drinking rosé.
 

Clock Bar: The Return of Marco

(Or, why I'm excited about the opening of the Michael Mina's Clock Bar in the Westin St. Francis)


Summertime Wines

So, I spent the Fourth in Seattle with my sister, brother-in-law and little Clementine (who's almost two now). We did it right, by barbecuing these friggin' enormous steaks.



I mean, they were huge and, as if I needed it, I was given the fattest one, which you see here dwarfing an ear of corn (and, no, that's not a baby corn--it's normal sized). Needless to say, I could only eat about a third of it.


San Francisco Zoo Fur Ball 2008

On Saturday, June 28, young professionals gathered for the annual Fur Ball hosted by the San Francisco Zoo and Zoo II. VIP guests were treated to a private tour of the zoo, which entailed a behind-the-scenes visit with lions and new baby tiger cubs. The magical night also included cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music by Night Fever and an auction benefiting the zoo’s efforts.


Liz Geddes, Ryan Wilson
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