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Naomi Hits the Catwalk

Supermodels Naomi Campbell and Gemma Ward hit the runway last week in Sephora's FashionWeekLive event held at Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion. Fall fashions from Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen, Badgley Mischka, Nanette Lepore, Peter Som and more were seen floating up and down the catwalk.

SFCASA: Caring for Our Kids

SFCASA (SF court-appointed special advocates program) held its board of directors luncheon last week at the Bankers Club-Carnelian Room. Dennis Herrera, city attorney of SF, was the featured speaker and honoree.

According to, "The Board of Directors Luncheon is held annually to raise funds for SFCASA and to increase community awareness of the plight of San Francisco's abused and neglected children in foster care."

MoAd Carnaval Gala

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) put on a first-anniversary gala celebration, Diaspora Carnaval: Celebrating Across Cultures, last Saturday at the Rotunda of City Hall.

Akiba Smith Harris        Annette Harris, Catherine Ennix    Vanessa Carlton, Stephan Jenkins

Fashion Icon Vivienne Westwood

Last weekend, the de Young Museum opened a three-month long exhibition organized by London's Victoria and Albert Museum, "Vivienne Westwood: 36 Years in Fashion."

According to the de Young, "Known best for her fearless nonconformity, [Vivienne Westwood] ... has a profound respect for the past and looks to it for inspiration. With tradition as her springboard, she takes historic garments such as corsets and crinolines and reinvents them in new ways or uses thoroughly British fabrics like tartans and tweeds to create fashion that gently parodies Establishment styles."

55th Annual Mardi Gras Ball

Last Friday, The Little Jim Club of California Pacific Medical Center (SF's oldest fundraising organization for pediatrics) held its Mardi Gras Ball at the St. Regis Hotel. The single-largest fundraiser, Barry Barsamian, was crowned king of the ball.

In the Bag: 49 SQ.MI.

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

Forty-Nine Square Miles held an event last week showcasing its colorful, hand-crafted handbags and belts.

Alison Bethurem, Angela Swinderman

Decorator Showcase

Dodie Rosekrans hosted the kick-off of the decorator showcase.

Katy Glass, Janet Hunter

Picasso and American Art

SFMOMA launched two exhibits last Friday:

"Brice Marden: A retrospective of paintings and drawings," featuring works from all phases of the artist's career to May 13 and "Picasso and American Art," which showcases Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Jackson Pollock and others to May 28.

The Truth Is Out There

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

INFORUM, which held an event last week, is a division of The Commonwealth Club (whose motto is "find truth and turn it loose") by and for people in their 20s and 30s, with a mission to inspire debate around civic issues. INFORUM has 2,500 members; its events are open to all.

Vessel's Grand Opening

photography by Heather Wiley and Drew Altizer

Owner Philippe Rieser, Willie Brown, Owner Sunwoo Hwang         Sarah Berger, Melissa Brown
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