The Art of Jason Wu’s Fashion

Jason Wu

By Bridgett Rex
Photos courtesy of Drew Altizer

The Art of Fashion: Jason Wu event, sponsored by both Neiman Marcus and the San Francisco Opera on March 21st was held at San Francisco City Hall. People dressed to the nines not just because it was an extravagant event, but most importantly to celebrate fashion for a cause – the SF Opera Guild. The magnificent 1916 Beaux Arts City Hall, a national historic landmark, was the dramatic backdrop for a runway show highlighting Jason Wu’s Fall 2013 Collection—marking the first time the acclaimed designer has presented his collection in the Bay Area.  Co-chaired by Melissa Boxer Zill and Stephanie Tuttle and the first event under the leadership of new San Francisco Opera Guild President Karen Kubin, the evening benefits San Francisco Opera Guild’s innovative and impactful music education programs.  The Corporate Sponsor for the evening is BNY Mellon Wealth Management.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Neiman Marcus to present Jason Wu’s brilliant Fall 2013 collection on March 21 at City Hall,” said San Francisco Opera Guild President Karen Kubin.  “This San Francisco history-making event will be talked about for years—already the buzz is incredible!  The proceeds of this spectacular evening will directly benefit the 50,000 students that San Francisco Opera Guild reaches each year with our award-winning music education programs.  We are giving voice to potential, and we are so grateful for Neiman Marcus and Jason Wu’s support.”

Since debuting his first ready-to-wear collection in 2006, Jason Wu has emerged as one of the leading global talents in the fashion world.  The 30 year-old designer’s unique and distinctive esthetic blends American sportswear with old world sophistication and couture quality craftsmanship.  His exquisitely feminine and modern gowns and dresses have captured the enthusiastic support of some of the leading women in the nation.

While people are more likely to associate such event with glamorous dresses than with delectable bites; at this event fashion and food certainly worked in tandem, making it an evening to remember! The festivities began at 6pm in the Rotunda, where people donned everything from vintage Chanel pieces to the latest Diane Von Furstenberg collection.

For an hour, guests mingled and indulged in delectable appetizers such as shrimp hors d’oeuvres and miniature truffle-filled cones. We were impressed with the elegant champagne reception presented at the North Light Court. This was followed by cocktails and a festive buffet supper created by executive chef Lucas Schoemaker of McCalls Catering and Events in the Rotunda, and dancing in the South Light Court.

The fashion show was certainly a great success but the “real” party began right after for attendees who purchased a limited number of “Benefactor” tickets. They were able to mingle and celebrate with Jason Wu at a much more exclusive and intimate setting.

The rest of the party-goers though were certainly not left out as the Rotunda hosted a buffet of all different types of exquisite edibles which included “American classics” such as mashed potatoes and beef stew. These were served side by side with more exotic dishes such as shrimp rolls and different kinds of sushi.

Even the desserts and drinks reflected this fusion of fashion and food.  Chocolates were freshly rolled in a variety of coatings right in front of the visitors to try, creating a beautiful mixture of sweet desserts. Freshly whipped cream was available for the coffee-drinkers in the room, and a full service bar served both classics and adventurous drinks to those so inclined.

Overall, the event was supremely memorable, and people went home knowing they helped San Francisco Opera Guild’s award-winning music education programs, which have served children in Bay Area schools for 70 years.  Annually, more than 50,000 students in over 200 schools throughout Northern California receive the benefits of arts education as only opera can deliver them.

To learn more about San Francisco Opera Guild, visit sfoperaguild.com.

Check out his Fall 2013 Collection here