The St. Regis San Francisco Polo Cup Preview
By Caity Shreve of Moi Contre La Vie
Images by Drew Altizer Photography | SF Wire
Walking into the St. Regis Polo Cup Preview you immediately get transported to a tent on the sidelines of a Polo tournament in the country. The Yerba Buena Terrance of SOMA’s St. Regis Hotel was a warm, fragrant oasis as guests rang in the start of the 2014 Polo season in an oversized white tent with views of the city and a grass floor. Rustic wooden tables overflowed with brightly colored local produce and freshly baked bread, and giant banners displayed black & white images of world famous Polo players and shots from last season’s Sonoma Polo Cup.
Auctioned items and proceeds from the evening’s festivities went to support local Bay Area charity Giant Steps Therapeutic Riding Center – An amazing year-round facility that offers equine therapy for children and unique, enriching programs for disables youths & adults.
The guest list featured an interesting Bay Area cross section, including San Francisco society ladies, Polo enthusiasts & supporters, non-profit and charity organizers, fashion industry insiders, and Polo players embarking on their 2014 season.
The ever-stylish fashion blogging duo Britt & Whit were in attendance, as were the founder & fashion director of local street style blog The Avant-Gardist. San Francisco designer Olya Dzilikhova of Mina & Olya brought some edge to the event in an eye-catching sleeveless olive trench and studded ankle boots. And Mill Valley based designer Elizabeth of Stick & Ball wore a beautiful gold necklace that bellied the wearability of her equestrian inspired, Argentine influenced collection. The 2013 and 2014 Junior League of San Francisco chairs were also on hand to support this wonderful cause, looking the part in colorful dresses, bold prints, and fun, flattering separates, while chatting with fashion lawyer Gregory Lemmons of Lord Bertram.
Not to be outdone by the ladies, the gentlemen made a sartorial splash in brightly colored Polo shirts, perfectly tailored suits, pressed jeans, and plaid, paisley, and striped accessories that pulled their looks together perfectly.
Guests sipped delicious vintages from Hamel Family Wines, a local family-owned winery based in Sonoma, which joined Saks Fifth Avenue, St. Regis Hotel, and Giant Steps Therapeutic Riding Center as sponsors for this unique and exciting event.