Tory Brunch – Food and Fashion at the Four Seasons

By Roderick Macabenta

It’s Valentine’s week and love is in the air. Love for fashion, of course. Sunday afternoon brought a sneak preview of Tory Burch’s Deauville inspired Spring 2012 collection against the luxurious backdrop of Seasons Restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. Starting out the week with a feast of fashion and brunch food (not to mention bottomless mimosas!) is definitely the way to live for those with a taste for style.

Walking into the venue, I already notice the crowd is impeccably dressed while sipping their morning cocktails and watching models parade around in between courses. Once I was seated at my table, the first thing that captures my breath is the gorgeous view of Downtown San Francisco from Seasons’ fifth floor dining room. Not too long after my mimosa arrives, the server presents us with gift bags from Tory Burch and the Four Seasons containing a votive candle set, a $25 promotional card to one of the Tory Burch boutiques, and a dessert teaser from the hotel’s Violet Hour.

Most of the looks that came by our table were obviously giving a nod to the 1960s and 70s with high waists and bold prints to spare. Perhaps even bolder than the prints themselves were the ways in which the colours seemed to dance around each other. While I’m not one to typically give a giant “hurrah” to minimalist or monochromatic looks – it goes to say that very subtle pops of complimentary hues in the prints as well as mixing different prints together added just the right amount of depth and character to keep you wanting more.

By the time I was done with my fruit plate and anxiously awaiting the Dungeness crab sandwich that came so highly recommended from several frequent patrons of Seasons Restaurant, I noticed another key piece in Tory Burch’s Spring line – the fringed loafer. Admittedly, I feel that flats are the arch nemesis of ladylike fashion; but these shoes were something to really consider for the fashionista who doesn’t want to sacrifice comfort for style. The perforated TB monogram across the top of the foot was a quiet way of labeling the shoe without smacking you in the face with logos. Finishing the look of these shoes off with a printed toe box added just the right amount of bohemian flare to give them a point of view and graphic interest.

Key Lime tart with raspberry and the Dungeness Crab Sandwich with avocado, tomato, cilantro & lime aioli served with house made potato chips.

Three mimosas later and halfway through my key lime tart, the show was over and the last few of the Tory Burch patrons were leaving the Hotel to go about the rest of their Sunday afternoon in the mood for shopping. I have to give it to the organizers of this sold out event; it was a total success. Leaving the restaurant with a smile on my face, a full stomach, and a ton of fashion inspiration, I went about the rest of my day already itching for the next installment of informal fashion brunch showings.

Roderick Macabenta (A.K.A. Sardonic Style) is a San Francisco based wardrobe stylist and fashion show producer. His passion is truly for creating breathtaking and innovative imagery by marrying the things that inspire him creatively: music, art, theatre, dance, and (of course) fashion. He studied fashion merchandising and fashion styling at City College of San Francisco after taking a year of photography and colour theory classes at Academy of Art University. In his free time he enjoys being part of a hip hop and jazz dance company collaborating with local artists on promoting art and creativity in the Bay Area, and updating his personal blog and portfolio site (