When Sacramento Fashion Week first got the official invite to “The Art of Fashion: Jason Wu”, we were more than thrilled. His most recent accomplishments include dressing first lady Michelle Obama for the second time at this year’s inaugural ball. This accomplishment was significant for his career seeing as Michelle Obama is currently one of the biggest style icons and it therefore shows that his clothes not only work well in the social sphere but also in the political sphere. Seeing as Sacramento is a politically driven city, we felt like this event couldn’t be more relevant to our interests.
The extravagant event put on by Neiman Marcus and The San Francisco Opera took place at San Francisco City Hall. “This San Francisco history-making event will be talked about for years—already the buzz is incredible!” said San Francisco Opera Guild President Karen Kubin. 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.”
This charitable event will have a positive impact on the lives of many children, helping the entire community by working to build a better future. This set the tone for the event. Everyone was giving, it felt like everyone was generous, most of all Jason Wu for volunteering time from his busy schedule to appear at this event. San Francisco Opera Guild President Karen Kubin confirmed this assessment, noting that he had a positive demeanor and was a great person to work with.
When guests made their way up the grandiose staircase to the Rotunda, they were treated to delectable h’orderves served by crisply dressed waiters. The guests wore an amazing selection of clothing, with choices ranging from elegant dresses by seasoned designers to sleek looks from recent collections. When it came close to 7pm, ushers directed the guests to the right room called the North Light Court where the fashion show would commence. Guests quickly found their seat, and San Francisco Opera Guild President Karen Kubin expressed her gratitude on behalf of the opera and event sponsors. After this, the show immediately began, featuring a series of designs characterized by such themes as polka-dots, sheer fabrics, and solid colors.
While the audience certainly enjoyed everything Jason Wu had to offer, it was the elegant, flowing dresses that drew the loudest applause in the room. Nonetheless, it was still impressive that his eye for fashion extended to outfits suitable for any occasion at any time of the day. When the show came to a close, Jason Wu stepped forward to acknowledge the audience with a wave and a bow before quickly stepping backstage again. Before the guests made their way back to the Rotunda for a night of dancing and fine food, a charity auction was held to raise even more money for local music programs.
Being at such a high-end event held in San Francisco was an encouraging sign that Northern California has finally started receiving the attention it deserves from the fashion industry. All of the guests had fun, many children will benefit from the funds raised in support of local music programs. This event will certainly have many positive implications in both the local community of San Francisco and fashion communities across the area, including the ever-growing Sacramento fashion scene.
Photography by Drew Altizer