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Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco Hosts Mid-Winter Gala

A flood of West Coast socials turned out for the museum's eighth annual gala on Saturday.

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A sudden downpour notwithstanding, Vanessa Getty and Alexis Traina, both in long black lace Chanel gowns, swept into San Francisco’s Legion of Honor museum Saturday night for the eighth annual Mid-Winter Gala, which was sponsored by Chanel and which drew 400 of the city’s couples from the worlds of tech, arts, finance, fashion, design and philanthropy. A few new bright brains from Silicon Valley and San Francisco tech companies were present, including Google’s Marissa Mayer; Jeremy Stoppelman, co-founder of Yelp; Matt Cohler of Benchmark Capital, and Dick Costolo, chief executive officer of Twitter.

“Billy [her husband] and I spent the whole day ferrying our two sons to Little League games and basketball,” said Getty, who seemed somewhat surprised to find herself in a gown and jewels. She quickly glanced down to check her nails. They were perfect.

‘I would say black is back,” said Trevor Traina, as Angelique Griepp swept in wearing a dramatic black Chanel column gown. Guests warmed up in the dinner-and-dancing tent, which was lined in gold-edged black fabric with overscale chandeliers encircled in black mesh. The decor included purple cattleya orchids and peonies in white vases while the menu was classic French — tomato soup en croute with salade verte, steak frites with béarnaise sauce and tarte tatin.

Dancing continued late into the night — until guests realized that at midnight the clock clicked forward into daylight saving time.

Those still around at that hour were Todd and Katie Traina, Mayer and Zack Bogue, Alex Chases, Sloan and Roger Barnett, Carol and Shelby Bonnie, Gina and Stuart Peterson, Alec and Serena Perkins, Leslie Thieriot, Victoire and Owsley Brown, Maria Kochetkova, and Olga Dzilikhova.

The event saluted the museum’s new exhibit “The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860-1900.” The gala was expected to raise more than $400,000, which will benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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