All Images by Drew Altizer Photography
Nothing like a night of cocktails, burlesque and a giant birdcage to round out a Thursday night. Naturally, we expected nothing less when Dita Von Teese landed in San Francisco for W Hotel’s global Rock the Empire tour, which celebrated the launch of W Beijing Chang’an. For the evening-long March 19 celebration, a group of fabulous party-goers gathered at the W San Francisco for a night of proper, “lady-like” debauchery.
Guests arrived to a supercharged room packed with onlookers who couldn’t wait for Dita to fill the oversized birdcage, which was put in place to celebrate China’s love affair with bird keeping. Beijing-inspired cocktails and cuisine were introduced throughout the evening.
Finally, the international queen of burlesque arrived in unforgettable fashion, draped in white feathers, poised to pack on the charm. Von Teese beguiled the crowd in signature style, waving her feathers, batting her lashes, and putting on the moves that only she can do. After a couple of awe-inspiring numbers, Ms. Von Teese disappeared into the night, but the party didn’t stop there. Guests stayed on-board for cocktails, mixing and mingling to cap off a fabulous evening.