Photo Credit: Moanalani Jeffrey Photography
Each year, San Francisco Symphony’s Opening Night festivities set the stage for a glamorous social season. This year was no different; we saw an intriguing array of beauty looks that ranged from the demure to edgy. No style-stone was left unturned. Symphony-goers brought an an eclectic array of beauty looks – both classic and modern – to center stage of the swanky fête. Before we dive into our top picks, let’s have a look at what the black-tie affair had in store…
The Bay Area’s “it” crowd descended upon City Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, and Grove Street for a trio of events on September 7th. The evening began with four separate formal dinners hosted by the San Francisco Symphony. The Patrons’ Dinner is the largest and took place in the Tented Pavilion next to Davies Symphony Hall. The Symphony Supper and Symphonix Dinner Party took place at City Hall’s Grand Rotunda and North Light Court, respectively.
Michael Tilson Thomas began his 22nd season at the helm of the San Francisco Symphony at the Opening Night Gala, chaired by Priscilla Geeslin, with two acclaimed superstars of the opera world, Renée Fleming and Susan Graham. The duo performed vocal works by Mozart, Puccini, Cilea, Gershwin, and Berlin. The Orchestra’s 105th opening also payed special tribute to Steve Reich’s 80th birthday with a performance of the composer’s Three Movements. Following the Gala concert, all guests enjoyed a high-energy indoor-outdoor After-Party in the Tented Pavilion and on Grove Street. Proceeds from the Symphony …go towards.
And with that, here are our top beauty looks from the San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala:
Never mind trends; classic beauty never goes out of style. Voluminous, romantic gowns should always be complimented with soft curls and soft makeup. When donning an ensemble that virtually floats through the evening, side-swept or up-swept hair and soft makeup are the ideal way to top off this look. Keep in mind that soft pinks and reds are front and center in the makeup color pallet. Here are our top picks that perfected this look.
The edgy look is all about creating structure. Hard lines, bold textures, and an unexpected pop are marks of this look. With an outfit that screams avant-garde, the best way to compliment this type of look is by keeping hair simple, but structured. Usually, straight, structured hair is a “must” to maintain those sharp edges the entire way through. With makeup, an edgy look can only be complimented with a pop that brings out the ensemble. As seen below, Deepa Pakianathan gave us a pop of burgundy red that complimented her clutch, while Sonya Molodetskaya complimented her pink, velvet ensemble with pink lips. On-trend is the best way to describe these ladies.
One fabulous ongoing fashion trend of the past seasons is the cutout. Strategically placed cutouts are all the rage, and can be worn a number of ways. Most importantly, the cutout can be easiest to compliment with hair and makeup. There is no hard-fast rule to styling the cutout; the cutout gown is the star of the show, so hair is best kept simple. Unlike the classic or the edgy look, hair can be worn either flowy or structured. With makeup – again, there are no rules. One can choose to keep makeup simple, or doll it up “Hollywood glam” – style. With this look, the possibilities are endless…