Cocktails and Clothes ~ 2 past articles for EatDrinkFilms, photographer Kelly Puleio and Project Runway’s Jake Wall….

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” 
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Here are two articles ~ the first on cocktails, the second on clothes ~ that I wrote earlier this year for EatDrinkFilms. Looking back now, everything holds true ~ my love for cocktails and clothes, and the importance of collaboration. What’s changed is I gave up my studio where I spent 7 years making the gorgeous garments that Kelly Puleio photographed (below), and where I invited mixologists to conjure their magic, and guests to drink their concoctions. And we all have moved onward to do a bunch of wonderful things. What’s exciting is to think when we’ll collaborate again…


Article #1 ~ Cocktails and Love 

(featuring some of my favorite bars and cocktails, a few bay area bartenders who have made signature drinks for my salon dinners, and my cocktail gown collaboration with photographer Kelly Puleio for Pur Spirits)


Above ~ Carter Beats the Devil, at Prizefighter in Emeryville.


Above ~ Greg Lindgren of RYE ON THE ROAD, with his “punch” that was featured in the
San Francisco Chronicle article on my salon dinners… 


Above ~ photographer Kelly Puleio and designer Jake Wall, at Salon Dinner #26 with their barrel-aged Negroni.

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Above ~ PUR SPIRITS book; a cocktail inspired by Jamaica and my daughter Royal. On right ~ 2 of my cocktail-inspired gowns.


Article #2 ~ On the Edge of Risk: The Take Away from DIOR AND I




Above ~ images of creative director Raf Simon’s first haute couture collection for Christian Dior.



Above ~ collaborators Jake Wall, Nathan Johnson and I discussing the details of our Suit Up runway show.
With choreographer Charleston Pierce directing our models in the McCroskey Mattress Factory space, SF.


Into the Future ~ My first “Moveable Feast” for Clorox’s, Kelly Puleio’s cocktail photography in Gary Regan’s NEGRONI book; and speaking of Negroni’s… my salon dinner on 4th street for Campari and Negroni Week, and finally Jake Wall’s first few pieces for this Season’s (#14) Project Runway, currently running on Lifetime…

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Above ~ Post-studio “Moveable Feast #1” at J. Rusten’s furniture studio in SF ~ a “food inspiration” dinner for Clorox.



Above, top ~ “the negroni,” photo by Kelly Puleio… for NEGRONI… and above, bottom,  Kelly (in my “wings of the dove” satin gown) and I at the Pur Spirit book launch.

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Above ~ Salon Dinner #73 with eve love, ryan robles, jon gasparini, olga semoukhina, victor reyes + katrina santa anna,
michele turnure-salleo, diane + scott tavenner, ali partovi + melissa baldauf, daniel patterson +alexandra foote, andrew jiminez,
kitty margolis + alfonso montuori, mark jensen, matt dick, mandy aftel + foster curry,
tiffany shlain, phil + jules tippett, william werner + sarah logan, marcia gagliardi.

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Above ~ my dear friend and collaborator Jake Wall on this Season’s Project Runway
Click HERE to buy his latest pieces, and HERE to read an interview I did with him in 2014.


“Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than to merely keep us warm.
They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us.”
~ Virginia Woolf, Orlando, 1928



“In the end all collaborations are a love story.” ~ Twyla Tharp, The Collaborative Habit, 2009

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