Red Carpet for Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Cartier party glitters

Holiday celebration: Director Keith Scott welcomed guests at luxury jeweler Cartier’s seasonal gathering last week at its Post Street store. Among the stars of the show were a $2.5 million, 71.13-carat diamond necklace and Santa.

 

Opera patrons sing in the season

’Tis the season: Members of the San Francisco Opera Guild gathered Thursday at their annual holiday party at the Westin St. Francis Union Square. The elegant event included gourmet refreshments, entertainment, and a silent and live auction offering unique gift ideas.

Vintage fashion meets vintage autos

VIP Opening Party: The 52nd S.F. International Auto Show combined forces with the Academy of Art University on Dec. 1 at the Moscone Convention Center. Some 300 guests donned vintage best for the 1930s-themed party, which also featured gowns designed by students from the School of Fashion and sketches by students from the School of Industrial Design.

After mob thefts, Black Friday offers glimmers of hope for retailers

Shoppers hunted for deals amidst heightened security

By Sydney Johnson
SF unveils plan to encourage holiday shopping at small businesses

Effort includes trolley to take shoppers into neighborhoods

By Bay City News
California leaders must crack down on brazen ‘flash mob’ retail looting and robbery

Group robbery in Union Square and in other cities requires strategic response

By The Examiner Editorial Board