THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW is the oldest continuously operating international antiques show on the West Coast. The Show features over sixty dealers from across the United States and Europe, offering for sale an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts representing all styles and periods including American, English, Continental, and Asian furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, jewelry, rugs, textiles, paintings, prints, and photographs.
THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW is vetted in cooperation with the Antiques Dealers Association of California to ensure the highest quality merchandise.
Benefiting Enterprise for High School Students The mission of Enterprise is to engage and empower San Francisco Bay Area youth to discover career opportunities and cultivate their individual interest through training, guidance and employment experiences in a diverse and supportive learning environment.
Scott Schuman has initiated an interesting conversation about having a point of view and curating a community that revolves around the question;
What is street fashion relative to what designers are presenting on the runways?
As the founder of the The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman’s community has a shared interest in what people are wearing on the streets in real life. How we dress plays a big part of who we are. What do we need to consider when we travel in regards to the accepted norms of our destination? To be more specific, if we are American, we tend toward very casual dressing. Will this hinder our ability to do business in Milan, Italy where the style of dress is more formal. How do we know what to wear that doesn’t compromise our sense of personal style, identity and at the same time our ability to do business effectively where ever we are? What is the difference between fashionable and stylish and can we balance both? How can we learn to target a specific niche and pair it with our passion and unique point of view? Scott Schuman eloquently answers many of these questions and more. Joseph Osborne
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.”
Attending a funeral allowed me to realize the content in St. Matthew 6:19 as it relates to designer clothing and moths. Not having worn suites for some time, I was shocked when I discovered my suit jackets were all OK, however all the matching pants were full of moth holes. It seem that moths have great taste as they ate the largest holes in the most expensive pants. I immediately thought of St. Matthew and the quote that relates to storing up treasure on earth.
As a child I remember not wanting to wear certain clothing and being told by my grandmother that, “Cloth don’t make the man.” As I listen to Mr. Tom Ford speak in the proceeding interview, I am reminded of how we can all misplace our values. We can often think we are what we are wearing. Growing up in the age of the “Designer”, it was all about what labels you’re wearing and how much did you spend.
Where did we go wrong? Did we all forget the lessons we learned from our parents, grandparents or anyone of substance. When our cashmere garments are moth eaten do we think of that as a metaphor of holes that have been eaten in our soul? What will people say about us when we are no longer here? Will they only say we were well dressed yet had little substance? Will they say we were kind, loving, inspiring with a legacy of grace. When will we discover our real treasure is the gift of contribution to others? Joseph Osborne
Wu launched his ready-to-wear line of clothes with earnings from his years of doll designs. His first full collection debuted in 2006 and won the Fashion Group International’s Rising Star award in 2008. Jason Wu’s dresses were photographed underwater by Howard Schatz for Delta Faucet Company‘s Brizo branded faucet campaign in 2006. In 2008 he was nominated for the Vogue Fashion Fund award. Bruce Weber shot the designer for W magazine’s “Summer Camp” portfolio last July.
Wu collaborated with CND (Creative Nail Design) for his Spring 2011 collection to create a set of four nail polish colours set to hit stores in May 2011.
Michelle Obama was introduced to Wu by André Leon Talley, Vogue Magazine‘s editor-at-large, who had been advising the future First Family on their appearance. She bought four dresses from Wu early in the year, wearing one of them for a segment on Barbara Walters Special shortly before the November 2008 election, prompting many in the media to consider her his “career-launcher”. She wore another, a custom-designed one-shoulder, floor-length white chiffon gown, at the inaugural balls on the night of PresidentBarack Obama‘s inauguration. Appearing on the cover of Vogue, Obama once again wore a Wu design, a magenta silk dress. Upon her arrival in London during the First Lady and President Barack Obama‘s first official European trip, Obama wore a chartreuse silk sheath dress designed by Wu; the next day she wore a Wu coat during her visit with the Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. On April 2, Obama paired a “traditional looking” teal Wu dress with a blue-patterned cardigan designed by Junya Watanabe on her visit to the Royal Opera House.
“The difference between style and fashion is quality.”
In a world with so many choices where do we start? Well for anyone confused, lets start with style. Fashion can be very expensive and confusing. Who likes the idea of getting rid of last years out of fashion. With the world a bit concerned about the economy and the direction of things, certainly Giorgio Armani, a style icon, can be seen as the best value. We who know and understand Armani realize that adding Giorgio Armani to our wardrobe collection at any time, is worth the investment. There is no such thing as old Giorgio Armani, which is the magic of this designer. Armani is always new. Who could afford old fashion? Just the idea of keeping up is taxing. Lets vote for keeping it simple, as most of us have other things to focus on. Can we count on style as our friend? At corePLATINUM, we say yes! Style never seems to let us down when we need it the most. Who could use a little confidence? Who likes the concept of being enhanced by wearing dynamic Giorgio Armani? From home to the office, then out to dinner and to the Opera. It all works very well into our busy lifestyle inspiration. With Giorgio Armani, men can take their mind off of what they are wearing and focus on what is really important in their daily lives. In a world of often uncertainty, we love the certainty of Giorgio Armani.
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
This video gives us a look at the mind of Mr. Jobs, the brilliant and protean creator whose inventions utterly transformed the allure of technology. Did it all begin with early lessons learned in childhood? Steve Jobs often mentioned his father, Paul Jobs, “Paul loved doing things right.” He turned childhood lessons and inspiration into an all-purpose theory of intelligent design.
Mr. Jobs grew up in Mountain View, California. He anointed Walter Isaacson as his authorized biographer in 2009. The journey began with Mr. Jobs taking Mr. Isaacson to see the Mountain View, California house in which he had lived as a boy. Mr. Jobs pointed out its “clean design” and “awesome little features.” Mr. Jobs was enamored with the concept of the developer, Joseph Eichler, who built more than 11,000 homes in California subdivisions, for making an affordable product on a mass-market scale. Mr. Jobs also showed Mr. Isaacson the stockade fence built years earlier by his father, Paul Jobs.
Natalia Vodianova is a founder and the president of the Naked Heart Foundation, a philanthropic organization that strives to provide a safe and inspiring environment in which to play for every child living in urban Russia
Vodianova is part of Vogue‘s history, in what marks the magazine’s first multi-cover in the publication’s 95-years, landing one of the three May Vogue UK covers in celebration of the most anticipated wedding of the year – the Royal wedding.
Born in Gorky, USSR (now Nizhny Novgorod, Russia), Natalia Vodianova grew up in a poor district of the city with her mother and two half sisters, one of whom has cerebral palsy. As a teenager, Vodianova helped her mother sell fruit on the street and later set up her own fruit stand with a friend to help her family out of poverty.
At age 15, Natalia enrolled in a modeling academy and was told she would have to learn English to further her career. She mastered the English language in only 3 months. At the age 17 Natalia moved to Paris, and signed with Viva Models.
Don Lemon on the Gayle King Show Discussing the difference between privacy and secrets
Privacy and Secrets:
As a public figure, one who is in the media, should there be any privacy? What is the difference between privacy and secrets?
In America, the land of the free, everyone has the right to privacy. The problem comes if you are hiding something (a secret) and that gives others a power over you that influences your decision-making you don‘t have your freedom. Don Lemons distinction that secrets are something that can be held against you is important to understand. A loss of a persons free choice as a result of a desire to keep a secret can have far-ranging consequences. This is especially significant when the person is in a position of influence. Historically Gays were considered a security risk because it was thought that they could be back mailed with the disclosure of their sexuality. As sexual orientation has become less and less of an issue for most of us the need for privacy about it has diminished.
Rumors have circulated for sometime in regards to the sexuality of various celebrities. Each has had to deal with it in their own way. Cultural differences in regards to acceptance of sexuality have played roles. As a Latino/pop idol, Ricky Martin tried to deny his sexuality in order to protect his career. His denial caused him to give up a degree of his freedom and opportunities for happiness. He has more recently reclaimed his freedom by his public acknowledgement of his sexuality. It doesn’t mean that he is free of discrimination, as can be seen in a recent attempt to keep him from performing in Honduras.
Another highly visible person, in a position of influence, about which rumors have circulated is Anderson Cooper. His stance is different in that he has not denied anything but rather gone towards the perspective of privacy. As a journalist he says that he is trying to maintain his impersonality in the stories that he covers. He also has a history of growing up in an environment that was very public creating a desire to have a private aspect to his personal life. While he may or may not be gay only he can know what the choice to maintain his privacy is costing him.
We have choices in regards to what to keep private and what we want others to know about us. The balance is in what freedom we may have to give up as a result.
Art And Critical Thinking Approachability Of Ideas
Creative Problem Solving Stimulate Dialogue Increase Understanding
What has art done for you? I honestly can’t imagine how my life might be if not for the influence that exposure to art has brought. I’ve learned about relationships, history, prejudice, compassion and been challenged to grow in so many ways. How many times have I left a theater with my mind going at warp speed to process what I just experienced. We as a species have excelled at learning as a result of our observations. How vital is it to our continued growth to promote art as a reflection of who we are and a vehicle that liberates us from the limitations of our personal experiences? Experiencing art is more than an opportunity to escape from the reality of our lives, it is a window into someone else’s experience that can confront us with ourselves, which if we choose can then lead us to greater understanding and compassion for each other’s experience. Creating art is a chance to contribute our voice to an ongoing dialogue of aspiration and growth.
Art gives us an avenue of access to ideas that we may be uncomfortable with or are outside of our circle of experience. Through her choice of silhouette as a medium of communication Kara Walker has allowed us to look at ideas, and experiences with a sense of distance that gives us permission to approach difficult and troubling subjects. When first seeing them I saw black and white cut out figures with historical references but as I looked I was confronted with the anger, pain and injustice of our past. William Shakespeare was a master a enticing us with something entertaining to watch and at the same time encouraging us with ideas that challenged us to see ourselves and the incongruity between our self perception and what our actions really say about us. Art as something that is once removed from our lives also has the ability let us reflect on who we are and how we think.
I never cease to be amazed at the endless variety of ways that we can communicate. Whether we intend to or not we demand that art challenges us. How many times are we going to see the same movie before if gets stale and uninteresting? In order to keep it fresh and intriguing the artist is always seeking to find new and different ways to communicate. Creative problem solving is something that mankind has historically held up as what has separated us from other animals. It is also an area that recent test result have indicated is getting lost in the shuffle. As the pace of life and the changes all around us come at a faster and faster pace, how important will it be for us to emulate the artist and come up with new ways of meeting the reality of modern life? Art exposure and education is a vital aid in giving us a leg up on the creative thinking that is becoming ever more crucial to our future.
Billy Joel In his “River Of Dreams” album had a great song “Shade of Grey. ” The gist of the song is that as he has grown throughout his life he has come to the realization that the certainty of black and white is an illusion. “Now with the wisdom of years I try to reason things out
and the only people I fear are those who never have doubt.”
As we watch the paralysis that has engulfed our politics as a result of entrenched ideologies I can’t help but think we have a desperate need for an artistic person in Washington. An artist is a master at stimulating dialogue increasing understanding by getting us to think beyond our own limitations. When we go beyond ourselves we have the opportunity to develop compassion and communication. When I think about how limitless the room at the table is in regards to art it becomes apparent that we need a broader dialogue guiding us than that of conservative vs. liberal.
What has art done for me? It has freed me. Through exposure to different experiences than my own, some of which have been troubling, I have been stimulated to think in ways that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. Life will always demand that we find a way ahead. Art with it’s inherent creativity is a vital component to our growth. It’s not just something pretty to look at , watch or listen to. It is an essential part of who we are. It has been here with us, as a species, from the earliest times. We have learned a lot about our history as a result of the art that was left behind. Art can also be a guiding force in our growth and continues success. I can’t imagine where any of us would be without it. We need to challenge the way we look at the world. We need to find creative solutions. We need to have compassion, understanding and communication. Art is not just entertainment it has been and needs to continue to be revered as essential to us as humans. Bill Schoenleber
Josephine Baker born June 3, 1906 and died April 12, 1975, was an American dancer, singer, and actress who found fame in her adopted homeland of France. She was given such nicknames as the “Bronze Venus”, the “Black Pearl”, and the “Créole Goddess”. Even though she was born into poverty in her modest beginnings in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., she did not let where she came from define where she was going in life. Croix de guerre: Awarded for individuals who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism involving combat with enemy forces.
Josephine Baker was “the first African American” female to star in a major motion picture, to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. What an awful burden the label, “The First…”, for someone who just wanted to entertain and do what seemed a natural calling. Why in 2011 do still say, “The First …?” Does “the first …” imply meeting up to a “White Standard”. In a recent interview Morgan Freeman said he didn’t want to be though of as a good black actor because the black label implied a different standard. When will a person of color just be able to be great at something and not have skin color define their standard?
Josephine Baker gained international prominence as a political revolutionary for assisting the French Resistance during World War II, which resulted in being the first American-born woman to receive the French military honor, the Croix de guerre. Josephine Baker is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. She was offered the unofficial leadership of the movement by Coretta Scott King in 1968 following Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s assassination, but turned it down.
Yes she was African American and she was “the first…” many times but like most others who were “the first…” that was not her goal. She was simply following her natural path and trying to do what she felt was right. It’s time to shift our focus from differentiation of standard and accomplishment based on the personal aspects of race, sex, religion or sexual orientation to each of us striving for the highest standard of what we can contribute. As a person of action and conviction Josephine Baker sets an example that we all should seek to emulate. What are our gifts and how can we make a difference?