You've heard me mention Joy Bianchi (left) a couple times now. She's the ultimate San Francisco socialite, and someone I hope to be half as fabulous as when I'm her age. She's invited to every glamorous event and dressed to the nines in unique frocks — her designer of choice is Ralph Rucci — but Joy has a generous philanthropic side as well. She runs Helpers of the Mentally Retarded and owns a boutique whose proceeds benefit the organization.
Imagine my joy (pun!) when I was invited to the opening of Helpers House of Couture, an invite-only event that sold couture dresses, designer shoes, hats, and jewels galore — some Joy's, and most donated by upper-crust ladies. I felt like a kid let loose in a candy store, only this candy store had two floors and six rooms stuffed with fashion fabulousness. If money wasn't an object, I would have bought the house and everything under its roof. I did end up scoring two amazing necklaces that I think Kate Moss would be envious of.
To go behind the seams and to see what I scored, read more.
- The House of Couture.
- A dress fit for Carrie Bradshaw.
- Diane, one of the many stylish volunteers.
- Couture dress and footwear room.
- What a sophisticated mannequin.
- Hats, hats, and more hats.
- The drawer of jewels where I found my treasures.
- Two fashionable volunteers in the '20s room.
- I'll take them all!
- A divine sequin skirt.
- The tiniest volunteer.
- The shoe table.
- Joy trying on futuristic sunglasses she said everyone in Paris is wearing!
- The fierce earrings my friend purchased.
- My tassel necklace.
- My coin beauty.