In the searing heat of late Los Angeles summer (the day topped off at 100 + degrees!), guests of the LA Opera 12/13 Season Opening Night Gala handled the weather with style.
Designer Sue Wong arrived in a dazzling form fitting gown draped with long silky feathers. She is seen here with models wearing elegant, weather-appropriate gowns from her new collection. The stunning, show-stopping jewelry on all the ladies comes from Joe Vilaiwan, Ms. Wong's jewelry designer.
Thanks to support from Bloomingdale's who features the Sue Wong dress collection, a display of her new creations greeted guests as they entered the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
These three gowns were particular standouts for the LA Opera staff who noted the expression of glamour and opulence often seen on the opera stage.
Mattie Ullrich (r), costume designer for The Two Foscari , went for a 70's Halston look in this one shoulder column gown and romantic, side-swept updo.
Accessories are often an important part of a performer's costume so we took a closer look at the variety on display at the Gala.
ARIA Chair Stana Katic (l), Christoph Waltz (c) and Anna Gunn (r). Although all three have illustrious careers on the big and small screens, they also have past relationships with the theatre stage. We found them backstage looking so good together, one might think they coordinated wardrobe for the evening.