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Making an Entrance

As the Lesher Center prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary, get ready for the arts season with this fashion play, in seven scenes.


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Yigal Azrouël green jersey gown, $1,525, at McMullen, Oakland. Jezebel gold sparkle hoops, $22, at Elisa Wen, 730 Camino Ramon, Ste. 170, Danville, (925) 831-9600, elisawen.com.


 


Behind the Curtain / The understudy watches the star.
Understudy / When her curtain falls, I’ll steal the spotlight in this beaded dress that plays with a light touch—feathers to help me fly as high as the stars.
 

Marchesa feather silk cocktail dress, $450, available for rent at Dress: Luxury Attire on Loan. Alexis Bittar mulberry teardrop pendant, $155, at McMullen, Oakland.


 

Backstage / The understudy surveys the
set pieces she hopes will one day serve as backdrop for her alone.
Understudy / With a classic little dress that’s not so black, I’ll win rave reviews. But I don’t want to overplay my hand—keep it subtle for the sake of elegance.
 

Fumblin’ Foe mauve ostrich feather dress, $210, Camela Rose gold cuff, $60, and Jezebel gold earrings with turquoise stones, $78, at Elisa Wen. Etten Eller necklace “01.24.1935,” $298, at McMullen, 1235 Grand Avenue, Piedmont, (510) 658-6906, shopmcmullen.com. Tiffany Holly clutch, $595, at Tiffany & Co., 1119 South Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 939-6300, tiffany.com. H&M taupe ruffled heels, $35, at H&M, 5630 Bay St., Emeryville, (510) 547-2274, hm.com.


 

 

Center Stage / The star soaks up the spotlight.
Star / She might think she can play the part, but is she ready to turn heads? It takes a true star to pull off a sheath with architecture like this.
 

 Black evening gown by Marchesa, price upon request, at Neiman Marcus. Freshwater pearl and sterling silver earrings by Flint, $159, at Alina B., 1378 North Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 952-9037, alinab.com.


 

 

Orchestra Pit / The star sits among the drums and remembers what drew her to the stage: music.
Star / A real leading lady can look glamorous, like a rock star, in trousers. Go for classic fabric contrasted by a feminine top that has shape and texture.
 

Nellie Partow silk Ava top, $438, at McMullen, Oakland. Armani Collezioni dotted tweed pant in gray multi, $675, at Nordstrom, 1200 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 930-7959, nordstrom.com. Alkemie butterfly, bee, and ladybug necklace, $215, at Deliciouz, 1354 North Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 933-7489, deliciouz.com. Alexis Bittar small Klimt hoop earrings, $132, at Iniam. Fallon brass cluster bracelet, $175, at McMullen, Oakland. Tiffany Harlow clutch (natural snakeskin), $1,495, at Tiffany.


 

Star’s Dressing room / The understudy imagines herself as the star, when this room will belong to her.
Understudy / I need to find my own look if I’m to be the star. I’ll make my mark with a unique nonfloral print and eye-catching accents like this statement necklace.
 

 Lida Baday reptile print chiffon dress in gray, $1,295, at Nordstrom. Flint smokey Czech crystal and chalcedony necklace, $375, at Alina B. Eugenia Kim black cap, $395, at Barneys New York. Perry woven large tote in cognac by Linea Pelle, $575, at Deliciouz.


 

 Backstage / The star retraces her understudy’s steps; she knows she’s being watched.
Star / Anyone can show some skin—she thinks she can slip into mine—but this sexy halter is more elegant, and practical, than any strapless.
 

Carmen Marc Valvo Collection halter evening gown, $185, available for rent at Dress: Luxury Attire on Loan. Lulu Frost mesh day earrings, $120, at Iniam. Iosselliani multistrand bracelet, $455, at Barneys New York. Judith Leiber crystal “minaudiere” purse, $1,595, at Neiman Marcus.


 

 

On Stage / Before rehearsal, the understudy looks over her lines.

Understudy / I can look chic in leather, as long as the jacket’s shrunken and the boots are tall. Add a soft blouse, and I’m sure to catch the director’s eye …
 

Atos Lombardini feathered halter top, $398, and Pierantonio Gaspari faux leather pants, $399, from Alina B. Sean Hill teardrop gold-lined earrings, $165, at Elisa Wen. Nanette Lepore Hush Hush leather jacket, $848, at Nordstrom. Knee-high Napa leather boots by Valentino, $1,595, at Footcandy, 1365 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 937-3668, footcandyshoes.com. Alexis Bittar small gold Montauk hinge bracelet, $313, at Iniam. Jade cocktail ring, $690, at Alina B.


 

Credits: Hair & makeup: Brynn Doering/artmix; Stylist assistant: Jenn Kaufmann; Editorial Assistant: Andrea Vasquez; Model: Nika/vision

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