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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.

















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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