About Town: Christine Suppes
Christine Suppes, who launched the e-magazine Fashion Lines in 1997, was born in Los Angeles but raised in Hillsborough, an upbringing that gave her a bird’s eye view of Silicon Valley as it was becoming a hotbed of innovation. She’s collected couture for over 20 years, but she says that she’ll never forget the Dior fall 1999 couture show held at Versailles. “It was a tribute to The Matrix, and models walked down the longest runway I had ever seen on pillows filled with water,” she says. She’s also a longtime collector of Rodarte designs created by Pasadena-based Mulleavy sisters. “Kate and Laura know me so well that they are part of the decision-making process and I trust them implicitly,” Suppes says. “My favorite Rodarte piece is always my latest one.” She’s now editor-at-large for the blog Master the Art of Style, and this summer she attended the Chanel fall 2013 couture show held at the Grand Palais and the Schiaparelli presentation with looks designed by Christian Lacroix. When she’s not covering fashion oversees, Suppes splits her time between San Francisco and Palo Alto, and here she shares her favorite Silicon Valley haunts.
By Elizabeth Varnell
BING CONCERT HALL This beautiful new addition to the Stanford campus has an upcoming season filled with chamber and symphonic music, family-friendly programs, dance, jazz, and vocal music as well superstar solo performances by artists such as Joshua Bell.
CANTOR ARTS CENTER Formerly the Stanford Museum, the 1894 building and Rodin sculpture garden alone are worth the visit, but the Cantor is ramping up its reputation with a $30 million building project to house the art collection of Harry and Mary Margaret Anderson that includes works by Jackson Pollock, Ellsworth Kelly, and Richard Diebenkorn, due to open in 2014.
SENSE SPA AT ROSEWOOD SAND HILL Tranquility at the northern edge of Silicon Valley, this spa opened with the Rosewood in 2009 and includes a traditional menu with an emphasis on aromatherapy. The truly stressed out can request the Silicon Valley Celebrity Infusion Facial to reduce fine lines and encourage hydration.
STANFORD THEATRE The historic theater is owned and operated by David Packard and shows the best vintage movies on University Avenue in Palo Alto.
THE DISH A walk around this local landmark is not to be missed. The nearly four-mile loop takes you to the top of the fabled Stanford foothills where all the greats such as Steve Jobs have walked and been inspired.
VILLAGE PUB The one thing most Peninsulans can agree on is that The Pub, in Woodside, is the best restaurant between San Francisco and San Jose. The atmosphere is clubby and attire includes everything from horse riding gear to haute couture. The wine tasting dinners are among the most sought-after events and feature the best California vintners, as well as the great Champagne makers.
EMILY JOUBERT This attractive home and garden store in Woodside is virtually a one-stop shopping experience for its clientele. Succulents, the perfect garden obelisk, and an astonishing array of lovely semi-precious jewelry, stationery, books and children’s toys can take hours to absorb.
CIELO Mary Jaiswal has been bringing the best of cutting edge designers like Dries Van Noten, Anne Demeulemeester, Anne Valerie Hash, and Commes des Garcons to Silicon Valley for over three decades. She now includes rising stars like Peter Pilotto and is often available to advise her clients.
DRAEGER’S The market has the best flowers in the area with the impeccable Akemi Higashi, chief designer, turning out top seasonal décor for local events and exquisite weddings.
PENINSULA CREAMERY The Palo Alto restaurant has a retro ’50s feel, it’s genuine and warm, a true coffee shop, but you can get a bottle of Dom Pérignon if you want one.
Pictured: Christine Suppes
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