WHAT IF THEY WERE?

Take happiness, success, self-confidence out of the equation. Everyone, at some point, has wanted to be somebody else, or imagined themselves living a completely different life. Wouldn’t it be nice to trade places, even for a day, with Cindy Crawford, Thomas Keller or Lin Manuel Miranda? We asked fashion designer Karen Caldwell to choose her aspirational alter ego, and she picked Iris Apfel. Prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan channeled In the Mood for Love star Maggie Cheung, and Robert Mailer Anderson exuded world-weary gravitas as literary detective Sam Spade. Last but not least, Dede Wilsey, a generous supporter of the arts, took on the role of artist— paint splatters and all! In our feature,“What If They Were…,” we reimagine these Bay Area luminaries as their bizarro selves: a private eye, a painter, a movie star and an incredibly chic gardener.

    Freda’s Journey
    April 15, 2019

    Freda’s Journey

    “Sole sisters” Megan Papay, left, and Cristina Palomo, right, are two sides of the brain behind cult-San Francisco-footwear line Frēda…
    The Joy and Pain of Robin Williams
    April 8, 2019

    The Joy and Pain of Robin Williams

    Photo by Trey Ratcliff A long a gritty stretch of Market Street, notched between the Tenderloin arteries of Jones and…
    What If They Were…
    April 1, 2019

    What If They Were…

    Take happiness, success, self-confidence out of the equation. Everyone, at some point, has wanted to be somebody else, or imagined…
    The Interview: Emily Holt, Fashion Hero
    April 1, 2019

    The Interview: Emily Holt, Fashion Hero

    Hero Shop proprietor Emily Holt. Photo by Margo Moritz. About a year ago, when my most fashionable friend (shout-out to…
    Life After ‘The Real World’
    April 4, 2019

    Life After ‘The Real World’

    Twenty-five years since MTV made Judd Winick famous, the down-to-earth author and cartoonist reflects on his life in San Francisco,…
    The Future of Comedy Is Female
    April 4, 2019

    The Future of Comedy Is Female

    Comedy has traditionally been a white boys’ club, but after years of hard work and hard-won access, women are now…
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