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Our fashion editor's dispatch from the Vividence coming out ball

Wednesday, Mar 15 2000
The party faithful were out in force leap night, noshing and joshing and just plain reveling in this wonderland we call Webopolis.

The Place: San Francisco's Exploratorium.

The Occasion: a rollout for new Web player Vividence, doing Webbish market research, or some such thing.

The Treats: sushi and a swing band; Austin Powers look-alikes and Russian-themed cuisine.

The Chatter: Vividence backers Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers known for robbing Webrepreneurs blind? Compaq Chairman Ben Rosen? Angel Investors founder Ron Conway? Is Vividence their Waterloo?

The Look: Web, web, web.

Looking for adventure? Or venture capital?

Sandy Wang, 23, the Intel technical sales engineer, keeps an ear to the ground for Web buzz in a burgundy Banana Republic boat neck blouse atop a Banana Republic full-length skirt in a herringbone weave.

Accessories: Inc. black wool snap handbag; Guess high-heel loafers; silver bead bracelet in the Tasco style.

"I bought it on Telegraph Avenue," volunteers Sandy, poised, bohemian, and so, so ... Web.

Brrrrrrr -- ing on the pixels

Mai Le, 26, the marketing whiz, wards off what's left of winter's chill in a blue, double-breasted overcoat; sky-blue rose-pattern-knit cotton blouse; handmade houndstooth A-line skirt; and a white acrylic "bumblebee"-pattern scarf knit by -- who else? Mom!

Accessories: chocolate brown tights from The Gap; BCBG black Velcro and leather rubber-sole loafers.

Dynamic? We'll say.

Andy Atherton, 27, president of Resonant Commerce, makes his presence known beside the Vividence hors d'oeuvres table in a pair of black Banana Republic jeans and a ribbed-knit wool V-neck sweater.

"We do dynamic pricing," sparks Andy. "It's complicated."

Accessories include Oliver Peeples wire-rim glasses, Banana Republic leather lace-up shoes, and a rectangular-faced Roman numeral watch from -- you guessed it: Cartier.

Prince of ... cyberspace?

Greg Stephens, 32, the Web entertainment company founder (can you guess the name?), struts his stuff in a blue, Chaps, Ralph Lauren camel-hair blazer from Cambridge Ltd. in San Francisco; a Banana Republic wide-ribbed long-sleeve T-shirt; and Banana Republic tan flat-front chinos. Greg's company is in "stealth mode," he says, so he can't share the name.

"Do you want to know my underwear?" offers Greg, who is helpful, in a Web sort of way. "Calvin Klein brief boxers."

Accessories: J Peterman textured leather shoes. A Solgor titanium blank-faced watch. Black leather Banana Republic belt.

Oh, and we almost forgot:

"Do you want to know my cologne?


Kan you say "kicky" in webese?

Tensie Homan, 32, the KPMG transaction services senior manager, thinks she's got your million-dollar number in a silver-silk-chintz ensemble from Anne Klein. The chintz silk blazer is Anne Klein. The silver-silk-chintz pants are Anne Klein. And the black spandex collared blouse?

"It's all Anne Klein, I'm pretty sure," offers Tensie, who's as shiny as Web tinsel thanks to Miss Anne.

Accessories: black Anne Taylor sling-back pumps.

I'd like some science, too, please!

Darragh Kennedy, 27, the Wired magazine ad man, ponders science of a different sort in a Dickies navy blue cotton zipper jacket, a navy blue Ben Sherman knit cotton sweater, and Levi's zipper-fly navy blue jeans. With Darragh on board, Wired's In the Navy, baby.

Accessories: Puma tennis shoes in ... sorry, you guessed wrong this time -- black.

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