The Macy’s Passport Glamorama show arrived in San Francisco’s Orpheum Theater last night, the last of its four stops including Minneapolis, Chicago, and Los Angeles. This year’s show underwent a transition from a traditional runway show at Fort Mason to a stage show featuring music from Macy Gray and Eric Hutchinson along with dancers and other performers. The Passport Glamorama show has scaled back significantly from prior years but they did not skimp on production value. This year’s show featured an opening by designer Chris March from Project Runway season 4 along with 3D holographic effects set against a giant LED video wall. The featured designers were Tracy Reese who made a personal appearance, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Just Cavalli, Material Girl, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, INC, Felina/Jezebel and 2(x)ist.
Although the show has been downsized, the goal of philanthropy has not changed. Nor has the needs of the charities they serve. This year’s beneficiaries were AIDS Emergency Fund, Glide Foundation, and Project Open Hand.
Patrons were treated to an after party at the Asian Art Museum with the usual goodies supplied by sponsoring vendors. A dance floor was setup upstairs surrounded by delicious sweets to amply satisfy any sweet tooth. In a move that is uniquely San Francisco, the desert tables were staffed by cross dressers. The party went on until midnight and by all indications, everyone enjoyed the reinvented Macy’s Passport show.