SF Gate, May 2010
Hale on Earth: Ken Fulk hosts devilish party for Denise Hale

People are still talking about the elegant masquerade ball with an underground club scene edge that interior designer Ken Fulk and his partner, Kurt Wootton, threw for Denise Hale in honor of her birthday and the establishment of a fund in her name at the San Francisco SPCA. The bash for 400 at Fulk’s South of Market design studio on Seventh Street had all the ingredients for the perfect 1990s bondage club party: men standing out front to greet guests, clad in leather vests and pants, bare chests and top hats; bustier-clad women with thigh-high leather boots and riding crops sitting saucily on sofas; and guests in all manner of costumed finery, wearing mysterious masks to hide their identities. No wonder Fulk played off the building’s history in coming up with the theme — it was once the home of the Mr. S Leather leather, latex and bondage toys shop (now on Eighth Street). But lending a white-gloved edge were mini lobster potpies and chocolate desserts by caterer Paula LeDuc; wines galore; and entertainment by chanteuse Paula West, drag queen Fauxnique and a DJ who had guests dancing into the wee hours.

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