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The Art of Fashion 2013


Designs by Oscar de la Renta, Versace, Faconnable, and Escada will dazzle on the runway when The Country Friends presents the Art of Fashion Runway Show on Thursday, September 19, in partnership with South Coast Plaza, at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.


“We are delighted to have such an incredible lineup of designers taking part in this year’s show,” states Anna Waite, chair of this year’s Art of Fashion. “We look forward to a fabulous day of philanthropy and fashion.” Considered the premier style event in Southern California, the show will also include the latest trends from the fall/winter collections of Barbara Bui, Canali, Donna Karan, MaxMara, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Salvatore Ferragamo.


The event kicks off at 10am with boutique shopping, and, in a new twist, the runway show will precede the luncheon, concluding with a wine tasting known as Apres Affaire, hosted by Falkner Winery with a first-ever beer garden by Manzanita Brewing, as well as live entertainment by Grammy Award-winning Fuzzy Rankins Quartet. Throughout the day, the boutiques of South Coast Plaza will offer the latest trends in clothing, handbags, jewelry, eyewear, and other accessories. Participating retailers include Barbara Bui, Donna Karan, Escada, Jo Malone, MaxMara, Salvatore Ferragamo, TOD’S, and Versace. Event emcee is Dagmar Midcap, weather anchor for NBC 7 San Diego.


This year, The Country Friends is proud to honor Rancho Santa Fe residents Jere and Joyce Oren. Waite states, “Jere and Joyce Oren, longtime supporters of The Country Friends, are being honored for their incredible commitment to community. Most recently, the Village Church Preschool in Rancho Santa Fe recognized the Orens for their generosity, which provided a substantial renovation of classrooms and offices.


The 2013 Art of Fashion Honorary Committee includes: Lisa Alvarez, Laura and Fred Applegate, Valerie Cooper, Gigi Cramer, Deb and Les Cross, Jennifer and Stephen Dunn, Craig A. Edwards & Rancho Santa Fe Insurance, Connie and Jerry Englert, Dana Falk, The John Foster Foundation, A.J. Genis, Laurie Joseph, Erika Kao, The Kerr Foundation, Jo Ann

Kilty, Amy and Bill Koman, Bess Lambon, Kay and Harry Leibowitz, Katrina Lion, Jeanne Lucia, Lynelle Lynch, Peggy Matthews, Patricia and Michael Mogul, Catherine Nichols, Tina Rappaport, Esther Rodriguez, Barbara Steinberg, Elaine Leach-TAG Family CFO, The John M. and Sally B. Thornton Foundation, Anna and Lance Waite, The Warren Foundation, and Priscilla Webb.


The Art of Fashion Runway Show is Sponsored by: DJO Global, Hoehn Jaguar and Land Rover, Integral Communities, Torrey Pines Bank, Sheraton Carlsbad Resort, Alaska Airlines and Capella Hotels & Resorts, Beverly Gepfer Foundation, John and Mary Rainsford Charitable Foundation, Joan Waitt, and Wells Fargo Bank.


Valet parking will be available at the event entrance. Parking and shuttle service is also provided at The Village Community Presbyterian Church (located on Paseo Delicias), and First Church of Christ Scientist (located on La Flecha).


Tickets begin at $225 for the fashion show and lunch, or $125 for the fashion show only. Proceeds will support The Country Friends’ mission of “Helping San Diegans, One Hand at a Time.” (858.756.1192, ext. 4, www.thecountryfriends.org)


For our fashion feature highlighting the fall/winter collections of participating South Coast Plaza retailers, please click here.


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