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Art of Fashion


Art of Fashion 2019

Posted on September 3, 2019

In decidedly one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year, The Country Friends’ annual Art of Fashion runway show and luncheon puts some of the world’s most coveted designers on the catwalk at  The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The organization’s 15-year partnership with South Coast Plaza features premium names found at the shopping destination in a glamorous show that’s become an unofficial kickoff to fall fashion in the Ranch. Taking place on September 12, Art of Fashion 2019 is co-chaired by Elaine Kaminski Becerra and Erika Fetter, with television news veteran Sandra Maas serving as mistress of ceremonies. Ranch & Coast Magazine’s own Andrea Naversen, a longtime board member of The Country Friends and previous Art of Fashion chairperson, is the event’s honoree. Here, in the beautiful setting of Solana Beach’s EC Gallery, art mimics life as we showcase looks from a handful of this year’s participating designers: Bally, Camilla, Escada, Max Mara, and Stella McCartney. For event details and ticket reservations, call 858.756.1192, ext. 4, or visit thecountryfriends.org.

Photography by Vincent Knakal

Art of Fashion 2019

Jacket, skirt, sweater, tights, boots, Max Mara, South Coast Plaza

Art: Wildlife Original Works by Daniel Ryan, One Off stainless steel and carbon steel sculpture by Amos Robinson, tree original liquid fusion by Oryan, EC Gallery, Solana Beach



Art of Fashion 2019

Shirt, skirt, belt, boots, Camilla, South Coast Plaza

Art: Works from The Art of Dr. Seuss, stainless steel standing and hanging sculptures by Amos Robinson, Kiko bronze sculpture by Nano Lopez, EC Gallery, Solana Beach



Art of Fashion 2019

Dress, Escada, South Coast Plaza

Art: Original works by Gloria Lee, EC Gallery, Solana Beach



Art of Fashion 2019

Shirt, jacket, pants, boots, Bally, South Coast Plaza

Art: Mr. Havana copper frog by David Bruce, What’s More Fun? and Going Bananas hanging sculptures by Paul Lotz, Wildlife Original Works by Daniel Ryan, EC Gallery, Solana Beach



Art of Fashion 2019

Dress and boots, Stella McCartney, South Coast Plaza

Art: Last Straw Hat by June Valentine Ruppe in EC Gallery in Solana Beach’s Cedros Design District


Exclusive Collections Gallery operates on the premise that art is discovery for everyone. Founder Ruth-Ann Thorn has been leading unknown artists to international acclaim since 1995, when she opened her first art gallery with her mother, Gloria Lee,  in La Jolla. At her EC Gallery location in Solana Beach’s Cedros Design District, Thorn continues to feature fine art collections from not only internationally acclaimed artists such as Henry Asencio, Christopher M., and Michael Summers, but also from renowned artists Michael Flohr, Paul Lotz, Oryan, as well as Lee and daughter Bella Thorn.



Photography by Vincent Knakal, makeup by Eileen Haligowski, hair by Kate Bustamante for Detour Salon, wardrobe styling by Mia S. Park, model is Niki Connor, photo assistant is Mike Jaworowski, photographed on location at EC Gallery in Solana Beach


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