The Art of Fashion show in Rancho Santa Fe will take place on September 15

The Art of Fashion show in Rancho Santa Fe will take place on September 15

The Art of Fashion show in Rancho Santa Fe will take place on September 15

The Country Friends Art of Fashion, the nonprofit’s tribute to fall and philanthropy, parades at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe on September 15. Sure to be sold out, the show features selections from the fall/winter collections of South Coast Plaza’s leading luxury retailers, including Oscar de la Renta, Isabel Marant, Monique Lhuillier, Bally, Lafayette 148 New York, Max Mara, Moncler , Ralph Lauren and Saks Fifth Avenue, with Camilla informally modeling at a champagne reception that opens the event.

Kimberly Hunt, award-winning ABC 10News anchor, hosts The Art of Fashion, co-chaired by Keilene Hayward, Sandy Nolan and Melissa Wilkins. The event honors The Country Friends volunteers for their long commitment to the 68-year-old nonprofit which raises funds for San Diego County charities through events and its consignment shop in Rancho Santa Fe.

“You know it’s fall when a giant outdoor tent takes shape in a park across from The Inn,” notes Suzanne Newman, president of The Country Friends. “What’s amazing is that this annual event has been happening for over 65 years.” For the past 18 years, The Country Friends has partnered with South Coast Plaza, raising crucial funds for many non-profit organizations. The TCF Board selects charities each fall after careful review and site visits. Since its inception in 1954, The Country Friends has donated more than $14 million to those in need, with a focus on women, children, seniors, the military, and people with disabilities.

Funds are raised through sponsors, patrons, live auction, raffle featuring designer handbags, clothing and jewelry, and 10% of sales in the South Coast Plaza mini-boutiques installed on the lawn of the inn, offering fashion, perfumes and accessories. Participating boutiques this year include Buccellati, Camilla, Furla, Jo Malone London, Max Mara, Mulberry, Oscar de la Renta and Vitra Eyewear.

The top prize in the live auction is an “Ultimate Antarctic Adventure” from Scott Dunn Luxury Travel, valued at $38,390, a 12-day cruise for two aboard the Sylvia Earle, the newest ship in the world. Aurora’s state-of-the-art expedition. Additional prizes include a $12,500 pair of amethyst and diamond earrings from John Matty Co., a $12,500 getaway to the luxurious Conrad Punta de Mita on Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, combined with two round-trip tickets. return from Alaska Airlines and a $6,500 facial rejuvenation package from Allurant Medical Spa.

Linda Sansone & Associates sponsors the Champagne Reception that opens the event, featuring light bites from The French Gourmet, Opportunity Drawing exhibits and the ever-popular Photo Lounge. After the parade, guests gather on the inn’s croquet lawn for a three-course lunch that includes roasted beet salad with butter lettuce, heirloom cherry tomatoes and pumpkin seeds, followed by local halibut seared with sautéed kale, sweet white corn mash, broccolini and roasted pepper coulis. The dessert is a lime tartlet. A vegetarian option is also available. Fashion Art ends with “Sip, Shop, and Support”, the opportunity to continue shopping in the store.

“Couture” sponsors include Les and Deborah Cross, Hoehn Jaguar Land Rover, Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa and the Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa, Warren Family Foundation and Wells Fargo. “Fashionista” sponsors are Dr. Melanie Palm of Art of Skin MD, Mirandon Foundation for Hope, Nani Pua Skin Care and Torrey Pines Bank. “Designer” sponsors include Keilene Hayward and Stephanie Wilbur, Performance K9 Training & Boarding and SKY Facial Plastic Surgery, Inc. patronage party before The Art of Fashion.

The Art of Fashion committee includes: Alicia Armstrong, Anahi Arata, Andrea Naversen Wait, Ben Beard, Bonnie Wright, Chris Carlisle, Christina Macone-Greene, Dayna Shultz-Sarazin, Deborah Cross, Elia Surran, Irina Shkov, Jean Waters, Laura White , Laura MacKinnon-Chapman, Lezlie Reynales, Linda Block, Linda Royster Cook, Maggie Bobileff, Marci Cavanaugh, Marian Tsvyk, Marla Zanelli, Mia Park, Rebecca Fisher, Rita Lancaster-Hannah, Stacie Barba, Stephanie Wilbur, Valerie Parker, Vivian Capozza , and Yvette Letourneau.

The September 15 event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information or to become a Fashion Art Sponsor, contact The Country Friends at (858) 756-1192, ext. 4, or

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