PARTY LINES; DE LA RENTA SHOWS HIS TRUE COLORS.Byline: Barbara De Witt
The ladies who lunch Ladies who lunch is a phrase to describe well-off women who meet for lunch socially, normally during the working week. Typically, the women involved are married and non-working. Normally the lunch is in a restaurant, perhaps in a department store during shopping. love Oscar de la Renta Oscar de la Renta (born July 22, 1932) is a leading fashion designer. Early years
De la Renta (born Oscar Aristides Renta Fiallo) was born in the Dominican Republic to a Dominican mother and a Puerto Rican father. .
Good looks and charisma aside, it's his fashions that fit the figures and lives of real women who create his loyal following. He knows how to design for women with curves and mature figures, and his spring collection presented Wednesday to the Council of the Children's Burn Foundation at Saks Fifth Avenue Saks Fifth Avenue is a chain of upscale American department stores that is owned and operated by Saks Fifth Avenue Enterprises (SFAE), a subsidiary of Saks Incorporated. It competes in the elite luxury department store market with Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys New in Beverly Hills was particularly appealing.
Parrot green, turquoise, yellow, red and coral were on the color palette, used in solids, stripes and exotic florals, sometimes with matching pumps that drew additional applause from the crowd.
Included in the preview were sweater sets, beaded and perforated leather pants (could eyelet be making a comeback?), city-smart navy pants with a matching long coat over a wrap-front knit top (very '80s) and ladylike wool tank dresses under matching coats for upcoming luncheons. But it was the hint of what's to come in fashion that caught our eye. Trench coats, dressy dress·y
adj. dress·i·er, dress·i·est
1. Showy or elegant in dress or appearance.
2. Smart; stylish.
dress denim and cocktail dresses glistening glis·ten
intr.v. glis·tened, glis·ten·ing, glis·tens
To shine by reflection with a sparkling luster. See Synonyms at flash.
A sparkling, lustrous shine. with crystal beads and pailettes (think giant sequins). And as always, there's a grand finale, this time de la Renta's delectable red strapless strap·less
Having no strap or straps, as a dress or an undergarment.
A garment having no strap or straps.
Adjective chiffon gown - which would require fewer desserts and maybe upper-arm liposuction Liposuction Definition
Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or suction-assisted lipectomy, is cosmetic surgery performed to remove unwanted deposits of fat from under the skin. , as several guests lamented while finishing off their chocolate mousse tarts.
Among the Valley fashion fans in attendance were Genevieve McSweeney of Calabasas and Iris Bovee of Encino, who commented how nice it was to see color making a comeback. Bovee also noted that de la Renta's denim suits made with a stretch fiber and top-stitched in orange looked very wearable and wrinkle-free, making them ideal for travel. But the buzz wasn't just about fashion. According to chairwoman Carol Mancino of West L.A., the Sherman Oaks-based organization's goal is to raise safety awareness, and to create fire-safe houses for children.
To reach its goals, the Children's Burn Foundation is holding its fourth annual Giving New Hope Award gala, said McSweeney, and it's slated for Feb. 29 at the Beverly Hilton. Each year, a community leader who has focused creativity, energy and resources toward saving children's lives is honored. This year's recipient will be Tommy Hawkins, the former Lakers star who founded Athletes for a Better America and the L.A. Unified School District A unified school district is a school district which includes both primary school (kindergarten through middle school or junior high) and high school (grades 9-12). In Illinois, these districts are called unit school districts. Arts Festival. For ticket information, call (818) 907-2822.
THERE'S LOTS OF BUZZ about Italian designer Giorgio Armani doing the costumes for the upcoming opera ``Rigoletto,'' which opens March 1 at the Music Center downtown, but UCLA's Geffen Playhouse is also becoming a hot spot on the society circuit.
To raise money for UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Geffen, the university held a benefit performance of Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, ``Wit,'' with receptions before and after.
Among the 400 party guests who grazed on duck pate, chicken and jumbo chocolate-dipped strawberries by Michael's of Santa Monica were actresses JoBeth Williams, Mary McDonell, Patricia Richardson and Lolita Davidovitch. Geffen Playhouse managing director Lou Moore raved about the joint fund-raising effort and its appropriateness. ``Wit'' is based on one woman's battle with cancer.
Also enthusiastic with her praise was Anne Cote, executive director of the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation. `` 'Wit's' dramatic twist on the real-life drama that plays out every day at the Cancer Center was both compelling and enlightening,'' she commented.
Event co-chairmen were Carole Bayer Sager, Robert Daly, and Megand Lawrence Kasdan. The bottom line was $50,000. ``Wit'' continues at the Geffen Playhouse through March 5.
ELSEWHERE ON THE PARTY CIRCUIT, Encino resident Adrian Cohen cohen
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See : Authority at a black tie gala held at the Beverly Hills Hotel The Beverly Hills Hotel is a hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, at 9641 Sunset Boulevard. It was opened on May 12, 1912 and started by Margaret J. Anderson and her son, Stanley S. Anderson, who had been managing the Hollywood Hotel. , which also featured entertainment by comedian Judy Gold and dancing to the music of the Fifth Avenue Band.
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Photo: (1 -- 2 -- 3 color) Spring fashions by Oscar de la Renta.
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(4 -- color) Council of the Children's Burn Foundation chairwoman Carol Mancino, left, with Iris Bovee at the organization's spring luncheon.
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(5 -- color) Larry and Meg Kasdan, left, with Dr. Judy Gasson and Gil Cates at UCLA's Geffen Playhouse benefit for the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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