Country Friends, South Coast Plaza team up for Art of Fashion show in Rancho Santa Fe

Designs by Donna Karan, Fendi, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, and Versace will dazzle on the runway Sept. 17 in Rancho Santa Fe when The Country Friends presents the Art of Fashion Runway Show in partnership with South Coast Plaza for the 11th straight year.

The show will include the latest trends from the fall/winter collections of Barbara Bui, Ermenegildo Zegna, M Missoni, Max Mara, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Salvatore Ferragamo.

“South Coast Plaza is honored to continue its tradition of supporting the philanthropic endeavors of The Country Friends,” said Debra Gunn Downing, executive director of marketing for South Coast Plaza. “We are pleased to bring highlights from the fall/winter ’15 collections of top luxury brands once again to the Art of Fashion, making it a must-attend style event of the season.”

Held once again at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, the event begins with Avant Affaire, featuring Champagne and petite sweets and a “pink carpet” photo lounge, followed by the fashion show and luncheon on the lawn. The event concludes with Après Affaire, a wine and dessert tasting. Throughout the day, the boutiques of South Coast Plaza will offer the latest in clothing, handbags, jewelry, eyewear, and more. Participating retailers include Barbara Bui, Diptyque, Donna Karan, Fendi, Lanvin, Max Mara, Ralph Lauren, TOD’s, and Versace.

This year’s event, chaired by Pat O’Connor, will honor international fashion icon Zandra Rhodes, and will benefit more than 30 San Diego County charities, including Angel’s Depot, Armed Services YMCA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Burn Institute, Canine Companions, Hospice of The North Coast, Mama’s Kitchen, Pro Kids The First Tee of San Diego, Promises2Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities, San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, and many more.

Members of the 2015 Art of Fashion Runway Show Committee are Donna Ahlstrom, Anna Allen, Betty Jo Billick, Maggie Bobileff, Jennifer Bousquet, Dorothy Brasher, Sabrina Cadini, Marci Cavanaugh, Terri Chivetta, Lynda Costa, Deb Cross, Pam Devaney, Aleksandra Drake, Chris Epstein, Rebecca Franks, Eileen Haligowski, Alexandra Harbushka, Rosemary Harbushka, Lorraine Hennessy, Amber Persia Hodges, Betsy Jones, Erin Kaminski, Elaine Leach, Jana Leibo, Jeanne Lucia, Ana Maria McBrayer, Patricia Mogul, Andrea Naversen, Mia Park, Jody Pinchin, Kim Quinn, Esther Rodriguez, Niki Rushin, Cheri Salyers, JoLynn Shapiro, Jamie Smart, Diane Sutherland, Rhonda Tryon, Deena Von Yokes, Jean Waters, Suzy Westphal, Laura White, Laura Wireman, and Bonnie Wright.

For information, or to become an Art of Fashion sponsor, contact The Country Friends at 858-756-1192, Ext. 4, or