The Country Friends announces the fashion lineup for the 2022 Art of Fashion show

Oscar de la Renta, Isabel Marant, Monique Lhuillier and Lanvin are among the top 10 international luxury fashion brands featured on September 15 when The Country Friends (TCF) and South Coast Plaza present the Art of Fashion 2022 (AOF). The show also includes the latest looks from the fall-winter collections of Bally, Lafayette 148 New York, Max Mara, Ralph Lauren and Saks Fifth Avenue. Camilla will provide informal modeling at the pre-show champagne reception at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The event marks the 18th year of The Country Friends’ partnership with South Coast Plaza, which is celebrating its 55th anniversary.

The event chairs are Keilene Hayward, Melissa Wilkins and Sandy Nolan, with award-winning ABC 10News presenter Kimberly Hunt as emcee. The event honors The Country Friends volunteers for their long commitment to the 68-year-old nonprofit which raises money for San Diego County charities through its consignment shop at Rancho Santa Fe and Events.

“We are very grateful to South Coast Plaza for our 18-year partnership,” said Suzanne Newman, President of The Country Friends. “This annual fall party is the premier fashion event in San Diego County, raising crucial funds for many nonprofits.” The TCF Board selects charities each fall after careful review and site visits. Since its inception in 1954, The Country Friends has donated nearly $14 million to those in need, with an emphasis on women, children, seniors, service members 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-shops set up on the inn’s lawn, selling clothes, perfumes and accessories. Participating stores this year include Buccellati, Camilla, Jo Malone, Lanvin, Max Mara, Mulberry, Oscar de la Renta and Vitra Eyewear.

The art of fashion begins with a champagne reception sponsored by Linda Sansone & Associates with light bites from The French Gourmet and the ever-popular Photo Lounge. The centerpiece of the event is a professionally produced fashion show showcasing the latest collections from South Coast Plaza’s leading international luxury fashion brands. After the show, guests gather on the inn’s croquet lawn for a festive luncheon, live auction and raffle. The Art of Fashion ends with “Sip, Shop, and Support”, the opportunity to continue shopping in store.

AOF patrons, created in honor of AOF winners, include: Alicia Armstrong, Andrea Naversen-Wait, At Home Nursing Care and Brian Connelly & Associates, Belinda Foley, Bgreen Branding, Headlines The Salon, Lorraine Hennessy, Hidden Rose Boutique, Jamie Lewis, Jeannie Ranglas, Dr. Jeffry and Sandra Schafer, Kimberly Tullis, KINGA, Inc., Lisa Alvarez, Lynda Kerr, Melissa Wilkins, Rita Hannah-Lancaster, Sandy Nolan, Sarah Sleeper, Sherrie Lynn’s Bakery, Suzy Westphal and Yvette Letourneau.

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, 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.

For more information or to become an Art of Fashion sponsor, contact: The Country Friends at 858-756-1192, ext. 4, [email protected],

Major donors are Scott Dunn Travel, John Matty Co., Alaska Airlines, The French Gourmet and Allurant Medical Spa.

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