Fashion across La Jolla
by Diana Cavagnaro
Published - 11/21/12 - 02:41 PM | 5511 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Christian Siriano design. Photo by Diana Cavagnaro
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At a private estate designed by famed architect Kenrick Bangs Kellogg, fashionable philanthropists gathered on Nov. 3 for Heels2Heal, presented by Miracle Babies and chaired by TV personality Kimberly King and Go Country 105 radio host Shawn Parr.

New York designer Nellie Partow was scheduled to show her line, but due to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, Partow was unable to attend. “Project Runway” winner Christian Siriano jumped in to save the event, coming to La Jolla to showcase his spring 2013 collection. Known for a celebrity client list that includes the “who’s who” in fashion, television, music and film, Siriano featured his ultra-feminine line showcasing muted colors like crème and taupe in the show that wound around the estate’s beautiful outdoor pool. The final creation delighted the crowd with a knockout gown, designed with yards of tulling.

Since winning the fourth season of “Project Runway,” Siriano has written a book, “Fierce Style: How to Be Your Most Fabulous Self,” created a full makeup line for Victoria’s Secret and has designed several ongoing collections of shoes and bags for Payless ShoeSource.

The evening ended with a trunk show and guests were able to meet Siriano and try on his creations. Proceeds from the event benefit Miracle Babies, which provides financial assistance to families with critically ill newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). For more information, visit

Paris Extravaganza

Zandra Rhodes brought her spring/summer 2013 collection to the Westgate Hotel on Oct. 25 for an afternoon themed Paris Extravaganza — complete with a champagne reception and serenade by pianist Richard James during a luncheon created by cookbook author Jeanne Jones.

The sold-out crowd eagerly awaited Rhodes’ incredible collection. Models including TV stars Angie Lee from Channel 8 CBS and Sabrina Fein from Channel 6 came down the runway, showing off beautiful digital textile prints designed by Rhodes. Designer Millinery hats and jewelry by Andrew Logan accented the collection. After the show guests were invited to come back stage and try them on.

Rhodes put on a trunk show on Nov. 2 and 3 at the collector’s gallery at the Mingei International Museum Store, where guests were able to meet Rhodes and purchase her creations. Proceeds from the event benefited The American Friends of The Zandra Rhodes Museum, which features exhibits of British fashion and textile designers. Currently the museum is exhibiting Pop! Design-Culture-Fashion. For more information, visit To make an appointment with the Zandra Rhodes Studio, call (858) 792-1892.

Upcoming events

• Dec. 7 — The Boys & Girls Club will present “Christmas Tree Lane,” with a fashion show produced by Gretchen Productions at La Costa resort. There will be two sittings for brunch and luncheon shows. For more information, call (760) 741-5638.

• Dec. 12 — The Keating Hotel, 432 F St., will host “The Keating Experience-Fashionable Indulgence,” including pop-up boutiques for fashionable shopping. For more information, call (619) 814-5700.
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