Oscar de la Renta at The Colleagues Luncheon
Well-heeled ladies and Oscar de la Renta go hand in hand. So, it’s no surprise The Colleagues once again chose de la Renta as the featured designer at their annual spring luncheon honoring Wallis Annenberg. The 25th annual event, co-sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels, Haute Joaillerie, was held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on April 9. Prominent attendees included Betsy Bloomingdale, Sherry Lansing, Barbara Davis, Kathy Hilton, Lili Zanuck, Rebecca Gayhart and Eric Dane.
It’s the fifth year in a row for de la Renta to showcase his collection at the event. The runway show was a highlight of the afternoon, which included a cocktail reception, luncheon, live auction and awards presentation. The Oscar de la Renta Fall 2013 collection wowed the crowd with its chic suits, stunning lace dresses and colorful ball gowns worthy of a princess. And to the crowd's deight, de la Renta's childrenswear collection also took to the runway.
This year The Colleagues honored Annenberg with this year's Champion of Children Award. The Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation is a philanthropist and visionary who has improved the well-being of people and communities around the world through education, arts and culture, medical research and environmental stewardship.
The Colleagues, which was established in 1950, is a non-profit corporation which supports and raises funds to benefit Children's Institute, Inc. in its efforts to end child abuse and neglect. Its annual spring luncheon along with sales at The Colleagues Gallery, its Santa Monica-based designer resale and vintage fashion boutique, help support CII. The Colleagues have donated millions of dollars to CII in the past 60 years.
Here are a few pictures from the event.