Haute couture was on full display at the annual Harvesters Fashion Show & Luncheon, which, thanks to presenting sponsor South Coast Plaza, brought the season’s most sought-after fashions to the fashionistas of Orange County—for a cause.
The luncheon, which was held at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa earlier this month, raised net $680,000 for Irvine-based Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County that will go directly to feed hungry children, working families, and seniors in our community. A runway presentation in the Samueli Theater showcased curated highlights from the fall/winter 2016 collections of iconic fashion houses and luxury brands such as Brunello Cucinelli, Fendi, Lanvin, Marni, MaxMara, Moncler, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino and Versace.
“Harvesters are proud to help lead the way for those served by Second Harvest to a future without hunger,” said Melissa Knode, chair of the Harvesters. “We have incredible support from South Coast Plaza and its luxury retailers, as well as generous donors, sponsors and supporters, who are dedicated to change the reality that faces so many people in Orange County who don’t know where they’ll find their next meal. I’m grateful to my co-chair Susan Croul and our wonderful group of dedicated Harvesters members for helping to make the 24th Annual Harvesters Fashion Show & Luncheon a success. The proceeds from this year’s luncheon will enable Second Harvest to provide 1.6 million meals from this single event alone. With our guests’ generosity this year, the Harvesters have now raised total contributions of over $6 million in the past 24 years.”
Luncheon guests and Harvesters members—several of whom were adorned with glittering BVLGARI jewels courtesy of the boutique at South Coast Plaza—sipped champagne at the BVLGARI-sponsored champagne reception as they perused luxurious and unique silent auction items, including a 10-night stay in a luxurious beachfront villa in Phuket, Thailand; a one-week stay in an oceanfront luxury condo in Punta Mita, Mexico; a private Chanel cocktail reception and couture preview in a sultry suite at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood; a date for two aboard the iconic Goodyear Blimp; and four premium tickets on the 50-yard line to see USC take on Notre Dame at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Three luxury items from South Coast Plaza and its retailers and restaurants also set the stage for an opportunity drawing: A Petite 2Jours Black Handbag featuring Dolce T Calf leather with customizable nametag by Fendi was won by Judy Pederson. A cultured South Sea pearl necklace, set in 18k white gold with a pave diamond clasp by Mikimoto was won by a thrilled Michelle Janavs. A VIP experience at South Coast Plaza including a $2,000 gift certificate, valet parking for one year and a $400 certificate to Water Grill was won by Gail Haft.
Guests were then treated to a runway show featuring 12 luxury brands. The season’s trends included brocades, sequins and glitters, ruffles and pleats, colorful fur and fur accents, stripes, lace, velvet, geometric heels and voluminous sleeves.
A luncheon immediately followed in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The luncheon menu featured a seasonal fall salad, pan roasted free-range chicken salad with yukon potatoes and green beans, and black forest trifle. Wine offerings included Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label Champagne, Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay and Whispering Angel Rosé. All Fashion Show & Luncheon guests took home a petite bottle of Goldea Eau de Parfum from BVLGARI. Additionally, Gucci generously provided all Underwriters with a silk neck bow in the newest floral print.
The event concluded with the ever-popular Harvesters after party held at the Center Club where guests kicked off their heels to enjoy wine, champagne and hors d’oeuvres.