Sunnylands Chic: The Fashions of Leonore Annenberg

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 10:00am

This free public event, open from 10 am to 3 pm, takes place in the Fashion Week El Paseo Tent in Palm Desert. Mannequins dressed in classic clothes worn by Leonore Annenberg as well as in six new designs inspired by them will be featured on the Fashion Week runway.  
 
Leonore Annenberg was known for impeccable style, with clothing by such iconic designers as Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Bill Blass, among others. This year, we have asked several well-known designers to use one of Mrs. Annenberg's ensembles as inspiration for an outfit or design. Both the new designs and the ones that provided inspiration will be on display. Refreshments will be provided by Share Kitchen. See more here.

Designers include: 
 
Michael Costello - American couture fashion designer Michael Costello made his first couture collection at age 14 with lipstick productions of Los Angeles, which netted him a fashion review and listing in Vogue magazine's article, “Los Angeles' Hidden Talent.” The following year, he opened his first boutique in Palm Springs. The self-taught designer qualified to attend FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. In 2010, Costello was featured on Project Runway Season 8 and he was a Project Runway All-Star season one finalist. Celebrities wearing Michael Costello include Toni Braxton, Selma Hayek, Mary J. Bilge, Nicole Richie, Celine Dion, Michelle Williams, and others.  
 
Anthony Franco - Designer Anthony Franco wears many hats. He has put Kate Bosworth in sundresses and straw hats for a Cotton Inc. commercial and designed peppy, ’50s-style menswear for Outkast’s Big Boi and Andre 3000. Franco launched his made-to-measure menswear line in 2007, after spending four years styling and designing for Outkast.  
 
Paul Hernandez - San Diego native Paul Hernandez drew inspiration from Mexico and his passion for music in creating his 2013 Resort Collection. The vivid structures in Merida, a small Mexican town, served as a creative source for his colorful collection. Also a classical and jazz musician, Paul looked to the easy, feminine silhouettes of the Jazz Age for his designs, which focus on shapes that compliment a woman’s body. Paul’s diverse designs range from high couture to men’s and women’s boxing wear.

Lloyd Klein - Parisian couturier Lloyd Klein has produced spectacular, custom-fitted couture collections since launching his own label after working as head designer of Madame Grès in Paris at the age of 23. His red carpet gowns and highly tailored suits are worn regularly at premieres and award shows in Hollywood. He has dressed the likes of Paris Hilton, Renée Zellweger, Paula Abdul, Gwen Stefani, Tyra Banks, Pink, and others. Klein’s House of Couture in Los Angeles, features about 4,000 runway garments.  
 
Nick Verreos - FIDM alumnus, instructor, and star of Project Runway, Nick Verreos will present an assortment of gowns from his Nikolaki collection. Known for creating red carpet glamour, Verreos has designed dresses that have been worn by stars such as Katy Perry, Beyonce, and Heidi Klum. He is also a popular on-camera red carpet commentator and makes many personal appearances in the U.S. and Europe as a fashion expert.  
 
Fe Zandi - Born in Iran and educated at the Paris Academy of Fashion Design in London, designer Fe Zandi fled Iran's revolution in 1979. While in New York, she created her own label for Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. Zandi eventually relocated to El Paseo in Palm Desert. Her collections include daytime suits, evening wear, and special-occasion fashions for women.