Paris Hilton, Jane Seymour, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia attend the Colleagues’ annual luncheon
In accepting the Champion of Children Award at the annual spring luncheon presented by the nonprofit corporation the Colleagues and fashion house Oscar de la Renta, actress Jane Seymour thanked not only the charitable organization and the design house, but also another of the day’s participants,
“Paris, thank you for choosing the same dress,” she joked, referring to the floral Oscar de la Renta design the two women wore. “We will make it to the National Enquirer. I know we will,” said the multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, seemingly pleased to think that others might learn about the luncheon from a “Who wore it best?” story.
The April 17 affair at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel benefited the Children’s Institute Inc., and culminated in the awards presentations and a runway show of Oscar de la Renta’s fall 2018 collection.
Actor Joe Lando, Seymour’s co-star in “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” introduced the actress, ticking off her many roles, including the James Bond girl Solitaire in “Live and Let Die.”
As a recipient of the honor, Seymour joined a roster that includes former First Ladies Nancy Reagan, Betty Ford and Laura Bush together with her daughters
The Hilton sisters presented an additional award to Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, co-creative directors of Oscar de la Renta. “Everyone in Hollywood wants an Oscar,” said Paris Hilton, “but every stylish woman in the world wants to wear the real Oscar.”
In an interview before the luncheon, Garcia described the new line as “light and sophisticated for today’s woman — practical and comfortable.”
“The Oscar woman likes the polished look,” Kim added. “It’s about stripping away unnecessary construction that’s heavy looking so she feels light and modern.”
Said Garcia, “There’s a balance of lightness. We did sheer bustier corsets for ball gowns. So if she feels heavier toward the bottom, she feels light and sexy toward the top.”
The duo also spoke of their evening tops. “Let’s say the New York or L.A. woman would like to attend a social event that is not a black-tie event, but she wants to be dressed up and comfortable. Evening tops have the flexibility to wear with pants.”
Cristina Ferrare hosted the luncheon, also joined onstage by Constance Towers Gavin and Colleagues president Cara Leonetti Esposito. Committee members included sponsors Carolyn Powers and Suzanne Kayne, executive chair Anne Johnson and chairs Jane Ackerman, Lynn Booth, Libby Doheny, Topsy Doheny, Jenny Jones, Bridget Gless Keller, Lauren King, Debbie Lanni, Mary Martin, Mary Milner, Wendy Stark Morrissey, Maty Novia, Marna Schnabel, Stephanie Booth Shafran, Ginny Sydorick and Barbera Thornhill.
With 650 guests paying from $175 for individual tickets up to $10,000 for tables, plus money raised from a live auction, the luncheon raised more than $750,000. Proceeds will go toward the Children’s Institute’s efforts to protect children from abuse, neglect and domestic and community violence.
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