Sunday, March 10, 2013
Leonore Annenberg: Style Muse
(left to right) Walter Annenberg, First Lady Betty Ford, Leonore Annenberg, and President Gerald Ford at Walter Annenberg’s 90th birthday celebration, March 1998.
Photo by Marc Glassman Courtesy of www.sunnylands.org
Early this year, I had the honor of being asked--along with five other fashion designers including Michael Costello, Anthony Franco, Paul Hernandez, Lloyd Klein and Fe Zandi--to create an original NIKOLAKI design based on the fabulous fashions of the illustrious Leonore Annenberg--for a very special event.
Leonore Annenberg with Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif. --2007 White House State Dinner for Queen Elizabeth II
Mrs. Annenberg was an American business woman, philanthropist and during 1981-1982, served as Chief of Protocol to the United States. She was also, of course, the wife of Walter Annenberg, newspaper publishing magnate (in 1953, he launched TV Guide as a national magazine), and Ambassador to the United Kingdom under President Richard Nixon. Mrs. Annenberg was also known for her fabulous parties, social gathering and naturally, her fashion. So, it is natural that she would be a Style Muse
Style Icon: Leonore Annenberg
This upcoming Wednesday evening, a special event is being held at the Sunnylands estate to "unveil" our creations as well as the Leonore Annenberg ensembles/gowns that inspired us. The event--titled "Sunnylands Chic: the Fashions of Leonore Annenberg" --is part of the Nightlife program at Sunnylands in partnership with Palm Springs Life magazine.
Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage
Sunnylands is, of course, the famous midcentury Annenberg "winter retreat"--located in Rancho Mirage, CA--that has hosted illustrious guests such as U.S. Presidents, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and the former Shah of Iran. I have never been to Sunnylands but, as a huge fan of midcentury homes (I own one) and Hollywood Regency-style interiors, I cannot wait to attend and show my NIKOLAKI Leonore Annenberg-inspired creation.
WHAT: "Sunnylands Chic: the Fashions of Leonore Annenberg"--Six Fashion Designer Interpret Leonore Annenberg-worn ensembles with their own contemporary perspective.
WHERE: Sunnylands Center & Gardens, 37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage CA
WHEN: Wednesday March 13, 2013 6:00-8:00 PM
COST: Event is SOLD OUT!
For More Information: Click HERE