Regina Ruiz, Pat Lupo, Claudia Lash, and Rosa Paredes from the 2021 Fashion Show event (photo by Joanne A Calitri)
St. Vincent’s Santa Barbara CEO and President Rosa Paredes with Dr. Regina Ruiz, Vice President of Development and Marketing, are announcing their 14th Annual Fashion and Luncheon Show at the Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito on Saturday, November 25, 10 am to 1:30 pm. For tickets to be one of the lucky 300 attendees, visit www.stvincents-sb.org/events/fashion-show-luncheon/. The event is sponsored by Claudia Lash and Pat Lupo, who founded the event in 2009. All proceeds fund St. Vincent’s Family Strengthening Program for homeless mothers and their children, which is in its 27th year.
Attendees will be treated to our town’s and internationally known designer Catherine Gee, whose designs are worn by A-Listers like Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts, Kate Bosworth, Alma Har’el, Camilla Belle, Olivia Wilde, Molly Sims, Eva Longoria, and Alessandra Ambrosio. Gee will narrate her curated selections as her models walk the banquet room for guests to view them close up. I interviewed her on what fashions we will be treated to and being a part of the event. She shared:
“We will be showcasing the Fall Winter ‘23 collection, which is debuting printed cashmere sweaters and silky cargo pants amongst our classic silk blouses, slip dresses, kimonos, and pret-a-porter styles! Key colors of high-risk red, army green, black, electric orchid, and our Signature prints of equestrian prints, paint swirls, Peruvian quartz. I am tremendously proud to be playing a small part for St. Vincent’s in furthering their profoundly important work in the community. Coming from a nonprofit background as well, I understand the hard work and value in raising money to transform lives.”
For children’s fashion, the California Kids Collection, a new eco-friendly fashion line based out of Ventura, will be showing their selections on child models.
The luncheon is a sit-down affair with guests in their holiday best. There is a silent auction of holiday baskets hand-made and crafted by volunteers. A guest speaker who has graduated from St. Vincent’s Family Strengthening Program will present her success story, how the program helped her, and what she is currently doing.