Charity event raising funds for foundations tied to the British Royal Family
By Jim Shilander
Fashion stars will be coming to San Clemente Saturday in support of a good and royal cause.
Former participants from the television show Project Runway will be putting their best fashion foot forward at Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club.
The “Royal Fashion Show” will include a “trunk show” that will feature work by a number of past “All Star” designers on the Lifetime show, as well as a runway show featuring entries from all over the world and awards ceremony.
The event is raising money to support two charities. Pink Ribbons Crusade, which is a breast cancer charity that raises money for cancer research by utilizing a traveling exhibit of historic memorabilia of the British Royal Family, including a number of dresses owned by Princess Diana; and Sentebale, is the personal charity of Prince Harry, which supports children who are suffering from the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African nation of Lesotho.
The event lasts from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will be hosted by San Diego news anchor Kimberly Hunt. Cast members of The Real Housewives of Orange County will also be in attendance.
Organizer Carol Bertolino said the event was initially to be held on the Queen Mary, which is docked at Long Beach, but the ship was not available due to a scheduling conflict. After looking at potentially doing the event in either San Diego or in Los Angeles, Bertolino said, Bella Collina provided accessibility for more people interested in making their way to the event.
“Doing it in Orange County just made so much sense,” Bertolino said. “We wanted to make it accessible to all of Southern California.”
The runway fashion show will include a number of fashion designers from across the world, including Angola, Canada, India, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, as well as the United States. The show will be judged by the Project Runway designers. The winner will receive a weekend vacation on the Queen Mary, and their dress will be displayed the entrance of the Diana fashion exhibition.
For more information on the exhibition, or for tickets, visit http://royaldressdesigncompetition.eventbrite.com.