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………was held at an exquisite backdrop, the Millennium Biltmore in downtown Los Angeles, Saturday evening and was perhaps the most spectacular ever. Conceived and produced by Kathryn Hagen the new Fashion Chair, with the theme of ‘A Creative Mash-up of Music and Fashion”. 


Joan Geisbush, the template for community service with Rose and Ken Nielsen, President of Woodbury.


A small part of the crowd scene….


Acclaimed columnist Patt Morrison hosted the exciting event. Note one of Patt’s ever present hats. The School of Media, Culture & Design Impact Award recipient was Nic Adler of ‘The Roxy’ fame and co-producer of the ‘Sunset Strip Music Festival’ which draws over 30,000 fans.  Among a myriad of accomplishments, Nic received the ‘Social Media Marketer of the Year’ award in 2011.


As you can see, I’m not quite sure how to use the camera on my Apple iPhone 4s yet. The models were stunning and did great ‘model walks’ but went to fast to get more than a blur.  I’m showing you this picture because I want to be sure to acknowledge alumna and Board of Trustees member, Judith D. Tamkin ‘49 who generously funded a $20,000 badly needed fabric fund for the senior fashion design students. Judith is seated in the center to the immediate left of the model.


So mod…..


Along with the cutting edge fashions there was a showing of magnificent costume/period pieces.


I wish you could see the exquisite fabric on this outfit. Absolutely sensational, thanks to Judith Tamkin!


Just a small section of the magnificent vaulted & hand painted ceilings in the Millennium Biltmore.  This grand dame hotel with it’s stylish 1920’s elegance was host to 8 Academy Award ceremonies in the 30’s & 40’s and photos of the ceremonies and stars grace one of the corridors.



After the show, Joan & I headed for Patina restaurant at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  This is Joan’s lamb dish with a ‘strip’ of barley and a few fava beans for color!


I apologize to all you vegans out there but I’m addicted to fra gras in any form and as it will be outlawed in California shortly I had to order this lovely terrine with a subtle citrus gel coating.  It was divine and I relished every mouthful that I spread on the crusty French bread..  Note the salad to the left.  I was instructed to eat the flowers as well. 

Service was impeccable in the manner of the ‘French Laundry’ in Yountville, CA who absolutely set the bar (so high).


Thank you Joan for driving….it was great fun!

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