THE PARTY Nearly 900 guests and athletes flocked to La Jolla’s ocean view cove for the 10th anniversary of the San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation’s Taste at the Cove, featuring fare from S.D.’s hottest restaurants. This year’s affair included Whisknladle, Bice and Pacifica, while the fashion show came courtesy of Jolie Femme lingerie and sexy Sauvage swimwear.
THE PARTY Nearly 500 people gathered under the stars at the hilltop estate of honorary chair Joan Waitt for one of S.D.’s most anticipated charity events of the year. Starry, Starry Night: Turn on Your Heartlight grossed a record-breaking $1M in support of Voices for Children. THE SCENE The cult-followed Neil Diamond cover band Super Diamond played an alfresco show after a feast prepared by Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille.
More than 200 foodies trekked out to the Ecology Center in San Juan Capo to indulge in an outdoor feast prepared by a baker’s dozen of O.C.’s best chefs, with ingredients from local purveyors. An Eco App Off pitted 11 of those culinary talents against one another. Chef Justin Monson from St. Roy Chef’s Pub at Vine took home the bragging rights for his Weiser Family Farm’s melon skewers with grilled Meyer lemon and basil chimichurri.
O.C.’s tennis hotshots hit the courts for the 13th annual Costa Mesa Wood Racquet Classic and raised more than $50,000 for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation in the process. The weekend served up a range of activities—everything from a silent auction (with prizes such as a custom-designed Oday Shakar dress), to a VIP gathering at the swanky A Restaurant in Newport. The main event: tournament day, held at the estates of founders Clay Peterson and Johnny McCray.
Costa Mesa firefighters set the runway at AnQi ablaze during Fashion’s Night Out, and a full house, including VIPs Janet Nguyen, John and Patricia Wang, and Zoreh Salimy, fanned the flames. The hunks hit the catwalk donned in the latest fall designs from Bloomingdale’s at South Coast Plaza, a hotbed of activity with parties and runway shows galore at stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Chanel, Papyrus, Anne Fontaine and Cole Haan. But it was the AnQi event that really heated things up.
Beauty, sex, wit, wizardry, celebrity and plenty of buzz—who says erudition can’t be enchanting? With The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, opening Nov. 13 and running through Feb. 12, the Dallas Museum of Art rides the fashion-as-art tide that swept up The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the recently concluded Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit.
In the land of big houses and even bigger mortgages, Dallas loves its square footage. Been there, done that, say furniture designers Arthur Johnson and Scott Hill, who moved into a rented two-bedroom apartment in an Uptown area high-rise in January, leaving behind a rambling modern ranch that they had painstakingly renovated, and before that a 70-year-old house “the size of a football field,” in North Dallas. The upkeep required constant diligence, Johnson, 55, says. “Our taxes had gone up at our previous house 125 percent in three years.
Ah, the life of a five-star hotel group president. Dashing into a quiet room of a forthcoming property in Abu Dhabi, Radha Arora politely says he doesn’t have much time to talk. He’s about to bounce to London. Announces the new president of Dallas-based Rosewood Hotels and Resorts in a clipped British accent: “We plan to double the number of hotels we have in the next five years to 40.”
It’s an understated bulge of flash. Dark trim. Exotic macassar ebony wood grain transitioning from table to menu. Polished steel. Lounge featuring U-shaped bar. Metal mesh wall dividing the room. Parade of short skirts and devilish platform heels (mostly yellow). Taut Porsches and sleek Bentleys badgering the valets.