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Gwen Williams knew what she wanted, and she did it! Having had music, art and fashion a part of her world her entire life, she chaired the Pacific Symphony League’s “Music, Art & Fashion Show Luncheon” at Big Canyon Country Club to a sold-out contingent of 209 attendees. The chapeau-attired ladies were entertained during the pre-lunch reception by a delightful flute ensemble from Laguna Beach called Laguna Flutes, led by director Cynthia Ellis, and were later invited to view a cadre of paintings by artist Pilar Wayne, who attended with her beautiful daughters Aissa and Marissa. The dining room was a knock-out, thanks to Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linen, whose fuchsia silk table linens and black and white striped silk napkins lit up the room! The Millie Fiori fuchsia rose and white hydrangea centerpieces were the final elegant touch.

Following a tasty lunch, Williams and League President Dorcas Preston introduced Beverly Hills couture designer Ricco Antonio, whose gorgeous creations were presented by 16 models (including beautiful Dorcas!) walking the length-of-the-room runway accompanied by well-known Newport Beach pianist Jim Roberts. Everything from daywear to evening was shown, including a fantasy bridal gown finale, complete with two adorable flower girls. The Mishka Piaf and L’Petri Designs jewelry worn by the models was stunning. When Ricco took to the runway dancing with the models to Latin music at the end, the room erupted! Later, during the live auction, lead by event MC and auctioneer Martin Hubbard, Max Ricketts (there were a few men present!) scooped up the Ricco personally-designed couture dress for $650. His wife was very happy! Williams said the talented designer is coming to Newport Beach soon to set up shop. Pilar donated a signed giclee print of her Venetian canal painting, “La Dolce Vita,” in the live auction, which Catherine Emmi won for $1,200. She said it was for husband Jimmy‘s upcoming birthday. “He loves Venice,” she shared.

All in all, the fashionable afternoon garnered more than $30,000 for the symphony’s education and community engagement programs, and Gwen was delighted. Did I mention that Gwen also loves to cook, as evidenced by the guest favor, Gwen’s cookbook for brides titled ‘I Do’ Love to Cook. You don’t have to be a bride to appreciate the recipes, believe me!

Photographs by Stan Sholik