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Joan Mangum’s Society Scene—Otis College To Mark Centennial With Benefit, Fashion Show

Dozens of celebs including Jennifer Meyer, Kate Hudson and Derek Blasberg were on hand as The Daily Front Row celebrated its “Fashion Los Angeles Awards" at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Photo by Getty Images
Also at The Daily Front Row's “Fashion Los Angeles Awards" were, from left, Candice Swanepoel, Rosie Hunt ington-Whiteley and Joan Smalls.

Posted Friday, April 5, 2019 - 2:51 pm

If you love fashion and design, this is a definite go to event … Otis College of Art and Design, now celebrating its centennial year, will host  its 37th annual “Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show,”  Saturday, May 4 on the Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus.

Otis College first began offering classes in fashion design in 1980. In its four decades, important alumni have included top talents in the design world including Rick Owens, Claire Pettibone, Rob Beattie, Bao Tranchi, Debbie Sabet, Marisol Garona-Bradford, Red Carter and Chris Chang, many of whom have returned to Otis to mentor a new generation of design talent.

This year’s mentors include designers Debbie Sabet and Patrik Ervell, and Arthur Thammavong of Vince, Jennifer Tong of Adidas/Agron and Robert Lee of Adidas, creative talent from Ralph Lauren, costume designer for ABC’s show Once Upon A Time, Eduardo Castro; Bao Tranchi, Arthur Thammavong and celebrity stylist B. Akerlund.

Of particular note this year is Jason Wu’s collaboration with Otis and Mary and David Martin’s Madworkshop Foundation to mentor 15 senior students.

 Now in its 37th year, the “Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show” was founded by Elaine Goldsmith, chair emerita of the Otis Board of Trustees who will bee honored along with Shelley Reid, a previous benefit chair.

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And speaking of upcoming events, on Thursday, May 2 at The Beverly Wilshire, the Women’s Guild of Cedars-Sinai will honor one of L.A.’s most prominent couples, Jane and Marc Nathanson, at its annual gala.

For more than 60 years, the Women’s Guild has supported world-class healthcare through research and innovation. Its members have raised nearly $50 million in support the Women’s Guild Chair in Gastroenterology, Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills, Women’s Guild Lung Institute, Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center, a project of Women’s Guild at Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, and the soon-to-be announced Women’s Guild Neurology Transformation Project to support innovative research and treatment of complex neurological disorders, including stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS, dementias, epilepsy and migraines.

Actor/comedian Kevin Nealon, best known for Saturday Night Live and currently starring on CBS’-TVs Man With A Plan, will serve as the evening’s host. Wilson Phillips, one of the top best-selling female groups ever, will entertain with some of their most memorable classics, including Hold On and Release Me.

More than 500 guests are expected to attend the gala, which is being chaired by Wendy Goldberg, Lorette Gross and Lauren Segal. The committee includes President Shelley Coope and chairs Negin Ascher, Ruth Blumkin, Judy Briskin, Lynne Brookman, Allison Druyanoff, Beverly Firestein, Gina Furth, Caryl Golden, Jill Kort, Pary Mosenifar, Atoosa Nehorai, Daniele Worth Ochoa, Barbara Kaye Rothman, and Tania Tavangarian.

To purchase tickets call 323-904-4400.


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