Naeem Khan's Couture a Runway Hit for the Old Globe


July 21st, 2009 brought out the well dressed set at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina for a fashion luncheon. And it was all for a great cause, the Globe Guilders, a dedicated group of women, with a few men in tow, who raise funds for the Old Globe Theatre and its educational programs.

Guests gathered to peruse silent auction items, sip champagne, mingle, and meet the featured designer, Naeem Khan. That's the worldwide renown designer Naeem Khan!

Honorary Chair Karen Cohn with Designer Naeem Khan


Among the many there to enjoy the event were Lee Goldberg, Pat Whalen, she bid big during the live auction, Fran Golden, Dianne Bashor in yet another beautiful Fe Zandi suit, Ovie Cowling, Linda Swortwood, Dixie Unruh, Fern Murphy, she's the Globe Guilder President, Jennifer Greenfield in Versace, Rana Sampson, Reena Horowitz, Lynda Kerr in Naeem Khan accessorized by a Tamara Alter custom pearl necklace, Joy Furby, Nina Doede, and Iris Strauss.

Iris is very happily back on the social scene after dealing with back issues. And we're happy to have her back too!

More there included Colette Royston, Bea Epsten, Barbara ZoBell, Jake Figi in a pretty knit Missoni, Jeanne Carlstead, Dana Alkasmi in a Pucci dress with a Valentino patent and pink purse, Sheryl White in Naeem Khan with Dries Van Noten shoes, and Karen Cohn in Carolina Hererra.

Karen served as Honorary Chair. She and husband Donald Cohn hosted the Patrons Party the night before.

Also there were Chair Pamela Stafford, Co-chair Marly daRosa, Darlene Davies, Gigi Cramer, Peggy Matthews, Kristi Pieper with her son Dane, social columnist Burl Stiff, Sally B. Thornton, Kay Hopkins, Carol Hasson, Barbara Bloom, Doreen Schonbrun, the Globe's Lou Spisto, he is the Executive Director, Todd Schultz of the Globe, Carole Laventhol, and Joyce Glazer with her right hand man, Gilbert Meza.

Valerie Cooper was there in a beautiful dress by Dior. The color was a rich purple. Friends joining Valerie included Emma Zuckerman, Tanya Brandes in a brilliantly cut white Versace dress, Diane Clarke, Rose Marie Piptone, Charlotte Hogue, Jeanne Jones, Judy Corrente, Nancy Gold in Oscar de la Renta, Denise Hug in Trina Turk, and one lucky reporter in Jordan.

Lunch was Chef Steve Black perfect. The mixed green herb salad with unusual ingredients like cucumber noodles, mint, dill, basil and cilantro was followed by chicken spinach crepes, and a light lemon mousse dessert with shortbread bar and dark chocolate bites.

Then it was time for the fashion show produced in conjunction with Neiman Marcus. With a song theme of the 'The Sun is Down," Denise Hug's favorite, models wearing Naeem Khan's beautiful designs..... well the photos speak for themselves!


p.s. - don't miss the Globe Gala and the World Premiere of the 'First Wives Club,' click for details.


first the reception photos....

Dianne Bashor with Fran Golden, Denise Hug and Ovie Cowling

Nina Doede and Jeannie Carlstead ** Sheryl White

Tanya Brandes with Naeem Khan and Jeanne Jones

Darlene Davies with Peggy Matthews ** Dane with his mother Kristi Pieper

Dana Alkasmi ** Carol Hasson ** Denise Hug

Rachel Martin with Joni Alpert ** Tanya Brandes with Linda Swortwood

Mary Johnson with Chris Bresky ** Rita Szczotka with Lola Green

Rana Sampson with Jessica Johnson ** Gigi Cramer with Joyce Dostart

Charlotte Hogue with Diane Clarke

Tanya Brandes with Denise Hug

Linda Chester with Cristull Hasson and Karen Fox

Betty Peabody with Nancy Spector

Karen Cohn with Naeem Khan and Lyndy Carreiro

Karen Cohn with Naeem Khan ** Lynda Kerr

Debbie Case with Lee Goldberg ** Jennifer Greenfield

Tanya Brandes with Naeem Khan

Tanya Brandes with Naeem Khan

Sheryl White's Dries Von Noten Shoes!

Rose Marie Pipitone with Emma Zuckeman


The Naeem Khan Fashion Show!

~ presented by Neiman Marcus ~


reported by Margo Schwab



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