Oscar de la Renta at Intercontinental

Famed designer receives standing ovation


By Brett Graff


Oscar de la Renta at the Sur Futuro Foundation's
annual luncheon at the Hotel Intercontinental
Photo by Manny Hernandez
Famed fashion designer Oscar de la Renta lured a large and luxurious crowd to Miami’s Hotel Intercontinental with a fashion show and personal appearance to benefit Sur Futuro Foundation, an organization that fights poverty in the Dominican Republic.

Guests – who included Toby Ansin, Elysze Held, Ana Somarriba, Yolanda Berkowitz, Jennifer Valoppi, Swanee DiMare, Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard, Trish Bell and many more - were invited to sip Rum Brugal cocktails and enjoy filet mignon as they were dazzled by the designer’s 2011 pre-fall collection. His creations came in bold oranges, bright greens, shell pinks and magical blacks, each one igniting gasps throughout the crowd and a standing ovation after the finale.

“Oscar de la Renta’s clothes are classics — not disposable fashion,” says Giselle Remos, who arrived in a Town Car and headed up a table of 10 style-setters. “You can keep them in your closet for ages. But besides being a great designer, he supports humanitarian causes.”

In addition to lending his collections and his time, Mr. de la Renta donated a $10,000 gift certificate to his Bal Harbour boutique, which was raffled off and won by Maria Cruz Waterhouse and Luz Estella Hulzet.

Meanwhile, corporate sponsor Cartier conducted a drawing for the Cartier La Dona ladies watch, which went to Liliam Kamley. While community collaborator Tortuga Bay donated a five-day stay at their Dominican Republic property, handing the vacation over to a very lucky Laura Pimentel.


Brett Graff is a former U.S. government economist who today reports on money, power and the economic forces affecting real people. Dubbed “The Home Economist,” her work has appeared in The Miami Herald, Glamour, Maxim, Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook, Ladies’ Home Journal, Parents and Cosmopolitan. Online, she’s the financial expert for TheNest.com and writes for Bankrate.com, Yahoo! finance, Fox Business News, MSN.com, ModernMan.com, TheHomeEconomist.com and more. She lives in Key Biscayne with her husband and daughters.