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 SocialMiami.com's editor-in-chief. A journalist covering money, people and power, Graff contributes to magazines including Maxim, Glamour and Harper's Bazaar. Once a correspondent for Reuters, her nationally syndicated column ran first in the Miami Herald and then in newspapers across the country including the Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star and The State. A former U.S. government economist, Graff's book "Not Buying It: Stop Overspending and Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids" was featured in outlets such as USA Today, US News & World Report, The Today Show, BravoTV.com, and Forbes.com. Graff, a regular on Washington DC's most popular morning show, GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON, is a frequent guest major network television affiliates across the country including CBS, NBC, CW, and ABC.