The Country Friends to honor two of own

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Country Friends announced that it will pay tribute to the late Betty C. Zable and Betty L. Mabee at this year’s Art of Fashion, the annual luncheon and runway show presented Sept. 23 in partnership with South Coast Plaza at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.
The event begins with Luncheon on the Lawn at The Inn, followed by the runway show, and concludes with Apres Affaire, a wine tasting hosted by Falkner Winery.
“Mrs. Zable and Mrs. Mabee, longtime members of The Country Friends, are being honored for their commitment to community,” said Andrea Naversen, chair of the Art of Fashion. “Although each was unique, their lives bear striking similarities. Married to powerful men, Mrs. Zable and Mrs. Mabee were powers in their own right, raising families and contributing generously to a variety of community causes.”
Zable was a member of the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, Friends of the First Ladies, the San Diego Symphony and the Old Globe Theatre. Mabee was a founding member of Angels of Aseltine Auxiliary and Gold Diggers, to name just a few of her charitable causes. Both women loved horses. Zable spent childhood weekends riding in Central Park. Mabee became a successful horse breeder.
This year’s Art of Fashion features the fall/winter collections of Emilio Pucci, Ermenegildo Zegna, Marni, MaxMara, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Saks Fifth Avenue, St. John and Versace.
“We are thrilled to have such an incredible line-up of designers taking part in this year’s show,” said Jeanne Lucia, president of The Country Friends. “We look forward to a fabulous afternoon of philanthropy and fashion.”
Throughout the day, the boutiques of South Coast Plaza will offer the latest trends in clothing, handbags, jewelry, eyewear and other accessories. Participating retailers include Christofle, Emilio Pucci, Ermenegildo Zegna, Frette, Marni, Max Mara, Michael Kors, Tod’s and Versace.

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