Oscar Winning Fashion Comes to Newport!


Paris?  New York?  No need to look further than the Frank Antonio Salon on Bellevue Avenue for the extraordinary couture fashions of the great designer Oscar de la Renta.  The opening night reception for the showing, with champagne (and elegant hors d’oeuvres), to benefit the Newport Art Museum, drew fashionistas and  friends, ooohing and aaaahing, over clothes and accessories, and trying them on.

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The workmanship and fabric of Mr. de la Renta’s dresses, coats, jackets is simply superb. All the dresses shown in Newport had an oceanic tang, and a necklace shaped like shells graced many slender necks.

The long ball dresses were fit for a princess, or a Gilded Age heiress, and were guaranteed alterations by Andrew Suarez and Iana Brock from the New York showroom of Oscar de la Renta. Oh, and there were T-shirts with “Oscar” and other sequined motifs available.


Jeri Buchholz & Norah Deidrich

Frank Barbosa and Antonio Aponte, hosts,  were on hand to greet guests, and talk about the addition of a fashionboutique next to their prestigious hair and makeup salon.  Frank, who has styled such film luminaries as Sarah Jessica Parker,  said the space will be used as a “pop-up” store for things of elegance and worth that are needed or neglected in the community.

Gaby Juergens, host Antonio Aponte & Kimberly LaFontaine

“We want to do flower arrangements that are for everyone, just as the Newport florists are arranging for Newport’s large wedding and events.  And, obviously, many other designer wares."

Seen were Norah Diedrich of the Newport Art Museum, Elizabeth Kahane and Annie Baker,  Co-chairs of this year’s spectacular  gala,   IYRS’s Terry Nathan, Gaby Juergens, Peter Hill,  Bill Kahane, Gary Garabedian. and Steve and Ivy Richter, he Chairman of the Board of the Newport Art Museum.



An exquisite Oscar ball gown



Host Frank Barbosa & Iana Brock, of Oscar de la Renta New York




Elizabeth Kahane & Annie Baker




Betty Ghazarian




Fabulous Oscar jewelry



Joan Johnson-Freese




Frank Barbosa, Andrew Suarez of Oscar de la Renta, and Antonio Aponte




Young fashionista Larisa Ghazarian



Bill & Elizabeth Kahane




Terry Nathan, Elizabeth & Bill Kahane





Gaby Juergens, Annie Baker & Kimberly La Fontaine, all in Oscar de la Renta creations



Steve Richter with daughter Ivy



Laura Gorham & Krisin MacMannis  eye a dress




Mr. Aponte & Ms. Juergens



Annie Woodard & Katheerine Hul



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