Oscar and Friends Save the Lake

Guests arrived on the Chris Craft boat Thunderbird.

This weekend’s Oscar de la Renta fashion show and luncheon benefit, sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue at the Fritz family home in Lake Tahoe, raised $600,000 for the League to Save Lake Tahoe.

Everyone was so happy to see Oscar, who couldn’t make it last year. Perhaps happiest to see him was Dede Wilsey, his friend, fan and loyal customer. Don’t they look like they’re having a good time? Dede was overheard saying “No one in San Francisco probably has a bigger collection of Oscar de la Renta than I do.” And no wonder — she always looks fabulous in his designs.

But one wonders if Dede might have new competition as an Oscar collector. Google executive Marissa Mayer donated $60,000 for lunch with the designer during the auction, which raised a total of $200,000. She’ll also get an invitation to his February show in New York and be given a private tour of his atelier. Keep it up, Marissa, and you just might become the best dressed woman in Silicon Valley.

(L. to R. Allison Speer/ Azie Fritz, a chic friend, and Leslie Fritz/ J.J. Fritz)

But of course it’s hard to go wrong when you’re wearing Oscar, as Allison Speer and Azie Fritz demonstrated. Ooops! Looks like they forgot to coordinate their Tahoe wardrobe (see above.) I’d be tempted to do an US Magazine “Who Wore It Better” thing, but they both look great!


Thomas Gibbons took these and many more wonderful shots of the event. And if after looking at them you wish you had been there too, don’t fret — there’s always next year!

Lona Wais, delightful in black and white.

Rosemary Baker does lakeside chic in hat and shades.

Sally Debenham, smashing in a crisp white shirt.

Caroline Qvale, so youthful and fun!

Cheryl Fordham, VP and GM of Saks Fifth Avenue, is so elegant — and look at that dashing man she’s with. Oh Oscar!

Emmy Andrews is just lovely in her beautifully cut spring-time suit.

And let us not forget hats. Tahoe ladies love their hats.

Meriwether McGettigan

Cia Townsend and Laura Fay

Allison Speer and Therese Post

SFluxe thanks Thomas Gibbons for permission to share his photos with all of you. I hope you’ve enjoyed them!