Elegant Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach, opened its formidable French Tudor doors to welcome the Fashionable Women of Chapman University and their handsome escorts for a 40th anniversary dinner celebration. The upbeat summer soiree was chaired by the triad of social power on the coast, Leslie Cancellieri, Sally Crockett and Eve Kornyei. When it comes to creating a successful event, count on those three ladies to pull out the stops.
The crowd arrived as the sun set over the verdant golf course. Neiman Marcus models paraded the expansive exterior stone terrace and into the club bar as performing arts students from Chapman, including Kira Rodin and Adam Borecki, entertained.
The uber fashionable Mary Dell Barkouras, in from the desert with dapper husband Tom Johnston, wowed the crowd in a floor-length ensemble. It featured a dinner skirt of layered fluttering orange silk organza. Barkouras, a past president of The Fashionable Women, joined fellow past presidents Joan Riach-Gayner, Donna Bunce, Adrienne Brennan and Leslie Cancellieri — all major Chapman University supporters — and all among the best dressed and most engaging women on the Orange Coast.