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      January 22, 2010

      Friday   6:30 PM

      5532 North Palo Cristi Road (Hermosa Inn)
      Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253

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      Lon's Features "Designing Marilyn: Hollywood's Travilla Glamour"

      Hollywood's golden era of fashion is coming to the legendary Lon's at The Hermosa Jan. 22 with an exclusive Artist in Residence evening showcasing "Designing Marilyn: Hollywood's Travilla Glamour."

      High fashion designers Kimberley Ashley and Robert Black will present the iconic designs of Bill Travilla, best known for creating Marilyn Monroe's illustrious film costumes including one of the most famous dresses in the world -- the white accordion-pleated halter dress from the movie hit, "The Seven Year Itch."

      Capturing the elegance and nostalgia of old Hollywood, Travilla also designed Monroe's dresses for "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "How to Marry a Millionaire," "There's No Business Like Show Business," and television epics, "The Thorn Birds," "Evita," "Dallas," and "Dynasty."

      Kimberley Ashley, a respected haute couture designer with her own signature line, is a recognized authority on high fashion. She has outfitted both socialites and celebrities, served as a commentator at impressive fashion shows, lectured extensively on fashion design and is a member of the elite Fashion Group International.

      Author of the Bill Travilla biography, "The Gentleman Preferred Dressing the Blonde: The Glamorous Life of Hollywood's Travilla" and co-author of the upcoming book, "The Legendary Style of Bill Travilla," Ashley has become the single authority on the personal and professional life of Travilla, spending countless hours discovering the legacy of his style, art and fashion. She also is the founding director of The Ashley Travilla Fashion Foundation.

      Robert Black, synonymous with fashion and the most beautiful faces in Phoenix, created the Southwest's top model and talent agency, the FORD/Robert Black Agency. As the acquisitions director for The Ashley Travilla Fashion Foundation, he partnered with Ashley to co-author "The Legendary Style of Bill Travilla." As a long-time collector of vintage fashion and jewelry, Black recently opened the new upscale vintage boutique, Fashion by Robert Black, in Scottsdale. He also is a member of Fashion Group International.

      The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-dinner wine reception where guests will have the exclusive opportunity to mingle with Kimberley Ashley and Robert Black. Bringing to life the golden era of beauty and glamour, a presentation will follow dinner on the design and art of fashion, with a fascinating journey of the Bill Travilla collection with dresses and images illuminating his distinctive style for Marilyn Monroe.

      Models from the FORD/Robert Black Agency will provide a private fashion show of Travilla costumes -- some unveiled for the first time -- from The Ashley Travilla Fashion Foundation collection.

      Guests will enjoy a sumptuous four-course dinner prepared especially for the occasion showcasing Lon's Artful American culinary style featuring shrimp cocktail; arugula and fennel salad with local citrus and goat cheese; butter-braised Maine lobster and pecan wood-grilled beef tenderloin; and apple blueberry streusel for dessert.

      Vintage red and white wines will be personally selected for the event by Lon's sommelier. The cost for the Artist in Residence Evening Dinner is $99 per person, inclusion of tax and gratuity.

      The Hermosa Inn is offering a special package for the Artist in Residence Series that includes an overnight stay in the newly renovated casita, four-course dinner with wine pairings, pre-dinner reception, question-and-answer time with Kimberley Ashley and Robert Black, fashion show of the Travilla collection and breakfast the following morning. Packages start from $398 based on double occupancy.

      Advance reservations for this special Artist in Residence evening are required. Please phone Lon's at 602-955-7878.

      Lon's comfortable environment features an elegant dining room with wood-beamed ceilings, vintage Western artifacts and beehive fireplaces that accent the meandering dining space. The charming setting includes the artworks of the historic inn's original owner, cowboy artist Lon Megargee.

      Lon's at The Hermosa is located at 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road in Paradise Valley, Ariz. For more information, visit and

      Cost: Payment required - $99 per person $398 for overnight package, based on double occupancy

      Categories: Film | Food & Wine

      Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.
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