» Vogue and Lexus Open Fall Fashion Season Published 08/18/2006 Celebrating its mutual passion for beautiful design, Lexus and Vogue for the first time
will present the "The Lexus Fashion Preview" fashion show at the 56th
Annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. On Friday, Aug. 18, more than
1,500 guests will enjoy the luxurious, invitation-only event that will
showcase collections from the next generation of young American design
talent.
   
The show -- hosted by Sally Singer, Vogue's fashion news and features
director -- will reveal the collections from the finalists of the
prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund
initiative. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition is the fashion
industry's intense search for the talent that will emerge as the next great
American designer. Selected from a field of hundreds of initial applicants,
the 10 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists will compete for the top prize of
$200,000 and the opportunity to be mentored by the fashion industry's top
designers and executives.
   
Sharing the runway with fall's leading fashions is the fourth annual
Lexus SC Pebble Beach Edition retractable hardtop convertible. The SC
features an exclusive color combination of starfire pearl exterior with
pimento red leather interior, accented with black birds-eye maple wood
trim. Pebble Beach badging throughout the SC marks the vehicles' limited
edition status. Lexus remains the sole automotive partner with The Pebble
Beach Company and is the preferred vehicle of Pebble Beach Resorts.
   
"Lexus is delighted with what we hope is the beginning of a long-term
partnership with Vogue, an international driving force in fashion and
culture," said Deborah Meyer, vice president of marketing for Lexus. "Our
relationship highlights the affinity between fashion and automotive
design."
   
Following the fashion show, guests will be feted with an elegant
cocktail reception showcasing the Lexus SC Pebble Beach edition and other
selected Lexus models, and lavish silent auction prizes to benefit CFDA.
   
About Lexus
   
Lexus has become synonymous with luxury since its introduction in 1989.
By offering some of the finest quality luxury vehicles and providing
benchmark customer service, Lexus has become the top-selling luxury
nameplate in the United States for five years in a row. Lexus and its 220
dealers have repeatedly achieved high honors for both the products they
sell and the customer service they provide as rated by the independent
research firm of J.D. Power and Associates. For more information on Lexus
and its products visit http://www.Lexus.com.
   
About the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund
   
Launched in 2004, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is an unprecedented award
program that combines a financial prize with business mentoring to promote
the next wave of young American talent. The selection process involves
narrowing down over hundreds of initial applicants to 10 finalists and
ultimately an overall winner and two secondary winners. Prior to final
selection, these ten finalists present their work and their business plan
to a panel of fashion industry leaders, all of whom put the designers
through rigorous questioning, studio visits and fashion presentations.
    About Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
    The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance takes place annually and is the
world's premier automobile show. Every August, automobile aficionados visit
the Monterey Peninsula to pay homage to history's finest and most
spectacular automotive names.
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