Friday, November 7, 2014


Event to raise thousands for non-profit focused on empowering disadvantaged women to achieve social and economic self-sufficiency

Top row (left to right): John Winfield, Raymond Dale, Jonathon Collopy, Roberto De Gregorio, Dave Carothers, George Gould, Brent Wilsey, Patrick Kruer, Matthew Shillingburg.Bottom Row (left to right): Bibbi Herrmann Conner, Carmela Koenig, Laurie Black, Sally B. Thornton, Hélène Gould, Mina Kooklani, Lola Green, Jo Ann Kilty Not shown in the picture: Paul Chasan, Darcy Delano Smith, Kathleen Connor, Shelley Zimmerman, Teri Valentina Rios
Local television personality and producer of Fashion Forward® Leonard Simpson has announced the fashion designers who will be contributing to the theatrical show at the 2014 “10 Best Dress Awards”. Proceeds from the 7th annual gala and show will support Dress for Success San Diego, a non-profit focused on empowering disadvantaged women to achieve social and economic self-sufficiency.

Fashion designers from as far as Vietnam will be providing male and female apparel for the fashion show produced by Fashion Forward®, a fashion production company known internationally for its’ over the top theatrical runway performances. The designers include: Vo Viet Chung, Inoe Vargas, Gladis Pleitez, Accommatteo, Fushion Glass Co., Puey Quinones, Karla Lamas, Furs by Graf, J. Hilburn Men’s Clothier, Oseas Villatoro, Rocky Gathercole Atelier, PK Bijoux Couture and A Better Deal Tuxedo.

The highly anticipated award ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 13th at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. Celebrity actress Vanessa Williams, who has starred in television series like Soul Food and movies like New Jack City, will be in attendance to receive Leonard Simpson’s 2014 Best Actress and Style award.

The show will include a hosted cocktail reception, theatrical show, awards ceremony, formal dinner, as well as a silent and live auction. The theme of this year’s gala is “A Moment in Time.” Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to be served at 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $150 per person and are available at

The beneficiary of the Leonard Simpson’s 2014 “10 Best Dressed Awards” gala is Dress for Success San Diego, a local non-profit focused exclusively on empowering disadvantaged to women acquire jobs, build careers and improve the quality of life for their families. Dress for Success San Diego’s mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The non-profit has served nearly 9,000 local women since 1998. For more information about Dress for Success San Diego visit:

Vo Viet Chung -
Inoe Vargas -
Accommatteo -
Fushion Glass Co. -
Furs by Graf -
J. Hilburn Men’s Clothier -
Rocky Gathercole Atelier -

A Better Deal Tuxedo -

Leonard Simpson is creator of Fashion Forward®, an internationally known fashion production company with more than two decades of experience producing high-style fashion shows, television segments and Broadway-style shows nationwide. Leonard’s television credits include ten years as the producer and on‐air host of his own style weekly segments on San Diego’s KUSI 9 Good Morning San Diego, five years as an ABC commentator live from the red carpet at the Academy Awards, co-host and segment producer for the Southern regional Emmys. He has appeared on VH1, E Tonight, E!, CBS, NBC, FOX, UT TV, TWC and covered many fashion events in New York for Fashion Week, Fashion TV, Canada. Leonard played the lead actor in the full feature film, Fashionably L.A. From designing an award-winning jewelry line carried at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, to becoming the youngest person ever to win the Lifetime Achievement Award in Fashion, Leonard is a man in the know when it comes to what’s in and what’s out in the fashion world. For more information about Leonard Simpson, visit:

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