Families, friends and business associates enjoyed the night’s festivities at Torrey Hills Center for ‘Taste of Torrey – Gila Runway’ on Sept. 12. The event was a community-minded collaboration of the Torrey Hills Shopping Center, The Carmel Valley Life’s David A. Moya and the Gila Rut Aveda Salon with Michael P. Hart, Director of Sales, Marketing & Events.

The evening was a case of cuisine and couture for a cause, as the community turned out in droves to sample the delicious food prepared by the Torrey Hills Center’s restaurants – compliments of the house! The menu included BBQ Republic, Daphne’s, Edible Arrangements and Taste of Italy. A Silent Auction was arranged by DonationsMatch founder Renee Zau to raise funds for The Parent Connection, San Diego’s largest parent support group. The whole experience culminated in a red- carpet Fall fashion show presented by the Gila Rut Aveda Salon; clothes from W by Worth and jewelry from Stella and Dot.

The Gila Rut hair and make-up design team previewed many of the looks they showed simultaneously at New York Fashion Week, including intricate braids with multi-textures, smoky-shadowed eyes and deeper, more vibrant lips for the fashion season. The team at ‘Taste of Torrey –Gila Runway’ included stylists Britta Schramm, Siobhan Duffy-Smith and Elida Dozal, colorists Laura Cross and Christine Gamalinda plus make-up artists Michael P. Hart and Brittney MacGregor.