EVENTS WITH ORIANNE COLLINS - PHILANTHROPIST, DESIGNER & ENTREPRENEUR / by Eric Monteiro

Thierry Isambert Culinary and Event Design has catered and coordinated events for Orianne Collins's corporate and charitable events in South Florida since 2015, including unveiling her new jewelry collection at the OC JEWELLERY boutique at Fendi Casa, the grand opening of the OC CONCEPT STORE, and dinner for 400 at the 2016 LITTLE DREAMS FOUNDATION gala.

Based in Miami, the Little Dreams Foundation, founded by Phil and Orianne Collins in 2000, allows extraordinarily talented children to dream big and pursue their goals in the fields of music, sport, theater and art. Children without the financial means to achieve their goals are offered lessons and mentorship from professionals in their field thanks to this remarkable charity. The foundation supports children in Florida and around the globe, with hundreds of children worldwide realizing their full potential, and many of them achieving notoriety.  

 ORIANNE & PHIL COLLINS WITH SONS, NICHOLAS AND MATTHEW [Photo: Courtesy of the LDF and Mitchell Zachs]

ORIANNE & PHIL COLLINS WITH SONS, NICHOLAS AND MATTHEW [Photo: Courtesy of the LDF and Mitchell Zachs]

At the time the Little Dreams Foundation was founded, Orianne Collins had her own communications and events company in Switzerland. “We used to receive a lot of demands from young aspiring talents to help them realize their dreams and to help them go to school,” says Orianne. “ We used to send checks individually to people, then one day we said why don’t we just create a foundation.” Phil drew the logo and it all fell into place really easily. “When things seem to work that quickly, when things fall into place like that, sometimes that’s the best omen,” Phil told Ocean Drive magazine in a 2014 interview.

 Portrait of Orianne by ROMERO BRITTO, one of the LDF mentors

Portrait of Orianne by ROMERO BRITTO, one of the LDF mentors

Orianne Collins is a woman of many talents - a dedicated mother to three sons and an accomplished jewelry designer, she has also been recognized many times with awards for her philanthropic activities. In 2006, she designed her first pieces with VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, which were sold to benefit the Little Dreams Foundation. This opened up a new avenue for Orianne to express her creative talents, and she created OC JEWELLERY, her own line of exquisitely refined jewelry. A percentage of the jewelry sales goes towards supporting the Little Dreams Foundation.

A brand new OC JEWELRY boutique is being renovated and is scheduled to open in the Miami Design District's prestigious Palm Court this Fall.

In December 2016, Thierry Isambert Culinary and Event Design's event coordinator, Elysabeth Saccone, worked with Orianne's team to cater the grand opening of the OC CONCEPT STORE in the Design District. In addition to Orianne's jewelry, the store features a carefully curated array of beautiful items across multiple product categories that reflect Orianne Collins’s personal style.

 Photos: World Redeye

Photos: World Redeye

Thierry Isambert’s team also catered the 3 course, sit-down dinner for 400 VIP guests at the 2016 Little Dreams Foundation Annual Gala in Miami Beach. The Gala marked the first time that Phil Collins took to the stage since his retirement in 2011, and the excitement was palpable as he shared the stage with a group of children being mentored by the Little Dreams Foundation. 

Orianne and Phil’s son, Nicholas, backed his father on drums for the first time ever at the 2016 gala. He has gone from strength to strength since then, performing “In the Air Tonight” with his father at the globally live streamed opening of the US Open in New York. Nic is also slated to play drums on Phil Collins’s comeback tour this summer, kicking off at the Royal Albert Hall in London and wrapping with a huge outdoor concert in Hyde Park at the end of June.

Read more about the LITTLE DREAMS FOUNDATION here, and last year's DREAMING ON THE BEACH gala here. 

 NIC COLLINS ON DRUMS AT THE LDF GALA IN MIAMI, MARCH 11, 2016 [Photos courtesy of the LDF and Mitchell Zachs]

NIC COLLINS ON DRUMS AT THE LDF GALA IN MIAMI, MARCH 11, 2016 [Photos courtesy of the LDF and Mitchell Zachs]