- Dressed to the 9s: A Roaring 20s Affair -
Well, last week was a complete whirlwind between the normal full time job, manager with me for a day, preparation for the Junior League of Houston Opening Style Show, and then the show itself… all crunched into 3 little days since Monday was a holiday. So, if you were wondering where I was hiding, chairing the JLH Opening Style Show was that rock under which I hid :) This is the anniversary of 90 years of the Junior League of Houston (1925), so “Dressed to the 9s: A Roaring 20s Affair” theme celebrated the milestone.
You may have kept up with the excitement on Instagram, but I wanted to share with you all the wonderful 1 day, 2 show event that I was so overjoyed to have been a part of. Local Houston boutique TOOTSIES provided the amazing Fall fashions for the occasion and hit it out of the park with makeup for the models provided by Vanity Lounge and hair by Azur Salon. See, the Junior League’s Opening Style Show consists of volunteer models that year after year rock the runway. Each of these ladies works (most full-time) and gives of their time to help further the Junior League of Houston’s mission. And, TOOTSIES did an incredible job of dressing each volunteer in outfits that flattered and were on trend from contemporary pieces to high end designer.
For the evening show, TOOTSIES Creative Director Fady Armanious was there to show some of the Fall Trends before they hit the runway: 60s inspiration, Fur and Feathers, Knit Dressing, Bordeaux, Fringe, Metallics, Athletic Wear, Moto Jackets, Crossbody Bags, and Pointed Toe Pumps while guests received a “Fady’s Five Fall Faves” on their table to enjoy (complete with the most incredible small YSL crossbody bag in red).
My entire Special Events Team along with the Tea Room Director, Development Vice President, and Junior League President were all adorned in luxurious jewels from one of the Junior League of Houston’s Community Partners - Tenenbaum & Co. You can see the sparkling pieces I wore above which complimented the 20s theme perfectly! The platinum, emerald, and diamond tassel necklace was the first piece I was drawn to in the store which we layered with a platinum, black and white diamond necklace. The Art deco platinum and diamond bracelet (31.25 cttw) was a must for the roaring 20s affair next to an Edwardian platinum, emerald, and diamond bracelet to compliment the tassel necklace. Topping off the look were a 3.00cttw platinum and diamond ring and 6.80cttw Platinum and diamond chandelier earrings. I felt like a princess and was lucky to wear such unique pieces for the day! To top it off, Tenenbaum & Co will give 10% off to you and 5% back to the Junior League for any customer who mentions the Junior League of Houston. You don’t have to be a member! Just go shop (there’s even an ‘Under $2500’ section) and save!
For table decor, the 20s and the Great Gatsby were my inspiration. Working with Darryl & Co (who so graciously donated the majority of the the decor), we decided on the mirror boxes with flowers, feathers, and pearls, candelabras dripping in crystals, fresh hydrangeas, roses, and stock in julep vases, and skinny tea light lamps with black shades. It feels so good when your vision executes the way you saw it. It was a fashionable 20s dream!
And, how about the superbly 20s menus with black and white stripes and gold accents? Houston Junior League member and owner of Katie & Co created the marvelous menus!
Before I go on to what I wore (other than the stunning jewels), as I’m sure you love the looks on the models pictured, here’s a run down of the pieces you can find at TOOTSIES (top photo to bottom):
- RICK OWENS LILIES brown wrap knit dress with VELVET BY GRAHAM & SPENCER brown shearling vest
- J BRAND cognac leather moto jacket with ELIZABETH & JAMES ivory sweater and RAG & BONE fly-away blouse, DL1961 ivory skinny cropped jeans, & ELIZABETH & JAMES calf hair shoulder bag
- AG PHILLIPS burgundy dress, JULIE COLLECTION jewelry, ELAINE TURNER leopard clutch
- CATHERINE DEANE fuschia embroidered-back gown
- HERVE LEGER rose gold bandage gown, EDDIE BORGO rosegold choker
Of course, I wore a little number from TOOTSIES, as well. McQ by Alexander McQueen’s lace trim dress has a little 20s flair but is modern and beautiful! My silver Saint Laurent Thorn pump played well to the sparkle of the Tenenbaum & Co jewels while being on trend for fall with both a metallic color and pointed toes. The talented stylists at Azur Salon and Vanity Lounge gave my hair a more voluminous look and made my face stage ready!
A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make “Dressed to the 9s: A Roaring 20s Affair” the best style show yet! Including TOOTSIES, Vanity Lounge, Azur Salon, Darryl & Co, Katie & Co, Wendy Norwood Patterson; Swag bag contributors: GoldenThread Jewelry, Jouer Cosmetics, Petite Sweets, Paisley House, Briargrove Animal Clinic & Natural Paws, Sam & lilli, Tenenbaum & Co, & Mattress Firm; the Special Events Team Assistant Chairmen - Cherish Bradshaw and Katie Kildal; the entire JLH Tea Room and Front Office staffs; Tea Room Director, Development Vice President, President, and all Executive Board; and to all of the members and friends who came out for the show! Every single person contributed to the Junior League’s commitment to “Building A Better Community.”