DESTINATION: GLAMOUR

DESTINATION: GLAMOUR

Up, up and away we go in our spring fantasy extravaganza. Dressed deliriously diaphanous and very dreamy, we’re making plans to be whisked away soon. Here, in this season’s most eclectic choices, join us as we set our sights on the horizon for the brighter future ahead.

Photography by Mark Oberlin                Styling by Dion “Bleu” Drake

Make-up by Tatiyana Elias using TMF Cosmetics & Ipsum Skin

Hair by Candace Gallegos using Unite Hair Care

Model: Anna Iurkova, State Management, Los Angeles

Sittings Producer: Lance Avery Morgan

PLAYING ALL THE ANGLES

PLAYING ALL THE ANGLES

A stellar impression starts from the ground up, so why not make yours with the most colorful, pastel, and perfectly chic shoes that spring has to offer? Any heel height will do, because it’s all about a towering attitude as the weather turns warmer, according to our Lance Avery Morgan.

Belgian Crystal Embellished Slingback Sandal

Belgian Crystal Embellished Slingback Sandal, by Amina Muaddi, $1030. At Bergdorf Goodman

The Line Sandal, by Boettega Veneta, $930. At Bottega Veneta

The Line Sandal, by Boettega Veneta, $930. At Bottega Veneta

Lock and Key Sandal, by Ton Ford, $1150. At Tom Ford

Lock and Key Sandal, by Ton Ford, $1150. At Tom Ford

Rose Amelie Ankle Wrap Sandal, by Christian Louboutin, $995. At Neiman Marcus

Rose Amelie Ankle Wrap Sandal, by Christian Louboutin, $995. At Neiman Marcus

Hangisi Crystal Buckle Satin Flat, by Manolo Blahnik, $995. At Neiman Marcus

Hangisi Crystal Buckle Satin Flat, by Manolo Blahnik, $995. At Neiman Marcus

Patent Leather Buckle Wedge Sandal, Roger Vivier, $875. At Neiman Marcus

Patent Leather Buckle Wedge Sandal, Roger Vivier, $875. At Neiman Marcus

Flower Halter Kitten Heel, By Prada, $995. At Neiman Marcus

Flower Halter Kitten Heel, By Prada, $995. At Neiman Marcus

Satin sandal, by Rene Caovilla, $980. At Saks Fifth Avenue

Satin sandal, by Rene Caovilla, $980. At Saks Fifth Avenue

Basette Pearly Stud Napa Flat, by Jimmy Choo, $675. At Jimmy Choo.jpg

Basette Pearly Stud Napa Flat, by Jimmy Choo, $675. At Jimmy Choo.jpg

Karma Crystal Ankle Wrap Sanda, by Amina Muaddi, $1345. Bergdorf Goodman

Karma Crystal Ankle Wrap Sanda, by Amina Muaddi, $1345. Bergdorf Goodman

Promenade Sandal, by Fendi, $850. At Fendi

Promenade Sandal, by Fendi, $850. At Fendi

Turqouise Tulle Satin Colibri Slingbacks, by Fendi, $980. At Fendi

Turqouise Tulle Satin Colibri Slingbacks, by Fendi, $980. At Fendi

Net Ankle Tie Pumps, by Bottega Veneta, $930. At Bottega Veneta

Net Ankle Tie Pumps, by Bottega Veneta, $930. At Bottega Veneta

YSL Opyum Sandal. $1150, by Saint Laurent. At Saint Laurent

YSL Opyum Sandal. $1150, by Saint Laurent. At Saint Laurent

THE STARS MUST GO ON

THE STARS MUST GO ON

14TH Annual Center for Child Protection’s Dancing With The Stars Goes Virtual

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by Jeff Loftin, Haley Plotkin and MJ Routh

THE SETTING: Residences around Austin recently hosted small, socially safe gatherings in support of one of the cities most highly anticipated annual events. The Center for Child Protection took the 14th annual Dancing with the Stars gala online. The virtual event had over a thousand viewers, from Austin and beyond, glued to their screens for a night of dancing and fundraising. It proved that the show must go on, and in this case, the dance must go on, because the needs of our communities remain as urgent and important as ever.

 

THE STYLE: The small gatherings featured supporters wearing their favorite cocktail attire, while others opted to stay at home for a date night while dressed in their finest black-tie ensembles. As guests took to their screens for the evening’s program, they enjoyed the proceedings, which flowed with ease, thanks to emcees Glenn Ball and Holly Mills Gardner. Donors also received a welcome kit from the Center that featured ingredients for the event’s signature cocktail, The Tequila Tango, to help folks find their groove. Video instructions on how to mix them were provided by Society Texas’ own Lance Avery Morgan and Rob Giardinelli.

 

Patrons were then treated to eleven spectacular routines where viewers watched each duo Rip it Up on the dance floor, Vogue a pose, have Sweet Dreams of this Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and head out to the Wild Wild West. Each routine featured color commentary from celebrity judges Gary Little, JR Martinez, and Venus Strawn. Between dance takes, there was a live auction item, the highlight of which was Project Graduation, where donors had the opportunity to sponsor an event that allows for teens exiting the foster care system to begin their adult lives. The festivities were capped off by declaring the winners of the 2020 Dancing with the Stars, Julie Jumonville and Travis Herman, followed by an after-party featuring the tunes of DJ Hexum.

 

THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Tracey Marshall and Jenny Mason, raised over $685,000 for the Center for Child Protection. The Center is a nationally accredited children’s advocacy center. In 2019, it provided forensic interviews, medical exams, counseling, and interventions to help begin the healing process from trauma for nearly 3,000 abused children.

OFF TO THE RACES

OFF TO THE RACES

Turtle Creek Conservancy Hosts Virtual 12th Annual Day At The Races

 

By Cynthia Smoot     Photography by James Edward Photography

THE SETTING: With the pandemic’s social distancing protocols still in place, the Turtle Creek Conservancy hosted their Twelfth Annual Day at the Races virtually. Streaming from Arlington Hall, guests enjoyed Derby Day’s excitement in the comfort of their own home, with the event raising almost $113,000.

 

THE STYLE: The sponsors and patrons received a festive hat box filled with Derby-inspired goodies that included all manners of tasty treats, an Angry Orchard straw derby hat, a t-shirt, as well as horse racing wagering tickets. Guests tuned in to watch a live broadcast hosted by the Conservancy’s CEO Gay Donnell Willis and Louis Murad of Murad Auctions.

 

The CAUSE: The event was led by its chairs, Courtney Edwards and Reanae Seth, with community chairs, Leigh and Brian Danley, while Julie and Frank Reedy served as honorary chairs. The Day at the Races Derby event benefits the Turtle Creek Conservancy, whose mission is the care and preservation of Arlington Hall and Turtle Creek Park. Modeled after the Central Park Conservancy in New York, the nonprofit organization manages two treasured City assets where Dallasites have made cherished memories for generations.

LIKE A WALK IN THE PARK

LIKE A WALK IN THE PARK

Buffalo Bayou Partnership Picnic Celebrates Five Years Of Buffalo Bayou Park

 

By Jennifer Roosth     Photography by Jenny Antill

THE SETTING: Over 200 Houstonians (135 in-person and 85 virtually at home) joined together for a magical evening to celebrate Buffalo Bayou Park’s fifth anniversary. The Park, is an essential public space in Houston during good times…and even more so when times are challenging. Guests experienced a socially distanced, intimate, and elegant picnic al fresco with garden lights beaming under the stars. Jazzy sounds by José-Miguel Yamal Phase One filled the air as guests opened their picnic baskets packed with a delicious meal by A Fare Extraordinaire.

 

THE STYLE: Bergner & Johnson provided the magical outdoor setting complete with colorful wildflower centerpieces. Jo’s Mini Mobile Bar was on hand as a whimsical setting for the event’s signature cocktail; a blood orange margarita dubbed Buffalo Rita. Guests were also treated to a performance by ROCO to showcase the orchestra’s musical scavenger hunt currently installed throughout Buffalo Bayou Park through the end of the year. Anthony DiLorenzo’s unique piece, Anthem of Hope: Houston Strong, originally written for the heroes of Hurricane Harvey, was recently re-commissioned to celebrate our frontline COVID workers.

THE PURPOSE: The live event took place at the Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park. Winifred and Carleton Riser, and Leslie and Shannon Sasser chaired the event. Thanks to the picnic co-chairs and generous donors, the evening raised close to $350,000 for Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s (BBP) support and operating expenses, allowing the non-profit organization to continue revitalizing, maintaining, and activating Buffalo Bayou. Nancy and Rich Kinder, not in attendance, were also recognized for their generous contributions towards BBP and the enhancement of Buffalo Bayou. During the opening remarks, Mayor Sylvester Turner praised BBP and awarded Anne Olson a proclamation of Anne Olson Day. The proclamation celebrated Olson’s 25th anniversary as BBP president and recognized her visionary leadership of Buffalo Bayou Partnership and commitment to making Houston a greener and greater city.