Junior League Houston Opening Day Fashion Show

By Jennifer Roosth – Photography by Emile Brown


THE SETTING: The Junior League of Houston and Tootsies welcomed 300 guests and debuted the season’s hottest fashion trends at this year’s Opening Style Show Fashion Unlocked. The annual Opening Day event  highlighted fashion and philanthropy as well as officially marked the beginning of the Junior League  fall season programing.

Junior League members hit the runway to model the chic ensembles curated by Tootsies’ Fady Armanious and showcased trends like animal print, pumped-up 80s-era volume with dramatic sleeves and shoulders and lots of shine (glitter, sequins, velvet, and satin) from designers such as Carolina Herrera, Alice + Olivia, Veronica Beard, Marchesa, and more.

THE STYLE: Guests enjoyed the three-course cuisine that was provided by the Junior League Tea Room, which included a baby spinach and arugula salad, braised beef short ribs with asparagus and truffle butter,  mashed potatoes and the popular Junior League of Houston Pecan Ball for a sweet treat. Then, new to the event this year, VIP guests had the chance to pop the bubbly and enjoy interactive experiences in the VIP Style Lounge ahead of the show including clean beauty tips from Switch2Pure, mini manicures from Cherry Nails, hair touchups from Fringe Salon and Color Bar, and more.

THE PURPOSE: The Opening Day event is always wildly successful and supports the Junior League of Houston, Inc., an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.


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Houston PetSet’s 15th Annual Fierce & Fabulous Soirée

By Jennifer Roosth  –  Photography by Quy Tran


THE SETTING: More than 400 of Houston’s dedicated animal lovers gathered at the Post Oak Hotel to celebrate Houston PetSet’s annual Fierce & Fabulous Soirée, which raises money to support animal-related non-profits in the Greater Houston area. The event was equal parts fabulous party and philanthropic mission. Emcee Deborah Duncan welcomed the partygoers to celebrate Houston PetSet’s 15th birthday, thanking the crowd for coming out to support the nonprofit in its mission to alleviate the suffering and homelessness of Houston’s animals. Guest speakers of the night included Reverend Gregory Han of Interfaith Ministries, Laura Halloran of the Texas Humane Legislation Network, and Lance McCullers, Jr., the world champion Houston Astros pitcher.

THE STYLE: The evening kicked off with a VIP pre-party hosted by Fabergé. On display was the bespoke, two-carat emerald in its setting that was donated to the event’s live auction by the iconic internationally-renowned jeweler. The party kept its momentum as the Club PetSet Young Professionals took over the back ballroom, transforming the space into their own nightclub. DJ Senega got the crowd moving and shaking on the dance floor, while others participated in an ultra-competitive wine toss and silent auction. Champagne flowed as DJ Senega’s beats, accentuated by the live saxophone stylings of Andre Killian, resonated throughout the hotel’s ballroom foyer.

THE PURPOSE: Tena Lundquist Faust, Tama Lundquist and Kisha Itkin, the event’s co-chairs, asked the crowd to open their hearts and their wallets to support the cause. The generous attendees responded accordingly, as the gathering raised more than $440,000 to fund the many animal welfare efforts throughout the city.


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Discovery Green Celebrates With Lively 10 th Anniversary Gala

By Jennifer Roosth       Photography by Jenny Antill

THE SETTING: The evening began with cocktails under the oaks along the park’s Brown Foundation Promenade. Guests enjoyed performances by silk aerialists, Flamenco fusion music by Amin Safari and Robert Feliciano, and the glow of GUST, an interactive site-specific artwork by Mexico City-based design studio Cocolab consisting of nearly 2,000 custom-made pinwheels. While guests enjoyed a dinner
catered by City Kitchen, the Discovery Green Conservancy showed a series of videos that celebrated the park and its impact over the past 10 years in three acts: Heritage—From Parking Lot to Paradise, Family—The Heart of Discovery Green and Community—The Promise of Discovery Green.

THE STYLE: After emcee Dominique Sachse welcomed guests to the gala tent on Discovery Green’s Jones Lawn, Board Chair Roxann Neumann, along with event chairs Zane and Brady Carruth, recognized the individuals, corporations and foundations who have supported the park since its opening in April 2008, and announced plans for improvements on the eve of its next decade, including a new playground, a new northwest corner and updated lighting throughout the park.
The black-tie evening also recreated some of the experiences that park visitors have come to love, including performances by DB Duo, a Houston-based hand-balancing act; Two Star Symphony, a local ensemble performing all original compositions; NAACH Houston, a multigenerational, community-based Bollywood dance company; Archie Bell, who performed at Discovery Green’s opening gala ten years ago, and The Allen Oldies Band. The night concluded with dancing to Bombón, a DJ collaboration between Houston DJs Gracie Chavez, Navó, OG Bobby Trill and Principe Q with percussionist Ilya Janos and La Comadre Mel on hand for the festivities.

THE PURPOSE: Over 400 guests raised $1.2 million dollars for the Discovery Green Conservancy, a  501(c)(3) that maintains the park and funds more than 700 free public events each year.

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