La Fiesta De Las Seis Banderas Moms Celebrated The Gala’s French Flair At Chanel Dallas Boutique With Sips And Lipsticks

Making the rounds Thursday, February 23, was a killer. As awards were being handed out by Rainbow Days at the Bush Center, it was a scamper to Highland Park Village’s Chanel, where Chanel Dallas Boutique Director Pilar Bleakley hosted a reception for the mothers of the 2017 La Fiesta de Las Seis Banderas duchess and escorts.

Nancy Monning, Pilar Bleakley and Rebecca Gregory

Can you say, “Blow out!”? La Fiesta Co-Chair Nancy Monning admitted that it was a true honor to have had Chanel hold the event that was being chaired by last year’s La Fiesta Co-Chairs Eloise Meachum and Missy Rothwell. And evidently all the moms agreed with their presence.

Missy Rothwell, Maria Constantine and Eloise Meachum

But the 80 or so ladies didn’t just succumb to being honored, they just loved the video with designer Karl Lagerfeld, the timeless Chanel designs, getting to know each other and shopping. Of course, the hottest item was lipstick, with Nancy laughing that “we’ll have La Fiesta Lips by Chanel.”

As for the refreshments, they were donated by Two Sisters Catering’s Connie Chantilis, who just so happens to be the sister of Rosanne Beck, who creates the custom La Fiesta invitations.

This year’s theme for the Saturday, June 10th fundraiser will be French, in honor of the French connection with Texas. So having the moms’ reception at the French couture Chanel boutique was a natural.

But Nancy and her La Fiesta Co-Chair Rebecca Gregory have proved their flexibility on another event. It seems that the La Fiesta “Tips and Tidbits” was scheduled on Wednesday, May 10. Oops! After it was announced that the New Friends New Life Luncheon with Ashton Kutcher would be taking place at the same time, Nancy and her La Fiesta Co-Chair simply “moved our event until 1:00 the same day, so we can attend both.”

Another change of plans was the location of the presentation gala itself. Despite being originally scheduled to hold the fundraiser gala at the Anatole, the hotel had to pull back due to a pharmaceutical convention. No problem. A couple of phone calls by Nancy, Rebecca and Presentation Gala Co-Chairs Anne Besser and Michelle Johnson resulted in the gala returning to French-owned Fairmont Hotel. Ooh-la-la.

Fajitas Under The Stars Had La Fiesta De Las Seis Banderas Guests Partying At Denise and Larry Wolford’s Backyard Oasis

Those who thought that North Texas had been evacuated due to the arrival of summer temperatures flirting with the three-digit plateau were dead wrong. And if they wanted proof, they just needed to try to maneuver their car along Lakeside around dusk on Friday, June 17.

It was as tight a fit as bark on a tree. As one luxury SUV tried to negotiate the drive with cars parked curbside on both sides, the “Ouch” sound of its side mirror on the passenger side sounded the fact of being knocked for a loop. It was just too close for comfort.

Mariachi musicians

Mariachi musicians

But it was well worth the jam. The draw was the La Fiesta De Las Seis Banderas’ “Fajitas Under the Stars” at Denise and Larry Wolford’s fabulous homestead with palm trees and water features along with mariachi musicians greeting guests at the front entrance.

Connie and Chris O'Neill

Connie and Chris O’Neill

Kevin and Rebecca Gregory

Kevin and Rebecca Gregory

Lisa and Stewart Rogers, Debra and Lewis Ropp, Jeremy and Anne Besser and Cory and Lori Martin

Lisa and Stewart Rogers, Debra and Lewis Ropp, Jeremy and Anne Besser and Cory and Lori Martin

While most of the 300 guests including Anne and Jeremy Besser, Mary and John Perreault and past La Fiesta Gala chairs (Connie O’Neill with husband Chris O’Neill, Lori Martin with husband Cory Martin) and 2016 La Fiesta Gala Co-Chair Rebecca Gregory with husband Kevin Gregory arrived in frilly sundresses and cotton shirts, Jack Gosnell showed up as if he were going to seal a deal. Jack explained that he had just come directly from work.

Jack and Leslie Gosnell and Mary and John Perreault

Jack and Leslie Gosnell and Mary and John Perreault

It was a sorta get-to-know-you-better occasion, since the La Fiesta duchesses and their escorts had only just learned the night before of their matching.

Wolford oasis

Wolford oasis

Eloise Meachum and Missy Rothwell

Eloise Meachum and Missy Rothwell

As the younger set took over the Wolfords’ air-conditioned home, their parents seemed right at home around the incredible pool. Breaking from the rest of the crowd, Duchess Avery Campbell and James Robertson found the walking bridge over the creek to the covered terrace overlooking the oasis. Across the pool was the three-car, drive-thru garage that had been turned into a Mexican buffet. The adjacent auto courtyard was filled with tables and chairs and a DJ playing the tunes under twinkling lights and fans everywhere.

In the days leading up to the event, La Fiesta Co-Chairs Eloise Meachum and Missy Rothwell had been worried about the sporadic storms that had become common. This night was the main reason. But luckily, Ma Nature played nice with a clear sky overhead complete with stars.