The doors of the Meyerson had hardly opened when the ladies who shop arrived on Tuesday, May 16, for the Salvation Amy Women Auxiliary’s 30th Anniversary Fashion Show and Luncheon. The draw for the prompt show up was the Chic Boutique’s Early Bird Special, where even pretty gowns were going for just three Alexander Hamiltons. With Boutique Curator Ken Weber providing each guest with the utmost in personal services, the shoppers found gently experienced clothes, shoes and accessories on the racks and tables.
While the crowds gathered in the lobby like Dan Strimple, Tucker Enthoven, Cheryl Joyner, Shannon Graham, Candace Winslow, Katherine Wyker, Mary Clare Finney, Heather Furniss, Carol Seay, Linda Perryman Evans, Debbie Snell, Vicki Howland, Heather Washburne, Haley Anderson, Stephanie Seay, Ciara Cooley Biggers, Tanya Foster, Peggy Sewell, Pat McEvoy and Marybeth Conlon, Event Producer Robyn Chauvin was doing a run through of the program with the day’s speakers SAWA President Jennifer Dix, Fashion Show Chair Kim Quinn, Margot Perot Service Awardee Michal Powell, Inaugural Legacy Awardee Jan Strimple and Highland Park Village fashion gurus Victoria Snee and Reed Roberston, who were to share their insights of the season’s trends.
While behind-the-scene activities were underway, the lobby was pretty darn interesting with the arrival of former first lady Laura Bush with Annette Simmons and Lee Ann White. Across the way Louise Griffeth was showing off her DIFFA Auction find — a jacket designed by her daughter-in-law Annie Griffeth.
Gina Betts reported that she was searching for a Golden Retriever for a friend whose longtime companion had passed away.
Right on cue guests were called to the McDermott Hall for the program that opened with emcee WFAA’s Good Morning Texas’ Jane McGarry introducing the lineup of speakers plus a couple of videos about the Salvation Army’s mission in North Texas.
Especially touching were the acceptance speeches by Michal and Jan. It was during Michal’s talk that a shout from the back of the hall was heard, “Mom!”
Following Victoria’s and Reed’s talking, the fashion of new and gently used donated clothes got underway. It was only natural with more than 100 outfits that the program ran 10 minutes later than planned. But who could say no to having such names as Herrera, Dolce and Gabbana, Prada, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, VersaceAdam Lippes, Christian Dior, Hermes, Zac Posen, Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Zandra Rhodes, Lela Rose, Chanel, Badgley Mischka, Monique Lhullier, Oscar de la Renta, Nardos and Patti Flowers.
But it also created more items on which to bid.
Immediately following the finale, guests adjourned to the lobby for a seated luncheon, to bid on items and check out the Chic Boutique one more time before closing.
For more looks at the fashions on the runway and in the audience, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.