The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary Chic Boutique opens to the public Wednesday evening.
Chic Boutique chairs Amanda Gelb and Kathy Lee
Reflections on Style luncheon chair Maureen Higdon
The showroom boats more than 130 racks of clothing.
Patricia Peckinpaugh cuff bracelet will be auctioned at the luncheon.
Clothes readied for the fashion show on Tuesday.
A pristine deb presentation gown is among the items.
Shopping bags at the ready! Doors to the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Chic Boutique open Wednesday evening for the biggest and best charitable shopping opp since the event was founded more than a decade ago. Think Oscar de la Renta, Valentino and Chanel as well as BCBG, Talbots and Ann Taylor.
And think really big. Chic Boutique chairs Amanda Gelb and Kathy Lee report that merchandise, donated not only from River Oaks, West University, Tanglewood and Memorial area closets, but also from department stores, has increased by more than 50 percent over last year. This means more than 132 racks crammed with clothes. No second hand roses here. These are gently worn and in some cases never worn (amazing how many pieces still have the price tags attached) head-to-toe clothing selections.
The best of the best will be on the sale racks at River Oaks Country Club on Tuesday for the annual “Reflections on Style” luncheon and fashion show. While that event has sold out with a minimum ticket price of $600 per person, “Reflections on Style” chair Maureen Higdon says there will be beaucoup fab buys at the Chic Boutique. Any item that does not sell on Tuesday will be moved to the Uptown Park showroom. Only the tip top of the merchandise goes to River Oaks.
Shoppers can get first dibs on the Chic Boutique merchandise at the “Opening Night” shopping party on Wednesday. A $20 donation gets you in the door at 5 p.m. and the credit card machines will whirl until 8 p.m.
Our recent tour of the warehouse, where the clothes are being arranged for the fashion show by Lenny Matuszewski and Tamar Bonar and priced by Jeanne Ruberti of Elizabeth Anthony, revealed everything from a pristine deb presentation gown to sports togs. The most valuable items such as furs, designer handbags and pricey jewelry are stored off site until being delivered to the River Oaks sale.
St. John Knit fans will find plenty to choose from as will shoppers looking for everything from party frocks to workday suits. “There is truly something for everyone,” Hidgon said. Labels include Lafayette 148, Tahari, Worth, Milly and Banana Republic.
The sale runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Among those working on the project since last summer are Chic Boutique Showroom chairs are Pam Senglemann, Dev Stern and Stick Delaup.