Amanda Boffone, Daniella Rodriguez, Hunter Bell, Julie Longoria Chen, Courtney Campo (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Donna & Norman Lewis, Lauren Levicki Courville, Nancy Levicki (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Sarika Patel, Liz Arrigo, Karishma Asrani, Dipali Patel (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Diana Mosenge (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Jessica Morrison, Hahn Langlinais (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Aubrey Leatherman, Natalie King (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Ellie Austin, designerHunter Bell, Leah Hale (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
EggHaus Gourmet owner Jeannette Gonzalez, Maddison Smith (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
International Smoke executive Chef EJ Miller (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Lauren Levicki Courville, Mia Gradney (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Roseann Rogers, Vicsandra Jones (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Alison Johnson, Kim Campo Hartz (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Darrell Bass of Treaty Oak Distilling Company (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Kara McCullers, Daniella Rodriguez (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
GRAZE owner Alyssa Case (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Allie Danziger, Karishma Asrani, Sarah Smith, Sukaina Rajani, owner of Macaron by Patisse (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Allison Cattan, Norman Lewis, Emily Lewis, Donna Lewis (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Julia Russell, Dalia Steichen, Jessie Mehlhoff, Julia Valencia (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Chelsea Wade, Angelica Bondoc, Steffany Velasquez, Jenniece Wotton (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Joy Box Fine Flowers owner Layla Asgari, Nan and Company Properties owner Nancy Almodovar (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Shanna Thorvilson, Courtney Harmon (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Karra Marino, Maria Lowery (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Paulina Padilla, Meagan Thomason, Hannah Swiggard (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Dianna McMinn, Stefanie Cox, Tiffany Hawthorne (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Where were the bachelors? Tootsies, overrun with eye-popping, gorgeous young women, would have been a better meeting ground Wednesday night than Zoosk or Match.com. combined. But these were not young women on the prowl. To the contrary. These young professionals gathered at the annual end of summer soirèe for an evening of helping women in need of a hand up.
And, baby, they did it in style. Daniella Rodriguez, one of four chairs of the Women of Wardrobe Summer Soirèe benefitting Dress for Success Houston, stepped out in Hunter Bell, the designer of the hour who was in the store in support of the cause and showcasing her fall collection. The fiancée of the Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was palling around with Kara McCullers, wife of pitcher Lance McCullers Jr., who although pregnant with a girl due in January was fetching in a bright floral dress.
At every turn, we found a fashion statement. Dresses were either very, very short or very long and shorts suits were de rigueur. Valentino rockstud heels and other stilettos vied with bow-tied wedges for shoe appeal. Designer handbags ruled. Keep in mind that this nonprofit provides serious-minded clothes for working women along with various classes and counseling on succeeding in the professional world.
It was an interesting juxtaposition of thought. All with good intentions.
Shelley Taylor Ludwick, who just stepped into the position of Tootsies store director, giddily welcomed the throng of more than 300 with the greeting, “Happy first event of our season.” Also on the welcome wagon were Tootsies owners Donna and Norman Lewis, this their second Summer Soirèe since taking over ownership of the beloved boutique last year.
Circulating among the well-heeled group were event chairs Amanda Boffone, Julie Longoria Chen and WOW president Courtney Campo and KHOU evening news anchor Mia Gradney, a co-founder of WOW, who reprised her role as emcee of the lively evening.
While designer Bell and jewelry designer Mignonne Gavigan garnered much of the attention, it was petite DJ Maddy Rose, who just turned 12, that turned all heads. Under tutelage of DJ Senega, this child rocked the night, seriously focused on her spinning discs.
Her tunes set the pace as adult beverages flowed and as the fashionable femmes grazed through a field of food offerings from such providers as International Smoke, Armandos, Susie Cakes, and EggHaus Gourmet.
PC Scene: Lexie Sakowitz, Rebecca Gentry, Lexie Boudreaux, Karishma Asrani, Julia Russell, Lori Raijman, Roseann Rogers, Karina Barbieri, Tiffany LaRose, Megan Hotze, Katie Bode, Allie Danziger, Taylor Hudgens, Amando Saenz, Allison Cattan, Emily Lewis, Dianna McMinn, Stefanie Cox, Tiffany Hawthorne, Alison Johnson, and Kim Campo Hartz.