Fashion / Style

A Houston Blogger’s Style Army and a Top Designer Take Over a New Hotel Restaurant

This is No Ordinary Fashion Party

BY // 12.30.17
photography Maritere Rice

Style mavens recently took over Lucienne Restaurant in the new Hotel Alessandra for a fashion frolic that featured Babi Ahluwalia of Sachin & Babi. Before the first course could be served, the ladies, numbering 40, were well into the colorful, to-die-for earrings and seasonable fashions that the designer brought along.

Lifestyle blogger Carrie Colbert of hosted the gathering that also featured copies of her book, More Color, Please : The Walls of Houston, which features Houston’s colorful street art paired with inspirational quotes.

Feeling in a charitable mood, both Colbert and Ahluwalia committed 10 percent of sales to the city’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

As the ladies perused the fashion offerings, Ahluwalia noted, “My inspiration is always a crossroads of history, cultures, travel and a marriage of old world charm with contemporary style. We strive to offer women the promise of elegance and to dress up life’s most important moments. Color is always key; Sachin and I are both from India so color is in our DNA.”

And, color, as Carrie Colbert fans know, is integral to her story as well.

Colbert met the designer four years ago when she hosted a fashion event that Colbert was chairing for Recipe for Success. There was instant chemistry between the duo who are now “dear friends.”

From the Lucienne kitchen, the chef delivered a light salad, a choice of grilled salmon or grilled chicken, and a killer chocolate raspberry dessert. And, of course, there was ample bubbly and wine.

Who: Bethany Buchanan, Hillary Helfman, Letecia Haywood, Alyssa Goss, Chiara Casiraghi, Jessica McMahon, Magen Pastor, Monica Abney, Natalie King, Paola Contreras Katz, Lyndsey Zorich, Hannah Swiggard, and Lauren Page.

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