Society / The Seen

Houston’s Best Dressed Women Race for the Perfect Gown

Everyone Needs a Stunning Dress From This One Designer for the Year’s Most Fashionable Gala

BY // 08.15.17
photography Photos by Jenny Antill, Wilson Parish

When a blockbuster fashion exhibition featuring the work of one of the country’s most adored designers becomes the theme of the leading black-tie gala of the fall season, the pressure is on among the swans to dress to perfection. So it is that upon the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston announcement last spring that The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta exhibition, opening October 8, would set the theme of the Grand Gala Ball on October 6, the ladies began shopping.

In fact, many attending the Bayou Bend luncheon and fashion show, where the announcement was made in April, secured their gowns on the spot as Saks Fifth Avenue presented numerous looks from the ODL 2017 collection. In fact, in his remarks to the gathering of fashionable femmes, MFAH director Gary Tinterow quipped, “So this is a preview of the fashions, that we hope to see you in, in Cullinan Hall next fall.”

No worries on that score. Oscar de la Renta has long been the go-to label for gala chairs and ladies of the party scene. Among them Phoebe Tudor, who chaired the April luncheon; Lynn Wyatt, a bestie of the late designer; Pat Breen, a long-time devotee; Diane Lokey Farb, Sue Smith, and Donna Josey Chapman. We would bet our Louboutins that Cherie Flores will be wearing Oscar as she and husband Jim Flores are chairing the gala.

Fashionistas know that the social scribes will be taking names and photographs on this glorious evening, so we doubt that there has ever been a more fashionable Grand Gala Ball than the one that this promises to be. Scroll through the photos above of the ODL 2017 fall collection and make your guess as to who will be wearing what and take a look at our swans who have worn Oscar de la Renta at recent galas. Don’t miss the heretical surprise ending, compliments of this writer.

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