Tendrils embroidered silk faille gown
Naive garden flocked silk-gazar gown
Stretch silk gorgette gown with velvet sash
Small poppies lamé cloqué gown with full petticoat
Fish scale sequin embroidered silk gown
White panne velvet one shoulder gown
Black metallic cording all-over hand embroidered gown
Black nylon tulle gown with petal cord dégradé embroidery
Black silk faille strapless hi-lo gown with gold gardenia brooch
Tossed poppies textured scoop neck gown
Liquid lamé draped front gown
Oscar de la Renta gowns rock the Bayou Bend luncheon
White silk faille and naïve garden laser-cut black velvet gown
Moiré silk faille gown
Embroidered silk faille gown
The ODL runway show took place on the grounds of the MFAH's Bayou Bend.
Lynn Wyatt in ODL at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Grand Gala Ball in 2015. Photo by Wilson Parish
Phoebe Tudor in ODL at last fall's MFAH Grand Gala Ball
Diane Lokey Farb in ODL at the 2016 MFAH Grand Gala Ball, Todd Fiscus
Gina Bhatia in ODL at the 2071 Houston Grand Opera Ball
Pat Breen in ODL at the 2017 HGO Ball
2016 HGO Ball chair Donna Chapman in ODL
Shelby chooses Tom Ford's Layered ruffled silk long-sleeved gown.
Tom Ford plays with a 'bougainvillea' palette.
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.