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Houston’s Most Stylish Women Know Fashion is Anything But Frivolous

Inside a Most Empowering River Oaks Cocktail Schmooze

BY // 04.15.19
photography Nathan Colbert

Consider fashion frivolous? Think again. Think of fashion as empowerment. That was the message delivered in high style at the Akris boutique in River Oaks District when PaperCity and the luxe design boutique partnered for a cocktail hour of champagne and thoughtful engagement.

After rounds of bubbly and swooning over the amazing tailoring, the fine fabrics and the beautiful designs in the boutique, the several dozen invitation-only femmes settled into chivari party chairs for a panel discussion that was part fashion frolic and part inspirational discourse.

As Marcie Haley, Akris marketing and communications veep, noted, “As modern women, we have to be armed for the day.” That stylish armament sourced from beautifully made clothes that can stand up to any situation. Akris was, after all, founded by a woman, Alice Kriemler-Schoch, in Switzerland in 1922.

With Kriemler-Schoch in mind, Haley said, one should view fashion as empowerment rather than vanity.

PaperCity‘s Francine Ballard led the discussion that featured Invesco portfolio manager Kristy Bradshaw, dermatologist to the Houston elite Dr. Jennifer Segal, nationally sought after interior designer Lucinda Loya, and Haley.

Many among the chic group had earlier in the day been making fashion statements at the Houston Chronicle Best Dressed luncheon, including Bradshaw, who was one of the honorees. There is no stronger fashion-focused event in the city.

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