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Fort Worth’s River Crest Country Club Transforms Into Cowgirl Heaven For the Desert Rose — When Runway Meets Rodeo

Killer Fashions, Swag Bags and Cowgirls Life Advice Make This No Ordinary Party

BY // 10.23.22
photography Sharon Ellman

Nobody does cowgirl chic quite like Fort Worth.

Now in its second year, the Desert Rose Luncheon already has become a can’t miss event. Thanks to co-chairs Ally Ravnaas and Lorene Agather, attendees shopped a perfectly curated group of vendors just in time for Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo season. Additionally, the looks hit the runway in a fashion show featuring participating merchants’ clothing and accessories. Fort Worth’s own Isabella Breedlove styled the show to perfection alongside style show director Karl Marshall. 

“I have been going to fashion shows for a long time,” Fort Worth philanthropist Olivia Kearney says. “I have seen fashion shows from all over. And this is the best I have ever seen.”

The spirt of the cowgirl was alive and well at the Desert Rose Luncheon. River Crest Country Club transformed into a beautiful backdrop for the shopping event. A large painting of a cattle herd from vendor Bee Street Gallery greeted everyone upon arrival. The stage featured a video backdrop with scenes from The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame exhibit “Dare to Wear.” Iconic looks worn by favorite cowgirls like Stacie McDavid and Elaine Agather were featured. Additionally, beautiful blooming cactus centerpieces by Bill Bostelman with Flowers on the Square perfectly completed the look.

Katey McFarlan and Bekah Pollock at the Desert Rose Luncheon and Fashion Show at River Crest Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas on October 6, 2022. (Photo by Sharon Ellman)
Katey McFarlan and Bekah Pollock at the Desert Rose Luncheon and Fashion Show at River Crest Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas on October 6, 2022. (Photo by Sharon Ellman)

Channeling Elaine Agather’s best advice, everyone went home with swag bags containing adorable, embroidered bandanas by Becca Quisenberry of Monogram Club. Each bandana contained a life lesson from Elaine’s Eight. Who doesn’t want a scarf with a wise cowgirl’s words to live by?

Saddle Your Own Horse. Like What You Do. Turn on a Dime. Stay Connected. Practice Free Speech. Get Over It. Develop Your Funny Bone. Strengthen Your Backbone.

Cowgirl Up With Desert Rose

Shoppers delighted in Miron Crosby luxury cowboy boots and trendy dresses from La Vie Style House. Handcrafted furs from Chasseur of New York left many hoping that Stock Show weather gives them reason to bundle up. Fashion mainstays such as Noble 31 and Etro also made strong showings.

Once again, the Desert Rose Luncheon provided the perfect combination of cowgirls and couture. Many chic Fort Worth cowgirls are surely already looking forward to the third annual Desert Rose Luncheon next year.

PC Seen: Kit Moncrief, Elaine Agather, Kelsey Patterson, Olivia Kearney, Nicole Sheridan, Sainty Nelson, Molly Van AmburghSusanna Gorski, Taylor Bennett, Madolin Rosenthal and Laura Shoppa. 

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