Trish Millard, Marita Fairbanks, Valerie Dieterich, Aliyya Stude at the River Oaks tennis tournament luncheon. Photo by Jacob Power
Fady Armanious, Vivian Wise
Stephanie Nguyen, Amber Moysen
Luncheon chairs Nancy Abendshein, Aliyya Stude
Marita Fairbanks, Stephanie Cockrell
Leslie Marquez, Allison Harper, Janet Brown, Lori Sarofim
Courtney Fertitta, Rebecca Cook Thomas
Holly Alvis, Christine Falgout
Lauren Morris, Elizabeth Bender, Julie Thomas
Tenenbaum's Kevin Black, Tony Bradfield
Kate McNair, Jan Miller, Melissa McWilliams, Christine Hoffer
Whitney Sharman, Sally Easterling
Geri Noel, Patty Porter
Kelley Young, Eleanor Gilbane
The tableau of lunching ladies at River Oaks Country Club.
Bunmi Fashola, Leslie Young, Elizabeth Moossa
Cathrine Faulconer, Kim Martin
Melissa Schnitzer, Cami Goff, Alix Nakfoor
Lisa Malone, Christina Stith
Nancy Pustka, Audrey White, Alison Tennant
Christine Hoffer, Celina Stabell
Allie Veselka, Lee Banchetti, Lara Baker, Rose Cicalese
Barb Fowler, Carmen Mach, Carrie Vallone, Julie Goytia
Wandy Hughes, Sarah Underwood
Vivian Griffith, Jenne Grabowski
Sally Farrell, Jennifer Hunter, Stephanie Rodrigues
Carol Herder, Anne Cody
Cheryl Thomas, Iris McWilliams, Patricia Laurent
Oscar de la Renta on the catwalk at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon
City chic by Sara Bataglia as seen on the Tootsies runway
For Restless Sleepers ensemble from Tootsies
Tootsies grand finale fashion line-up at River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon.
Saloni from Tootsies
Flowing fabric from Amur in the Tootsies fashion show
Oh, how we Houstonians love praise when it comes from worldly sophisticates. So it was no surprise as the ladies attending the River Oaks tennis tournament luncheon preened in response to international jeweler Anthony Hopenhajm‘s declaration, “I have never seen a group of women as well dressed and as beautifully put together as these.”
As owner and designer of Seaman Schepps, he emphasized that not in his home base of New York, not in Monte Carlo, not in Paris or elsewhere has he seen a more splendid tableau of well-dressed women. Hopenhajm was the guest of Tenenbaum Jewelers’ Tony Bradfield and Kevin Black.
Had they heard the praise, Nancy Abendshein and Aliyya Stude, chairs of the two-day tennis fête, would have been even more pleased with the event that could not have been more perfect. Consider the two sublime spring days, the cornucopia of floral frocks and the bounty of sun hats. No wonder the New Yorker was swooning.
Even the fashion show from Tootsies reflected the sunshine mood. As creative director Fady Armanious told PaperCity, “I wanted everything to be light and floral and happy.” Indeed, it was a happy occasion as it was the 35th year that Tootsies has provided the fashion show element for the popular luncheon.
Apparently, it was what the ladies wanted. As Marita Fairbanks declared, “I wanted everything in the show.” The second day of the luncheon (both days always sold out in an instant), Tootsies opened a pop-up shop in a swank tent on River Oaks Country Club grounds.
The fashion presentation was once again orchestrated by the ever-popular Lenny Matuszewski and Tamara Klos Bonar.
Who: Marita Fairbanks, Valerie Dieterich, Sippi Khurana, Whitney Crane, Lisa O’Leary, Stephanie Cockrell, Holly Alvis, Christine Falgout, Stephanie Nguyen, Melissa Juneau, Amber Moysen, Lisa Malone, Christina Stith, Melissa Schnitzer, Cami Goff, Alix Nakfoor, Lori Sarofim, Sally Easterling, Kelley Young and Eleanor Gilbane.