Society / The Seen

A British Celebrity Throws a Tea Party in River Oaks — and It Draws a Horde of Fashionable Admirers

BY // 04.15.16
photography Jay Tovar

What: Afternoon tea party with Stella McCartney.

Where: The Stella McCartney boutique at River Oaks District and dinner after in a private home.

Who: Designer Stella McCartney, hostesses Francine Ballard, Terri Havens and Jessica Phifer; Stella McCartney US president Ida Simonsen; and stylish guests Lynn Wyatt, Becca Cason Thrash, Melissa Mithoff, Estela Cockrell, Stephanie Cockrell, Laura Arnold, Courtney Sarofim, Eleanor Gilbane, Greggory Burk, Janet Hobby, Haydeh Davoudi, Blakely Griggs, Marcy Taub Wessel, Isabel David, Elizabeth Young, Elisabeth McCabe, Monica Bickers, Maggie Nicholson, Kelly Hamman, Luba Bigman, Bridget Wade  and others.

PC Moment: Perfect spring weather greeted Stella McCartney as she joined the most fashionable admirers for an afternoon tea party celebrating her boutique, which opened on October 3rd, in Houston’s River Oaks District. The crowd sipped champagne, nibbled on tea sandwiches and enjoyed handbag-decorated sugar cookies and cakes by For Heavens Cakes. All of this while chatting up the designer and shopping her spring-summer collection. A portion of the evening’s proceeds were donated back to the Menil Collection’s Contemporaries Fund.

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