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Galveston’s historic Tremont House hotel’s 27th annual Mardi Gras parade viewing party was bigger and better than ever! Themed “The Enchantment of India,” guests arrived clad in saris and other traditional garb. Confetti galore, Indian dancers, drummers and wiggly-hipped Bollywood performers rounded out the cultural affair. In between noshing on a lavish Indian buffet and catching beads from floats rolling by the hotel in the Momus Grand Night parade, guests danced to music by the band Eclipse, Dr. Michael White Jazz Quartet of New Orleans and DJ Yogi-G. –Amber Bell
Advocates of the Houston Community College’s fashion and interior design programs—along with honorary chair Leisa Holland-Nelson, chairs Gabriela Dror and Nidhika Mehta, and co-chairs Rosemarie Johnson and Robin Reimer —donned their best for the Passion for Fashion luncheon at Hotel ZaZa. Mark Badgley and James Mischka were on hand to greet and mingle with the chic crowd. The top design duo’s latest collection, as well as Diane Lokey Farb’s own personal assortment of Badgley Mischka frocks, were all on display. Farb received the HCC Design Society Fashion Icon Award. –AB
TO THE MOON!
A glam crowd turned out for the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s “Fly Me to the Moon” gala, which raised $1.3 million in proceeds. The fab indoor-outdoor fête, chaired by Marie Louise and David Kinder, as well as Rachel and Mark Lawrence, featured a restored 1966 Jeep, Tuscany getaways and glistening jewels by Ernesto Moreira, Laura Waldusky, Leighelena and more during a silent auction. Guests were over the moon for the specialty Stardust martinis, dinner in the Paleontology Hall (catered by City Kitchen) and performances like New Orleans’ Jeremy Davenport and local band, Skyrocket! –Holly Crawford
MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE?
Chanel-clad guests admired live dancers flitting around the Wortham Theater Center during the Houston Ballet Ball, which honored Rose and Harry Cullen. The Events Co. Projected images of ballerinas on the walls and bedecked the space in roses, a tribute to the female honoree. The evening celebrated the Ballet’s new Center for Dance, a $53 million facility opening this month. It was designed by Gensler principal Jim Furr, this year’s chair along with his wife, Jo. Jackson and Company delivered a five-star dinner and Doc Scantlin & His Imperial Palms Orchestra provided live entertainment. –AB
Art lovers got an after-hours peek at works in The Menil during its first “Menil by Moonlight” event, with live music and desserts by Jackson and Company. ... The Museum of Fine Arts welcomed guests for cocktails and a City Kitchen-catered dinner during a special viewing of 50 impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces on loan from the National Gallery of Art. ... Auctioneer Rick Wester manned the Houston Center of Photography’s 2011 print auction at the Junior League of Houston. Proceeds benefited the HCP’s operating fund. –AB
THE GREAT DUVALL!
The seventh annual “An Evening with a Legend” event at the Hilton Americas was a smash success. This year, Lonesome Dove actor Robert Duvall made an appearance, sharing candid tales of his career in an onstage interview with CBS News’ correspondent Bob Schieffer. With sponsors including Houston magazine , proceeds from the event reached an impressive $9.1 million, which will benefit the genomic research program at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. The night was chaired by Houstonians Lester Smith, a two-time cancer survivor (for more on Smith, see Houston Confidential) and his wife, Sue. –AB
Supporters of Recipe for Success, a local non-profit founded by Houstonian Gracie Cavnar to combat childhood obesity , were certainly dressed to impress at the “Dress for Dinner” event at Neiman Marcus. The yearly event, started by Jeff Shell, welcomed designer Nicole Miller—who joined chairs Isabel David and Roz Pactor, and Neiman’s general manager Bob Devlin—for a runway show featuring Neal Hamil models in Miller’s latest collection. Afterwards, 40 guests enjoyed a private dinner with the designer, cooked up by chef Barabara McKnight, a member of the RFS chef advisory board. –AB
Perfectly timed with a blue-sky spring day, Carrie Ann boutique celebrated its one-year anniversary with a live fashion show in Uptown Park. Models strutted the catwalk accompanied by their own fourlegged companions. ... Similarly, fashion enthusiasts gathered at Neiman Marcus for designer Carmen Marc Valvo’s new book launch and fashion show. Hosted by Neimans, the Neal Hamil Agency and Fashion Group International of Houston, Inc., the event’s proceeds benefited the scholarship fund for Career Day Houston, where both Valvo and former Laura Mercier CEO Janet Gurwitch were guest speakers. –AB
Top H-Town bridal vendors turned social nightowls to celebrate the release of the latest issue of Houston Brides magazine. Publisher Lisa Gochman, Associate Publisher Molly Johnson and Editor Holly Crawford were all on-hand to welcome clients to the chicly remodeled 51Fifteen Restaurant & Lounge inside Saks Fifth Avenue. In between discussing the latest wedding trends or recent high-profile nuptials around town, partygoers hammed it up for snapshots in the Phlash Phactory photo booth and savored sweet treats from Coco’s Cupcakes. –AB
BIG DAY BASHES!
Wedding fever is here! Brides-to-be gathered at the Ensemble Theatre for Lavender Ink Event Planning’s cocktail soirée and chatted with top area vendors. ... Bella Bridesmaid held a private viewing of the Joanna August collection for gals in search of the perfect wedding party frock. ... Brand-new in the West Ave development, Ivory Bridal Atelier celebrated its grand opening with sips, light bites and a bevy of blushing brides. ... Recently engaged fashionistas flocked to Now & Forever Bridal Boutique to peruse designer Jane Wang’s latest line of exquisite, modern gowns. –AB
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