Patio Fashion

Tootsies' first patio party is a blast as stylish H-Town crowd turns out for Tamara Mellon

Tootsies' first patio party is a blast and Tamara Mellon approves

Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015, Mickey Rosmarin, Tamara Mellon
Mickey Rosmarin and Tamara Mellon. Photo by Fulton Davenport
Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015, Allie Fields, Annsley Popov
Allie Fields, left, and Annsley Popov. Photo by Fulton Davenport
Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015,  Vivian Wise, Fady Armanious
Vivian Wise and Fady Armanious. Photo by Fulton Davenport
Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015, Penne Weidig, Tamara Mellon
Penne Weidig, left, and Tamara Mellon. Photo by Fulton Davenport
Fifi Phi, Issa Chou and Bethany Buchanan at Tootsies party for Tamara Mellon
Fifi Phi, from left, Issa Chou and Bethany Buchanan. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015, Karen Henry, Chris Goins, Donae Charmosta
Karen Henry, from left, Chris Goins and Donae Charmosta. Photo by Fulton Davenport
Texas blondes at Tootsies patio party for Tamara Mellon
Blondes were everywhere at the first Tootsies patio party. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015, Sharin Norman, Mickey Rosmarin, Diane Lokey Farb
Sharin Norman, from left, Mickey Rosmarin and Diane Lokey Farb. Photo by Fulton Davenport
Tamara Mellon design at Tootsies patio party
Model in Tamara Mellon creation - fringe is big right now. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015, Caroline Walters, Jenny Myers
Caroline Walter, left, and Jenny Myers. Photo by Fulton Davenport
Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015, Rachael Volz, Jennifer Ban
Rachael Volz, left, and Jennifer Ban. Photo by Fulton Davenport
Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015, Christina Stith, Bethany Buchanan
Christina Stith, left, and Bethany Buchanan. Photo by Fulton Davenport
Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015, Mickey Rosmarin, Tamara Mellon
Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015, Allie Fields, Annsley Popov
Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015,  Vivian Wise, Fady Armanious
Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015, Penne Weidig, Tamara Mellon
Fifi Phi, Issa Chou and Bethany Buchanan at Tootsies party for Tamara Mellon
Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015, Karen Henry, Chris Goins, Donae Charmosta
Texas blondes at Tootsies patio party for Tamara Mellon
Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015, Sharin Norman, Mickey Rosmarin, Diane Lokey Farb
Tamara Mellon design at Tootsies patio party
Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015, Caroline Walters, Jenny Myers
Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015, Rachael Volz, Jennifer Ban
Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015, Christina Stith, Bethany Buchanan

Ever since Tootsies opened in its new location in West Ave a few years ago, owner Mickey Rosmarin has been itching to throw an outdoor party on the store patio looking out on Westheimer. With Tamara Mellon in town on a picture-perfect spring day, it finally happened — and everyone attending agreed that it was an event worth repeating.

Hosts Allie Fields and Annsley Popov gathered a group of chic friends to mix and mingle with Mellon on the patio, which was shielded from the busy thoroughfare by leafy topiaries.

Guests sipped champagne and cocktails while DJ Senega spun tunes and Mellon, who co-founded Jimmy Choo but left in 2011 to start her own clothing and accessories line, signed copies of her book, In My Shoes, and graciously posed for photographs. Models in Mellon's designs, including fringe skirts and leopard-print tops, body-hugging sheaths and killer stilettos, posed on raised boxes located in strategic positions amid the outdoor space.

In an interview before the party, Mellon was asked if there was anything people didn't know about her. "It's all in the book," she laughed. (A full interview with Mellon will appear in a future CultureMap edition.)

Popov looked smashing in an orange dress with cutouts designed by Mellon while Tootsies senior buyer for American and European collections Penne Weidig rocked it in a black off-the shoulder blouse that matched the one Mellon was wearing from her collection.

Others in the colorfully-dressed crowd included Kristy Bradshaw, Diane Lokey Farb, Tootsies creative director Fady Armanious, Kelly Lubanko, Sharin Norman, Vivan Wise, Tootsies store manager Chris Goins, Donae Charmosta, Caroline Walter, Jenny Myers, Rachael Volz, Jennifer Ban and Christina Stith.

A group of fashion bloggers, including Issa Chou, Fifi PhiLauren Mills and Bethany Buchanan, added a stylish touch to the party.