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Top fashion trendsetters get ready for fall with sneak preview of hot new accessories

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Saint Cloud dinner party, Cecilia Marquez, Sarah Gabbart, Jessica Rodriguez, Roz Pactor
Cecilia Marquez, from left, Sarah Gabbart, Jessica Rodriguez and Roz Pactor. Photo by Jennifer Battaglia
Michael Mandola at Saint Cloud dinner party
Michael Mandola. Photo by Jennifer Battaglia
Saint Cloud dinner party Monica Guerrero Abney, Yvonne Guidry, Matt Johns
Monica Abney, from left, Yvonne Guidry, Matt Johns.  Photo by Jennifer Battaglia
Sarah Jawda at Saint Cloud dinner party
Sarah Jawda, left. Photo by Jennifer Battaglia
Tallent Ricca at Saint Cloud dinner party
Tallent Ricca, left, provided dessert. Photo by Jennifer Battaglia
Saint Cloud dinner party tablescape
Brazil owner Dan Fergus laid out a fine Latin-themed feast. Photo by Jennifer Battaglia
Saint Cloud dinner party Sarah Jawda, Monica Guerrero Abney, Saba Jawda
Sarah Jawda, Monica Abney, Saba Jawda Photo by Jennifer Battaglia
Saint Cloud interior of store
Interior of the Saint Cloud boutique. Photo by Rhonda Hunter
Saint Cloud dinner party, Cecilia Marquez, Sarah Gabbart, Jessica Rodriguez, Roz Pactor
Michael Mandola at Saint Cloud dinner party
Saint Cloud dinner party Monica Guerrero Abney, Yvonne Guidry, Matt Johns
Sarah Jawda at Saint Cloud dinner party
Tallent Ricca at Saint Cloud dinner party
Saint Cloud dinner party tablescape
Saint Cloud dinner party Sarah Jawda, Monica Guerrero Abney, Saba Jawda
Saint Cloud interior of store

What: Dinner party and preview of pre-fall collection.

Where: Saint Cloud.

The 411: Cecelia Marquez and Jessica Rodriguez, owners of the hip Rice Village lifestyle boutique, introduce their pre-fall collection from new and interesting designers at a fun dinner party for some of Houston's top young fashion tastemakers. Matt Johns designed the invitation, with the words "We have a pre-fall story to tell you....," enclosing it in a vintage book that was delivered to each guest, and planned the dinner, with a long table that ran nearly the length of the store, accented with tall pink votive candles.

Brasil owner Dan Fergus catered the Latin-themed dinner with overflowing platters of tamales with traditional (chicken) and unusual (butternut squash) stuffings, accompanied by mango salsa and a variety of dips and sides. For dessert, Tallent Ricca served her delicious bite-size macaron ice-cream sandwiches — the chocolate and peanut butter version was quickly gobbled up.

Who: Fashion bloggers Monica Abney of Classy & Fabulous, Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, Roz Pactor of My Red Glasses, Yvonne Guidry of Spoiled Latina, Michael Mandola, Sarah Gabbart, Sarah Jawda and Saba Jawda admired handbags by French designer Jerome Dreyfuss, clutches from Clare Vivier, accessories from Marie Turnor, dresses and scarves from LemLem (the label founded by model Liya Kebede), and distinctive jewelry from Arielle De Pinto.  

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