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Bionic bride and gorgeous gowns add special touch to a party with real heart

Bionic bride & gorgeous gowns add special touch to party with heart

Liancarlo American Heart Association show at Elizabeth Anthony, Denise
Denise Castillo-Rhodes, Lacey Goosen, Ally Babineaux, Dr. Roberta C. Bogaev. Photo by Anthony A. Hynes
Hallie Vanderhider and Liancarlo designer Carlos Ramirez at American Heart Association show at Elizabeth Anthony
Hallie Vanderhider, Carlos Ramirez. Photo by Anthony A. Hynes
Liancarlo gown
Evening gowns are a hallmark of the Liancarlo spring 2016 collection. Photo by Anthony A. Hynes
Anita Smith, Joan Ravasey at American Heart Association Liancarlo at Elizabeth Anthony
Anita Smith, Joan Ravasey. Photo by Anthony A. Hynes
Liancarlo American Heart Association show at Elizbeth Anthony, Shawntell McWilliams, Mahzad Mohajer
Shawntell McWilliams, Mahzad Mohajer. Photo by Anthony A. Hynes
Liancarlo American Heart Association show at Elizabeth Anthony, Carol Akersklug, Amy Rozell
Carol Akersklug, Amy Rozell. Photo by Anthony A. Hynes
Liancarlo American Heart Association show at Elizabeth Anthony, Gordon Strobeck, Carolyn Farb, Peter Remington
Gordon Strobeck, Carolyn Farb, Peter Remington. Photo by Anthony A. Hynes
Liancarlo American Heart Association show at Elizabeth Anthony, James Guest, Laura Bellows
James Guest, Laura Bellows. Photo by Anthony A. Hynes
Liancarlo American Heart Association show at Elizabeth Anthony, Helen Perry, Julie Roberts, Terri Romano
Helen Perry, Julie Roberts, Terri Romano. Photo by Anthony A. Hynes
Liancarlo American Heart Association show at Elizabeth Anthony, Kaitlyn Murphy, Apiyo Obal
Kaitlyn Murphy, Apoiyo Obal. Photo by Anthony A. Hynes
Liancarlo American Heart Association show at Elizabeth Anthony, Elyse Powers, Jessica WIlliams, Denise Castillo-Rhodes, Elyse Powers
Elyse Powers, Denise Castillo-Rhodes, Jessica Williams Photo by Anthony A. Hynes
Liancarlo American Heart Association show at Elizabeth Anthony, Mark Chapman, Dr. Roberta C. Bogaev
Mark Chapman, Dr. Roberta C. Bogaev Photo by Anthony A. Hynes
Liancarlo American Heart Association show at Elizabeth Anthony, Denise
Hallie Vanderhider and Liancarlo designer Carlos Ramirez at American Heart Association show at Elizabeth Anthony
Liancarlo gown
Anita Smith, Joan Ravasey at American Heart Association Liancarlo at Elizabeth Anthony
Liancarlo American Heart Association show at Elizbeth Anthony, Shawntell McWilliams, Mahzad Mohajer
Liancarlo American Heart Association show at Elizabeth Anthony, Carol Akersklug, Amy Rozell
Liancarlo American Heart Association show at Elizabeth Anthony, Gordon Strobeck, Carolyn Farb, Peter Remington
Liancarlo American Heart Association show at Elizabeth Anthony, James Guest, Laura Bellows
Liancarlo American Heart Association show at Elizabeth Anthony, Helen Perry, Julie Roberts, Terri Romano
Liancarlo American Heart Association show at Elizabeth Anthony, Kaitlyn Murphy, Apiyo Obal
Liancarlo American Heart Association show at Elizabeth Anthony, Elyse Powers, Jessica WIlliams, Denise Castillo-Rhodes, Elyse Powers
Liancarlo American Heart Association show at Elizabeth Anthony, Mark Chapman, Dr. Roberta C. Bogaev

What: Haute Havana Night.

Where: Elizabeth Anthony.

The 411: The American Heart Association got an early start for its big "Hearts in Havana" gala next February with a Cuban-themed party and fashion show hosted by Elizabeth Anthony owner Julie Roberts. Lively steel drummers, Havana-themed cocktails and Cuban cuisine lent a tropical theme to the evening for guests, including members of the Circle of Red, a special group of women who support the Houston chapter's efforts to reduce heart disease.

Liancarlo designer Carlos Ramirez flew in from Miami to present his spring collection of lavishly embroidered evening gowns. The highlight of the evening came when Ali Babineaux, known as the "Bionic Bride" because she was given a revolutionary artificial heart that saved her life months before her wedding, and her physician, Dr. Roberta Bogaev, walked the runway in striking Liancarlo gowns.

Babineaux singled out her husband and told the amazing story of how a virus affected "my once beautiful heart" when she was only 18.  Doctors implanted a ground-breaking pump called the Heart Mate II that allowed her to survive until she was able to undergo a heart transplant. 

Texas Medical Center executive vice president and chief financial officer Denise Castillo-Rhodes, dressed in a red cocktail dress, led a toast to the Houston Go Red for Women campaign that she chairs. It raises funds to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 killer of women.

Who: Spotted in the crowd were Hallie Vanderhider, Anita Smith, Dr. Aldona Spiegel, Carolyn Farb and Gordon Strobeck, Perla Herrera, Jean Chapmen, Cheryl Byington, Karen Wildenstein, Laura Bellows, 2016 Houston Heart Ball chair Lacey Goosmen, Peter Remington, Beth Wolff, Barbara van Postman and Joe Amberson.