We think that perhaps the real winners of the Houston Chronicle Best Dressed announcement party at Neiman's on Wednesday were the stores that sell the big designer labels. Consider that each of the 10 honorees and more than a few of the trés fashionable guests stepped out in big-name, big-ticket fashions.
Gracie Cavnar, from left, Ceron, Kelli Blanton and Elizabeth Petersen
Oscar de la Renta seemed to be the fave. Hall of Fame honoree Julia Anderson Frankel and first-time honorees Rosemary Schatzman and Susan Krohn selected designs from his always-ladylike collections. Karen Mayell, who has worn the Hall of Fame mantel for a number of years, also wore Oscar. Diane Lokey Farb, another Hall of Fame veteran, outshone just about everyone in a dazzling Chanel cocktail suit.
Phoebe Tudor and Bob Devlin
Hall of Fame honoree Kelli Blanton and freshman Best Dressed honoree Carmen Maria Montiel-Lechin both selected Angel Sanchez. Elizabeth Petersen, wowing friends with her new dark brunette coif (a major change from her previous blond locks), wore a black Valentino.
Karen Mayell, from left, Kelli Blanton and Rosemary Schatzman
Close to 200 very well-dressed men and women joined the champagne reception hosted by Neiman's GM Bob Devlin. And to think, all of this fashion folderol raises millions of dollars for the March of Dimes.
Lenaise Clark, from left, Shenequa Animashaun and Kesa Guest
Alina Garcia, from left, Patrick Gehm and Susan Krohn
Gracie Cavnar, from left, Bob Cavnar and Dr. Kelli Fein
Liz Zaruba, left, and Diane Lokey Farb
Julia Anderson Frankel and Bob Devlin
Gary and Elizabeth Petersen
Elizabeth Petersen, from left, Melissa Mithoff and Debbie Festari
Yvonne and Rufus Cormier
Nidhika and Pershant Mehta
Bubba McNeely, from left, Michael Mithoff, Rudy Festari
Best Dressed honorees, back row, from left, Carmen Maria Montiel-Lechin, Gracie Cavnar, Julia Anderson Frankel, Arvia Few and Susan Krohn. Front row, from left, Kelli Blanton, Nidhika Mehta, Elizabeth Petersen and Rosemary Schatzman.