Who Wore It Best?

Who wore it best? Ballet Ball's Russian theme inspires royal approach to glamorous gala gowns


Houston Ballet Ball, Feb. 2016,  Julie Oliver in Halston, Gina Bhatia in Zac Posen
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Houston Ballet Ball, Feb. 2016, Lynn Wyatt
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Houston Ballet Ball, Feb. 2016,  Diane Lokey Farb
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Houston Ballet Ball, Feb. 2016, Karen Payne
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Houston Ballet Ball, Feb. 2016,  Lauren Anderson
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Houston Ballet Ball, Feb. 2016, Kristy Bradshaw in Erdem, 7 months
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Houston Ballet Ball, Feb. 2016,  Phoebe Tudor in Zang Toi
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Houston Ballet Ball, Feb. 2016,  Anne Chao
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Houston Ballet Ball, Feb. 2016,  Fady Armanious
Houston Ballet Ball, Feb. 2016,  Becca Cason Thrash
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Houston Ballet Ball, Feb. 2016,  Vivian Wise in Stephen Yearick
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Houston Ballet Ball, Feb. 2016,  Hannah McNair in Miles David
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Houston Ballet Ball, Feb. 2016,  Becky Holland, Joanne King Herring
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Houston Ballet Ball, Feb. 2016,  Margaret Williams
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Houston Ballet Ball, Feb. 2016,  Christina Stith in ML by Monique Lhuillier
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The Houston Ballet Ball brings out some of the best gowns of the year and the "From Russia With Love" gala at Wortham Theater Center was no exception.

From haute couture splendor to dynamite gowns with affordable labels, the fashion watch at the 2016 gala was intriguing.

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Gina Bhatia, right, who chaired the gala with her husband, Dr. Devinder Bhatia, wore a deep navy Zac Posen gown, topped with a fur wrap, complementing the wintry Russian decor. 

Julie Oliver, left, chose this black and white Halston topped with a fur wrap. 

Lynn Wyatt selected a stunning black lace gown by Valentino for this enchanted evening.

Diane Lokey Farb set the night on fire in her Armani Privé Haute Couture.

Royal red by Roland Mouret was the choice for Karen Payne. 

Retired Houston Ballet prima ballerina Lauren Anderson was red carpet fashionable in her cut-out gown with peek-a-boo skirt.

Seven months pregnant with her second child, Kristy Bradshaw cut a bold swath through the Wortham's Grand Foyer in this gown by Erdem.

Zang Toi is one of Phoebe Tudor's favorite designers. She felt that this black velvet, fur trimmed ensemble by Toi was just the ticket for the Russian-themed evening.

Anne Chao, accompanied by husband Albert Chao, was a standout in this silvery gown.

Tootsies creative director Fady Armanious channeled the Romanovs in this Ann Demeulemeester jacket, Dsquared slacks and Christian Louboutin shoes, sans socks.

He accessorized with a 23-carat diamond starburst brooch, circa 1860, from Tenenbaum, and an antique crown from Area.

Surrounded by youngsters from the Houston Ballet Academy, Becca Cason Thrash cut a regal figure in this beaded gown by Naeem Khan. 

Heart of Fashion founder Vivian Wise channeled a snow princess in this voluminous white gown by Stephen Yearich. The only catch -- not so great for dancing as she estimates the gown weighs at least 10 pounds. 

Hannah Hartland McNair confesses that she borrowed this original Miles David gown from her identical twin sister, Joanna Hartland Marks. 

Fashion designer Becky Hollands, left, created this striking gown especially for Joanne King Herring's appearance at the ballet ball.

Always stunning in her magnificently-beaded gowns, Margaret Alkek Williams was indeed regal in this gown by Rippetta. 

Christina Stith mastered the evening's glam notes in this gown from ML by Monique Lhuillier. 

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