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No-show designer fails to disrupt the success of this very fashionable River Oaks fundraiser

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Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, from left, Phoebe Tudor and Mary Ann McKeithan at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Chair Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, from left, honoree Phoebe Tudor and chair Mary Ann McKeithan. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Carme Williams, from left, Clifford Pugh and Karen Love at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Carme Williams, from left, Clifford Pugh and Karen Love. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Dominique Sachse, from left, Karina Barbieri, Judith Oudt and Becca Cason Thrash at Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Dominique Sachse, from left, Karina Barbieri, Judith Oudt and Becca Cason Thrash. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Kay King, left, and Sheridan Williams at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Kay King, left, and Sheridan Williams. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Rozlind Power, from left, Ginger Blanton and Shelly Power at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Rozlind Power, from left, Ginger Blanton and Shelly Power. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Roz Pactor, left, and Janet Gurwitch at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Roz Pactor, left, and Janet Gurwitch. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Bobby Dees and Ursaline Hamilton at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Saks Fifth Avenue GM Bobby Dees and Ursaline Hamilton. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Donna Josey Chapman, left, and Diane Lokey Farb at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Donna Josey Chapman, left, and Diane Lokey Farb. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Rini Ziegler, left, and Alex Blair at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Rini Ziegler, left, and Alex Blair. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Gracie Cavnar, from left, Jana Arnoldy and Shelby Hodge at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Gracie Cavnar, from left, Jana Arnoldy and Shelby Hodge. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Mickie Huebsch, from left, AStrid Van Dyke, Judith Oudt and Cheryl Byington at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Mickie Huebsch, from left, Astrid Van Dyke, Judith Oudt and Cheryl Byington. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Fady Armanious and Estela Cockrell at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Fady Armanious and Estela Cockrell. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Cyndy Garza Roberts, left, and Chree Boydstun at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Cyndy Garza Roberts, left, and Chree Boydstun. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Bob Bibb and Julia Frankel at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Bob Bibb and Julia Frankel. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, from left, Phoebe Tudor and Mary Ann McKeithan at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Carme Williams, from left, Clifford Pugh and Karen Love at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Dominique Sachse, from left, Karina Barbieri, Judith Oudt and Becca Cason Thrash at Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Kay King, left, and Sheridan Williams at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Rozlind Power, from left, Ginger Blanton and Shelly Power at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Roz Pactor, left, and Janet Gurwitch at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Bobby Dees and Ursaline Hamilton at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Donna Josey Chapman, left, and Diane Lokey Farb at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Rini Ziegler, left, and Alex Blair at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Gracie Cavnar, from left, Jana Arnoldy and Shelby Hodge at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Mickie Huebsch, from left, AStrid Van Dyke, Judith Oudt and Cheryl Byington at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Fady Armanious and Estela Cockrell at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Cyndy Garza Roberts, left, and Chree Boydstun at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014
Bob Bibb and Julia Frankel at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2014

Designer Zang Toi had fully intended to join one of his favorite clients — Phoebe Tudor — in the spotlight at the Houston Community College "Passion for Fashion" luncheon at River Oaks Country Club. But the mercurial ways of the commercial airline industry foiled those plans when his flight was canceled.

In his absence, Tudor, recipient of the 2014 HCC Design Society Fashion Icon Award, joined CultureMap editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh on stage to talk fashion. Wearing a lavender Zang Toi luncheon sheath, the honoree explained that fashion provides an artistic outlet of self-expression. While fashion is important, she noted in earlier remarks that as a "recovering perfectionist," she has learned that the most important things in life are health, family and friends.

She confessed that she simply cannot purge her closet and still has the dress she wore when they became engaged, several decades ago. 

There were plenty of friends in the ballroom where Tudor was joined at her table by previous Fashion Icon Award recipient Becca Cason Thrash, Jana Arnoldy, Estela Cockrell, Isabel David, Ceron and Bobby Tudor, the honoree's husband. Phoebe allowed that she frequently consults with Bobby on what to wear when. Also, she confessed that she simply cannot purge her closet and still has the dress she wore when they became engaged, several decades ago.

The luncheon was chaired by Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Mary Ann McKeithan with "Passion for Fashion" founder and chair emeritus Julia Frankel at a front table. Joining the frothy collection of ladies and gents were previous Fashion Icons Diane Lokey Farb and Sheridan Williams.

Adding lush visuals to the day was a Saks Fifth Avenue presentation of several of Toi's rich evening gowns and wraps.

Applauding the HCC fundraiser was a very fashionable flock that included Houston designer Toni WhitakerChree Boydston, Kay King, Ursaline Hamilton, Virginia Steppe, Janet Gurwitch, Roz Pactor, Donna Josey Chapman, Judge Clarese Yates, Lucinda Loya, Ericka Bagwell, Jeff Shell, Jerry Ann Woodfin Costa and Victor Costa, Bob Bibb and Don Flowers and Saks Fifth Avenue GM Bobby Dees.

Dees announced that Zang Toi will be in Saks with a trunk show April 24 and 25 and that all were invited to a cocktail party in the designer's honor on April 24.

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