Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's most fashionable, hot models, student design standouts & a TV news star enjoy River Oaks' Passion

Houston's most fashionable, hot models & student design stars team up

News, Shelby, Passion for Fashion, March 2015, Kelli Cohen Fein, Cesar Maldonado, Julia Frankel
Honoree Kelli Cohen Fein, from left, Houston Community College chancellor Cesar Maldonado and honoree Julia Frankel. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Passion for Fashion, March 2015, Becca Cason Thrash, Phoebe Tudor, Sheridan Williams, Diane Lokey Farb
Previous Passion for Fashion icons Becca Cason Thrash, from left, Phoebe Tudor, Sheridan Williams and Diane Lokey Farb. Photo by Kim Coffman
6 David Peck, from left, Kay King and Jeff Shell at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
Designer David Peck, from left, HCC's Kay King and Neal Hamil honcho Jeff Shell. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
4 Dominique Sachse and Ceron at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
Luncheon emcee Dominique Sachse and hair stylist Cerón. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
7 Merle Yarborough, from left, Gina Gaston, Phoebe Tudor and Shawntell McWilliams at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
Merle Yarborough, from left, Gina Gaston, Phoebe Tudor and Shawntell McWilliams. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
16 Lynn Zeid, left, and Laura Mayer at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
Lynn Zeid, left, and Laura Mayer. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
17 Bruce Padilla and Dana Kervin at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
Bruce Padilla and Dana Kervin. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
14 Marie Bosarge, from left, Joann Crassas and Roz Pactor at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
Marie Bosarge, from left, Joann Crassas and Roz Pactor. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
13 Cheree Boydston, left, and Martha Turner at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
Chree Boydston, left, and Martha Turner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
15 Barbara Van Postman, left, and Karina Barbieri at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March
Barbara Van Postman, left, and Karina Barbieri. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
12 Ellie Francisco, left, and Franelle Rogers at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
Ellie Francisco, left, and Franelle Rogers. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
11 Gracie Cavnar, left, and Leisa Holland Nelson at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
Gracie Cavnar, left, and Leisa Holland-Nelson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
3 Alex Blair, from left, Beth Wolff and Yekcira Burnom at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March
Alex Blair, from left, Beth Wolff and Yekcira Burnom. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
5 Lauren Tankersley and Colin Moussa at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
Lauren Tankersley and Colin Moussa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
1 Philamena Baird, from left, Leisa Holland Nelson and Maryann McKeithan at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March
Philamena Baird, from left, Leisa Holland-Nelson and Mary Ann McKeithan. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Passion for Fashion, March 2015, Kelli Cohen Fein, Cesar Maldonado, Julia Frankel
News, Shelby, Passion for Fashion, March 2015, Becca Cason Thrash, Phoebe Tudor, Sheridan Williams, Diane Lokey Farb
6 David Peck, from left, Kay King and Jeff Shell at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
4 Dominique Sachse and Ceron at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
7 Merle Yarborough, from left, Gina Gaston, Phoebe Tudor and Shawntell McWilliams at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
16 Lynn Zeid, left, and Laura Mayer at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
17 Bruce Padilla and Dana Kervin at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
14 Marie Bosarge, from left, Joann Crassas and Roz Pactor at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
13 Cheree Boydston, left, and Martha Turner at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
15 Barbara Van Postman, left, and Karina Barbieri at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March
12 Ellie Francisco, left, and Franelle Rogers at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
11 Gracie Cavnar, left, and Leisa Holland Nelson at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
3 Alex Blair, from left, Beth Wolff and Yekcira Burnom at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March
5 Lauren Tankersley and Colin Moussa at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March 2015
1 Philamena Baird, from left, Leisa Holland Nelson and Maryann McKeithan at the Passion for Fashion luncheon March

The relevance of the fusion between fashion and philanthropy packed the River Oaks Country Club ballroom with a stylish coterie of ladies and gents who gathered to celebrate Houston Community College's annual Passion for Fashion luncheon honoring two equally stylish and philanthropic honorees. 

Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, whose life focus includes medicine (she's a pediatric radiologist), family (mother of two and married to Martin Fein) and philanthropy (Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony . . .), received the HCC Design Society Fashion Icon award.

Passion for Fashion founding chair and HCC Design Society founder Julia Anderson Frankel received the first special award that henceforth will carry her name. Julia was recognized for her support of the college as well as her many charitable and philanthropic activities.

Confirming their fashion creds, both Julia and Kelli are members of the Houston Chronicle Best Dressed Hall of Fame. For this special occasion and in honor of HCC student talent, Kelli tapped HCC student Jio'Zei Reyes to create a little black dress for her for the luncheon. Big round of applause for the designer.

The glorious day of fashion featured an interview with Houston/Thailand jewelry designer Nini Hale. CultureMap editor in chief Clifford Pugh asked the questions about her career and her beautiful jewels while Neal Hamil models strode the runway sporting the exquisite jewels while wearing designs from the Little Black Dress competition.

Among guests swooning over Hale's diamonds, ruby and emerald creations were previous Passion for Fashion Icons Phoebe Tudor, Sheridan Williams, Becca Cason Thrash and the first to receive the honor Diane Lokey Farb.  

Applauding all aspects of the day were luncheon emcee KPRC news anchor Dominique Sachse, designer David Peck, hair stylist Ceron, Saks Fifth Avenue GM Bobby Dees, Houston Symphony CEO Mark Hanson, interior designer Lucinda Loya, KTRK Channel 13 news anchor Gina Gaston, Laura Mercier cosmetics founder Janet Gurwitch, former Passion for Fashion luncheon chairs Mary Ann McKeithan and Leisa Holland-Nelson, HCC design stalwart Kay King and Neal Hamil's Jeff Shell.