Best Dressed & Jason Wu

Houston's Best Dressed and Jason Wu rule the runway in a record-breaking fashion frenzy

Houston's Best Dressed and Jason Wu rule runway in a fashion frenzy

14 Carol Linn,Gina Gaston Elie, Duyen Nguyen, Katie Brass, Kelli Cohen Fein, Jason Wu, Cynthia Petrello, Denise Bush Bahr,Ali Fields, Kristy Bradshaw, Garcie Cavnar at the Best Dressed luncheon March 2015
Carol Linn, from left, Gina Gaston Elie, Duyen Nguyen, Katie Brass, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, Jason Wu, Cynthia Petrello, Denise Bush Bahr, Ali Fields, Kristy Bradshaw and Garcie Cavnar. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Phylli Williams, Rosemary Schatzman, Vanessa Sendukas at the Best Dressed luncheon March 2015
Raffle chair Phyllis Williams, from left, luncheon chair Rosemary Schatzman and raffle chair Vanessa Sendukas. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
28 Nancy Almodovar, from left, Anika Jackson and Conny Kwan-Wong at the Best Dressed luncheon March 2015
Nancy Almodovar, from left, Anika Jackson and Connie Kwan-Wong. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
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Best Dressed Hall of Fame veteran Lynn Wyatt and designer Jason Wu. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
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Mary Patton, from left, Linsay Radcliffe, Ting Bresnahan and 
Jennifer Dolman.
Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
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Sue and Lester Smith. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Best Dressed, March 2015, Bob Devlin, Jill Devlin
Neiman Marcus GM Bob Devlin and his cousin, Jill Devlin. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
20 Patti Murphy, from left, Jeff Shell and Jacquie Baly at the Best Dressed luncheon March 2015
Patti Murphy, from left, Jeff Shell and Jacquie Baly. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
26 Marc Huynh, Fady Armanious, Carrie Colbert, Andrew Huynh at the Best Dressed luncheon March 2015
Marc Huynh, from left, Fady Armanious, Carrie Colbert and Andrew Huynh. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
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Greggory Burke, from left, Kelli Blanton and Karen Mayell. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
3 Katie Brass, left, and Ali Fields at the Best Dressed luncheon March 2015
Katie Brass, left, and Ali Fields. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
News, Shelby, Best Dressed, March 2015, Carolyn Tanner, Lisa Holthouse
Carolyn Tanner, left, and Lisa Holthouse. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
17 Gracie Cavnar and Ceron at the Best Dressed luncheon March 2015
Gracie Cavnar and Cerón backstage. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
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Gina Bhatia, Julie Oliver, Cynthia Petrello and Mary D'Andrea. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
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Leigh Anne Raymond, left, and Stephanie Cockrell. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
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DeeDee Marsh, from left, Elizabeth Stein and Ellie Francisco. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
24 Karen Wildenstein, Shelley Taylor Ludwic, Yvonne Cormier, Claire Cormier Thielke at the Best Dressed luncheon March 2015
Karen Wildenstein, from left, Shelley Taylor Ludwick, Yvonne Cormier and Claire Cormier-Thielke. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
News, Shelby, Best Dressed, March 2015, Donna Bruni, Bob Bruni
Donna and Bob Bruni. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Best Dressed, March 2015, Alyssa Maples, Virginia Steppe
Alyssa Maples, left, and Virginia Steppe. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
31 Nicole West, from left, Gayla Gradner and Kafi Slaughter at the Best Dressed luncheon March 2015
Nicole West, from left, Gayla Gradner and Kafi Slaughter. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
14 Carol Linn,Gina Gaston Elie, Duyen Nguyen, Katie Brass, Kelli Cohen Fein, Jason Wu, Cynthia Petrello, Denise Bush Bahr,Ali Fields, Kristy Bradshaw, Garcie Cavnar at the Best Dressed luncheon March 2015
Phylli Williams, Rosemary Schatzman, Vanessa Sendukas at the Best Dressed luncheon March 2015
28 Nancy Almodovar, from left, Anika Jackson and Conny Kwan-Wong at the Best Dressed luncheon March 2015
News, Shelby, Best Dressed, March 2015
News, Shelby, Best Dressed, March 2015
News, Shelby, Best Dressed, March 2015
News, Shelby, Best Dressed, March 2015, Bob Devlin, Jill Devlin
20 Patti Murphy, from left, Jeff Shell and Jacquie Baly at the Best Dressed luncheon March 2015
26 Marc Huynh, Fady Armanious, Carrie Colbert, Andrew Huynh at the Best Dressed luncheon March 2015
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3 Katie Brass, left, and Ali Fields at the Best Dressed luncheon March 2015
News, Shelby, Best Dressed, March 2015, Carolyn Tanner, Lisa Holthouse
17 Gracie Cavnar and Ceron at the Best Dressed luncheon March 2015
News, Shelby, Best Dressed, March 2015
News, Shelby, Best Dressed, March 2015
News, Shelby, Best Dressed, March 2015
24 Karen Wildenstein, Shelley Taylor Ludwic, Yvonne Cormier, Claire Cormier Thielke at the Best Dressed luncheon March 2015
News, Shelby, Best Dressed, March 2015, Donna Bruni, Bob Bruni
News, Shelby, Best Dressed, March 2015, Alyssa Maples, Virginia Steppe
31 Nicole West, from left, Gayla Gradner and Kafi Slaughter at the Best Dressed luncheon March 2015

H-Town's whacky, unpredictable weather rained on the Best Dressed luncheon Thursday morning. Bad news for the 10 honorees who were hoping for a good hair day. Good news for guest designer Jason Wu, whose fall/winter fashions hit just the right tone on this chilly, damp morning.

But it was all sunshine inside the ballroom of the Hilton Americas-Houston where the Houston Chronicle hosted the 33rd annual event benefiting the March of Dimes. With powerhouse Rosemary Schatzman as chair and a committee of devoted supporters, the luncheon enjoyed a record 700 guests and raised more than $580,000, another record, 45 percent increase over the 2014 luncheon. Applause, applause for Schatzman and her team.

Neiman Marcus delivered the stylish notes by bringing in Wu, one of First Lady Michelle Obama's favorite designers, for the fashion presentation that had the ladies thinking fur, wool and winter spangles. Because the event was held downtown rather than at the Westin Galleria, the traditional venue, Neiman's set up a Jason Wu pop-up shop in the ballroom foyer for interested fashion mavens.

With DJ spins adding a vibrant note to the luncheon scene, the young and the beautiful, the stylish and the sophisticated populated the ballroom with a see-and-be-seen vibe that provided unmatched fashionista-watching. We particularly enjoyed the style displayed by Hallie Vanderhider, Lucinda Loya, Heidi Smith, Carrie Colbert and Stephanie Cockrell.

Houston Chronicle chairman Jack Sweeney and senior features editor Melissa Aguilar introduced the coterie of community leaders "who distinguish themselves with great style."  

Houston Chronicle chairman Jack Sweeney and senior features editor Melissa Aguilar introduced the coterie of community leaders "who distinguish themselves with great style." Taking bows as Hall of Fame honorees were Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Cynthia Petrello.

Second time Best Dressed honorees, placing them in two years in line for Hall of Fame, were Carol Linn, Gracie Cavnar and Gina Gaston Ellie. Making their debut in Best Dressed ranks were Denise Bush Bahr, Kristy Bradshaw, Katie Brass and Duyen Huynh Nguyen.

Nguyen presented a Best Dressed first, wearing a long gown by Emilia Wickstead for the catwalk. "For this spring, everything is longer. So I thought this dress is perfect. I love the color, the style,  the length and it's not at all formal. I'd call it a maxi dress."

Houston fashion A-listers made the scene including Neiman Marcus GM Bob Devlin, Fashion Houston's Vivian Wise, model and stylist Ursaline Hamilton, Tootsies' Fady Armanious and fashion show producer Todd Ramos. Another standout in the mix was Connie Kwan-Wong, who made the winning bid of $15,000 on the single live auction item, a fashion jaunt to New York for Jason Wu's Spring 2016 fashion show.

Past Hall of Fame honorees, each receiving a long-stem white rose, were spread throughout the ballroom including Lynn Wyatt, Courtney Hill Fertitta, Karen Mayell, Sheridan Williams, Lora Clemmons, Laura Sweeney, Janet Gurwitch, Diane Lokey Farb, Dancie Ware, Cynthia Allshouse, Phyllis Williams, Melinda Berkman, Lilly Andress, Phoebe Tudor, Pat Breen, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson and more.

See Shelby Hodge's video of Jason Wu's fashion below.