Houston's Best Dressed

Who wore it best: Great gowns from the Houston Grand Opera Ball

The Houston Grand Opera Ball typically brings out the absolute best in ball gown dressing and Saturday night's "Fleurs de l'Opera" white-tie evening was no exception. 

Consider ball chair Margaret Alkek Williams in her dreamy lavender confection by Ripetta of Rome. The design house creates most of the philanthropist's gowns, each designed to echo the theme of the evening.

Here the lavender gown was drenched in beaded lace in floral patterns. Her amethyst and diamond suite was a stunning complement to the gown.

Margaret was the premier rose among the many flowers filling Wortham Theater Center's Grand Foyer on this evening.

Public relations grande dame Dancie Ware commanded all eyes in her dramatic Oscar de la Renta with its radiant orchid shawl.

Another high-octane fashionista, Diane Lokey Farb, chose this killer gown by Zuhair Murad, enhanced with floral embellishments that echoed the evening's theme.

Houston-based designer David Peck, left, created original gowns for a number of opera ball ladies. None was more spectacular than this stunner designed for Lindley Arnoldy.

Houston-based designers had their night on Saturday. Alex Blair had this smashing red lace gown designed for her by H-Town's Danny Nguyen.

Always fashion forward, Carrie Brandsberg Dahl stepped out in Haider Ackerman.

The dress that Carol Linn had ordered to wear to the Opera Ball failed to meet her expectations when she tried it on Saturday morning. So she rushed to Tootsies on a mission to find a replacement with a very tight deadline.

WIth the ball only hours away, the Tootsies staff helped her find this Monique Lhuillier gown that started out a size too large. The store arranged for alterations to drop everything and remake the gown for Carol.

It was ready within hours and this lady is still thanking them.

Almost five years ago, Dr. Devinder Bhatia bought a custom Cesar Galindo gown at a charity auction for his wife, Gina. It took a hefty length of time to get the dress but once she tried it on, all seemed well as the gown was spectacular on her.

Seriously getting into the "Fleurs de l'Opera" theme, Joanne King Herring accented her white lace gown with a garland of white orchids (the gala chair's favorite flower) that cascaded from her blonde coif, down her shoulder.

The orchid design was created for Joanne by Nino Shbeeb  of Flowers by Nino.

Sheridan Williams picked the bejeweled floral print gown by Catherine Regher for the opera ball.

Y. Ping Sun was stunning in the red gown by Aiden Mattox. Note the red roses in her hair, another nod to the flower theme.

Kristy Bradshaw looked divine in this midnight blue gown by Amsale.

Isabel David gives a nod to the floral theme in this gown by Erdem.

Leisa Holland-Nelson cut a glamorous swath through the ballroom in this gown by Romona Keveza.

Understated elegance defines the look Jennifer Hoffman achieved in her gown by Aiden Mattox.