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Pretty frocks, dashing gents, & hot models galore: Fashion rules at River Oaks tennis tournament

Pretty frocks, dashing gents, & hot models galore at River Oaks tennis

2 Christine Falgout, from left, Jo Lynn Falgout and Kimberly Falgout at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
Christine Falgout, from left, Jo Lynn Falgout and Kimberly Falgout. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
7 Amy and Mark Hammer at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
Luncheon chair Amy Hammer and husband Mark Hammer. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
3 Cheryl Boblitt, left, and Mary Eads at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
Cheryl Boblitt, left, and Mary Eads. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
4 Joe and Cathy Cleary, left, with John Eads at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
Tennis tournament chairman Joe Cleary and wife Cathy, left, with John Eads. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
20 Steve Mach, left, and Butch Mach at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
Brothers Steve Mach, left, and Butch Mach. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
23 NAMES at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
Laura Arnold, from left, Louisa Sarofim, Courtney Sarofim and Martha Long. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon, April 2015, Estela Cockrell, Stephanie Cockrell, Elizabeth Petersen
Estela Cockrell, from left, Stephanie Cockrell and Elizabeth Petersen. Photo by Shelby Hodge
22 Justin Yoakum, from left, Jessica Rossman and Tim Governale at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
Justin Yoakum, left, Jessica Rossman and Sam Governale. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
24 Lucinda Loya, from left, Kim Moody, Tracy Hale, Rachel Reagan and Linda Bosarge at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
In the circus theme, Lucinda Loya, from left, Kim Moody, Tracy Hale, Rachel Reagan and Linda Bosarge. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
16 Karen Mayell, from left, Fady Armanious and Diane Lokey Farb at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
Karen Mayell, from left, Fady Armanious and Diane Lokey Farb. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
17 Ceron and Dancie Ware at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
Cerón and Dancie Ware. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
10 Catherine Elkins, from left, Kelly Hamman and Maria Elias at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
Catherine Elkins, from left, Kelly Hamman and Maria Elias. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
18 Phoebe Tudor, left, and Martha Finger at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
Phoebe Tudor, left, and Martha Finger. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon, April 2015, Kevin Black, Chris Goins, Christina Stith, Tony Bradfield
Kevin Black, from left, Chris Goins, Christina Stith and Tony Bradfield. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
12 April Abello, from left, Mimi Marix and Mary Eliza Shaper at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
April Abello, from left, Mimi Marix and Mary Eliza Shaper. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon, April 2015, Kristin Lindquist, Julie Abadie, Kelley Rogge
Kristin Lindquist, from left, Julie Abadie and Kelley Rogge. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
21 Justin Yoakum, left, and Sam and Tim Governale at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
Justin Yoakum, left, with Tina and Sam Governale. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
14 Laurie and Michael Wood at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015.jpg
Laurie and Michael Wood. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
15 Kathryn Hamilton, from left, Katy Ellis, Diane Lokey Farb and Karen Mayell at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
Kathryn Hamilton, from left, Katy Ellis, Diane Lokey Farb and Karen Mayell. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
11 DeeDee Marsh, left, and Kelly Weinzierl at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
DeeDee Marsh, left, and Kelli Weinzierl. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
19 Isabel David, from left, Linda Transier and Yvonne Cormier at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
Isabel David, from left, Lynda Transier and Yvonne Cormier. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
9 Donna Vallone, left, and Ellie Francisco at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
Donna Vallone, left, and Ellie Francisco. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
2 Christine Falgout, from left, Jo Lynn Falgout and Kimberly Falgout at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
7 Amy and Mark Hammer at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
3 Cheryl Boblitt, left, and Mary Eads at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
4 Joe and Cathy Cleary, left, with John Eads at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
20 Steve Mach, left, and Butch Mach at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
23 NAMES at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
News, Shelby, River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon, April 2015, Estela Cockrell, Stephanie Cockrell, Elizabeth Petersen
22 Justin Yoakum, from left, Jessica Rossman and Tim Governale at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
24 Lucinda Loya, from left, Kim Moody, Tracy Hale, Rachel Reagan and Linda Bosarge at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
16 Karen Mayell, from left, Fady Armanious and Diane Lokey Farb at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
17 Ceron and Dancie Ware at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
10 Catherine Elkins, from left, Kelly Hamman and Maria Elias at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
18 Phoebe Tudor, left, and Martha Finger at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
News, Shelby, River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon, April 2015, Kevin Black, Chris Goins, Christina Stith, Tony Bradfield
12 April Abello, from left, Mimi Marix and Mary Eliza Shaper at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
News, Shelby, River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon, April 2015, Kristin Lindquist, Julie Abadie, Kelley Rogge
21 Justin Yoakum, left, and Sam and Tim Governale at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
14 Laurie and Michael Wood at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015.jpg
15 Kathryn Hamilton, from left, Katy Ellis, Diane Lokey Farb and Karen Mayell at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
11 DeeDee Marsh, left, and Kelly Weinzierl at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
19 Isabel David, from left, Linda Transier and Yvonne Cormier at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
9 Donna Vallone, left, and Ellie Francisco at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015

There is nothing quite like the high-fashion, high-society tableau that comes each spring with the River Oaks tennis tournament. The annual luncheon, so popular that it is held two days in a row, is the ultimate see-and-be-seen event.

Each year, ladies in colorful frocks and hats, gents in linen and seersucker suits swarm around the pool area of River Oaks Country Club in spring fashion splendor. Tootsies sends a squadron of sleek models down the catwalk that crisscrosses the swimming pool. It's ooh-la-la from the time the gates open until well into the afternoon as a number of convivial guests stay on for a few hours of champagne-fueled socializing and/or viewing the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship matches.

Wednesday and Thursday luncheons were carbon copies except for a changeover in a few of the guests. In fact, this event is so socially potent that a good number of the ladies attend both days. As he thanked luncheon chair Ann Hammer, ROCC tennis director Van Barry noted, "This fashion show is such an integral part of our week."

The circus-themed fashion presentation took on new life this year with circus entertainers with whips, hoops and stilts. Colorfully costumed, they jockeyed between the models as both vied for the sellout crowd's attention. J&D Entertainment provided the costumed circus characters who continued to entertain throughout the lunch. (See a video of the runway show below.)

Few added more sartorial splendor on Wednesday than Tootsies' Fady Armanious in Louboutin shoes and otherwise total Gucci, Ceron in floral slacks and Diane Lokey Farb wearing Valentino.

Fashionables attending across the two days included tournament chairman Joe Cleary and wife Cathy, sisters-in-law Estela and Stephanie Cockrell, Mark Hammer, Kelli Blanton, Cynthia Allshouse, Lilly Andress, Linda McReynolds, Greggory Burk, Catherine Elkins, Ann Bookout, Megan Sutton Reed, Kelly Hamman, Maria Elias, Soraya McClelland, Mickey Rosmarin and sponsor Tenenbaum & Co.'s Kevin Black and Tony Bradfield.