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Hip young professionals and hot spring fashions collide at new J.Crew store: Cute Young Things prowl the racks

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10 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Natalie Brehm, Freddy Goerges, Courtney Newman
Natalie Brehm, from left, Freddy Goerges and Courtney Newman at J.Crew/Houston Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
4 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Jennifer Doleman, Gina Rovegno
Jennifer Doleman, left, and Gina Rovegno at J.Crew/Houston Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
15 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Christy Tran, Ron Charles, Marlianea Charles, Gabriela Gerhart
Christy Tran, from left, Ron Charles, Marlianea Charles and Gabriela Gerhart at J.Crew/Houston Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce party.   Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
9 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Melissa Hamilton, Amber Slovensky, Emily Brown
Melissa Hamilton, from left, Amber Slovensky and Emily Brown at J.Crew/Houston Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
16 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Royce Taylor, Patrick Sims
Royce Taylor, left, and Patrick Sims at J.Crew/Houston Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
13 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Chaden Yafi, Michael Yafi
Chaden and Michael Yafi at J.Crew/Houston Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
8 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Erik San Miguel, Caroline Serbin, Lauren McCraw
Erik San Miguel, from left, Caroline Serbin and Lauren McCraw at J.Crew/Houston Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
14 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Carmelle White, Ayan Martin, Andretta Williams
Carmelle White, from left, Ayan Martin and Andretta Williams at J.Crew/Houston Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
12 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Marcel Chahda, Reza Mousighi
Marcel Chahda, left, and Reza Mousighi at J.Crew/Houston Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
5 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Kaitlin Smith, Helen Oettinger
Kaitlin Smith, left, and Helen Oettinger at J.Crew/Houston Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
7 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Matthew Reeves, Kendra Oden
Matthew Reeves and Kendra Oden at J.Crew/Houston Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
6 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013Amanda Christensen, Nichole Bailey
Amanda Christensen, left, and Nichole Bailey at J.Crew/Houston Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
11 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Juawana Colbert, Rebecca Windebar, Vonnie Hall
Juawana Colbert, from left, Rebecca Windebar and Vonnie Hall at J.Crew/Houston Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce party. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
10 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Natalie Brehm, Freddy Goerges, Courtney Newman
4 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Jennifer Doleman, Gina Rovegno
15 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Christy Tran, Ron Charles, Marlianea Charles, Gabriela Gerhart
9 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Melissa Hamilton, Amber Slovensky, Emily Brown
16 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Royce Taylor, Patrick Sims
13 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Chaden Yafi, Michael Yafi
8 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Erik San Miguel, Caroline Serbin, Lauren McCraw
14 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Carmelle White, Ayan Martin, Andretta Williams
12 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Marcel Chahda, Reza Mousighi
5 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Kaitlin Smith, Helen Oettinger
7 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Matthew Reeves, Kendra Oden
6 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013Amanda Christensen, Nichole Bailey
11 J. Crew & HYP Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Juawana Colbert, Rebecca Windebar, Vonnie Hall

Just as J.Crew was celebrating its new store in Highland Village Tuesday night so the Houston Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce was celebrating its new name, a better focus of its mission than the previous moniker Houston Young Professionals Society.

Scores of Cute Young Things prowled the yummy racks and stacks of spring fashions while the gents perused the striped shirts, plaid shirts and pastel-hued fashions in the generous men's department. Leading the pack was YPCC founder Freddy Goerges, explaining that the group's new name better represents the networking/business mission of the organization.

The festive mood was enhanced by the uniformed waiters from A Fare Extraordinaire, who swirled through offering champagne and all manner of hefty hors d'oeuvres such as the tasty buffalo burger sliders.

J. Crew hosted the party in the new 8,426 square foot space that features separate men's and women's entrances. The party crowd oohed over the dedicated Ludlow suit shop in the men's area and aahed over the ladies side where Italian cashmeres, linens and eyelets tempted as did the yummy offerings in the handbag and shoe salon.

With a 25 percent sale in progress, few went home without burgeoning shopping bags. Gabriela Gerhart, founder of The Motherhood Center, was one of the few who was window shopping. But she was so intrigued by the wearable, affordable fashions that she vowed to return over the weekend for serious retail therapy. Hallie Bauer of Westside Lexus was clearly taken with the J.Crew look. "I feel like I could literally buy everything in here and wear it for the rest of the year," she said.

An undercurrent of the evening was the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year Campaign. Goerges is one of the candidates and he did spend much of his mingling helping raise the profile of that fundraiser. Campaign manager Helen Oettinger was among the guests.

Perusing the stylish fashions were Natalie Burus, Matthew Reeves, Emily Mohn, Alicia Hawkins, Pascale Schmitt, Erik San Miguel, Chaden and Dr. Michael Yafi, Amanda Christensen, Royce Taylor, Kaitlin Smith and Patrick Sims.

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