How do fashion-focused femmes manage their cool looks when the mercury continually surpasses the century mark?
We asked a handful of sophisticated lovelies who gathered at Atrium on Wednesday night to share their fashion strategies for dealing with this brutal heat wave.
The young women had turned out in force for the Atrium VIP Summer Sale and Soirée benefiting Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. While they sipped cooling palomas (a frothy mix of citrus-flavored vodka and Fresca Citrus) and avoided the cheese and fruit trays, the ladies contemplated the summer fashion conundrum.
Katy Mayell, who co-chaired the event with Lucy Thorp, Jennifer Hobson and Atrium owner Luvi Wheelock, allowed that she opts for dresses over slacks; thus her one-shoulder dressy frock by Diane Von Furstenberg. "I try not to wear jeans if I don't have to and I carry a sweater for the air-conditioning," she said.
Annie Ruscoe echoed Mayell's choice. "I wear a lot of dresses and wedges," she said. "They're cooler and fun. In summer, it's fun to play with prints in dresses."
For this evening, the recent St. Edward's University communications grad wore a short, full tweed skirt (she wears it for both summer and winter, when leggings are added) and a spaghetti-strap top.
Most of the women in this gathering wore dresses with a few exceptions that included Wheelock, who opted for floaty white slacks. Her one-shouldered halter top in turquoise, which featured a fetching built-in black and white chunky bead necklace, was by Israeli designer Yigal Azrouel, a favorite among the young shoppers including Thorp.
The Yigal dress she wore for the party was one that she had actually purchased for her trousseau. She's getting married in October and has her Oscar de la Renta wedding gown on order through Casa de Novia Bridal Couture, the main boutique with which Atrium shares space.
Co-chair Jennifer Hobson was one of several in the mix to wear a dress in white lace, hers from French Connection. Leanne Reeves found her lace frock at Anthropologie. Another in white lace was Lisa O'Leary, fresh back from the family vacation home in San Miguel de Allende.
The mercury rising doesn't mean only flighty fashion dilemmas, it also means, sadly, more clients for Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence. Executive director Jackie Pontello, who attended along with AVDV staffer Mia Monroe and intern Laura Park, reported that with each increase in the temperatures so goes up the number of domestic violence incidences, making this gathering all the more important to the non-profit.