Chic Euro vibe rocks H-Town

Opening soirée for Cartier in River Oaks District enjoys a chic Euro vibe with fashionable throng

Opening soirée for swank Cartier emporium enjoys a chic Euro vibe

News, Shelby, Cartier opening, Oct. 2015
Cartier's crystal chandelier dazzles as much as the bling in the vitrines at the new store in River Oaks District. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
News, Shelby, Cartier opening, Oct. 2015, Mercedes Abramo, Gary Tinterow, Kari Gonzales
Cartier North America president and CEO Mercedes Abramo, Gary Tinterow, Kari Gonzales. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
News, Shelby, Cartier opening, Oct. 2015, Sarah Jawda, Saba Jawda
Saba Jawda, Sarah Jawda. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
News, Shelby, Cartier opening, Oct. 2015
Cartier in River Oaks District shines during its grand opening party. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
News, Shelby, Cartier Opening, oct. 2015, Lynn Wyatt, Laurie Morian
Lynn Wyatt, Laurie Morian. Jenny Antill Clifton
News, Shelby, Cartier Opening, oct. 2015, Tommy Reckling, Isla Reckling
Tommy Reckling, Isla Reckling. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
News, Shelby, Cartier Opening, oct. 2015, Gary Tinterow, Pat Breen
Gary Tinterow, Pat Breen. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
News, Shelby, Cartier opening, Oct. 2015
Guests moved from the Cartier store to an unoccupied space for nightclub style entertainment from New York. Photo by Shafik Rifaat
News, Shelby, Cartier opening, Oct. 2015
Grace Weber and her band rock the night during spectacular party. Photo by Jenny Antill
News, Shelby, Cartier opening, Oct. 2015
The nightclub setting  in an unfinished storefront. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
News, Shelby, Cartier opening, Oct. 2015
News, Shelby, Cartier opening, Oct. 2015, Mercedes Abramo, Gary Tinterow, Kari Gonzales
News, Shelby, Cartier opening, Oct. 2015, Sarah Jawda, Saba Jawda
News, Shelby, Cartier opening, Oct. 2015
News, Shelby, Cartier Opening, oct. 2015, Lynn Wyatt, Laurie Morian
News, Shelby, Cartier Opening, oct. 2015, Tommy Reckling, Isla Reckling
News, Shelby, Cartier Opening, oct. 2015, Gary Tinterow, Pat Breen
News, Shelby, Cartier opening, Oct. 2015
News, Shelby, Cartier opening, Oct. 2015
News, Shelby, Cartier opening, Oct. 2015

Could this really be Houston? The sophisticated sidewalk scene, the red carpet glamour and the throng of stylistas surrounding the opening of the swank Cartier store in River Oaks District introduced a new level of posh to the Bayou City.

It was an occasion almost a century in the making and Cartier did it up right.

"We've been in Houston for almost 100 years in a lot of different places," noted Mercedes Abramo, Cartier North America president and CEO. "And we have here a wonderful boutique that is really showcasing Cartier. We're proud to support Houston because we've been here so long."

Cartier entered Houston in 1920 but waited until 2015 to gift the city with a dazzling, 6,000 square foot emporium of serious bling. The cocktail party evening, which continued with an amazing after-party, served to launch Cartier's Paris Nouvelle Vague collection, 24 pieces inspired by the City of Light.

Cartier's commitment to the city was further evidenced in the turnout of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston execs and patrons. As MFAH development director Amy Purvis noted, "Cartier is the exclusive sponsor of our highest level patron's group, the MFAH Leadership Circle."

Museum director Gary Tinterow added that Cartier has long been one of the MFAH's most generous corporate supporters. Museum patrons joining the first half of the evening included Lynn Wyatt, who would chair the MFAH Grand Gala Ball the following night, plus Isla and Tommy Recking, Pat Breen, Laurie and Reed Morian and Christopher Gardner.

Cartier Houston store director Kari Gonzales welcomed the collection of fashion magazine-worthy guests, many of whom were loyal Cartier customers. In the mix were Elizabeth and Dene Oliver, principle of the River Oaks District development firm OliverMcMillan.

After exploring the new jewelry boutique, guests moved across the red carpet to the Cartier after-party, in an unfinished storefront outfitted by The Events Co. as a swank Paris-inspired nightclub, all in white. The after-party action began with DJ and model Maad* Moiselle and peaked with a surprise appearance by popular Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Grace Weber, who rocked the night. A Fare Extraordinaire continued its bubbly and fine hors d'oeuvres service from the store to the dance scene, insuring that everyone was sated and well served.

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