Bling and Ballet, a Beautiful Partnership

Chopard's champagne-infused grand opening features dazzling baubles that are stars' lucky charms

Chopard's champagne-infused grand opening features stars' lucky charms

News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Tattinger champagne
The Taittinger champagne tower a highlight of the Chopard opening party. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Jim Nelson, Phoebe Tudor
Jim Nelson, Phoebe Tudor. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Texas Watch
The limited edition Happpy Texas watch by Chopard. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Diane Lokey Farb, Ceron, Karen Payne
Diane Lokey Farb, Ceron, Karen Payne. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Charlotte Johnson, Colin Moussa
Charlotte Johnson, Colin Moussa. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Isabel David, Ting Bresnehan, Courtney Toomey
Isabel David, Ting Bresnehan, Courtney Toomey. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Ralph Simons, Peter Remington
Chopard's Ralph Simons, Houston magazine's Peter Remington. Photo courtesy of Houston magazine
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, store exterior
Chopard lights up the night grand opening soirée. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Sandra Manela, Karina Barbieri, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl
Sandra Manela, Karina Barbieri, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Mark Sullivan, Becca Cason Thrash
Mark Sullivan, Becca Cason Thrash. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Alexandra Carreno, Rick Haines
Alexandra Carreno, Rick Haines. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Leigh Smith, Kelley Lubanko
Leigh Smith, Kelley Lubanko. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Saba Jawda, Sarah Jawda
Saba Jawda, Sarah Jawda. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Gina Bhatia, Dr. Devinder Bhatia
Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Gina Bhatia. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Joy Doustan, Michael Doustan
Joy Doustan, Michael Doustan. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Valerie Dieterich, Tracy Dieterich
Valerie Dieterich, Tracy Dieterich. Photo courtesy of Houston magazine
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Ceron, Milton Townsend
Ceron, Milton Townsend. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Tattinger champagne
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Jim Nelson, Phoebe Tudor
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Texas Watch
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Diane Lokey Farb, Ceron, Karen Payne
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Charlotte Johnson, Colin Moussa
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Isabel David, Ting Bresnehan, Courtney Toomey
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Ralph Simons, Peter Remington
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, store exterior
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Sandra Manela, Karina Barbieri, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Mark Sullivan, Becca Cason Thrash
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Alexandra Carreno, Rick Haines
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Leigh Smith, Kelley Lubanko
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Saba Jawda, Sarah Jawda
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Gina Bhatia, Dr. Devinder Bhatia
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Joy Doustan, Michael Doustan
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Valerie Dieterich, Tracy Dieterich
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Ceron, Milton Townsend

The always elegant, Houston Ballet Board chair Phoebe Tudor never looked more dazzling than she did for the opening celebration of the Chopard boutique in River Oaks District. Wearing a simple but striking black cocktail dress, she accessorized with Chopard diamond earrings and diamond-framed watch.

The dynamite earrings, Phoebe allowed, were worn by Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus for the 2015 Emmys at which she won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Addressing the trés chic gathering, Chopard U.S. president Ralph Simons said that the company's diamonds seem to be lucky charms for numerous Oscar and Emmy nominees, who now ask to wear Chopard for awards ceremonies.

Simon also announced that 10 percent of sales through the end of the year would go to Houston Ballet when purchasers mention the partnership. (We think that Bobby Tudor, Phoebe's husband, might be on the hook for either the earrings or watch, both priced easily into the six figure range.) We know for certain that Rini and Edward Ziegler were doing a bit of holiday shopping in the watch department.

The elegant evening, highlighted by the Taittinger champagne tower, was hosted by Houston magazine, represented by publisher Peter Remington, editor Jeff Gremillion and national advertising director Isabel David.

For this opening of Chopard's first store in Texas and only the fifth in the U.S., the 155-year-old Swiss firm created a limited edition Happy Texas watch embellished with a small diamond star in the face.

Swooning over the champagne and hors d'oeuvres from Tony's catering were guests including Diane Lokey Farb, Leigh Smith, Ceron, Patti and Don Murphy, Karina and Carlos Barbieri, Ting Bresnehan, Valerie and Tracy Dieterich, Karen Payne, Milton Townsend, Saba Jawda, Sarah Jawda, Mark Sullivan and Courtney Toomey.

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