Every woman wants to look her absolute best when a big-name fashion designer is present, which explains why, that beyond the expected Ladies-Who-Lunch fashion mandate, the femmes kicked it up a notch at the Westin Oaks Hotel for the "Catwalk for a Cure." Carolina Herrera was in the room and her fashions were on the runway.
Herrera was featured designer at the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation benefit luncheon, sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue. Two women were so fashionably in touch with the moment that they wore the same dress as the designer. However, Herrera carried the matching jacket with her ensemble while Jana Arnoldy and Joyce Fadem wore the sleeveless sheaths without protection from the air conditioning.
"I was shocked, but I guess I chose the right dress," Fadem said of the coincidence.
Luncheon co-chair Kara Kinder Howes was pleased that she did not select the same dress as the one worn by Herrera, although she almost did. That would have been interesting as Herrera was seated at the luncheon table next to Howes and luncheon co-chair Melissa Mithoff.
Joining in the day's program were emcee KPRC news anchor Rachel McNeill (who allowed that her wedding gown was by Carolina Herrera); Melissa Amschwand Bellinger, foundation founder; survivor honoree Tracey Ferrin; and Saks Fifth Avenue GM Terry Zmyslo. Hands-on event organizer and foundation board member Leigh Williams kept the party moving.
Fashionables stepping out for this midday fete included Lynn Wyatt, Tama Klosek, Greggory Burk, Diane Lokey Farb, Stephanie Cockrell, Kay Holmes, Alex Knight, Allie Fields, Lucinda Loya, Anne Kinder, Carolyn Mafrige, Joyce Echols, Mary Grace Gray and Phoebe Tudor.
There was a sprinkling of men in the mix including the chairs' husbands — Aaron Howes and Michael Mithoff — plus Bubba McNeely, Cerón, Mark Sullivan, Neal Hamil and Carolina Herrera team members in from New York.