From the moment guests arrived at the magnificent River Oaks chateau of Terri and John Havens for the Contemporary Arts Museum's annual ladies night out, the French accent was palpable. After all, the annual "Another Great Night in November" fundraiser was renamed "Une Autre Grande Nuit en Novembre" and French fashion house Louis Vuitton was presenting sponsor.
In keeping with the theme, the traditional trivia/scavenger competition took place in the Havens' Louis XV-inspired mansion (many architectural details originated in France), thus a generous number of French-themed questions. Dinner seating was in a party tent richly dressed by Bergner & Johnson's Rebekah Johnson to resemble a chateau. The tented ceiling was lined with panels of renderings of French architectural ceilings and hung with dazzling crystal chandeliers. Peonies, hydrangeas and roses provided explosions of color.
Chapeaus off to chairs Francine Ballard, Isabel David and Elizabeth Satel Young. With 250 beautifully dressed femmes in attendance, the evening brought in more than $210,000. While the ladies dined on a French-themed dinner from City Kitchen, Louis Vuitton models strode the runway, showcasing the Spring Summer 2014 “Icons” collection inspired by French architect, designer and photographer Charlotte Perriand.
And the winners of the contest, after a tie-breaker question, were Lucia Benton, Susie Criner, Marita Fairbanks, Page Kempner, Sissy Kempner, Marley Lott, Evelyn Nolen, Jessica Phifer, Susanne Pritchard and Beverly Robinson.
Among the ladies in their smashing cocktail attire were Aliyya Stude, Pippa Holt, Cabrina Owsley, Ann Wolf, Becca Cason Thrash, Erica Levit, Gracie Cavnar, Stephanie Cockrell, Diane Lokey Farb, Janet Hobby, Leslie Hull, Leigh Smith and Kara Childress.