In the crowd of 150 young movers and shakers a Hudson Lounge for Houston Grand Opera's Ovations Awards announcement, Elena Markova was a clear standout. Tall and willowy, dressed in well-fitted slacks by John Galliano and a ruffled blouse by Anne Fontaine, it was clear that this private commodities trader knows her fashion as well as her pork bellies. The slacks were a find at the Forum in Las Vegas and the blouse, of course, from Anne Fontaine in the Galleria. She picked up the Louboutin shoes in Paris and the Ferragamo belt and purse from the Ferragamo boutique in the Galleria.
For the record, this transplant, most recently from Chicago, was loving the balmy mid-December night that allowed partying in the lounge courtyard. While she loves Houston, she isn't quite yet ready to give up the area code 312 on her cell phone. "I'm keeping my number," she said.