There could not have been a more perfect gown for the Houston Ballet "Rite of Spring" gala than the Carolina Herrera confection worn by ball chair Kelli Cohen Fein. The billowing sky blue gown, painted in spring flowers, was a must-have from the moment that Fein saw Lucy Liu wearing it for her red carpet entrance at the Golden Globes.
Who wore it best?
"While I don't think I could ever wear it better than the film star," Fein emailed, "I was likely infinitely more passionate about finding a way to actually be granted permission to wear the singular sample (as the gown has yet to go into production being part of the pre-fall Herrera collection) on the planet!"
The elegant frock arrived only hours before the ball and was quickly tailored, requiring only basting in the hem.
Once determined to have the gown, Fein put a team to work to make the arrangements which included locating the the sample, which was far, far away on a photo shoot, and getting it transported to Houston. The elegant frock arrived only hours before the ball and was quickly tailored, requiring only basting in the hem. (Oh, to be trim enough to wear a sample gown.)
The effort put forth was all to wear the gown, as Fein allowed, as a surprise for Ballet Ball honoree Lynn Wyatt and her close friend Herrera, who was attending in Wyatt's honor.
"There is only one Lynn Wyatt and only one Caroline Herrera," Fein continued. "Alas, there was only one ball gown which embodied the majesty of Rite of Spring!" Her wish was fulfilled, as she emailed, "in the name of fashion along with the quintessential sheer will and determination!"
None could have been more proud of the look than Martin Fein, who chaired the ball with his glamorous wife.