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The ladies sip & shop the latest Donna Karan, but don't touch the food on this fashionable afternoon

The ladies sip & shop the latest Donna Karan, but don't touch the food on this fashionable afternoon

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A houseful of fashionable women poured into this River Oaks home for a Donna Karan Ambassadors afternoon. Photo by Shelby Hodge
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Donna Karan Ambassador Sheridan Williams opened her home for the event overseen by Curtis Farnham. Photo by Shelby Hodge
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Fashionables included Liz Decker, from left, Kelly Anzilotti, Andrea Turtur and Katie Decker. Photo by Shelby Hodge
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Amy Parker and Blaker Barber, right, check out the latest designs. Photo by Shelby Hodge
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Shopping the racks were Karen Johnson, from left, Erika Mannke and Karen Mayell. Photo by Shelby Hodge
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Donna Karan fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue were modeled. Photo by Shelby Hodge
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Informal modeling and shopping filled the entry hall. Photo by Shelby Hodge
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Not that there was anything unsavory about the tasty hors d'oeuvres served at the late-afternoon gathering of style mavens. It was just that the Donna Karan designs modeled by willowy mannequins and the pieces hanging on the myriad clothes racks required a lithe and lean silhouette. No thinking of discretionary calories, please. 

Integral to the collection was an abundance of ruching — a stylish ploy that is not for the faint of heart nor for those of considerable girth. Think thin.

Hostess Sheridan Williams, one of a handful of Donna Karan Ambassadors selected from across the United States for their stylish philanthropy, opened the doors of her River Oaks home for the fashion-focused afternoon that doubled as a fundraiser for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, her choice for proceeds from the Saks Fifth Avenue/Donna Karan event. Sheridan serves on the prestigious M.D. Anderson Board of Visitors making that non-profit a logical choice. 

With SFA's Terry Zmyslo and Sylvia Forsythe assisting and Donna Karan client service manager Curtis Farnham from New York commentating the brief fashion show, the ladies went wild for the clothes. The credit cards  were fairly sizzling as the flock enthusiastically embraced the Donna Karan esthetic.

Janet Gurwitch, Dancie Ware, Lucinda Loya and Sandy Barrett were among those admiring the trés stylish fashions for spring and summer. Listening with rapt attention as Curtis extolled the virtues of the Donna Karan line were Diane Lokey Farb, Liz Decker, Katie Decker, Margaret Lanier, Franelle Rogers and so many more.

While they might have passed on the tempting hors d'oeuvres from Catering by Culinaire, the ladies did indulge in the offerings of champagne, wine and bubbly water.