Fashionistas On Parade

Houston's Best Dressed step out in spring glory: These ladies stun in designer dresses

Houston's Best Dressed step out in spring glory: Stunning ladies wow

0010, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Peter Dundas (Pucci), Jana Arnoldy
Peter Dundas and Jana Arnoldy Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0026, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Tiffany Smith, Lynn Wyatt
Tiffany Smith, left, and Lynn Wyatt Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0013, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Greggory Burk, Isabel David, Estela Cockrell
Greggory Burk, from left, Isabel David and Estela Cockrell Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0015, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Michael Mithoff, Melissa Mithoff
Michael and Melissa Mithoff Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0025, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Sue Smith
Sue Smith Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0014, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Lisa Holthouse, Sima Ladjevardian
Lisa Holthouse, left, and Sima Ladjevardian Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0024, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Diane Lokey Farb, Pat Breen
Diane Lokey Farb, left, and Pat Breen Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0017, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Eileen Lewal, Anita Smith
Eileen Lewal, left, and Anita Smith Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0001, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Stephanie Cockrell, Rosemary Schatzman
Stephanie Cockrell, left, and Rosemary Schatzman Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0023, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Kelli Cohen Fein, Sheridan Williams
Kelli Cohen Fein, left, and Sheridan Williams Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0021, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Fady Armanious, Erica Bagwell
Fady Armanious and Erica Bagwell Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0020, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Claire Cormier Thielke, Kristy Bradshaw, Ting Bresnahan
Claire Cormier Thielke, from left, Kristy Bradshaw and Ting Bresnahan Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0019, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Lindley Arnoldy, Ceron
Lindley Arnoldy and Cerón Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0016, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Kim Tutcher, Scotty Arnoldy, Alice Mosing
Kim Tutcher, from left, Scotty Arnoldy and Alice Mosing Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0006, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Judy Oudt, Phoebe Tudor
Judy Oudt, left, and Phoebe Tudor Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0004, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Jill Faucetta, Millette Sherman
Jill Faucetta, left, and Millette Sherman Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0003, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Mary Beth Barber, Lou Ann Kane
Mary Beth Barber, left, and Lou Ann Kane Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0027, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Richa Himani, Jessica Rossman
Richa Himani, left, and Jessica Rossman Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0007, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Isabel David
Isabel David Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0010, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Peter Dundas (Pucci), Jana Arnoldy
0026, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Tiffany Smith, Lynn Wyatt
0013, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Greggory Burk, Isabel David, Estela Cockrell
0015, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Michael Mithoff, Melissa Mithoff
0025, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Sue Smith
0014, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Lisa Holthouse, Sima Ladjevardian
0024, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Diane Lokey Farb, Pat Breen
0017, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Eileen Lewal, Anita Smith
0001, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Stephanie Cockrell, Rosemary Schatzman
0023, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Kelli Cohen Fein, Sheridan Williams
0021, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Fady Armanious, Erica Bagwell
0020, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Claire Cormier Thielke, Kristy Bradshaw, Ting Bresnahan
0019, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Lindley Arnoldy, Ceron
0016, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Kim Tutcher, Scotty Arnoldy, Alice Mosing
0006, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Judy Oudt, Phoebe Tudor
0004, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Jill Faucetta, Millette Sherman
0003, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Mary Beth Barber, Lou Ann Kane
0027, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Richa Himani, Jessica Rossman
0007, Best Dressed luncheon, April 2013, Isabel David

Despite the unseasonably chilly temps on Wednesday, there was no question in the ballroom of the Westin Galleria Hotel that spring had sprung as 500 femmes and a few gents stepped out in a frothy tableau of warm-weather fashions for the 31st Best Dressed luncheon benefiting the March of Dimes.

Setting the stylish pace was luncheon chair Jana Arnoldy in turquoise dress by Pucci, a friendly nod to the designer of the hour Pucci's Peter Dundas who presented a stunning lineup of his latest creations. He was front and center along with Neiman's GM Bob Devlin to applaud the ladies.

 Those stepping into the style spotlight for the first time strutted to their own fashion beat. 

Each of the 10 Best Dressed honorees, presented by the Houston Chronicle, stepped out in their signature styling that earned them the coveted fashion positioning. For example, Best Dressed Hall of Fame honorees Melissa Mithoff and Merele Yarborough could not have taken more distant fashion paths, Melissa in a hip one-shouldered and cinched tunic with pants ensemble by Pucci and Merele in lady-like black and white polka dot dress by Kevan Hall. The Los Angeles-based designer was a guest at Merele's table.

Long gone are the days when the Best Dressed honorees seldom ventured past the comfort zones of Chanel, Oscar de la Renta and Valentino. Second-time honorees showed their fashion spunk — Greggory Burk in Mary Katrantzou, Lisa Holthouse in Barbara Bui, Susan Krohn in Giambattista Valli and Rosemary Schatzman in Kaufman Franco.

Those stepping into the style spotlight for the first time strutted to their own fashion beat as well — Sima Ladjevardian in Lanvin, Tiffany Smith in Max Mara, Isabel David in Givenchy and Stephanie Cockrell in Peter Pilotto.

Helping raise $350,000 for the March of Dimes campaign for healthy babies were a number of Best Dressed Hall of Fame honorees including Lynn Wyatt, Pat Breen, Lucinda Loya, Anita Smith, Laura Sweeney, Lora Clemmons, Diane Lokey Farb, Sue Smith, Sheridan Williams, Karen Mayell and Yvonne Cormier.