Event Date: April 8, 2022
Location: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Event: Luncheon & Fashion Show
No. of Attendees: 260+
Money Raised: $423,000
Beneficiary: Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens
Chairpersons: Anne Chao and Carolyn Chao Sabat
Underwriter: The Galleria/Simon Property
Décor & Florals: The Events Company
Cuisine: City Kitchen
Fashion Show: Akris
Photography: Jenny Antill and Wilson Parish
Bayou Bend Fashion Show & Luncheon-“Interior” but Exterior!
The fifth annual Bayou Bend Fashion Show & Luncheon was a “runway” hit as 260 guests enjoyed dining under a garden tent on the manicured lawns of Bayou Bend, the former residence of Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg, who donated her residence and grounds to Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 1957.
The gardens of this timeless River Oaks estate were transformed into a minimalist and modern springtime ambiance by The Events Company, who chose vibrant yellow, orange and fuchsia tulips to set the tone, as the first live runway show presentation of the Akris Fall 2022 collection, was showcased to the excited crowd. Inspiration for this beautiful collection derived from German artist Reinhard Voigt and his Abstract painting Interior. MFAH Director Gary Tinterow welcomed guests and introduced Chairpersons Anne Chao and Carolyn Chao Sabat and Akris VP Marketing, Marcie Haley.
Golden Gazpacho with Chive Oil, poached Skuna Bay Salmon with caper-dill sauce, Red Quinoa Salad followed by a Trio of Passion Fruit, Coconut, and Basil Sorbets with Mixed Berries and a Candied Lemon Cookie were the menu choices deliciously prepared by City Kitchen.
$423,000 was the final tally for the event, which included underwriting assistance from The Galleria/Simon Property Group. Funds raised from this luncheon event contributed toward Bayou Bend’s overall operating budget.
Socially present (not previously mentioned): Chris Lane, Jenny Harris, Jessica Bustillos, Sara Dodd, Jenny Elkins, Lisa Fred, Sima Ladjevardian, Franci Neely, Nancy Abendshein, Lisa Mears, Sharyn Weaver, Kristy Bradshaw, Anne Duncan, Linda McReynolds, Eliza Stedman, Hilda Curran, Janet Hobby, Laurie Morian, Terry Smith, Lindsay Holstead, Elise Lanier, Courtney Sarofim, Laura Arnold, Martha Long Wade, Kelli Kickerillo, Kathy Goossen, Yvonne Cormier, Eileen Lawal, Lesha Elsenbrook, Bobbie Nau, Lauren Beck Harris, Susanne Pritchard and Polly Bowden