Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon & Style Show patrons got a sneak preview of Herrera fashions slated for the annual fundraiser

This article written by Jeanne Prejean originally appeared in MySweetCharity on October 5, 2017.

Despite some folks receiving their invites less than the traditional two weeks in advance, the gals turned out on Wednesday, September 20. What could be the draw for the likes of Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Angie KadeskyMary Martha PickensChristie CarterLinda SecrestPam BusbeeCarol Huckin, Libby AllredRachel MichellKristina Whitcomb and Nancy Bierman? Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show Chair Beth Thoele had arranged a private presentation for the fundraiser’s patrons at Carolina Herrera in HP Village.

Sure, it was Rosh Hashanah, but the get-together started while the sun shone overhead.

Nancy Bierman, Pam Perella, Emilynn Wilson and Kristina Whicomb

Nancy Bierman, Pam Perella, Emilynn Wilson and Kristina Whicomb

Pam Busbee, Jan Strimple and Christie Carter

Pam Busbee, Jan Strimple and Christie Carter

Carol Huckin and Angie Kadesky

Carol Huckin and Angie Kadesky

Heather Washburne, Vicki Howland and Elisa Summers

Heather Washburne, Vicki Howland and Elisa Summers

Late arrival Vicki Howland scurried to her two daughters, HP Village’s first ladies, Elisa Summers and Heather Washburne, who will receive the Community Service Award at the Tuesday, October 3, fashion show and luncheon at Brook Hollow. Vicki apologized for her late arrival, but proudly pointed out that her girls were in Herrera.

Carolina Herrera fashion

Carolina Herrera fashion

Carolina Herrera fashion

Carolina Herrera fashion

Carolina Herrera fashion

Carolina Herrera fashion

Carolina Herrera fashion

Carolina Herrera fashion

Once again the Venezuelan couture designer proved her reputation for blending drop-dead fashions with fabulous materials and elegant lines. The bow on the cuff; the soft fabrics; the wink of sensuality. Of course, there were names dropped of recent Herrera frocks on red carpet occasions (Sarah Paulson and Mandy Moore at the Emmys and Hailey Baldwin at the Met Gala) and the recent MOMA showing — the first ever full-blown runway production at the museum.

Robyn Conlon and Beth Thoele

Robyn Conlon and Beth Thoele

Allison Presser

Allison Presser

While the clothes were presented in the salon, Equest Honorary Chair Robyn Conlon was in the dressing rooms shopping. After all, Herrera’s General Manager Allison Presser had offered a 10% donation to Equest for any purchases made through Tuesday, October 3.

Rachel Michell and Jane Rozell

Rachel Michell and Jane Rozell

Libby Allred

Libby Allred

Ciara Cooley, Lili Kellogg and Lisa Cooley

Ciara Cooley, Lili Kellogg and Lisa Cooley

In the crowd, Ciara Cooley was discussing volunteers dates with Equest CEO Lili Kellogg; Crystal Charity Ball Chair Pam Perella was glowing over the reviews from the previous week’s CCB 10 Best Dressed activities; Jane Rozell reported that she was happily working at St. Bernard; Emilynn Wilson was eager for hair dresser Garry Cox to return to his chair following his liver transplant; and Equest event producer Jan Strimple has been busy gathering clothes from Carolina Herrera, Escada, Etro, Hadleigh’s, Lela Rose, Market and Veronica Beard for the annual Equest fundraiser presented by HP Village.

CJ Bankhead