Oscar de la Renta and Tootsies Team For Museum Of Fine Arts Luncheon
By Jennifer Roosth Photography by Jenny Antill and Wilson Parrish
THE SCENE: Tootsies and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston celebrated the splendor and artistry of famed fashion designer Oscar de la Renta at a lavish fashion show and luncheon in the Museum’s Cullinan Hall. The event kicked off the highly anticipated Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and featured the Oscar de la Renta 2018 Resort collection.
THE VIBE: The vibe of the event was high-end style as the venue’s Cullinen Hall was filled to the brim with 275 style-setting Houstonians. Gary Tinterow, Director of the MFAH, and Alex Bolen, Chief Executive Officer of Oscar de la Renta made remarks to the gorgeous crowd about the partnership between the legendary Oscar de la Renta, hand-picked Houston-based retailer Tootsies, and the MFAH. The museum exhibit was filled with dresses from Houston social luminaries like Carolyn Farb, Lynn Wyatt and Allison Sarofim, to name a few, who contributed their archive gowns for a truly Texan touch.
Prior to the runway show, guests enjoyed a seated lunch by City Kitchen, which included Gulf Coast crab meat salad and asparagus with champagne vinaigrette. The lush fashion show began with structured black and white pieces, melding into earthy greens and vibrant oranges, and ending with breathtaking evening gowns, glittering with sequins and intricate beadwork. The tables were adorned with crisp white linens and fresh white ranunculus floral décor.
THE CAUSE: The Oscar de la Renta Fashion show and luncheon was generously underwritten by Cherie and Jim Flores, and raised nearly $300,000. After the runway show, guests were invited backstage to shop the Oscar de la Renta collection provided by Tootsies. Andre Leon Talley, as well as Lynn Wyatt, Oscar de la Renta CEO Alex Bolen and his wife Eliza Bolen (Oscar de la Renta’s stepdaughter), and Allison Sarofim were in the crowd.