Women’s Symphony League Luncheon And Jewel Ball Features Designer Brandon Maxwell
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Charles Quinn Photography
THE SCENE: Over the course of two days, The Women’s Symphony League of Austin hosted events featuring acclaimed designer Brandon Maxwell, as well as the long-standing tradition of presenting Texas’ most illuminating debutantes on a grand scale. The festivities began on Friday at the JW Marriott, where over 500 guests enjoyed a fashion show courtesy of Julian Gold. The guest speaker, Longview-bred designer Brandon Maxwell, who has dressed among others, outgoing First Lady Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, enthralled the audience with a Q&A on his point of view of the Texas woman’s style. On Saturday evening, over a thousand attendees descended upon the Palmer Events Center for the 62nd Annual Jewel Ball presentation where the black-tie affair embraced the longstanding tradition supporting one of Austin’s most beloved charities.
THE VIBE: The luncheon-chic clad crowd on hand for the meal and accompanying fashion show began in the foyer of the JW Marriott where the League’s fashionistas and their guests visited the pop-up boutiques placed throughout the space, including such acclaimed designers as India Hicks, Rare Trends, Liz James Designs, Rosse & James and Rae Cosmetics. The action then turned to the ballroom to dine on a scrumptious lunch and then view a spectacular fashion show courtesy of Julian Gold, created by Sue Webber Productions, dazzling the room with a runway show of classically chic designs.
The formally dressed crowd on hand for the Jewel Ball was a family affair with many tables of four generations supporting friends and love ones for what has become a rite of passage for Austin’s social elite. The evening began with a cocktail hour and silent auction, after which the guests ventured to their tables for dinner and the Royal Court presentation. The college-aged women in the Court consisted of a Diamond Queen and several Princesses from Austin, while the Visiting Jewel Court represented performing arts organizations throughout Texas, all of whom were escorted by their fathers and junior members of the court. After the presentation, the festivities continued well into the night with a casino night and dancing to the sounds of the Royal Dukes Band while aerialists performed from the ceiling above the guests, the perfect way to conclude two days of fashion, tradition and fun.
THE CAUSE: Proceeds from the luncheon and fashion show co-chaired by Tina Kemmerer, Sue Webber and Sharon Wilson as well as the Jewel Ball, co-chaired by Dr. Barbara Crockett and Martha Bell Liner, benefitted the Women’s Symphony League of Austin which provides music-oriented educational opportunities for the youth of Central Texas.