Junior League of Houston sets beauty (and charity) in motion

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Annual Opening Style Show re-focused to benefit Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and donation drive
September 2017

The show must go on.

And on Friday morning, at the Junior League of Houston, it did indeed.

The volunteer organization’s annual Opening Style Show continued as planned – well, almost. This year’s theme, “Beauty in Motion,” re-focused on “the massive outpouring of support, labor, and love as a result of (Hurricane) Harvey.”

“We decided to move forward with this event because the Junior League of Houston is in a position to collectively do so much good for the city,” said Sarah Snyder, League president. “(Hurricane) Harvey was an unprecedented weather event for our city and it presented unprecedented challenged for the League. But action was needed quickly and efforts were made to make a difference where possible.”

While event attendance and flourishes felt mildly scaled back in light of Hurricane Harvey, a portion of each ticket purchased directly benefit the Junior League’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which has raised $49,000 to date.

Additionally, Friday’s shindig kicked off a three-week donation drive; toiletry items and beauty products can be dropped off at the Junior League through Oct. 5.

Fady Armanious, creative director of Tootsies, spoke next. He shared fall’s biggest trends – power red, patchwork, tea-lengths, embellished heels, and velvet – before a string of Junior League volunteers modeled corresponding looks on stage.

The “Style En Pointe: Beauty in Motion” runway portion of the program included designer Cinq a Sept, Rebecca Taylor, Rag & Bone, Yigal Azrouel, Self Portrait, and more.

Afterwards, lunch-goers feasted on shrimp remoulade, steak salads, and key lime pie; some even enjoyed a flute of bubbly or two.

Come Friday evening, the show will go on – again – at 7 p.m.

Source: September 15, 2017, Houston Chronicle, by Amber Elliott