Ninety years ago the Junior League was founded by 12 women in a basement on Capitol Street in downtown Houston. What started as the establishment of a well-baby clinic has become the major hub of volunteerism in Houston society, with around 5,000 current members. (And the organization’s beautiful building on Briar Oaks Lane is a long way from that basement.) Thursday’s annual Opening Style Fashion Show celebrated the League’s heritage with a “Roaring 20s” theme.
It marked the first major event of the League’s calendar, and both lunch and evening shows were sold out for the second year in a row. Tootsies boutique supplied the clothing on the models, all of whom were League members themselves. “That’s what so great about it,” Bonnie Inamdar, Houston native and Leaguer said. “You don’t have to be Amazon tall and bone thin to be in this show.”
Indeed all body sizes and shapes were represented beautifully on the runway. So too, were what the League and Tootsies declared this season’s trends. Josie Morgan, the Tea Room Director, announced them before the show, as ranging from fringe to moto jackets to pointed-toe pumps.
These were featured in the show, along with a head-turning Herve Leger rose gold gown, Rag & Bone graphic-printed white jeans, Clover Canyon digital print crop top and skirt, and a theme-appropriate Aidan Mattox black and silver beaded fringe dress, to name just a few standouts. In general, the outfits were fresh and trendy without being too outlandish to imagine off the runway,
It’s good to know that some things, like fringe and volunteerism, never seem to go out of style.