Indigo Night: Couture Soiree
Philanthropy took center stage of the catwalk on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 during the Indigo Night: Couture Soiree held by the Martinez-Arpin Foundation (MA Foundation). The soiree celebrated its 3rd Annual School Supply Drive and kicked off a scholarship program for students seeking to advance their studies in the arts.
Alex Martinez-Arpin and Indigo Night co-chairs, Carmen Marian Montiel and Tommy O’Neill, welcomed over 300 guests into O’Neill’s home, an 18,000-square-foot French Country mansion. Soiree attendees were wowed by live music and a fashion runway show which debuted international designer Cesar Galindo’s Fall 2016 collection, accessorized by the sought-after pieces of Grazia Fortuna Ward and JulieBeth Handbags. Guests enjoyed sumptuous bites prepared and delivered by Ibiza’s Charles Clark alongside generously donated wine by Domanie Bousquet, the world’s most awarded organic wine producer. Earlier in the evening, there was a showing of Roberto Cavalli’s 2016 men’s line and children’s fashions modeled by audience favorites Carmina (11), Macarena (9) and Natalia Chavez-Zamorano (5), daughters of prominent Mexico City and Houston entrepreneurs Raphael Chavez and Carmina Zamorano.
The previous week, VIP ticketholders enjoyed an exclusive showing of the Roberto Cavalli Fall 2016 Collection at the new Roberto Cavalli boutique in the River Oaks District. More than 150 guests joined this pre-party reception to kick off the main event.
A curated silent auction included an original sketch by Mexican artist Diego Rivera provided by an anonymous donor, a beautiful set of diamond drop earrings from New York jeweler Peter Martino, jewelry by Jessie Dugan, Shambala eyewear, a special art piece by Grazia Fortuna Ward, art works from Glassell School Dean Patrick Palmer and Gallery Sonia Roesch, Cesar Galindo gowns, hand bags by Roberto Cavalli, Elizabeth and James donated by Tootsies, and CKW Designs, hand-woven rugs by Post Modern Traditions and portraiture by Bradford Portraiture.
Proceeds raised during the Indigo Night: Couture Soiree will fund the MA Foundation’s inaugural scholarship program, focused on junior-and-senior-level students pursuing art degrees in need of tuition assistance. One generous donor provided over 200 monogrammed backpacks packed with shirts, shoes, dental care and school supplies. More than $5000 dollars in school supplies were brought by guests to help students start their year. The Indigo Night: Couture Soiree received over $50,000 dollars for its inaugural scholarship fund.
Among the esteemed guests enjoying the excitement of the evening in Indigo Couture fashion were Vivian Fox, Cindi and Dr. Franklin Rose, New York jeweler Peter Martino, Christine and Matt Tabrizi, Mexico City businessman Manuel De Leon, Dr. Charles and Tammie Johnson, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Linda and Patrick Sweet of Toronto, Lynne Mathre and Stuart Odell, Bob Fretz, Mauricio and Liliana Molina, Quan and Staci Henderson, Edward Sanchez, Emcee Ernie Manouse, Dana Kervin, and Harry and Tracy Faulkner.
Photos by David Brown