The Bayou Bend Fashion Show and Luncheon and Bayou Bend Garden Party celebrated the season at Houston’s most iconic historic home.
THE PARTY Although the grounds experienced flooding during Hurricane Harvey, the gardens at Bayou Bend looked flawless for the historic estate’s two largest spring fundraisers. Flowers were in bloom, and spring colors and florals ruled the dress code. THE SCENE A fashion show and luncheon on Friday started off the weekend, and some 280 guests attended. After event chair Eliza Stedman gave touching remarks about the garden staff’s perseverance during the hurricane, Italian luxury fashion house Loro Piana presented a runway show of 37 looks from its ready-to-wear fall collection. Later in the weekend, 380 patrons entered the estate’s gates for the annual twilight garden party, chaired by Polly and Murry Bowden and held under a massive tent on the lawn. THE HIGHLIGHTS Together, the two events raised more than $1.1 million for the house museum, which holds The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s American decorative arts and paintings collections, and its several acres of formal and natural gardens.
Photos by Wilson Parish and Jenny Antill