In the words of Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing, “More is more and less is a bore.”

San Antonio society could not agree more.

First stop for clothing trendsetters was Neiman Marcus for Project Beauty and Fashion 101, where attendees got schooled on the must-haves for spring fashion and makeup during an uber-fab cocktail reception and presentation.

Ladies were instructed to load up on neutrals, slides and flats, as well as mixing stripes, open shoulders and legs, ruffles and flounces; to enhance with embellishments for the “frill factor”; and — of course — lots and lots of bling.

Fashion and pop-culture writer Michael Quintanilla’s fashionable and funny presentation “Looking Back to Go Forward” at the Champagne and Chandeliers luncheon gave everyone great advice on what to wear and why we wear what we do.

Spring looks are all about being girly, whimsical and fun. Trends include minimalism; strong, sculpted silhouettes; updated, retro-centric classics; elegance, overt femininity, ruffles, the influence of nature with green and greenery, lace, bright Lego colors and “disruptive dressing” featuring wild accessories, mixed prints and appliqués.

Proceeds from this Tri Delta sorority event chaired by Kerri Hoermann, Lisa Johnson and Sarah Owens went to Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Antonio.

“Casino for a Cause: A Night in Monte Carlo” was the newest fundraiser by the Junior League of San Antonio, giving everyone a chance to dress up and try their luck during an evening of live music by Doc Watkins, casino games, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a silent auction and raffle.

Among the beneficiaries was “Let’s Go San Antonio,” a Junior League signature project working to eradicate childhood obesity.


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