The Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel may have well been in New York, Paris or Milan on Wednesday, March 15.

The Men and Women of Fashion hosted a fête of fabulous fashion to benefit the New Orleans Ballet Association and Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization in their efforts to continue their scholarship program for talented youth.

The day of style began with a “Champagne Patron Party” prior to the awards luncheon, featuring music by a jazz trio and champagne donated by Marriott & Renaissance Hotels of New Orleans.

The Prix D’Elegance Awards Luncheon featured the “Best Dressed” of 2009, a spectacular Spring Fashion Show by Jeff’s Haberdashery and Mimi, 2009 Prix d’Elegance Award Recipients and two special Hall of Fame Award Recipients: Gerri Valene and Dr. Mark Kappelman. Attendees enjoyed a three-course meal featuring grilled beef tenderloin and wine donated by Dorignac’s.

The event continued with a silent auction featuring several items, including a framed Drew Brees Blue Dog print by George Rodrigue signed by Brees and an exclusive live auction item donated by Friend & Co. Jewelers: a three-strand white pearl necklace with an Art Deco diamond and white gold clasp.