Starting With a Suit


Board Members Susan Garic Wallace and Carol Starr with Chair Meaghan Bonavita


Dress for Success New Orleans hosted “A Salute to Coco Chanel: The First Feminist of Fashion” at Generations Hall to benefit the organization’s programs of empowering women to achieve economic independence through fashion and community.

This year’s event featured an exhibition of mannequin displays, celebrating the iconic styles of Coco Chanel from the top local fashion boutiques and designers. Miss Kookie Baker, one of New Orleans’ favorite Drag Queens, served as emcee.

A Patron Party featured culinary treats from Jason Goodenough of Carrollton Market while the Jenn Howard Band entertained guests with live dance music.

The gala featured food from local restaurants such as Ancora, Candace’s Cake Balls, Cane & Table, Chez Nous, Coquette, High Hat Cafe, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Rachel Stickney, The Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans, Vincent’s and more.

Fashion designers and boutiques included A.L.G. Style, Amanda Talley, Century Girl, Elle Boutique, Em’s Boutique, Joseph, Maiya, Mirabella, Rose Boutique, Second Act, W by Worth courtesy of Carolyn Fitzpatrick, West London Boutique and more.

Guests were also treated to a raffle of a vintage Chanel necklace courtesy of Vintage 329, a jewelry pull from Porter Lyons and a silent auction including art, staycations, spa services, jewelry, restaurant gift cards, home decor, apparel and designer shoes – including Christian Louboutin heels.



Event at a Glance

What: “A Salute to Coco Chanel: The First Feminist of Fashion,” benefiting Dress for Success New Orleans
When: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Where: Generations Hall



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