Shopping for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at Fall into Fashion

Photo Credit: Dinah Rogers | | The Times-Picayune
Article by: Sue Strachan | | The Times-Picayune

A stylish soiree, such as the Encore Shop's Fall into Fashion benefit, requires an equally chic setting. Patricia and Vernon Brinsonopened their stunning home on Tuesday (Oct. 20) for this Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Volunteers benefit. Patricia Brinson and Alix Rico, both well-known decorators, were the event co-chairs (husbands Vernon Brinson and Paul Ricowere on hand for co-hosting duties), welcoming orchestra supporters to this event. Darleen Carlisle (with help from husband Jerry Carlisle) originally began the benefit to help women restore their wardrobes after Hurricane Katrina.

As the night's breezes and setting beckoned, partygoers moved inside and out while sampling cheeses and pâtés from St. James Cheese Company, food prepared by Broussard's restaurant, as well as dishes byLuz Caputto and desserts by Betty Speyrer.The Nick Ellman Trio provided the night's melodies. Early-bird patrons had first dibs on select designer items -- handbags from Prada and Chanel; Hermes scarves; Mignon Faget jewelry, to name a few – that were on sale from the Encore Shop, a consignment shop on Maple Street.

Perusing and party mingling were LPO Volunteers President Sarah Lemaire, Weinstein's Roz Ditta and Bonnie Wilson, Amy Ferguson, Ileana Suquet, Elizabeth and John Kazour, Jacque Gold, Diane Butler, Christi Fowler Chauvin, Colleen Gravely, Sally Richards, Nora Vaden Holmes, Elizabeth Perrino, Joel and Dr. Bert Myers, and Marcia Hubbard with daughter Caroline Hubbard.

Owned and operated by the LPO Volunteers, the Encore Shop was established 47 years ago. Proceeds from this event and the shop benefit the orchestra.

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