Friday, April 26th
The White Party has become the social soiree of the year, packing the Long Center with over 700 of Austin’s philanthropic and social elite. For four years, locals have been invited out to mingle among like-minded individuals. This year, the crowd buzzed in a blanket of white as attendees sipped and socialized in support of local charity, LifeWorks. For the first time since its inception, LifeWorks teamed up with jewelry designer Kendra Scott in sponsorship for the event. Scott donated several pieces from her collection to the on-site raffle, Grey Goose poured cocktails and the who’s who of downtown restaurants served up tasty morsels for guests to indulge in.
In the weeks leading up to April 26th, shops in the 2ND Street District stocked their window displays with a variety of wardrobe options. Estilo boasted a nice collection of John Varvatos apparel for men and Rory Beca for women. Langford Market and Luxe padded their inventory with white attire options reminiscent of their boho chic, collaborative style.
As the party’s theme creates an air of anonymity among guests – many people, one cause – patrons are challenged to personalize their look with varying styles of evening wear. From linen to chiffon, suits to evening gowns, guests were dressed in white on white on white – creating an homage of crisp uniformity with pops of personal flair. While one ensemble is never the same as the next, ladies branded their style with bold statements of color in their accessories and shoes. Kendra Scott’s summer line made an appearance on the necks and lobes of many guests; turquoise, green, and shades of blue were an excellent pair to the frosted evening attire.
Rochelle Rae of RAE cosmetics suited up in classic white leather pants from Helmut Lang, with a shirt and jacket from Theory. The sharply paired combination was electric, and Rae’s blond locks accented the look to create an effortless appearance of class and prestige.
A few additional styles of note: peplum continues to make a presence in the wardrobes of Austin women, while men seemed to have re-discovered white denim. The sharp contrast of bleach white bottoms is, surprisingly, aesthetically pleasing. Linen was also a popular fabric spotted amongst the men, which should come as no surprise considering the humidity that rocks the city during this time of year. Maxi dresses are a classic staple in every female’s closet, and fabulously chic when done up as an evening gown or toned down to casual elegance. Summer is right around the corner and Austin will continue to see locals favoring these styles this season.
This year’s White Party was a huge success. Guests drank, danced, and socialized in support of local charity, LifeWorks. Austin is a well-known philanthropic city, but the success of the White Party surpasses many other candidates in its class. An event like none other, this social evening of mingling and fun has become a must-not-miss party stamped on every Austinite’s calendar. What a great way to close out spring and move into summer; the White Party will continue to buzz during cocktail hour and on the radio waves as the hottest soiree of the season.
Check out photos of The White Party here, at culturemap.
© Lindsay Watson
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