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KICKOFF EVENTS ARE underway for some of fall's more anticipated social affairs — like the Italian Cultural & Community Center's (ICCC) second annual Fashion Show and Luncheon set for October 12. The prelude took place at Neiman Marcus.


"Italian-inspired products and brands filled the entire second floor of Neiman Marcus for the themed cocktail reception," explained a rep for organizers of the event. "Highlights included Prosecco, Aperol Spritz, and light bites by Neiman Marcus; models showcasing Italian designs, such as Dolce & Gabbana and Brunello Cucinelli; chocolate samples from legendary chocolatiers Baratti & Milano; Giorgio Armani Beauty make-up touch-ups and gifts for each guest; fine jewelry trunk show with visiting designer Gretchen Ventura; and violin and cello performances by Divisi Strings."

Guests included Donae Chromosta, Cynthia Craft, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Roz Pactor, Edward Sanchez, Jeanne Ruberti, Debra Laws, Harriet Gertner, Mary Milloy, Bethany Buchanan, Tara Martin, Christina Milligan, Zinat Ahmed, Amy Bruegging, Lori Freese, Tobin Hellums, and Neiman Marcus honcho Chris Hendel.

Funds raised from the annual Fashion Show and Luncheon will go towards a scholarship program for students currently enrolled at a college or university in the greater Houston area and are participating in a study abroad program in Italy.

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