Hearts and Heels – A Night of Glamor

Written by: Katie Matirne

The inaugural 2019 Hearts and Heels fashion show was held last Saturday at The Ballroom of Broussard. The event was a blended mix of glamor and sincere emotion converging around the Foster Friends cause. There was a strong sense of community that night as so many people and organizations came together to make this event possible.

The Ballroom of Broussard set the stage of what would be an elegant night of entertainment. The room was framed by a tremendous sparking chandelier hanging over the runway lined by silky white chairs. Those in attendance elevated the already stunning backdrop with their sharp coats, bowties and cocktail attire. The moment guests walked through the doors the event seemed to promise a dazzling evening.

Starting off the show, original pieces by Jeanne-Claire, a local and talented designer, graced the runway. The models descended a large curving staircase in formal gowns that combined sophistication and edge. There was immense creativity and skill being showcased in Jeanne-Claire’s designs that delighted the eye in the way that only true art can.

Next up were looks created by the Marcella Boutique, owned by Jaime Malespin. These Spring ensembles represented the everyday style of local women in Acadiana. Whether they might be looking for a date night outfit or something to feel cute and comfy in at a festival, there was something for every woman to connect with. The outfits were flirty and fun, and sure to make anyone feel beautiful.

Suite B, an e-tail woman’s boutique run by Kia Nicole made an empowering statement through their presentation of strong and sophisticated cocktail attire. The selection of beautifully cut striking pantsuits and dresses created a powerful, confident and sexy collection. As each model walked the runway, they immediately drew the crowd’s attention.

Rounding out the show were evening gowns curated by Chuck Cordill, owner of The Dress Diaries. These looks were absolute glamor personified. There was something to represent every woman’s desired statement and style. The dresses were exquisite and you couldn’t help but imagine what it would be like to walk into a room wearing something so striking.

Between shows, the Emcee and special guest Kimberly Newville Dorn, spoke about the reason for everyone’s attendance that night, the Foster Friends mission. First, interviewing Foster Friends Founder, Dean Simon, the conversation opened up to how those in the community can get involved. Whether it’s becoming a foster parent yourself or volunteering your resources, time and talents, every bit of effort is felt by the lives of the foster children this organization aims to elevate.

Kimberly also introduced the audience to the special guests in attendance, some of the local beauty queens here in the Acadiana area. Many spoke of their love and care for the foster children they’ve encountered in their own lives proving that foster children are firm and impactful members of this community. One young beauty queen, Miss Louisiana Sweetheart, even shared about her own experience being a foster child while her mother sweetly encouraged her to explain how she was giving back to foster children as well.

Before closing out the show, Chuck Cordill of The Dress Dairies made a surprise and moving announcement. Any foster child supported through Foster Friends in need of a prom dress and accessories this year would not have to worry. They would be styled by the Dress Dairies. This generous donation was a beautiful way of finishing out an event that was already bursting with the generosity of the Acadiana community.

Overall, the night was a success and Founder Jennifer Rickard and Co-Chair Samantha Williams of Hearts and Heels should be very proud of what they accomplished. To bring together the community in support of the foster children here in Acadiana is a high achievement. The event brought focus to the amazing work of Foster Friends in a way that combined social occasion with social awareness. With such a successful first show, there is no doubt that next year’s event will be marked down on everyone’s calendar.

Photo credit: TJ Shuflin Photography