Saks Fifth Avenue Fêtes New GM at Tony's

Welcoming Bobby Dees in Style

Kelley Rowland. Photography Priscilla Dickson.  |  Photos by Priscilla Dickson
July 08, 2013
Event Date:
May 16, 2013

When welcoming a gentleman who stands to oversee one of Houston’s foremost luxury retailers, there’s only one place for lunch: Tony’s. So when the coveted invitation went out to dish and dine with new Saks Fifth Avenue GM Bobby Dees at the bastion of the power social lunch, the responses were overwhelmingly affirmative. Alighting that afternoon for a midday repast in the restaurant’s wine cellar was a smattering of Saks’ most loyal ladies and ardent style-setters. For the occasion, the discreet and private dining room was delightfully staged with David Brown’s chic flowers, and a lovely lunch concluded with lofty Grand Marnier souffles. During the intime gathering, the guest of honor introduced his leading lady, wife Weezie Dees, then shared stories of their devotion to animals and ongoing commitment to charitable causes, and we also learned that he burns rubber on days off on a cycle rumored to be a hog. Other leading ladies in the tony crowd: the restaurant’s first lady Donna Vallone; Saks’ Sylvia Forsythe; Mary Ann McKeithan; Beth Sanders Moore, whose nonprofit CancerForward is always the beneficiary of Saks’ big shopping night every October, Key to the Cure; Tama Lundquist and twin sis Tena Lundquist Faust; Kimberly DeLape; Nidhika Mehta; Mehrnaz Gill; Wendy O’Hanna; Mrs. St. Luke’s Susan Fine (her husband is hospital CEO); Carmen Lechin; Pamela Wright; Alicia Smith; Anne Richardson; Pily Simon; Anne Carl; Kim Moody; busy interior designer Lucinda Loya; Amy Lee; Ericka Bagwell; Janet Walker; and Michelle Smith.