The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale celebrated its fifth year of incorporation with the theme “MKFF Takes Broadway” during their annual gala Friday in the La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Reigning as 2018 queen was Mrs. Kimberly Prater-McPherson, wife of Mr. Isaac McPherson Jr. and daughter of Mr. Karl Prater and Mrs. Darlene Prater. The queen wore a white sheath gown of imported silk peau de soie embellished with aurora rhinestones, gold spotlight appliques and gold fringed beading. The queen’s 12-foot mantle was adorned with the krewe’s iconic bejeweled compact as its central motif and personalized with pink roses and pearls. The queen’s collar was decorated white plume fans accented with colored stones, golden scrolls and hot pink and lime green feather swirls. Her majesty wore a silver rhinestone encrusted crown and coordinating scepter.
“I fell in love with New Orleans over 25 years ago," noted her majesty. "The community, culture, history and oneness displayed by this unique city have always resonated with me. The opportunity to represent the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale speaks to all that lured me here.”
Her majesty’s maids to the royal court were Dr. Lynette Dukes, Mrs. Charlita Patterson, Mrs. Katina Settle and Mrs. Shewayn Watson. They wore embellished fuchsia gowns with complementary headpieces adorned with crystals and plumes in fuchsia, lime green and white.
Her majesty’s princesses included Misses Kelsey McPherson, daughter of her majesty and Mr. McPherson; Kylah Prevost, daughter of Kyle and Sharlayne Prevost; and Kaitlin Settle, daughter of Jerry and Katina Settle.
Ms. Gwendolyn Rainey, founder and president of the organization, shared the highlights of the organization beginning with its May 31, 2013, incorporation to its current membership of 625 women, with a waiting list of 300.
Other officers and board members presented included Mesdames Sharlayne Prevost, vice president; Yvonne Mitchell-Grub, secretary; Lisa Diggs, treasurer; Catherine Phipps, chaplain; Joan Cooper-Rainey, parliamentarian; Bherita “Bambi” Hall, corresponding secretary; Ann Marie Allen, financial secretary; Dr. Takeisha C. Davis, parade captain; Kimberly Early and Michele Hayes.
The 2018 grand marshal Janee Michelle, also known as Gee Tucker, a New Orleans native, actress, model, dancer and businesswoman, was presented.
The guests were entertained by 12-time Grammy award nominee, R&B and jazz recording artist, songwriter, actress and New Orleans native Ledisi.
Following dinner, members and guests danced the night away to the musical Rochelle Cook and DJ Polo504. Radio personality Dino Hanson, of KMEZ Old School 106.7 FM, and krewe member Patrice Hopkins served as master and mistress of ceremonies.