Delighting their guests, Les Femmes d’Orleans staged their eighth annual bal masque last evening in the Mardi Gras Ballroom of the Landmark Hotel.
In a series of elaborate tableaux, the ladies of the krewe presented a Carnival pageant titled “Flora and Fauna.”
Reigning as queen was Ms. Faviola Garcia. Reigning as king was Mr. Wayne Fuxan.
Maids in her majesty’s court were Ms. Crisler Adams, Ms. Barbara deMonsabert, Ms. Sandra Alvarez and Ms. Lauren Lawson.
Junior maids in her majesty’s court were Misses Sabrina Lynn Lafleur, daughter of Mr. Kevin Lafleur and Ms. Catherine Ratard; and Lorynn Coulon, daughter of Ms. Brandy Coulon and the late Mr. Brad Mabile Sr.
Lady-in-waiting in her majesty’s court was Miss Payton Megumi-Rose Bate, daughter of Robert Bate and Alexandar Hatcher.
Princess to her majesty was Miss Harley Rayna-Chasety Bate, daughter of Ms. Tara Bate.
Lord to his majesty was Master Brad Mabile, son of Ms. Coulon and the late Mr. Mabile Sr.
Page to his majesty was Master Christopher Andrew Hassel, son of Mr. Drew Hassel and Ms. Jessica Wright.
Her majesty was attired in a gown fashioned of imported white lace accented with Austrian crystals. White fantasia plumes formed the background of her English lace collar, which was trimmed in brilliant bugle beads and imported rhinestone appliqués, from which flowed a mantle of gold cloth, trimmed in ermine. Her mantle featured the crest of Les Femmes d’Orleans as its central motif. A silver and rhinestone crown and a jeweled scepter completed her royal regalia.
His majesty wore a regal robe of gold cloth trimmed in ermine. His crown and scepter matched in design that of her royal highness.
The maids of the royal court were costumed to carry out the theme. Ms. Adams representing “The Artic,” was costumed in a an gown of royal blue with a sparkling collar displaying snowflakes and polar bears. Ms. deMonsabert, portraying “The Plains,” sported a regency ball gown accented in silver with her collar ornamented with spring flowers, rabbits and deer. Ms. Alvarez, personifying “The Desert,” wore a canary yellow gown and her collar was adorned with cacti, coyotes and ground squirrels. Ms. Lawson, depicting “The Rainforest,”, wore a kelly green gown with her collar accented in pale pink, displaying orchids, bromeliads, toucan and a spider monkey.
General chairman of the ball was Mr. Louis C. Gaudet, with Ms. Kristina Donovan serving as the evening’s narrator.