It’s simple. Wear the same thing day in, day out like Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of Chanel, whose signature outfit is a black suit, white shirt, sunglasses and gloves. Who says just because you make fashion you have to wear it.

The same goes for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the proud wearer of some 20 identical gray T-shirts. “I really want to clear my life to make it so I have as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve the community,” he said in a recent NBC interview. President Barack Obama follows suit, as did the late Apple exec Steve Jobs.

No one knows where women got the idea they must constantly change their wardrobe, but it costs them literally and figuratively. While they’re wondering what to wear, men are already at the meeting in their devil-may-care suits, and, as a woman, you either come to the table or set the table, it’s all in how you dress.

Personally, I’ve always worn black and am happy to wear the same color dress even though it comes down on the side of Satan. Commanding and timeless, Chanel loved black, Vogue editor Anna Wintour hates it, and despite black’s lengthy list of cultural connotations it continues to stand for style.

Besides, it’s the highest ranking ball at the snooker table.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at or at

Award reception

Local dignitaries and visiting VIPs gathered in the lobby of downtown’s Iberiabank Tower for Festival International’s 2015 International Achievement Award reception. The honoree? The Festival Acadiens et Créoles itself. Several speakers, including Missy Paschke-Wood, Mayor Joey Durel, Pat Mould, Leslee Haseltine and presenting artist Adrian Fulton acknowledged credit where credit was due, and the Acadiana Hospitality Suite was home base briefly to French Consul General Grégor Trumel, Sophie DesRoberts, Président-directeur Denis Degagné, and International Center staffers Estela Brewer and Vanessa Paredes before hitting the streets for the formal opening ceremonies. Each year, the International Achievement Award is given to a recipient that has made outstanding contributions to Lafayette’s international image.

Festival International 2015

Some fortunate festival patrons also got the VIP treatment in the Marquis Tent, formerly known as the Rain Angels. Those purchasing at the platinum level had lots of perks, including bar, buffet and bathroom trailer with attendant. “We’ve made some changes,” said former Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission Director Gerald Breaux. “Now there’s three levels of passes.” Enjoying some fancy festival ambience while underwriting the entire bash were Président-fondateur Herman Mhire, generous Don and Darrellyn Burts, fellow former society writer Phyllis Walters, her sister Connie Condit, Gene Walters, Walter and Danielle Hidalgo, Janice Copeland, and our favorite people to talk to anytime, Matt and Pat Hill.

Kobetz-Touchet nuptials

Shared joy is double joy. Elizabeth Kobetz married Eli Touchet at an outdoor wedding hosted by Mike and Lydia DeHart. Escorted by her father, Philip Kobetz, the bride wore an elegant, art deco-style ecru embroidered gown and her mother’s pearls to take her vows. Charley G’s catered and among the wedding guests were Alicia Kobetz; David and Michael Kobetz; Shirley Garon, of Baton Rouge; Michelle Day; Amanda Simpson; Brooke Howell and Lisa and Chuck Boudreaux. What we loved: That the wedding couldn’t begin until the bride had her mother’s pearls.