When the King of Carnival rolls down St. Charles Avenue on his magical ride, he will make a number of stops along the route to toast and talk. But one select spot will hold special importance for His Majesty: the royal reviewing stands at the InterContinental.
The stands will hold many of those near and dear to the king, including his queen, court, family and a host of smartly attired parade watchers waiting to see Rex, Mr. Lynes "Poco" Sloss, on his throne.
The maids of the Rex court will set the tone with stylish ensembles heralding the coming hues of spring. The men in attendance, dukes of the court and committeemen, take the sartorial stride of morning suits.
To greet her king, Queen of Carnival Miss Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman's dress and matching coat by Suzanne St. Paul is fashioned out of snow-white wool. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis McDaniel Freeman Jr. will wear Guipure lace insets accentuating the seams and hem of the jewel-neck, cropped jacket. The lace detail continues in the fitted waist of her sleeveless dress and in the tiered hem. Her look is accented with a white brimmed, felt hat embellished with feather tipped French netting. Her ensemble is finished with coordinating white kid gloves and white leather pumps.
To revel in the spectacle, Rex maid Miss Elizabeth Lockwood Atherton will wear a spring green wool suit by Mrs. St. Paul. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Curwen Atherton III will don a fitted jacket with shawl collar trimmed with a vintage turquoise braid. The jacket and flared skirt feature frayed edges. Her teal felt hat, designed by Yvonne La Fleur, features white and teal silk flowers and teal and gold netting. Miss Atherton’s look is finished with peacock-blue kid gloves and nude pumps.
Miss Bailey Elizabeth Batt opts for a moss bouclé wool suit by Mrs. St. Paul. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John August Batt Jr. will wear a V-neck jacket with defined waist and French cuffs trimmed with vintage ribbon from Promenade Fine Fabrics. The skirt tapers to the knees and has a back pleat. Miss Batt’s uncle, Bryan Batt, contributed to the design. Her beige hat, an Yvonne La Fleur creation, is adorned with matching net and coordinating vintage flowers. Beige leather gloves and suede pumps finish the look.
For seeing the sights of the day, Rex maid Miss Catherine Reese Bickham wears a cropped jacket and pencil skirt defined by the fabrics’ beautiful fringed selvage. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Joseph Bickham, she wears a St. Paul ensemble of blush pink wool featuring a contrasting lapel and vintage, painted metal buttons. Her suit is accessorized with a "millennial pink " French felt hat, featuring a small brim and matching ribbon. Pink velvet pumps with a block heel and matching kid gloves complete her look.
A royal blue, Italian wool crepe suit is the choice of Miss Julia Anne Charbonnet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Taylor Charbonnet. Her jacket is accented with black Czechoslovakian buttons, centered down the front, with two more accenting the long sleeves. She wears a slim pencil skirt, and her look is finished with a vintage wool black hat accented with a royal blue ribbon and bow, vintage black gloves and black pumps.
The magenta wool blend hourglass silhouette worn by Miss Elise Lockette Clay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George William Clay, is a St. Paul design. The notched collar and waist of the shaped jacked are defined by pink ombre ribbon. Her paneled skirt flares at the hem. Nude pumps and raspberry kid gloves accessorize the ensemble along with a wide-brimmed, pink felt hat, trimmed with a coordinating ombre, grosgrain ribbon.
The daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Peter Anthony Feringa III, Rex maid Miss Ellen Ashley Feringa, is wearing a pale yellow cotton bouclé suit by The Royal Design House. The suit features a high-waisted skirt and cropped jacket with Peter Pan collar. The angular seams are enhanced by matching, frayed trim. The front of the skirt has two inverted box pleats with an inset of a fabric of matching color but contrasting texture. The jacket has similar pleats at the wrist of each sleeve and four custom-made covered buttons down the center of the half bouclé, half contrasting fabric. An Yvonne La Fleur gray felt hat with coordinating ribbon and antique silk flowers, pared with matching gloves and pumps, finishes her look.
Miss Jane Talley Hodges sets a stunning style with a lilac wool crepe suit by Mrs. St. Paul. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Nalty Hodges, the Rex maid wears a short jacket with rolled collar, pocket flaps, and partial waist belt finished with two turn-of-the-century pewter buttons with botanical etching. A pencil skirt with kick pleat completes her silhouette. Her look is finished with lavender kid gloves, gray satin pumps and a purple felt hat featuring botanical silk flowers in soft lavender and steel gray and an iridescent ultraviolet silk taffeta binding.
For parade viewing, Miss Shelby Jane Ottley White wears a periwinkle blue silk and wool blend suit by Mrs. St. Paul. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bright White, her shawl collar, front placket and sleeve hems feature a fringed trim. The pencil skirt features two tiers of fringe and a black flounce. Her ensemble is completed with white kid gloves, gray suede pumps and a gray felt hat adorned with feathers.
The queen's mother, Mrs. Freeman, wears a suit of coral bouclé. The St. Paul design features a navy and white fringed trimmed notched collar, which is complemented by matching trim at the waist. The suit is completed with a flared skirt, shaped with panels and pleats. Her look is finished with a navy, woven straw hat, navy gloves and coral textured pumps.
Mrs. Sloss, his majesty's wife, wears a magenta and black bouclé suit detailed with fringe and lace. The St. Paul silhouette features an asymmetric, vented pencil skirt trimmed with matching lace, and her long jacket is finished with a double-fringed collar and a fringed front placket. Her chic ensemble is completed with black accessories.
Chaperones for the daytime procession include Mesdames Walter Francis Becker Jr., Robert Henry Boh, Edgar A.G. Bright III, Alfred W. Brown III, Christian Trousdale Brown, John Denechaud Charbonnet, Edward Howell Crosby, Joseph Raymond Dalovisio, Ronald James French, Louis Lumaghi Frierson, Stephen Wilson Hales, William Hugh Hines, John Edward Koerner III, John P. "Jack" Laborde, William Henry Langenstein III, Robert Parker LeCorgne, Roswell King Milling, Jefferson Glenny Parker, Robert Hunter Pierson, Michael Joseph Rapier, James Joseph Reiss Jr., James Joseph Reiss III, Blair Francis Scanlon Jr., Thomas Dugan Westfeldt II, Harold Hunter White III, William R. Galloway, Louis McDaniel Freeman and Richard West Freeman Jr.
Committeemen for the ride of Rex will include Messrs. Walter Francis Becker Jr., Alfred W. Brown III, Edward Howell Crosby, Dr. Joseph Raymond Dalovisio, Dr. Ronald James French, Louis Lumaghi Frierson, Dr. Stephen Wilson Hales, John Edward Koerner III, William Henry Langenstein III, Roswell King Milling, Jefferson Glenny Parker, Robert Hunter Pierson, Michael Joseph Rapier, Andrew Rinker Jr., Blair Francis Scanlon Jr., Louis McDaniel Freeman and Richard West Freeman Jr.
Dukes in the Rex court who will escort the maids will be Messrs. Stephen Henry Boh Jr., David Merrick Lane Jr., Frank Mooney Nalty III, William Robert McNeal, Edouard James Kock IV, Harold Granberry Tabb III, William Kethley Dossett Jr. and Morgan Williams LeCorgne.
Mothers of the Rex maids also seated in the reviewing stands include Mesdames Atherton, Batt, Bickham, Charbonnet, Clay, Feringa, Hodges and White.