Regal togs befitting royal regulation are the order of the day when the Rex court dons their spring finery to watch from the reviewing stands along the route as his majesty, the king of Carnival, winds his way through the streets of New Orleans on Mardi Gras. Dr. Stephen Hales, Rex 2017, will pause the procession at the InterContinental New Orleans on St. Charles Avenue to toast the queen and shower her and selected honorees with floral tributes.
The members of the court will sport spring colors in custom suits, while dukes of the realm will be nattily attired in morning dress.
Miss Anna Eugenie Huger, who Tuesday will wear the coveted crown of the queen of Carnival, will be the centerpiece of a stand that blends the rich heritage of Carnival with the contemporary style of some of New Orleans' most stylish couturiers. She will be joined by her court, her mother, the king's wife and a host of dignitaries and Rex officials who will partake of this annual ritual of spring, the culmination of a season of celebration.
Miss Huger, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Middleton Huger, will wear a white bouclé suit by Suzanne St. Paul. The cropped, double-breasted jacket features a square neck and is paired with a box-pleat skirt. The fringed selvage edge of the fabric finishes the hems and collar, while white and gold enamel openwork buttons finish the front. A white brimmed hat, kid gloves and leather pumps complete her royal look.
For her daughter's day in the spotlight, the "queen mother" will don a textured tweed suit in variegated shades of charcoal and violet. The jacket of the Mrs. St. Paul-designed ensemble features a shaped jewel neck, and is embellished with braided trim. Mrs. Huger, the former Stephanie Goliwas, completes her look with a pencil skirt and a gray hat trimmed in violet and black and complemented by her gloves and shoes.
His majesty's wife, Mrs. Nancy Harvey Hales, will wear a wool suit in shades of blue with touches of green. The St. Paul jacket showcases a fringed collar and hem and the A-line shaped skirt has a center front, inverted pleat. Vintage gold buttons accented with green, adorn the front closure. Her indigo Yvonne La Fleur hat is trimmed in complementing blues, greens and grays. Mrs. Hale’s daytime ensemble is finished with gray suede ankle strap pumps and gray kid gloves.
The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Merritt Lane III, Rex maid Miss Caroline Emily Lane wears a raspberry wool suit by Mrs. St. Paul. The fit and flare silhouette features a shawl collared jacket and a pleated A-line skirt. Buttons and braid in black and white accent the jacket collar and front. A black, wide brimmed felt hat from Ms. La Fleur is accented with black and white trim and fuchsia flowers. Black gloves and square heeled pumps complete her look.
Wearing a jade bouclé suit will be Rex maid Miss Reagan Hairston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Michale Hairston. The V-neck jacket features a fringed edging on the collar, waist seam and peplum hem. The ensemble, by Mrs. St. Paul, is finished with a straight skirt showcasing a back kick-pleat. Taupe grid-patterned buttons complement the taupe hat, gloves and patent pumps.
Celadon wool is the color scheme for a suit designed for Miss Elizabeth Fenner French, designed by Mrs. St. Paul. The hourglass jacket with a shaped high-low peplum features a geometric neckline and monochromatic trim on the Rex maid, who is the daughter and stepdaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hardie Christian French and the stepdaughter and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Eades Hogue. The taper of her pencil skirt contrasts the jacket flare. Taupe kid gloves pair with celadon suede pumps and a matching flower-trimmed felt hat from Ms. LaFleur.
Lavender basket weave suiting is the choice of Miss Mary Nolan Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael James Brown. The St. Paul-designed suit features a short, shaped jacket with a notched collar. The pencil skirt is shaped with an inverted back pleat. A fringed edge finishes the jacket front and collar. A gray felt, flower-adorned Ms. LaFleur hat, gray gloves and pumps complete this Rex maid's look.
Rex maid Miss Charlotte Villers Delery’s two-piece suit of powder blue, double wool crepe has a box-pleated skirt and a funnel neck. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Stanislaus Delery, her three-quarter sleeve jacket is accented with small flat bows down the front and at the sleeves. Her jacket is lined with a multicolored silk print. Navy shoes and gloves and a navy felt hat trimmed with coordinating blue ribbons complete her ensemble, designed by Mrs. Van Horn.
Miss Margaret "Margaux" Elisabeth Hoefer is wearing a vintage Chanel two-piece, seafoam green suit in wool bouclé accented with tone-on-tone braiding around the cuffs of the long sleeves, the round collar, the hem and the double breast pockets of the short jacket, which features beautiful seaming down the front and is closed with classic double-C green and gold buttons. The Rex maid, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Ernst Hoefer, styles a suit with a straight skirt, and her look is finished with a tan felt hat with coordinating ribbons, tan gloves and nude shoes.
Miss Katherine Stafford Winsberg’s suit of red double-wool crepe has an A-line skirt and a short round-neck jacket with slits at the waist and a bright red, white and navy silk print lining. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Winsberg, Miss Staffod's navy wool crepe binding finishes the edges of the slits, hem, neckline, three-quarter sleeves and front of the jacket, which also features navy buttons. Her navy felt hat is accented with red and navy striped ribbons and her look is finished with navy gloves and shoes. Her outfit was designed by Mrs. Van Horn.
Rex maid Miss Marcia Madeline Conwill wears a two-piece, plum colored suit with three, gold, horse-bit styled button closures. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Oza Conwill. Her Yvonne Counce-designed suit is complemented by a camel colored felt hat trimmed in a matching plum colored ribbon and short camel colored gloves and shoes.
Also seated in the bedecked stands will be a host of chaperones for the court. They are Mesdames Herschel Lee Abbott Jr., Walter F. Becker Jr., Robert H. Boh, Hilary J. Boone III, Edgar A.G. Bright III, Alfred W. Brown III, Christian T. Brown, John D. Charbonnet, Philip deVilliers Claverie, Edward Howell Crosby, Joseph R. Dalovisio, Clark P. Fitz-Hugh, Barry M. Fox, Ronald James French, Louis L. Frierson, H. Devon Graham Jr., William H. Hines, Miss Charlotte Worley Huger, Whittington Polk Kellam, Kevin M. Kiser, John E. Koerner III, John P. "Jack" Laborde, William H. Langenstein III, R. Parker LeCorgne, Russell C. Lindner, R. King Milling, John L. Ochsner, Jefferson G. Parker, R. Hunter Pierson, Andrew Lane Plauché Jr., Michael Joseph Rapier, James J. Reiss Jr., Blair F. Scanlon Jr., Lynes R. Sloss, Charles Clarence Smith III, Thomas D. Westfeldt II, Robert J. Whann IV, H. Hunter White III and John Zimmerman.
Committeemen for the reviewing of the Rex parade include Messrs. Herschel Lee Abbott Jr., Walter F. Becker Jr., Robert H. Boh, Richard J. Brennan Jr., Alfred W. Brown III, Philip deVilliers Claverie, Edward Howell Crosby, Dr. Joseph R. Dalovisio, Barry M. Fox, Dr. Ronald James French, Louis L. Frierson, John E. Koerner III, William H. Langenstein III, R. King Milling, Dr. John L. Ochsner, Jefferson G. Parker, R. Hunter Pierson, Andrew Lane Plauché Jr., Michael Joseph Rapier, Andrew Rinker Jr. and Blair F. Scanlon Jr.
In attendance on the stands, mothers to members of the court maids include Mesdames Brown, Conwill, Delery, Hairston, Hoefer, Hogue, Lane and Winsberg. Mothers of the dukes and pages of the court include Mesdames Clark Mayo Barousse, Michael John Bell, Leslie Bateman Brennan, Ms. Rosemary McIlhenny Dinkins, Muriel Kirchhoff Duggins, Mrs. Charles Waterhouse Goodyear IV, John Jacob Kallenborn, Marc Lewis Robert II, Garvin Saunders Sharp and John Donelson Werner.