By DANIELLE BONILLA 
Styling by ALI WOLFE
Photography by CHICHI UBIÑA

 

Spring has pounced upon us like baby tigers on the plains of Africa. Basking in cold spring sunshine, excited Greenwich residents welcome a new season of philanthropic efforts alongside new spring trend-setting fashion forward outfits. We simply can’t get enough of the ladies who lunch! Pull out your starched Theory blazers, brush off cold days of winter and become enticed by the warm days of spring quickly approaching. Put your Manolos to the test for the best Spring Luncheons of the year! Kicking off in early April, the finest residents of Greenwich come together to make powerful fundraisers and poignant charities come to life, allowing the town to build and grow for future prosperous generations to come. Here are twelve inspirational looks to accompany your Spring Charity Luncheon wardrobe!

 

12th Annual Greenwich United Way, Sole Sisters Luncheon

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We’re taking a step in the right direction with our futuristic Prada high heels. Feel the power at the 12th Annual Sole Sisters Luncheon held on April 25th, at the Greenwich Country Club. The Sole Sister’s Women’s Initiative raises awareness for untapped resources in the community with their proceeds going towards a new cause each year. By donating local services to support Greenwich United Way, the Sole Sisters are helping fix various community issues within education, finance and health. Now, imagine a sea of Christian Louboutin red bottoms and you’ll find a room of happy well-heeled women! The Sole Sisters’ unique approach to selecting mental health initiatives for their fundraisers is inspiring just like your sassy pair of suede studded Alaia heels. The honey highlighted brunette mother of two sitting next to you can’t stop complimenting your Alexander McQueen military jacket…and you agree, it is totally cute. TV Journalist, author and female empowerment advocate, Gretchen Carlson was this year’s keynote speaker. Always make sure to arrive early for the incredible vendor boutique!

Derek Lam 10 Crosby flared lace-up mini skirt, Intermix, 325 Greenwich Avenue
Knowlita ‘Greenwich or Nowhere,’ cotton t-shirt, Saks The Collective, 200 Greenwich Avenue
Alexander McQueen ruffle hem military jacket, Saks Fifth Avenue 205 Greenwich Avenue
Prada floral ankle wraps sandals in ‘argento’, Saks Fifth Avenue-Greenwich 10022-SHOE, 20 East Elm Street
Alaia black laser-cut mini bucket, Saks Fifth Avenue, 200 Greenwich Avenue
Merritt Taylor square diamond hoops 18k yellow gold, merritttaylor.com 
Merritt Taylor ‘Rafter’ diamond ring 18k yellow gold, merritttaylor.com 
Merritt Taylor alternate diamond stack ring 18k gold, merritttaylor.com 
Victoria Victoria Beckham blush bomber jacket, Intermix, 335 Greenwich Avenue
Jonathan Simkhai “The Future is Still Female,” pima T-shirt, Saks The Collective, 200 Greenwich Avenue
Public School ‘Blaise’ pleated metallic stripe crepe midi skirt, Saks The Collective, 200 Greenwich Avenue
Alaia studded suede sandals, Saks Fifth Avenue-Greenwich 10022-SHOE, 20 East Elm Street
Edie Parker ’SHINE’ clutch, Saks Fifth Avenue, 200 Greenwich Avenue
Forevermark diamond earrings, 18k white gold, lbgreen.com
Forevermark diamond ring, 18k, white gold, lbgreen.com

 

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It’s an art not to spill champagne on your Alturazza checkered blazer in a crowded room. So perhaps you could garner more party tips from The Art of Celebrating by David Monn, acclaimed party planner and keynote speaker of Community Centers, Inc. 6th Annual Spring Fundraiser & Luncheon held on April 6th, at the Belle Haven Club. The Luncheon featured a slideshow presentation of David Monn’s latest works in private party planning; highlighting his most exclusive events. All proceeds from this luncheon will be dispersed to various educational and recreational programs and support groups for teens and adults with special needs, senior citizens and poverty stricken families; thus, further benefiting our community by helping the infrastructure of our town and its residents. Oh, how it feels so good to be in a brand-new Marc Jacobs skirt and helping the community! We must make sure not to drink too many martinis at lunch. So… will that be one olive or two?

 

 

REACH Prep Annual Luncheon

The REACH Prep Annual Luncheon is the perfect place to make a power statement with a bright red Alaia dress and chic Manolo Blahnik sling back’s flats. This exciting fundraiser provides funds for urban youth in communities throughout the Fairfield and Westchester counties. It’s the ideal event to build and connect with future leaders of the free world and empower the underprivileged youth with plentiful possibilities for a brighter future. Two-time Emmy nominated actress, award-winning television writer and children’s book author, Sonia Manzano, (remember Maria from Sesame Street?) was the keynote speaker at this year’s luncheon which took place on Monday, April 24th, at the Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich. This is the perfect opportunity to explore how urban youth are faring in this ever-changing technological climate. Sip cocktails in your Marni blouse and be sure not to bump into Spike Lee…

Marni embellished bow blouse, Saks Fifth Avenue, 205 Greenwich Avenue
Marc Jacobs pleated skirt in ‘black’- Saks Fifth Avenue, 205 Greenwich Avenue
Manolo Blahnik ‘Aspro’ sling back in ‘black’- Saks Fifth Avenue-Greenwich 10022-SHOE, 20 East Elm Street
Manolo Blahnik ‘Aspro’ sling back in ‘brick red’- Saks Fifth Avenue-Greenwich 10022-SHOE, 20 East Elm Street
2017-5-2 LOOK spring fashion1423Altuzarra checked blazer, Saks Fifth Avenue, 205 Greenwich Avenue
Merritt Taylor square diamond hoops 18k yellow gold, merritttaylor.com 
Merritt Taylor ring ‘Rafter’ diamond 18k yellow gold merritttaylor.com 
Merritt Taylor alternate diamond stack ring 18k gold, merritttaylor.com 
Alaia dress in red, Saks Fifth Avenue, 205 Greenwich Avenue

 

Family Centers, Center for Hope Luncheon

Saunter into the Family Center’s Annual 2017 Center for Hope Luncheon feeling prim and proper in dainty pink Dior pumps and an eye catching Roksanda dress while sneaking past your old neighbor on Round Hill Road. Family Centers promotes opportunities to help Fairfield County residents reach their full potential no matter what the circumstance might entail. Family Centers focuses their proceeds on education, health, and human services that support locals through difficult life-altering circumstances. Oh, how great it is to give back and you’ll feel au top in your delicate Givenchy silk dress as motivational speaker and entrepreneur, Kate Milliken is the keynote speaker at the luncheon on Tuesday, May 16th at 11:00 am at the Wee Burn Beach Club in Rowayton, CT. When you enter the room everyone is obsessed with your clear yellow iguana plexi clutch from Copious Row…too bad you stole it from your best friend!

Roksanda ‘Mariko’ in pink, Copious Row, 86 Greenwich Avenue
Yellow iguana plexi clutch, Copious Row, 86 Greenwich Avenue
Dior pink patent pumps, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Collective, 200 Greenwich Avenue
Bee Piercing Earring 18k yellow gold, Copious Row, 86 Greenwich Avenue
Bee & Honeycomb ring 18k yellow gold, Copious Row, 86 Greenwich Avenue
Givenchy short-sleeve fitted pencil dress in ‘skin,’ Saks Fifth Avenue, Greenwich Avenue
Prada embellished patent leather pumps, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Collective, 200 Greenwich Avenue
Philip Lim 3.1 ‘Alix’ flap clutch in ‘cement,’ Saks Fifth Avenue, The Collective, 200 Greenwich Avenue
Forevermark diamond earrings in 18k in white gold, lbgreen.com
Forevermark diamond ring in 18k in white gold, lbgreen.com
  

YWCA of Greenwich, Old Bags Luncheon

The YWCA Old Bags Luncheon is a hot bunch of powerful women. On May 11th, at the Belle Haven Club at 11 am, Greenwich women in their prettiest dresses and shiny patent leather Prada’s come together to raise awareness for domestic violence. There will be a silent and live auction provided with the donations of incredible designer and vintage handbags.  You’ll feel like a hot tamale in your red Saloni Crop Top and Diane von Furstenberg wide trouser pants while in the middle of the bidding war on a 30cm Neon Green Birkin with gold hardware against your son’s arch nemesis’ mom from Parkway. In between bites of crisp salad and sips of champagne, chat with like-minded women on how to better our community, while teetering in your Chloé platform pumps. Want to stand out? Go for a monochromatic look by pairing your Derek Lam 10 Crosby striped halter with matching blouse and a Chloe Faye bag for subtle Hollywood glamour. With the Old Bags it’s quite alright to wear your diamonds for breakfast.

 
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Derek Lam 10 Crosby striped blouse, Saks Fifth Avenue The Collective, 200 Greenwich Avenue
Derek Lam 10 Crosby striped halter dress, Saks Fifth Avenue The Collective, 200 Greenwich Avenue
Chloé ‘Faye’ medium shoulder bag, Intermix, 335 Greenwich Avenue
Manolo Blahnik ‘Campari’ point toe mary jane pumps, Saks -Greenwich 10022-SHOE, 20 East Elm Street
Saloni ‘Drew’ crop top in red, Saks The Collective, 200 Greenwich Avenue
Diane von Furstenberg floral wide leg pants in blue, Saks Fifth Avenue The Collective, 200 Greenwich Avenue
Gucci ‘Dionysus’ embroidered medium shoulder bag, go to Gucci.com for more information.
Chloé ‘Kingsley platform leather sandals in ‘bordeaux’, Saks -Greenwich 10022-SHOE, 20 East Elm Street
Forevermark diamond earrings in 18k white gold, lbgreen.com
Forevermark diamond ring in 18k white gold, lbgreen.com

 

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Set the stage at the Greenwich Historical Antiquarius Kickoff Breakfast on May 2nd, with a jaw dropping Sophie Theallet halter mini dress and dazzling Aquazzara leather sandals! Even though we’re glued to our phone most of the time, guarding the town’s history is an extremely important task. As we delve deeper into technology we must make sure we stay actively inspired to preserve history in any way we can. Even better, why not attend a glamorous breakfast at a beautifully decorated historic home with gorgeous vintage jewelry? Surround yourself with other like-minded history buffs while you dazzle your peers in a Delpozo short white dress with tulle. Kick off spring by feeling timeless in your stunning Gucci bow shoes. The Antiquarius Kickoff Breakfast is the beginning of Greenwich Historical Society’s annual series of high style parties. Find endless inspiration in fine antiques, estate jewelry, furniture, decorative objects, vintage accessories and prints and you’ll walk away with a trove full of Greenwich history.

Sophie Theallet halter flared mini dress, Copious Row, 86 Greenwich Avenue
Aquazzara heels ‘Monaco’ specchio leather sandals in ‘dark grey’, Saks Greenwich 10022-SHOE, 20 East Elm Street
Bee Piercing Earring 18k yellow gold, Copious Row, 86 Greenwich Avenue
Bee & Honeycomb ring 18k yellow gold, Copious Row, 86 Greenwich Avenue
Delpozo short white dress, Copious Row, 86 Greenwich Avenue
Gucci leather pump with crystal bow, Saks Fifth Avenue-Greenwich 10022-SHOE, 20 East Elm Street
Forevermark diamond earrings in 18k white gold, lbgreen.com
Forevermark diamond ring in 18k white gold, lbgreen.com

 

 

 

Inner City Foundation Luncheon

2017-5-2 LOOK spring fashion1849-RecoveredA flirty green open shoulder Alice & Olivia shift dress will make for a sizzling entrance at the Belle Haven Club on June 1st, beginning at 11:30 am. Twirl your woven wide brimmed hat in the air because the fun is just starting! Storyteller Bonnie Levison is a master host and comedienne. Best-selling author, Marianne Williamson will be the guest speaker. After your deliciously fashionable lunch there will be an exciting raffle with incredible prizes that will launch you and your squad directly into summer. All proceeds will be given to various organizations and poverty stricken families of Fairfield County. The Inner-City Foundation supports organizations that help underprivileged children and adults of Fairfield County. Keep it simple and classic in a black and white Alice & Olivia off the shoulder dress and Merritt square diamond hoops. You’ll be sure to let everyone know it’s not costume jewelry!

Alice & Olivia ‘Mimi’ cold shoulder pleated shift dress, Alice & Olivia, 335 Greenwich Avenue
Merritt Taylor square diamond hoops 18k yellow gold, merritttaylor.com
Merritt Taylor ‘Rafter’ diamond ring 18k yellow gold, merritttaylor.com
Merritt Taylor alternate diamond stack ring 18k gold, merritttaylor.com 
Alice & Olivia ‘Rozzi’ off the shoulder dress in black and white, Alice & Olivia, 335 Greenwich Avenue
Fine Braid Continental, hatattack.com

 

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Breast Cancer Alliance Golf Outing

Feel like a Kardashian at the BCA Golf Tournament with trend setting Illesteva Sunglasses and bright pink Lily Pulitzer short shorts. Did anyone say anything about pregaming with a little champagne in the golf cart? Come join the Breast Cancer Alliance in their 5th Annual Golf Outing on Tuesday, May 23, at the Glen Arbor Golf Club starting at 11:00 am followed by a cocktail hour with amazing prizes. All proceeds will help to fund innovators in Breast Cancer research. Enjoy the sun, grass, and tee time with all the compliments on your new Cindy’s Lemon clutch from your hubby. Why not mix up a casual golf outfit with some hot accessories like a pink woven clutch from J.Crew or cool down with some classic old school leather rainbow trimmed vans.  Get your Tiger on!

Alice & Olivia ‘Erma’ cropped polo tee, Alice & Olivia, 335 Greenwich Avenue
Lily Pulitzer shorts in ‘hot pink’, Darien Sports Shop, 1127 Post Rd, Darien CT
Illesteva ‘Leonard mask sunglasses’, Saks Fifth Avenue The Collective, 200 Greenwich Avenue
Pink chain necklace, Darien Sports Shop, 1127 Post Rd, Darien CT
Forevermark diamond earrings in 18k white gold, lbgreen.com
Alice & Olivia ‘Cindy’s Lemon’ Clutch in Yellow, 335 Greenwich Avenue
Kate Spade ‘Tianna’ wedges, Darien Sports Shop, 1127 Post Road, Darien CT
Illesteva ‘Porto Cervo’, Saks Fifth Avenue The Collective, 200 Greenwich Avenue
Jude Connally ‘Claire’ top in ‘fuschia’, Darien Sports Shop, 1127 Post Rd,
Ecru Weir bermuda shorts in ‘white’, Darien Sports Shop 1127,Post Rd, Darien CT
Pink circular earrings, Darien Sports Shop, 1127 Post Rd, Darien, CT
Vans classic with ‘rainbow trim’, Darien Sports Shop, 1127 Post Rd, Darien CT
JCREW ‘Rattan Clutch’ in ‘neon petal’, 126 Greenwich Avenue

 

CELEBRATE Greenwich by supporting our community and its many non-profits, allowing our town to cultivate traditions through fashionable social functions, giving back by creating glamorous charity parties for wonderful causes.  Happy Spring into Summer!

 

TEAM CREDITS
Clothes and accessories styled by Ali Wolfe. For more information, please visit her Instagram page: @aliwolfestyling
Hair by Piero Pirri for Pirri Hair Studio, 181 Greenwich Avenue
Makeup by Monica for Pirri Hair Studio, 181 Greenwich Avenue