New College Foundation celebrated three decades of Pique-Nique Sur La Baie this week, co-chaired this year by the adept quartet of Renee Hamad, BJ Creighton, Pat Johnson and Kathy Coffey. A favorite of mine, the event is a virtual eye candy of Sarasota’s doyennes who don their best chapeau for an afternoon on Sarasota Bay, which comes complete with champagne, fashion and friends.  Here, I share my Sarasota Magazine "Best of Pique-Nique" picks…


Flights of Fancy

I could not take my eyes of this lovely, artful toque with its feathery friends. Debbie Maltese placed a custom order with Ignatius Hats especially for Pique-Nique to match her springy canary-yellow dress. I was completely taken aback when I learned this was not a vintage piece, the plait is the work of expert milliners, no doubt.  Which begs the question, what price chic?


Photo by Rebecca Baxter.

Mod Redux

As Deborah Blue always says, “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing!”  She was saturated in '60s mod mode this week for Pique-Nique. Everything she donned was vintage (except for those fab bubble-gum pink patent Manolo Blahniks), from her three-quarter sleeved Pucci-esque print to her Cutler and Gross pink cat-eye sunnies to her Lucite confetti bag to her Courrèges-like hat (reminiscent of the one Audrey Hepburn wore in Two for the Road), which was her mother’s and still in the original hatbox. Mon dieu!


Photo by Rebecca Baxter.

  • Chicly Feminine

I truly believe that Ashley Kozel could be glamorous at a moment’s notice.  And, she has a very chic habit of accessorizing in a perfectly understated manner.  Here, her feminine Peter Bettly London molded hat complements the structured and stamped raspberry-colored fabric of her divine strapless, above-the-knee Chanel dress.  And, how fun is the pop of color on her tri-colored Louboutin mules?



Photo by Rebecca Baxter.


Chip Gaylor and Jody Fountain had the menopoly on the modern prepster short-suiting look with their perfect head-to-toe pairing of the hottest colors of the season. Extra points for anchoring their looks with a pop of color at the kicks level–nectarine loafers on Chip and orchid and scarlet wingtips on Jody.  So fresh!


Photo by Rebecca Baxter.

Step Aside

When considering her outfit for Pique-Nique, a girl has to take extra care in choosing her shoes for the grassy courtyard terrain. Liebe Smith Gamble tapped into the heart of her feminine, edgy style and rocked these gold Giuseppe Zanotti sculpted wedges.


Photo by Rebecca Baxter.

Modern Equestrian

Lauren Ann Walsh had a Downton Abbey fashion moment, from her Smythe blazer to the French jodhpurs by Vertigo to the Gucci boots that pulled it all together. Especially love the "Sparkle Beauty" Chanel bag tucked nicely under her arm.

Who was your favorite?  Tag Sarasota Magazine in a Facebook post to let us know!

To see even more pictures from this year's Pique-Nique, visit our Limelight gallery

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