Crawford Brock and his Stanley Korshak crew must dress Mother Nature. Thursday night she was in a very good mood and provided optimal weather conditions for the second annual RockNRunway to benefit the Echelon Group of the Salvation Army.
While Janet and Crawford Brock observed part of the festivities from their luxury suite on the upper tier of Korshak, about 600 tanned, professional and beautiful types gathered in the terraces of the Crescent Court retailing complex. Finally, they realized all the fun was downstairs and joined the crowd. Lucy “Wild Woman” Wrubel was in the middle of the mob setting the pace with music. Hey, you didn’t think she got that streak in her hair by staying home nights crocheting, did you?
To be part of the crowd, you needed to get invited, RSVP-ed and make a donation and/or bring in a gently pair of used jeans for their denim drive.
As payback, guests were shown the fall designs in three fabulous fashion shows orchestrated by fashionable style guru Bret McKinney.
And while the fashions were typical of Korshak (young, unique and hot), the crowd was holding their own nicely, thanks to Stanley Korshak. . . or as it’s known at “the shak,” SK. Jacquelin Sewell Taylor sparkled in a sequined Fendi top from SK. One can only imagine what she’ll be wearing for the TACA Custom Auction Gala that she, husband Phillip and Nick Even are chairing on September 21 at the Mansion. . . Sarah Fay Egan looked rather beautiful in a SK black ensemble. Of course, all the gals were sporting blonde manes that were to die for. . . Heather Furniss, who helped coordinate the SK-Salvation Army/Echelon event, wore a stunning Lanvin shell necklace from SK.
But the headlines of the night were also being made by the news traded among the guests. You don’t think these people were just looking good. They were talking good, too. Adorable SK-er Paige Slates and husband John will be joining Ann and Trey Fielder in chairing the Habitat for Humanity “Urban Revival” event at Trinity Groves on November 8. . . Carmaleta Whiteley and partying bud James Shackleford were full of news. First was news about Anthony Wilkinson. Not only his “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” returning to Broadway, he’s just been named director of tourism for NorthPark. No sooner did that item drop on the Crescent court terrace than another news blast took place. Carmaleta coaxed James to reveal that his company SomaComm Inc. is managing the social media for NP. Somebody at NP is collecting talent like a youngster gathering prized eggs at Brook Hollow on Easter Sunday!
Then James turned the tables on Carmaleta, who had been busily delivering demo DVDs of Faye Briggs‘ family history throughout the hood. As one person put it, “I learned so much about Faye and had no idea of what she had accomplished in her life. It truly brought tears to my eyes.”
Carmaleta and her partner Philip Wier premiered Faye’s family history at the Magnolia a couple of weeks ago and the twosome have been answering queries about the in’s and out’s of such projects.
After the models had emptied the catwalks, guests danced in “the shak” at the Rap Up Party.
Let’s face it. RockNRunway is just a warmup of what is on the horizon for the fall/winter fundraising.
Photos provided by Stanley Korshak