Off The Field Awards Banquet and Fashion Show Is Still On

Yup, you woke up, looked outside and saw more snow. But you’re also suffering a bit of cabin fever. If you have tickets to the Off The Field Banquet and Fashion Show with Abi Ferrin (pictured left with event co-chair Sherice Brown) at the Fairmont, you’re in luck. It’s still on!

Ballroom doors open and silent auction commences at 10:30 benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

So put on your warmest coat (you won’t need it once you’re inside) and head over to the Fairmont.

Tutu Chic Fashion Show Scored “Wow!” Despite Winspear Sniff Factor

While Dallas audiences have been accused by some of being too generous with their standing ovations, the word “Wow!” is another situation entirely. Rarely is the word heard rising from audiences at a fashion show. Usually, the predominantly female audiences smile and nod with approval, as if at a tennis tournament.

Thursday “Wow!” was popping up all over the Winspear stage as Stanley Korshak presented designer Naeem Khan and his collection at the Tutu Chic Fashion Show and Luncheon benefiting the Texas Ballet Theater. Instead of the everyday, lean professional models, the runway was strutted and danced with dancers (pictured) from the TBT.

Before the show started, Naeem was asked about the presentation of his Spring 2011 collection at New York’s Fashion Week, when he received a standing ovation from the audience of fashion experts. The former Halston assistant admitted that Fashion Week is a killer and none of the audiences go overboard with praise. If you check out the video, you’ll see Naeem take a bow looking like the proudest peacock on the walk. What you don’t see is the crowd giving him a standing ovation.

But back to Dallas and Tutu. The event started off on a bit of a rocky footing. There was a definite “scent” in the lobby of the Winspear that reminded one how important it is to have a good plumber available 24/7. When asked if the problem was a result of the Virgin America party with Sir Richard Branson and Willie “Six Ounces” Nelson, one organizer said that the odorous situation had been in the air for a couple of days.

Luckily, the crowd gathered at the foot of the stairs and the ladies wearing the scents of Oscar, Armani, Gucci and Michael Kors overcame the Winspear Downwind. Also, adding to the fashion excitement was the arrival of Honorary Chair Nancy Rogers and her entourage (pictured from the left, Nancy Gopez, Tanya Foster, Paige Lane, Nancy Rogers, Donna Baker, Sonia Black, Leisa Street, Sunie Solomon, Kris Johnson and Mary Gill) quickly followed by the Amy Turner posse (pictured from the left, Lori Jones, Raina Snell, Dallas Snadon, Amy Turner and Kathleen Hutchinson).

After a glass or two of champagne, the ladies headed to the stage of the Winspear with its Nutcracker scenery and the fashion show. Co-chair Elaine Agather took to the stage. Korshak’s Crawford Brock‘s smile got bigger and bigger each time Elaine hyped the fabulous clothes available at Korshak. The gal needs to leave the banking world and start being the Korshak spokesperson!

As Naeem’s backstage-man Tim Quinn looked on from the sidelines, the show went on flawlessly with the clothes being displayed beautifully as the ballerinas (pictured) put them through their paces. For evidence, check out MySweetCharity’s “Photo Gallery.”

Then Elaine was back on stage to auction off two tickets to Naeem’s fashion show during Fashion Week and a $3,000 gift certificate toward an outfit. She started at $1,500 and eventually got it up to $4,500 thanks to Dwight Emanuelson, who was on the front row. Elaine admitted that she really wanted to get it up to $5,000. With that teamwork got into play. Naeem kicked in $500 to make it happen, then Dwight  added a bit more change with Nancy Rogers and Crawford kicking in, too, until the number hit $11,000+.  Co-chair Gina Betts, Tanya Foster and Olivia Kearney (pictured right with, from the left, Gina Betts, Nancy Rogers, Tanya Foster, Naeem Khan and Elaine Agather) were dazzled by Elaine’s auctioneering talents as well as the “kick in” attitude of the bidders.

With a nice bit of change going to the TBT and the ladies button holing Naeem’s folks as well as Crawford’s about pieces that they were interested in, the group headed to lunch in the lobby of the Winspear. . . the part of the lobby that was way far away from odorous side.

Congratulations to the two-year old event that earned a “Wow!” from fashion lovers and some nice financial support for Dallas dancers.

Tutu Chic Luncheon Will Be A Too-Too-Must Attend

Last year‘s Tutu Chic Luncheon may have been one of the most fun fund raising secrets of the season. For its first time on the society calendar, it had the guests on the Winspear stage sipping champagne, eyeballing Korshak fashion and enjoying  dancers Texas Ballet Theater (pictured).

The Tutu Foursome chair-gals (Elaine Agather, Gina Betts, Tanya Foster and Olivia Kearney) who pulled it off last year decided to do an encore on Thursday, December 2, same place, same agenda.

With Nancy C. Rogers as the honorary chair, you just knew they were going to up the ante and they did with flair. Designer Naeem Khan will make a guest appearance for the event.

Champagne reception starts at 11:30 a.m. followed by the on-stage fashion presentation and the seated luncheon in the lobby of the opera house.

Tickets were going quickly, so move your tutu by calling Jeanne Cassidy at 877.828.9200, Ext. 110.

BTW, the underwriters include the following ballet lovers:

$25,000 — Nancy C. Rogers

$5,000 —  Jacqueline Barrett, Nancy Carlson, Jolie Humphrey, Holly Lydick /Shannon Hart, PaperCity and Priscilla Martin

$2,500Cassandra Fine Catering, Jeanne Marie Clossey, Barbara Daseke, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson and Wells Fargo

$1,500Elaine Agather, Terry Dallas, Lisa Barfield Kopecky, Courtney Marcus/Diane Byrd, Cynthia Miller, Jennifer Staubach and Kelly Van Den Handel

Share-A-Date: Attitudes and Attire

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 @ the Grand Pavilion of the Dallas Trade Mart: Attitudes & Attire Luncheon and Fashion Show’s “Big Hearts — Soaring Dreams” will pay tribute to the late Kim Dawson and Sylvan Landau. As an added highlight, Ebby Halliday will be recognized as she starts her countdown for turning 100 on March 9, 2011.

The Galleria Was Strictly “Outrageous!” Thursday For A Good Reason

Thursday night’s “Outrageous!” at the Galleria made Johnny Depp’s Alice in Wonderland look as proper as a Charlotte Bronte novel.  But what else could be expected when you have the likes of Yvonne Crum, Megan Phillips, Steve Kemble and Jan Strimple at the helm. The only marching orders was the mantra “Outrageous!” and they took it to the max to benefit the Suicide and Crisis Center.

First, they converted the Galleria’s ice rink into a one-night-stand party factory complete with elevated DJ booth for the unconventional Lady Bunny (pictured) and staging for drummers and fashions on a couple of “unconventional catwalks” that stopped traffic. It wasn’t just the clothes, but also the rhinestone and glitter makeup (pictured) and feathered, full-headgear. Even the food stations were eye-catchers with a couple have models in the center of the table holding everything from candelabras to utensils.

And speaking of food, it was everywhere and outrageously delicious thanks to Grand Lux Cafe, The Grill on the Alley, Mi Cocina, The Oceanaire, The Second Floor and West Galleria.

It was just what the 500+ guests wanted and perhaps more than they expected.

Steve knew he had to wear something special for the occasion to go with his new California hair weave, so he naturally went shopping at Neiman’s and found just the perfect thing in the women’s department — leopard pants. When he asked a sales associate about it, she directed him to the dressing room to try them on. A perfect fit! In fact so perfect that it wasn’t until just hours before the party that he learned that he wasn’t going to be the only one in tomato red shirt with leopard pants. Seems all on her own, Yvonne (pictured right with, from the left, Piper Young and Steve Kemble) had made the same combination of colors and prints for the night.

While Carolyn Lupton, Mayo Crum and Jill Rowlett held court on the banquette near the entry, Carmaleta Whiteley and Doris Jacobs were across the way taking in the sights and sounds. DJ Jen Miller took the night off from music coordination to party for a change.

Perhaps the most amazed expressions were those on the Galleria shoppers who leaned over the railing to see this “outrageous” scene.

Hi-Ho, Equest Was Quite A Show!

Rusty the horse and Crunchie the pony (pictured) were  grouchy Tuesday morning. After all, having to get all dressed up and hauled over to Brook Hollow Golf Club to welcome guests for the Equest Fashion Show/Luncheon is not their usual routine. But like true Equest pros they stood their ground despite the high-density traffic pulling up to the porte-cochere at 10:30. Luckily, the weather was in a great mood with the sun shining and the temperature just barely hitting 70 degrees. Just the right time to pull out those knits, wools, leathers and boots.

To accommodate the more than 300 guests, Brook Hollow management had cranked up the air conditioning to keep things comfortable. Why turn up the AC when it’s cool outside? As one staffer said, “When you have that many people in a room, the temperature can get warm quickly.” Tip of the hat to Brook Hollow management because the place was packed and soon the slight chill was just right!

Another point of excellence was the seat identification. With rows of padded chairs, it could have been a mess trying to locate assigned seats, but organizers had once again solved that little problem. Each seat number was tied on the chair with a ribbon. And we’re not talking about movie ticket-size signs. These numbers were the size of a Tory Burch satchel.

By 10:55, the noise level was growing with the arrival of “Prancing Presenting Sponsor” Nancy Rogers, who was greeted with hugs, smiles and air kisses from blonde gal pals. Despite her top-tier looks and her “Ten Best Dressed” standing, Nancy is a horse lover from way back. Favoring thoroughbreds, she admitted that her schedule just didn’t allow much riding nowadays.

Speaking of “Ten Best Dressed,” Nancy’s sister TBD-ers (Robyn Conlon and Claire Emanuelson) were all front and center to support TBD-er/Equest Luncheon Chair Nancy Carter, (pictured) who was masterminding the luncheon with elegance, poise and true style. From her thank you speech to her checking each table at the luncheon, Nancy exuded graciousness. As Equest Executive Director Ariane Mele Einecker said, “Nancy has been an inspiration and a joy.”

Nancy’s daughter Merry Carter seconded that thought saying, “She’s just like that all the time.”

Not feeling comfortable with accolades, Nancy suggested that things were moving smoothly thanks to all the people helping her and to the structure and self-discipline connected with her day job of handling the interior design for the family business.

In the inspiration department, Nancy scored another home run by getting the Rev. Dr. Sheron Patterson (pictured) to provide the invocation. If you’ve ever heard Dr. Patterson, you know the tempo was set for the show from her “Good morning” to her “Amen.”

Following a touching presentation of the 2010 Equest Award for Community Service to  Mar Nell Bell and her daughters Patti Brown and Bonnie Harding (pictured right with from the left, Mar Bell and Patti), it was on with the fashion show from Highland Park Village merchants.

As the fashions were paraded on the runway, Leggiadro’s Nicki Mehew and Jimmy Choo’s Christi Houser (pictured right with Nicki) were iPhone shooting the action to share with their headquarters.

It should be noted that there was a different feel to this show. The models all seemed to be having a good time. From the male models on the sidelines in their dressage outfits to the gals on the catwalk in clothes from Escada, Leggiadro, Jimmy Choo, Anne Fontaine, Tory Burch and Carolina Herrera, everyone was smiling.

And then there was one dazzling model, Ruthie, (pictured) who was relatively new to the veteran fashion viewers. According to fashion producer Jan Strimple, Ruthie is not only a SMU student and part of the Campbell-Wagner Runway group, she also made an immediate “WOW!” impression with a “great walk and plenty of smarts — loved her the minute I met her!” Ruthie is also a remarkable young woman for another reason that only a few in the audience knew. [Read more…]

Saddle Up For Tuesday’s Equest Fashion Show/Luncheon and H.E.R.D.

Equest Fashion Show/Luncheon Chair (and one of this year’s Ten Best Dressed) Nancy Carter has literally just three or four seats left for Tuesday’s event at Brook Hollow Golf Club. With an array of fashions from Highland Park Village, the show is one of the most popular ones of the season. because of the clothes and the beneficiary.

One of the topics of tomorrow’s luncheon will be Equest‘s Heroes Empowered Reunited and Determined (H.E.R.D.) Pilot Program that will pair veterans and active duty military personnel (or family of the soldier) with a licensed therapist to offer counseling for individuals affected by depression, post traumatic stress disorder and other challenges of re-integration following deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to Nancy, “In the spring of 2011, we hope to expand our H.E.R.D. programming to offer wounded veterans the opportunity to participate in sports riding sessions where they will learn to groom and tack their horse, ride for a one hour session and then help care for their horse after their lesson.   Horseback riding offers physical benefits of increased balance and core strength as well as emotional benefits of empowerment and team work.”

The creation of H.E.R.D. falls directly under Equest’s mission statement:

“Equest is an internationally recognized nonprofit that provides equine therapy for children and adults with all types of disabilities and learning differences. Equest’s mission is to empower, enrich and educate through horses.”

The sponsors who have helped the Equest fashion show move at a full gallop are:

  • Prancing Presenter ($50,000) – Nancy C. Rogers
  • Full Gallop ($25,000) — A.L. Chilton Foundation, Nancy and Gene Carter and the Al G. Hill Jr. Family
  • Canter ($10,000) — The Waters Family/Park Cities News
  • Trot ($5,000) — Diane Brierley, Louise Griffeth, Highland Park Village, Beth Layton, T.C. Lupton Jr. Family Foundation-Dr. and Mrs. Bill P. Huckin
  • Jumper ($2,500) — Bridget Black, Robyn Conlon/Cynthia Mitchell/Elsa Norwood, Ann Dyer, Tricia M. George, Charlotte Kimberlin, Vicky Lattner, Peggy Sewell and Emilynn Wilson
  • Walk ($1,500) — Kerry Fagelman, Garnett Holmes, Leggiadro of Dallas, Sarah Losinger, Mary Blake Meadows/Cathy Zollars, Gloria Martindale/Lorry Wallace, Suzanne McGee, Janet Nylund, Susan Schwartz, Linda Secrest/Lydia Novakov, Bettye Slaven and Kern Wildenthal/Southwestern Medical Foundation

Tiny Sparrow Foundation Is Not For The Birds

Don’t be fooled by the name — Tiny Sparrow Foundation. It  does not benefit our feathered friends. It was founded to connect volunteer photographers with families of children with life-threatening illnesses. Each family is photographed and presented a “Tiny Sparrow Album” at no cost. The foundation was the brainchild of breast cancer survivor Lidia Boicu, who took up photography during her treatments. Through her experiences, Lidia learned how a “collection of photographs that captured the life and spirit inside” the little patients brought joy to their families through difficult times.

To help support the project, “Pictures of Hope” will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at True Rumors Boutique with cocktails, food from Fresh Point, It’s a Cooking Party, Silk Road, Cafe Malaga, Ronnie Ruth’s, Texas Star Bakery and Oh, Brownie! There will be a fashion show with models and Tiny Sparrow children showing off the latest fashions.

The event is open and free with proceeds from the silent auction including trips to Mexico, Florida and Northern California going to the foundation.

Preston Style 10 Has Beauties Both On Stage And In The Crowd

MySweetCharity has a shadow. No, not that kind of shadow. Rather, Paige Briggs, who is a public relations major in the University of North Texas school of journalism, has drawn the assignment to “shadowing” MSC on our escapades. To let her experience the challenges of covering the lively world of Dallas nonprofits, she was given the task of writing up Thursday night’s dazzling Preston Style 10. Here is her report —

As cars pulled into The Plaza at Preston Center, valets were running around frantically trying to keep up with the line of cars carrying the expected 500 guests into the already overcrowded parking lot.

Backstage, Rhonda Sargent Chambers (pictured left with Mel Crews model), a gorgeous blonde woman in the standard backstage uniform – black dress and heels – was un-phased by the chaos happening around her. The clipboard-wielding, fashion producer-extraordinaire greeted guests with a hug and called for the next model to head out onto the runway in the same breath.

The air in the main tent was abuzz with “fabulocity.” Mostly made up of twenty-somethings trying to out-fabulous one another, this crowd was one well-dressed bunch. At the center of the tent, the main stage, host to a  handful of models at a time, was meant to be the focus of the evening; however, guests spent more time looking at themselves and keeping an eye out to make sure no one looked better than them, that the actual models seemed to simply be background decoration.

Servers dressed in all black wove throughout the crowd carrying trays of tiny delicacies, bartenders shook hot pink cocktail shakers and poured out countless Belevedere cocktails and flute after flute of champagne courtesy of Moet. Models (pictured) strutted through the crowd carrying a card announcing whom they were wearing and looking beautiful, yet unaffected. But the guests looked anything but unaffected. Giant thick-rimmed glasses (no prescription necessary), thigh-high boots, feathered hair pieces, Mohawks, scarves (both men and women), skinny jeans or leather pants (both men and women), and designer handbags were the staples of guest fashion. Oh, and lest we forget, the “I-know-I-look-amazing” facial expression, achieved by looking slightly bored, while at the same time slightly sucking in your cheeks and pouting your lips just the tiniest bit.

With its white tent, red carpet, pink cocktail shakers and shoes in every shade of the rainbow, Plaza Style 2010 had all the makings of a colorful evening out on the town.  But, it was a woman dressed in black (Halston Heritage to be exact) who stole the show.

The Fashionistas were the beneficiaries of the third annual Plaza Style event, so it was no surprise that founder and CEO, Heidi Dillon (pictured left with Selena Hernandez) made an appearance. Dillon, who secured her place in the Dallas socialite history books, with the now infamous article that ran in the September issue of with F!D Luxe, stood tall and proud with her perfectly coiffed blonde hair and a forced smile framed by her vibrant pink lipstick.  Being fabulous is tough…but someone’s gotta do it.

It appears that Paige has a future in covering the beautiful people.

Share-The-Date: St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 @ the Hilton Anatole: The “Save the Date” cards are in the mail for the St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This year should be a killer with Holly Pellham Davis as a Co-Chair and clothes by Stanley Korshak.

Let’s just hope that it’s another mega-success for LLS without the follow-up snowstorm.

Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show Keeps Its Fashionable Crown In Place

Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show organizers are smart. Very smart. While other fashion shows may have more guests and over-the-top extras, the CCB ladies have been wise enough to keep their’s elegantly simple and limited to about 500 guests. Perhaps that’s why, regardless of the financial times, it’s a sellout way before plans are finalized. This may also explain why the group’s take has risen from its initial $10,000 in 1974 to more than $500,000 at last Friday’s event.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have such elements as the queen of retailing institutions (Neiman Marcus), internationally renowned designers, and presentation of the Ten Best Dressed (pictured, the class of 2010).

That last one has become a double-edged sword over the years. To be one of the ten is highly coveted. Every woman who has been named to the list has style and exquisite taste. However, each year there are rumblings about who didn’t make the list. The selection is made by a CCB committee, each member of which knows that they can’t make everyone happy. But to quote a well-known socialite, “In order to be successful, one must be controversial.” That’s what makes Crystal Charity’s fashion show maintain its position:  it takes a stand in the ever-controversial world of fashion.

But don’t worry. There were no picketers or protesters at Friday’s lunch. Not even PETA. Instead it was a celebration of fashion and a brief respite from the chores of the day.

The day started early. With the honorees arriving hours before the show for hair and makeup, NM staffers were ready to rock and roll. As NM couture department manager David Koca put it, “Let the games begin.”

While Akris designer Albert Kriemler (picture right with Jan Strimple) was on the second floor being interviewed by the media before the ladies arrived, the NM staff was scurrying around putting the finishing touches on the set. Not only would they have the first floor filled with 500 well-heeled guests, NM was streaming the fashion extravaganza online and on mega-screens throughout. NM President/CEO Karen Katz told folks that she had tried to get Jerry Jones to lend the Jumbo Tron, but it was already scheduled for the Tim McGraw concert that night at Cowboys Stadium.

While the aisle in front of the elevators looked like a fashionable black hole of Calcutta packed with ladies (pictured)  who could have easily made the 10 BD list themselves, a private gathering was taking place around the corner in the shoe salon for sponsors. As CCB greeters Libby Allred and Gigi Potter welcomed VIP guests via the Main Street entrance, some of the invited couldn’t resist kicking off their own shoes to try on some of those on display.

Lunch Chair Alison Farrow, her arm in an Albert-autographed black sling, was surrounded by her family. While husband Bob took it all in stride, the kids (Elizabeth, Robert and Joseph) in their school uniforms bravely put up with all the adults.

Then Albert arrived and was immediately surrounded by the women who couture. The Swiss designer charmed everyone from NM associate to longtime client. Who would have guessed he was just minutes away from back staging his fall and resort lines?

2002 Hall of Famer Nancy Dedman arrived to be greeted by the newest member of the Hall of Fame, Marilyn Augur (pictured right  with Nancy Dedman).  When asked about the construction of her new home, Nancy admitted that she wouldn’t be moving into it anytime soon, but “that’s all anyone asks me about.”

As the start time for the show nearly, NM ramrod Sandy Marple and her crew started herding guests to their seats.  Veterans of past CCB fashion shows like Alan White and Don Conlon (wives Lee Ann White and Robyn Conlon were on their second year of being BD-ed) knew exactly where their places were and how to handle the predominantly female event. Why Don even brought his camera to record the show! Alan, on the other hand, looked a little preoccupied since he, Lee Ann and her son Michael needed to catch a flight immediately after the show.

CCB Chair Cynthia Mitchell‘s husband Tom admitted that this was his first rodeo, but he pulled his role off flawlessly. He agreed that many people don’t realize the responsibilities that a fundraising chairman faces in running the “business” of charity. It’s like coordinating a major corporation for two years, where failure is not allowed. Tom’s a very smart fella. Instead of waiting til after the CCB’s December gala, he presented Cynthia with a gold necklace recently. Guess he was providing a little pat on the back to help her through the final months of her tenure. Like we said, Tom’s a smart fella.

Just as the show was about to begin, poor Denise Wofford was still searching for her seat. Rules of CCB  stress that no one is to be seated after the show starts.

Karen Katz welcomed the group and took care of some housekeeping, like saluting her former boss Burt “Mr. Luxury” Tansky (pictured), who is moving back to NYC with wife Rita, and welcoming reps from Harper’s Bazaar, that is now the CCB national magazine of record. Seems that with the departure of editor Pamela Fiori from Town & Country, the longtime relationship with T&C had to be adjusted.

Then Cynthia took over the podium to announce some VERY good news — Annette and Harold Simmons were gifting $1 million to CCB to help them meet their 2010 goal of $4,112,273. Thank heaven, HoF-er Annette’s good friend and sister HoF-er Gene Jones (pictured right with Annette Simmons) was seated next to her to support her as the announcement resulted in a standing O. Quite frankly, Annette looked a little overwhelmed by all the hoopla. After being presented with a magnificent bouquet of flowers and a banner extolling the moment, Annette looked relieved that attention was being returned to the fashion of the day.

Sidenote: Charlotte Jones Anderson (pictured) was seated across the aisle from Gene and Annette and looked darn fabulous in beige boots past the knee that missed the hem of her skirt by half a foot. The rest of the outfit defies description.

Then the show started with the presentation of the BD ladies (Nancy Carter, Claire Emanuelson, Pat McEvoy, Kim Miller, Robyn Conlon, Aileen Pratt, Nancy Rogers, Amy Turner, Lee Ann White and Ellen Winspear) and HoF-er Marilyn Augur. You would have thought it was a high-fashion pep rally with the multi-leveled seating and the cheers going up as each lady was presented in Akris ensembles. The only thing missing was pom poms.

On the sidelines, two generations of Turners including Amy’s mom Julie and dad Jim along with Amy’s son Turner Carreker (pictured with Amy) were cheering BD Amy Turner as she was presented.

As soon as the honorees took their place on the 50-yard line of the layout, the show got underway with painfully:  thin models registering expressions of zombie-ism. But that’s what they’re supposed to do, don’t you know? Models are simply breathing mannequins whose sole purpose is to showcase the clothing, not their personalities. And these gals did a great job. The clothes looked elegant, tailored and perfect for any well-heeled closet.

The good news for the hosiery industry is that stockings and leggings are back (pictured) with a vengeance.

Editorial comment: Yes, the excruciatingly high heels make legs look longer and more attractive (pictured), but those stilts also force even the most accomplished walker to look like they’ve had one too many Cosmopolitans.  Even if you are convinced that these nose-bleed-creating shoes are comfortable to wear, they’re painful to watch in action.

Ah, but what price beauty and fashion?

Jan Strimple Reveals The Making of KidneyTexas Paper Dresses Honoring Event Sponsors

MySweetCharity has received notes about the “sponsors’ paper dresses” that were displayed at the KidneyTexas Fashion Show/Luncheon last Wednesday. So we went to the source of how the project came about. And that source is none other than Lady Jan Strimple (pictured), who reports:

When we reigned in the dollars and removed video, it was my challenge to come up with a fresh way to thank our top sponsors.  I asked my Chairs for their decor budget for the reception area, turned to a friend of mine to secure the Rootstein mannequins, and found 13 designers that were up to the challenge of working with paper.  Ten of them are students from UNT and El Centro, the other three industry professionals who were willing to support Kidney.

I told Carmaleta (Whiteley) I needed paper goods from each sponsor and some generic paper, so she got on the phone and worked her magic!  Millet paper trucks pulled up to my garage and dropped off ends of reams and over runs from jobs … my interns drove to American Airlines and CBS to pick up programming  and travel  posters, ticket jackets … at Baylor I asked for X-rays and  surgical gloves. Apparently x-rays have patients names on them and it would be against regulations to put them into my hands, so Suzette (Derrick) gave me her personal x-rays.

The designers came to my house – and shopped supplies and paper goods from my garage.  We talked concepts – gave them the mannequin measurements – they sent sketches – and then arrived on Tuesday with the results you saw at the luncheon. We had two last minute sponsors come in, and were able to find two more designers at UNT, so one of my assistants (also a UNT student) drove paper to UNT campus and between classes she did two parking lot paper and design meetings. Great stories from this project!

The designers loved the creative challenge and all ran with it. They were all backstage all eating pizza (my friends at Boston Pizza Restaurant fed all of my crew and the paper dress designers) and swapping stories about meeting their sponsors and being a part of this luncheon. Several told me they had never seen anything like this before and how proud they were to be a part of something so meaningful. Gracious and talented …. a great group.

Photo provided by Jonathan Aparicio

Nice things have happened for these talented young adults. Mary Kay now has their dress, as do CBS-11/TXA 21 (dress pictured with designer Jonathan Aparicio), Park Cities News, Stanley Korshak and Kid Biz. The art procurer for Baylor’s new facilities received a tweet of the dress from a Baylor associate at the luncheon and he tracked me down to see if they could acquire it. Told him we built them to thank our sponsors and all I asked what that the designer’s name be credited with signage in his installation.  Suzette’s x-rays are going to on public view!  Now that’s a dedicated Prez! Her bones are now part of the actual boning (ha ..ha ) for the corset of the dress. Love a designer with a good sense of humor. Love a President with a good set of ribs!

Also luv it when the world spins like it did yesterday.

Everyone’s hard work paid off and beaucoups of generous people left some money at Kidney’s doorstep.  It was all good.

KidneyTexas Kicks Off The Fundraising Season With Fab Fashions, Paper Dressing And Pooches

Having a fashion show/luncheon just two days before the mother of all fashion extravaganzas (Crystal Charity’s Ten Best Dressed) is a bit daunting. Add in the downpour of the decade just hours before the event and you know organizers are on edge.

But KidneyTexas President Suzette Derrick (pictured) had an all-star team in place for Wednesday’s fundraiser for Camp Reynal and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

For starters, she had the event co-chaired by the triumvirate of Patty Jo Turner, Carmaleta Whiteley and Reneé Winter. There was no way that one penny was going to be squandered with these three in charge. You want an example? Okay, instead of the usual big screens to promote the sponsors, the idea came up to create magnificent fashions of paper for each of the sponsors. But who would design the fashions? Area design students! Where would the paper come from? Every printer in town had been hit for leftovers and had come through, Carmaleta smiled with her delicious cat-like eyes. As she put it, “There isn’t a scrap of paper left in this city.”

Paper never looked so good (pictured).

While the mannequins stood frozen in beauty, the 750 guests acted like sorority sisters returning from summer vacation with squeals of delight at seeing each other and telling about their vacations. Barbara Daseke, who will be heading up next year’s Dallas Symphony Orchestra gala, had just returned from hiking and biking in Quebec. . . Fort Worthy Olivia Kearney, just back from hiking in Aspen, admitted that she had suddenly realized that she needed to update her wardrobe for the week’s fashion lunches and bought a fabulous new gray outfit complete with lacy matching stockings. Bon vivant/eloquent literary Rawlins Gilliland (pictured with Olivia), upon looking at Olivia’s silk blouse highlighted with small mirror jeweling, cut to the chase and asked how one would go about having such a blouse cleaned. Olivia with her bigger-than-Texas smile admitted that she hadn’t thought of that problem. To which Rawlins in his charming southern accent suggested, “DD French.” Jennie Reeves returned to Dallas from summer in Santa Fe via Austin, where she and husband Stuart checked out their newest project, Tiny Texas Houses. According to Jennie, it’s the wave of the future — downsizing. Speaking of houses, Jennie reported that she had been invited to return to Dallas earlier in the summer for a dinner at her neighbor’s house for a VIP, but she opted out. It was going to be a simple dinner. You know, the usual that you have when President Obama drops into town. Jennie giggled that had she been thinking ahead, she would have sold seats on her front lawn to observe all the activity at Dorothy and Russell Budd‘s house just across the street. . . . Brittany Winter, daughter of co-chair Reneé and Dr. David (BTW, he looked quite at home on the runway at the fashion show.) was the center of attention during the silent auction as she squired around Tessa, a 10-week-old Mi-Ki. What’s a Mi-Ki? A very adorable combination Maltese and Japanese Chin that was up for bid during the live auction. Renee reported that Mi-Ki’s don’t bark. . . much because of the Japanese Chin factor. Actually, the Mi-Ki is so small that its bark probably amounts to nothing more than an itty-bitty woof. Spoiler alert: Tessa ended up going for $2,200. And surprise! They pulled out one of her litter mates for another round of bidding, resulting in $2,500 more. Wonder if their new owners Carla McKinley and Melanie Rogers will have family reunions for the pooches.

In addition to the holiday updates, the main topics of the day were [Read more…]

Share-The-Date: Plaza Style 2010

Thursday, Sept. 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.: Plaza Style was jammed last year with adorable slaves to fashion and it will no doubt be a repeat jam this year. With admission just $10 in advance and $15 at the door, the party and fashion show with Preston Center merchandise take place in the parking lot at The Plaza at Preston Center. Thank heaven, organizers have the whole thing under a major tent! The show will be orchestrated by the ever fashionable Rhonda Sargent Chambers and will be hosted by KTVT-CH. 11’s Selena Hernandez.

Who does it benefit? Why The Fashionistas, of course.

Sponsors include Moet & Chandon, RSC Show Productions, Phonophreaks, Belvedere Vodka and KTVT-CH. 11.

Share-The-Date: Attitudes & Attire Luncheon and Fashion Show

Wednesday, February 2 at 11:30 a.m. — Annual Attitudes & Attire Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Dallas Trade Mart with a special tribute to the late Kim Dawson and Sylvan Landau.

Crystal Charity Fashion Show/Luncheon is Gearing up with Paris and Pampering Prizes

It seemed like just yesterday that the ultimate ladies-who-lunch gathered for the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon with designer Michael Kors and his collection (pictured) at DT Neimans.

But it’s nearly time again to dress to the nines for the 2010 CCB event (September 10) with designer Albert Kriemler of Akris showing his finest. You haven’t gotten your tickets? Oops! You know it’s nearly sold out. As if that was a surprise.

But the NM folks have arranged for more than fashion and food. They’ve gathered up some delicious raffle prizes that range from Paris to the ultimate in pampering.

Interested? We just knew you would be, so here goes: [Read more…]

Share-A-Date: 2010 KidneyTexas

Whoa! No sooner had we launched Share-A-Date, then the MySweetCharity hive started buzzing with activity.

Wednesday, September 8 — KidneyTexas Luncheon and Fashion Show presented by Stanley Korshak. Benefiting Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Camp Reynal, the luncheon/fashion show is co-chaired by Patty Jo Turner, Carmaleta Whiteley and Reneé Winter. Dr. and Mrs. Goran Klintmalm are honorary chairs.

Beyond the Rainbow Treasures Another Success

Question of the day: Why should this photo of Jordan Flint and Barney bother you? Answer: Later.

Last Friday two groups of heroes took to the funway, or rather runway, in the Anatole decked out in Dillard’s fashions for the 22nd annual Beyond the Rainbow Fashion Show/Luncheon. One group was made up of jocks and celebs who go beyond the call of duty in participating and chumming it up with the other group of models — children who have/had cancer.

While all the well-dressed guests were browsing at the silent auction during the pre-show reception, the corp of adult and youth models were having a grand old time in other areas. The youngsters were in the prep room chatting with Mother Goose, clowns and other kid-friendly characters (pictured). They were also getting all dolled up for their catwalk. Think Six Flags Over Texas indoors. It was so much fun that KDFW-CH. 4 anchor/show emcee Clarice Tinsley starting iPhoning photos (pictured).

Across the hallway, the adults were having grownup fun. [Read more…]

Dallas' Mad Hatters Bloomed Wildly at the Arboretum

Forget Johnny Depp. The real Mad Hatter was Shane Walker (pictured) Thursday at the Dallas Arboretum’s annual Mad Hatters Tea Party. While he topped himself in a gray top hat, it really should have been a gold, since Dee Simmons and Ana Pettus took home prizes for wearing his creations. Talk about a wide range.

All in white, Dee’s chapeau (pictured) was bigger than ostrich and just perfect for the royal enclosure at Ascot. Cecil Beaton, eat your heart out! But pity the poor folks who sat behind her at the fashion show.

On the other hand, Ana (pictured) wanted something a little more “edgy” and she got her wish. Look at it this way — she’s all set for Halloween.

But don’t go thinking that Shane was free and clear of competition. No, siree. [Read more…]

"Accessible Luxury" Can Overcome any Storm

The weather guessers are saying that storms are headed to Dallas tomorrow night. What would it take to get you out and about in such conditions? Yup, we just knew it. You’re the type that plays hard-to-get-out in damp weather.

Accessible Luxury” is just what will get your bumbershoot warmed up.

Benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the event will take place at Park Place’s Rolls-Royce/Bentley/Maserati location with Clarice Tinsley emcee-ing, DJ Lucy Wrubel (pictured) playing music, and Honorary Chairs Kathy and Tony Herring and Lark and J.C. Montgomery Jr. We just knew that would get your attention. But there’s more.

Event Chairs Ellen and Charlie Johnson, Devonie and McLean Coble, and Kelly and James Middleton have also arranged for you to sip champagne while browsing around Beretta apparel and gear, Noble Boutique’s gems and local designer Geoffrey Henning‘s fashions.

To top the evening off, Barney’s New York will have a fashion show at 8 p.m. featuring the Model Citizens of Campbell-Wagner Runway, LLC.

Now, don’t you feel silly to worry about a little rain?

Pat on Back for Beyond the Rainbow Sponsors

Those wonderful gals at the Children’s Cancer Fund are in the final stages of prepping for their Beyond the Rainbow fashion show/luncheon on Friday, April 23, at the Anatole. Last night they were proper little ladies and threw a thank you party for their sponsors at Lynn and Jim Stroud‘s place in University Park.

Wasn’t too crowded. Wasn’t too light. But it was just right with a lot of pretty folks like Luncheon Co-chair Marisa Huckin (pictured) who made her mama proud by standing at the door to greet every single person. It’s always so tempting for the host/hostess to join the party, but Marisa stood firmly by the door and looked rather fabulous.

Another looker at the party was [Read more…]

Crystal Charity Ball's Alison Farrow's Day was a Best and a Bust

Poor Alison Farrow (pictured). You’d think the lass had her hands full last Wednesday at Neiman’s just announcing the Ten Best Dressed for the annual Crystal Charity Ball luncheon (Sept. 10). As she was about to welcome the fashionable gathering, she told them that she was just a tad bit rattled. Seems that a block away from NM, the back window of her car blew out. Reason? One of the women who didn’t make the cut? No, just kidding.

If you haven’t read who the best dressed are this year, they are Nancy Carter, Robyn Conlon, Claire Emanuelson, Kim Miller, Pat McEvoy, Aileen Pratt, Nancy Rogers, Amy Turner, Lee Ann White and Ellen Winspear. Marilyn Augur will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Judges To Pick The Toppers For Mad Hatters Tea Party Announced

It’s official. The judges for this year’s Mad Hatters Tea Party on Thursday, April 22, at the Dallas Arboretum have just been announced. While Johnny Depp won’t be among hem, they’re still a pretty nifty trio — Project Runway designer Shirin Askari (pictured), “America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru” (and one of the “Dallas Dozen“) Steve Kemble (pictured), and D‘s very own sweetheart Sarah Eveans (pictured)

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Pick the winning hats and sipping tea. Hardly. [Read more…]

Albert Kriemler of Akris to be Featured Designer for Ten Best Dressed Luncheon

Neiman’s Downtown President/GM Shelle Sills revealed that Swiss fashion wunderkind Albert Kriemler of Akris will be the featured designer for Crystal Charity Ball‘s 2010 Ten Best Dressed Women of Dallas Luncheon/Fashion Show on September 10 at Neiman Marcus Downtown.

Albert’s 2010 collection showed his appreciation for fabrics and amazing ability to blend classic looks with modern clean lines.

If you’re wondering which ladies will be designated as Dallas’ 10 top fashion leaders, you’ll have to wait until March 21 when it’s announced. Don’t try bribing Luncheon Chair Alison Farrow. She’s sworn to secrecy.

Don’t rush out and order your tickets to the luncheon quite yet. They don’t go on sale until early May.

BTW, if you hadn’t heard the 2010 Crystal Charity Ball beneficiaries include Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, Children’s Medical Center, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, The Family Place, Texas Home Access Fund Inc., and Parkland Foundation.