Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon List Of Highland Park Village Merchants Participating In The Annual Fundraiser Revealed

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon Chair Beth Thoele just revealed the list of Highland Park Village merchants for the Equest fundraiser “Reins of Hope” at Brook Hollow on Tuesday, October 3.

Lela Rose (File photo)

Hadleigh Shaikh (File photo)

Equest finale (File photo)

Six of ’em are returning with the latest fashions of the season — Carolina Herrera, Escada, Etro, Hadleigh’s, Lela Rose and Market. Joining the veteran retailers will be first-timer Veronica Beard.

The fashion show will be produced by Jan Strimple with Robyn Conlon serving as honorary chair.

Zoo To Do Guests Had A Hoot Of A Time At Escada

There are party animals and then there are party animals. And when the Zoo To Do crowd makes up the guest list, there are bound and determined to be some of the Dallas Zoo’s ambassadors among the group.

Carol Glendenning, Diane Brierley, Cassie, Carol and John Levy

Carol Glendenning, Diane Brierley, Cassie, Carol and John Levy

Flighty fella

Flighty fella

On Tuesday, May 17, the two-legged types and critters gathered at Highland Park Village’s Escada salon. Since husbands/Zoo To Do’s Silver Safari Co-Chairs Don Brierley and Don Glendenning had other commitments, their better halves (aka Diane Brierley and Carol Glendenning) joined fellow Co-Chair John Levy and his wife Carol Levy and other guests like Lee Bailey and former Escada GM Melissa Rathke to check out the fashions and food benefiting the zoo.

While the humans arrived via the front door, the ambassadors snuck in through the back entrance. Don’t you just know those celeb types are always sneaking in side doors to avoid the paparazzi?

One of the literal highlights of the occasion was the owl, who upon spying the table of appetizers decided to take flight for the spread. Thanks to his handler Cassie’s leash, his airborne antics didn’t ruffle any food, fashions or feathers except his.

Results Are In: KidneyTexas Luncheon

Kidney Texas Luncheon chair Emilynn Wilson has been promising the results of September’s KidneyTexas luncheon at the Dallas Country Club for ages. But she wanted to make sure every penny was counted and even then she double-checked that total a couple of times.

Finally, she announced the results Tuesday at Highland Park Village’s Escada surrounded by friends, fans and beneficiaries —$190,558 to be “disbursed” among UT Southwestern, Children’s Medical Center and Camp Reynal.

Kyra Barnett, Stephen Pottoore, Emilynn Wilson, Dyann Skelton, Thanh Tran, Mark Edwards, Ellen Haynes, Amanda Billings, Kern Wildenthal

BTW, here’s a note about how photos are taken among the well-heeled sets: Name tags are verboten when being photographed. Everyone is assumed to know everyone, don’t you know. So, when the photogs line folks up to be “shot,” name tags are slapped on the back. Now you know, as if you hadn’t already been slapped on the backside. Wink, wink.

Another note of interest: When it comes to having a hands-on involvement, Emilynn is the real deal. Not only did she supervise the luncheon, she borrow the tableclothes from a “dear friend” and had them laundered meticulously before returning them. Emilynn wanted the occasion to be special even down to the linens.

Despite Tornadoes Hitting Area, KidneyTexas Kicks Off “Ladies Who Luxe” Plans For Fashion Show and Luncheon

With tornadic weather engulfing the Dallas area, the KidneyTexas gals proceeded with their announcement party at Escada Tuesday night.

Here’s the scoop: This year’s theme will be “Ladies Who Luxe” with Emilynn Wilson chairing the fashion show and luncheon at the Dallas Country Club on Monday, September 17. Honorary Chair will be Dr. W. Phil Evans, clinical professor of Radiology at UT Southwestern, the George and Carol Poston Chair in breast cancer research at UT Southwestern, 2012 president of the American Cancer Society. . . and a kidney cancer survivor.

Beneficiaries will be Children’s Medical Center and Camp Reynal of National Kidney Foundation of North Texas.

Fashions will be presented by Escada. Duh! That’s why they had the announcement party there, silly.

Salvation Army Auxiliary Celebrates Escada’s New Look And “Friendly” Price Tags

Escada interior

Despite Tuesday night’s rain burst the debut of Escada‘s refreshed boutique in HP Village was a home run. While a drenched valet made sure the guests suffered nada a raindrop, the elegant interiors of the couture store were elegant and a perfect backdrop for some pretty stellar clothes.

Barbara Sypult

Checking things out were guests of the Salvation Army Auxiliary, who know their fashions. Barbara Sypult was just back from Mexico and in a bright green Escada jacket. . . that she bought at the annual Salvation Army sale a couple of years ago. Over browsing through the rods of outfits was Joyce Fox who admitted that she was rather taken back by the very pleasing-on-the-eye price tags.

Melinda Rathke and Patti Flowers

Escada store maven Melinda Rathke, sporting a new hairstyle from Frédéric Fekkai,  admitted that prices were very favorable to clientele in celebration of the re-opening. In addition, 10% of sales was being turned over to the Salvation Army.

Paul Buckter and Pam Busbee

Salvation Army luncheon chairs Pam Busbee and Patti Flowers were delighted that only was the sun coming out just as the Escada doors opened, but plans for the 20th annal Fashion Show & Luncheon on Monday, May 2, at Brook Hollow Golf Club were right on schedule.

Crystal Charity Ball’s New Members Receive Their Wands And Check Out Escada Fashions

It’s traditional that sorority pledges go through a program that both unites them and challenges their sense of humor before final initiation. From flying kites to being interrogated by upper classmen, they suffer through all types of experiences.

Debbie Oates

Evidently this routine is not part of the plan for the new members of the Crystal Charity Ball. For their official get together with the sisterhood, they didn’t have a Monday night dinner at the sorority house. Nope. They attended an Escada fashion show at Debbie Oates’s place in Preston Hollow. This was not the normal drill. Usually the annual show is held in the Escada shop in Highland Park Village, but due to renovations, there just wasn’t enough space.

Alas, even Debbie’s generously sizable place was challenged to accommodate all the women, both Crystal Charity Ball members and Escada models and personnel. So the Oates garage was transformed into a changing area complete with carpeting. Just imagine couture clothes, stylists and picture-perfect models dressing up in your garage.

Cordelia Boone, Connie O’Neill and Susan Farris

CCB Chair Connie O’Neill got things started by welcoming one and all with the adorable new pledges Janie Condon, Margaret Hancock, Paige Slates, Peggy Meyer, Kristina Whitcomb and Suzanne Droese seated in a row sans Kristi Hoyl, who couldn’t make it. She’ll probably have to write a review of this month’s Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar to make up for it.

When Connie put a shout-out thank you to Debbie for hosting the event, there was no Debbie. A few minutes later, the hostess snuck in and admitted that she had been sampling the food provided by Lisa Garza.

Janie Condon, Peggy Meyer, Suzanne Droese, Nancy Carter, Emilynn Wilson, Margaret Hancock, Kristina Whitcomb and Paige Slates

Before the fashion show began, New Member Liasons Nancy Carter and Emilynn Wilson came forward with top hats and a multitude of wands. They called each of the pledges up to receive their wand to magically raise funds for CCB. Wouldn’t you just love to have one of those wands?

Escada model

Then it was time for the show. With Dallas Escada boutique manager Melinda Rathke watching from the

Peggy Meyer

sidelines, the show was underway with Escada’s Hector “the Latin from Manhattan” Carrasquillo describing details of each piece. The colors, fabrics and designs received high marks from the gals, especially newbie Peggy Meyers. She was wearing a jacket that was shown in the show.