Leave it to the Crystal Charity Ball gals to pull in the big-gun names for their Ten Best Dressed Luncheon. Luncheon Chair Aileen Pratt must have had some pretty impressive private numbers to get such a lineup.
First of all, think Valentino. No, Rudolph, silly. You still must be coming off of a late night of watching the Academy Award. Think elegance beyond the imagination with fabrics, colors and designs that are simply breathtaking. Just to look at the collections bearing the Valentino name is memorable. While the grandmaster Valentino Garavani has retired probably to work on his tan, his uber talented replacements Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli will be on hand for the luncheon and the show.
Next Aileen and CCB Chair Connie O’Neill managed to get Annette Simmons to serve as Honorary Chair. Besides the fact that Annette rarely takes on such roles, it is only the third time in the luncheon’s history that there has been an honorary chair.
“We are thrilled to have this incredibly talented duo joining us for this year’s fashion show and luncheon,” said Connie. “Their attendance and Annette’s legacy will make the day a memorable one for the honorees as well as the guests.”
Now, of course, you’re trying to get the time line in place for the Ten Best Dressed activities, so here you go:
- Sunday, May 1 — Tickets for the luncheon and fashion show go on sale.
- Tuesday, May 3 — 2011 Ten Best Dressed Women of Dallas are announced at Neiman Marcus Downtown.
- Thursday, September
38 — 2011 Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon at NM Downtown.
NM Downtown VP/GM Shelle Sills said, “This will be a very special year for everyone involved, with Annette serving as honorary chairman and having Valentino creative directors join us.”
Just in case you hear someone question the importance of fashion, luncheons and such things, you just might want to remind them that since its start, CCB has raised more than $100 million for children’s charities in Dallas. The 2011 Crystal Charity Ball will benefit eight beneficiaries with a collective need of $4,265,030: Communities in Schools, Contact Crisis Line, Dallas Mission for Life, Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic, Methodist Health System Foundation, Nexus Recovery Center, Trinity River Mission and Vickery Meadow Learning Center.
Oh, and you might want to jot down Saturday, December 3, for the Crystal Charity Ball at the Hilton Anatole. Betcha there’ll be a heck of a lot of Valentino’s at the gala.