Dallas native/acclaimed designer Lela Rose came home on Monday, October 29, to receive the Inaugural Fashion Notes Designer Award at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League‘s sold-out Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show in The Fairmont Dallas’ Venetian Room. It was the perfect occasion to showcase Lela’s clothes on DSOL members and supporters. Here’s a report from the field:
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show honoring Lela Rose was a sold-out affair. Many of Lela’s friends and admirers were there to see the Dallas raised, New York City-based fashion designer receive the Inaugural Fashion Notes Designer Award. It is anticipated that the event will raise a record amount.
With a mannequin on stage as a prop, DSOL President Lisa Loy Laughlin asked Lela to help her add a few essentials that are found every southern woman’s closet. According to The Southerners Handbook by the editors of Garden & Gun Magazine, they include: an Hermes scarf, a crisp trench coat (Lela says she’s been wearing the same trench coat for nearly ten years because it goes with everything and is beautifully timeless); a Judith Lieber miaudieres (metal evening handbag) a strand of pearls (Lela says for the laziest fashion days, it can spruce up an outfit!) and of course, Cowboy Boots (she loves her pair through and through…and they adjust shockingly well to city life). The mannequin was transformed into a true Southern Lady!
Fashion Notes was held on Monday, October 29, in the Venetian Room at The Fairmont Dallas. The Presenting Sponsor for the fifth year was Veritex Community Bank/Darlene Ellison and the luncheon was underwritten by The Fairmont Dallas.
The event was a true family affair with Dianne Etheredge and her daughter Meagan Etheredge Sells serving as the honorary co-chairs and Event Chair Amy Turner being joined by her mother Julie Turner, her sister Jenna Alexander and her nephew Jackson Alexander.
The morning began with a reception and silent auction followed by a fashion show and live auction topped off with a delicious lunch. Fashions were provided by Stanley Korshak, Hip Hip Hooray and St. Bernard Sports. The clothing was modeled by Dallas Symphony supporters including staff and musicians, DSOL Members and former debutantes like Claire Catrino with daughter Katherine Catrino, Lydia Umlauf, Bronwyn Cordiak, Jamie Allen and Donna Arp Weitzman.
Others in attendance included Caren Prothro, Nita Clark, Roxanne Phillips, Julie Turner, Doris Jacobs and daughters Kim Jacobs Calloway and Teffy Jacobs, Stephanie Bray, and Allie Beth Allman.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids and Young Strings.
For information: www.dallassymphonyleague.com or 214.871.4004.
* Photo credit: Dana Driensky