Victoria Beckham Secret Presentation in Dallas

A secret invitation to attend a secret spring presentation is most certainly a RSVP not to turn down, especially when it means basking in the glory of Victoria Beckham. Last month, I smiled with glee as I read the invitation, Victoria in Dallas, fancy that, presenting her sumptuous Spring 2013 collection at the Neiman Marcus downtown store—of course.

You are more likely to acquire a ticket to the moon than getting an invitation to see the show during New York Fashion Week, so an exclusive appearance in Dallas with a limited guest list was simply heart palpitating.

 

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Fashion Group International of Dallas: Fashion & Lifestyle Awards ‘Night of Stars’ Shine

This is almost my last ‘must-do’ item on my FGI checklist, only two weeks after the event.  After a year of planning, I can finally relinquish my responsibilities as co-chair for the Fashion and Lifestyle Awards ‘Night of Stars’ gala and reminisce on the extraordinary evening of November 16 at the Dallas Market Center Trade Pavilion.

Lela Rose, Chuck Steelman and Maxine Trowbridge

Lela Rose, Chuck Steelman and Maxine Trowbridge

My co-chair Chuck Steelman, decked out in bright red velvet skinny pants, looked impeccable as my partner in crime—and I wore a delicious red lace gown by honoree Nha Khanh. Our emcee for the evening Victoria Snee, endearingly proclaimed the evening as the “Chuck and Max Show.”

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Nha Khanh Honored as Rising Star in Fashion Design by FGI Dallas

Khanh loves Dallas—with great resources located right here; Khanh has no desire to move her studio to New York City. With sales, marketing and a PR team driving the brand in the big apple, celebrities, buyers and magazine editors are taking note of this Rising Star from Dallas.  Khanh focuses on the design and production from Dallas, and with evident success over the last two years, it’s only natural that the FGI Dallas board voted unanimously, for Nha Khanh to be the Rising Star in Fashion Design—amidst many worthy designers that this city nurtures.

Nha Khanh Spring 2013 Collection

Nha Khanh Spring 2013 Collection

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Carolina Herrera Spring Presentation with Town & Country

Who knew that over sixty guests could elegantly mingle, and partake in an exclusive fashion presentation of the 2013 Spring / Summer collection, and dine at a seated lunch inside the sleek, petite, Carolina Herrera boutique at Highland Park Village.

Last month in partnership with the Dallas Contemporary and Town & Country Magazine, I hosted this artistic luncheon, alongside my co-host and triple-threat friend, Broadway actress Catherine Carpenter Cox. We hoped to entertain about fifty ladies, but with over sixty RSVPs, the chic brown-toned store, transformed into a decidedly incandescent lunch banquet fit for a princess—pun-intended.

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AERIN: A Conversation with Aerin Lauder

Earlier this month I met with Aerin Lauder at a cocktail reception hosted in her honour by Ken Downing and Neiman Marcus. Aerin was visiting Dallas to showcase her recently launched beauty line, and chat about her Holiday 2012 Color Collection: An Evening Out and An Evening In.  Post-cocktails, I visited Neiman Marcus at NorthPark Center the next day to chat with Aerin. So, how does one achieve effortless beauty? Aerin knows how…

Tell me about the Holiday Collection?  It’s a wonderfully edited collection that’s really about an evening in or an evening out, very festive, there are two neutral lipsticks—in every collection that we do, I love neutrals and nudes, it’s something that I feel very strong about and it’s something that is unique about this brand. We’ve got the two fashion colours, pinks and deep plum that comes out quite cheery when you put it on and then two nudes, and then these wonderful two new lip glosses that I love.  The palette is really wonderful you can’t make a mistake with it, it’s very easy to apply, easy to mix the colours, and the highlighter on the left is easy for your cheekbone or brow bone, and it’s very easy to update a look from day to evening.

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Holmes & Yang: Jeanne Yang Chats

Katie Holmes is the Yin, in Jeanne’s Yang, a rarefied fusion of celebrity notoriety with tangible versatility that equates to a collection of ease and subtle luxury.  Homegrown—the Holmes & Yang collection is 100% made in the USA, mostly in Manhattan and also LA and currently only available in a few boutiques.  Fortunately, we can thank Brian Bolke at Forty Five Ten and his discerning eye for making the exclusive collection available in Dallas. Brian invited me to chat with Katie’s partner Jeanne Yang, and needless to stay Jeanne is a doll, and I am enamoured with the collection. It’s all in the detail; quite literally precision and perfection poise Holmes & Yang for success.

Max: Tell me about your design background?  Yang: I started my career working at a magazine, Detour—which is now Flaunt magazine, as a managing editor. It featured Keanu Reeves, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, who were all very young and had just started out—Charlize Theron was still a model at the time.  I was really interested in the fashion portion, so I decided to change careers, and worked for a small line called Product. We had a teeny, tiny store in West Hollywood; within two years of being there, we went from a few boutiques to 300 doors, with in-store boutiques in every Bloomingdales.

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