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.

One slender, elongated table filled the narrow floor with chairs perfectly poised facing outwards so that guests could comfortably contemplate the collection as models sauntered around the dining area.

Caroline Brown, President of Carolina Herrera, and Joseph Runfola Vice President of Retail, and Alison Luvera from Town & Country Magazine attended from New York to present Dallas ladies with the House of Herrera.  With Dallas in the midst of hosting Italian Fashion Week, jewelry designer and Italian Princess Lucia Odeschalchi and Silvia Raffa escaped the busy roster of trade events and attended with Terri Provencal to sample good American hospitality.  A mélange of deep orange and bright white, bold-abstract prints, gold brocade and embellished culottes-style shorts, flirted through the room—styles reminiscent of an easy-breezy summer afternoon.  Benefitting the Dallas Contemporary—guests such as Lynn McBee, Libby Hunt, Carol Riddick, Laura Noble, Pamela Martin Duarte, Susan Posnick, Kersten Rettig, Shannon Skokos, and Anais Assoun with dapper dudes, John Clutts, Shelby Wagner and Niven Morgan, all appreciated the suave soiree.

Thanks to Melinda Rathke, store manager and Carolina Herrera team, the event was a great success, and special thanks to Town & Country Magazine for partnering with the Dallas Contemporary.