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The Sessions & Emily Wolfe Rock Hotel ZaZa

Last week, Hotel ZaZa and The Sessions hosted SXSW indie musician Emily Wolfe poolside at a private listening lounge. The Sessions partners CJ Vinson and Lauren Bucherie created the Austin-based production company to fuel their passion for the music industry by discovering emerging talent, and Miss Wolfe, their current protégé certainly tantalized guest.

Emily Wolfe performing at Hotel ZaZa

Emily Wolfe performing at Hotel ZaZa

Jamming her new EP, Mechanical Hands, guests Benji and Wren Homsey, Kristie and Tom HoitsmaMissy RogersNadia DabbakehHaley SchultheisStephanie Quadri, and Sabrina Dee witnessed the raw talent as she rocked her guitar and the evening away.

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Little Black Dress Designers Win Fashion Design Scholarships

The challenge—to reinvent the iconic, classic, little black dress, and the winners: five lucky students. The House of Blues, set a stylish tone on Wednesday, May 22nd as LBDD founder Jeff Shell and his team produced the Dallas edition of Texas’ largest fashion design competition—Little Black Dress Designer. 

LBDD Founder: Jeff Shell.

LBDD Founder: Jeff Shell.

Presented by Audi, the evening commenced with a well-edited short film showcased on the backdrop of the runway, that featured students, judges and the selection process of choosing five lucky winners from the ten students that participated—filmed at Hotel Adolphus on April 8.

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Success at the 45th Annual Fashion Group International of Dallas Career Day

Did you know, every year Fashion Group International of Dallas hosts the longest running and largest fashion career event of its kind in the country? This year on April 12 over 1,200 students from more than 44 colleges and universities across 12 states, participated in the Fashion Group International of Dallas, 45th Annual Career Day to compete for scholarships of over $40,000.

Holly Hmielewski

Winner of the Shelly Musselman Fashion Design Award, Holly Hmielewski.

The 2013 co-chairs Rosanne HartMarilyn Stewart and Rhonda Sargent Chambers worked tirelessly all year, and the event was a huge success thanks to presenting sponsor J.C. Penney and the scholarships sponsors that awarded the deserving students. The daylong event, after months of planning, and preparing by all, ended with a runway fashion show finale that showcased performances by students from the Dallas Black Dance Theatre and honoured the winning students—produced by RSC Productions.

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Dior Boutique Opens at Highland Park Village

Last Friday, champagne bubbles overflowed, white orchids softly scented the four salons and guests nibbled perfectly sized hors d’oeuvres served by the lovely Lisa Garza as guests—back from spring break, celebrated the opening of the Dior boutique in Highland Park Village.

Lauren Hill, Thomas Mackie and Nasiba Adilova.

Lauren Hill, Thomas Mackie and Nasiba Adilova.

Honoring the Dallas Museum of Art Ball 2013 committee chairs: Jennifer Karol and Catherine Rose hosted guests at the boutique and at the temporary gallery space, showcasing the Dior Couture Patrick Demarchelier exhibition.

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Kick Start Cykochik: Artist Series 3:10 Year Anniversary Collection

Nikki Duong Koenig, founder of Dallas-based handbag and accessories brand Cykochik designs socially responsible products, using eco and animal-friendly materials such as vegan leather, and is a proud member of PETA. A cool chick with a good, honest ideology—now why wouldn’t you want to support that?

Cykochick Red Tote.

Cykochick Red Tote.

Koenig launched Cykochik, in 2003 when she created handmade bags from her SMU dorm room.  Since then she has collaborated with local artists, artisans and art patrons merging accessory design with art.

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