A red carpet stretched towards the Art Deco façade of Texas’ historic Hall of State at Fair Park for the star-studded arrival of Fashion Group International of Dallas’ annual Night of Stars honorees and guests.
Every year this event sparkles with talent and the 2017 rendition early November at the Hall of State continued to dazzle. Thanks to FGI Dallas board members and co-chairs Heidi Dillon and Britt Harless, with the ever-dapper honorary chair Chuck Steelman, and FGI Dallas regional director Ken Weber.
The vaulted ceilings of the Great Hall at the Hall of State set the opening scene as guests arrived admiring models staged on the steps of the staircase, decked in a colourful array of the Missoni spring/summer 2018 collection. The evening’s honorees included Angela Missoni for lifetime achievement, Michael Aram, for career achievement in design, Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss, for art patrons of the year, Nasiba Adilova for career achievement in business, and a well-deserved award to Marilyn Sullivan for career achievement in education.
The evening’s emcee, Cameron Silver, fashion director of H by Halston, author, and vintage expert, entertained the well-heeled guests, along with Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus. Always animated, lithe and slim in his skinny pants, Downing praised Missoni for her 20-year career as the creative director, and in turn, Missoni ushered every word of thanks with a beautiful Italian lilt as she shared anecdotes of her inspirations.
This year I attended in support of my fellow artful friends, Joyce and Kenny—honored as art patrons of the year for all their art-focused philanthropic endeavours at The Goss-Michael Foundation. Dallas shines that much brighter, and oozes extra glam, and exhibits a deep reverence for British contemporary art thanks to them. So when Joyce asked if I would give them their award, I was humbled, flattered, and proud of my friends, who have contributed so much to Dallas, and they’ve made me feel so at home living here in Texas.
The adoration of Ms Adilova, founder of The Tot, who attended with her fabulous fashion posse, the inimitable Mary Katrantzou and Prabal Gurung, was poignant and emphatic. Katrantzou and Gurung took the stage, praising the towering success of the diminutive tech-entrepreneur. I’m not sure who was more adorable, but clearly, the love, hugs and praise between this threesome were positively infectious.
In attendance, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Robert Weatherly, Courtney Kerr, LeeAnne Locken, Jessica Nowitzski, Sue Gragg, Cynthia Smoot, Jan Strimple, Ese Azenabor, Venny Etienne, Khan Nguyen of Nha Khanh, Marisa Howard, Bina Patel, Gina Ginsburg, and Dawn Mellon.
Photos: Shana Anderson, Thomas Garza