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November 2019- Dallas

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30 HIP, HIP HERRERA! BY CHRISTINA GEYER. PHOTOGRAPHY HOLT HAYNSWORTH. F rom now on, we will refer to Carolina Herrera creative director Wes Gordon as an honorary Dallasite. Few designers have swept our city's women off their feet more than Gordon, who was the featured designer for The Crystal Charity Ball's Ten Best Dressed Women of Dallas Fashion Show and Luncheon. Gordon arrived mere days after showing his Spring 2020 collection in New York to great ac- claim. Meanwhile in Dallas, his Fall 2019 dresses and gowns were snatched up by the ladies at the luncheon, including the Ten Best Dressed honorees, who wore Herrera for their runway debut. There was an added fashion bonus: Following the presentation of the Ten Best Dressed (Delilah Boyd, Lisa Cooley, Tiffany Divis, Jennifer Dix, Cate Ford, Cara French, Amy Hegi, Karla McKinley, Amy Prestidge, and Kimberly Whitman) and Hall of Fame Honoree Francie Moody-Dahlberg, the Resort 2020 collection took over the catwalk, the collection's first runway appearance. Gordon himself is as darling and cheery as they come. We were told ahead of time by Carolina Herrera's exec team that Gordon loves to chat — and that proved true. He spent most of the luncheon chatting with Nancy Rogers, Tina Craig, Sue Gragg, Madison Isner, former First Lady Laura Bush, Nancy Dedman, Gene Jones, Charlotte Jones, luncheon chairman Ola Fojtasek and Pat McEvoy, this year's Crystal Charity Ball chairman. Neiman Marcus CEO Geoffroy van Raemdonck — another gent who's much adored by the Dallas crowd — couldn't help but admire the fashionable turnout. "I'm just back from New York Fashion week, and I have to say, you give them a run for their money," he told the well-heeled crowd during his pre-runway remarks. He then introduced two new front-row faces at Neiman Marcus: The retailer's new president and chief merchandising officer, Lana Todorovich, and the new executive vice president, stores and retail experience, David Goubert, who were both seated with Carolina Herrera president Emilie Rubinfeld, in town for the event from New York. Of course, it wouldn't be a Ten Best Dressed fashion show with- out eye-popping jewels by Margot McKinney, which adorn each of the Ten Best Dressed women as they come down the runway. Van Raemdonck and his husband, international interior designer Alvise Orsini, have been close friends with Herrera for a number of years. Just before the runway show, he commended Gordon for continuing the fashion house's legacy of dressing women in a mien that is all at once "confident, modern, and beautiful." With those three words, van Raemdonck perfectly summed up what The Crystal Charity Ball and its Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon are all about. FASHION DARLING WES GORDON WOOS THE TEN BEST DRESSED WOMEN OF DALLAS. Cate Ford Mary Beth Shimmon, Emilie Rubinfeld Gene Jones, Wes Gordon, Charlotte Jones Annette Simmons, Laura Bush, Lee Ann White Shelby Wagner Claire Emanuelson, Niven Morgan Pat Harloe Karla McKinley Kristi Hoyl, Brooke Shelby, Mary Parker Dallas Snadon Michael Flores Nancy Rogers Kim Schlegel Whitman Myrna Schlegel Kari Kloewer

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