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PaperCity Dallas December 2023

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L ord, let there be a party favor. That's a bit gauche, I admit, but it was my first thought when I received an invitation to a party at the Gucci boutique. Art collectors and philanthropists Cindy Rachofsky and Lisa Runyon hosted the celebration of Gucci's newly expanded location at NorthPark Center and the upcoming TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art gala, which Gucci generously supported. The Gucci team was there in force — warmly greeting guests, showing off their new home, and proudly describing the bespoke services made possible by the luxurious 12,000 square feet, including a supremely posh VIP shopping area for Gucci's made- to-measure offerings and the Gucci Kids Collection. Perhaps you need a mini shift that resembles a disco ball (I do!). Or, go the full Dakota Johnson and have a gown tailored to your every curve for Art Ball 2024. On hand for the celebration were one-of-a-kind feathery frocks that will soon hop from Dallas to Dubai to Tokyo. Dallas' presence in this lineup of global cities underscores just how seriously Gucci feels about its local customers. Money talks; Gucci listens. Dallasites want more than mere access to designer goods — they want an experience. The party perfectly showcased Gucci's ability to deliver just that. Todd Fiscus orchestrated the glamorous dinner party, which took place in the NorthPark Center garden under the stars in a clear tent erected for the occasion. Cassandra Moses of Art 2 Catering served a beautiful dinner (her heirloom tomato salad is second to none) while I feasted on the rich conversations around me. Brian Bolke, donning an apricot-hued dinner jacket, streamed the recent Gucci runway show live and offered his take on creative director Sabato De Sarno's debut collection for the brand. I live for this. Wine-colored ranunculus floated on the two tables for the intimate 40-person guest list — and in the language of flowers, a bouquet of ranunculus says: "I am dazzled by your charms." Spotted that evening Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger, Nancy Rogers, Howard Rachofsky, Deborah Scott, Christen and Derek Wilson, Faisal Halum, Moll Anderson, Jessica Nowitzki, Ceron, Kasey Lemkin, Abi and Fred Perpall, Suzanne Droese, DJ Guthrie, Michelle and Larry Rutt, Melissa Ireland, Christina Jafar, JoJo Fleiss, Rajan Patel, Isabelle Haemisegger, and Bela Cooley. Gucci 1. 6. Oh, So Gorgeous By Melissa Smrekar. Photography Kaitlin Saragusa. Partygoers: 1. John & Lisa Runyon Melissa Ireland Cindy & Howard Rachofsky 2. Charles & Moll Anderson Suzanne Droese David Nash Selena Kalvaria 3. Fred & Abi Perpall 4. Brian Bolke & Faisal Halum 5. Meredith Hays Nancy Nasher Isabelle Haemisegger 6. Ceron & Todd Fiscus 7. Deborah Scott JoJo Fleiss 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 38

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