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January 2012 - Dallas

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KELLY WEARSTLER HOLDS COURT AT NEIMAN MARCUS BY CHRISTINA GEYER. PHOTOGRAPHY CAROLYN McGOVERN. or ages, we've ogled decorator Kelly Wearstler and her zany, glamorous interiors — we even photographed her for the cover of PaperCity for a design story in 2005. So when Wearstler took to Neiman Marcus NorthPark Center to launch her eponymously named clothing line, we couldn't help but usher her to town in style — with a soirée in NM's second-floor contemporary salon, hosted by president of specialty retail Jim Gold and our editor in chief, Holly Moore. Moments before the party began, we cozied up with Wearstler backstage for a brief chat in NM's private green room. Between sound bites about her manias for texture, pattern and details and a certain obsession she has with Maison Martin Margiela, NM CEO Karen Katz popped in, bestowing Wearstler with a hug and abundant praise about the clothing collection. Katz wasn't the only one delighting in Wearstler's wardrobe fillers: A multitude of fashion and design types were there, too, such as Shelley Loomis, Kristina Wrenn, Katie Wells, and Whitney Whitlock, shopping and gabbing about their favorite pieces in the collection of tunics, dresses, brocade jackets and mixed-metal jewelry. "I love what she did with the Mongolian," remarked Tina Craig of a Wearstler black-fur coat. While some were crazy for the clothing, others were simply smitten with the designer herself: Teffy Jacobs toted a duo of Wearstler's coffee table tomes, with hopes of the beloved decorator signing them, and vintage-decorating maven Leslie Pritchard proclaimed she was just a bit nervous to chat with her longtime idol and inspiration. Also in the well-heeled Malcolm Reuben crowd? Tastemakers Rob Dailey, Sam Saladino, and Gregg Asher; architect James McInroe; plus a gamut of style bloggers including Jane Aldridge, Judy Aldridge, Amy Havins, and Haley Schultheis. F Jim Gold Holly Moore Kelly Wearstler James McInroe Juan Carlos Magana Matthew Giese Christie Smith Robin Bray Sam Saladino Sandy Marple Rob Dailey Katie Wells, Amy Havins Gregg Asher Jean Scheidnes Shelley Loomis Tina Craig Amy Gilbert, Tom Juarez Nazy Ferdows Leslie Pritchard Callie Kincaid, Whitney Whitlock Judy Aldridge, Jane Aldridge THE DALLAS OPERA: RED CARPETS + ROMANCE BY CHRISTINA GEYER. PHOTOGRAPHY SHANNON FAULK, MIKE GIBSON. T he fusion of fashion, art and performance at the Winspear Opera House during The Dallas Opera's "First Night" celebration exploded with aplomb. Forward-thinking Opera CEO Keith Cerny and First Night chairman Kaki Hopkins set out to revamp the gala and flip the de rigueur opening-night event on its head. Little could we have envisioned the over-the-top scene that unfolded, all in the name of lifting the curtain on The Dallas Opera's first performance of the season: a dramatic showing of Lucia di Lammermoor. To set the stage for Opera's A-listers, red-carpet chairmen Marisa Huckin and Rhonda Sargent Chambers teamed with Hopkins to create a paparazzi-worthy marvel among the bustling Arts District environs. A scarlet carpet lined with cheering onlookers led the way to the Winspear, flanked by dozens of photographers for whom the social swells posed prolifically. We spotted Blaine Nelson, Jackie and Michael George, and hordes of honorary chairmen, including Joy and Ronald Mankoff, Holly and Tom Mayer, Erika and Richard Schulze, Joanna and Peter Townsend, and Ellen and Don Winspear. Indeed, there was Juan reason for the countless flashbulbs, as Ernesto Gloria Snead five top guests were wearing out-of-theSnead ordinary gowns. D'Andra Simmons, Liz Kimple, Tanya Foster, Shannon Skokos, and Linda Ivy were each paired with a fashion designer (Geoffrey Henning, Nha Khanh, Abi Ferrin, Michael Faircloth, and Nicolas Vallalba, respectively), who took to the taffeta and chiffon to create one-of-a-kind looks inspired by The Dallas Opera's upcoming performances. Since this was a fête of such grand proportions, it lasted well into the wee hours, Mercedes concluding with a decadent, Ambramo midnight dinner (by Wolfgang Nicole Puck Catering, natch) chaired by Dabbert Amy and Vernon Falconer and held in a glammed-up gala tent in Annette Strauss Square. Shannon Skokos Elizabeth Kimple, Khanh Nguyen Lynn Minna, Margaret McDermott John Minna Michael Faircloth Scott Granowski Honorary chairman Don Winspear Patricia Granowski Joseph Minton, Phyllis Coit Honorary chairman Ellen Winspear Shelton Hopkins & Chairman Kaki Hopkins Geoffrey Henning D'Andra Simmons Blaine Nelson Emily Wyly Keith Cerny Patti Nelson Niven Morgan Jennifer Cerny Delilah & Sam Boyd

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