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February 2016 - Dallas

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ONE-ON-ONE Pre-gala, PaperCity's Linden Wilson joined honoree Prabal Gurung in his suite at The Joule Hotel to chat about his big night. LW: What is your impression of Dallas women? PG: They're cosmopolitan. They're not trying to mask femininity — that is the most charming thing. What does being honored by FGI Dallas mean to you? It reaffirms my belief in what I'm doing professionally, personally and socially. To be recognized by a city that knows my work but doesn't know me well [personally] feels really unbiased. It should be a fun evening! No pressure, right? So, why is FGI important? The beauty of FGI is that they bring designers from across the globe together. Also, they promote not just the designers, but other industry veterans — the unsung heroes. Is there a most memorable woman you've dressed? I've been fortunate to dress women that I've looked up to and been inspired by — someone I wanted to have conversations with, dinner or drinks with. The marriage of a design with the right kind of woman is when the magic happens. BY JANE ROZELLE. PHOTOGRAPHY RHI LEE, MARK NELSON. FGI ON HIGH T he Night of Stars Gala hosted by Fashion Group International of Dallas had star power in spades, from fashion's elite to an award-winning actress and society swells. Chairs Rachel Roberts, PaperCity editor at large Max Trowbridge and Neiman Marcus exec Chuck Steelman (regional director for FGI Dallas) gathered a roster of trend-setters to toast the event's honorees at Fashion Industry Gallery. Zodiac Vodka cocktails fueled the hour before guests sat for dinner courtesy Food Glorious Food. The main course of chicken potpie may have seemed a surprising choice for a fashion event, but Neiman Marcus fashion director and senior VP Ken Downing declared otherwise: Vogue empress Anna Wintour also serves the southern treat during the CFDA/Fashion Fund Dinner. "It's the only two times I will have potpie this year," he said before lauding his friend, fashion designer Prabal Gurung, with the Career Achievement in Fashion award. The designer then presented his Spring/Summer 2016 collection in a runway show — a breathtaking homage to his homeland of Nepal, which was struck by a catastrophic earthquake last spring. Despite its inspiration, the crowd went wild during the finale. Gurung wasn't the only celebrated guest however, as the Star Award recipients garnered plenty of applause: art collector and style maven Nancy Carlson; NorthPark Center proprietress Nancy Nasher; interiors guru David Sutherland; and the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, actress Morgan Fairchild. Front- row fabulous: Yvonne Crum, Mimi Sterling, Pamela Martin, Missy Peck, Robyn and David Trowbridge, Robyn Sills, Heidi and Bill Dillon, Dawn Mellon, John Terlingo, Nalia Malik, Shay and Brian Geyer, Carinthia Kishaba, Mary Bentley, Jennifer de Socarraz-Fleming, Linda Snorina, Andre Yabin, Charmaine Marshall and Prashe Shaw. Courtney Sinelli Scott Kehn Co-chair Rachel Roberts Jeremy Michael Calhoun Morgan Fairchild Nancy Nasher Robert Weatherly Ann Sutherland David Sutherland Jessica Nowitzki Lynn McBee Robyn Sills Nancy Carlson Mimi Sterling Roshawnda Foster Co-chair Max Trowbridge Ben Trowbridge Ken Downing Nancy Rogers Loi Dang Khanh Nguyen Co-chair Chuck Steelman Prabal Gurung Nasiba Hartland- Mackie Cameron Silver Rhonda Sargent Chambers FEBRUARY | PAGE 20 | 2016 BY JANE ROZELLE. PHOTOGRAPHY KRISTINA BOWMAN. AT ID COLLECTION HOT NIGHT IN HAVANA C uban design expert and historian Michael Connors transported guests to the bustling streets of Havana for a little history lesson at ID Collection in the Dallas Design District. The Caribbean-based Connors landed in Dallas, complete with tan and double- breasted navy blazer, to discuss an impressive 450 years of Cuban architectural history, as showcased in his newest book, Havana Modern: Twentieth-Century Architecture and Interiors (Rizzoli), which focuses on the more recent period, both public and private buildings. Dreaming of the Tropicana: ID Collection's Bonnie Martin, Joe Demoruelle, and Jim Williamson; Dunhill Partner's Pam Dawson; Angela and Pedro Felipe Gonzales, Sarah Marek, Matthew Collins, Janie Bryant, Ashley Cole, and Maritza Withrow. Bonnie Martin Joe Demoruelle Christine Hobert Luis Araujo Ken Maxwell Douglas Turgeon Lauren Kuchelmeister Lisa Santulli Leslie Baumann Karen Hoover Jim Williamson Michael Connors Veronica Goerlich Caitlin Smith Taylor Samuels Michael Reed Ryan Johnson Michael Flusche Cyndi Seskes Lisa Bennett Cindy Edwards Pam Dawson Conrad DeBaillon Alton LaDay Ashley Elder Mark Cooper Rachel Hutchinson Holly Hutchinson

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