Last Friday, August 3rd, The SEARCH Foundation celebrated its 15th year supporting event professionals in times of need through – what else? – a stylish one-of-a-kind event.
At eM the Venue in Dallas’ Design District, a massive crowd gathered for the occasion, and numerous performers were stationed throughout the club. Live painting, dance acts, dueling electric guitars, a harpist, and even a DJ battle made for a true, artist-focused feel. Coordinated by local event producer extraordinaire J. Damany Daniel, the festivities culminated in a runway presentation showcasing the work of four Texas designers.
The show opened with a performance of “Bad Romance” by a Lady Gaga lookalike, backed by dancers to hype the crowd.
Of the four local designers, Ashlee Brooks showed first. Her simple and classic designs highlighted separates, with an emphasis on pants. However, Brooks’ opening look, a strapless dress with sheer paneling, was a standout of the night.
Showing second was, unmistakably, Lindsay Weatherread. Focusing on what she dubs “Origami for Your Body,” sexy cropped knits and gauzy materials were abundant.
Next, Mario Gallegos of Mario Alberto Couture presented a most ambitious collection, all about extremes. Movement, luxe materials, and exaggerated volume clearly inspired Gallegos’ looks.
Finally, Yasmina Johnston’s inner.orbit.systems. closed the show. As always, her pieces were futuristic, even conceptual. Her final look, including a white jumper and head wrap, made the strongest statement.
Immediately following the show, the four designers participated in the “Fashion of the Fittest” challenge. With 45 minutes on the clock, each was tasked with the creation of an original look from limited supplies, including a surprise element (a black garbage bag). Lindsay Weatherread took top honors in this creative contest.
As the night drew to a close, guests indulged in a few photo booth shenanigans, some silent auction bidding, and dancing. Congratulations to The SEARCH Foundation for 15 years celebrated in style.
All photos, credit Sylvia Elzafon for DFW Style Daily.