Saturday, March 23rd marked one of the most anticipated events in our local philanthropic and fashion communities. DIFFA Dallas Collection 2013 drew hundreds to the Hilton Anatole for live and silent auctions, a seated dinner, and a spectacular runway presentation. The annual fête, now in its 23rd year, raises funds for organizations fighting HIV and AIDS.
The Jan Strimple-produced show was presented by the Joule Hotel and Retail. In conjunction with the theme for the evening, ‘House of DIFFA,’ well-known and up-and-coming designers created lavish jackets as one-of-a-kind auction pieces. Those jackets walked the runway in grand fashion, highlighting a show we won’t soon forget.
At 9:00 p.m. the ballroom went black and white smoke filled the air. As the house lights went up, models opened the show in contemporary auction jackets.
Next to show was new Joule retail addition, Traffic Los Angeles. Walking alongside edgy menswear pieces, guests enjoyed a preview of the women’s clothing to be offered upon the store’s completion this spring.
A spectacular drag performance then wowed the audience before a second Joule boutique, TenOverSix, presented playful women’s ready-to-wear.
The Ukrainian male dance group Kazaky then performed. Afterward, a fresh scene of jackets emerged. These extravagant outerwear pieces were definite audience favorites.
The show concluded with an over-the-top ‘Rock ‘n Rule’ finale. Towering wigs and intricate costumes evoked a Marie Antoinette-at-masquerade-rock-concert vibe. The audience thrilled to their feet, sending off the spectacle with a standing ovation.
Please visit DIFFADallas.org for more information and volunteer opportunities.
All photos, credit Heather Lettieri for DFW Style Daily.