Last Friday July 26th, a decidedly young crowd gathered in a Deep Ellum warehouse for the most fun-loving local fashion event we’ve experienced in quite some time. The occasion was a much-anticipated two-part presentation by a pair of accomplished Dallas designers, but the atmosphere at the Summer Soirée Fashion Show & Hop was school dance chic.
Beginning shortly after 8 p.m., dashing gents and mod ladies – many dressed in their best vintage suits and frocks – arrived on the scene to scope the latest collections by Tracy Popken and Eric Renteria (pictured above). They mingled around card tables and folding chairs, admiring handmade streamers affixed to exposed brick walls. Meanwhile, the scene backstage mirrored the laid-back fun out front. Models received finishing touches on their ‘40s-era hairstyles, while dancing all the way until show time.
Starting promptly at 9 p.m., Tracy Popken showcased first. Models swayed and twirled down the runway, clearly enthused by her ultra-feminine, classic dresses. Profiled by DFW Style Daily last week, Popken specializes in well-crafted, wearable items inspired by vintage silhouettes.
After a small break, Eric Renteria then sent his models down the runway. Still riding a wave of local fame after his recent Playboy Magazine nod and New York Fashion Week show, Renteria presented a fresh crop of ‘50s-style dresses, tulle skirts, and signature letterman sweaters.
Following the shows, the sock hop half of the evening commenced with the arrival of the Enticed adult shaved ice truck. Refreshed and energized, guests began to dance, and the warehouse hopped into the late-night hours. All ticket sales from the Summer Soirée Fashion Show & Hop benefited Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
All photos, credit Heather Lettieri for DFW Style Daily.