From headline-grabbing arrivals and departures, to anticipated awards and honors, to one international boot-scootin’ spectacle, we won’t soon forget the year that was on the local style scene. Join us in a glass of bubbly and read on for DFW Style Daily’s Top 10 Dallas Fashion Moments of 2013:
10. DIFFA Dallas Collection 2013 Rules The Runway
Setting the tone for a landmark local fashion year, DIFFA Dallas’s 23rd Collection Gala drew hundreds to the Hilton Anatole. Live and silent auctions, a seated dinner, and a ‘Rock & Rule’ runway presentation highlighted the annual fête, benefiting organizations fighting HIV and AIDS.
9. Bye-Bye Barney’s, Hello New Designer Digs at NorthPark Center
Looming since October of 2012, Barneys New York completed its protracted second Dallas departure this spring. The move made way for posh Carolina Herrera and Kate Spade flagships, plus two upcoming home furnishings stores at NorthPark Center.
8. Galleria Dallas Readies For Beautiful Belk Flagship
Spring also marked another retailer farewell as Saks Fifth Avenue shuttered its longtime Galleria Dallas location. Upon Saks’ exit, an extensive overhaul of the vast, three-story, 170,000 square foot space began. Come April 2014, our city will welcome the Belk department store chain’s first flagship store in the Southwest.
7. Lucy Dang Hits It Big In Belk’s Southern Designer Showcase
Further exciting Dallas shoppers, Belk announced local designer Lucy Dang as one of eight big winners in its Southern Designer Showcase 2013. Starting next year, Dang’s collection will debut in stores and online, representing a grand total of $1 million dollars in merchandise.
6. Talented Texans Storm Reality TV
From Amber Perley and Priscilla Barroso’s bumpy trips down the Fashion Star runway, to Gregg Asher and Courtney Kerr’s anticipated show premiers, DFW Style Daily tracked multiple Texans on the small screen in 2013.
5. Jackie Kennedy’s Style, Influence Honored By El Centro College
Marking this landmark anniversary year, Jackie and Main Street opened November 11 at the new H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery at El Centro College. The exhibit featured vintage clothing, photographs, and artifacts, highlighting the impact of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on fashion retail in the 1960’s.
4. Galleria Dallas Presents DFW Style Daily’s Best Dressed 2013
Fashion’s Night Out may have taken a U.S. hiatus this year, but Dallas didn’t miss a stylish step. On September 26, hundreds gathered at Galleria Dallas for the big reveal of DFW Style Daily’s Best Dressed 2013. Benefiting the Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas and Dallas Can Academies, the event honored 13 local trendsetters on a night our city won’t soon forget.
3. FGI Dallas Night Of Stars Awards Kay Unger, Billy Reid
Fashion Group International of Dallas drew a couture-clad crowd to the Grand Pavilion at the Dallas Trade Mart for the Fashion & Lifestyle Awards Night of Stars Gala in November. Internationally renowned designers Kay Unger and Billy Reid headlined the can’t-miss annual fundraiser for FGI’s Dallas Career Day.
2. Aftershock London Makes A Stylish Splash In Dallas
Following the debut of its U.S. flagship store in the Plaza at Preston Center, award-winning British fashion label Aftershock London launched a buzz-worthy Dallas model search in late fall. Winner Samantha McCoy was announced at a Grand Finale Reveal at Aria Stone Gallery, capping the headline-making campaign.
1. Chanel’s Paris-Dallas Metiers d’Art Show Transcends Clichés
Anticipated worldwide throughout 2013, December 10 marked the date of Chanel Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld’s Paris-Dallas Metiers d’Art Show at Fair Park. DFW Style Daily was on the scene, and despite a few clichés, the evening represented an haute homage to Big D.