Fashion collided with fantasy on Saturday, August 16, as guests of the second annual Fashion & Film party descended upon Fair Park for a singular celebration. A break from the norm of most Dallas social occasions, curiosities were piqued as attendees embarked on an evening that blended two artistic pursuits in a silver screen-inspired setting.
Set in the historic Margo Jones Theater, fiction became reality as the small but quaint space was transformed by an explosion of colorful décor for this playful affair. Oversized lollipops, lighted trees, and a sprinkling of miniature cars turned the classic theater into a wonderland. Admiring stares abounded, mixed with a selfie here and there, as guests entered the venue.
Once indoors, Willy Wonka-inspired “Fizzy Lifting” cocktails immediately became a topic of conversation, followed by the childlike indulgence of catering by Dallas’ own Samson’s Gourmet Hot Dogs. Carrying on the theme, chocolate-filled gift bags lined walkways, and a select few recipients of “golden tickets” received the opportunity to win designer swag.
Clips from popular films such as The Great Gatsby, Austin Powers, and Dream Girls then lit up the backdrop for the Fashion & Film feature show. Models walked a runway in sync with snippets, and while transitions between designer presentations seemed to be longer than the norm, the overall premise of the show was enough to keep the audience engaged and entertained.
From the playful hat collection of designer Chesley Antoinette, to the youthful accessory creations of Nikki Duong Koenig’s Cykochik, the show sparked imaginations. Seasonal fall pieces by Love Peace & Stones and Status Design Studio balanced the theatrics, as wearable looks in mixed textures and neutrals came into play.
Ultimately, the standout presentation came from luxury retailer and finale presenter, Aftershock London. Both cocktail and formalwear items graced the runway, including sequined two-piece ensembles and red carpet-worthy gowns. Receiving an overwhelming gush of applause from the audience, the UK-based brand ruled the runway with its beautifully constructed designs.
Although only in its second year, Fashion & Film has set itself apart from the typical fashion and arts gatherings to which Dallas has become accustomed. As the event continues to evolve, we will stay tuned for any previews and coming attractions. Sadly for now, the credits have rolled, but we’ll savor sweet memories of a stylish evening.
Fashion & Film photos, credit Mario Zie and Nhanh Phan.