From headline-grabbing events and appearances, to anticipated awards and honors, to a fashion week-esque extravaganza, 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 2014:
10. Dallas Goes Hollywood: Celeb Appearances Galore!
From Sarah Jessica Parker to Diane von Furstenberg, Dallas kept our fashion and social calendars filled to the brim with celebrity fashion and designer appearances. Throughout the year, A-listers flocked to Dallas showcasing signature collections, hosting events, and launching designer lines, receiving the warmest of welcomes from local enthusiasts. The list read like a who’s who of Hollywood parties touting names from Tory Burch and Cynthia Rowley, to Gwyneth Paltrow and Ivanka Trump. Consider us giddy, but we can hardly wait to see what or who 2015 will bring.
9. DIFFA Dallas Collection 2014 Masks The Runway
Albeit much more tame from the norm, DIFFA Dallas’ 24th Collection Gala still makes the list with its masquerade-themed spectacle drawing hundreds of guests to the Downtown Omni Hotel. Live and silent auctions, a seated dinner, and a vibrant runway presentation highlighted the annual fête, benefiting organizations fighting HIV and AIDS.
8. Here’s An App, There’s An App, Everywhere’s An App!
From NorthPark Center’s and Neiman Marcus’s shopping inspired apps, to Blownaway and Courtem’s beauty and dating apps, DFW Style Daily gave the ultimate lowdown on all the new Dallas-based mobile downloads set to take over your phone.
7. DFW Style Daily’s Meaningful Makeover
In partnership with Blaine’s Dallas Salon, Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus, and presenting sponsor Amazing Lash Studio, DFW Style Daily’s Meaningful Makeover Series sparked feelings of perpetual kindness when two local Dress for Success clients received the transformation of a lifetime. With top notch beauty and hair services, and a complete head to toe look in the Spring’s latest trends, this is one makeover series that touched the lives of many.
6. CBS Radio and KVIL FM Present Design & Dine 2014
Marking its inaugural year, CBS Radio’s Design & Dine touched down at Plano’s Classic BMW Showroom on March 27, drawing in a fashionably clad crowd of over 700 guests. With enough food and cocktail pairings to tempt any palate, Design & Dine not only quenched our appetite with the best in local flavor, but with the best in fashion design as well. Benefiting the Junior League of Collin County, we’re excited for Design & Dine’s larger than life return in 2015.
5. Mario Testino’s “Alta Moda” Exhibit Lands at Dallas Contemporary
Dallas was primed for a new haute happening after the thrill of the Chanel Paris-Dallas Metiers d’Art Show exited town last December. Adding yet another high profile event to its repertoire, Dallas welcomed the arrival of famed fashion photographer Mario Testino’s “Alta Moda” exhibit to the Dallas Contemporary September 21. Recognized for his works in Vogue, Vanity Fair, and other high fashion editorials, the “Alta Moda” exhibition was a photographic tribute to the traditional Peruvian garb, taken by Testino over the course of his five-year travels.
4. Belk Presents Girls’ Night Out 2014
Belk at Galleria Dallas was the epicenter of all things fashion for 2014, gathering a wealth of influencers from Downtown all the way to Midtown for a year packed with exciting events. There was never a dull moment at the flagship store — citing non-stop celebrity appearances and eventful outings aplenty. As fun and swoon-worthy as it all came to be, none was more laidback and highly attended than the hundreds of friends, old and new, that gathered for Girls’ Night Out on October 9. Hosted by DFW Style Daily founder Lisa Petty with style statement commentary by Belk Fashion Director Arlene Goldstein, Girls’ Night Out proved the place to see or be seen.
3. Talented Texans Storm Reality TV and Our Closets, Once Again
Whether we were tracking the fate of Courtney Kerr’s Bravo reality television show or silently swooning over Dallas blogger Lauren Scruggs’ engagement to E! News Correspondent Jason Kennedy, trendsetting Texans impacted the small screen in more ways than one. While Dallas designer Emmanuel Tobias made a surprising unannounced appearance on Season 13 of Project Runway, others such as Kerr and Scruggs juggled other hats by debuting designer collaborations with the likes of fashion brands such as BaubleBar and Outline the Sky.
2. Fashion X Dallas Recovers Gracefully on The Runway, Makes Big Hit for 2014
It was much ado about something, as the 3-day extravaganza being coined as a “fashion week” arrived at Downtown’s Fashion Industry Gallery from November 6-8. Both heels and expectations were aimed high as the multi-day spectacular showcased collections from emerging designers, as well as a knockout finale by the Project Runway All-Star crew. Although the inaugural fête gave way to a rocky start, momentum picked up rapidly ending the event with a bang.
1. FGI Dallas Night of Stars Award Zac Posen
Fashion Group International of Dallas drew a couture-clad crowd to Fashion Industry Gallery for the milestone anniversary FGI Night of Stars Gala in November. Internationally renowned designer Zac Posen headlined the can’t-miss annual fundraiser for FGI’s Dallas Career Day.