As we were escorted into House of DIFFA: Arabesque by brooding equestrian guards donning leather holsters, we entered into a glimmering Arabian landscape, one where glimmering genies ruled the land. Calling Arabesque opulent is an understatement, and we mean that in the best way.
With Rhonda Sargent Chambers of RSC Productions and Brian Brothers of Planet Productions, Densil Adams of D|A Creative and Jeffrey Horn of Triad Event Solutions at the helm, we weren’t surprised to be greeted by a swarm of belly-dancing goddesses, toned guards with tattoos and colorful characters greeting us into the Omni, our desert oasis. The sold-out event did not disappoint, all the way down to the “I’m a Genie in a Bottle” After Party feat. DJ Lucy Wrubel spinning IRL from an actual genie bottle. Read on for our recap of this year’s lavish Arabian night gala, House of DIFFA: Arabesque.
Guests of House of DIFFA: Arabesque did not disappoint. I decided to run with my interpretation of the Equestrian half of the theme, but most guests adorned themselves in colorful Arabian garb. Wearing what might be my most inexpensive gala outfit in history from Zara ($49!), I fit right in with the brooding equestrian guards. My motto: go big or go home. I enlisted the help of burlesque queen and Broads and Panties Burlesque troupe founder Vivienne Vermuth for some over-the-top hair and makeup. My red tresses were curled, then teased into a fro before being combed into a gorgeous VOGUE-esque vintage hairdo I’ve ever sported – inspired by celebrity stylist Tony Medina. Burgundy and red makeup completed the look.
The runway show was one of the most elaborate displays of fashion I’ve ever seen and featured a curated selection of handpicked tailored jackets by world-famous designers such as Alexander Wang, Badgley Mischka, Billy Reid, Diane von Furstenberg, Moschino, Zac Posen, Forty Five Ten, Silk Threads by Ruby Bhandari, Nha Khan, Traffic LA at The Joule and many more. Performances by dancers intertwined with incredible runway looks.
To top it all off, international pop star and Grammy award performer Natasha Bedingfield performed a beautifully stripped down set for attendees in a glittery pink number. Another standout moment was a “Choose Life” dance routine honoring the memory of George Michael, pausing dinner for an all-out dance party between guests.
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All images courtesy of Thomas Garza Photography.