Symphony Of Chefs Event Benefits KidLinks


By Cynthia Smoot    Photography by Thomas Garza

THE SETTING: This year’s Symphony of Chefs by Design was an evening of culinary composition and the ultimate chef-driven feast…created with the guests in mind. Due to the pandemic, instead of the usual in-person dining event supporters have become accustomed to, table sponsors could design their own one-of-a-kind experiential venue, thus ensuring the comfort of all attendees. Options included the choice to dine in the private room of a restaurant or host a chef-prepared experience at their home. Guests could also enjoy a virtual chef-taught interactive cooking class followed by a delicious dinner.



THE STYLE: As an example, Executive Chef Janice Provost of Parigi hosted guests of Alliant Insurance Services in her private Parisian speakeasy event space. Jaime and Greg Lyons chose to entertain their guests in the private dining room of Nick & Sam’s Park Cities. Antoinette and Barry Davis opened their Preston Hollow estate to friends who enjoyed a meal prepared by Executive Chef Luke Rogers. Urban Rio’s private rooftop in Plano was the scene for the Urban Energy Funds family fête. Cristi and Kevin Ryan’s home offered guests an informal indoor/outdoor setting to enjoy a menu prepared by Nick & Sam’s Chef Jon Kleifgen. Other dining experiences happened throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well. Each chef paired their dishes with wines from LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards.


THE PURPOSE: Funds raised from this popular annual event will support KidLinks’ efforts to provide Healing, Hope, and Happiness through music and media for those children most in need.



Galleria Dallas Hosts 1980s Fashion Exhibit


By Cynthia Smoot     Photography by Thomas Garza

THE SETTING: A high style vintage exhibit, She’s Got the Look: Fashion from the ‘80s, was recently presented by Galleria Dallas. The fashion and accessories exhibit transported lucky attendees back in time with rad fashions, immersive multimedia displays, and music from the decade–all curated by Ken Weber of Martini Consignment.


A VIP preview was held the night before the exhibit opened to the public. Among those in attendance were Mindy Cohn from the hit 80s TV show Facts of Life, Cameron Silver, Susan Posnick, Heidi Dillon, Real Housewives of Dallas stars LeeAnne Locken and Cary Deuber, Jan Strimple, and Chuck Steelman.


THE STYLE: More than 60 stellar looks from top designers of the ‘80s, including Thierry Mugler, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Bob Mackie, Emanuel Ungaro, Givenchy, and Valentino were showcased. The exhibition was divided into two sections. The main room showcased the decade’s elegance and extravagance. It included party, red carpet, Ladies Who Lunch, and Working Girl attire. A second room featured Valley Girls, Rocker Chicks, Club Kids, and, some menswear. A wall of iconic ’80s hairstyle images paid homage to TONI&GUY and its history in Dallas. The exhibit also featured original costumes from 80s megahit TV shows such as Dynasty, Dallas, Hart to Hart, and Charlie’s Angels.


THE PURPOSE: As with all museum-quality fashion exhibits, the purpose is to enthrall and entertain by providing a look at the past and how it informs the present and future of fashion.



Vintage Fashion Show And Tea Benefits The Alexander Mansion


By Cynthia Smoot      Photography by John Brady and Deborah Brown

THE SETTING: The Queen of Hearts Vintage Fashion Show and Afternoon Tea was presented by the Dallas Woman’s Forum Fashion and Style Department. Steven Porterfield, of the Antiques Roadshow, traveled from his home base in Midland to produce this unique style show featuring fashions from the 1950s to the 1980s. To add to the evening’s festive atmosphere, with pandemic protocol in place, many guests came dressed in their favorite vintage frocks and accessories.


THE STYLE: The Ms. Senior World winners were in attendance and opened the program with a special segment emceed by Sherry Strother, the pageant’s executive director. The models were all members of the Fashion and Style Department of the Dallas Woman’s Forum and had visited Porterfield’s store, The Cat’s Meow in Midland, a few weeks prior to pick out their fashions for the event. The dresses were perfectly accessorized with hats, gloves, and beautiful jewelry, speaking to the elegance of the era.  


THE PURPOSE: When a severe winter storm blanketed the city, the show’s original date and location had to be changed due to the Alexander Mansion’s suffering severe damage from burst water pipes. The Chocolate Angel Café and Tea Room in Plano stepped up to host the event, and the fashionable proceeds went to help repair the beloved Alexander Mansion.



Turtle Creek Conservancy Hosts Virtual 12th Annual Day At The Races


By Cynthia Smoot     Photography by James Edward Photography

THE SETTING: With the pandemic’s social distancing protocols still in place, the Turtle Creek Conservancy hosted their Twelfth Annual Day at the Races virtually. Streaming from Arlington Hall, guests enjoyed Derby Day’s excitement in the comfort of their own home, with the event raising almost $113,000.


THE STYLE: The sponsors and patrons received a festive hat box filled with Derby-inspired goodies that included all manners of tasty treats, an Angry Orchard straw derby hat, a t-shirt, as well as horse racing wagering tickets. Guests tuned in to watch a live broadcast hosted by the Conservancy’s CEO Gay Donnell Willis and Louis Murad of Murad Auctions.


The CAUSE: The event was led by its chairs, Courtney Edwards and Reanae Seth, with community chairs, Leigh and Brian Danley, while Julie and Frank Reedy served as honorary chairs. The Day at the Races Derby event benefits the Turtle Creek Conservancy, whose mission is the care and preservation of Arlington Hall and Turtle Creek Park. Modeled after the Central Park Conservancy in New York, the nonprofit organization manages two treasured City assets where Dallasites have made cherished memories for generations.



Luncheon And Style Show Benefits The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League


By Cynthia Smoot     Photography by Jeff Smith

THE SETTING: The show must go on. And, it certainly did during the pandemic with social protocol in place as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League celebrated music and fashion at the seventh annual Fashion Notes Designer Award Luncheon and Style Show presented by Veritex Community Bank at the Fairmont Dallas. The runway sizzled as the latest styles strutted down the catwalk.


THE STYLE: The event consisted of the Fashion Notes Designer Award presentation, a live auction, a performance by DSO Young Strings cellist Rahel Lulseged, and a style show featuring the latest fashions from Tootsies. In recognition of the League’s 75th Anniversary, the recipients for the Designer Award were all the past presidents.


THE PURPOSE: Karen Cox chaired the event, with mother-daughter duo, Cile McCormick and Claire Catrino serving as honorary chairs. Anne Ligon serves as DSOL’s current president. The League is proud to be a part of the success of the Dallas Symphony. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs for children and adults throughout Dallas and the surrounding areas.


The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, founded in 1946, has a long tradition of support for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  Throughout the last 75 years, the League has donated over $20 million to the Dallas Symphony.