Friday, May 8, 2009
To call it over-the-top is putting it mildly. This year’s 20th anniversary DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) Dallas “Utopia” extravaganza had ballerinas, Bollywood dancers, cotton-candy-haired lollipop girls and one feather-headdressed supermodel (Jan Strimple!) rocking the runway (props to creative director Brian Brothers of Planet Productions).
Other notables at the Hilton Anatole fundraising gala: a towering J. Alexander, a.k.a. Miss Jay from America’s Next Top Model (arm-in-arm with DIFFA honorary chair Anna Pettus), and Mike Modano with wife, singer-actress Willa Ford. “I am floored by this event,” said Ford, one of several chic locals on this year’s DIFFA Style Council. “I didn’t know what to expect. This is the most fun event I have ever been to in Dallas.”
More than 1,500 attendees braved Saturday night’s downpour to party and place silent-auction bids on hundreds of creatively customized denim jackets, benefiting HIV/AIDS organizations across North Texas. Abi Ferrin’s denim number garnered $20,000 in a package that also included afternoon tea, shopping at Highland Park Village’s Carolina Herrera boutique, a $5,000 Barneys New York gift card and a Botox treatment. Other live auction items that earned big bucks: designs from J.C. Penney creative director Geoffrey Henning and Dallas-based designer Nicolas Villalba.
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