My maiden outing as Dallas' newest Fashion Icon was to last night's Best of Big D Party, celebrating D Magazine's latest Best Of issue. I looove D Magazine, having appeared in it several times - notably in 2013 when I donated a collection of my own Made In Heaven by Stephen MacMillan Moser one-of-kind, very over-the-top men's suits and an evening gown to DIFFA Dallas's faaabulous annual show, House of DIFFA directed by Fashion Goddess Jan Strimple.
My dear friend Greg Haynes Johnson, Chairman Emeritus of DIFFA Dallas, had seen my celebrity-dominated, sold out Eleven Eleven show in Austin at the Driskill Hotel on 11/11/12 and soon I received a formal invitation to donate a garment I designed, and I was deeply flattered to be among the very few non-Dallasites to be invited. I knew I wanted to donate some fabulous evening gown from my collection. I did that, and then thought about the menswear I was working on for my 2013 Austin Fashion Awards finale...and donated 6 suits along with the evening gown.
Jan and DIFFA were deeply impressed. DIFFA created an award for me as Design Newcomer and presented it to me during the event. As an Austin designer, I was fucking thrilled to be honored by such a fashionable city. Dressed to thrill from my own collection, I defied the stage manager's instructions to come out, take a few steps, bow and accept my award (an engraved chunk of Tiffany crystal). Feeling so divine, I strode the entire length of the runway in all my Two-Spirit glamour - one of the highlights of my life. And D Magazine photographer Tom Redman caught that spectacular moment and it ran in D. That was the first time I thought about living in Dallas. And now I do live here. Wet your lips.
It was through my friends, interior designer extraordinaire Gary Riggs (his company, Gary Riggs Home is a D Magazine advertiser) and his partner, publisher Wes Smoot (of Weslo Publishing - his new Home-O-Erotic Cookbook debuts in
October) that I was invited to D's big shindig. Accompanied by my Next Best Friends, Rowland Collins (he is very Andre Leon Tally) and PR and marketing genius Troy Stacha of Wolters Kluwer, we arrived at the Bomb Factory and immediately sought refreshment from the heat via plenty of Strawberry Mojitos.
Wandering around the venue in my finery, I ran smack into another of my Next Best Friends, the delightfully naughty Leah Lacy Passant, (bon vivant and manager at Sigma Marble & Granite) who kept me in stitches with her raucous humor. She told me that another Next Best Friend that I hadn't met, the ubiquitous beauty Mindy Loll, Dallas' Queen of Social media was there, and I was in hot pursuit. Mindy and I had been stalking each other for months on Facebook, and at last we were united for the first time. She's my idol. Her company Savoir Luxe (www.SavoirLuxe.com) is an Authentic Luxury Consignment showroom in Downtown Dallas.
While the legendary Spinderella tripped us out with her DJing, Leah also introduced me to Gregory Martin, a Dallas photographer and magazine publisher (www.GregoryMartinCreative.com). It wasn't for quite a few minutes that I realized that the affable Mr. Martin and I had known each other in Austin a thousand years ago and were able to laugh off our former bitter rivalry (he was publisher and editor of In Magazine, while I ruling the scene as the Fashion Icon at The Austin Chronicle, a position I held for 14 years). Speaking of photographers, I also met the gorgeous Kelly Williams, who was photographing the event for D Magazine.Kelly, who looks like she's spent a lot of time in front of the camera, is at www.KellyWilliamsPhotography.com. Leah also introduced me to promotional entrepreneur Gary Rugoff of PromotionalMerchandise.com who did the customized accessories and swag for the party.
Not at all a bad catch for a Wednesday night. Love you, D Magazine!