DIFFA Dallas proves once again why their annual House of DIFFA event is among the most sought-after ticket in a city swimming with worthy, must-attend events. Through the eyes of a visionary, a tired theme like the circus, can come alive in a surreal, mind-bending fantasy… and that’s exactly what co-producers Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Brian Brothers, in association with generous sponsors Headington Companies, brought to DIFFADallas’ 26th annual House of DIFFA event, Circo Rouge.
Presented by Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers, guests enjoyed exotic cocktails served by sexy masked and feathered females while perusing the spectacular collection of jackets donated by internationally acclaimed designers including Alexander Wang, Alice + Olivia, Badgley Mischka, Billy Reid, Lanvin, Lela Rose, Missoni, Marc Jacobs, Naeem Khan, Versace, and Zac Posen. Among the local designers and retailers who donated their creations included Traffic LA, Forty Five Ten, Vintage Martini, Stanley Korshak, Ten Over Six, Patti Flowers Design, Finley Shirts, SilkThreads, and Lilit Matevosyan.
But if cocktail hour seemed exotic, it was only a precursor to the freakshow that was about to occur. After brief comments from 2016 board chair Justin Bundick and House of DIFFA 2016 event chair Clint Bradley, as well as the awards presentation and introduction of this year’s Style Council Ambassadors: Kim Burgan, Kurt Anderson, Courtney Rider, Cearan Henley, Shelby Wagner, Carmen Surgent, Carinthia Kishaba, Tim Flannery, Bob Gibbs, JL Forke, Steffi Burns, and Jason Parker, the evening began spiraling towards full Tilt-A-Whirl mode.
Platforms and stages placed throughout the dinner tables brought the action directly to the crowd. A ringleader oversaw jaw-dropping anomalies such as two women suspended in the air only by their skin, a pole dancing display that was unlike any other, as well as midgets, aerialists, contortionists, jugglers and every variety of eye-popping oddity possible.
Leaving them all in the shade was the gorgeous and glorious Viktoria Modesta. An independent bionic multimedia artist, creative director, DJ, dancer, model and a supporter of future innovations, her work explores modern identity through performance, fashion, avant garde visuals, technology and science. The Russian-born Londoner’s fame is explosively increasing and her diverse skills are just beginning to unfold.
In between sets were DIFFA’s typical head-spinning, lavish fashion presentations, displaying not only the donated jackets, but dazzling new styles from the retailers. The fabulous over-the-top silent auction featured two trips to a manor in Scotland, as well as a vintage-inspired Stella 125 scooter, among so many other desirable goodies. Overall, it was an incredibly successful event, leaving guests saying, “This was so much better than last year!” But, of course, guests say that every year – and it’s true. The only thing that tops DIFFADallas events are other Diffa Dallas events.