We expect an over-the-top affair when it comes to Two by Two for Aids and Art, but this year’s event was particularly dazzling. The State Fair-themed First Look party, held, as usual, at the Rachofsky manse, was exactly the kind of tongue-in-cheek fun we’d been craving. Co-chairs Brian Bolke and Angie Barrett brought in fancied-up Fair food (think foie gras cotton candy from Charlie Palmer), gave former chairs pageant sashes to wear, and brought in the high-energy Polyphonic Spree for a rockin’ performance (we saw you dancing, Deedie Rose). Two nights later at the Last Look party, ’80s superstar Taylor Dayne filled in for an absent George Michael, performing for local luminaries Marguerite Hoffman and Charlotte and Shy Anderson. A-list celebs Sigourney Weaver, Stanley Tucci, and Simon Doonan made the night star-studded.
Park After Dark
There were a few changes to the most recent Fashion at the Park installment, including venue (from the parking lot to CenterPark) and ticket price (just $5 for some shows). But the glam factor was still high, with important designers including Marchesa’s Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman, Roberto Cavalli, Thakoon Panichgul, and Peter Som popping up everywhere. On the last evening, Neiman Marcus hosted the closing show, and featured designer Marc Bouwer wowed the champagne-swilling crowd. We spied Nancy Nasher tapping her foot to the music as models strutted down the runway. Following the show, guests Douglas Little, Doss Alexander, John Reoch, Karen Katz, and Vinnie and Malcolm Reuben milled around white couches and Lucite tables, set up alfresco and flowing into Alberto Lombardi’s just-opened Cibus. The stylish week ended appropriately, with the always dapper Hunter Sullivan crooning for the crowd.
This year’s Palm Night, benefiting the Family Place, morphed into an evening in Palm Springs under the care of chairs Suzanne and David Droese, Brooke and Blake Hortenstine, and Piper and Mike Wyatt. Guests Todd Fiscus, Kim and Justin Whitman, and Shelle and Michael Sills dined on lobster tail and filet mignon at the legendary Palm restaurant. As a bonus, attendees were treated to emcee Gary Cogill’s rendition of “The Rainbow Connection,” in full Kermit the Frog voice.
Unfortunately for those trying to get their mambo taxi fix, the thoroughfares of Highland Park Village were closed for the evening during the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children’s annual Treasure Street event, which benefits the hospital. More than 1,000 people stopped by for drinks, food from restaurants such as Patrizio’s and Who’s Who Burger, and entertainment courtesy of a marching band. Guests included honorary event chairs Tricia and Gil Besing, and Natalie and Mike McGuire.
With Heather and Richard Hayler (Richard Hayler Salon) and JT and Bruce Osgood (Osgood-O’Neil Salon) chairing the party, you know there was some good hair in the room at Art + Advocacy, benefiting the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. The event was held at Three Three Three First Avenue, where art from local artists and galleries was auctioned off, food from Kent Rathbun was eaten, and the energetic DJ Lucy Wrubel got everyone moving.