On Saturday night, some of Dallas’ most fashionable stepped out for the House of DIFFA (The Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) No. 25 at the Omni Hotel. The quarter-century anniversary brought a show packed with fashion shows, a live auction, and heart-pumping performances that took the crowd through decades of music (and fashion) from Madonna to Lady Gaga.
Event chair Chuck Steelman lead the evening’s processions, where both the Style Council Ambassadors and DIFFA Dallas Legends were introduced. While performers sang the hits, models rocked the runway in garb that ran the gamut. Think everything from Aqua’s cotton candy “Barbie Girl”-inspired looks to Gwen Stefani’s rocker girl chic to cool-girl garb while “Ice Ice Baby” blasted through the speakers. HGTV’s Monica Pedersen even gave a personal speech about losing her sister to AIDS.
Outside the event space, part of the silent auction included a jacket collection with pieces from Michael Faircloth, DVF, Traffic LA, Kate Spade and the list goes on and on. The tradition was started years ago as a unique way to raise money for the charities.
Around 4,200 people throughout our state are diagnosed with the HIV each year, but thanks to the DIFFA organization, since 1984, $7 million has been given to support more than 25 North Texas support organization.
Check out our photos of the event here.