The Ultimate Tent Revival

A Chorus of Hallelujahs for Crystal Charity's Ten Best Dressed Luncheon and Fashion Show

Billy Fong
September 26, 2013
Event Date:
January 01, 1900

For the first time in years, Crystal Charity’s Ten Best Dressed Luncheon and Fashion Show occurred outside the Neiman Marcus Downtown store … and let’s just say it was a religious experience. After cocktails on the first floor, the swellegant crowd migrated to a gorgeous black tent occupying the space formerly known as the flagship’s valet lot. Evangelists at the pulpit — ahem — podium included store manager Jeffrey Lyon, Amy Fine Collins from Vanity Fair, NM top brass Jim Gold, ball chair Caren Kline, and luncheon chair Claire Emanuelson, all praising the extraordinary featured Alexander McQueen fall collection. The happy-clappy congregation included Shelle Sills, Abigail Sinwell, Shelby Wagner, Niven Morgan, Heather Furniss, Rajan Patel, Piper Wyatt, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Candace Krause, Roz Colombo, and Amy Prestidge. Those straying from the McQueen dress code did it with total aplomb: Suzanne Droese in a black frock from Vivienne Westwood, Christen Wilson looking über-chic in Comme des Garçons, Muffin Lemak in a Lela Rose top, and Lucy Wrubel in Fendi shorts.

The Stats

Luncheon chair: Claire Emanuelson

The designer: Alexander McQueen

Who was in from McQueen’s court: Jonathan Akeroyd, CEO and president; Liz Radler, president of North America; Laurent Claquin, head of Kering Americas; Nicola Borras, press officer; Emily Brebberman, account executive; Kate Mallouk, sales manager; Olivier Van De Velde, stylist; and Laurent Paoli, visual merchandise director.

Funds raised: More than $500,000 for the eight children’s organizations supported by Crystal Charity.

Sarah Burton Would Have Been Proud!

The Ten Best Dressed honorees owned the runway, resplendent in Alexander McQueen finery: Tricia Besing, Nancy Carlson, Dee Dee Lee, Lynn McBee, Pam Perella, Aileen Pratt, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Mary Clare Finney, Patty Leyendecker, Christi Carter Urschel, and 2013 Hall of Famer Lisa Troutt, stunning on the arm of hubby Kenny Troutt.

The Rise of Fall: What are You Looking Forward To?

“Along with Shelby Wagner, I’m board co-president of the Dallas Contemporary. We’re both looking forward to our fall opening exhibition featuring five amazing artists. Also, I cannot wait to put on a heavy fall sweater … I am over the heat!” — Muffin Lemak

“A Thanksgiving trip to Sonoma with my family and friends.” — Erin Mathews

“Furs, cashmere, boots and white truffles!” — Roz Colombo

“I am so excited to wear the gorgeous Adam Schulman black diamond and ruby necklace I scored at the Forty Five Ten luncheon in his honor. It was inspired by his wife, Anne Hathaway.” — Capera Ryan

“Football season! Wearing something bold in cobalt blue is a must — fashionable and appropriate for Cowboys games.” — Charlotte Jones Anderson

“The months ahead mean college football Saturdays and my LSU Tigers. I will be shelving my Havaianas so I can wear yummy cashmere wrap sweaters and flat riding boots.” — Piper Wyatt