“Elegance isn’t solely defined by what you wear. It’s how you carry yourself, how you speak, what you read.”

We find that rather refined motto, said famously by fashion designer Carolina Herrera, applies perfectly to the members of the inimitable Crystal Charity Ball. During an intimate brunch at Neiman Marcus Downtown, the oh-so chic Herrera was announced as the featured designer for the Crystal Charity Ball’s annual Ten Best Dressed Women of Dallas Fashion Show and Luncheon.

Come September 16, Herrera will dress the celebrated ladies in her Fall 2016 collection — a remarkable showcase of florals, flirty skirts and pops of texture. “Her collection,” said Neiman Marcus executive VP, Neva Hall, during the announcement, “is timeless, beautiful and elegant — just like the Crystal Charity members themselves.”

Then came the big reveal, by way of VP and general manager of Neiman Marcus Downtown Jeff Byron. Drum roll, please … The Ten Best Dressed are: Anita Arnold, Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Tucker Enthoven, Heather Esping, Mary Clare Finney, Margaret Hancock, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, and Piper Wyatt; plus hall of fame honoree Betsy Sowell. Also noted attendees were fashion show and luncheon chairman Pam Perella along with ball chairman Christie Carter. We anxiously awaited Ms. Herrera’s entrée.