Sky-high models stomp about the Big Apple, pouty-chic femmes walk the streets of Paris, but when it comes to fashion, there’s nowhere quite like Dallas — largely in part to the inimitable Neiman Marcus and its storied and stylish history.
In 1938, Stanley Marcus, son of NM co-founder Herbert Marcus, furthered his store’s and the city’s sphere of influence by presenting the first Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion to eight fashion game changers, among them French cosmetician Germaine Monteil and fashion and jewelry designer Nettie Rosenstein. Through the years, the award has been bestowed upon the industry’s top talent, including Elsa Schiaparelli, Charles James, Cecil Beaton and Karl Lagerfeld.
Come September, one more will make the list. Esteemed designer Carolina Herrera comes to town on Friday, September 16, to receive the award and serve as the featured designer for The Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon at NM’s downtown flagship. Having dressed some of the best —Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was a top client — Herrera will feel at home with our own Best Dressed.
“Throughout the years,” said Neva Hall, executive VP of Neiman Marcus, during the formal announcement last month, “we have given this award to designers and influencers who have made distinctive contributions to the world of fashion and style. Coco Chanel comes to mind, along with Grace Kelly, so [Herrera] is in really good company.” The Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon, 214.526.5868.