Howard & Cindy Rachofsky at the TWO x TWO + Gucci party. (Photo by Rebecca Patton)
Todd Fiscus & Ceron (Photo by Rebecca Patton)
Gucci Dallas Space (Photo by Pablo Enriquez)
Jessica Nowitzki, Kim Whitman (Photo by Rebecca Patton)
Amanda Rome, Elizabeth O'Mahony (Photo by Rebecca Patton)
The stunning contemporary home designed by Lionel Morrison. (Photo by Pablo Enriquez)
Bela Cooley, Stephanie Seay (Photo by Rebecca Patton)
Cindy Rachofsky, Lisa Runyon (Photo by Rebecca Patton)
Gayle Stoffel (Photo by Rebecca Patton)
A room filled with pieces begging to come home with me. (Photo by Pablo Enriquez)
Lyssa Orchid, Kim Whitman (Photo by Rebecca Patton)
Some of the high jewelry that was flown to Dallas for the occasion. (Photo by Pablo Enriquez)
Lisa & Armand Sadoughi (Photo by Rebecca Patton)
Terry Kurz, Gigi Gartner (Photo by Rebecca Patton)
Lisa Runyon (Photo by Rebecca Patton)
Some of the fantastical pieces from the Gucci Love Parade Collection. (Photo by Pablo Enriquez)
Robyn Siegel, Esther Kim Varet (Photo by Rebecca Patton)
Jessica Nowitzki (Photo by Rebecca Patton)
Susan Kaminski, Piper Beal (Photo by Rebecca Patton)
(Photo by Pablo Enriquez)
For the boys in attendance, a room filled with suiting and accessories like a backgammon set. (Photo by Pablo Enriquez)
Amanda Rome (Photo by Rebecca Patton)
Another view of the stunning Lionel Morrison creation. (Photo by Pablo Enriquez)
If Gucci calls, you answer. Such was the case when I was invited to attend their pop-up — appropriately dubbed the Gucci Dallas Space. Honestly, I was half-expecting a trunk show with a dozen or so handbags (granted they all would be drool-worthy) on display with some caterers passing about champagne flutes. I should have known better — Gucci and creative director Alessandro Michele do not roll that way.
I pulled up at a contemporary Preston Hollow residence (with perfectly staged vintage muscle cars in the driveway) which looked like it was plucked straight from an HBO Max series about a tech-billionaire. I later found out that it had been designed by renowned architect Lionel Morrison and had welcomed guests the evening before for a VIP cocktail party hosted by Cindy Rachofsky and Lisa Runyon for TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art (which annually benefits amFAR and the Dallas Museum of Art). The luxury fashion house had generously offered to donate 10% of the evening’s sales to TWO x TWO in their support of amfAR’s AIDS research initiatives and the Dallas Museum of Art’s contemporary art acquisition program.
Guests perusing the dresses incorporating plumage aplenty and an abundance of brocade included Jessica Nowitzki, KimberlyWhitman, Melissa Ireland, Ceron and Todd Fiscus, Gayle Stoffel, Lisa and Armand Sadoughi, Bela Cooley, Susan Beal, Brian Bolke, and Kaleta Blaffer-Johnson.
The entire house served as a showcase for Gucci’s high jewelry (some pieces I was told had rarely left Europe) and precious skin bags, along with made-t0-measure and customizable pieces. Also on view was Gucci’s Love Parade Collection. I’m sure you’ve heard of it — the fall runway spectacle welcomed fashion journalists, style influencers, and half of the movie-star set to Hollywood boulevard. Tina Craig, who was among the attendees, shared that it was as magical and glamorous as it looked on Instagram.
Every detail was picture-perfect — each room was done in custom wallpaper with gorgeously selected furnishings to create a fashion fantasy moment. I even found myself visiting the Gucci lounge (with a dandy Gucci bartender), where I scored — among other things — some hand-baked Gucci cookies.