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Dallas’ 10 Best Dressed Women — and an NFL Matriarch — Up the Glamour

Top Designers Raise This Crystal Charity’s Already High Bar

BY // 11.19.18

When we learned Heather Esping and Claire Emanuelson were leading this year’s Crystal Charity Ball charge — the former as the Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon chair and the latter as Ball chair — we knew it would be an unforgettable season.

It started in spring, with the announcement of this year’s Ten Best Dressed Women of Dallas, named to the exclusive pack as much for their sense of style as for their civic leadership.

The Top 10 was a particularly fashionable crowd: Cate Ford, Amy Hegi, Piper Wyatt, Tucker Enthoven, Kimberly Schelgel Whitman, Anita Arnold, Delilah Boyd, Lisa Cooley, Jennifer Dix, Cara French, and hall of fame honoree Robyn Conlon.

But it was this year’s honorary chair — a title reserved only for those few women whose contributions to The Crystal Charity Ball and the community’s nonprofit world far outweigh the average philanthropist — who wins top marks in the glamour department.

Norma Hunt, best known as the matriarch of the Kansas City Chiefs gridiron dynasty, with her dynamite personality and larger-than-life good taste lit up Neiman Marcus Downtown when she took her turn down the runway.

To up the glam, Neiman Marcus tapped Oscar de la Renta as this year’s featured designer. Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, the fashion house’s darling and youthful creative directors, jetted in from New York just a few days after showing their Spring 2019 collection to rave reviews.

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Also in town was Margot McKinney, the Australian jewelry designer known for her megawatt pearl jewelry. Her pearls — we are told — are a major hit with the CCB crowd.

This was also a momentous occasion as it marked the first Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon for Geoffroy van Raemdonck, Neiman Marcus’ dapper new CEO.

“I arrived in Texas almost seven months ago — just in time for Nancy Dedman’s birthday!” he enthused.

La Dedman was, per usual, sitting front row with a posse that included Annette Simmons, former First Lady Laura Bush, Lee Ann White, Gene Jones, and Kelli and Gerald Ford.

Neiman Marcus’ fashion savant Ken Downing made his catwalk entrée to David Bowie before proclaiming his love for Oscar de la Renta.

“I met Oscar the man when I was a young man,” he said. “And one of the lessons I learned from him is how to always make clothes look beautiful — and to make sure the women wearing the clothes look beautiful.”

Oscar the man’s presence was certainly felt that afternoon, as each of the Ten Best Dressed continued his legacy, wearing new designs that bare his name — each, no doubt, looking beautiful.

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