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Fritos With Caviar and Plenty of Eye Candy — Inside Ken Fulk’s Over-the-Top Texas Design Week Soirée

An Event Worthy of the Designer's Wit-Filled Work

BY // 10.19.21
photography Jonathan Zizzo

A pro for throwing a party in a Dallas house that is mid-construction: shirtless men in hard hats. If the designer of said house is Ken Fulk, then emblazon those white hard hats with his name and voila — you’ve made the guests happy (or at least the girls and gay boys in attendance).

Fulk’s party was easily a highlight of the week of fabulous soirées in conjunction with PaperCity‘s Texas Design Week and Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas. Guests were a veritable who’s who of our local social set. Fulk was throwing the party alongside Brian Bolke and in-demand celebrity and architectural photographer Douglas Friedman. “I am so thrilled to share with the design community a rare opportunity to get a sneak peek of an incredible property ‘in process’ from one of the world’s most talented design minds,” Bolke shared. “When finished, this home will for sure be a reference point for craftsmanship, exuberance, and most of all a high dose of wit.”

A shirtless model citizen (David Friedrich) in a hard hat serving up cocktails. (Photo by Jonathan Zizzo)
A shirtless model citizen (David Friedrich) in a hard hat serving up cocktails. (Photo by Jonathan Zizzo)

Who had done the casting call for the aforementioned shirtless cocktail servers? That was all Missy Peck of Missy RSVP. I tracked down the divine Miss Peck (she was hard to miss in the stunning Tibi dress she recently scored at Bolke’s store The Conservatory) and asked about how she concocted such a fabulous affair. “Serving Texas-loved Fritos with beluga caviar was actually Douglas Friedman’s idea,” Peck divulged. “The shirtless construction servers just came naturally.” She went on to share that Cindy’s margaritas were made with Casa Dragones Blanco tequila and served along with Rose Gold Rosé in cut crystal glassware. Newcomer Kastra ElionVodka, owned by Dallas’ own Moll Anderson and her son, Mike Camello of LA, was served as a refreshing arugula gimlet.

Douglas Friedman, Niven Morgan (Photo by Jonathan Zizzo)
Douglas Friedman, Niven Morgan (Photo by Jonathan Zizzo)

The house has been dubbed “Sunfields Manor” and is the new Volk Estates residence of Aurelia and Brad Heppner. Brad was unfortunately in New York City, but was in attendance “virtually” as his assistant walked around a laptop where he was Zooming in to greet guests. Fulk was retained to turn this new construction into Heppner’s dream home. It was a feast for the eyes. Upon arriving, I quickly bumped into Leontine Linens‘ empress Jane Scott Hodges who whispered in my ear, “I am always mystified at what the marvelous Mr. Fulk pulls out of his hat.”

It was a beyond fashionable crowd. The standouts for me were Zoe Bonnette who was wearing an aubergine Safiyaa jumpsuit, (though her main accessories were her dashing dates Doniphan Moore and Tanner Moussa); Annika Cail had a bag I was drooling over — truly a piece of sculpture by Cult Gaia; and Ceron in the most glamorous leopard trench coat.

Annika Cail (Photo by Jonathan Zizzo)
Annika Cail (Photo by Jonathan Zizzo)

Some of those spotted enjoying the whimsical interiors were Christen Wilson, Kelli and Gerald Ford (who live around the corner), April Manson (who made the trip up from her new home in Austin), Brad Kelly, Christie WilliamsRob Dailey, Gonzalo Bueno, and Michael McCray, Brian Bolke’s husband Faisal Halum, and Houston’s very own Becca Cason Thrash.

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