The Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon
September 15, 2014
The army of designer pumps. The block-stretching parade of Bentleys and other luxury rides. The storm of women donning fall’s finest in 90-plus-degree temps. The sum of these parts totals only one thing: The Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon. Hosted by Neiman Marcus and chaired by Pat Morgan McEvoy, this year’s fashion spectacle celebrated the 40-year anniversary of the partnership between The Crystal Charity Ball and Neiman Marcus.
Guests including former first lady Laura Bush, Gene Jones, and Candice Romo, gathered on the first floor of the Dallas flagship store for a champagne reception, before filing into the black tent. A deep violet backdrop set the stage for this year’s featured collection, Nina Ricci Fall 2014, designed by Creative Director Peter Copping. But before the catwalk filled with slender models in lilac furs and see-through, embellished lace gowns (a few daringly peekaboo), the charity’s 2014 Ten Best Dressed women, each, in a Nina Ricci look of her choosing, took a turn down the catwalk.
The 2014 honorees included Nancy Carlson, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Heather Esping, Mary Clare Finney, Margaret Hancock, DeeDee Lee, Patty Leyendecker, Lynn McBee, Christi Urschel, and Hall of Fame Honoree, Lee Ann White, who was recognized for her significant contribution to the community.
Photos by Stephen Karlisch