The weather may have been a touch warm, but the crowd was definitely cool at Mockingbird Station’s What to Wear fashion show September 20. Fashion fiends gathered outside the Angelika Film Center for pre-show cocktails by Ketel One and nibbles by soon-to-open Herrera’s while my fellow panelists Steve Kemble, Tammy Theis, Lulu Amin, Jackson and Rhonda Sargent Chambers surveyed the scene to identify their picks for Best Dressed and Most Stylish. But more on that later.
The evening’s festivities served two purposes. First order of business: to show off fall fashion trends in looks pulled by stylist Abby Gregory from Mockingbird Station retailers like the Gap, Centre, American Apparel, Loft by Ann Taylor, Urban Outfitters, Movida, Francesa’s Collections and Relativity Outdoors. But perhaps more important, the event raised funds for Junior League of Dallas charities, and many Junior Leaguers were spotted in the seats.
As the models headed down the runway, the always entertaining Kemble, a.k.a. America’s Sassiest Style Guru, engaged the crowd and his fellow panelists to talk about the season’s big trends: bold brights, luxe layers, with the band, new traditionalist and enviably embellished. Colorful scarves, fringed and color-blocked handbags, statement necklaces, chunky sweaters, animal prints, and lots of leg-hugging pants were among the most popular pieces.
After the show, the panel recognized Lisa Pellerito as Best Dressed for her Top Shop blouse and H&M skirt, both flowy and sheer and fabulous. Ralph Boaz — sporting a Boy Scouts shirt, short shorts and a gold statement necklace of his own (so on trend!) — got the nod for Most Stylish. Those on the scene included Mark Brinkerhoff, Lisa Petty, Devin White, Leon McKenzie, Gustavo Aguirre, Heather Lettieri, Priya Rathod and Grishma Shah.