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Decked-out devotees swoon at haute House of DIFFA fundraising fashion show

Decked-out devotees swoon at haute House of DIFFA

Laura Noble, Dogan Perese at House of DIFFA
Laura Noble, Dogan Perese Photo by Jerry McClure
LeeAnne Locken, Lisa Petty
LeeAnne Locken, Lisa Petty Photo by Jerry McClure
Alberto Lombardi, Vivian Lombardi at House of DIFFA
Alberto Lombardi, Vivian Lombardi Photo by Jerry McClure
Linda Gray, Ron Corning at House of DIFFA
Linda Gray, Ron Corning Photo by Jerry McClure
Jayne Herring, Hamilton Sneed, Kimberly Alexander
Jayne Herring, Hamilton Sneed, Kimberly Alexander Photo by Jerry McClure
Brendan Higgins, Jenna Alexander
Brendan Higgins, Jenna Alexander Photo by Jerry McClure
House of DIFFA
Jan Strimple produced the magnificent fashion show.  Photo by Jerry McClure
Marty Collins, Megan Collins
Marty Collins, Megan Collins Photo by Jerry McClure
Debra Nelson, Linda Gray, Marcus Spears
Debra Nelson, Linda Gray, Marcus Spears Photo by Jerry McClure
Kazaky
Kazaky surprised guests with an exciting dance performance.  Photo by Jerry McClure
Clarice Tinsley, Stephen Giles
Clarice Tinsley, Stephen Giles Photo by Jerry McClure
Krystal DeAlano, Tommy DeAlano, Forbes McMullin, Gretchen McMullin
Krystal DeAlano, Tommy DeAlano, Forbes McMullin, Gretchen McMullin Photo by Jerry McClure
Holly Reed, Clint Bradley, Gillian Breidenbach, Marcus Spears
Holly Reed, Clint Bradley, Gillian Breidenbach, Marcus Spears Photo by Jerry McClure
House of DIFFA
Models wore elaborate fashions inspired by 18th century France.  Photo by Jerry McClure
House of DIFFA
The fashion show included clothing from TenOverSix and Traffic LA.  Photo by Jerry McClure
House of DIFFA
The fashions were as over-the-top as the production.  Photo by Jerry McClure
House of DIFFA
Drag queens strutted their stuff on the runway.  Photo by Jerry McClure
House of DIFFA
More than 1,000 people filled the Chantilly Ballroom at the Hilton Anatole for House of DIFFA.  Photo by Jerry McClure
House of DIFFA
A Dita von Teese look-a-like seductively swam in a giant champagne glass.  Photo by Jerry McClure
Jarrod Fresquez, Heather Lettieri
Jarrod Fresquez, Heather Lettieri Photo by Jerry McClure
Troy Schierneyer, Paige Westhoff
Troy Schierneyer, Paige Westhoff Photo by Jerry McClure
Stacy Hicks, Elizabeth South
Stacy Hicks, Elizabeth South Photo by Jerry McClure
Roman Smith, Herb McReynolds
Roman Smith, Herb McReynolds Photo by Jerry McClure
Brandt Wood, Lynn McBee, Mike Jones, Allan McBee
Brandt Wood, Lynn McBee, Mike Jones, Allan McBee Photo by Jerry McClure
Nikki Moore, Alison Volk, Dawn Mellon
Nikki Moore, Alison Volk, Dawn Mellon Photo by Jerry McClure
Tara Harper, Adam Gonzales
Tara Harper, Adam Gonzales Photo by Jerry McClure
Mary Gill, John Gill
Mary Gill, John Gill Photo by Jerry McClure
Laura Noble, Dogan Perese at House of DIFFA
LeeAnne Locken, Lisa Petty
Alberto Lombardi, Vivian Lombardi at House of DIFFA
Linda Gray, Ron Corning at House of DIFFA
Jayne Herring, Hamilton Sneed, Kimberly Alexander
Brendan Higgins, Jenna Alexander
House of DIFFA
Marty Collins, Megan Collins
Debra Nelson, Linda Gray, Marcus Spears
Kazaky
Clarice Tinsley, Stephen Giles
Krystal DeAlano, Tommy DeAlano, Forbes McMullin, Gretchen McMullin
Holly Reed, Clint Bradley, Gillian Breidenbach, Marcus Spears
House of DIFFA
House of DIFFA
House of DIFFA
House of DIFFA
House of DIFFA
House of DIFFA
Jarrod Fresquez, Heather Lettieri
Troy Schierneyer, Paige Westhoff
Stacy Hicks, Elizabeth South
Roman Smith, Herb McReynolds
Brandt Wood, Lynn McBee, Mike Jones, Allan McBee
Nikki Moore, Alison Volk, Dawn Mellon
Tara Harper, Adam Gonzales
Mary Gill, John Gill

Marie Antoinette-inspired fashions, dynamic drag divas, priceless live auction experiences, burlesque dancers — over-the-top doesn’t even begin to describe House of DIFFA, the fashion and awards show presented by Joule Dallas, benefiting North Texas HIV/AIDS charities.

The reception area at the Hilton Anatole quickly filled up with dressed-to-impress supporters, who were giddy with anticipation for the 2013 collection. Guests grabbed cocktails and posed for pictures before heading into the opulently styled Trinity Ballroom to peruse and bid on the dozens of jackets and garments on display. Among the participating designers were Isaia, Rebecca Minkoff, Anne Fontaine, Diane Von Furstenberg, Billy Reid and Tory Burch, as well as locals like Jim Duran, Paulette Martsolf, Geoffrey Henning and Nicolas Villalba.

Emcee Ron Corning, sporting a black blazer with sparkling lapel, warmed up the crowd and thanked sassy style guru Steve Kemble for dressing him in the Traffic LA ensemble. An inspirational video presentation about HIV and AIDS awareness followed, captivating the enthusiastic audience that included Lynn and Allan McBee, Vivian and Alberto Lombardi, Courtney Kerr, Mary and John Gill, Brendan Higgins, Hamilton Sneed, Brandt Wood, LeeAnne Locken, Lisa Petty, Laura Noble, Clarice Tinsley, and Stephen Giles.

As guests finished their dinner, they were treated to heartfelt opening remarks from collection chairman Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, and they were introduced to proud DIFFA/Dallas Style Council ambassadors. Chairman Clint Bradley, on behalf of the entire board of trustees, thanked everyone who made the event possible. When chairman emeritus Greg Johnson invited David Cadwallader, Stephen MacMillan Moser and Keith Carlisle to the stage to accept their well-deserved awards, the crowd cheered.

Later, honorary chair Linda Gray joined auctioneer Mike Jones for the live auction, which included a Timothy Oulton makeover, exciting international getaways and a purebred Arabian show horse. While onstage, Gray thanked board trustee Debra Nelson for asking her to join the cause about which both women are so passionate.

The incomparable Jan Strimple produced the equally incomparable fashion show that followed, showcasing looks from TenOverSix and Traffic LA, as well as a finale of exquisite fashions inspired by 18th century France. Drag queens also strutted their stuff on the runway, preceding a provocative surprise performance from Ukrainian sex pots Kazaky.

The four members of Kazaky — Stas, Oleg, Kryll and Artyr —have been friends since childhood and believe in dancing as a freedom of expression. Oleg calls it “macho masculinity,” but we call it “sex on heels,” as they all flaunt their lean, glistening bodies while wearing skin-tight pants and sky-high kicks.

How do they manage those moves on such painfully high stilettos? “Perseverance and passion,” according to Oleg.

The final performance of the evening came from a Dita von Teese look-a-like, who did a sexy and intimate burlesque number in a giant champagne glass — an apropos ending to the seductive show.