Masquerade Madness

Dallas devotees go all out for sexy House of DIFFA Masquerade spectacle

Devotees go all out for sexy House of DIFFA Masquerade spectacle

Siloam Cardona, Rey Ortiz at House of DIFFA 2014
Siloam Cardona, Rey Ortiz Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Steve Kemble at House of DIFFA 2014
Steve Kemble Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Hal Dantzler at House of DIFFA 2014
Hal Dantzler Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Cynthia Smoot, Dawn Neufeld at House of DIFFA 2014
Holly Forsythe, Cynthia Smoot, Dawn Neufeld Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
D'Andra Simmons at House of DIFFA 2014
D'Andra Simmons Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Paul Divis, Holly Davis, Stubbs Davis at House of DIFFA 2014
Paul Divis, Holly Davis, Stubbs Davis Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Nicole Payseur, Elizabeth Watters at House of DIFFA 2014
Nicole Payseur, Elizabeth Watters Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Kevin Watkins at House of DIFFA 2014
Kevin Watkins Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Jeff Fuller, Kyle Erwin at house of DIFFA 2014
Jeff Fuller, Kyle Erwin Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
James Burner, Kristen Weidermann, Jim Andrew, Phil Boustani, Ted Schweitzer, JD Davis, Hunter Jones at House of DIFFA 2014
James Burner, Kristen Weidermann, Jim Andrew, Phil Boustani, Ted Schweitzer, JD Davis, Hunter Jones Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Guests at silent auction at House of DIFFA 2014
Guests cocktailing during silent auction. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Gary Tigges, Veronika Nicholson, Lee Borchert, Cyrus Hadjesmaili at House of DIFFA 2014
Gary Tigges, Veronika Nicholson, Lee Borchert, Cyrus Hadjesmaili Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dan Rodriguez, Joseph Steffen at House of DIFFA 2014
Dan Rodriguez, Joseph Steffen Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Karina Laszlo, Kevin Laszlo at House of DIFFA 2014
Karina Laszlo, Kevin Laszlo Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Keaton Bucktoyd, Jade Ramlal, Elle Moreno at House of DIFFA 2014
Keaton Bucktoyd, Jade Ramlal, Elle Moreno Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Runway show at House of DIFFA 2014
House of DIFFA 2014 runway show. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Runway show at House of DIFFA 2014
House of DIFFA 2014 runway show. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Runway show at House of DIFFA 2014
House of DIFFA 2014 runway show. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Runway show at House of DIFFA 2014
House of DIFFA 2014 runway show. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Runway show at House of DIFFA 2014
House of DIFFA 2014 runway show. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Runway show at House of DIFFA 2014
House of DIFFA 2014 runway show. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Runway show at House of DIFFA 2014
House of DIFFA 2014 runway show. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Siloam Cardona, Rey Ortiz at House of DIFFA 2014
Steve Kemble at House of DIFFA 2014
Hal Dantzler at House of DIFFA 2014
Cynthia Smoot, Dawn Neufeld at House of DIFFA 2014
D'Andra Simmons at House of DIFFA 2014
Paul Divis, Holly Davis, Stubbs Davis at House of DIFFA 2014
Nicole Payseur, Elizabeth Watters at House of DIFFA 2014
Kevin Watkins at House of DIFFA 2014
Jeff Fuller, Kyle Erwin at house of DIFFA 2014
James Burner, Kristen Weidermann, Jim Andrew, Phil Boustani, Ted Schweitzer, JD Davis, Hunter Jones at House of DIFFA 2014
Guests at silent auction at House of DIFFA 2014
Gary Tigges, Veronika Nicholson, Lee Borchert, Cyrus Hadjesmaili at House of DIFFA 2014
Dan Rodriguez, Joseph Steffen at House of DIFFA 2014
Karina Laszlo, Kevin Laszlo at House of DIFFA 2014
Keaton Bucktoyd, Jade Ramlal, Elle Moreno at House of DIFFA 2014
Runway show at House of DIFFA 2014
Runway show at House of DIFFA 2014
Runway show at House of DIFFA 2014
Runway show at House of DIFFA 2014
Runway show at House of DIFFA 2014
Runway show at House of DIFFA 2014
Runway show at House of DIFFA 2014

A change in venue to the Omni Dallas hotel reenergized Saturday night’s House of DIFFA 2014. Or maybe everyone was tingling with excitement because they were trying to guess who was behind the masks that many guests donned in honor of this year’s “Masquerade” theme.

Whatever the reason, the hotel was hopping as DIFFA devotees squeezed into the live auction area in search of cocktails — and a spot to place their bids — prior to the big show. Many of the most beautiful people in Dallas were there — including DIFFA/Dallas chairman of the board Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, honorary chair Simona Beal, Gillian Breidenbach, Mary Gill, Brendan Higgins, D’Andra Simmons, Holly and Stubbs Davis, Steve Kemble, Siloam Cardona, and Rey Ortiz — air kissing and hugging and, in some cases, offering a friendly little pinch on the derriere. Oh my.

Once everyone took their seats in the ballroom, the DIFFA board of trustees and Style Council Ambassadors took a turn on the catwalk. Then the show began in earnest, with smoking-hot models sporting the one-of-a-kind jackets from this year’s collection, from designers such as Alton Lane, longtime DIFFA supporter Edo Popken, BCBG Max Azria and Kenneth Cole, just to name a few.

With the crowd fully engaged, the live auction began, featuring packages such as the Edo Popken experience (including airfare and seven nights for four at Popken’s guest house overlooking the Marne Valley in France), dove hunting in Argentina and the 2015 House of DIFFA Runway Experience in which the lucky winner gets to be a model at next year’s fundraiser. The fashion spectacle concluded with a final runway production before attendees scurried out of the ballroom for, yes, an after-party.

The Dallas chapter of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS was formed in 1984 to support the fight against HIV/AIDS by drawing on the contributions of world-renowned creative and corporate leaders representing all branches of the design-related industries. All proceeds from House of DIFFA go toward grants for HIV/AIDS service organizations in North Texas.