Under The Tuscan Sun

Rachel Zoe charms Dallas at Italian-themed garden extravaganza

Rachel Zoe charms Dallas at Italian-themed garden extravaganza

Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Britt Harless, Gretchen Darby, Kathy Fielder, Abra Garrett, Deve Sanford Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Hats ranged from whimsical to downright wacky. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
The women of Dallas were decked out in their best Under the Tuscan Sun-themed attire at the 2017 Mad Hatter's Tea at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Women admire one another's hats during the champagne reception before the fashion presentation. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Guests took advantage of photo opportunities. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Nothing like a flower hat to add some cheer. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kori Green, Ginger Walker
Kori Green, Ginger Walker Photo by WJNPHOTO
Stephanie Marron, Nicki Marron
Stephanie Marron, Nicki Marron Photo by WJNPHOTO
A.B. Aston, Bella Pjetrovic, Lisa Cooley
A.B. Aston, Bella Pjetrovic, Lisa Cooley Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Melissa Lewis, Yvonne Crum, Tori Guta Serpa Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sonia Pancretz, Stephani Watters
Sonia Pancretz, Stephanie Watters Photo by WJNPHOTO
Niven Morgan, Courtney Kerr, Rachel Zoe
Niven Morgan, Courtney Kerr, Rachel Zoe Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kunthear Mam-Douglas
Kunthear Mam-Douglas Photo by WJNPHOTO
Audrey Mooney, Megan Thomason, Morgan Johnson
Audrey Mooney, Megan Thompson, Morgan Johnson Photo by WJNPHOTO
	Lorenda Wyant, Gina Ginsburg, Dana Herbertson
Lorenda Wyant, Gina Ginsburg, Dana Herbertson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Shane Walker, Billy Fulmer, Steve Kemble Photo by WJNPHOTO
Cynthia Smoot, Leanne Locken
Cynthia Smoot, Leanne Locken Photo by WJNPHOTO
Lauren Palmer, Nerissa Von Helpenstill
Lauren Palmer, Nerissa Von Helpenstill Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Andria Reich, Jennifer Gaytos-Hartman, April Manson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Rachel Zoe
Rachel Zoe Photo by WJNPHOTO
Rachel  Zoe fashion show
Rachel Zoe fashion presentation. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Kori Green, Ginger Walker
Stephanie Marron, Nicki Marron
A.B. Aston, Bella Pjetrovic, Lisa Cooley
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Sonia Pancretz, Stephani Watters
Niven Morgan, Courtney Kerr, Rachel Zoe
Kunthear Mam-Douglas
Audrey Mooney, Megan Thomason, Morgan Johnson
	Lorenda Wyant, Gina Ginsburg, Dana Herbertson
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Cynthia Smoot, Leanne Locken
Lauren Palmer, Nerissa Von Helpenstill
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Rachel Zoe
Rachel  Zoe fashion show

Event chairs Linda Spina and Sharla Bush happily welcomed guests to this year's stunning Under the Tuscan Sun-themed Mad Hatters Tea Party, which took place at the Dallas Arboretum on what can only be described as a picture-perfect spring day. Sixty-eight degrees and sunny in Dallas? Mamma mia! And the men and women of Dallas did not disappoint either, as they streamed in with mile-high hat creations and chic, bespoke toppers that had to be seen to be believed.

Attendees — including Nerissa Von Helpenstill, Stephanie Maron, Nicki Maron, Cynthia Smoot, Leanne Locken, Lorenda Wyant, Gina Ginsburg, Dana Herbertson, Abra Garrett, Lisa Georgalis, Gretchen Darby, Lindsay McCain, Yvonne Crum, Lisa Cooley, Karen Dianis, Debbie McKeever, Brooke Zrno Grisham, and Catherine Lowe — mixed and mingled in the Scott K. Ginsburg Family Plaza with champagne, bellinis, and Italian-inspired appetizers, while hat judges circled the venue evaluating this year's offerings.

Judges included restaurateurs Lynae Fearing and Tracy Rathbun (together judging one category), Tara Green, Courtney Kerr, Caroline Kraddick, Niven Morgan, and Micki Rawlings. While hat categories ranged from Most True-to-Theme to the Best Botanical, everyone was most interested in Rachel's Pick, which, of course, was selected by the one-and-only Rachel Zoe, the luncheon's celebrity judge and guest of honor.

After gushing about the event — and Texas in general — Zoe finally announced that she had selected honorary chair Amy Warren as her winner. The reason? The classic black-and-white look resembled something Zoe would actually wear.

Speaking of ready-to-wear, this year's fashion presentation was one of the best ever. Clothes were chic and refined, yet guests could easily envision themselves showcasing the pieces next year on the Dallas social scene. But did we really expect anything less from a collaboration between Tootsies and Rachel Zoe?

Post fashion show and live auction, attendees headed back outdoors for a stunning lunch presentation among lemon trees and yellow-and-white floral creations. And while we can't be sure what each table talked about while dining on their Tuscan-inspired lunch, we can bet most were ranking this as one of the most successful luncheons to date.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum’s A Woman’s Garden, which is the only public garden in the nation visualized by women, funded by the efforts of women, and dedicated to the spirit of women.