It was TGIF at the Neiman Marcus flagship store downtown, where Dallas' most fashionable ladies and gents gathered to celebrate the end of the week and the official start of fall society season with the annual Crystal Charity Ball 10 Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon.
Flutes of champagne and glasses of rosé were lifted as attendees toasted this years's honorees and featured designer, Oscar de la Renta, whose 2018 resort collection was presented in a fashion show following the cocktail hour. Attendees could stop and shop at a mini boutique set up right outside the fashion show (though several were already wearing the designer's latest couture).
Former Hall of Fame honoree and longtime Crystal Charity advocate Norma Hunt served as this year's honorary chairman — only the sixth time in the luncheon's 44-year history where that position has been made available. Hunt joins previous honorary chairmen Margaret Hill (1995), Gene Jones (2001), Nancy Dedman (2009), Annette Simmons (2011), and Ruth Altshuler (2015). Robyn Conlon was the recipient of this year's Hall of Fame award.
2018's 10 best dressed — Anita Arnold, Delilah Boyd, Lisa Cooley, Jennifer Dix, Tucker Enthoven, Cate Ford, Cara French, Amy Hegi, Kimberly Whitman, and Piper Wyatt — mingled before the luncheon and admired de la Renta's latest formal looks, which were also displayed on models perched around the beauty department.
The luncheon recognizes women who not only have a serious sense of style, but who are also deeply committed to their community. The highly anticipated — and sold out — affair is one of the many glittering events hosted by the independent nonprofit, which raises funds to aid, support, and make contributions to Dallas children's charities. The season's grand finale, the Crystal Charity Ball (chaired this year by Claire Emanuelson) will be held on December 1 at the Hilton Anatole.
Since 1952, the CCB ladies have provided more than $143 million for more than 100 children's charities.
Charity selection chair Patty Leyendecker recently announced the eight nonprofits that will be the recipients of — yes, this number is real — $6,501,105. They are: After-School All-Stars North Texas ($592,140), Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts ($766,190), Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas ($600,591), Buckner Children and Family Services Inc. ($1,125,435), Friends of the Dallas Public Library ($752,454), Mosaic Family Services ($666,612), Nexus Recovery Center ($747,681), and Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, Inc. ($1,250,000).