Social Butterflies

Dallas' best dressed star in our most popular society stories of 2017

Dallas' best dressed star in our most popular society stories of 2017

Bela Pjetrovic, Tracy Lange, Lisa Cooley
Bela Pjetrovic in Dior, Tracy Lange in Michael Faircloth, Lisa Cooley in Michael Faircloth at Dallas Art Ball 2017. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway and husband Adam Shulman gave Art Ball 2017 some celebrity cred.  Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Phillip Parker, Chartese Baxter
Phillip Parker, Chartese Baxter at House of DIFFA 2017. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Fallon Wynne Way and family
Wesley Way and Fallon Wynne Way at the 2017 Yellow Rose Gala. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mackenzie Bulloch, Amelia Rainey, Melissa Kemp
Mackenzie Bulloch, Amelia Rainey, and Melissa Kemp at the Dallas Slipper Club's summer pool party. Photo courtesy of Slipper Club of Dallas
Dee Wallander, Sparklers
Dee Wallander and Matthew Rindt were married on May 13, 2017.   Photo by Carter Rose, F8 Studio
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Shane Walker, Billy Fulmer, Steve Kemble at the 2017 Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Bradford Theodoroff, Delayna Minter, Crystal Charity Ball 2017
Bradford Theodoroff, Delayna Minter in Nardos at the 2017 Crystal Charity Ball. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Marcia Clark
Best-selling author and O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark spoke at the 2017 Dallas awards luncheon for Planned Parenthood. Photo by Coral von Zumwalt
Bela Pjetrovic, Tracy Lange, Lisa Cooley
Anne Hathaway
Phillip Parker, Chartese Baxter
Fallon Wynne Way and family
Mackenzie Bulloch, Amelia Rainey, Melissa Kemp
Dee Wallander, Sparklers
Mad Hatter's Tea 2017
Bradford Theodoroff, Delayna Minter, Crystal Charity Ball 2017
Marcia Clark

Editor’s note: If you want to know where all of Dallas’ social butterflies were this year — and what organizations benefited most from their partying, er, charitable ways — then look no further than the most-read society stories from 2017:

1. Dallas' Slipper Club makes a social splash with epic pool party. More than 200 members and friends of the Slipper Club of Dallas attended a summer fiesta-themed pool party, where they enjoyed frosé, inflatable unicorns, and beats by DJ Blake Ward. Nearly $1,000 was raised, with a portion of ticket sales going to Camp Sweeney. 

2. Dallas Art Ball 2017 draws glitterati for French-inspired affair. The Dallas Museum of Art hosted the 52nd annual Art Ball, its premier fundraising gala. Chairs Ann and Lee Hobson beamed as they welcomed the city’s preeminent supporters to the institution devoted to unfettered access to art for all. No doubt they also were tickled to see starlet Anne Hathaway among the well-heeled guests on this breezy spring evening.

3. Dallas' best dressed dazzle like jewels at Crystal Charity Ball 2017. Themed “An Evening in the Alps,” the 2017 Crystal Charity Ball provided the mountaintop fashion moment of the fall social season. Dallas women dazzled in their glamorous gowns and strolled arm-in-arm with dapper gentlemen into the Hilton Anatole Hotel's Chantilly Ballroom. The annual fete is considered the grand finale of the social season and raises funds for local children's charities.

4. Dallas’ most promising young professionals gala continues to blossom. Dallas is known for a lot of things — big hair, for example — but we think its most enduring legacy will be fundraising for the world’s most important causes. The city’s young professionals are upholding this important tradition through impressive organizations like the Yellow Rose Gala Foundation and its annual gala.

5. DIFFA/Dallas dares not disappoint for year’s most exotic gala. When a camel is your greeter, you know your evening is about to get interesting. And so it went at House of DIFFA 2017, the blowout gala for DIFFA/Dallas, held at the Omni hotel downtown. Never an organization to embrace anything halfway, DIFFA enticed supporters with an Arabesque theme. 

6. Law school sweethearts host a Pinterest-perfect Dallas wedding. It was a law school romance for Dee Wallander and Matthew Rindt. The couple met in 2012 during orientation at Texas Tech School of Law, and Dee “was smitten from the start.” They married in Dallas in May 2017, in what was Dee's Pinterest-dream wedding.

7. 7 best spring charity events every young Dallasite should attend. If you’re a young professional in Dallas with a desire to do good in the community, then this was the list for you. These were the spring social events in every YP’s datebook.

8. Rachel Zoe charms Dallas at Italian-themed garden extravaganza. 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. The men and women of Dallas did not disappoint, as they streamed in with mile-high hat creations and chic, bespoke toppers that had to be seen to be believed.

9. Art Ball 2017: Dallas’ best dressed understand the art of style. Art Ball is one of the few events each year in Dallas that's guaranteed to be a fashion show. The 2017 edition was one of the more colorful, with gowns in an array of hues and patterns — a few as artful as the Dallas Museum of Art itself.

10. $1M Dallas luncheon with Marcia Clark breaks Planned Parenthood record. Event co-chair Lindsay Billingsley was hoping to make headlines on International Women’s Day, when Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas hosted its 2017 Dallas awards luncheon. The way to do it, she figured, was to raise more money than any Planned Parenthood local affiliate ever had during a single lunch. Well, PPGT did it: The fundraising total surpassed $1 million.