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Take a Peek at DIFFA Dallas’ Designer Jackets

Known for its extravagant, theatrical exhibitions, DIFFA Dallas’ reputation precedes it. Tomorrow night, the organization will continue that tradition with the presentation of the sold-out House of DIFFA: Circo Rouge at the Omni Hotel. Ahead of the event, designers came together to create jackets that DIFFA has become known for. StyleSheet talked to a few of the designers at the event’s April 28 preview party.

Binzario Couture – Andre Yabin & Luis Nazario

The duo, who have been in Dallas for nine years, specialize in couture gowns and weddings. Wanting to expand their expertise, they aim to apply the same couture techniques for weddings to gala gowns and cocktail dresses.

What led you to create something for DIFFA?

AY: We thought it would be a great idea. We know DIFFA’s really over-the-top, and we thought it would be a great donation. We feel really strongly about the organization and donating. We’re so glad they selected us.

LN: A few years ago, we created [a jacket]. It was made out of plastic forks. They looked like feathers. It was so beautiful.

AY: It was on the runway, yeah. And, literally, we remember walking in and there was a line of people waiting to see what was going on, what was this craziness.

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What inspired you to make this jacket?

AY: For this next collection, we started drawing a lot of these diamond patterns, and we thought it would be great to use some couture techniques with this jacket and with that pattern using pearls and Swarovski stones. We were also inspired by matadors, with the shoulder pads.

LN: It’s what we think is kind of interesting, that type of bolero shoulder. So it was good to incorporate something like that. And we love Spain. It’s where we’re planning on retiring at some point.


Dan & Joseph – Dan Rodriguez & Joseph Steffen

Coming from Neiman Marcus, Rodriguez and Steffen are pulling from their experiences with luxury retail in an effort to bridge the gap between design and customers.

So you guys came from Neimans. What made you want to become designers?

JS: Coming from being stylists, people would ask us for custom pieces. One of our friends was hosting a derby fundraiser and she was like, “I hate everything out there. Everything’s old. Can you make something for me.” And we absolutely loved what we did for her.

DR: And then we continued. And actually, The Joule came to us after that to do an event at Traffic. They wanted us to fill the space that they had, up in the loft.

JS: I guess it just came hand in hand. Everybody thought we were producing items all the time. We did it, and it was a success, and here we are now–each season, producing a collection.

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I haven’t seen your jacket, but can you describe it to me?

DR: It’s a cape, a red and white striped cape with Mongolian lamb.

JS: It was inspired by one of the flyers for this event. We knew that we were going to do a cape, and we had originally said we were going to do a denim cape, because it’s one of the mediums we like to work with. And then when we saw the flyer, we were like, let’s do red and white stripes. And we’ve been using fur a lot in our fall collection, so we wanted something to speak to our new collection. So we did a little bit of layering.

Why did you decide to come to DIFFA?

JS: They always come to us, and we love it.

And you get to be more creative.

JS: Yes, and they give you no boundaries. They love loud, they love color here. They love everything we love. So we get to express ourselves fully.

Elle Carnley is a former intern.

Marchesa Shares Accessories Line With Dallas Shoppers

Earlier this month, Neiman Marcus Downtown hosted Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the founders of high-end womenswear design label Marchesa, for a trunk show featuring the duo’s recently launched accessories line. The women behind the brand, which has been highlighted by Voguetalked about everything from Dallas women’s sense of style to the inspiration behind their new line.

StyleSheet: How has your visit to Dallas been?

Georgina Chapman: First of all, we love coming to Dallas. The women in Dallas are just wonderful. Not only do they embrace fashion and enjoy dressing up, which is what fashion should be about, but they are also so lovely and amazing hosts and we were so privileged to have a beautiful party last night.

The women in Dallas are just wonderful. Not only do they embrace fashion and enjoy dressing up, […] but they are also so lovely and amazing hosts.

Keren Craig: Yeah, lovely dinner. Robin [McMonigle] threw us a beautiful supper outside in her garden. We love Dallas. People love to dress up here, and that’s what we’re all about.

SS: Tell me about your recent collections.

KC: We have the runway collection here, but we’re really focusing on the launch of our shoes and our handbags that are here at Neiman’s at this sort of little pop-up. We’re just so thrilled to be able to have the head-to-toe look now. We have fashion jewelry as well. It’s been very exciting for us to complete the look for Marchesa.

SS: How long have the accessories been in the making?

GC: We launched the accessories in the spring. It’s a collection we really believe in, well we believe in all our collections, but it’s very exciting now to put everything together. Now, on the runway, we have our jewelry; we have our shoes; we have our bags. We have fine jewelry as well, which compliments our bridal collection.

Photos courtesy of Marchesa.
Photos courtesy of Marchesa.


SS: Do you have a favorite piece from the accessories collection?

GC: I think what’s really great and what we’re really excited about is expanding the collection so that there really are different pieces. Keren has a great block heel, which is really great for the day. I’m wearing a stiletto, which is actually very comfortable. We have flats. This purse we’ve done converts into a backpack. It’s a very broad stretch within the range, so it’s hard to pick out a favorite.

Alison Glander is a former D Home and D Weddings intern.

Throwback Thursday: ‘Sleek Heat’

Taking a cue from our friends over at SideDish, each week we’ll bring you a glimpse back at D Magazine‘s most fashionable moments.

With the recent chill we’ve experienced the past few days, we felt it was only appropriate to bring you exotic and elaborate furs from our November 1981 issue. Furs that “cost more than a car.” Furs “our models neglected other appointments for to stay and model longer,” to be exact.

This six-page feature shows models wearing elaborate furs perfect for any occasion a fashionable Dallasite might find herself in:

Our winters may be mild, but there will be times–elegant evenings at the symphony, $1,000-a-plate Republican fund-raisers, debutante balls and extravagant dinners at Jean Claude–when nothing but a fur will do. Deliciously impractical, completely unessential.

Click on the images to enlarge and take a look back at Dallas’ fashion scene in 1981.









Olivia Palermo Unveils Clothing Line at NorthPark

Socialite Olivia Palermo has continually added to her fashion résumé since her days opposite Whitney Port on The City, MTV’s spinoff of reality show The Hills. In her new venture, Palermo, whose sculpted features have graced several magazine covers, has teamed up with Nordstrom’s in-house brand, Chelsea28, to design her own clothing line.

The collection, described as “modern staples with a high-fashion edge,” offers “modern feminine fashion at an accessible price level.” (Those prices range from $68 to $448.) Some items from the spring collection are currently available in stores and online, while others will be released periodically throughout the year. Palermo’s one-year partnership with Nordstrom will produce four collections. StyleSheet caught up with Palermo during her Feb. 12 appearance at NorthPark’s Nordstrom, where she discussed the transition from modeling to designing as well as her inspirations.


It’s been a great collaboration. Nordstrom and I started talking about a year ago. They approached me, and it was about the right time to branch out and do a little bit of apparel. I’ve already been working very much in accessories and in beauty, so it’s a nice transition.


I thought it was a nice transition. The timelines for ready-to-wear beauty and accessories are a bit different, so it was nice to try that, work with different factories in different parts of the world. I was very hands-on through the whole process.


You know, it’s not so much a change, because everything that we do will be with We do all the styling; we do all the production; we do all the creative; we pick the photographer; we pick hair and makeup, location …  So, for this, we kind of wanted to keep it very clean and stick to a studio shot. You know, just let the clothes speak for themselves for the first season. And then maybe move on in a different direction for the following season.


You know, I think it makes sense. It is my collection. How I wear it or one would wear it. I think it’s important to be supportive in your own clothes. Obviously, we have fit models for the product shots, but I think it is important [to model my own collection].


I think probably Paris, France. Through all of my travels, I get all of my inspirations all over the world, but this collection is really a foundation. You know, building a young girl’s wardrobe and starting with–I refer to them as lifer pieces–and then each season we do more statement pieces. So I think that bringing in the sporty element of denim and kind of elevating that, making it a bit more structured; adding a Breton stripe obviously keeps the Parisian feel. And I think the cuts and silhouettes are kind of for everyone’s body type, and that’s something that I took [into] consideration. Proportions are very important–I always say you need a good tailor. But we are women on the go, so I did find that a culotte can be very versatile. You can wear it with a pointy flat or you can wear it with a heel, and that makes it a bit easier.

The military jacket offers versatility as a vest or dress.
The military jacket offers versatility as a vest or dress.

I love the military jacket. Every girl loves a great military coat in their closet. And this was just adding the ability to make it into a vest or a dress if you want, or you can leave it open.


I think it takes time. You have to figure out what works for your body type, what doesn’t, what colors you like. Whether you prefer more of a structured feel or a loose feel. So you have to just play around with it. Take a few minutes; you can be in front of the mirror at home. And sometimes just playing with prints–you’d be pleasantly surprised.

The 5 Most Interesting Gifts From Neiman Marcus’ 2015 ‘Christmas Book’

Dallas-based Neiman Marcus unveiled its 89th annual “The Christmas Book” this morning, complete with a guest appearance from Keanu Reeves, who–non-ironically­–arrived on a motorcycle.

Aside from the usual Tom Ford boots, Saint Laurent bags, and Neiman’s much-loved cashmere collection, the 196-page book also features the retailer’s famous “fantasy gifts.” And this year’s selection, which range in price from $10 to $400,000, upheld the retailer’s reputation for eccentric offerings. It’ll ease that impending shopper’s guilt to know that a percentage of the proceeds from the fantasy gifts go toward The Heart of Neiman Marcus, the retailer’s non-profit organization focused on youth art education and experiences.

Explore India. The most expensive of the fantasy gifts, this 12-day, five-city trip to India includes private jets, luxury suites, a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal, and a private dinner with a Bollywood star.

Price: $400,000

Take a ride with Keanu Reeves. No, really. This two-day, three-night motorcycle ride along the California coast features time with Reeves and custom bike maker Gard Hollinger. This is open to three lucky customers and a guest. (“Speed” references possibly welcome.)

Price: $150,000

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus' "The Christmas Book"
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus’ “The Christmas Book”

Go to the edge of the world. A high-altitude balloon will lift a luxury pressurized capsule 100,000 feet above Earth, offering 360° views of Earth. You’ll have to wait until 2017 though.

Price: $90,000

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus' "The Christmas Book"
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus’ “The Christmas Book”

Get styled by Iris Apfel. Limited to five customers, this fantasy gift comes with a 4-to-5-foot truck built to specifically house Apfel’s jewelry and accessories, which were inspired by her personal collection, and a personal styling session and lunch with the 93-year-old style icon at Neiman’s flagship store in downtown Dallas.

Price: $80,000

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus' "The Christmas Book"
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus’ “The Christmas Book”

Dress to impress. Neiman’s took a slightly different approach to the His & Her gifts this year, offering MacKenzie-Childs trunks featuring your child’s hand-painted initials and holding a selection of Chasing Fireflies Ultimate Collection costumes. The boys’ version includes five Marvel super heroes costumes, while the girls’ holds five Disney Princess-themed costumes.

Price: $5,000


Honorable mentions:

  • This $10,000 couture diary.
  • This $28,000 limited edition golden peacock figurine.

Also new this year is an 11th fantasy gift, which is only sold through the store’s mobile app. The gift is a Memory Mirror, an interactive device that can be installed for $40,000 and allows shoppers personalized service from their favorite stylist.

We’re still not sure how a motorcycle ride with Keanu Reeves yields more than being lifted 100,000 feet above the earth, but you’ll report back to us, right?

For a closer look at everything in this year’s edition, check out the book yourself.

Ana, Afternoon At The Mansion

Ana Khouri Jewelry Gold Leaf Necklace Cuff Net-A-Porter (1)

We’re in love with Ana Khouri’s beautiful designs, dramatic shapes, and especially her signature hand bracelet, that Ana paired with a playful navy silk dress, black scalloped sandals, and of course her beautifully sun-kissed skin. Her jewelry is considered haute couture and her designs are exclusive. We really enjoyed meeting the gorgeous Brazilian and discovering her incredibly unique and rare creations.

Reece In Dallas

Reece Solomon Reece Hudson W Hotels CFDA

We finally had the opportunity to meet Reece Solomon, the force behind the rising Reece Hudson handbag collection, at the W Hotel in Dallas. Hosted by Roopal Patel, Joyann King, and Nasiba Adilova, we toasted Reece and her fellow designers as they tour W cities across the country as a part of the prestigious CFDA Fashion Incubator program. Not only is she one of the most beautiful women in the room, but she designs a wicked clutch that it-girls and luxury retailers are drawn to, including mega celebrities like Beyoncé.