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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.

The Parada Edit No. 3: The Summer Slip Dress

The slip dress, and all things sheer in general, are having a serious moment right now. While the staple will really never go out of fashion, cue the Kate Moss reference pin at the 1993 Elite Agency party in London, the slip dress is an ever-evolving classic. So, of course, we asked celebrity stylist Carlos Alonso-Parada to chime in on how he would pair it for a modern twist. We’re in love with the elegantly edgy take Carlos had on the model favorite.

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Vintage choker $538, Vintage Martini.  Maison Margiela body suit, Forty Five Ten.  Ismeralda slip $715, Agent Provocateur North Park.  Comme des Garçons Noir black jacket, Forty Five Ten. Saint Laurent black leather jacket, Forty Five Ten.

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Sue Gragg 18kt white and yellow gold, yellow and white diamond earrings (price upon request), Sue Gragg Precious Jewels Highland Park. Luna short red slip $355, Agent Provocateur North Park.  Moschino perfume print zipper dress, Forty Five Ten.  Sue Gragg 18kt white and yellow gold diamond “BIG” eye rings (price upon request), Sue Gragg Precious Jewels Highland Park.  Celine platform sandals, Forty Five Ten.
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Sue Gragg 18k white gold diamond pave loops (price upon request), Sue Gragg Precious Jewels Highland Park.  Eddie Borgo tiara and bracelet, Forty Five Ten. Daeshiah slip navy dress $1,795, Forty Five Ten.  Emanuel Ungaro silk blouse, Vintage Martini.

Photographed by Kristi + Scot Redman, Styled by Carlos Alonso-Parada, On Set Management, Assistant Stylist: Gabe Ortiz, On Set Management, Beauty: Shane Monden, Wallflower Management, Model: Lexi. For more styling inspiration, follow us on Instagram: @dstylesheet.


See more from Carlos Alonso-Parada on Instagram: @wtfareuwearing or online.

Get the Look: Pastel Hair

Pastel hair isn’t a new trend. The unicorn-inspired locks have been appearing on runways and gracing the inside pages of fashion magazines for nearly two years. But this spring, hair that resembles feathery cotton candy and barmy sea foam has strut off the runway and into the everyday in a big way.

I’ve been obsessed with pastel locks for more than a year. I colored my ombré with hair chalk, lusted after Pinterest boards dedicated to the look, and booked (and canceled) not one, but two appointments to transform my golden waves into a stream of lilac. I finally worked up the courage to dye my hair three weeks ago.

After two four-hour sessions at Dear Clark Hair Studio, my mane was transformed from golden brown to a luscious blend of lilac and bubblegum pink. I was in love. The following week, I was bombarded with questions from friends and co-workers. I figured that if those around me were curious about – and considering – the look, then others might be, too.

Here is everything you need to know about getting a pastel ‘do in Dallas.

Does it damage your hair?

It depends on the products your stylist uses. According to Miriam Ortega who owns Studio 410 in Oak Cliff: “Not necessarily, because products have changed and have allowed for us stylists to use bleach with no damage.”

I recommend sitting down with your stylist and discussing the process before getting started.

How long does the process take?

Everybody’s hair is different. According to Amy Marshall, my stylist at Dear Clark: “First I have to strip, which is [the] removal of color that’s on the hair. We bleached you twice, but it always depends on the base color. Some people can lift in one sitting, others in two. … We use Elumen by Goldwell at the salon. It’s ammonia-free, and high pigment with high shine.”

How much does it cost?

Prices range from $150 to $750 depending on your hair and where you go. I paid on the higher end of the spectrum but that’s only because my hair took more than one session to “lift” (lighten to silver). I also got a cut.

How long does the color last?

My pink and purple locks faded to silver in three weeks, but I’ve heard of people maintaining their pastel ‘do for up to three months. It’s important to use color-protecting shampoo. Most of the cost comes from the bleaching process, so it’s not nearly as pricey to have more color added the second (and third and fourth) time around. If you’re considering pastel hair, then you should be aware that it is a high-maintenance look.

What are some of the most popular colors?

According to Marshall: “Everyone wants pastel hair, I get three people a week, and that’s just me. As for the most popular colors: baby pink, soft lavender, sea foam green, and pinks and purples mixed together.”

Where in Dallas can you get pastel hair?

Clive & Co.
Dear Clark
Studio 410
Osgood O’neil
Avalon Salon

Catherine Downes is the online dining editor for 

Throwback Thursday: ‘Coming Attractions’

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.

In the September 1986 issue of D Magazine, we brought Hollywood-inspired style to Dallas’ streets. The team involved in this 14-page spread created a certain “nostalgic and sensual” mood with cashmere, tweed, and head scarves serving as the stars of this shoot. Keep scrolling, and you’ll notice some familiar spaces such as Downtown Dallas’ West End, Fair Park, and The Crescent Hotel serving as the backdrops.

Is it real or an illusion? Fashion designers, like movie-makers, deal with perceptions. With cameras, lights, and a carefully selected music score, a mood is created. […] The mood continues long after the lights have dimmed on the runway. The look is nostalgic and sensual, with the body-conscious styling of spring developing into full-fledged curves for fall.

Many staffers agreed: We’d still wear some of the ensembles so expertly put together in some of the following spreads. From a baby llama cascade skirted jacket to a long black crepe dress with crossed satin straps, there’s a range present within these pages that would satisfy any vintage craving.













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.









Throwback Thursday: Suit Yourself

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.

The fashion spread in the December 1986 issue of D Magazine is all about the guys. The feature highlights the fashion choices of five of the city’s most notable gentlemen at the time. The six-page piece features familiar faces, from Dean Fearing, then-executive chef at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, to Ed Budanauro, then-disc jockey and music director for KZPS-FM.

Writer Liz Logan explains the inspiration behind the spread:

These days, men who dress themselves are art increasingly widespread breed, and certainly, the fellows on the following pages don’t need anybody’s help to look, sharp. Each of our quintet of local hotshots manifests his passion for fashion differently, which isn’t surprising. The members of this Gang of Five range in age from twenty-three to forty and in profession from DJ to ad agency CEO. Still, the guys do have one thing in common: they’re aces at what they do, and they dress to fit the part.








Try This: The Perfect First-Date Look

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we started thinking about what to wear to impress, and emanate confidence, on a first date. Leading up to the date can be daunting enough, so take stressing over what to wear out of the equation. We asked stylist Carlos-Alonso Parada for his advice. For Carlos, the foundation of the perfect outfit lies with a nice top and jacket, paired with black or blue denim. Don’t be afraid to mix in prints, he advises. Accent the ensemble with a pair of high heels, and head out the door!

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Liz is wearing Givenchy tank, a Chloé animal print coat, and Dior earrings (all Forty Five Ten), a Brandy Pham needle ring (, Marc Cross bag (Forty Five Ten), and Joe Fresh black jeans.

Photographed by Kristi + Scot Redman. Styled by Carlos Alonso-Parada. On Set Management, Assistant Stylist: Gabe Ortiz. On Set Management, Beauty: Carmen Williamson. On Set Management, Model: Liz Standley. For more styling inspiration, follow us on Instagram: @dstylesheet.

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See more from Carlos Alonso-Parada on Instagram: @wtfareuwearing or online.