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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.

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

Five Things to Know About Dallas-Based Breda

This week, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit with the co-founder, Amir Meghani, and watch designer, Efrain Villa, of Breda, a Dallas-based watch company, design studio and creative collective. Meghani designed the Breda studio himself, and everything is modern, clean and simple—just like the watches. I decided to make a list of the top five things that I fell in love with about Breda, hoping it will inspire you to fall in love with them, too.

5 Things to Know About Breda

1. It’s a Truly Local Company
Everything about Breda watches (sourcing, the inspiration, product design, and prototyping) is done locally at Breda Studio in Deep Ellum. “Everything is done here and then you can come and buy it,” Meghani says. unspecified-2

2. It’s an Office and a Shop
Breda watches are normally sold online and through retailers, but recently, they have transformed the front of their design office, Breda Studio, into a shopping area. Shoppers can visit the Deep Ellum studio to view and purchase the full collection, and get a feel for what the company is all about.

3. They Keep It Simple
“One of the things we believe in is simplicity,” Meghani says. You can really see that reflected in the minimalistic designs of their watches. They also pull inspiration from creators throughout the world such as artist, fashion designers, and architects. “Overall, our yearlong design process for each season comprises of inspiration from our community of creators, which we hope translates into a quality product that inspires others,” Villa says.

4. Amir Knows the Watch Business
Meghani is the third generation in his family to work in the watch business. His grandfather moved from India to Dubai in 1968 and opened up four retail watch shops while living there. The rest is history.

5. Breda Is a Creative Haven
When designing Breda studio, Meghani also wanted to create a collaborative workspace. “We are open to working with other creators and creatives within the Dallas community, and allow them to use our space for different projects,” Meghani says. For example, Charles Smith, creative director of Smith II, used the Breda Studio as his place to do fittings and pre-show prep for the recent Smith II haute couture fashion show.

Highland Park Village Launches First Beauty Event

To celebrate its 85th anniversary, Highland Park Village is rolling out the red carpet for its first Beauty Event, which will run April 29 through May 1. Throughout Friday and Saturday, luxury athletic brand Bandier will host complimentary fitness classes, including barre, yoga, and pilates. (Also, Soul Cycle will hand out class passes and announce the official opening date of its new, much-anticipated Dallas studio.)

Popular beauty brands will showcase their latest products and provide exclusive services by national makeup artists and skincare experts. With a cumulative beauty purchase of $150 at one of the more than 15 participating stores, guests will receive the complimentary and customizable Beauty Event bag filled with a variety of luxury products and offers from select brands. Participating stores will include Chanel, Five & TenHermès, and Carolina Herrera.

Save the date and look forward to a weekend filled with beauty, fitness, discounts, exclusive services, and complimentary products and classes from some of Dallas’ most luxurious beauty and fitness brands.

Throwback Thursday: Simply Spring

Taking a cue from our friends over at SideDish, we’re bringing you a glimpse back at D Magazine‘s most fashionable moments.

The April 1989 issue of D Magazine features a fashion spread fitting for the emergence of spring. Titled “Simply Spring,” the eight-page feature shows soft, romantic photographs and designs from some of the moment’s most notable names such as Donna Karen, Anne Klein, and Isaac Mizrahi. Most of these featured designs could be found at Neiman Marcus and Stanley Korshak. Some things never change.

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“Headlining the seasonal appeal is a soft-touch, easy-does-it approach to dressing for romantic evenings: simple pieces and more of the sheer fabrics, metallics, and elegant scarf effects that get us through the day.”

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“This spring [Isaac] Mizrahi pushed the palette into brilliant jewel-tone primaries and designed pajama shapes from memory in melt-in-your-mouth silks and hammered satin.”

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“From Donna Karen’s chic, contemporary vision for spring: [(left page)] the silk crepe jacket, gently sculpted at the waist, shown here over ephemeral silk-georgette pants to draw a glance on soft, summer nights, but equally attention-getting over trousers or a tea-length skirt for day.”

The Scene: Stella McCartney’s Texas-Style Carnival in Highland Park Village

Designer Stella McCartney made an appearance at Highland Park Village on April 12 to celebrate her new colorful collection, inspired by the energy of summer. “It’s a very bold collection,” McCartney said.

Though the weather was less than sunny, the carnival-themed event gave off the laid-back feel of summer fun. The designer made the rounds and took photos with her followers, many of whom were donning McCartney’s platform sneakers and other designs. Models wearing McCartney’s summer designs manned carnival games, as children and fashion elite alike lined up to take a turn.

Of course, no carnival is complete without an array of classic treats. Elevated festival fare such as Italian cream cake popcorn and vanilla bean cotton candy (sprinkled with edible glitter, of course) were passed out throughout the evening, while vegan corn dogs and sliders were offered as a nod to McCartney’s advocacy for animals.

Words by Alison Glander, a D Home and D Weddings intern.

Click here to see more photos from Stella McCartney’s Texas-style carnival in Highland Park Village.

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.
l.a.r.c.
Dear Clark
Studio 410
Osgood O’neil
Avalon Salon

Catherine Downes is the online dining editor for dmagazine.com. 

The 19 Best #rStheCon Winspear White Out Party Looks

What do highly successful, internationally-known fashion bloggers do when they come to Dallas, Texas for the annual rewardStyle Conference? An en blanc finale dance party at the Winspear Opera House, of course. Complete with dancing on the Donor reflecting pool and three different ah-mazing deejays, including current fashion muse, Chloe Nørgaard. Here is a selection of a few of our favorite #whiteparty looks. Enjoy.

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