Costume parties are hard to swing outside of Halloween season and the Kentucky Derby. It all comes down to the right theme, calling for the right outfit or props, that gets attendees to get in the mood. Luckily, Friday night’s Un-Birthday Bash and Summer Issue Release Party for La Mode Dallas at Southside on Lamar happened upon just such a theme, and, withstanding the rain and everything, it was wall-to-wall top hats and tutus for the event.
Local fashion maven Heidi Dillon was the summer issue’s cover girl, founder of local non-profit the Fashionistas who co-sponsored the party. Guests were ushered down the rabbit hole, aka the basement of Southside, by the Mad Hatter and Alice themselves. Standard Vodka-infused teas were served along with beer from the Stone Brewing Company, and Lisa Garza catered the bite-size morsels. Cupcakes from Society Bakery that read “Eat Me” were gone in literally five minutes, which didn’t stop anyone from boogie-ing on the dance floor to cover songs and lyrical stylings by local musician Goga. Models donned haute designs by Shirin Askari, a Dallasite known for her stint on Project Runway.
You + Media interviewed guests outside the party, which included Director Tom Huckabee and actress Juli Erickson, who worked together on Huckabee’s newly released film Carried Away. Other attendees included the designing team from House of Mob, who of course were decked out in some of the most extravagently decadent costumes on the scene.
The best part of the party: wearing a new Jessica McClintock lacy, Victorian-era-like dress, knowing it’s something I will wear again. And isn’t that the point? Currently hatching a plan to have an it’s something I will wear again. And isn’t that the point? Currently hatching a plan to have an Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding…