Over 500 guests flocked to the Jet Ten Hangar in Addison in support of the August Alexander’s “First Lady” collection debut by designer, Courtney Russell. The night opened with a VIP reception with bites and Belvedere and Moet Chandon cocktails as guests rubbed elbows with some of Dallas’ finest. Photographers and news media swarmed for interview exclusives, while the filming of a new Bravo reality show pilot of Dallas’ most eligible featuring Glenn Pakulak, Courtney Kerr, Daylon Pereira, and Tara Harper buzzed about the expansive space.
DJs Paul Paredes and Jen Miller set the sounds for the space within the Redbull soundstage as Bri Crum’s Plan B PR team coordinated all of the evening’s activities. The front rows was a sight to see and be seen with guests that included the likes of the mayor of Addison, Joe Chow, pro golfer Tommy Armour III, and NFLers, Jim Wood and Donald Mitchell. Many flew in for a first-class viewing of the collection, such as Miami entrepreneurs: Damon Huynh and Anthony Worku. Fashion icons Janet Elaine Frésquez, Yvonne Crum, Gregg Asher and Christian Iles and a bevy of beauties like: Mina Chang and Abby Gregory graced us with their presence. Local Dallas designers, Shirin Askari of Project Runway Season 6 and Khanh Nguyen of Nha Khanh, also came out to support their fellow fashion brethren.
Attendees were entranced as the aviator dressed male model dutifully opened the hangar door to reveal a private jet complete with a crew of models in jetset style. Ladylike looks flew down the mirrored runway on the literal airport runway that were inspired from the first lady in Russell’s life, his mother. The ready-to-wear “First Lady” collection was comprised of A-line dresses, floral and patterned prints, hounds tooth, and pops of color; all fitting for the woman-on-the-go. Russell, known for his impeccable tailoring and signature-structured jackets did not disappoint with an eye-popping look that included red pants and a tousled blouse topped with the most perfect little gray jacket. Homage to classic icons Jackie-O, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly were channeled August Alexander’s vision. The final look was a sinfully and strategically placed gown that took the audience’s breath away that we might have needed oxygen masks to release from above. A balance of both flirty design with rich sumptuous fabrics and prints made for a standout collection.
The proceeds from the event benefitted the Suicide and Crisis Center and the Autism Treatment Centers of Dallas. Both centers enrich the Dallas community with free and confidential resources, services, and support for those in need with crisis and autistic issues. We still have our heads in the clouds after glorious evening with August Alexander.
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