Lights, camera, action! Fashion & charity season is well under way, and it’s safe to say the copious amount of fabulous gowns and accessories are plentiful. Whether you are attending an event in New York or a small town, the question of what to wear still boggles the masses. Should I be daring or conservative? With many jobs, you must dress as you’re told by the boss, your wardrobe dictated by the need to properly enhance your role. But in your off time you are free to display your personal style, choosing the fashion designers, hairdo’s and accessories that show you off as the beautiful creatures you play in real life.
Meet Heidi Dillion: Founder of the FASHIONISTAS, Executive Producer of Morning Dew Pictures and former cast member of Style Network’s Big Rich Texas. She is charitable, has impeccable taste and is always reinventing the wheel.
Meet Jim Duran: Designer BLKLN Clothing, is a gentle soul, daring fashionisto, talented menswear designer, with a unique point of view
JD: To this years DIFFA gala I am wearing and over-sized white lace men’s shirt by a Korean brand called pushBUTTON. Last year I wore a very special pair of McQueen leopard print pants from the Spring 2012 collection so this year I had to do something extra special and unique. I was at Opening Cermeony in SoHo in NYC and I tried on pieces by Mugler, Christopher Kane, and Kenzo but the shirt by pushBUTTON was unlike anything else and it makes such a bold statement that I knew I had to get it.
BOS: What are you most looking forward to at tonight’s event?
JD: I am always very excited about the DIFFA gala. Last year I was a Jacket Collection Co-Curator and I received donations from Gaultier, Cavalli and Diane Von Furstenberg amongst others. So this year I was so honored to be asked by Jan Strimple to donate a piece from my own collection, BLKLN. So I am very excited about seeing my jacket, that was specially designed just for DIFFA, in the runway presentation and seeing how much money it raises for this wonderful organization.
The backstage of FLC was a MAD HOUSE. It looked like something out of a scene from NYC fashion week. Sure, it’s fun to look at clothes on the
runway, but the true fun and hard work of fashion shows happen backstage, with designers, stylists, models and make-up artists running around like mad to make it all look effortless and easy once it’s on the runway. I went behind the scenes at Fashion’s Living Canvas to sneak a peek before the show.
Hair and Make-Up
I had a make-up appointment with my favorite make-up artist Tiffiny Luong. I have organized charity fashion shows and modeled in a few, but the scene backstage was organized chaos. I found my seat between model Dawn Neufeld, model LeeAnne Locken and blogger Cynthia Smoot. I chatted with Dawn about life, pageants, and fashion.
Team Motives did a fantastic job on all the ladies and we looked gorgeous.”One team, one dream, shouted Tiffiny Luong.”
My first stop was Danh Ta for a peek at his collection. His collection was simply breathtaking.
Next: Red-I by Chelsea and her beautiful collection. Red-I-by Chelsea seems to bring out the DIVA in every women or man…
Click Here to see her gorgeous collection
Fashion’s Living Canvas brought out a flock of fashion editors, stylists, models and fans flaunting their best and brightest outfits, shoes and attitudes like proud peacocks. I spotted celebrities, fashionistas, and Dallas notables. Here are some of the most fashionable moments from the crowd.