Where We Were: Plaza Style 2010

Fashionistas, scenesters, and a "Project Runway" vet rubbed elbows under a big white tent at The Plaza at Preston Center.

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Uncharacteristically for Dallas, guests began to file in promptly at 6:30. Modeling of fall looks from Plaza retailers started shortly thereafter.
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Lisa Petty
At the front end of the evening, a D.J. prepped his playlist.
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Model and NBC DFW Around Town writer Abby Gregory and model Amy Mueller (in diamonds from Bachendorf's).
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Lean models in active wear looks from Lucy were a reminder to go easy on the finger foods.
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Open bars sponsored by Moët & Chandon and Belvedere Vodka loosened up the crowd for bidding in the silent auction.
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Mary Beth Voigts
Items up for grabs included gift baskets from Plaza retailers. This one’s for pups, from The Lucky Dog Barkery. All proceeds from the event went to <a href="http://www.thefashionistas.org/">The Fashionistas</a>, a local non-profit which awards scholarships to fashion design students.
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Things got a little frisky onstage when a male model appeared in a towel, a six-pack, and not much else. Fall fashion trend? Not so much, but he did offer to exfoliate a crowd member with his bath brush.
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The show continued with looks from Café Coton and Matthew Trent.
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The menu was Tex-Mex, including bite-sized quesadillas and taquitos. Refuting the assumption that fashion folks don’t eat much, trays were emptied in record time.
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Guests Lex Lu and Antroinette Smith strike a pose. We’re loving Lu’s two-tone punk cut and oversized horn-rims.
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Surprise guest Shirin Askari from ‘Project Runway’ put in a cameo appearance onstage. She later confessed to us that, during her five weeks of filming, she wasn’t allowed access to television, newspapers, or media of any sort. Often forgetting what day it was, she said that time passed in a sleep-deprived blur of sewing and runway shows. These days, Askari is a full-time resident of Dallas.
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Heidi Dillon, founder of The Fashionistas, gave a shout-out to young design students in the crowd. She concluded her speech with a headline from the New York Times that she has adopted as the motto of her organization: “Fashion. You love it. Admit it. It matters.” Next time around, we’d love to see the work of some of these up-and-coming designers at Plaza Style.
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A giant tent in the parking lot of the <a href="http://www.theplazaatprestoncenter.com/">Plaza at Preston Center</a> set a Fashion Week-like stage for Plaza Style 2010. The third-annual event drew polished Park Cities socialites in droves, as well as a contingent of younger, fashion-obsessed scenesters.
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