By Paz Beatty
With the new fashion season strolling in, Dallas has once again transformed into a hot spot for fall line unveilings and runway shows. Mockingbird Station hosted “Catwalk into Cooler Weather” Thursday night to show aspiring fashionistas “what to wear” this fall.
Producer and owner of RSC Show Productions Rhonda Chambers believes the fashion show is a good place for people to start building the confidence and knowledge to be fashionable.
“When I look through the audience and see women and men,” Chambers said, “I think to myself how important it is that people realize they have to look at their body types and different color palettes, and just learn to be patient.”
Patience was something Jennifer Bubel lacked as she sat waiting for the fashion show to start.
“I thought the show was supposed to start at six, or at least that’s what they told me,” Bubel said. With a smile and a shrug she added, “Everyone looks so pretty though. I’m hoping I’ll actually get some ideas from this.”
Buble sat tapping her black velvet stilettos to the rhythm of the pre-show party music until 7 p.m. when the show was actually scheduled to begin. Event sponsor Ketel One Vodka served its “Autumn Leaf” beverage to guests as waiters dressed in all black handed out hors d’oeuvres from Herrera’s Tex Mex.
While the evening did bring clear skies and a bit of a breeze, the 82-degree temperatures were not everyone’s idea of cooler weather. Audience members and fashion gurus mingled under the pavilion at Mockingbird Station, some still in their summer wear.
As the party came to an end, guests made their way to their seats. More than half of the reserved signs attached to front row seats remained flapping in the breeze as US Weekly fashion police Steve Kemble opened the show. He reminded the almost full house, complete with pausing passersby, that the event would benefit the Junior League of Dallas.
Elizabeth Dacus, the membership vice president for the Junior League, was happy Mockingbird Station contacted the organization with a fun event idea.
“We like to think that we work hard for the community of Dallas,” Dacus said, “but we can have a good time as well.”
Audience members laughed and murmured as a panel of six fashion experts comically commentated the runway portion of the event. Models sported all of this fall’s trends, from shades of green, yellow and wine to leopard print and combined patterns.
The show ended with awards for the best-dressed male and female. By that time Jennifer Bubel had gotten only one new idea for her wardrobe.
“It was all just too high fashion for me,” Bubel said, “but I did see this one sweater that I definitely want.”