The Concept: Promising a “Dramatically Different” collection, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS delivered in spades. The Modern Luxury Dallas-sponsored evening began traditionally enough at the Hilton Anatole with a silent auction (featuring those fab denim jackets) and a seated dinner. But it was in the third act that the party pushed its way to over-the-top status.
The Party: La Jolla’s Pacific Shore Platinum elevated the humble open house when it hosted a chic soirée at a $5.6 million charmer on Camino de la Costa—the street of dreams in real estate lingo. The Scene: Guests toured the five-bedroom, resort-inspired home, sipping wine and dabbling in cooking demos provided by Dining Details, S.D.’s premier personal chef outfit. Meanwhile, go-to flower house Botanica decked out the pad in bright pink peonies. Uh, when can we move in? Photography by Jeff Corrigan
The Fête: From a custom, 96-foot runway to the hotshot new wheels (and plenty of fashion, natch), you could say our finale event at Park Place Motorcars Dallas really dressed to impress. Presented by Park Place and Stanley Korshak, and benefiting the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas, the chic scenario started simply with cocktails (citrus-infused Belvedere Vodka) and vino (Voga Italia), along with fare from Food Glorious Food and glam shots in The Photo Stand. Then, it was time for the party to really get started.
The Party: Chefs from all over the country flew in for the 30th annual Celebrity Chefs Cook Gala at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina to benefit the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. The Players: The beloved Gavin Kaysen, formerly of RBI and now of Cafe Boulud, was the evening’s main attraction. Also on the menu: San Francisco’s Loretta Keller of The Moss Room, Chicago’s Merlin Verrier of Graham Elliot Restaurant, S.D.’s Jean Michel Diot of Tapanade and Trey Foshee of Georges.
The Party: There was big reason to celebrate at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla for the 20th anniversary of Mama’s Day, the Mama’s Kitchen gala. And Riviera was honored to be a sponsor for an organization that has so dutifully provided nourishment and care for those affected by AIDS and cancer. The Scene: On this night, local tastemakers dined on grilled duck breast, gouda risotto and “trotter tots” (crispy fried croquettes of pig trotter) prepared by top S.D. chefs from Searsucker, Trulux, Mr. A’s and Addison.
Photography by Jeff Corrigan
The Event: With such a handsome group of Men of Style this year, we just had to show them off. And that we did—with our co-host Neiman Marcus, who even dedicated two store windows to the fashionable guys. More than 350 trendsetters flooded the downtown flagship’s third floor for the smashing celebration. The Details: It was all about good taste, from the impeccably dressed guests to the roving NM-clad Clutts models and the shiny set of Lexus wheels on display downstairs.
The Event: More than 550 guests crowded Union Station to see special guest speakers Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager’s Q&A, moderated by Candice Crawford. Susan Griffiths and Dee Velvin co-chaired the Modern Luxury Dallas-sponsored luncheon.
Photography by Bob Manzan