Hats Off To Mad Hatter’s Tea Benefiting Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum
By Cynthia Smoot
Photography by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
THE SCENE: Mad Hatter’s Tea continues to be a social phenomenon that benefits the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and A Woman’s Garden. This year’s theme was Under The Tuscan Sun at the beautiful Ginsburg Plaza at the Dallas Arboretum. Event chair Linda Spina, vice-chair Melissa Lewis and honorary chairs Amy Warren and Amanda Hill greeted the sold-out crowd of 500 women who came dressed to impress in chapeaus that rivaled any Derby party in the country.
THE VIBE: This year’s celebrity guest, Rachel Zoe, created quite a buzz when she showed up with her husband, Rodger Berman. Alongside Zoe, Kori Green, Courtney Kerr, Tara Green, Caroline Kraddick, Niven Morgan, Micki Rawlings, Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing had the challenge of selecting the best hats in a variety of special categories. The mistress of ceremonies Jocelyn White welcomed the crowd inside Rosine Hall as everyone was seated for the chic fashion show spotlighting Zoe’s spring, pre-fall and fall fashions produced by fashion legend Jan Strimple.
After a spirited live auction, the hat winners were announced. Most True-to-Theme was awarded to Joanie White and Most Elegant hat went to Cynthia Smoot. A Taste of Italy “The food and drink of Italy” award was bestowed upon Carmen Hancock and Best Botanical went to Terry Irby. People’s Choice was Katherine Phillips. Best Group of Hats was awarded to Steve Kemble and Chad Collom. Most Outlandish went to Lynne Lowder and “Rachel’s Pick” was presented to winner Amy Warren by Rachel Zoe. In the Ginsburg Plaza, luncheon was served under open-air under canopies of elegantly draped white tents with tables swathed in flowing green silks and topped with the luscious floral design created by Shane Walker Designs.
THE CAUSE: Celebrating its 29th year, this stylish and fashionable tea continues to benefit the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and A Woman’s Garden, the only public garden in the nation inspired and funded by women and dedicated to the universal spirit of women.