DIFFA/DALLAS Presents Star-Studded Arabian Night
By Jonathan Spindel
Photography by Shana Anderson, Joseph Brewster, Thomas Garza and Gregory Martin
THE SCENE: Easily one of the most anticipated events in the city, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, DIFFA/Dallas, concluded the season with their unforgettable signature gala, House of DIFFA: Arabesque, presented by Headington Companies and The Joule Hotel for over 1,500 patrons. The Arabian Wonderland featured belly dancers, genies, camels and a live auction,
The opulent gala was hosted at the Omni Dallas Hotel, and featured a curated selection of one-of-a-kind tailored jackets and garments by world-renown designers such as Alexander Wang, Badgley Mischka, Daniel Esquivel, Geoffrey Henning and Traffic LA at The Joule and dozens more.
THE VIBE: The event began with a cocktail party and silent auction auction where guests sipped on cocktails, mingled and browsed the vast selection of jackets in this year’s show. The charitable patrons were then escorted into the ballroom by belly dancers in the audience and asked to take their seats for dinner and were welcomed by DIFFA/Dallas Board Chair Chuck Steelman and House of DIFFA Chair Sami Abboud, and were wowed by a surprise performance by international pop star and Grammy award performer Natasha Bedingfield. The evening also consisted of awards given to Ana Galalviz (DIFFA/Dallas Young Professional of the Year), Jenifer Strauss (Donna Fishel Community Hero Award), Clint Bradley (Legacy of Love Award), Dr. Patrick Gibson (Health Award), Verona Martinez (Excellence in Design Award), and David Sutherland (Legend in the Fight Against AIDS).
Following the program, patrons were dazzled by a runway show featuring TenOverSix, Forty Five Ten and Traffic LA, with performances interlaced between the shows including Arabian dancers, an upbeat Choose Life routine honoring the memory of singer George Michael, and more. The night ended with a fashion show featuring 94 jackets from this year’s House of DIFFA collection.
THE CAUSE: DIFFA/Dallas is one of the largest HIV/AIDS organizations in Texas, providing funding to local HIV/AIDS Service Organizations within the community. DIFFA/Dallas has granted over $7.4 million to 25 frontline HIV/AIDS Service Organizations in North Texas providing direct care to those living with or affected by HIV/ AIDS. Highlighting the fashion design community, DIFFA/Dallas hosts multiple events throughout the season.