DIFFA Dallas Celebrates With Dazzlingly Fashionable Gala
By Jake Gaines
Photography by Shana Anderson
The DIFFA/Dallas Board of Trustees and The Joule Hotel and Retail presented the Collection 2013 House of DIFFA at the Hilton Anatole and our very own Lance Avery Morgan, who is one of this year’s selected members as DIFFA Style Council Ambassadors, took to the catwalk for this cause with a strong provenance in the Dallas social swirl. The event was helmed by honorary chair was the television show Dallas’ Linda Gray along with chair Clint Bradley and Collection chair Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak. Jan Strimple Productions glorified the runway all evening and Greg Haynes Johnson’s contributions to the gala were many, too. The Style Council Ambassadors this year, along with Morgan are John Bobbitt, Marty Collins, Peter Dauterman, Stephen Giles, Tommy DeAlano, Deanna Dipizio-Johnson, Daniel Lewis, Malcolm Gage, Kandis Hutchinson, LeeAnne Locken, Simona Beal, Vivian Lombardi, Tom Mason, James Shackelford, Troy Schiermeyer and Paige Westhoff.
There were a plethora of fashion collections presented by Traffic Los Angeles, Ten Over Six and many more runway spectacles that also featured Austin’s own Stephen Moser. A surprise musical guest, Kazaky, a Ukrainian synthpop dance group, energetically danced their way into the audience’s heart during the event.
With almost 1500 guests, close to $1 million raised this year at the gala, thanks to the one-of-a-kind live auction packages that raised $200,000 for the organization. Joining the top-drawer black-tie celebration of fashion and design meant experiencing a dazzling silent auction including designer jackets, the live auction, dinner, and a Burlesque-themed after party in a way that only DIFFA Dallas could deliver. All benefiting North Texas HIV/AIDS charities, the organization continues to ride high since its founding in 1984.