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Women’s Symphony League Fashion Luncheon Features Special Appearance By Project Runway’s Tim Gunn

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by Darcie Westerlund

THE SCENE: The Hyatt Regency Austin was the recent setting for the Women’s Symphony League of Austin’s annual fashion luncheon, which served as the prelude to the organization’s debutante presentation. The sold-out crowd of 500 featured a mix of sociables and fashionistas who gathered for an afternoon of fun, fashion and illuminating conversation.

THE VIBE: The festivities began with a VIP welcome reception with fashion expert Tim Gunn of the iconic fashion show Project Runway. Guests had the opportunity to pose for photos with the guest of honor as well as share their favorite fashion anecdotes with Gunn.

The action then moved to the Zilker Ballroom for the program. As guests dined, they were treated to a luxe fashion show courtesy of Neiman Marcus. Following the fashion show, Grammy® nominee Mela Sarajane Dailey effortlessly helmed a talk with Tim Gunn. The audience could hear a pin drop in the room as they held onto Gunn’s every word, as he shared his views on a wide range of fashion topics including his time at Parson’s as well as the early days of Project Runway. He created a memorable experience that those fortunate enough to attend will not soon forget.

THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by Rhonda Hissey, Meredith Wood and Jennifer Vinklarek, as well as the annual Women’s Symphony League Jewel Ball the following evening honoring WSL founder Jane Sibley, raised funds to provide services and financial support for the Austin Symphony Orchestra.