When I was asked to be the red carpet correspondent for the “I Am Style” event, I was overjoyed. The event planner is a local celebrity stylist named Derrick Price, and he teamed up with a local party promoter named Michael Cooper to make this event as grand as possible. He expressed such enthusiasm as he explained the purpose of the night, I couldn’t help but say, “Yes, I’ll be there.” The purpose of the event was to celebrate the most stylish people in Dallas, in the most stylish way. Derrick explained that we would offer those people VIP treatment with all the bells and whistles (champagne, a separate party area, etc.). A few days before the event, the digital flyers were published and I noticed, this was not only a celebration of style, but also Michael Cooper’s birthday party.
The event was held at The Magnolia Hotel in Downtown Dallas. When I arrived people were already lining up to go inside. I took a brief tour of the party area and I was thoroughly impressed by the decor, and the VIP area was set up. I was equally nervous and excited! Derrick had not yet arrived so I took a seat close to the RSVP table and watched as people entered the party. The RSVP representatives were a bit scary, to say the least. They were not warm and inviting, but were very strict about their list (which was pages and pages long), and they were even more strict about entry payment if you were not on the list. The door charge was also more than what was advertised. Some people were visibly aggravated by the process, but went along with it. As I sat feeling bad for some of the patrons, I took mental notes of others. The people were beautiful.
When Derrick arrived I was ready to get to work. To my surprise, we only interviewed a few people and then we joined the party. The crowd was absolutely gorgeous. All the fashion in the room made my heart smile. I laughed and talked with some of the most influential people in the fashion industry, including Karen Michelle of Front House Management and her friend (and fashion stylist) Lizzy Maina. When we spoke about the evolution of fashion in Dallas, it was like junior high girls discussing the latest boy band.
Overall, the event turned out to be more of a fashionable birthday party. The event planners did not celebrate fashion as much as I had anticipated, the VIP treatment fell short of champagne and few other bells, but people still enjoyed the night (as did I). The moments I shared were priceless, and the thing I remember most are the smiles on the faces of all the people. I really enjoyed. ~ xxxooo (click on any photo)
*Styled by Uel White & Cortney Guy, Hair and Jewelry by Morgan Moss, Make-up by Moi.