(Photo: Back Row: Tiffany Hendra, Marzia Prince, Toni Munoz-Hunt, Amy Neighbors, Courtney Kerr, Amy Vanderoef, Pat Smith, Laurie Graham.
Front Row: Jenny Anchondo, Sydney Durso, Stephanie Di Biase-Wheat, Hilary Kennedy.)
Renaissance Dallas Hotel Hosts Brick Betty Active Wear Fashion Show Honoring “The 10 Most Influential Women In Dallas” and benefiting Treasure You
The Dallas Renaissance Dallas Hotel hosted more than 100 VIP guests for a star-studded fashion show honoring “The 10 Most Influential Women in Dallas.” A-listers including Pat Smith, Courtney Kerr and Amy Vanderoef enjoyed savory bites and sparkling bubbly on the City View Terrace overlooking sweeping views of the downtown Dallas skyline.
Asador, the Dallas Renaissance Hotel’s farm-to-fire resto that boasts menu selects like BBQ gulf shrimp, spicy pei mussels and the classic Asador burger (all locally sourced from Texas artisans) provided the tasty dishes and drinks for the event.
The 10 Most Influential Women in Dallas lineup included Pat Smith, Courtney Kerr, Jenny Anchondo, Hilary Kennedy, Amy Vanderoef, Sydney Durso, Toni Munoz-Hunt, Tiffany Hendra, Marzia Prince and Stephanie Di Biase-Wheat. These powerhouse beauties sported the luxury collection of Brick Betty performance wear in the 4,564-square-foot Stemmons Ballroom, which was transformed into a full-on runway for the high energy event. Footwear by Luke’s Locker and LVcr8 jewelry completed each model’s look.
Local non-profit, Treasure You, an organization supporting women in crisis, was the beneficiary of the style show and garnered more than $7,000 to support the needs of their clients. The highly regarded charity is the brainchild of founder Pat Smith and is dedicated to providing support to women in financial, emotional or spiritual need.
Smith’s husband and Dallas Cowboys football legend, Emmitt Smith, was front and center to view the runway show, and he drew the winning raffle ticket for the guest who won an autographed football.
Entrepreneur, designer and founder of Brick Betty, Amy Neighbors, was thrilled with the turnout and shared her sentiments, “It has always been my dream for such an inspirational lineup of women to confidently wear my brand. I designed the clothing with the highest quality fabrics to flatter every body type, so it’s really exciting to see Brick Betty on such an incredible range of women in one room at one time!”
Neighbors is a Dallas designer who recently launched her website www.brickbetty.com just seven months ago. She wanted to introduce her collection to the nation by making her debut in her hometown and alas, The 10 Most Influential Women fashion show was born.
It’s the high quality fabric, flattering fit, colorful styles and comfortably supportive design that Neighbors credits for giving Brick Betty a competitive advantage in the market place.
IFBB Fitness Pro, 2007 Miss Universe Bikini and honoree Marzia Prince agrees with Neighbors’ assessment of her brand, “It’s the bright, cheerful colors that initially grabbed my attention, but the versatility of the styles that you can wear in the gym or out on the street is what really sold me!”
Celebrity stylist and TV host, Laurie Graham, produced, styled and hosted the event. Graham shares, “Dallas women like to take care of themselves and working out is a big part of looking and feeling your best. The consumer market here is very brand loyal which provides a great opportunity for designers who have amazing products to sell.”
Graham has spent the last 11 years in Los Angeles working with the biggest celebrities in the country like Denise Richards, Shannon Elizabeth and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. But Dallas has something that LA does not, reveals Graham. “Dallas has a much stronger grass roots capacity to share with our best friends, our sisters, our daughters, our neighbors and our colleagues. If a Dallas woman likes a pair of leggings that make your butt look smaller they will share it with EVERYONE – including the barista during her morning Starbucks run! I wanted to honor The Top 10 Most Influential Women in Dallas because they are just a small cross-section of the incredible sisterhood found in Texas women. Not to mention, Texans have very big hearts and love to help others so it was the perfect occasion to choose a charity partner to love up at the same time. I have had the honor of working with one of my favorite human beings, Pat Smith – founder of Treasure You – so she was the first call I made to pitch my idea. Pat’s positive influence on women who are going through tough times like breast cancer or domestic violence, makes her the ‘Queen of Inspiration’ and someone who uses her celebrity as the ultimate influencer!”
When asked why she wanted to participate in the event, Smith said, “This event gave me the opportunity to introduce my non-profit, Treasure You, to a new audience and garner more support for women in emotional, financial and spiritual need. Because of the event, I will be able to provide emergency assistance to more women and give them a second chance in life.”
Brick Betty and Treasure You are two brands who honor women and promote a healthy lifestyle through empowerment. The criteria for being selected as one of “The Most Influential Women in Dallas” was simple. Which women not only make a career out of influencing their community on a very visible platform and have a large fan base, but are also incredibly passionate about sharing their journey, tips, favorite products, life lessons and inspiration with others?
Emmy Award-winning TV Host of the CW’s Eye Opener and honoree Hilary Kennedy shares, “I’ve always believed in surrounding yourself with positive people, and I couldn’t think of a more positive, wonderful and accomplished group than the ladies involved with this event. It was a great opportunity to connect with women who support and encourage other women in our city.”
The event was produced, styled and hosted by celebrity stylist and TV host, Laurie Graham Style. Partner sponsors included The Renaissance Dallas Hotel, Luke’s Locker and LVcr8.
Photos by Kelly Williams