If you weren't in attendance for Dallas designer Courtney Russell's grand unveling of his August Alexander Collection at Jet 10 Hangar on Saturday night, I want to give you my condolences. Everything about this Jan Strimple creation was delicious from start to finish. First, the location couldn't have been more captivating and fun-after all, who doesn't get a buzz from witnessing the wall of the hangar moved aside and gorgeous models strutting out of a jet..... wearing jaw-dropping fashions, no less? The concept was brilliantly executed. The music was pulsating. And that August Alexander collection? Divine.
Models rocked "The First Lady" collection with sexy hair by Blanc Salon while VIP guests sipped Moet champagne. Local stylistas with dates and comrades came out to support Russell and see the spectacle, including Abby Gregory, Kimmy and Damon Huynh, Cynthia Smoot, and the cast of local reality show "Most Eligible Dallas". Amidst the cocktails and sinful chocolate from Chocolate Secrets, beautiful Bri Crum of Plan B PR carefully double-checked the seating chart for the 500+ guests.
With style icons like Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie O on his mind, Russell does ready to wear glamour in a way that is accessible. Straight from the runway, you could incorporate his pieces into your everyday wardrobe without batting an eye. Recommendations for the high-flying fabulous are the August Alexander cream satin double welt button dress with black welt pockets and the hands-down stunner of the night, a black lace front gown with crinkle silk skirt. This inspired and artfully done show left many with a renewed interest in supporting our local artists and others with the promise of a lighter pocketbook. Either way, Courtney Russell was the captain of the night, and there was no turbulence.