Last Friday I had the honor of modeling for Alpha Chi Couture, a silent auction and fashion show event put on by the ladies of the SMU Alpha Chi Omega sorority. The event was a smashing success, raising over $40,000 for Genesis Women’s Shelter, Alpha Chi’s philanthropy.
Expecting a basic pop-up shop event on campus, I was in for a surprise. This event was major. Put on by world-renowned supermodel Jan Strimple, Alpha Chi Couture surpassed my expectations. Arriving at 3:45, I was greeted by the Avalon Salon team who did all the models’ hair and makeup (including foundation and a swish of lip-gloss for the boys!). As the Pi Beta Phi representative, I found the coolest part of the show to be how diverse the group of models was: a boy and girl from every sorority and fraternity on campus participated, including Alpha Chi alumnae.
The show was held at Tower Club Dallas, located on the 48th floor of Thanksgiving Tower in downtown. Check out the view from the dressing room!
All of the couture modeled in the show was donated by Tootsie’s for the women and a combination of Zar Clothier, Beretta Gallery and WAREhaus for the gentlemen. The show was organized geographically with six different segments: Deep Ellum, The Blvd, Downtown, Park Cities, Uptown, and Tower Club.
At 7:45 the auction was over and it was time to hit the runway! My first look opened both the show and the Deep Ellum section. At my fitting at Tootsie’s, I walked in wearing a deep wine fur shawl and the lady styling me knew I’d just love this number. She was totally right! I mean, that hunter green circle scarf?! How could I not.
With a quick change backstage, I was ready to go in my Downtown look. The goal of this section was to present a fresh, young take on old, stuffy Downtown Dallas workwear. I’d say we were successful. Best hidden secret: this royal blue top had a sexy open back!
And lastly for the finale— Tower Club. The looks of this section flowed seamlessly from the seats of the audience onto the runway. Elegance, poise, and glamour were the words of the walk and fit the ambiance of Tower Club effortlessly. Surrounded by floor-length ball gowns, I got to have some fun with this spiced-up flapper dress.
A huge thanks to all the ladies at Alpha Chi Omega and an enormous congratulations for the donation all your hard work raised! And also, thanks to all the various people who helped me out with capturing this amazing event.