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Fashion Forward

| March 23, 2015 | Parties National

The Party
Not even a downpour could dampen spirits when Neiman Marcus invited elite clientele to a private party at The Grand Del Mar.

The People
VIP tastemakers like Charo Garcia-Guerra, Diane Yanofsky, Jo Ann Kilty and Pam Marks met for pre-dinner drinks in the swank hotel bar. Moving into the dining room, even pedigreed partygoers were awed by communal tables topped with glittering Jay Strongwater centerpieces. More dazzle was yet to come as models in couture gowns by Reem Acra, J. Mendel, KaufmanFranco, Naeem Khan and Jenny Packham breezed among the tables. Between nibbles of tender tenderloin and Chilean sea bass, spellbound guests stroked furs by J. Mendel, Helen Yarmak and KaufmanFranco, and admired jewels by Bulgari, Chopard, Chanel and Staurino Fratelli.

Best in Show
Backed by an all-female jazz trio, Lorraine Castellanos— wife of legendary trumpet player Gilbert Castellanos—drew roars of applause with “Diamonds Are Forever” as guests finished their last bites of dessert. Guests then repaired to an anteroom decked out as a private Neiman Marcus showroom, where the fashion fixation continued. Tres à la mode. –Photography by Tim King



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