For one day (Tuesday September 13, 2016), football and fashion met on the same field, or in this case, the runway. What could possibly bring the gridiron and the catwalk together? During the legendary career of former University of Texas football coach Darrell K Royal, he was responsible for successfully leading the Longhorns to three national titles and an overall record of 167-47-5. Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli is synonymous with joy and optimism, with glamour and success; exotic designs that create a lifestyle. On the fashion runway of Neiman Marcus (Domain), the common goal for both was fashion with a cause, celebrating the first ladies of football who support the fight against Alzheimer's Disease.
“We are excited to celebrate Edith Royal and Vicki Strong, two women who have made tremendous contributions to the Texas community,” said Jenna Leiker, event co-chair. “Edith Royal founded The Darrell K Royal Foundation in honor of her late husband, an organization we are proud to support.”
Coach Royal's greatest opponent was Alzheimer's Disease. The Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer's Disease (established in 2012) represents a commitment to excellence in research and care for Texans and a commitment to cure Alzheimer's Disease in our lifetimes (www.dkrfund.org).
The fashion presentation featured Roberto Cavalli's Fall 2016 Collection, a stunning series of two major inspirations: art nouveau and glam rock (with a hint of the 70's): dresses, jackets, capes, embellished denim, maxi coats, and beautiful pantsuits. Cavalli's Fall show is described as “a dégagé ease” for the “nocturnal adventuresses”, or party lovers, in other words! The art nouveau richness brought with it fabrics such as velvet, lace, brocade, fur, and silk. The color palette featured mid-hues like deep-sea blue, tan, and purple mixed with royal colors like burnished gold, lavender, grape, scarlet, and robin’s egg blue with black. (Fashion images by Ben Porter Photography www.benporterphotography.com)
This event proved that fashion has heart and a cause; organized by event co-chairs Jamie Chandlee and Jenna Leiker. Guest were treated to an afternoon of champagne, hors d'oeuvres, and beautiful fashion...a truly great presentation by Neiman Marcus (Domain) and The Society Diaries Magazine saluting The Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer's Disease and honoring our First Ladies of Texas Football Edith Royal and Vicki Strong.