Christina Geyer | Photos by Bruno
- April 27, 2012
- Event Date:
- March 29, 2012
Arriving to Neiman Marcus Downtown for the Dallas Art Fair Kick-Off Party,
it was unusually quiet inside the flagship¹s first floor ‹ save for two blondes poised at the Commerce Street entrance, offering the following instructions: Please go down the hall and turn right at the yellow painting. The party will be outside. Indeed, the entire fête had been propped outdoors, spanning the roped-off section of Ervay Street that houses NM¹s window displays.
Those very portholes were the party¹s main attraction, as Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury dressed them with her neon-lit pieces. Curated by Dallas Contemporary director Peter Doroshenko and curator Florence Ostende, the windows glowed with rainbow-hued, sculptural statements: Yes to all.
Moisturizing is the answer. High heels on the moon. At dusk, troves partook in the alfresco spectacle, which boasted free-flowing Ruinart champagne and a food truck. ³This is very un-Neiman¹s. I love it!² said Robin McBride of the party¹s out-of-the-ordinary setting and its hipster-meets-high-brow-art crowd.
Dallas Art Fair co-founders Chris Byrne and John Sughrue; top-tier NM types including Jim Gold, Karen Katz, Shelle Sills, Gabrielle de Papp, Ignaz Gorischek and Sandy Marple; and guests Lauren Christensen, Lindsey and Patrick Collins, Allison Smith and Barry Whistler, Lynn and Lyle Burgin, Jay Shinn, Cassy and Trey Sands, Kirk Hopper, Jo Marie Lilly, and Marion and Nash Flores.
Curbside Cuisine Menu:
Easy Slider: The turquoise truck served gourmet mini-burgers topped with everything from blue-cheese coleslaw to strawberry jam (easyslidertruck.com, Tweet @EasySliderTruck).
Pokey O¹s Cookies & Ice Cream: The University Park fave doled a scoop of French vanilla sandwiched by two freshly baked cookies to guests (pokeyos.com).
Nancy Dee¹s Lil¹ Bits Mini Donuts: Bite-sized donuts were dropped into a bag stamped with a Dallas Art Fair sticker (lilbitsdonuts.com, Tweet @lilbitsdonuts).