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Alexander McQueen Celebrates Dallas Debut

Despite threatening skies, the brand's honeycomb-windowed store at Highland Park Village was a hive of fashion elite last week.

DALLAS BUZZ: Despite threatening skies and tornadoes brewing to the west, Alexander McQueen’s honeycomb-windowed store at Highland Park Village was a hive of fashion elite last week as fans sipped chardonnay and Champagne to celebrate its debut.

McQueen devotee and philanthropist Cindy Rachofsky served as host, sporting a ruffled white organza blouse with, she noted, “strategically placed” embroidered dragonflies. “I do love McQueen,” Rachofsky said.

She was not alone. Among the devoted were several women clutching bejeweled McQueen minaudieres and Village co-owner Elisa Summers in a black belted dress dotted with gold bees. “I got more calls and texts and emails when people heard Alexander McQueen was coming to Highland Park Village,” said her husband, Stephen Summers, who leases the complex. “People were kind of freaking out.”

Some guests were at least as impressed with the decor as the fashion. Ogling the white molded plaster panels bedecked with wings and shells, Kelly Mitchell said, “Look at the walls. It’s a shame to put clothes in front of them.”

The lavish design of McQueen’s fifth U.S. door was conceived by house creative director Sarah Burton with David Collins Studio and debuted a year ago at Bal Harbour Shops. Next up: a September opening in San Francisco in the Union Square district.

McQueen will get more love from Dallas Sept. 12 as the featured collection at Neiman Marcus flagship’s highbrow annual fashion show and luncheon benefiting the Crystal Charity Ball. The event presents the “10 best dressed women of Dallas,” and each is expected to stroll the runway in McQueen.

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