TEAM PLAYERS: Football blended with fashion when Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Charlotte Anderson hosted a trunk show at her Highland Park, Texas, home for London designer Katherine Hooker. Cohosts included Anderson’s mother, Gene Jones, and NBC sportscaster Michele Tafoya, who introduced the designer to Anderson. “There are not a lot of activities in the NFL that are not male dominated,” said Anderson, whose father, Jerry Jones, owns the Cowboys. “So we decided to do a little twist and entertain our female customers, sponsors and friends to kick off the holiday season and bring them to meet Michele and Katherine.”
Tafoya, who can’t wear the playing teams’ colors when she’s reporting from NFL sidelines, has a rainbow of looks from the designer.
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“Ninety percent of the games I do, I’m wearing Katherine,” Tafoya said. “I tried it on two years ago, and I was hooked.”
Hooker’s been capitalizing on the international press she’s gotten since her coats were worn by the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister, Pippa Middleton. The designer is looking for a showroom in New York and American manufacturers. She’d also like to create a wholesale business, and held a second Dallas trunk show at Elements boutique. “There is a lot of growth here and a huge amount of potential,” said Hooker, who was born in Cyprus to American parents and has lived in London for 40 years. “Being an American, I always had a passion to get the brand to America.”