ORANGE CRUSH
THE COLORS AND SPIRITS WERE BRIGHT AT THIS PACKED ART AUCTION/AIDS BENEFIT BASH.

Byline: Holly Haber

Shocking orange was the color of the evening last month at the elegant Two by Two for AIDS and Art party, held in the magnificent contemporary home of art collector Howard Rachofsky.
Invitations, carpets and mango martinis all shown in orange, a color selected by stylist guru Ken Downing, vice president of public relations at Neiman Marcus. The wait staff wore bright orange DKNY T-shirts. Even the menu of chilled curried carrot soup, seared tuna with mango chutney and passion fruit tart maintained the theme.
“It’s all about fashion, sweetie,” said Downing; he chose the color because it was so big in the spring collections.
Still, apparently the only attendee who actually wore orange — a vivid silk shirt under his black tuxedo frock coat — was Rachofsky, who opened his stark white, black granite and glass Richard Meier home for the second year in a row for the party.
“I always wear something to work with the art,” quipped Rachofsky, as he stood before a bright orange and yellow concave square painting by Yek, one of more than 100 artworks that were auctioned to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research and the Dallas Museum of Art. The top dollar item was a Robert Rauschenberg work, which sold for $125,000.
This was only the second such annual event here, but it raised more than $1 million and has earned a deserved reputation as the best party of the year. That’s because it draws a creative crowd that dresses elegantly and likes to have fun.
Sharon Stone again earned her title of honorary chairwoman by cajoling bidders to up the ante during the live auction. The movie star made an iconoclastic fashion statement, donning a vintage black and glitter Oleg Cassini dress for the event.
“It’s my best friend’s mother’s,” she said.
Stone, who wore a dress by Dallas native Lela Rose to this event last year, said this time she was enamored of the fashions by another Dallasite — jewelry designer Elizabeth Showers.
Admiring the white pearl and opal choker worn by Showers’ mother, Jan Showers, Stone said, “I gotta have it.”

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