In addition to hosting and participating in several events throughout the year, Silk Threads holds an Annual Gala, entire proceeds of which go to a selected charity. The central theme of the Gala is around Fashion, but it incorporates creative elements of music, dance, food and art.
Videos of our previous shows are available on Silk Threads Youtube Channel.
Our Seventh Annual Gala was held on Friday, October 28th, 2016 at the beautiful Dallas Palms.
October 28th turned out to be a beautiful Fall day, with partly cloudy skies and a bright sun. Right from the morning, the teams were busy setting up the venue – with the decorators, DJs, food and alcohol vendors rushing around putting the finishing touches, as well as over 35 models getting their hair and make-up done.
The evening started with a VIP Reception at 7:30 pm in the Melrose Ballroom. There was a steady stream of well-dresses attendees starting at 7 pm, including Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne, Dallas Cowboys’ Anthony Brown and Keyvon Frazier, as well as Dallas Mavericks’ Satnam Singh.
VIPs mingled, enjoying freshly made appetizers from Isabella’s catering, Cinco Tacos, and Chef Chandi, as well as sipping high-end drinks like the 18 year old The Balvenie. In addition, there were three live models posing in the middle of the room, giving a glimpse of the beautiful Silk Threads designs to come.
Around 9 pm, guests moved to the Bel Air Ballroom, where the decor was based on the theme, Shimmering Lights, with the underlying sentiment of the event being “Bring light to someone’s life”. Kudos to Protege by Eric Oliver for transforming the hall into a cozy fashion citadel!
The theme this year was Women’s Empowerment, since October was National Domestic Violence Awareness month, and the beneficiary was Mosaic Family Services and its affiliated charities. October 30th was also the Indian festival of lights, Diwali.
Fashionistas and donors came together for this one-of-a-kind fundraiser in one of the most unique settings in Dallas. The emcees of the evening were Emmy-winner Hilary Kennedy from nationally syndicated EyeOpener show, and Emmy-nominated Amy Vanderof, recently the host of Good Morning Texas.
The first speaker was a survivor of domestic abuse, Sheeba Fernandez Turner, who talked about how she escaped from an abusive marriage with the help of an agency like Mosaic. Our featured speaker was Anna Rupani, Staff Attorney for Mosaic Family Services – who talked about the services Mosaic provides.
Next was a Celebrity Walk, where the sports personalities and other celebrities in attendance modeled the designs they were wearing From Silk Threads.
The highlight of the evening was the Silk Threads Fashion Show, featuring a new collection for women and men from the Chief Designer of Silk Threads, Ruby Bhandari – which she had launched recently at New York Fashion Week. The meticulously crafted designs combined modern styles with the ornate beauty of Indian traditional design elements.
There was a music and dance component integrated in the show, with Blue Flame Productions and upcoming singer Omar Khalifa, delighting the audience with their dances and songs.
In addition, guests bid on a silent auction to win great prizes like paintings from local artist Rahul Vyas. There was also a Photo Booth – complete with an Indian-inspired backdrop and props, as well as a Henna (Mehndi) artist decorating guests’ hands.
The feedback from the attendees was great – and with over $10,000 donated to the charities that evening, it was an overwhelming success.
See great pictures and coverage in DStyle Magazine here.