Thursday, May 16, 2013

Light the Runway with Katydid Collection

Looking for something fashionable, fun and charitable to do? Then you are in luck because the second annual “Light the Runway” father-daughter fashion show, benefitting Dress for Success Dallas will take place Friday, May 17 from 7 p.m. to midnight at 129 Leslie in the Dallas Design District.

Stomping the runway - family style - will be the likes of:
Alison and Leonard Volk · Allyson and Hugh Aynesworth · Chef Brian Luscher of The Grape · Deanna Di Pizio of Salon Pompeo · Dr. Mitchell Fagelman · FC Dallas’ Daniel Hernandez · Former NFL player Odie Harris · Gene Gates of Batutto Restaurant (formerly of Gene and Julie on 103.7 Lite FM) · Jack Son of FLUENT · Jody Dean of Jody Dean & The Morning Team on 98.7 KLUV · John Conte, Wade College · Mitch Carr of CBS DFW 11 · Ryan Neufeld, former Dallas Cowboy · Stephen Giles, DIFFA Style Board and Vaughn and Gigi Miller.

Katydid T-shirts owner Katy Messersmith Mattox encourages local fashion lovers to come and enjoy a night of great wine, fashion and light bites. Event tickets are between $35 and $125 and can be purchased at In addition to serving as the event’s host, Messersmith Mattox will be the show’s featured designer, and part of her spring collection will be featured on the event’s runway.

Every woman can now wear Katydid designs and graphic tees while also supporting Dress for Success Dallas. Katydid Collection has created a “Going Places, Going Strong” women’s tee, echoing the organization’s mission and motto. One hundred percent of proceeds from the tee will benefit the Dallas chapter of Dress for Success. The cotton tee is short-sleeved and loose fit with a scoop neck. The tees can be purchased at as well as at the Dress for Success Dallas offices at 13331 Preston Road, Suite 2122.

“There are few organizations that so closely mirror my desire to empower women. Like me, Dress for Success wants women to feel confident in their attire, and by extension – in their own skin,” said Messersmith. “As a female entrepreneur who believes deeply in the DFS mission, it is my honor to be an ongoing sponsor and to host this special night of fashion.” The funds raised at the May 17th fashion show will support the Dress for Success mission of promoting economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Last year, Dress for Success Dallas provided suits to more than 500 women, and the organization expects to double that number in 2013.