Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Simply Summer Fashionably Fall 2013 featuring Milly

Michelle Smith of Milly
(Press Release)  Co-chairs Beverly Rice and Lisa Bhattacharya welcomed nearly 100 partygoers to this year’s Simply Summer, Fashionably Fall hosted by Neiman Marcus NorthPark and MILLY on Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m.

The evening, which benefited Turtle Creek Recovery Center, began with cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and a cool vibe by DJ Andre, as patrons mingled and perused the “MILLY pop-up shop” especially created for the night.

Guests then took their seats along the runway as Warren Wetzel from Neiman Marcus NorthPark welcomed everyone before introducing Turtle Creek Recovery Center executive director John Castaneda.

After thanking the co-chairs and attendees for their support of the agency, Castaneda addressed the importance of the funds raised by the evening to the clients served by TCRC, who suffer from mental illness and addiction.

Beverly Rice and Lisa Bhattacharya
Michelle Smith, MILLY head designer and founder, was then joined at the top of the runway by Keith Ness of the L’atelier Group, to unveil looks from the MILLY fall collection. Stylish guests loved Smith’s favorite pieces from the collection as she shared her inspiration behind her designs and this season’s hottest trends. Following the show, three lucky winners were announced for special gifts from MILLY – Makenna watersnake crossbody handbags from the Fall 2013 collection.

Patrons then returned to the festivities as they enjoyed more delicious bites from the NM Café, including mini truffle twice baked potatoes, brisket and fried chicken sliders, mini popovers with chicken salad, empanadas and assorted mousse cups and cake balls for dessert.

DJ Andre pumped up the volume by adding a live drummer to his sound, while guests took turns in the photo booth.

Simply Summer, Fashionably Fall attendees included: Maggie Kipp; Andrea Weber; Shona Gilbert; Nikki and Crayton Webb; Nancy Gopez; Kris Johnson; Emily Eisenhauer; LeeAnne Locken; Rhonda Sargent Chambers; Jennifer Lelash; Kristin Baker; and JB Hayes. As Simply Summer, Fashionably Fall came to an end, partygoers were gifted a MILLY umbrella as a memento for the fabulous evening.

About Turtle Creek Manor Turtle Creek Recovery Center is the only residential treatment program in North Texas that is wholly dedicated to serving adults with a mental illness and an addiction. Through its programs, TCRC helps hundreds of people each year to gain mental stability, sobriety, jobs and a place to live. Mental illness affects one in five families in America of all ages, race and income levels. If left untreated, an individual can suffer from unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse, incarceration and suicide. The proceeds from this event will make a difference in the lives of hundreds of TCRC clients. For more information, visit