Tribute in Orange

When one is invited to a birthday celebration for maybe the most admired woman in Dallas, and the invitation says all guests must wear orange, what would you wear? I imagined, at this architecturally significant Volk Estates home, an orange velvet rope at the entry hall in the spirit of Studio 54 would allow access depending on the vibe and attire of the guest. Sure enough, those attending this well curated birthday party wore orange with verve. Artists including three internationally published photographers, several authors, a celebrity chef, sophisticated philanthropists, business titans and art patrons filled the party. Entertainment included a magnificent opera singer that preceded the guests singing Happy Birthday to the celebrant whose favorite color is orange.

An architectural observation that I often note when I am in an architecturally significant home like this one designed by architectural firm Greene, LaRoche & Dahl, one can see into five or six or in this case seven separate rooms while standing in one room of the home. Also in one room, one can see sunlight or nature illuminated in all four directions. Besides allowing sunlight to flow in from several different directions, at a party one can easily see guests one would like to say hello to several rooms away. It is worth mentioning that this estate home is very large, but since it is just one or two rooms deep, each room feels intimate and connected to nature while being part of a grand architectural gesture. There is so much to love about Dallas, but when one is surrounded by wonderful people who love Dallas, one’s affection for the city continues to grow. This is how I answered the question above. I elected to wear a Savile Row bespoke double-breasted linen jacket by tailor John Coggins, an Hermes orange tie, a pocket square also by Hermes, boutonniere by Park Cities Petals, trousers by Incotex, and orange tinted glasses selected and created by Reece Barton of Barton Perriera in the meatpacking district. *Tribute in Orange
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