As we somehow misplaced our invite to last weekend's Neiman Marcus centennial shindig -- at the Cotton Bowl, then at the downtown Dallas flagship -- we're stuck reliving the magic through the ultra-fab reportage and slideshow offered by Women's Wear Daily. Actually, it doesn't look that fab to us, save for the snaps of Hilary Swank on Saturday night -- dazzling in Dior, as Fashion Week Daily might say. (And here are dozens more photos from Saturday night, courtesy the New York Social Diary ... hunh.)
Something about designer-label CEOs sweating on the Cotton Bowl 50-yard-line in fresh-off-the-rack blue jeans and just-bought boots doesn't sound right -- or look it, by the sounds and looks of the rather uncomfy Manolo Blahnik:
"My feet are killing me," he moaned, pointing to his cowboy boots after doing some cha-chas on the sidelines. Why didn't he just design his own? "No time, so I bought these at some shop in town, along with everything else. I've always admired John Wayne."
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Chris Isaak, musical guest at the Cotton Bowl, said it best: "We do have other places to go, but it's great to be playing Neiman Marcus. We could have been playing Sears Roebuck." That's next weekend. --Robert Wilonsky