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Joining me at the JDRF Dream Guild soiree at Neiman Marcus were, from left, event co-chair Elyse Roberts, Dream Guild outgoing President Analisa Albert and incoming President Pamela Lowry, and event co-chair James Cueva

Joining me at the JDRF Dream Guild soiree at Neiman Marcus were, from left, event co-chair Elyse Roberts, Dream Guild outgoing President Analisa Albert and incoming President Pamela Lowry, and guild member and champagne sponsor James Cueva

Members of The Dream Guild have two things in common: they are fashionistas and they are committed to raising funds to treat and cure Type 1 diabetes. Supporters of JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), the support group plans fundraisers throughout the year to do just that. The latest effort was the guild’s Spring Fling Membership Luncheon, hosted by Neiman Marcus in the luxury store’s digs at Fashion Island.

The soiree commenced in the store’s shoe salon on Level One with a champagne reception and the opportunity to try on some of the hottest shoes by name shoe designers in the business. Event chairs Elyse Roberts and Neiman Marcus’ Director of Public Relations Michaele Hall were busy greeting the 90 guests, as was outgoing Dream Guild Board President Analisa Albert and incoming President Pamela Lowry. Following the reception, guests gathered on Level Two for a delicious luncheon (loved the Mariposa popover!!) and 2014 Spring fashion presentation. The tables were exquisite, thanks to Young Martin’s Wildflower Linen table covers and napkins, which were a rich brocade print (see photo). The huge pink cabbage roses and green hydrangeas were the perfect accent. Neiman Marcus Vice President/General Manager Leyla Vokhshoori welcomed everyone, and Albert thanked her board’s efforts for the year in netting more than $120,000 for JDRF. She named all the members present with a Type 1 diabetes connection, which included Toni Berlinger (grandson), Mary Allen (granddaughter), Julie Hellmers (two children), Stacie Brewster (daughter), Elyse Roberts (nephew), Cate Gunn (herself), Beth Bidna (mother), Ann Winthrop (daughter), Carol Crawford (two grandchildren), Anne Grey (husband), and Amy Zaharek (daughter). Winthrop, who is JDRF Board President, said that JDRF is not just “juvenile” anymore. “Fifty percent of those with Type 1 diabetes are adults,” she said.

Michaele Hall, a founding Dream Guild member, commentated the spring fashions as the stylish models strutted their stuff for the elegant crowd. Hall said the trends for spring, according to Neiman Marcus, include the color pink, in all shades – “from blush to anything but shy,” she said. Backpacks are the bag of the season. Artistic prints are a huge influence – from digital and geometric to floral and tribal, and summer booties with open toes, straps and cutouts are de rigueur. Mixing jackets with other looks is big, and a long white shirt is a considered very stylish. Tops and pants are shortened with midriffs bared and short shorts a heavy trend. Denim, from head to toe, is called “rocking the blues,” and stacks of bracelets continue to be a major statement in accessories. And, finally, white with black accents (not black and white) holds forth as a major trend for the season.

The fashionable affair concluded with Julie Hellmer’s mother-in-law, Carol Crawford, giving $10,000 in honor of her grandchildren, who have Type 1 diabetes. The gesture touched hearts. NeimanMarcus1-01 NeimanMarcus2-01 NeimanMarcus3-01 NeimanMarcus4-01 NeimanMarcus5-01NeimanMarcus6-01NeimanMarcus7-01NeimanMarcus8-01NeimanMarcus9-01