October 30, 2019


This year’s First Look came S.W.A.K.

This year marked the 21st anniversary of TWO x TWO, the annual fundraiser and art auction benefitting amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art. While the Saturday-night gala is always highly anticipated (Aloe Blacc performed this year), we love attending the preview party, First Look. One of the most creative events of the year, it always promises surprises, great takeaways, and definitely the best bites.

Ella Jazz collage of Forty Five Ten on Main Street

Presented by Headington Companies at The Rachofsky House, this year’s theme took inspiration from the bright red lips that frequent the collages by Ella Jazz. (The Madrid-based artist was recently commissioned by Forty Five Ten to create artworks for each of its store locations.)

While sipping cocktails from Midnight Rambler, guests toured the home to preview more than 150 works of art donated for the gala auction. Meanwhile in the courtyard, partygoers took photos in the neon-lip photo booth and (in a twist on palm reading) had their lip prints read by holistic healer and life coach Deborah Colleen Rose. (Side note: Rose’s interpretations were spooky accurate, but we were kinda distracted by the pretty shades of  La Bouche Rouge.)

An interactive art piece, Bastille, by Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander allowed guests to compose their own phrases out of words taken from protest banners and battle cries—a new form of pinned-on poetry. From there, it was straight to “Zip Your Lips,” a Forty Five Ten game that promised prizes to every player. Byredo fragrances, Cult Gaia bags, VEDA leather jackets, Truss totes, gift cards… Score!

The Joule’s downtown restaurants served bite-sized favorites from their menus. (Think slider versions of CBD Provision‘s famous cheeseburger, shaved cauliflower salads from Americano, and shrimp and parmesan grits from Mirador.)

The Design District showed strong with Wheelhouse‘s signature poke bowls and Sassetta‘s dry-aged meatballs. Commissary surprised with an off-the-menu funfetti dulce de leche that would have been the most newsworthy bite of the night—had it not been for the queso bar. If the kissing lips and queso-dripped DJ bar didn’t give it away, downtown Dallas is getting a new Tex Mex restaurant! Queso Beso made its presence known with a fully loaded queso bar, spicy chicken tinga tacos, and flautas with queso fresco—just a small taste of what’s to come when the casual restaurant opens this year next to The Eye.

Fresh-fried churros were a fitting parting gift, along with one more little surprise: keys taken from a wall of lip-shaped padlocks. Three lucky keys will open locked prizes at Forty Five Ten. The only way to tell if yours is a winner? Gotta try the lock to see! While those prizes have yet to be claimed, we do know of two winners. TWO x TWO just announced it raised $8 million dollars at this year’s event for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art.

Click here to see more pics from First Look…