Break out those spring fashions! DIFFA 2016 moves the May 21

Jeweled body at DIFFA. The annual DIFFA Dallas fashion show and fundraiser has long been a late-winter event, usually taking place — as it has the past two years — the first weekend of March at Downtown’s Omni Hotel. Well, in 2016 it will be back at the Omni, and you can expect more runway glam … but the looks on the red carpet will likely be quite different.

That’s because DIFFA Dallas has announced that the Collection next year will take place on May 21 — fully 10 weeks later in the season that usual. And that probably means a lot of reimagining of what guests will wear. Unlike the Black Tie Dinner, where most men keep it to black tuxes, DIFFA has always been the hipper, crazier cousin of gay Dallas society.

Sure, most of the women already wear dresses that probably make them a little chilly walking into to the hotel. But it won’t just be the cut! That’s on the cusp of Memorial Day, which means we might see more white, more blowsy fabrics, more (ahem) revealing looks.

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Gay chamber brings ’13 conference to Omni Dallas 4 years after benefits flap

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has selected Dallas as the city to host its summer 2013 National Business & Leadership Conference — and the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel as the venue.

The 10th anniversary conference will come to Dallas four years after local controversy over Dallas’ city-operated Omni offering domestic partner benefits. Dallas Voice raised questions about the hotel not offering DP benefits in 2009 after the city signed a 15-year operating agreement with the company for the $500 million hotel.

Omni is one of the few major hotel chains that doesn’t offer domestic partner benefits to its employees throughout the U.S. Omni is also owned by Oak Lawn-based TRT Holdings, whose CEO, Robert Rowling, has contributed millions to Karl Rove’s super PAC, American Crossroads.

The convention center hotel later announced it would offer DP benefits when it opened last fall after Mayor Tom Leppert convinced the company to do so, even though it hadn’t been considered as part of the operating agreement between the city and the hotel.

Omni is now a member of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce.

“The North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce is honored to be hosting the 2013 NGLCC Business & Leadership Conference,” President & CEO of the North Texas GLBT Chamber Tony Vedda said in a release. “Dallas is a city of entrepreneurs and innovation; two words that are synonymous with the NGLCC. It seems only fitting that Dallas should host the NGLCC’s 10th anniversary conference.”

The conference will be from July 30 to Aug. 2. Registration begins Feb. 1.

Read the full press release below.

—  Dallasvoice