Alden Clanahan to be honored by DIFFA

DIFFA’s 2012 collection Smoking Haute, returns to the Hilton Anatole on March 31, but the theme is already being tweaked ever-so-slightly following the unexpected death of fashion leader Alden Clanahan.

Clint Bradley, chairman of the DIFFA Dallas board of director, issued this statement about Clanahan and the collection:

“We at DIFFA/Dallas are honored to have known Alden Clanahan, enjoyed his great talents, and witnessed his passion for helping others. Alden’s years of service, dedication, and generosity towards DIFFA/Dallas will always be cherished and admired. Not only was Alden a Board member, a sponsor, and a patron but, Alden was an angel for DIFFA/Dallas. To honor Alden’s work and immeasurable impact for those living with HIV/AIDS, we will dedicate Collection 2012 as a celebration of his memory.”

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Fashion leader Alden Clanahan dies

Alden Clanahan, right

We just learned of the passing Alden Clanahan, an executive with Dallas Market Center and a frequent patron of social functions in Dallas; he was also a DIFFA volunteer.

According to Clanahan’s friend and next door neighbor, Michael A. Smith, Clanahan failed to show up at work several days ago and did not answer calls. Earlier today, police were dispatched and entered his apartment and found him dead. “His dog Bella was at his side,” Smith said.

His colleague Rawlins Gilliland, who worked with Clanahan when he was at Neiman Marcus, mourned Clanahan on his Facebook page. When Gilliland did his experimental fundraising marathon on KERA last fall, Clanahan was one of his guest hosts. “It’s too much to say goodbye,” Gilliland wrote.

No other details were available.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones