This is Cate’s first year as an honoree. She grew up in Dallas and is married to Jeremy Ford. They have three children, Curran, Jerry, and new baby Chloe. In addition to her involvement with their schools, Hockaday and The Episcopal School of Dallas, Cate serves on the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas board of directors and their development committee. She serves on the Women’s Auxiliary at Children’s Medical Center; the Sweetheart Ball Committee; and she is an inactive member of Cattle Baron’s Ball committee. Cate received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University.
Q: What is your favorite Park Cities or Preston Hollow eatery to get dressed up for lunch with girlfriends?
A: Le Bilboquet.
Q: Who is your style inspiration and how do you embody them?
A: I don’t have just one style inspiration, I think that’s too narrow. I admire women that have set classic trends like Grace Kelly, Annette de la Renta and Carolyn Bessett-Kennedy. And I also like to mix eclectic, vintage pieces with fun new finds. I love the effortless style of Lauren Santo Domingo, Giovanna Battaglia and Lucy Wrubel.
Q: What’s been the most valuable learning experience as part of Crystal Charity Ball?
A: Getting to know the amazing women involved with Crystal Charity Ball. Every year they make such an incredible impact on thousands of children’s lives.
Q: Tell us about your favorite local designer:
A: Lisa Moore, the talented designer behind Cover Swim — the pioneer in sun-protective swimwear. Her feminine silhouettes protect my skin from sun damage with a modern and stylish edge.
Q: What is your fashion motto?
A: Have fun with it — know your body and know what works. Confidence is always the best accessory.
Q: What cosmetic is always in your purse?
A: Poet lip gloss by Lune+Aster, and Radiance highlighter by Kjaer Weis.
Q: Tell us about your favorite Park Cities or Preston Hollow place to get pampered:
A: Mindful Dermatology is fantastic — their staff is so attentive. When I need an energy boost or detox I head to the OhZone Clinic. I can’t get enough of their ozone sauna therapy.
Q: Tell us about your favorite piece of clothing in your closet:
A: It changes all the all the time really. I just bought a great Pucci dress in Italy, and I love the mix of soft feminine lace with the bright bold print.