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It takes a village to create this magazine and our digital media platform, SocietyTexas.com. Here’s a look at some of the many talented dynamos who make it happen, as things warm up a bit during these spring-tastic days.

38. Editor’s Letter Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan shares his always optimistically sunny disposition during these warmer months.

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46. Evolve Jay Remer, The Etiquette Guy, is always on duty to solve our modern social life’s most perplexing questions in his wonderfully approachable way. This time, he takes a look at so many opportunities in which we can be more thoughtful of others.

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CONTRIBUTE JAMIE CHANDLEE

As a busy working mom of two, Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee developed a strong passion for technologies that simplify consumer experiences, so people have more time for the parts of their lives not behind a screen. She and her team contribute our List column in each issue, and her vision for Rank & Style is to give people back the time they waste digging through endless fashion resources to find the products they like. Chandlee is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and is grateful to be able to help people outside the office through her participation in numerous socially impactful organizations.

GORDON KENDALL

Our very fashionable Texan-turned-New Yorkerturned-eternal-Southerner contributor Gordon Kendall is always on the go and on the scene. He is a freelance fashion author and educator. He is also an executive member of the Fashion Group International/New York, a board member of The National Arts Club, and a member of The Couture Council, and The Museum at F.I.T.

KRYSTAL DE LISI & ELLEN MASON

As seen in our Forecast column, analyst and founder of THE EDIT ADVISORY, Krystal De Lisi, spent 15 years as Associate Vice President of Design at Victoria’s Secret PINK, where she oversaw all facets of the design strategy and development process, from concept to delivery. Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Ellen Mason, has 25 years of experience working with some of the best-known brands in fashion and music, including Kenneth Cole Productions and Gibson Musical Instruments. THE EDIT ADVISORY provides fashion entrepreneurs with the inspiration and insight they need to develop, produce, and market their brands sustainably and authentically. For more information, visit TheEditAdvisory.com

ELEANOR A MORRISON

Our Digital Director Eleanora Morrison is an award-winning editor and content creator based in Los Angeles, CA. Originally from San Antonio, she has spent over a decade in print and digital media, cultivating experience as a writer, editor, content producer, and creative director. This month she was also the assistant stylist on our fashion cover feature. Connect with her on social media @eleanoramorrison and explore more of her work at Eleanora.co.

DION “BLEU” DR AKE

Dion “Bleu” Drake is a fashion stylist with over a decade of experience working in celebrity, editorial, advertising, and personal styling. Over the years, he has honed his skill by working with celebrities, athletes, and publications such as Elle and Italian Vogue. Originally from Detroit, moving to the West Coast afforded him the opportunity to be infused with fashion and culture from a very young age. He proclaims his inspiration for his keen style aesthetic is anything edgy and glam, allowing Drake to create dynamic images that will forever be cemented in editorial history…as in this month’s exciting fashion cover feature.

MARK OBERLIN

Our feature photographer for this issue’s fashion editorial cover story is Los Angeles-based Mark Oberlin. Oberlin has also photographed the collections of many of the West Coast’s top fashion designers. He is an acclaimed painter, as well, and has exhibited his paintings in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco galleries. More of his work can be found at MarkOberlinPhotography. com.

ROB GIARDINELLI

Certified professional coach and branding expert by day, social commentator by night, Associate Publisher and Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli is a man of many interests. He loves being a part of any room where social Texans exude their larger-than-life essence, whether cooking a meal at home for a small group of friends or being part of a non-profit gala for over a thousand guests. Most of all, he appreciates how Texans so generously and passionately give back and relishes weaving his social commentary to showcase those who work tirelessly to raise awareness of important causes in the state of Texas and beyond.

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Edy Hernandez, Beast Creative Agency's founder, decided to take the idea of the traditional agency and turn it on its ear...or better said, let the problem speak for itself. The Beast addresses your marketing challenges with creative thinking. Solving such issues is their jam. They have frequently helped their clients with non-marketingrelated internal processes derived simply through a fresh perspective and ideation.

Our Associate Editor Leanne Raesener was formerly the city editor for both Brilliant and The Society Diaries magazines. A fifth-generation Texan raised in Austin; she spent most of her career in Manhattan before we were fortunate to have her back in the Lone Star State. After working at Goldman Sachs in Charitable Giving for many years, it only deepened her interest in philanthropy. She supports many charities but holds most near and dear to her heart, her brother, Jack Frederick Raesener’s Scholarship Fund, Ballet Austin, and NYU FACES. Her love of life, generosity, creative style, and wordsmithing are a winning combination.

ANA BRIBIESCA HOFF

Writer and enthusiast of all things beauty, fashion, travel, and healthy living-related, our Glow beauty contributor Ana Bribiesca Hoff is currently working in the higher education non-profit sector and has also launched AnaBribs.com. In this new lifestyle blog, she shares her passions, experiences, and special tips along with sneak peeks inside her life while also hoping to share large doses of inspiration. In this issue, she reveals the most alluring spring beauty secrets yet.

MARY-MARGARET QUADLANDER

Mary Margaret Quadlander, a fifth generation Austinite, wrote this month’s feature, Desire & Destiny, from her recently released book, Grace Jones of Salado: A Biography. Quadlander led a very successful career in the fashion industry, spending twenty-three years as a fashion designer and four years on the faculty at The University of Texas and St. Edward’s University in Austin. Her most recent adventure was founding the Austin School of Fashion Design, a design room facility for those individuals interested in learning the industry skills needed for a career in design. She sold the school in 2011, and it is now an Academy for Young Designers. In 2017, Quadlander donated Grace Jones’ papers to Baylor University and the ongoing WASP Museum. cont’d...

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JAY REMER

Our Evolve columnist, Jay Remer, Canada’s Etiquette Guy, catered his first dinner party at the age of 14 and hasn’t looked back since. Raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Remer emigrated to Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, where he owns and operates The Windsor House, an 18th Century residence. Remer produces several shows, which can be viewed on YouTube, for CHCOTV, New Brunswick, Canada’s only community channel. His bi-weekly newspaper column is published in the Telegraph-Journal in Saint John, NB, Canada. Remer also happily speaks, writes, and teaches civility. His book, The Six Pillars of Civility, is scheduled for release this year.

JENNIFER ROOSTH

Our talented and terrifically connected Associate Editor Jennifer Roosth is a Houston-based writer who never ceases to be amazed by the wonderfully generous spirit of the Houston philanthropic community. “It’s nice to live in a city where so many are excited about giving back,” she says. “In the process, they throw some mighty fine parties.”

MICHAEL SATTERFIELD

Our Drive columnist Michael Satterfield is an award-winning journalist, traveler, photographer, and lifelong automotive enthusiast who has been featured in Forbes, Hot Rod Magazine, A-Cars, Easy Riders, and many other publications. Satterfield founded the popular men’s lifestyle site, TheGentlemanRacer.com, as a blog in 2002, which has grown to become an online and print magazine reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month.

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Mary Schneider, who contributes in this issue to our Thrive column, has been a student of energetic medicine for 30 years. She has been a Certified Resonance Repatterning Professional in private practice in Austin for the past 20 years (RePatternIt. com). Schneider is also an ordained minister and has studied numerous alternative modalities such as homeopathy, the Chinese 5 Element Acupuncture System, Ayurveda, and the Chakra System, to name a few. She loves regularly speaking in the community about how we heal.

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CYNTHIA SMOOT

Meet Cynthia Smoot: publicist, freelance lifestyle and travel writer, Dallas influencer, and Southern Belle. Her passion is being a connector, and whether it's through her role as a Publicist for Gangway Advertising, social media, or her freelance work, she loves to shine a spotlight on the people, places, events, and services that give Dallas its flavor. Connect with her on all social media platforms @OhSoCynthia.

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ROSE BETTY WILLIAMS

Wherever there is a wonderful party, there is usually Associate Editor and social chronicler Rose Betty Williams. She also leads symposia, plans events, serves on boards, and supports organizations from OperaAmerica to the Helping Hand Home for Children. Williams also facilitates networking for project and product development. Williams is a longtime Austin resident, freelance writer, and photographer with a passion for fine art, music, wine, books, tennis, food, and life…as well as a deep love for her family and community.

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AS WINTER THAWS AND THE POSSIBILITIES OF spring beckons, we are beyond excited about the warmer weather season and what it has in store for all of us. From our vantage point, we have an outlook that reads sunny skies and even sunnier times ahead. With this new spring issue, always one of my very favorites, we continue to embrace a wildly optimistic viewpoint for the future that we, in turn, share with you. From sharing the galas you love to support, to covering the topics that matter to you, to the fashion that inspires to the styles that motivate your own, we are here for you. We know how busy times are as the world bounces back in a post-pandemic state of mind, and we treasure that you choose us to have along on your journey. Lady Bird Johnson so famously said where f lowers bloom, so does hope. Thanks to her and LBJ, the Highway Beautif ication Act was signed into law in 1965, and it was a feat that literally changed our landscape for the better. To plant is to believe in the future, don’t you think? Even the rugged and roughhewn beauty of Texas became more visually f luent and dexterous. That transformational bill and the era’s Don’t Be a Litterbug campaign continue to make a dramatic difference in the horizons we choose to see. We’ve all learned many things in our journeys in life...in Texas and beyond. That’s why we’re here to present the very best of it as stylishly as we can. Our cover fashion feature takes us to a mythical villa in the South of France, where joie de vivre is like no other, especially with a Texan spin on it. Fresh, hopeful, and always inspiringly glamorous, we encourage you to try new fashion avenues this season. One distinct fashion avenue well-traveled was internationally known and respected retailer Grace Jones, founder of her eponymous salon in Salado, located between Austin and Dallas.

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The small spot on the map gave way to Jones’ grand vision for how women, especially the Texas women who arrived in limousines and by jets at the nearby landing strip could be more beautifully dressed, as chronicled in the breezy book about her by her longtime friend, f ifth-generation Texan and fashion expert Mary-Margaret Quadlander. We’re delighted to present this look back that encourages a look forward in your own style and life’s ambitions. In the style world, knowing how a shoe can change not only an outf it but also the world of the wearer, we’re sharing our season’s favorite f inds to keep you on your own path with a spring in your step, too. Along with our wildly talented editorial, design, and publishing teams doing what they do best here, we’ll keep bringing you some of the most innovative, insightful journalism and photography on the planet. Because we get it. We really get you. So, as your spring unfolds to the bright and buoyant days ahead, we’ll see you in a place in the sun.

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A Breath Of

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When Oscar Wilde mused that a flower blossoms for its own joy, he was right. Around here, we feel that spring adds new life and more beauty to all that is already there....it unlocks the flowers to paint the soil around us. We know that as you await its arrival, life gets warmer, the soul revives, and without winter before, it wouldn’t seem as pleasant. So, we invite you to this happy, blooming, and inspiring issue, so that no matter the forecast, you’ll live your own spectacular spring season ahead.

Grace Jones, modeling, early 1950s See page 114 for story.

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SPARKLE

A version of the iconic Nudo ring, by Pomellato, these earrings shine with the copyrighted nude stones. In white and rose gold with amethyst and diamonds. $5,950. At LMajorsAustin.com.

Jewelry has the power to be the one little thing that makes you feel unique..

This platinum and 18K yellow gold ring from Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry features a 4.40 carat oval sapphire center surrounded by baguettes and oval diamonds with a split pave diamond shank. Diamonds total approximately 3.44 carats. $29,500. At LMFJ.com.

These Honey Comb earrings from the Royale Collection by Nini Jewels have two center amethysts, surrounded by 16 citrines and 362 yellow sapphires. Price upon request. At NiniJewels.com.

Also, part of the Royale Collection, this Honey Comb necklace from Nini Jewels has one center amethyst, 17 amethysts, eight citrines, and 469 yellow sapphires. Price upon request. At NiniJewels.com.

Elizabeth Taylor

This exquisite 5.01 carat sapphire ring is both contemporary and classic. Price upon request. At KormanFineJewelry.com.

With Flying

COLORS Elizabeth Taylor, Academy Awards, 1970

These tanzanite and diamond stud earrings are vintage-looking yet very modern, too. $8,600. By Buddha Mama. At NeimanMarcus.com.

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Very Peri, the Pantone Color of the Year, inspires us with the latest shades of the bluish-purple hue that is sweeping the fashion runways. Why not reach for the sky with these selections from some of our favorite jewelers?

Perfect for any ear, these are 58mm Stax elongated drop earrings with tanzanite and diamonds in 18K White Gold. $7,200. By David Yurman. At NeimanMarcus. com.

This 14K white gold bracelet from Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry features multi-colored princess cut sapphires set along the center with round diamonds accenting the top and bottom. The sapphires total approximately 5.69 carats, while the round diamonds total about 0.93 carats. $3,975. At LMFJ.com. The classic Nudo ring, by Pomellato, shines brightly in diamonds with an amethyst center stone in white and rose gold. $5,600. At LMajorsAusitn.com. SOCIETYTEXAS.COM


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BROWSE

Bound for Glory

The best spring books are now here for your enjoyment. From entertaining, fashion, design...and beyond, join our bookish bibliophile Lance Avery Morgan as he recommends a few favorites. ENTERTAINING IN STYLE

BILLY COTTON

By Jane Churchill and Emily Astor

By Mayer Rus

This tome reflects on American-born cousins Nancy Astor and Nancy Lancaster, who were renowned as two of Britain’s greatest partygivers, excelling at gracious entertaining and witty repartee. The book offers seventy-five dishes, gorgeous table settings, and previously unseen family photographs of the duo’s provenance in the U.S. and Great Britain. $40. At RizzoliUSA.com.

Interior designer Cotton presents rooms that mix historical and modern influences, resulting in luxuriously sleek interiors for casual yet sophisticated living. Many of the glamorous spaces were designed for art-world clients and are anchored in tradition but reflect the relaxed sensibilities of our time. You can apply his methods to any part of your own home. $85. At RizzoliUSA.com.

PAUL R. WILLIAMS: CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD STYLE

WONDERLAND By Summer Thornton

By Karen E. Hudson Authored by his granddaughter, Classic Hollywood Style takes a refreshed look at Paul R. Williams, the most prominent architect in Hollywood of his generation who was also a person of color. It includes his take on Spanish Mediterranean, English Tudor, French Normandy, Art Deco, and of course, the California Ranch style. $65. At RizzoliUSA. com.

This book reflects highly polished and sophisticated interiors that indulge in a lighthearted, almost irreverent sense of whimsy. Be captivated by the interplay of seemingly disparate elements emboldened to follow your wildest design dreams. $45. At RizzoliUSA.com.

A HOUSE PARTY IN TUSCANY

By Amber Guinness

By Heather Ecker, Judith Henon-Raynaud, Evelene Posseme and Sarah Schleuning

With inviting and lush photography, alongside mouthwatering images of simple and flavorful dishes, this book collects recipes from 30 years of cooking and hosting at Arniano. This Itialian estate exemplifies the fundamental principles of Italian hospitality. $50. At ThamesAndHudson.com.

Published to accompany the new Dallas Museum of Art exhibit, Cartier and Islamic Art is a sumptuous exploration of the ways in which the Islamic arts have inspired the famous jewelry house, Cartier. $65. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com.

AT HOME WITH DESIGNERS AND TASTEMAKERS

DIOR: NEW LOOKS

By Susanna Salk and Stacey Bewkes

By Jerome Gautier

Open the doors to inspiring homes and learn lessons of navigating various design challenges to bring a room to life. The big and small moments in these homes reveal the creative process for the personal and idiosyncratic interiors these designers and tastemakers create for themselves. $50. At RizzoliUSA.com.

The legendary design House of Dior has a 75th anniversary of the New Look happening. Here, it is captured in this must-have tome that reflects the magnificence of the era. $60. At ThamesAndHudson.com.

HOW TO FRENCH COUNTRY

By Chris Jagger

By Sara Silm From deep in Béarn, the countryside of southwest France, this offers a complete guide to surrounding yourself with French country style no matter where you are...and distills the unique colors, textures, and flavors of this distinctive corner of the world. $45. At ThamesAndHudson.com.

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CARTIER AND ISLAMIC ART

TALKING TO MYSELF

Mick Jagger’s brother, Chris Jagger, has written a beguiling story of a close-knit family and deep brotherly ties. Littered with British pop cultural moments, Jagger covers the highs and lows of acting and film work and the pursuit of his own unique, global musical adventures. $32.99. At ChrisJaggerOnline.com.

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How To Really See Others

Jay Remer, our Etiquette Guy, is on the scene for spring to warm up some questions we all might be having these days as our times are rapidly evolving. After all, the best manners we can practice often include asking insightful questions of others. Dear Etiquette Guy As summer travel approaches, we’ll be traveling again like we have in the past. Can you please refresh my memory on gratuity? How much shall I tip an attendant on private aircraft or boat? Flying High Dear Wheels Up. Gratuities are a way to express our appreciation for something someone has done to enrich our lives somehow. How private households and their accoutrements receive such compensation varies. In some situations, tips are part of the deal and are understood ahead. In others, gratuities may be optional, but for savvy guests, they are de rigeuer. So, yes, appropriately tipping private f light attendants is still a good thing. A rule of thumb is $100 per crew member.

break the ice. Some of us are more comfortable starting with small talk – topics with no particular signif icance. Others, like me, tend to prefer more fulsome conversations. Many people spend their newly found home time reading books and watching Netf lix. Additionally, we had opportunities for self-ref lection. Bringing up a great book that you’ve discovered or a new show you recommend binge-watching is light and fun. Although it may be awkward for some of us to discuss, any revelations we garnered through meditation, yoga, or other forms of ‘me’ time are also great ways to begin a great conversation.

Dear Etiquette Guy, Now that things are hopefully getting back to normal, postpandemic, it seems like my social muscles have atrophied a bit at parties. Can you share some of your favorite conversation starters that I might borrow? Muscle Beach Bound Dear Beachy Keen, Isn’t it exciting to f inally be able to socialize with our old friends and meet new ones as we emerge from our restrictive isolation? Many of us are happy that gatherings are smaller because we can form stronger bonds and enjoy more meaningful conversations.

Dear Etiquette Guy, Recently I’ve seen much in the news about They pronouns. I certainly don’t want to offend anyone, so can you please advise on when I should use They instead of He and She? Socially Astute Dear Aspirationally Astute, They, as a singular pronoun, is now an approved usage in the mainstream vernacular. Yet, many of us have a challenge understanding how someone can decide not to identify as either a male or female but rather as a non-binary person. Those individuals prefer us to refer to them as they rather than he or she. If you f ind this challenging, have some selfcompassion—you’re not alone, and you do not need to beat yourself up about it. Everyone is getting used to many new diff icult-to-understand societal changes.

Typically, when we are bursting at the seams from the excitement of rejoining our social circles, we fall into the faux pas of talking about ourselves – our health issues, the inconveniences of isolation, and the suffering we experienced or observed. We frequently forget to ask how the other person is and how the pandemic has affected them. Beginning a conversation on a positive note helps

If you are unsure how someone identif ies themselves sexually, which is understandable, using they as a singular pronoun is also correct–your safety net. You will likely not offend people if your intention is not to offend. Furthermore, others will most likely take no offense because they live through this transition. Undoubtedly, this new usage becomes a more natural feeling with practice...in ourselves and others.

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GLOW VERY PERI, VERY TRENDY Fashion and makeup aside, manicures are a great way to i n c o r p o r at e this hue into your look. Try OPI Nail Lacquer in Show Us Your Tips, a stunning periwinkle with lots of shimmer. $10.79. At Ulta.com.

INSTANTLY INTENSE Very Peri makes a novel statement for eyes in various finishes and applications... from glittery and glam to dusty matte. Swap your neutral eyeliner for the Fenty Beauty Flypencil Longwear Pencil Eyeliner in Purple Stuff. $23. At BergdorfGoodman.com.

COLORING CORRECTLY The color of the year also helps correct and camouflage skin imperfections with the ultra-pigmented and full-coverage Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Corrector in Lavender. $31. At Neiman Marcus.com.

READY, SET...POUT Very Peri may seem like an especially bold choice for lips, but a matte lipstick is striking and feminine with Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat Matte Lipstick in Sydney Lavender. $42. At Sephora.com.

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INNER BEAUTY, OUTER HEALTH Nourish your inner glow by adding a single serving of collagen peptides to your daily routine, effortlessly providing the boost you need to support healthy skin, nails, and hair. Try Vital Proteins Beauty Collagen in Lavender Lemon. $37. At Nordstrom.com.

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SETTING THE TONE Give your blonde locks some love with Kevin Murphy’s Blonde Angel, a color-enhancing shampoo treatment that takes brassiness out of bland blonde tones and restores luster and shine. $40. At KevinMurphy. com. ESSENCE OF 2022 Taking cues from the crossover between color and scent, the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Flora Salvaggia captures the passage into a transformative new era with fresh watermelon notes, wildflowers, powdery iris, and violet essence. $140. At NeimanMarcus.com.

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LUMINOUS SKIN As Very Peri places the future in a new light, create glowing skin with Shiseido White Lucent Illuminating Micro-Spot Serum. Dark spots are targeted with a powerful brightening effect for radiant and smooth skin. $184. At Dillard’s.com.

The 2022 color of the year, Very Peri, places the future ahead in a new lavender light. Welcome, to a new world of endless opportunities and color possibilities with these inspired beauty must-haves that stretch the limits of reality and invite us to rewrite our own stories, according to our beauty expert, Ana Bribiesca Hoff.

COLLAGEN? COOL. This moisturizer, COU Crème De CBD, with collagen helps even skin tone and smooths the appearance of fine lines, according to founder and Austin native Trish Williams Huddleston. $60. At COUSkincare.com.

ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES Explore the endless opportunities that the complexity of the 2022 top hue offers with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol. 5, featuring 25 highly-pigmented shades with a gorgeous, very peri story color. $60. At Sephora.com. SOCIETYTEXAS.COM SOCIETYTEXAS.COM



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SPRING'S Triumphant RETURN Spring is the season of rebirth, and there’s no slow, gentle awakening this year. In fact, the Spring/Summer 2022 designer collections are bursting with vibrancy and optimism for the future while still including small nods to nostalgic influences of the past, according to our trendsetters, THE EDIT ADVISORY’S Krystal DeLisi and Ellen Mason.

Bold Punchy Brights Nowhere is this bold and bright reemergence seen more than in the bright-on-bright, even neon-on-neon designs that graced the runways. We saw Bold Blocking as a new way of Power Dressing by combining intense colors with a modern take on 1980s power suiting. Key Details: Pair these powerful colors with equally powerful silhouettes such as strong shoulders, authoritative pencil skirts, and wide-leg trousers. Many designers used unexpected materials, such as sequins, in their Bold Blocking for a hint of sparkle to further punch up your brights. As Seen On: Dior, Versace, Sandro, Eudon Choi, and Gestuz

Clockwise from left: Versace, Christian Dior, Gestuz, Kwaidan Editions, Milano Moda Graduate

Garden Explosion Another trend that embodies the triumphant return of spring is the use of vibrant, large-scale floral prints. Unlike the muted pastels of previous spring collections, these florals are colorful, oversized, and often kaleidoscopic in nature. Beyond enlarged flowers, unique patterns are created by magnifying a single petal or stem. Key Details: Head-to-toe looks that make you feel like you are literally wrapped in flora and the occasional fauna. This is not the ditsy floral print made popular by the Cottagecore trend. These are oversized, large-scale bursts of flowers and colors. Garden fauna prints included butterflies and dragonflies, magnifying a single wing to create a unique print. Clockwise from left: Gucci, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Schiaparelli, Oscar de la Renta

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As Seen On: Chanel, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Cain, and Schiaparelli

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Metal Glam Designers celebrated the return of the runway with looks that borrowed from glamrock fashions of the past while retaining a bit of the post-apocalyptic feel that has been prevalent since the pandemic began. With the sequin, the glam comes. From metallic materials to sophisticated metal details, the combination of mixed metal-earth tones and sparkly neutrals create an overall palette that is both grounded and sparkly. Key Details: This trend evokes everything from the big hair, glam rock bands of the 1980s to the supermodel-filled Versace collections of the 1990s. There are also hints of 1970s disco, 1980s punk, and the multi-decade use of fringe. Designers also used a lot of pleating and cutouts in gleaming, sometimes foil-like textiles. As Seen On: Balmain, Christopher Kane, Givenchy, Lanvin, and Courreges

Clockwise from left: Christopher Kane, Balmain, Courreges, Danamé, Lanvin

Ultra Sport Luxe True performance-based, activewear staples are given the fashion treatment with puffed sleeves, refined cutouts, sophisticated colors, color blocking, and retro athletic details. The inspiration for this trend goes well beyond Barre, HIIT, or other gym activities. These collections are based on extreme, ultra-sports, but it is indeed fashion. Key Details: Look for this trend to be everywhere, but called something different, probably with "core" attached. ActiveCore, PerformanceCore, Peak PerformanceCore, UltraCore, or UltraActiveCore, to name a few. The trend also has fun playing with the extreme juxtaposition of two pieces you would not normally style together. Go beyond denim and pearls and opt for a weatherproof poncho and Louboutin stilettos look. Clockwise from left: K Krizia, MSGM, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, Nikolaj Storm

As Seen On: Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, MSGM, and Nikolaj Storm

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THRIVE

Intuition Insight

Following your intuition is always a smart idea, yet the path to getting to that can often be circuitous. Our Austin-based Resonance Repatterning expert, Mary Schneider, offers guidance to seeking more internal intuition as the year progresses and you fulfill your intentions. THAT INNER VOICE I recall asking for advice when I was young, and people often responded with, just be yourself. Frustration was the only thing I learned from that. It’s great advice if you know who you are. Yet, I didn’t. Decades would pass before knowing myself morphed into trusting myself. It would be decades more before I heard my own inner voice...my intuition. How did that happen? It occurred pretty much the same way it happened for others I knew. Trusting ourselves and our inner voice can be a by-product of maturity. Eventually, we grow up. But, there are many other ways, such as making the same mistake again and again and finally learning from it. Or, I made big errors in judgment before listening to my inner voice that suggested I could use some help. That was followed by decades of expensive, albeit valuable, therapy. A brilliant analyst I knew had an interesting element in her therapy. Clients were never allowed to say, I don’t know. To jump-start intuition, the client was encouraged to reach into their psyche to come up with an answer. Intuition is a muscle just like any other. It, too, can be strengthened. We all have it, but it will atrophy if not ever used. In her article 18 Ways to Develop & Strengthen Your Intuition, Dr. Lissa Rankin writes in Mind Body Green, “We are all equipped with an intuition that is potent, trustworthy, and impeccably attuned to our true path. Whether you use it or not is up to you.” CONSULT THE HEART Today, numerous books are available to teach children how to access their inner knowing. These books teach children how to validate their intuitive abilities instead of suppressing them. Accessing one’s intuition is an extraordinary skill to cultivate at such an early stage of development. When a child reaches late adolescence, the utilization of their intuition will be second nature. In addition,

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scores of children already meditate. Meditation is a great way to acquire our sixth sense. Meditation begets silence, and intuition rises out of the silence. They both originate in the same place within our spiritual core. Decision-making is a natural part of life but is often problematic in many adults without this solid foundation. Albert Einstein said, “The intuitive is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." Trusting ourselves and accessing intuition has always been associated with the heart. The center of high intelligence and compassion, the heart, is the seat of our inner knowing and the hub of our spiritual core. Learning to consult the heart and listening to its message allows us entrée into deep inner knowing. What’s fascinating about this process is the more we follow our heart, the clearer the message and the faster the delivery. If we stop for a while, the clarity and delivery may get rusty. Ruth Umoh of CNBC.com writes, “While (Steve) Jobs was born a little under two months before Albert Einstein’s death, both the visionary co-founder of Apple and the most influential physicist of the 20th century agree that one trait was at the heart of their success: intuition.” Many momentous, life-changing decisions in our history were the result of someone’s intuition. And, undoubtedly, many a war was won or lost with little to go on other than internal intuition. Learning to trust our intuition is inextricably woven into our core values. If we stay true to our core value system, generally, it is because our intuition drives us in that direction, and we choose to listen. When we choose to override this innate integrity, it can be uncomfortable at best. Intuition is the mechanism designed to aid in self-knowledge. And you know what the Greeks said about that...an unexamined life is not worth living.

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Pump Up The Volume Spring trends, taking its cue from the Pantone color of the year is full of fresh, pastel shades and periwinkle delights. Join our talented style-setter, Jamie Chandlee, CEO of Rank & Style, and her team, for ways you can don the festive color for your Top 10 accessory choices.

EVERYONE INTO THE POOL Perfect to wear anywhere...from the club to a holiday in Majorca, this Xandra bikini, by Hunza G, is cut from stretchy seersucker and has a squared neckline and low-rise briefs. $295. At Net-A-Porter.com.

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PEEK A BOO CHIC These Rosie crystal-embellished bow-detailed PVC slingback pumps by Amina Maudi are the ideal shoes to transform any outfit into the outfit in the room. $1090. At Net-A-Porter.com.

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BEADED BEAUTY This Gabrielle chiffon wrap mini dress in lilac, with a velvet-sequined trim by Retrofete, is the perfect choice for your next party as it’s modest yet oh so sexy. $635. At Net-A-Porter.com.

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SWEATER WEATHER For those still-cool days of spring, why not grab your new favorite sweater. In the pastel that goes with everything, this Eloise cardigan by Staub is pure perfection. $315. At VeriShop.com.


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INITIALLY, YOU’LL LOVE IT And then you’ll love it even more once you wear it. The enamel and diamond initial cigar band ring is an instant jewelry classic. $1,450. At StephanieGottlieb.com.

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NOTEWORTHY & NECESSARY Customizable and made of luxe vegan textured leather, this notebook is equipped with spiral-lined paper, a pen holder, flap pocket, and a front tab closure...to capture all your imagination has to offer. $58. At StoneyClover.com.

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THESE EYES ARE UPON YOU Your eyeliner artistry goes epic with NYX Professional Makeup Epic Wear Liner Sticks. These power-pigmented eyeliner pencils deliver 36-hour waterproof color for bright eyes. At Ulta.com.

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NOTICEABLE NAILS This Essie Nail Polish, with a glossy shine finish, in the Pret-A-Surfer periwinkle shade is the ideal longlasting nail lacquer to brighten up those hands under spring’s sunny skies. $9. At Amazon.com.

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SEE THROUGH ROSECOLORED GLASSES This spring, sport these oh-sochic wavy, crimped frames in high-quality opaque periwinkle blue acetate, with contrasting aubergine purple CAT2 UVprotected lens. $130. At PoppyLissiman.com. COMPELLING COMPLEXION Try the Foreo Luna facial and body cleansing device for the healthiest clear skin. It’s the newest sensation for sensitive skincare. $199. At DermStore.com.

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DRIVE

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The Rolls-Royce, a luxurious car by anyone’s standards, has a new groove. Its Cullinan model, a super sleek SUV, offers something for anyone with a taste for high quality. Join our TheGentlemanRacer.com’s Michael Satterfield as he takes one out for a spin and leaves the city behind. Photography courtesy of TheGentlemanRacer.com THE NEW, NEW ROLLS ROYCE IF YOU SAY “ROLLS-ROYCE,” MOST PEOPLE ENVISION something like those 1980s Grey Poupon commercials, stuffy, aristocratic, luxurious, but somehow a bit dull. Modern Rolls-Royces are anything but boring, and with new products like the Wraith and the upcoming Specter, that is starting to change. One of the first and most controversial models to break the mold was the marquee's first SUV, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Since its launch in 2018, the Cullinan has become one of the brand’s most important vehicles, but can the Cullinan handle the duties of an actual SUV? To find out, I took it to a $20-a-day off-road park in Huntsville for a day in the dirt. The Rolls-Royce Cullinan I was driving costs nearly double the median home price in Walker County, Texas, where General Sam’s Off-Road Park is located. Most Rolls-Royces don't see many country roads, let alone dirt roads. So, while the Cullinan has a button in the console that says "off-road," hardly anyone uses

it. Still, Rolls-Royce claims it is a capable off-road vehicle designed for oil barons and cattlemen who need to survey their vast landholding in the lap of luxury. The shiny red Cullinan was outfitted with standard wheels and winter tires, the best option available for our adventure since 33-inch BFGs weren't on the order sheet. This particular Cullinan is painted "Hell Rot," which is basically fire engine red. In the country, it would be easy to mistake this massive bright red SUV for a volunteer fire vehicle speeding down a dirt road. All the Cullinan needs is some gold lettering on the door and a ladder on the roof, and it would be ready for service in the local VFD. I started off light, taking the Cullinan down some dirt roads and improved trails, but eventually, I headed to more advanced trails, which would be challenging for most stock SUVs. Surprisingly, the Cullinan took it all in stride. As I explored the trails of General Sam's, I expected at some point to get stuck, requiring the backup truck to pull me out, but it never did. Unlike most SUVs with a plethora of switches, buttons, and levers to get into the off-road mode, the Cullinan literally has just one button to cont'd...

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push, which simply says off-road. Just push it, and the Cullinan does the rest. After all, it would be indecorous to have to switch gears or get out of your heated seat to lock the front hubs. OFF-ROAD OPTIMUM I have never been so comfortable while off-roading, the perfect leather seats, isolation from outside noise, and the ability to focus simply on driving while the advanced Rolls-Royce off-road system figures out the rest. The same road scanning cameras and air ride suspension that make the Cullinan amazing to operate in the city makes it surprisingly capable off-road. The system is designed to take on deep snow, sand, mud, even fording streams. Once you reach your far-off location, deploy the optional Viewing Suite, and enjoy nature as Rolls-Royce intended. Slow and careful is generally how you spend most of your time off-roading, but it wouldn't be right if I didn't see how the Cullinan could handle itself with a bit of speed. After all, there is a high likelihood that you might have to flee a rebel army or some international crime syndicate while driving your Rolls-Royce in exotic locations off the beaten path. Anything can happen, right? The Cullinan might be the size of a small army tank, but it is a fast tank that can power slide through mud, rip down dirt trails, and use all 563hp to shuffle uphill at great speed; you'd have a fighting chance at outrunning any Bond villains behind the wheel of it. In the world of SUVs, the Cullinan is in a league of its own. Even the Bentley Bentayga, one of my all-time favorite SUVs, has a starting price of just $177,000, while the Cullinan...has a base price of $330,000. But of course, being a Rolls-Royce means there are plenty of luxe options, and those options make the one I am driving come in at just over $417,000. Sure, for that kind of money, you could pick up three Range Rover Sport SVR Carbon Editions and still have money left over. Yet nothing makes the statement like seeing the Spirit of Ecstasy perched atop that imposing chrome grille, even when it is covered in mud.

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Centenary Celebration As the Junior League of Dallas is praised for one hundred years of service to the region, we take a look at its past and present accomplishments, as well as its upcoming Milestones Luncheon and Centennial Gala. By Jake Gaines | Photography courtesy of Junior League of Dallas Jr. League of Dallas members, mid-1940s

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Junior League of Dallas members, 1980s

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THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF DALLAS (JLD) has significantly influenced the lives it has supported throughout its hundred years of meritorious service to the city. Marking this momentous threshold is the upcoming Milestones Luncheon on April 21, and its Centennial Gala on April 23, 2022, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The annual fundraisers benefit the Junior League of Dallas Community Service Fund. The events serve as a platform to raise awareness for the programs and issues supported by the JLD and recognize its volunteers' impact and achievements. Proceeds from the luncheon allow the JLD to grant approximately $1 million annually to the Dallas area. In fact, the esteemed organization cultivates leaders who collectively address the critical needs of the community. Founded in 1922, the JLD is one of the largest Junior Leagues in the world, as well as the largest and oldest training organization for women in Dallas. Active members range in age from 22 to 49, with approximately 85% percent of women employed outside the home. The JLD provides leadership opportunities to nearly 5,000 women each year through more than 26,000 cumulative hours of experiential and formal training. Uniquely member-run, the JLD offers over 130,000 hours in volunteer service to area nonprofits each year.

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With the luncheon and gala being such a vital part of the organization’s fundraising efforts, the bar has been raised with American media businesswoman, writer, and TV personality Martha Stewart as the featured speaker this year for the luncheon. The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Former First Lady Laura Bush and the Sustainer of the Year, Veletta Forsythe Lill, will also be honored. Cochairing the luncheon are Lydia Novakov and Isabell Novakov Higginbotham, while Andrea Cheek and Margo Goodwin serve as the gala’s co-chairs. As we all know, it takes a village to organize a fundraising event that raises significant funds, especially with so many women who make it happen. The sponsors of the luncheon include the Kohl Foundation, presenting sponsor; Sewell Automotive Companies, speaker sponsor; and Origin Bank, the VIP reception sponsor. For the gala, Sewell Automotive Companies is the presenting sponsor; Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians (DSWOP) is the entertainment sponsor; and Tolleson Wealth Management is the VIP reception sponsor. For information on attending the Centennial events, visit JLD.net.

Former First Lady Laura Bush

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Where to go, what to see, and what to try this spring? Look no further than our editorial team’s top picks as the winter chill subside. Besides, the heat is on. SO VERY GUCCI

The latest addition in the coterie of luxe retail offerings at the Domain in Austin is the new Gucci store. The marble facade, of 5,000 square feet, perfectly reflects the Italian-based brand in the Capital City that opens for business March 4th...so what are you waiting for? At Gucci.com.

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Founded by Austinite Zach Landry, the Landy Spirits brand was created to celebrate the spirit of quarter horse racing with exceptional Texasmade whiskeys. With the help of partner Gary Crowell, Landry Distillery has two expressions, Landry Stakes Bourbon and Landry Oaks Rye, which are currently available in select bars and retailers in Texas and across New Mexico. $59.46. At LandryDistillery.com. GALLERY GOING

The new-to-Houston artist Christopher Martin has just opened his eponymous 2000-square-foot gallery in the Upper Kirby District’s Colquitt Gallery Row. The Aspen-based creative is renowned for his expressive and organic abstract paintings, as well as large interior and exterior commissions. At ChristopherMartinGallery.com.

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IT’S ALL IN THE WRIST Perfect as a gift, or as a gift to yourself, we’re crazy about these Roman-esque treasure cufflinks that Dallas-based and uber-talented designer Tracee Nichols has created. These enamel, sterling silver, and diamond links will surely be your new favorites for a black-tie gala or a day in the boardroom. $800. At TraceeNichols.com.

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Evening Of Merriment Amber And Al Koehler Host An Evening Of Holiday Cheer By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Ben Porter Photography

Todd and Stephanie O'Neill & Luke and Sandra Wilson

Lesa and Bill Rossick

Armando Zambrano, Megan Slover and Bryan Gardner

Al and Amber Koehler

Suzanne and Stephen Erickson

THE SETTING: The home of Al and Amber Koehler in Austin was the

recent setting for an evening of merriment and revelry. The several hundred who attended the holiday party for the ages were treated to an evening of festive holiday spirit…and spirits, great friends, and live entertainment. The fête was the perfect mix of adult fun and childlike joy. In fact, guests look forward to it all year long.

Laura and Morris Gottesman

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THE STYLE: The holiday-chic crowd sported a mix of cocktail dresses, sportscoats, and holiday-inspired ensembles that created a welcoming environment for all. The duo, always the consummate hosts, provided a wide range of exciting experiences for their guests, ensuring there was something for everyone to enjoy. While some cozied up to the bar for their favorite cocktail or grabbed a nosh at one of the plentiful food stations, others aimed their sights toward the gigantic inflatable snowball where they could have their picture taken to remember the evening. The Austin event would not be complete without live music, of course, and guests were in for a special night as they listened to a lively performance by Skyrocket. Those who stayed into the wee hours of the morning experienced an unforgettable musical surprise…an impromptu performance by musician Lukas Nelson, the son of Willie Nelson, capping off a memorable night of celebration. Jenny Mason, Donna Tryba, Andra Liemandt and Laura Craddick

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Some Like It Hot

Over 600 Guests Revel With San Antonio German Club Debutante At Historic Hot Wells Hotel And Baths By Alexandra Del Lago | Photography by Caroline Lima Photography

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RECENTLY, THE PLACE TO BE was at San Antonio’s legendary Hot Wells Hotel, which served as the dramatic backdrop for the party hosted by Kathy and Bill Johnson in honor of their daughter, Paige Johnson. With pandemic protocol in place, the historic ruins served as the site where guests honored the debutante under a constellation of clear tents surrounding the dramatically lit ruins. Paige Johnson

From as far away as Japan, internationally known Flame Bartenders and top bartending performers, the Cup Bearers, brought specialty acts and drinks. A 22-foot-high LED clock tower was constructed, featuring rotating historical images of Hot Wells, along with New Year’s Eve celebrations from around the world. At the magic hour, revelers were treated to a dazzling fireworks display. Their vision was orchestrated by Wilkinson Rhodes Events.

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The kaleidoscope of entertainment, festivities, and cuisine from around the world included sushi, beef wellington, chef manned Italian pasta areas and strolling oyster shuckers. The 20-piece Jordan Kahn Orchestra kept the dance floor rocking, while acrobats hung from the ceiling serving champagne, and historical characters mingled with the crowd. Alpacas and tarot card readers entertained alongside the 30 footdiameter bar that was specially built to house Paige’s Liquid Fireworks.

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Easy Does It

New Orleans Serves As Theme Honoring Three San Antonio German Club Debutantes By Alexandra Del Lago | Photography by Lilianna Story

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LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER (Let the Good Times Roll) was the mood recently at the celebratory party honoring three San Antonio German Club debutantes. With pandemic protocol in place, Abigail and George Kampmann, Jr., with their daughter Elizabeth Kampmann, and Ted Liljenwall, with their daughter , and Jennifer and Robert Shemwell, with their daughter Paris Shemwell welcomed guests into a Texas version of the best of The Big Easy. The affair’s venue, San Antonio Country Club, was festively decorated like the famed Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers created the floral and décor themed Joyeux Noel Laissez Les Bons Temps Roulet, with the holiday theme taking center stage of the event. The buffet and cocktails provided by the club served as a testament to the theme, while the attendees danced to the band, Limelight as the night progressed. The Boss Street Band, a fivepiece brass jazz band from New Orleans, circulated from room to room throughout the party, providing even more flair to the evening.

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Black & White All Over Truman Capote’s Famous Party Was Theme That Honored Six San Antonio German Club Debutantes By Jake Gaines | Photography by J. Violet Photography

Jane Beck, Caroline Finney, Kate Douglass, Katherine Green, Brooke Bakke and Avery Miller

Carly Fuhrmann, Brooke Bakke, Jenna Belle Fuhrmann and Jillian Fuhrmann Moon

Jessica Bakke, Brooke Bakke, Tisha Beck, Jane Beck, Carrie Green, Katherine Green, Kate Douglass, Beth Douglass, Avery Miller, Amy Miller, Caroline Finney and Dr. Nancy Finney

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THE ARGYLE WAS RECENTLY the setting for a Black & White Ball, honoring the “Party of the Century” theme that author Truman Capote so famously hosted in 1965. With pandemic protocol in place, six of this year’s class of San Antonio German Club debutantes were honored by their parents: Carrie and Tom Green for their daughter Katherine Lloyd Green, Nancy and Rob Finney for their daughter Caroline Elizabeth Finney, Jessica and Joe Bakke for their daughter Brooke Winslett Bakke, Beth and Clif Douglass for their daughter Katherine Elizabeth (Kate) Douglass, Amy and De Miller for their daughter Elaine Averett (Avery) Miller, and Tisha and Kyle Beck for their daughter Jane Cameron Beck. The theme’s colors were indeed black and white, yet the debs changed into vibrantly colorful formal gowns after switching from their white presentation dresses. When guests stepped onto the teal carpeted entrance to the Argyle, they discovered the event covered the entire footprint of the venue, with a focus on the outdoors. Nature did not disappoint with perfect weather that evening. Beyond the sumptuous cuisine catered by the Argyle, the décor was traditional, including black and white bars and lattice tête-à-têtes, with beautifully appointed lounges under a sea of teal and gold paper lanterns among the oak trees. No detail was spared, and many guests commented that they had never seen the Argyle look so beautiful. The dance floor, where guests boogied the night away, was a traditional black and white accented by a teal glitter stage facade, all finished off with flowers in antique blue and white chinoiserie vases in varying shades of pink. The theme was brought to life by the luxury planning and design company, Cloche Events.


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Old, Meet New Old San Antonio Was The Theme That Honored Five San Antonio German Club Debutantes

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AN INDOOR AND AL FRESCO setting on the Riverwalk was an ideal party venue for five of this season’s German Club’s debutantes. The Old San Antonio theme was a classic for the parents who hosted their daughters' event at the Briscoe Western Art Museum. The duos were mighty proud of their daughters’ debut, and this fête honored the ladies in genuine Texas-style, and with pandemic protocol in place. Carl and Kelly Fellbaum, and their daughter, Libby Fellbaum, Raymond and Debi Flume, and their daughter Faith Flume, John and Leslie Greehey, and their daughter Erin Greehey, Brad and Susan Hardy, and their daughter Peyton Hardy, and Greg and Valerie Wright and their daughter Emery Wright all greeted the guests at the black-tie event, as they ushered in the night of fun ahead. In keeping with the theme, the evening featured mariachis, burros, a barista bar with pictures of the debutantes' faces for the coffee foam, and a delicious churro bar. Don Strange Events catered the affair with a mix of freshly made street tacos, gorditas, empanadas, avocado ceviche bowls, and hand-served appetizers. DPC Event Services handled the lighting, which cast a gorgeous glow on a perfect evening, and the other décor that featured the facade of the Alamo, giving guests that authentic Old San Antonio feel. This backdrop was also behind the band, Melange of Dallas, who entertained guests as they danced the night away.

Emery Wright, Peyton Hardy, Faith Flume, Erin Greehey and Libby Fellbaum

Emery Wright, Libby Fellbaum, Erin Greehey, Faith Flume and Peyton Hardy

Kelly Fellbaum, Libby Fellbaum, Leslie Greehey, Erin Greehey, Susan Hardy, Peyton Hardy, Debi Flume, Faith Flume, Valerie Wright and Emery Wright

William Greehey, Ray Flume, Mitchell Nichols and Parker Hardy

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Hooray For Hollywood A San Antonio German Club Debutante Honored In Classic Setting By Jake Gaines | Photography by Jenna Beth Lyde Photography

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WITH THREE YEARS IN THE making, the Hollywood theme debutante party for Rita Calvert, hosted by her parents, Emma and Toby Calvert, implemented classic colors of red, black, and gold to fulfill the glamorous vision. With pandemic protocol in place, Rita, Emma, and Toby Calvert greeted guests upon the red carpet entrance at the Argyle. The attendees’ eyes and ears were in for a treat with musical scores featured from Oscar© award-winning movies like Casablanca, Star Wars, and Titanic. Rolling movie reels of old Hollywood movies, along with more modern films, played on either side of the stage in the tent for all to enjoy. Carlynne Fikes from Carbon Lily also entertained by singing tunes from the era.

Jane Beck, Brooke Bakke, Avery Miller, Sophia Wheeler, Vivian Kellum and Patrick Wheeler

Rita Calvert

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Michael Kiolbassa & Fred and Ceci McBride

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For the décor, Danny Cuellar from Trinity Flowers used white roses, Hollywood-style lamps, and Oscar© statuettes on the dining tables to create a classic Hollywood setting. Beautiful garlands adorned the balcony porch with red-illuminated stairs that led down to the tent where a red velvet marquise with two seven foot tall, 3D life-size Oscars© greeted guests, along with crystal chandeliers illuminating the tent for extra sparkle. A recreation of a lit Hollywood sign provided guests with a glamorous photo opportunity. Katherine Lopez of Sweet August Events planned the event. Later, attendees were treated to the Argyle’s hors d’oeuvres, passed homemade chicken pot pies and stroganoff in tangine bowls. Dessert included bananas foster bread pudding, along with homemade popcorn. Then, guests danced into the wee morning hours to the Austin-based bands, Matchmaker and PDA.


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There are few things more valuable than a trusted relationship with a Financial Advisor who empowers you to pursue what matters most with confidence. Certainly, that is how the clients of Carol Mani Johnston feel. Their UBS Financial Advisor is known for going above and beyond for every client, every day, marshaling the global resources of one of the largest financial firms in the world to help them plan for their life’s goals. It’s proven in the distinctive acclaim from SHOOK Research and Forbes. It is this commitment to excellence that Forbes recognizes with these recent honors. Join us in congratulating Carol. We encourage you to reach out to discuss what matters most in your life. For more information, call: Carol Mani Johnston, CEPA® Senior Vice President– Wealth Management Wealth Advisor Senior Portfolio Manager 210-805-1075 carol.manijohnston@ubs.com The Mani Johnston Group UBS Financial Services Inc. 200 Concord Plaza, Suite 300 San Antonio, TX 78216

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Floral Fantasy Charity Ball Association Celebrates Million-Dollar Fundraising Evening By Jake Gaines | Photography by Jenna Beth Lyde

Nini Hale and Kittie West

THE SETTING: The Charity Ball Association (CBA) of San Antonio’s 66th Chrysanthemum Ball was held at the Witte Museum’s Mays Family Center, with a record-breaking $1 million of funds raised by the almost 600 supporters in attendance. With pandemic protocol in place, the black-tie clad and elegantly attired guests, arrived on a 100-foot-long red carpet through a floral fantasy arch. They were then ushered into the Zachery Garden for a cocktail reception while the talented Youth Orchestra, San Antonio (YOSA), played in the background.

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Gayle Embrey, Carrie Catalani, Lynn Ziegler, Sharon Seal, Terrie Musselman, Sheila Mayfield and Lisa Thurmond

Katie and Billy Cavender

Tricia Steves, Kim Peacock, Susan Hall and Linda Blount

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Jessica and Ryan Berg

Stuart and Lee Anne Hendry

Susan Naylor and Marise McDermott

THE STYLE: Guests entered The Mays Family Center, greeted by a 15-foot-tall ice sculpture, in the shape of a birdcage, by awardwinning Buddy Rasmussen. It mimicked the invitation design created by Elizabeth Roberts and was framed with floral details and jeweled butterflies, which encircled the base of the sculpture with magenta lighting highlighting the etched ice. Magenta, which represents universal harmony and emotional balance, was selected as the evening’s primary color palette by CBA President Terrie Musselman and Décor Chair Gayle Embrey. Complementing magenta were additional shades of lavender, green and white represented in the floral arrangements, along with jeweled butterflies that dotted the room.

Diana and Tom Schmidt & Alan and Barbara Dreeben

Barry and Elizabeth Roberts

Claudia Coleman and Nel Belt

The décor and floral design by Danny Cueller of Trinity Flowers was perfection with the ballroom’s beautifully adorned tables covered with oversized vases supporting a burst of colorful flowers. The centerpiece arrangements included magenta flowers, Pink Floyd roses, green hydrangeas, Queen Anne’s lace, green amaranth, curly willow, silver dollar-seeded eucalyptus, and the organization’s signature logo flower, green chrysanthemums. Meanwhile, a giant pergola of a floral effusion was installed over the dance floor. The dinner began with entertainment by a dance orchestra. This year’s program was emceed by Albert Steves, assisted by his wife and sponsor member, Tricia Steves, with Carrie Catalani orchestrating an elaborate and exciting presentation of Prizes & Prize drawings. As the night progressed, guests savored decadent hors d’oeuvres, all by Rosemary’s Catering. Wine pairings were an elegant and perfect accompaniment to the gourmet meal. The evening was capped off by entertainment by the band, Blind Date of Austin. cont'd...

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Lynn and Thad Ziegler

Courtney Percy, Trish Hennessey, Gretchen Herrmann, Linda Satel, Anna-Laura Block and Melissa Branch

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Stephanie and Bobby Cavender

Robert Gutierrez, Lisa Thurmond and Javier Castillo

Pat and Kelley Frost

Whitney Schones and Amy Swaney

Allen Barber and Ashley Nunez

James Glover and Heidi Parkhurst

Mike and Betty Venson & Ansen Seale

Anne Krause, Tracy Williams and Joy Fuhrmann

Carla Nelson, Sheila Mayfield and Elizabeth Carrington

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Jane Satel, Zelime Matthews and Jane McFarlane

Tracee Feik & Howard and Jody Lutz

Billy Cavender, Peggy Hughes and Michael Kiolbassa

Sam and Laura Dawson

THE PURPOSE: The special, unique, and memorable night was helmed by CBS Chairman of the Board Lynn Ziegler, President Terrie Musselman, and the many committees that orchestrated the festivities. The 2020 and 2021 combined gala Diamond Chrysanthemum Patrons were the Betty Stieren Kelso Foundation, Charity Ball Legacy Foundation, Kittie Nelson Ferguson Foundation, and the Mays Family Foundation.

Bob and Mary Worth

Even with the unusual year in 2020, the Charity Ball raised over one million dollars under the chairmanship of the 2020 Vice President for Patrons, Kelly Kennedy, and then again raised over one million dollars in 2021 under the Vice President for Patrons, Ellen O'Gorman. The organization is so very grateful for The Charity Ball Legacy Foundation, which made a significant contribution of $125,000 in 2020 and an increased donation in 2021 of $180,000 to The Charity Ball Association. During these past two years, under the guidance of Sharon Seal, Vice President of Charities, a rigorous process was developed to determine the 36 charities to be funded in Bexar County. As a result, many needs were met for these children, such as food, shelter, clothing, safety, education, disabilities (both intellectual and developmental), and improved playground facilities. Jill and Dr. George Vassar

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The Charity Ball Association graciously acknowledged decades of giving by Cavender Cadillac. The Charity Ball Association of San Antonio supports the children of Bexar County by distributing grants each year since 1954, now totaling more than $24 million. The organization’s tenet is Children Benefit Always.

Sally and John LeFlore

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Artfully Avant-Garde Two X Two Raises Over $11M For amfAR And Dallas Museum of Art, Eclipses $100M Mark In All-Time Event Fundraising By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Bruno and Kevin Tachman

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John and Lisa Runyon

Dr. Gary Tigges and Cyrus Hadjesmaili

Cindy and Howard Rachofsky

Adam Lippes, Nancy Rogers and Hassan Pierre

Bela Cooley, Rajan Patel and Stephanie Seay

Jennifer and John Eagle & Patty Nail

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THE SETTING: The estate of Cindy and Howard Rachofsky was the recent setting for a historic evening that will forever live on in the annals of Texas fundraising lore. Almost 500 of the world’s most notable sociables and philanthropists gathered for the 22nd annual Two X Two for AIDS and Art event, with pandemic protocol in place and, in the process, raised eight figures in one night, eclipsing the $100 million fundraising mark over the history of this storied event. THE STYLE: The black-tie crowd began the evening with cocktails on the grounds of the Rachofsky residence, courtesy of Tequila Casa Dragones, Moët Hennessy USA, and Belvedere Vodka, the latter of which featured a signature cocktail Cindy’s Filthy Martini, in a nod to the event’s hostess. During the cocktail hour, and throughout the evening, patrons viewed and bid on over 130 pieces of silent and live auction art, as well as experiential packages that were personally curated by the event host Howard Rachofsky and event Co-Chair John Runyon.

Brittney Webb and Mark Solomon

Partygoers then proceeded to the 48-foot high, 7,000 square foot geodesic dome for the main program. The dome, designed by Todd Fiscus of Todd Events was inspired by the works of acclaimed artist Yoshimoto Nara. A prominent leaf motif was featured throughout that perfectly complimented the organic shapes and evening’s color palette of chartreuse, burgundy, orange, and ivory featured both inside and outside the tent.

Deena Abdulaziz and Christen Wilson

Simon Bland and Kaleta Blaffer Johnson

As guests dined on their decadent, multi-course meals, they were treated to words by event host Howard Rachofsky, as well as a presentation by amfAR Board Co-chairs T. Ryan Greenwalt and Kevin McClatchy, who presented special guest Yoshimoto Nara with the 2021 Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions in the Fight Against AIDS. Next, Michael Macaulay of Sotheby’s hosted a dazzling live auction that included works from such acclaimed artists including María Berrío, Bosco Sodi, Asuka Anastacia Ogawa, Peter Bradley, Joel Mesler, Jiro Takamatsu, and Yoshitomo Nara. The evening was capped off by a showstopping concert by Rita Ora, who brought the crowd to their feet as she sang several of her iconic hits, including Let You Love Me, Ritual, Lonely Together, and Anywhere. THE PURPOSE: The event, chaired by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky and John and Lisa Runyon, with Nancy C. Rogers serving as the presenting sponsor, raised over $11 million for amfAR AIDS research initiatives and the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art. Over the past 22 years, Two X Two has raised over $104 million for these two organizations. cont'd...

Eric Goldberg, Matthew Wilson, Sharon Goldberg and Bob Gibbs

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Michael Patrick and Will Cromley

Shelby Wagner and Niven Morgan

Jordan Jones Munoz and Christian Munoz

Justin and Kimberly Whitman, Naznin and Mahmoud Khimji & Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki

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Bernard and Michelle Nussbaumer

Charlie and Moll Anderson

Channing Corbett and Reagan Corbett

Kevin McClatchy and T. Ryan Greenawalt

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Lele and Armand Sadoughi

Susan and Bob Kaminski

Adam Green, Brian Green, Debbie and Eric Green & Claire Milliken

Elaine and Neils Agather

Suzanne and David Droese

Ralph de la Torre and Nicole Acosta

Jack Moody, Elle Moody and Ross Moody

Dianna Miller and Jenny Kirtland

Geoffroy van Raemdonck and Alvise Orsini

Bill and Sonya Macatee

Lee Evans Lee, Tina Craig and Leigh Ann Clark

John and Deborah Scott, Mariel Sholem, Carolina Alvarez-Mathies and Karl Michael

Andrew Freiser and Jessica Fredericks

Alex and Gowri Sharma

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Nancy Dedman and Brad Kelly

Tracy and Josh Madans

Brian Bolke, Ceron, Faisal Halum and Todd Fiscus

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Rhapsodic Revelry Houston Symphony Gala Creates Fundraising Overtures Alex Blair and Mark Horn

By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Wilson Parrish and Priscilla Dickson

Betty Tutor and Ann Ayre

THE SETTING: Cascading white florals filled the ballroom, as 350 music supporters attended the 2022 Houston Symphony Ball, themed The Symphony World in Harmony at the plush Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston. With pandemic protocol in place, the celebratory night was an event to remember as it highlighted the organization’s glittering achievements, accolades, and ingenuity through the years. The evening honored Margaret Alkek Williams with the Lifetime of Philanthropy Award, Janet F. Clark with the Ima Hogg Philanthropy Award, and John Mangum with the Raphael Fliegel Award for Visionary Leadership. Kevin Black and Tony Bradfield

Margaret Alkek Williams

THE STYLE: The evening featured a gourmet multi-course dinner by the hotel’s Executive Chef Jean Luc Royere, with wine pairings selected by Lindy and John Rydman of Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods. Beyond the robust silent auction throughout the evening, guests enjoyed live music from the Dave Bennet Quartet. In a twist of musical genres, the event culminated with an acoustic performance by legendary rocker Sammy Hagar, accompanied by his longtime guitarist, Vic Johnson.

Rachelle and Jeff Ball

Brigitte Kali, Bill King and Farida Abjani

Reagan and Alex Bergman

Tony and France Buzbee

THE PURPOSE: Cheryl Byington, Bill Stubbs, and Beth Wolff, the event chairs, were delighted with the results of the annual event that raised over $1,100,000 for the Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement initiatives in schools, hospitals, and other venues throughout the city. These activities include education programs that serve students in 26 area school districts and a Health and Wellness initiative for patients, their families, and caregivers at three Texas Medical Center hospitals.

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Soraya and Scott McClelland

Ayesha Rashid, Yoon Smith and Alice Mao Brams

Leslie Siller

Jacquie Baly and James Craig

Susan and Denis DeBakey

John Mangum

Rosellen Welch, Heather Almond and Katherine Warren

Vicki West and Ralph Burch

Hallie Vanderheider

Tammie Johnson and Dr. Charles Johnson

Evelyn Leightman, Patti Murphy and Susan Osterberg

Dr. Robert and Dr. Mary Ann Wilkins

Beth Wolff, Bill Stubbs and Cheryl Byington

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Dancing Machine

Center For Child Protection’s Dancing With The Stars Event Breaks Fundraising Record By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Estrella Chacon, Jeff Loftin and Haley Plotkin THE SETTING: A picture-perfect evening in Austin was the recent setting of one of the Capital City’s most anticipated events and, in the process, put an exclamation point on the fall social season. Over a thousand sociables, philanthropists, and VIPs descended upon the JW Marriott for the 15th annual Dancing with the Stars gala. Dressed to the nines, with pandemic protocol in place, the guests were treated to a night full of fun, showstopping dance routines, and, most importantly, fundraising.

2021 Dancing with the Stars Austin Cast

Glenn Ball and Holly Mills-Gardner

Lawton Cummings and Tommy Schwegmann

Julie Jummonville, Michael Torres and Jenny Mason

Susan Kirklin and Pete Phillips

Sarah Berens and Scott Bale

THE STYLE: The festivities began during the early evening in the foyer of the JW Marriott, where patrons sipped cocktails while visiting with friends old and new, brimming with anticipation of the fun ahead. VIPs then headed to a special red carpet for pre-show Facebook Live interviews with Society Texas’ own Lance Avery Morgan and Rob Giardinelli. The black-tie crowd, always on trend, featured an elegant mix of solid and metallic evening gowns for the ladies, while the men sported dapper tuxedos and dinner jackets. The action then moved to the JW Marriott Ballroom for the evening’s main program, where emcees Glenn Ball and Holly Mills-Gardner, effortlessly kept the festivities vibrant. As guests dined on delectable multi-course meals, they were treated to a series of emotional tributes and testimonials highlighting important work the Center for Child Protection does to help abused and neglected children in the Austin area. A spirited live auction followed, which included a raffle for a three-year lease of a 2022 Mercedes Benz C300 Cabriolet. Then came the main event–a series of 11 showstopping dances by local celebrities and philanthropists and their professional dance partners that frequently brought the crowd to their feet. The winning duo, Pete Phillips and his professional dance partner Susan Kirklin, received the coveted mirror ball trophy for their dazzling turn to the iconic song Copa Cabana. The evening was capped off with dancing, where partygoers kept the fun going well into the night, courtesy of tunes by DJ David Garza.

Eric Young and Yvette Boatwright

THE PURPOSE: The event, chaired by Julie Jumonville and Jenny Mason, raised over $2 million for the Center for Child Protection, a nationally accredited children’s advocacy center. In 2020, the center provided over 1,700 forensic interviews, counseling, medical examinations, and interventions to help children in Central Texas begin the healing process from abuse and neglect. Francie Little and JK Baxter Hunt

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Ilona Podgorn and Bridget Ramey

Jillian Morell & Amy and Blair Beard

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Brian Goldberg and Karla Suarez

Venus and Bill Strawn & Rebecca Hardeman

Ashley Chavarria and Diego Fagundez

Cynthia Matiza, Cindy Rothict, Lockie Ealy and Ashley Brinkman

Tama Williamson and David Miller

Robert Gonzales and Michelle Taylor

Chantal Kharas and Carrie Cole

Tristan Reimann and Rianna Alberty Boyd

Mickey Klein and Susan Kirklin

Amber Allen and Travis Herman

Matt and Anna Morris & Lindsey and Luis Serrano

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Julia McCurley and Shonnery Pettit

Justin Bayne and Lizeth Katz Pallagi

Lisa Vargas and Lawrence Sampleton

Renee and Tom Buist

Audon and Kenyon Aguillon & Tia and Chase Smith

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Starry, Starry Night Fashion Group International of Dallas (FGI Dallas) Hosts Night Of Stars Gala

Dawn Mellon and Dee Lincoln

By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Thomas Garza and Danny Campbell

Naeem Khan models

Shariq Kahn and Amber Griffin

THE SETTING: Over 250 fashionable guests packed the Thompson Hotel ballroom downtown for the Fashion Group International of Dallas (FGI Dallas) annual Night of Stars gala, themed Iconic Glam. Designer extraordinaire Naeem Khan was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Fashion. In addition, Jonathan Adler was awarded the Career Achievement Award in Design, Gray Malin was awarded the Career Achievement Award in Photography, and Dee Lincoln was awarded the Career Achievement Award in Business. THE STYLE: Chic supporters, dressed to the nines, with pandemic protocol in place, included Sam Saladino, Steve Kemball, Elizabeth Savetsky, Lele Sadoughi, Ese Azenabor, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Heidi Dillon, and Daniella Bell. Master of Ceremonies James Aguiar hosted the star-studded annual event, while the organization’s Chuck Steelman deftly guided the live auction of luxury items. The evening included a cocktail reception, a fashion show featuring the Naeem Khan Spring/Summer 2022 collection produced by Jan Strimple, and an after party at Kessaku.

Sonia Mofor and Ese Azenabor Grembowski

Chuck Steelman, Ashley Anderson Smith, Scott Kehn and Steve Rahhal

Daniel Mofor and Jan Strimple

Ken Weber, Greg Kelly and Steve Lopez

Leeanne Locken and Heidi Dillon

Ken Downing and Jonathan Adler

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THE PURPOSE: The event was chaired by Ken Weber of Martini Consignment and Richard Rivas of TONI&GUY. Fashion Group International, Inc. provides a high-profile forum to promote the fashion business by hosting events that educate and facilitate the exchange of ideas by giving back to the community. The evening raised funds for the organization’s student scholarships.

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Jane Rozelle Humphrey, Dee Lincoln, Zaheen Khan, Shariq Khan, Jonathan Adler, Gray Malin, Naeem Khan, James Aguilar, Ken Downing and Dawn Mellon

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Shairq Khan, Deve Sanford, Naeem Khan and Daniela Bell

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Moriah Grayson and Empress Gilbert

Sonia Fouche and June Fouche

Darren Deville, Joffa LaRoe and Steve Lopez

Chad Collum and Steve Kemble

Michael Bus and Haley Clark

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Mix & Mingle Holiday Schmooze Event Benefits Legacy Health Centner By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Daniel Ortiz

John and Becca Cason Thrash

David LaDuke, Gary Hammett, Greg Harper and Lisa Foronda Harper

THE SETTING: Over 250 revelers arrived at Holiday Schmooze at The Corinthian, benefiting The Jackson Hicks Endowed Fund for the Awareness, Prevention, and Treatment of HIV/AIDS established at Legacy Community Health, to celebrate the amazing life of the famed caterer and philanthropist, Jackson Hicks. The all-star crowd was treated to the most spectacular winter wonderland ever with flocked Christmas trees and stunning floral arrangements by Richard Flowers, The Events Company, Rebekah Johnson, and Bergner & Johnson Design. The Open Door Mission Ensemble choir greeted guests upon arrival with favorite holiday classics.

Vivian Wise

Chree Boydstun and Milton Townsend

THE STYLE: It truly was the brightest night of the holiday season, with pandemic protocol in place. The evening’s concert was precisely what Hicks would have wanted, produced by one of his closest friends, Artistic Director for the Houston Grand Opera, Patrick Summers. Guests were treated to a wonderful musical concert and tribute to Hicks, including video testimonials from many of Hicks’ friends. In addition, the party planner extraordinaire was praised for his attention to detail and ability to know exactly what each client expected. THE PURPOSE: This year’s event raised over $300,000. Leading the helm of the sold-out soirée were Co-chairs Bill Caudell and Randy Powers, Sara Dodd and Will Denton, Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro, Nancy McGregor and Neal Manne, Becca Cason Thrash and John Thrash, Milton Townsend, and Phoebe and Bobby Tudor. The new CEO of Legacy Community Health, Dr. Bobby Hilliard, greeted the crowd and spoke of Hicks’ genuine passion for supporting nonprofit organizations such as The Center for AIDS, where he initially created Holiday Schmooze.

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Margaret Munnelly, Bill Dodson, Kathryn McNiel and Rita Lucido

Phoebe and Bobby Tudor

Juan Querol, Gerard Pollard, Ed Finger and Mike Holloman

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Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro

Terry Wayne Jones and Nancy McGregor

Reggie and Leigh Smith

Mary Bergeron, Phil Royalty and Trini Mendenhall

David and Mary Ann McKeithan & Jeff Smith

Sandra Smith-Cooper, Brigitte Kalai, Michelle Till, Marian McClendon and Jennifer Roosth

Parker Witt, Bob Jones and Jay Andrew

Shannon Hall and Renita Cooksey

Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Patrick Summers perform

Open Door Mission Ensemble performs

Christine Goerke performs

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Animal Instincts Zoo To Do Gala Benefits Dallas Zoo

By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Thomas Garza THE SETTING: This year’s Zoo To Do fundraiser, presented by The Eugene McDermott Foundation was a wild success, raising over 1.3 million dollars for animal conservation. With pandemic protocol in place, guests were welcomed by Robyn and Chris Chauvin, the event co-chairs, as well as Dallas Zoo animal ambassadors that included flamingos, a sloth, porcupine, and penguins as a reminder of why Zoo To Do is so important. Honorary Chairs Diane Brierley, Mary McDermott Cook, and Ruth O’Donnell Mutch socialized with guests as the evening progressed.

Cindy and Chuck Gummer

Darlene Jones and Ellen Yung

THE STYLE: Honorary Chef Chair Dan Landsberg of Ellie’s Restaurant & Lounge at HALL Arts Hotel, along with Chef Wrangler Brett Krafft from the Hilton Lincoln Centre joined guests at the award-winning Giants of the Savanna exhibit. Throughout the strolling dinner, the chefs mingled with guests among the 24 restaurant stations representing the finest restaurants in Dallas. Following dinner, guests moved to the Wilds of Africa Plaza for a live auction, and afterward, a dance party ended the evening with live music from Manhattan. THE PURPOSE: Proceeds from the event help support the Dallas Zoo’s dedication to providing the best animal care, delivering unique educational offerings, and strengthening its wildlife conservation efforts.

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Don and Carol Glendenning

Calvert Collins and Vince Bratton

Brent Rodgers and Chad West

Michelle Wong and Lewis Chang

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Kevin Fleck and Hanna Battah

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Mary McDermott Cook, Robyn Chauvin and Ruth O’Donnell Mutch

Chuck Steelman and Scott Kehn

Lois and Ross Finkelman

Diane and Hal Brierley

Chef Luke Rogers

Hamilton Sneed and Cynthia Smoot

Steve and Dawn Moore

Chef Manny Vera, Rebecca Wright, and Bryndon Wiles of Truluck's

Chef Dan Landsberg & Gracie and Eli Landsberg

Thai-Lan and Steven Roth

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L’Italiano Stile Una Notte Italia Gala For Chidren At Risk By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Quy Tran THE SETTING: Over 500 guests gathered at the Royal Sonesta Hotel to celebrate one of the most anticipated annual events of the fall social season, Una Notte Italia, benefitting Children at Risk. Italian and Continental style was prevalent as guests entered the venue. They viewed magnificent vehicles from car sponsor Rolls Royce Motor Cars North Houston, and enjoyed a premiere tasting provided by the popular Veneno Tequila. With pandemic protocol in place, a silent auction and libations entertained guests before they made their way into the ballroom to enjoy all things Italian. There were fine wines, delicious food, and of course, the highlight of the evening...the philanthropic men and athletes who walked the runway for the cause.

Carl Lewis and Marc Harvey

THE STYLE: Fabulous fall fashions from Rudy Festari of Festari for Men adorned each gentleman as they danced to their favorite song. Popular Emcee Johnny Bravo and Honorary Chair Debbie Festari spoke to the accolades of each gentleman as they walked the catwalk. Some of the participants included Olympic great Carl Lewis, dynamo stars Zarek Valentin and Tim Parker, Sabercats Rugby player Ken Nasoqeqe, Houston Texans Jonathan Owen, businessmen Chad Pinkerton, and Moez Mangalji, and Dr. Matthew Brams, Stephen Chen, Bob Sanborn, Pablo Delgado, Adrian Duenas, Jonathan Zadok, Clayton Katz, Hugo Guerrero, Mark Theissen, and Al Lindseth, to name a few. As usual, there were plenty of model face signs, and glitter and flowers were tossed as the crowd cheered for their favorite model. The evening was capped off with the most successful live auction in the event's history. THE PURPOSE: Co-chairs Melissa Holman Juneau and Jennifer Pinkerton, with Honorary Chair Debbie Festari, set a record for the gala raising over $438,000.00 on behalf of Children at Risk. The Una Notte in Italia "celebrity" men's fashion show is always one of the most eagerly awaited galas, and this year was no different when it sold out eight weeks before invitations went to print. The organization helps to free children from the dangers of sex trafficking and exploitation.

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Clayton Katz

Melissa Holman Juneau and Jennifer Pinkerton

Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens

Marc and Duyen Nguyen

Tony and Frances Buzbee

Debbie and Rudy Festari

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Briauna Derry and Charanya Ravikumar

Chad Pinkerton

Karun and Nina Magon & Adrian Duenas

Brigitte Kalai and Hallie Vanderhider

Roslyn Bazzelle, Donae Chramosta and Stephanie Perkins

Chad Pinkerton, Jeff Bagwell and Mark Thiessen

Melissa Mithoff and Tatiana Green

Jeff and Rachel Bagwell

Ayesha Rashid, Amy Dichoso and Dr. Alice Mao Brams

Sandra Smith-Cooper, Brigitte Kalai, Michelle Till, Marian McClendon and Jennifer Roosth

Lucinda and Javier Loya

Kendra Smith and Courtney Hopson

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Anything goes this season with an abundance of trends. Our fashionable ingénue is indeed the madcap heiress who loves to take her show on the road to the South of France. Who wouldn’t? From florals to bold graphics, and everything in between, you can wear your chic style impulses to suit any mood... just don’t be late for the cocktail hour. Photography by Mark Oberlin Styling by Dion “Bleu” Drake Hair by René Cortez

using Love & Snow, Colorwowhair, and IGK hair

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FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH Dress by Badgley Mischka at Neiman Marcus. Earrings by Anushka Mehta. Bracelet by Mahrukh Akuly. Shoes by Enrico Cuini. Prices upon request.


SEQUINED SUNSET Dress by Onalaja Couture and Eveningwear. Earrings by Mahrukh Akuly. Necklace by Yessayan Accessories. Ring by Tseat Jewelry. Shoes by Enrico Cuini. Prices upon request. Opposite: GRAPHIC GREATNESS Dress by Theodora. At The Garden Room, Austin. Earrings by Rivini at Rita Vinieres. Bracelet by Mahrukh Akuly. Shoes by Enrico Cuini. Prices upon request.

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Opposite: TERRIFICALLY TURQUOISE Jacket and dress by Fuzzi at Julian Gold. Earrings by Aflé Bijoux. Shoes by Enrico Cuini. Prices upon request. GOLDEN DAZE Dress by Miss Circle. Earrings by Mahrukh Akuly. Ring by Mahrukh Akuly. Shoes by Enrico Cuini. Prices upon request.

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Opposite: BLUE SKIES AHEAD Dress by Bivalukky. Earrings by Rivini at Rita Vinieres. Prices upon request. GREEN WITH ENVY Dress by Bronx and Banco at Neiman Marcus. Earrings by Aflé Bijoux. Ring by Aflé Bijoux. Shoes by Enrico Cuini. Prices upon request.

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SILK SIREN Dress by John Paul Atakre. Necklace by Anushka Mehta. Ring by Aflé Bijoux. Shoes by Enrico Cuini. Prices upon request.

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When fashion designer Mary-Margaret Quadlander met Grace Jones of Salado, a fashion legend like no other, she had no idea that the friendship would have such a long-lasting significance. In an exclusive excerpt from her re-released book, Grace Jones of Salado: A Biography, join us as we learn how fashion’s modern roots in Texas glamorously began ... and some of the fashionable personalities with it.

Grace Jones, early 1970s

Photos top to bottom: NCN Grace modeling hats, 1940s, Grace Jones Of Salado illustration, 1967,

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A WOMAN FOR ALL SEASONS When asked who his competition in the State of Texas was, Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus answered without hesitation, “Grace Jones of Salado.” Grace Jones was a rare breed, a thoroughly practiced raconteur, and somewhat of an enigma. She would have told you that serendipity, being in the right place at the right time, was the lifeline of her success, but don’t be fooled; Jones could be a formidable opponent. As a female pilot in World War II, Jones enlisted as a WASP. She and other Women Airforce Service Pilots flew and delivered fighter planes, and along with many other unsung heroes were an enormous support in winning the War. Then, while making a documentary about the WASP at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, a director from Hollywood noticed Jones running to a pilot class and stopped to ask if she would agree to be interviewed for the film. This was an example of serendipity that Jones often mentioned. The director gave her his card and suggested, because of her beauty, that movies might be in her future. Following her service during World War II, Jones moved to New York to pursue the director’s suggestion, but as luck would have it, the movies weren’t calling...but the runway was. Jones worked as a fashion runway and television model for the premier New York modeling agency at the time, John Robert Powers. Following her marriage to Lt. Col. Jack Jones, an acclaimed “Flying Ace” Fighter Pilot, she also modeled in Germany, Japan, and Berlin. From those experiences, she was introduced to many of the prominent designers in the world and became familiar with their collections.

She had ideas of her own rumbling in her brain and told Jack that she wanted to use her world experience to open a boutique. In his mind, he envisioned a small dress shop where ladies could gather, gossip, have a cup of tea, and possibly buy a daytime dress. When he drew out a store sign on a piece of paper, it read Grace’s Dress Shop. Grace was speechless. Looking at his plans for the building, Grace was not happy. Her vision was nothing at all similar to Jack’s. A dress shop? The next thing she knew, he would be signing her up for weekly quilting bees. No, no, no, not for Grace Jones. But she knew how to work with Jack and started planning one step at a time. He never saw it coming…the Grace Jones freight train. When they saw the old stone buildings on Main Street behind the Stage Coach Inn, they instantly fell in love with the limestone structure. It perfectly exuded provenance, history, and endurance. They had to get it. After much finagling back and forth, the building was finally theirs. But opening an exclusive clothing salon in the small out-of-theway town of Salado was going to be hard enough. Getting those customers to the destination was as formidable a challenge as getting the very selective shoppers to buy. But Grace Jones knew from the get-go that her customers would be different. They would certainly not be looking for a shirt or a pair of jeans. Her customers would be looking for the world’s finest clothing, and she would carry the world’s finest clothing. Jack Jones could do nothing but surrender. INTERNATIONALLY FASHIONABLE The day before her iconic namesake boutique opened in 1962, Jones walked through her store’s enormous wooden front doors to check on the furniture’s final placement. Her designer, Bryant Reeves, had found beautiful and luxurious French parlor furniture pieces from an old 1870s home in Waco. An exquisite Austrian crystal chandelier hanging from the high ceilings just inside the door was the perfect accompaniment to the austerity of the old limestone walls and oak floors. A large oak table covered in pale marble, placed just off the side of the entrance, was the setting for Jones’s favorite bouquet of fresh flowers and registration book, awaiting to be opened for the first of her new customers to sign. Nothing over the top, just simple provincial elegance. This proud owner wanted her customers to see her excellent taste reflected in the store, therefore assuring them of the quality of her merchandise. The store was not gaudy or ostentatious in any way, just the quiet suggestion of old money and opulent good taste. Very old money.

While stationed in Japan with her husband, Jones had the opportunity to learn and perform the Traditional Tea Ceremony. She was the very first American woman allowed to perform this ceremony in public in Japan. In Germany, her frequent bridge partner was General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Jones took full advantage of every opportunity that presen ted itself, not knowing at the time that she was indeed designing her future. If there was a word to describe the union of Grace and Jack Jones, it would be powerful. Together they created a bit of a dynasty, with the newspaper society journalists following them all over the world: Berlin, Japan, Korea, Atlanta, and New York. Wherever they went, the public read about it. Photos of the handsome “Flying Ace” pilot and his beautiful wife, who also carried an impressive set of credentials herself, were seen in the society sections of all the top newspapers. They were the definitive, Golden Couple.

Grace Jones, modeling,1950s Grace Jones, modeling,1950s

TEXAS–SIZED AMBITION When Jack’s commission ended, the duo decided to retire, and after much discussion, they chose Grace’s home state of Texas, specifically Salado. The society pages showed a photo of them disembarking an Air Force plane, with the heading, Famous World War II Fighter Pilot And New York Runway Model Return Home. Several Air Force officers, including Colonel Van Bibber and his wife Ruth, owners of the famed Stage Coach Inn, along with a dozen or so other officers, had also picked Salado as their retirement dream site. A group of them even went in together and built a short flight runway for the officer’s small private planes. Jack was content. On any given day, Salado would be best described as a quaint little village, with an old-world atmosphere, nestled along the I-35 Highway between Dallas and Austin. With only 250 inhabitants at the time, it was merely a rest stop for weary travelers wanting a good meal. The Stage Coach Inn, a great place to stop and eat, pulled in many travelers. Directly across the street from the Stage Coach Inn was a cluster of old limestone buildings, some with only a façade left. One of the buildings had a large opening on the wall that perfectly framed Mill Creek, surrounded by beautiful open pastoral fields. The thought of having a world-class couture salon in this little out-of-theway town was unbelievable, if not laughable. But Grace Jones saw something more.

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Getting down to business, Jones knew exactly the designers she wanted to carry and which collections. Her vision was to offer her customers a service they could not find anywhere else other than possibly Neiman Marcus. Even if they had to drive a little out of their way to get to her store, she would make it worth their while. The salon would offer exclusivity, personal assistance, confidential showings, and ambience. Tea and cocktails, along with finger sandwiches and cookies and her favorite hamburgers, were delivered on silver trays, carried by uniformed assistants. Exclusivity was the true ambience. Opening day arrived along with a line of limousines, Cadillacs and helicopters. The massive iron brand, with the name Grace Jones written out, was mounted on the roof, above the front doors. It could be seen from blocks away, hanging in the air, as if an enormous branding iron had just burned Jones’s name into the hide of thin air. The parking lot was adorned with giant stone planters of red geraniums, her favorite of the month. Almost immediately the parking lot was full, and the large wooden doors opened for the crowd coming to see what Grace Jones had to offer. She had done a magnificent job of advertising. The salon was filled with the curious of course, but among the visitors would be some of her most loyal customers throughout her store’s lifetime. This opening night would mark the start of a new endeavor for Jones, one that would capitalize on her very best strengths and prior experiences to lead her to this final life challenge. She would call it serendipity, but others would call it dogged cont'd...


Clockwise from top right: Grace and Jack Jones, early 1950s, Grace Jones, Japanese tea ceremony, late 1940s, Grace Jones, far left, at her family ranch, 1940s, Grace Jones, print-ad, 1950s, Grace Jones, W WII Pilot, 1942, NCN Grace Jones' model comp card, late 1940s, Grace Jones, modeling, early 1950s.

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Clockwise from top right: Jack and Grace Jones with Salado mayor during contruction of store, 1962, NCN Grace Jones, f loral, 1950s Grace Jones at a charity fashion show, 1960s, Grace Jones modeling hats, 1940s, Grace Jones comp card, late 1950s, Grace Jones, 1970s, Grace Jones at a charity fashion show, 1960s, NCN Grace Jones, 1950s modeling portrait

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determination. Once she opened her store in Salado, clients started arriving daily with one goal in mind, and that was to shop at her eponymous boutique. Her enthusiastic customers came from all over the world, using the wide-open, smooth graded field behind the building for a perfect landing strip, even if it was a bit disconcerting to the cattle grazing the land. With no training in business or merchandising, Grace Jones would, nonetheless, become an award winner year after year as one of only two destinations for couture in the State of Texas. Stanley Marcus and Grace Jones were inarguably the reigning royalty of fashion merchandising in the state. Her store became so iconic and recognizable that people would pronounce her name and the store name as if it was one and the same...Gracejonesofsalado. During the sixties and well into the millennium, Texas would become the mecca of pioneering intellectual, cultural, technical, and political dreams; the whole world would eventually have an eye on the happenings in Texas, specifically Central Texas. Among her favorite customers would be Jane Sibley, Liz Carpenter, Joan Brashear, Carolyn Farb, Gray Hawn, Stella Rowan, Bennie Green, Dr. Nancy Heerssen, Janie Briscoe, Bennie Green, Clair Mashburn, Miriam Cox, Loretta Young, Gene Tierney, Governor Ann Richards, Lady Bird Johnson, Nancy Kissinger, Meg Heyer, and Sandy Leech. A veritable blue-book of Texas Blue-Bloods. CELEBRITY COMPANY Born in Salado, Liz Carpenter was the real deal when it came to Texas Women. She was as comfortable in the country walking barefoot in a creek as she was at a White House dinner in Washington, meeting Henry Kissinger. There was nothing pretentious about Liz…what you saw in public was authentic. She was completely comfortable in her own skin, as the saying goes. Jones and Carpenter could not have been more different. Jones was conscious of every move she made and every carefully chosen word that came out of her mouth. She was dressed perfectly from head to toe every minute of the day, always ready to make the best impression possible. There was nothing, absolutely nothing, more important to her than her external presentation. Always dressed in the very best designer clothing with her hair perfectly coiffured, she was a study in sublime control.

Texas drawl that could soothe the soul, beautiful skin, wonderful silver hair that framed her face, and a fabulous smile. These were her best assets, and she learned to use them well. As for her attire, she just never understood what looked good on her. So, she left it up to others to tell her what to wear. When the news started traveling all the way to Washington that there was an haute couture salon in little Salado, Texas, Carpenter was fascinated. This state was her birthplace, and she could not imagine this type of store in Salado. So, the next time she traveled to Texas, she made it a point to visit the store and see about all this fuss. The day that Grace Jones and Liz Carpenter met, a best friend bond was permanently sealed. They hit it off immediately…two polar opposites without a thing in common, other than nearby birthplaces. But, they were both women from Texas, both born in the country. And they were both incredibly determined to get things done. This was the full extent of their commonality. Yet, their odd friendship would last for the rest of their lives. If there ever was someone who needed the help of a personal shopper, it was Liz Carpenter. Never one to pay much attention to her attire, she would show up in the most unflattering ensembles, always loud and always big. Her taste ran from bright to brighter, with red being her favorite color as if that needed to be said. “When Grace and I met, we really hit it off. It was instant liking. Our vibrations just worked together, although we are not at all alike. Grace is a perfectionist. She is always cool, never gets ruffled. While I can’t say the same for myself,” said Liz Carpenter at the time.

Grace Jones and Jack Jones at Grace Jones of Salado store, 1962

But Grace Jones knew from the get-go that her customers would be different. They would certainly not be looking for a shirt or a pair of jeans. Her customers would be looking for the world’s finest clothing, and she would carry the world’s finest clothing.

Liz Carpenter was a whole different story. Out front and loud with a laugh that could echo, she was funny, irreverent, incredibly entertaining, and brilliant. Always shooting from the hip, throwing out story after story, the room would be rolling in laughter while she entertained and held court. Carpenter, a force herself, was a real Texas whirlwind, gathering up friends and allies in her cyclone. She could pull people from every social and political arena and make a party out of it. She knew how to have a good time and especially how to tell a good story. Her friends worshipped the ground she walked on and constantly sought out her company like a group of camp followers. In addition, with experience in the White House, and a career as a reporter, she was confident holding her own in all conversations, anywhere, anytime, and with anybody. Carpenter, as a result, also happened to have an enormous amount of influence. If there was a flaw to her presentation, it was her wardrobe. Carpenter had some lovely features…beautiful sparkling eyes that were always alive with curiosity, a

The reporter had asked Liz what qualities she most admires in her friend, Grace Jones. “Even more than the store and her history in the big war and her modeling career in New York, I would say that I am most impressed with what she has done to put Salado on the map. Opening a store that is now internationally known for its sophistication certainly brought our little town into the limelight. Who would have thought we would have fashions from Milan (Liz said Me-laann, true to her Texas drawl), Paris, and Rome in this tiny town? Certainly not me, who grew up here when Norwood store was our only place to buy gingham.” Liz went on to add, “I am especially proud of her having faith in Salado. Nobody encouraged her. They all said it was too far for people to drive, too inconvenient, too out of the way. No one would ever find her store. But she did it anyway.”

Houstonian Carolyn Farb regularly bought from Jones and modeled in fashion shows, especially those involving charity events and philanthropic fundraising. Farb has received many accolades for her work, including an honorary doctorate. As a woman always wanting to wear the very best, she frequently shopped at Grace Jones. “Grace was such an extraordinary fashion beacon,” shared Carolyn Farb. “People came from far and near to get her fashion advice. It is not as if it was easy to get to her store in Salado, but it was always worth it. There are not many like her. Then, the designers were revered, not like these characters today on television fashion shows. Grace introduced us to the very best collections with such conviction; we always felt secure with our purchases. Of course, Grace had her opinions, but I admired her greatly.” cont'd...

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Jane Sibley, the well-known and respected Austin Arts enthusiast and philanthropist, was one of Jones’s earliest customers and best friends. She and her husband, Dr. D.J. Sibley, became good friends with Jones, but Jane’s initial interest was the exclusive designers she carried in her store. “I could barely believe my eyes when I saw the designer labels,” mused Jane Sibley. “This was just a little off-the-road shop. My Lord!” Sibley was a perfect size for modeling, but even better, she had the personality and presence that the audience loved. More than one husband wanted to buy the gorgeous ensembles Sibley modeled on the runway hoping their wives would look as great as she did. By far, Grace’s favorite designer was Geoffrey Beene, a man of incredible and exquisite talent. His architectural genius, seen repeatedly in his designs, were Grace’s best-selling collections. Clean yet sophisticated, his collections always sold well.

squealed the first time he caught a glimpse of a cow behind the store. In his heavy accent, he was startled into asking, “Ewwww, Is that a coo?” Again, without haste but with a smile, Jones answered, “why yes, and it can moo, too.” REALLY, IT’S A RUNWAY One of the most memorable events held at her salon was a fashion show for Christian Lacroix. He was the newest darling of the fashion scene in the 1980s and regularly featured on the front page of every fashion magazine from Texas to Paris. Many stores in Texas, the state with more Lacroix customers than any other place in the nation, were all fighting for the exclusivity to carry his collection, with Neiman Marcus fighting the hardest. But Grace Jones was the only store chosen.

DESIGNING VIRTUES Geoffrey Beene was one of the very first designers to show in Jones’s salon. Upon arrival to show his newest collection, Beene grew slack-jawed at his first glimpse of the country back road entrance to this exclusive salon. But the sight of a huge grain mill across the street shocked him even more. With a bit of sneer, he asked, “Is that really a grain mill?” Grace Jones was quick to reply, “It certainly is. And we in Salado are very proud of it.” The longtime receptionist at Geoffrey Beene, Joyce Hinklin, remembers Grace’s sophistication. “We all really loved her, but especially her accent. After I spent time around her and Mr. B, also a Southerner, I found myself talking just like them. Everyone would ask, ‘Joyce, why are you talking like that? You aren’t a southerner!’ And I’d tell them, ‘Lord no, I’m from the South Bronx!’ I just can’t help myself when I am around Grace Jones.” As a special gift exclusively for Jones, Geoffrey Beene created an Ombre dyed multi-layered silk chiffon gown in one of his most ethereal creations. After it was photographed for Vogue, Beene had it carefully wrapped in tissue and asked his assistant to mail it to Jones with a card that read, I designed this for you.

Grace Jones at Grace Jones Salado store,1980s

She was dressed perfectly from head to toe every minute of the day, always ready to make the best impression possible. There was nothing, absolutely nothing, more important to her than her external presentation. Always dressed in the very best designer clothing with her hair perfectly coiffured, she was a study in sublime control.

Fashion leaders like Geoffrey Beene, Ron Amey, Michael Vollbracht, Count Sarmi, Jean Louis, Pauline Trigere, Bill Blass, Adolfo representative Oscar DeLavan, Mollie Parnis, Bernard Perris, George Halley, Christian Lacroix, and so many others who came to Salado had to blink twice to believe what they were seeing. Was it really possible that Grace Jones was showing and selling haute couture out of a rock bunker in the middle of nowhere? A rock bunker with its own landing strip. Is it conceivable that some panicked, calling back the design studios to confirm they were at the correct address? Salado, Texas? But Jones always made the trip memorable for every designer who put forth the effort to trust in her. Count Fernando Sarmi, the Italian-born American fashion designer and businessman,

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Upon arrival in Salado, Lacroix was startled and speechless to see that the runway for his show had been built in an open field behind the store. Crazy Texans, he must have thought. But as the limousines began arriving, he felt somewhat relieved. As the excited guests took their seats, the music began. Jones took the stage to introduce her guest designer, and after signaling to start the show, the music was turned up. The beautiful backdrop of Mill Creek running behind the stage and the ambience of the pastoral setting surrounding the audience must have been memorable. As the models Jones had hired for the event started their runway walk, the audience was already applauding. Then, out of the corner of her eye, Jane Sibley saw something moving to the far right. As she turned to see what it was, a cow lazily sauntered up and walked directly in front of the stage and then continued meandering through the audience. There was a loud gasp from the onlookers, and especially from Lacroix. But Jones just signaled for the models to keep walking; she never lost her focus. The cows were just part of the ambience, as far as she was concerned. Lacroix looked horrified. But at the finale, the audience gave his collection a loud standing ovation. He said that he wasn’t quite sure the applause was for him or the cow. He sold 150 dresses at this one show. Crazy Texans, indeed.

Another reminiscence came from the designer, Michael Vollbracht. “I worked for Bill Blass and Geoffrey Beene and then went out on my own for a while, designing my own prints,” recalled Vollbracht. Grace was so gracious, supporting me in every way, including hosting a fashion show in Salado. Well, I know Texas…but I wasn’t at all prepared for it. I barely remember riding to one of the fashion shows…Grace was driving. I had no idea where we were or where we were going. Somehow, when the evening ended, we were all in a hot tub with Liz Carpenter.” Grace Jones passed away in Salado in 2008. However, she will long be regarded as the First Lady of Texas Fashion, from an era of elegance we can recall fondly and with hopes that she would still have her favorite designers today.


Geoffrey Beene gowns, 1980s, Grace Jones and Jane Sibley, 1980s. Courtesy of Robert Godwin, Austin American Statesman, 1970s, Former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, Grace Jones and Carmen Dell'Orefice, 1980s. Courtesy of Robert Goodwin, Christian Lacroix runway, 1980s, Grace Jones of Salado store, 1960s, Grace Jones, 1960s, Liz Carpenter, Erma Bombeck and Grace Jones, 1970s

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Artful Endeavors The best plays, musical performances, and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record-breaking crowds, with pandemic protocols in place, according to our cultural arts arbiter Leanne Raesener, who shares our favorite recommendations for what to enjoy this spring across the state.

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Dallas/Fort Worth THAT FLOR AL FEELING The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents Dallas Blooms, the largest annual floral festival in the Southwest. Expect over 500,000 blooming blossoms, thousands of azaleas, and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees. Through April 10. At DallasArboretum.org. Courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dallas, Texas

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ENCHANTINGLY V IBR ANT In 1952, dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández founded the Ballet Folklórico de México to preserve the dancing traditions of her country. Her goal was to share the beauty of Mexican dance with the nation and the world. April 4. At TheLongCenter.org.

DELIGHT IS IN THE HEART For a look at high fashion at its most fun, the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design presents Delight: Selections from the Texas Fashion Collection, which celebrates the curiosity, wonder, joy, and whimsy sparked by the collection’s unique artifacts. Through May 21. At TFC.CVAD.UNT.edu.

FANTASTICALLY FRENCH French printmakers combined ancient decorative motifs with newly invented ones to create everything from jewelry to architectural façades. Drawing primarily from the Blanton’s extensive holdings, Fantastically French! invites visitors to look closely at these exquisite details. March 5–August 14. At BlantonMuseum.org.

Designer, Patrick Kelly’s pinstripe skirt suit with novelty dice print and buttons (detail), Spring-Summer 1989, Museum Purchase, Texas Fashion Collection

Jean Le Pautre, two church façades, plate six from Italianate Church Façades, 1640, etching, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002

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REACH OUT AND BE THERE This spring, two legendary Motown giants will co-headline an exclusive show at Bass Concert Hall for an evening of mega-hits, nostalgia, and fun. They were named one of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” by Rolling Stone Magazine. March 9. At TexasPerformingArts.org.

TIMELESS TCHAIKOVSKY Texas Ballet Theater presents a trio of ballets in a Tchaikovsky Evening. Tchaikovsky’s music is showcased and paired with Balanchine’s iconic Serenade, along with two world premieres, Star Crossed by Ben Stevenson, and Violin Concerto in D by Texas Ballet Theater’s Associate Artistic Director Tim O’Keefe are featured. February 11‒February 20. At TexasBalletTheater.org. Photo by Steven Visneau cont'd...

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San Antonio INCOMPARABLE IMPRESSIONS For the first time, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is lending approximately 100 of the most significant paintings and works on paper from its renowned Impressionist collection. This exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is the only U.S. venue. Through March 27. At MFAH.org.

HOW OPERATIC This spring, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto will take over the Tobin Center stage featuring largescale sets, costumes, lighting, and incredible design. It has often been called the greatest of all operas. The famed opera is an epic testament to the power humans can wield over each other. May 5 and May 7. At OperaSA.org.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Woman with a Parasol and Small Child on a Sunlit Hillside, c. 1874–76, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Courtesy of San Antonio Opera, San Antonio, Texas

SURREAL SWISS Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition is the first major transatlantic retrospective on the Swiss artist and the first in the U.S. in more than twenty five years. For over fifty years, Meret Oppenheim (1913–1985) produced witty, unconventional bodies of work that remain largely unknown in the U.S. March 25–September 18. At Menil.org.

Meret Oppenheim, New Stars (Neue Sterne), 1977–82. Kunstmuseum Bern. Meret Oppenheim Bequest. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Pro Litteris, Zurich

Georgia O'Keeffe, Pink and Yellow Hollyhocks, 1952. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Bequest of Helen Miller Jones. © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

AMERICA’S MODERNISM The beginning of the 20th century was a period of profound change for America, demonstrated in the artistic movement known as American Modernism. O’Keeffe blurred the natural and man-made, focusing on individual elements with a wash of vibrant color. Through May 8. At McNayArt.org.

Viva Frida Kahlo–Immersive Experience, Photographs by Andy Juchli

LIFE, LOVE, ART Lighthouse Immersive, North America’s leading producer of ground-breaking, wildly successful, experiential exhibitions such as Immersive Van Gogh and Immersive Monet, along with Impact Museums, have set their sights on the art and life of Frida Kahlo with their newest art installation, FRIDA: Immersive Dream. Through April 17. At LighthouseImmersive.com.

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SHE LOVES ME NOT, SHE LOVES ME SO Set in a 1930s European perfumery, shop clerks Amalia and Georg, often do not see eye to eye. After both respond to a "lonely hearts advertisement," they now live for the love letters they exchange. All the while, their identities remain unknown. March 25‒April 16. At ThePublicSA.org.

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With spring blossoming, so many culinary opportunities beckon us. Leave it to our editors Lance Avery Morgan (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jake Gaines (Houston), and Alexandra del Lago (San Antonio), to recommend the best of the newest.

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MOROCCAN MAGIC With a Moroccan-dressed terrace, unique details such as custom tiles, and cushy pouf seating, Casablanca takes diners on a journey with a globally inspired menu of shared plates curated by Paradiso’s executive chef Nick Hurry. In the back, a sister concept, Casanova, provides a hidden karaoke bar (they call it a “singeasy”) with private karaoke lounges that groups can rent. At CasaBlancaDTX.com.

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UNIQUE & UNCOMPLICATED Downtown’s Corinne serves up feel-good food. They cut through the complicated to find the honesty and effortless simplicity in this distinctly modern eatery that also boasts a large patio. They offer Italian flair with traditional cuisine that’s tough to beat. At CorinneATX.com. TASTE & TEXTURE With a menu as ambitious, inspired, and unexpected as Austin itself, Cannon + Belle captures the taste and texture of farmto-table dishes. From the Bourbon Courtesy of Cannon + Belle Bar Experience to cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients, Cannon + Belle’s bar, indoor biergarten, and dynamic kitchen is Austin’s newest answer to Texas-fresh. At CannonAndBelle.com.

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FRENCH TWIST La Rêve Gelato is a new upscale European patisserie that recently opened in Preston Hollow. The French-style dessert shop features colorful pastries, macarons, and gelato. They also have rare craft coffee. Diners can choose from nine macaron flavors, ten gelato flavors, and ten pastry options, including Tiramisu. In French, Le Rêve, translates as “To Dream,” which is the goal of their transporting desserts. At LeReveGP.com.

FANTASTICALLY FRESH Verbena’s culinary program focuses on seasonal ingredients delivered through a beautifully composed vegetable-forward menu highlighting regionally sourced meat, fish, and poultry. Verbena shares an artful composition that enhances their vision of bringing you authentic, hearty, and healthful dining experiences. At VerbenaATX.com.

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HEALTHY EIGHT Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman has just launched a new beer, Eight. The light lager is touted as a healthy local offering with 90 calories and 2.6g carbohydrates. Proudly based in Austin, Eight is committed to giving back 1% of all revenue to Texas-based causes that work tirelessly to make healthy living accessible to all. At EightBeer.com. cont'd...


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SAVOR Houston ROCK SOLID CUISINE Atlas Restaurant Group (Ouzo Bay/Loch Bar) has opened a new Italian concept, Marmo, meaning Marble in Italian, in the new Montrose destination, Montrose Collective. The fresh, hand-rolled pastas, house-made charcuterie, and hand-cut prime steaks on the food menu will complement an impressive and worldly wine list, with selections of the Italian-focused on regions. The bar and lounge will include a baby grand piano where some of Houston’s best singers will perform nightly. At MarmoItalian.com.

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WAY UP THERE Upscale, the new eatery in Southtown, has the city abuzz. With its chic, freshas-a-daisy interior and Asian-infused selections of sushi, seafood, and steak, it offers something different than other dining establishments in the city. At UpscaleSouthtown.com.

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RUSTIC ROMANCE Located in The Heights, Trattoria Sofia is a Berg Hospitality Group concept that serves authentic, rustic Italian food in an intimate, romantic setting. With a focus on seasonal items, fresh ingredients, and market availability, the menu features classic dishes served with a new twist. At TrattoriaSofia.com.

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WE SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, the family-run ice cream brand, is beloved by ice cream aficionados for its made-from-scratch dairy and vegan ice creams of over 30 flavors, Made from simple recipes using only quality ingredients, Bourbon Cherries Jubilee and Earl Grey Tea are our favorites. At VanLeeuwenIceCream.com.

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WORLD LESS TR AVELED A renewed take on Caribbean fare is Mi Roti in The Pearl. For those who like Island-style food but available at a resort in Texas, this is it. The menu reaches remote corners of the planet and gives you a taste of a world less traveled. From wraps to bowls, prepare to be surprised at the ever-changing menu. At MiRoti210.com.

BOX IT UP Box Street All Day serves up incredible views and even better food all day in its downtown locale. It also offers an espresso bar, craft cocktails, bubbles, and local beer. Patrons who aim to grab a bottle of bubbles can swing by the onsite “bottle shop” for fun on the run. At TheBoxStreetSocial.com.

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ATTEND AUSTIN March 2 Texas Independence Day Dinner Texas State History Museum Foundation TSHMF.org March 2-3 Amplify Austin Day 2022 I Live Here I give Here ILiveHereIGiveHere.org March 5 Serenata Wine & Dinner Auction Austin Opera AustinOpera.org March 5 The Crystal Ball Helping Hand Home HelpingHandHome.org March 5 Who’s Coming to Dinner Project Transitions ProjectTransitions.org March 6 Feed The Peace Awards The Nobelity Project Nobelity.org March 10 Texas Film Awards Austin Film Society AustinFilm.org March 11-20 SXSW 2022 SXSW.org March 24 Philanthropy Day Awards Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Austin AFPAustin.org April 1 The Art of Kindness The Kindness Campaign TKCKindness.org April 2 2022 HRC Austin Dinner Human Rights Campaign HRCAustin.org April 2 Bold Bash Women & Their Work WomenAndTheirWork. org April 3 Hidden Music 2022 Conspirare Conspirare.org April 9 15th Annual Andy Roddick Foundation Gala Andy Roddick Foundation ARFoundation.org

April 23 Fête and fête*ish Ballet Austin BalletAustin.org April 24 CASAblanca Gala CASA of Travis County CASAblancaGala.com April 28 Umlauf Garden Party Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum UmlaufSculpture.org April 28-29 Mack, Jack & McConaughey MackJackAndMcConaughey.com April 29-May 1 Austin Fashion Week FashionByEvents.com April 30 EASB Havana Nights Elizabeth Ann Seton Board SupportSeton.org April 30 Wishes in Bloom Make-A-Wish CSTX.Wish.org April–May Toast of the Town Party Series St. David’s Foundation ToastAustin.org DALLAS/ FORT WORTH March 7 Art in Bloom Dallas Museum of Art DMA.org March 7 Doing the Most Good Luncheon Salvation Army of North Texas SalvationArmyNTx.org March 24-26 Food & Wine Festival Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden DallasArboretum.org April 2 Toast to Life: Back in the Saddle Resource Center RCDallas.org April 2 Nasher Prize Award Gala Nasher Sculpture Center NasherSculptureCenter. org

April 6 Room to Grow Luncheon and Fashion Show Dec My Room DecMyRoom.org

April 23 JDRF Dream Gala JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter JDRF.org/Dallas

April 6 Diamond Anniversary Gala Fort Worth Opera FWOpera.org

April 28 Boots & Blessings Gala Ally’s Wish AllysWish.org

April 8 Classically Cliburn Gala 2022 The Cliburn Cliburn.org April 8 AWARE Affair: Celebrate the Moments AWARE AWAREDallas.org April 9 Art Ball 2022 Dallas Museum of Art DMA.org April 14 Genesis Annual Luncheon Featuring Michael Bolton Genesis Women’s Shelter GenesisShelter.org April 20 Mad Hatters Tea & Luncheon Dallas Arboretum Women’s Council WomensCouncilDallasArboretum.org April 21 Silver Cup Award Luncheon TACA TACA-Arts.org April 21 Stars in Recovery Recovery Resource Council RecoveryCouncil.org

April 30 Côtes du Coeur American Heart Association DallasWineAuction.com April 30 30th Annual Arts Performance Event Vogel Alcove VogelAlcove.org HOUSTON March 4 The Cornerstone Dinner Preservation Houston PreservationHouston.org March 4 The Great Outdoors Houston Museum of Natural Science HMNS.org March 5 Gala at the Gordy 2022 Stages Houston StagesHouston.com March 8 2022 Randy Allen Spring Golf Classic Children’s Museum of Houston CMHouston.org March 11 Tiger Ball The Asia Society AsiaSociety.org

April 21 The Milestones Luncheon Junior League of Dallas JLD.net

March 11 Picnic for the Park Memorial Park Conservancy memorialparkconservancy. org

April 22 Color Out Cancer Children’s Cancer Fund ChildrensCancerFund. com

March 24 Hats in the Park Luncheon Hermann Park Conservancy HermannPark.org

April 22 UNICEF Gala UNICEF UNICEFDallas.org

March 26 St. Jude Houston Gala St. Jude Foundation StJude.org

April 23 Centennial Gala Junior League of Dallas JLD.net

March 29 Spirit of Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show The Children’s Assessment Center CACHouston.org

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March 30 Let’s Talk Luncheon Aphasia Recovery Center HARCTX.org

April 30 Cattle Barons Ball American Cancer Society CattleBaronsBall.com

April 2 50th Anniversary Gala The Children’s Fund Childrens-Fund.org April 8 Heroes Among Us Nora’s Home NorasHome.org

SAN ANTONIO March 2 2022 International Citizen of the Year Award Dinner World Affairs Council of San Antonio WorldAffairsCouncilOfSanAntonio.WildApricot. org

April 8 Camp for All Homecoming 2022 Camp for All CampForAll.org

March 2 Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame 2022 Awards Dinner Dee Howard Foundation DeeHoward.org

April 9 Le Voyage a Marrakech Houston Grand Opera HoustonGrandOpera.org

March 18 Khaki and Plaid Gala Archdiocese of San Antonio ArchSA.org

April 9 JDRF Promise Ball JDRF Houston Gulf Coast Chapter JDRF.org/Houston April 12 Reflections of Style Luncheon The Salvation Army Of Houston SalvationArmyHouston. org April 17 2022 Kaleidoscope Ball Society for the Performing Arts SPAHouston.org April 21 A Celebration of Reading Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation BushHoustonLiteracy.org April 22 Leading Ladies Luncheon Theater Under the Stars TUTS.com April 22 Salon Da Camera Da Camera DaCamera.com April 24 Raising the Barre Houston Ballet HoustonBallet.org April 28 Rienzi Spring Party Museum of Fine Arts, Houston MFAH.org

March 23 Party in the Park Brackenridge Park Conservancy BrackenridgePark.org March 24 A Trip Through the Mind Mind Science Foundation MindScience.org March 25-26 Night of Artists Briscoe Western Art Museum BriscoeMuseum.org March 26 Viva! SA Race Junior League of San Antonio JLSA.org March 28 – April 3 Valero Texas Open ValeroTexasOpen.com March 31 Incredible Seven Birthday Bash The Doseum TheDoseum.org March 31-April 10 Fiesta San Antonio 2022 FiestaSanAntonio.org April 5-8 A Night in Old San Antonio San Antonio Conservation Society SAConservation.org




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