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Fall’s fashion has never seemed so alive and vibrant as we enter this new season. We’re taking it outdoors with a fresh approach to inspiring your own personal style.

Photography by Mark Oberlin Styling by Dion “Bleu” Drake


Waco native Travis Banton was one of the most prolific designers in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Here we learn more about his extraordinary career that only a Texan could achieve.

By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Archival SHE’S LIKE THE WIND Top by Connie Roberson, $359. At The Garden Room Boutique, Austin. Skirt by Onalaja Couture, $1400. At Onalaja Couture. Shoes by Shoe Dazzle at


We love a good debutante ball and party, don’t you? Buckle up as we take an inside look at the pomp and circumstance from a society debutante escort’s point of view.

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DEPARTMENTS DEPARTMENTS 28. Contribute It takes a village to create this magazine and our digital media platform, Here’s a look at some of the many talented dynamos who make it happen, as things heat up these fall days.


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30. Editor’s Letter Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan shares his always optimistically sunny disposition for the season ahead.

33. Introduce


Take a brief look at this exciting issue that reflects on the beginning of fall with a spirit and energy like never before.

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34. Thrive Austin-based Resonance Repatterning expert Mary Schneider shares her views on how we can expand and grow, just like the seasons do.

36. Glow


Our beauty insider, Ana Bribiesca Hoff, recommends the best new make-up and beauty trends to colorize your personality.

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38. Illustrate Max Jordan was one of the most preeminent illustrators in Texas in the 70s and 80s...he helped define the style of San Antonio’s fashion set.

40. Browse The best books for reading...and host gifts? Here we share our very favorite recommendations that have style for miles.

44. Evolve Jay Remer, The Etiquette Guy, is always on hand to solve our modern social life’s most perplexing questions in his wonderfully approachable way.

46. Inspire


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DEPARTMENTS DEPARTMENTS 48. Pursue There is always something new to discover in Texas...and beyond. Join Lance Avery Morgan as he shares the best things in life to know and experience right now.

50. List You’ll immediately want to look and feel brighter with the latest style picks from Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee, who recommends robust color choices for this fall.

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52. Drive Join us as we adventure with The Gentleman Racer’s Mike Satterfield as he hits the road again for another journey.

56. Marketplace Here’s a look at the people, places, and things making a difference in their business communities.

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We are already seeking more cultural pursuits, aren’t you? Here are some offerings from our state’s finest museums and cultural institutions, according to our arts arbiter, Leanne Raesener.

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112. Savor Our editors Lance Avery Morgan (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jennifer Roosth (Houston), and Eleanora Morrison (San Antonio), are on the scene to recommend their favorite eateries, now entirely open for business, across the state.

116. Attend Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli has rounded up all the best philanthropic events for September and October for your consideration to support. Land Rover Defender Photo by Luke Kepner

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THE VERY BEST EVENTS ACROSS TEXAS 71. HOUSTON The Museum of Fine Arts Houston ball

74. DALLAS The Family Place gala

76. SAN ANTONIO The Southwest School of Art gala

78. DALLAS The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden luncheon

80. HOUSTON The Hermann Park event

82. SAN ANTONIO The Gardenia Club coronation

84. AUSTIN The St. David’s Foundation events 78. SAN ANTONIO Clara Kelleher and John Ostrander

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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.

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 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 fall beauty secrets yet.


Our very fashionable Texan-turnedNew Yorker-turned-eternal-Southerner contributor Gordon Kendall is always on the go and on the scene. He is a freelance fashion author and educator, and in this issue, he helms a feature where he offers keen insight into being a debutante escort. He is also an executive member of the Fashion Group International/ New York, a member of The Couture Council, and The Museum at F.I.T.


Dion “Bleu” Drake is a fashion stylist with almost 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.


Lori Duran has had a diverse career and currently researches interesting historical stories of social changes. This has been her life-long passion. Duran serves on the board of directors for the Austin History Center Association, where she is involved in coordinating volunteers and helping the Oral History Committee. She also writes articles for Society Texas and other publications and recently authored Austin’s Travis Heights Neighborhood. She has also released her second book, The University of Texas at Austin: The First One Hundred Years.


Our Digital Director Eleanora Morrison, who is also our Inspire and Savor columnist, is a content creator, editor, and creative consultant currently based in San Antonio. She has over a decade of print and digital media experience as a writer, editor, content producer, and creative director. Entering the content creation space, initially as a lifestyle blogger, Morrison has since grown to manage an award-winning digital media platform and creative consulting company. Connect with her on social media @eleanoramorrison and explore more of her work at


Our feature photographer for this issue’s exotic 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.


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 largerthan-life essence, whether cooking a meal at home for a small group of friends or being a 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.


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 nonmarketing-related 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.



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Our new 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 CHCO-TV, 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.


Our talented and terrifically connected Associate Editor Jennifer Roosth is a Houstonbased 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.”


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,, as a blog in 2002, which has grown to become an online and print magazine reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month.


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 ( 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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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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One thing I recall learning along the way is that people are more apt to laugh when they are with others. Five times. Five times the fun. Five times the connection. Even the random occurrence of connecting with someone who works behind the counter or a passerby on the sidewalk is a golden opportunity. When the good old neighborhood walk became ubiquitous during the pandemic, I always smiled and said or waved hello to anyone who passed by. So many times, I thought, I might be the one and only person they connect with all day, especially my elderly neighbors. That, and tossing up newspapers that hovered the curb onto the front stoops, brought simple joy to me in those limited connectivity days that now seem long ago but will be in our future once again with family, friends, and colleagues. HERE WE GO Onward and upward, this fall, we’re all rarin’ to go again. Fully charged and full steam ahead, I’d say...just add a bit of flexibility. Although we


have loved the ongoing optimism Society Texas offered before, during, and now, we kick into an even higher gear, as you’ll see on these pages with its powerful imagery. Our fashion cover feature, shot in the great outdoors by Mark Oberlin and styled by Dion “Bleu” Drake, reflects the sunny confidence of this season’s best style for you, our coveted reader. Always admiring our native-Texans-done-good, we share the story of Waco-born Travis Banton, whose seminal talents during the Golden Age of Hollywood are still reflected on today’s catwalks. Finally, with social obligations always top of mind, Austin-bred Gordon Kendall looks back fondly and humorously at his days of escorting debutantes. These features, along with our plethora of stories that our engaging writers and editors bring you and our many social stories that support so many philanthropies that remain fan favorites, have us swingin’ for the fences to bring you more and unique editorial that you’ve come to know and love. So, for everything from lifestyle, insight into new books to read, beauty products to try, cars to drive, and so many other ways to enjoy life more, count on Society Texas to be by your side from the ballroom and beyond. Cheers to a happy fall ahead, and we look forward to learning how your life has created more momentum as we all progress forward. s Lance Avery Morgan Editor-In-Chief & Creative Director ! " @societytexas


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By The Light Of Day We can all see more clearly now, as fall approaches, and we move forward with more pep in our step and bounce to the ounce to embrace the cooler weather and more opportunities this season. So, what are you waiting for? Join us for this issue as we celebrate the return to normalcy we’ve all wanted to create. SEPTEMBER•OCTOBER 2021



Connecting The Dots Now that we are back in the swing of things, some of us are reengaging with others like never before. Others are taking it a bit slowly. Our Austin-based Resonance Repatterning expert, Mary Schneider, offers insight on moving forward with others. WELCOME BACK WHAT AN AMAZING NIGHT IT WAS...I WENT TO AN ACTUAL party, yet I haven’t been out again quite yet. I am being gentle with myself. A therapist wisely counseled me to take it easy and not over-expose myself too quickly. Not due to the pandemic, mind you, but in order to not end up with a “hangover” from too much socializing too hastily. Many people have made the same decision. What has happened in this post-Covid era is slowly becoming a trend. People spent an inordinate amount of time, often alone, in their homes for the past eighteen months. This we know. Many of us developed a curiosity about what society would look like after the pandemic. Welcome. Now we are beginning to get a taste of it. Of course, many people and their families lost loved ones in these last eighteen months. We send them all love, light, healing, and blessings. We wish you peace. Growing re-connectedness. We have coined a new term here. When you make a new friend, there is a choice. A choice to retreat to old ways of being or maybe, try something new. Covid and its subsequent isolation have provided us with a tabula rasa if you will (the theory that individuals are born without built-in mental content; therefore, all knowledge comes from experience or perception). Interacting with selective amounts of people allows us to polish up our communication skills. We are also compelled to go deeper, as opposed to hanging out in what is familiar. It may just be that we have no desire to do this going deeper-thing. And, being obliged to feel perhaps uncomfortable. There is a wonderful growth opportunity here, though–one of the silver linings of the pandemic. We are invited to try styles of relating to which we may be unaccustomed. Possibly we could be more open. Or, at the other end of the spectrum, we might be more quiet. Being in the same group of people for lengthy periods can magnify our gaffes. Yet, we see that despite our imperfections, we are still loved. We can heal them. I see increased self-acceptance leading to treating oneself more gently, and therefore, intimacy can improve.


ELECT TO CONNECT Of course, with old friends, we can attribute our newfound relationship conduct to being isolated for so long. Over time as we move back out into society, the improved communication patterns we developed can positively affect all our relationships. We begin to reap the benefits of intimacy as a shared outcome. Intimacy (think of into-me-see) is a process where people know one another on a deep level. Many married couples have this, and best friends can, as well. It depends upon the basis of the relationship. The presence of true intimacy is a gift of divine proportion and is to be treasured. This intimacy requires a certain amount of vulnerability–authenticity coupled with the heart. The heart confers the capacity to express our feelings and our needs. Going back out into the world, we find our relationships are transforming. True intimacy allows us to talk about how we feel without remorse. It also allows us to state our needs with the expectation they will be met making us feel loved deeply. The deeper the intimacy, the greater the love. Intimacy and love increase exponentially. Self-love and self-acceptance are present, and we recognize we are beloved. Ultimately, this agreement we made to engage in a quarantine lifestyle opens us to uncharted territory residing within us that we have always wanted to access. If we give ourselves this gift of self-love, we will have more to come back to when the pandemic is finally truly over. Covid-19 gave some of us a more authentic life. Most importantly, we took the opportunity we were given and made the most of it. Lemons can always become lemonade. It turns the silver lining into pure gold, allowing us to see that we can love ourselves and love others as ourselves. We can see their mistakes, and we can let them go. s




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BOLDER BLUSH Saturated bold colors are also used to emphasize the contour of the face with dramatically draped blush in bright fuchsia and cheery tangerine hues. Try Christian Louboutin Abracadabra La Palette Blush & Highlighter Palette Refill. $78. At Neiman Marcus.

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LOCKED-IN MOISTURE As the temperature drops, don’t forget to keep your lush locks soft and strong. Try Miriam Quevedo Sublime Gold Oil, a blend of 24-karat Gold and 10 Botanical Oils that will restore the natural glow of your hair, nourish and protect all season long. At Saks Fifth Avenue. $90.

MOLTEN LIP Add a heavy clear glossy to your makeup bag to play up your look with a molten lip. So glossy it’s glassy. Wear alone as a base or topper to show off your lips while locking in hydration with Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Lip Gloss. $26. At Neiman Marcus.

NO FILTER NECESSARY During this sweater weather, swap out your lightweight summer foundation for Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection–Skin Perfecting System. Prime, perfect, and set with this game-changing trio to unlock the ultimate no-filternecessary skin to soothe, hydrate, and renew with a sublime silken effect. $124. At Pat EYE-CENTRIC HUES Neons for fall? Yes, please. This season brings jolts of color in eccentric shades across the eyelids for bold, dramatic, and cheerful looks. Say goodbye to your usual subdued shades and opt for fuchsia lids and swipes of electric blue for creatively lined eyes. Try Natasha Denona Circo Loco Eyeshadow Palette. $129. At Sephora. LILAC LIDS From romantic lavenders, vibrant lilacs, or deep eggplant hues, these plummy statement shades will add an optimistic boost to your glam look all season long. Try Lancôme Hypnose 5-Color Eyeshadow Palette in Relfets D’Ame. $50. At Neiman Marcus. MOODY, MEET SMOKEY The chilly months ahead bring a new twist to our beloved smokey eye. A thick, messy smudge of dark green or olive creamy eyeshadow, carelessly blended with a finger across the eyelids, creates an edgier yet softer look. Try Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Smoky Emerald. $27. At Nordstrom.


This fall’s weather means cooler trends ahead with a balance of the minimal and a resurgence in outthere glam, according to our beauty expert, Ana Bribiesca Hoff.

HANDS UP Since you’ve been diligent about washing and sanitizing your hands this year, it’s time to give them some TLC. Try the Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Hand Cream. This potent, rich-textured cream improves elasticity for supple and intensely hydrated skin, while a unique blend of antioxidants targets age spots and visibly reduces signs of aging. $65. At Bergdorf Goodman.

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To The Max Frost Bros., in San Antonio and Austin, was at the pinnacle of department stores in Texas well into the 80s, when the fashion illustration of Max Jordan ruled supreme, as our pop culture savant Lance Avery Morgan shares. BEFORE THE WORLD OF SOCIAL MEDIA OFFERED US ADS EVERY THREE POSTS, for very little that we may need or want, there was the golden fashion advertising era of the daily newspaper. Measuring a wide one-and-a half-feet by two feet, folded, it took up most of any space it occupied during the business of reading it, unfolded. Enter the gorgeous ads for items that were both fetching and interesting. With the likes of Neiman Marcus, Sakowitz, Scarbrough’s, and so many other leading department stores in the state, retail advertising offered lush illustrations of the delectable things that could easily appear on anyone’s must-have list. For instance, in San Antonio and Austin, the Frost Bros. department stores led the way for Manhattan-quality illustrative art for decades. So when the University of Texas-San Antonio Special Collections department obtained a donation of the Max Jordan Papers, a cornucopia feast of conceptual drawings, mock-ups, page proofs, and newspaper advertisements, it was like striking artful gold. Jordan himself produced the majority of the items during the 1980s for Frost Bros. Many of his illustrations were created for men’s and women’s fashion, fragrance, skincare, and cosmetics advertisements that donned the city’s leading papers of the day, the San Antonio Express-News and the San Antonio Light. So prolific was Jordan’s work that the collection also possesses sketches from his time at the I. Magnin department store in San Francisco. The vibe of most of the illustrations was that of rich, saturated color and aspirational scenes to entice the reader into the department store’s point of view. The arduous process to create an advertisement that would reach hundreds of thousands of readers was layered. Initial mock-ups were part of the production process of creating advertisements. Once perfected, the mock-ups were then used for page proofs and the final product, newspaper advertisements. Max Jordon and the store’s Creative Director Marlon Chapman had a work history together in San Francisco. They comprised the team of half a dozen artisans who would illustrate everything from fragrances to fashion to housewares of the era, ranging from artful black and white to bursts of color that illuminated the page. Even if we view things mostly from our electronic devices these days, we know much of it stemmed from the colorful past of creative advertising that can still be admired and appreciated. s Clockwise top: Frost Bros. ad, 1980s, Frost Bros. beauty ad mock-up, 1980s, Frost Bros. men’s ad, 1980s, Frost Bros. fragrance ad, 1980s.




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High Style The best new fall books are beyond spectacular. Glorious, colorful, and enticing, enter the worlds they inspire, as recommended by our own bibliophile, Lance Avery Morgan. HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON: PARIS REVISITED By Henri Cartier-Bresson He was known as the eye of the 20th century and is one of the world’s most acclaimed photographers. Paris was Cartier-Bresson’s home, on and off, for most of his life, and the photographs he took of the city and its people are some of his most recognizable and beloved images. $60. At Thames& THE MEN’S FASHION BOOK By Jacob Gallagher Take an unparalleled A–Z deep dive into the designers, photographers, icons, and other creatives who have produced and inspired the most memorable looks in menswear–and are still advancing today’s renaissance in men’s clothing and style. Perfect for any gent in your life. $79.95. At MONIQUE LHUILLIER: DREAMING OF FASHION AND GLAMOUR By Monique Lhuillier Some of the beloved superstar designer’s most memorable bridal and sumptuous red-carpet creations are highlighted, along with her readyto-wear line, home and fragrance products, and other lifestyle initiatives. This book is just part of her brand’s larger 25th anniversary celebration. $95. At LAKE FLATO: THE HOUSES By Oscar Riera Ojeda and Helen Thompson Take a deeper look at this Texas firm’s most recent residential projects built in partnership with the land, rooted in its particular place, and responding in a meaningful way to the natural or built environment. This approach has served them well for the last 30 years and continues even more so today. $85. At THE ROLLING STONES: UNZIPPED By Anthony DeCurtis For almost 60 years, the Rolling Stones have helped shape popular culture around the world. Unzipped traces their impact and influence on rock music, art, design, fashion, photography, and filmmaking. Packed with many never-beforeseen photos, artwork, and memorabilia, you’ll be immersed in their glam rock atmosphere. $65. At Thames&


FROM PALM BEACH TO SHANGRA LA By Jane S. Day The architecture of Marion Sims Wyeth defines one of the most preeminent design talents of his day. This richly illustrated book takes readers into the legendary abodes of Marjorie Merriweather Post and Doris Duke—Mar-aLago and Shangri La, respectively—as well as the less well-known but equally spectacular Hogarcito and La Claridad, to name but a few. $75. At LIFE IN A FRENCH COUNTRY HOUSE: ENTERTAINING FOR ALL SEASONS By Cordelia de Castellane With tips and inspiration for living and entertaining à la française, you will delight in learning how to re-create chic French style for holiday celebrations, special events, and everyday occasions with seasonal tableware, recipes, interior design, and floral arrangements. $50. At ATLAS OF INTERIOR DESIGN By Dominic Bradbury Here is an inspiring, unparalleled global tour of more than the past eight decades. From classic to contemporary, minimal to maximal, the homes included illuminate the design tropes unique to their location’s context, while others confound preconceived ideas of vernacular design to spectacular effect. $89.95. At MUSÉE PICASSO PARIS By Anne Baldassari Written by the museum’s former president, The Musée Picasso Paris houses the most impressive collection of Picasso’s works. Now you can visit this extensive collection from the comfort of your favorite reading spot, thanks to this canon of his works. $40. At COLLECTED INTERIORS: ROOMS THAT TELL A STORY By Judith Nasatir The curated interiors of Philip Mitchell reveal layered and timeless style on full display in his featured homes—many never-before-published— where he masterfully incorporates a wideranging mix of antiques, vintage collectibles, and contemporary pieces. $55. At



INTERIOR AFFAIRS: SOFIA ASPE AND THE ART OF DESIGN By Sofia Aspe The prominent Mexican interior designer presents homes that harmoniously balance eclectic character with modern and contemporary elegance. The book features residences in Mexico City, Spain, Florida, Texas, and other locales that will inspire your own interior designs. $60. At

WONDERLAND By Annie Leibovitz The luxe book features more than 350 photographs by the renowned photographer, most of which were previously uncollected– including over 30 images never before published and more than 90 images that have not been seen since their original magazine publication. This is a personal library must-have. $89.95 At

PACIFIC NATURAL AT HOME By Jenny Kayne The book includes lifestyle and design guru Kayne’s home, as well as those of a range of women Kayne admires and who share her reverence for nature, a neutral palette, organic and renewable materials, and the goal of creating a calm, cosseting nest for family and friends. $45. At

A TUSCAN ADVENTURE, CASTELLO DI POTENTINO: THE RESTORATION OF A CASTLE By Charlotte Horton Offering readers an intimate portrait of the renovation and life at Potentino, this enthralling account of revitalizing the Castello into a thriving vineyard, charming bed and breakfast, and vibrant arts center provides engaging text and anecdotal stories to its audience. $65. At

THE ARCHITECTURE OF CHANEL By Peter Marino This tome tells the fascinating story of the 25-year long collaboration of two remarkable legends–Coco Chanel and Peter Marino. Through a stunning collection of sixteen buildings, the book shows how Marino’s architecture and interior design elevated Chanel’s luxury retail spaces to the realm of fine art. $125. At CHÂTEAU DE HAROUÉ: THE HOME OF THE PRINCES DE BEAUVAU-CRAON By Victoria Botana de Beauvau-Craon and Minnie de Beauvau-Craon Château De Haroué, an estate located in a remote village in the Lorraine region of northeastern France, is an unrivaled treasure of Gallic culture and heritage. Built between 1720 and 1729 for Marc de Beauvau, Prince de Beauvau-Craon, constable of Lorraine and viceroy of Tuscany, his descendants have inhabited the castle ever since and are devoted to stewarding this remarkable estate. Perfect for your favorite Francophile. $65. At HOME: A CELEBRATION–NOTABLE VOICES REFLECT ON THE MEANING OF HOME By Charlotte Moss Moss presents a fascinating range of creatives, across all practices who share what “home” means to them. The primary objective in doing this project was to benefit No Kid Hungry, a wonderful organization whose mission became all the more vital during the last year. $50. At


COMING HOME, MODERN RUSTIC: CREATIVE LIVING IN DUTCH INTERIORS By Barbara de Vries Coming Home showcases original and resourceful living in the Netherlands at its best. The properties—including historic canal houses, restored farms, and eco-friendly homes—have been brought into the twenty-first century with typical Dutch style and sensibility, showing a wide range of imaginative spaces filled with color and informal charm. $50. At LIGURIA: THE COOKBOOK By Laurel Evans Leave it to Texas native Evans, who immersed herself in kitchens, restaurants, and markets of the Italian Riviera, building relationships with the chefs, shopkeepers, producers, and nonne who drive the local cuisine to create this book. It showcases all that she discovered: a cuisine that is beautiful but humble, plant-forward, seasonal, and waste-conscious. This is a healthy cuisine book like no other. $45. At THE LATIN AMERICAN COOKBOOK By Virgilio Martinez Rarely has the incredible range of cuisines from Mexico’s tropical coasts to the icy islands at the foot of South America been documented as comprehensively as in this collection. Savor the 600 remarkable recipes that bring to life the vibrancy of Latin America and its myriad influences–indigenous, European, Asian and beyond. $49.95. At Phaidon. com. s



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Navigating the social realm of today’s modern world may offer many ways to now view things. Our very own Etiquette Guy, Jay Remer, is on the scene to provide both sense and sensibility with any social conundrums you may have. Dear Etiquette Guy, CAN YOU PLEASE REMIND ME OF SOME OF THE FALL SEASON no white dinner jackets after Labor Day, etc.? Can I still dress summery if I live in a resort climate? On The Scene Again Dear Scene and Be Seen, Given the pandemic, flexibility is the new name of the game. In fashion, the old rules may no longer apply as stringently. If you really feel like wearing white after Labor Day has passed, then wear white. With climate change weighing heavily on us, unseasonably peculiar weather patterns require us to be more adaptable. Look and feel the way that puts you in a festive mood. We’re awakening to a new world, and with that comes new rules. Dear Etiquette Guy, With Covid in mind, is there protocol you recommend when asking people I will gather with if they have been fully vaccinated as a health precaution? Very Vaccinated Dear Ready to Mingle, This intersection has already presented challenges because the decision to vaccinate is a very personal one. I have found that asking the host before accepting the invitation is the way to go if this is a concern. Legitimate reasons for requiring vaccinations or asking that guests wear masks need to be considered by hosts and guests. For example, if someone has a compromised immune system, they may request that unvaccinated people wear masks. The bottom line is that the host calls the shots. They, too, may have personal views


that may or may not align with yours. You must do what is best for you, even if that means sending your regrets. Dear Etiquette Guy, Since weddings are happening again, do you have any favorite gifts these days that you recommend for the fortunate couple? Aisle Be There Dear Aisle Say, Personally, I like kitchen gadgetry. I also like good-quality gardening tools. Consumables, gift cards, and experiences are always an excellent choice for older couples who already have everything they need. There is also no harm in asking the couple what they’d like. Buying something for them that they would not normally splurge on for themselves is often a guaranteed hit. Dear Etiquette Guy We will invariably be invited to costume Halloween parties again this year. It’s just not my favorite holiday, especially with the pressure of dressing up. Thoughts on a polite decline? Hallowed Eve Dear All About Eve, If Halloween parties just aren’t your thing, sending your regrets as you would any other invitation is appropriate. The reason for declining is personal and need not be shared. If pressed, however, honesty is the best policy. Your true friends will not judge you negatively for being your authentic self. The shoe will be on the other foot one day, giving you, too, the opportunity to graciously accept regrets without explanation. s


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Fabulous fashion is back this fall, bold and beautiful. Now that we’re returning to board rooms and ballrooms, we’re craving connection and communication—optimistic expression through fabulous flair. Our vivacious style hunter Eleanora Morrison, of, weighs in with her boisterous recommendations.

BRIGHT AS THE RAINBOW Bold and beautiful—this Salvatore Ferragamo Minibag Multicolored Gancini Jacquard Satchel Bag is a joyous pop of personality to add as a statement accessory with your seasonal ensembles. $1,090. At Neiman Marcus.

Roberto Capucci Alta Moda, 1987

FALL’S PICK-ME-UP An easy way to perk up any outfit is with a colorful pair of earrings that makes your gorgeous face the focus. We love these perennially happy and hand-crafted creations from Cassandra Collections. These 14k gold-filled, multifloral earrings with pearls are a delight. $350. At

NATURE’S NEUTRAL You know what they say about animal print—it’s nature’s neutral, and we love it to make a statement. This Turlington Leopard & Cherry-Print Cady Jacket will add just enough ‘wild thing’ to your seasonal ensembles. $3,195. At Neiman Marcus.

GARDEN OF DELIGHT Gucci’s enchanting fragrances within The Alchemist’s Garden collection have us transported to a cosmetic wonderland. We love A Nocturnal Whisper Perfume Oil for your most inspired moments of self-care. $410. At

A DOLL’S HOUSE For a Texas fall, we always love a billowy blouse. Perfect for the days when the heat starts to subside, and the breezes begin to blow like this Loewe Doll House Printed Oversized Shirt for your transitional seasonal wardrobe. $1,550. At Neiman Marcus. GOOD FOR BEAUTY The Estée Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Campaign has created a global impact since 1992. When you purchase the company’s product, a portion of the purchase price will raise funds towards the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF). We recommend the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex that harnesses the restorative power of night to deliver accelerated visible renewal. $105. At



SINGING THE BLUES In search of a portable pouch to drop your most needed items in and go? Look no further than this Ganni Recycled Leather Crossbody Pouch Bag, a stylish and practical way to tote only your essentials throughout town. $165. At Neiman Marcus.

COLOR ME GORGEOUS Leave it to Italian craftsmanship to make a colorful splash to add more vibrance to your ensemble. These sparkling bags are perfect from sunrise to sundown. Prices vary from $360. By Mela of Italy. At The Garden Room, Austin.

PATCHES OF ART Where fashion meets art: these Dolce & Gabbana Patchwork 105mm Stiletto Boots are elegant, daring, expressive, and will be a conversation starter no matter which rooms you walk into this season. $1,125. At Neiman Marcus.

FUSCHIA AND FAR BETWEEN Who doesn’t love an eye-catching oversized knit reminiscent of the Big 80s? Whether you’re bopping between the office, the country club, or a cocktail party, this Intarsia wool and cotton blend cardigan will have you covered—and always chic. $1,500. At

THAT MAKES TOTAL SCENTS The best accessory to any room is a vibrant scent that evokes your mood. We recommend Set To Jet, the 100% environmentally safe soy, long-burning candle. It was created by Dirty Bartender Candles and The Society Chronicles for the brandnew luxury candle collection, Social-Lite Candles. There are many gorgeous scents from which to choose, in 11 oz. platinum glass. $58. At

PUFF PERFECT Preparing to hit the slopes at some point throughout the coming chilly months? No doubt you’d stand out on the slopes wearing this bold tangerine Ganni Tech Cropped Puffer Jacket. $425. At Neiman Marcus. s SEPTEMBER•OCTOBER 2021

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Seek and Find

Now that things are back to normal for most of us, so many adventures await, don’t you think? Our very own cool hunter Lance Avery Morgan is on the scene to share his insights of where to go, what to have, and things to own.

LET’S BOOK THAT One of the most intriguing luxury book sources we love is the famed French publisher Assouline bookstore in the River Oaks District. Loaded with five-star books to taunt your wildest imagination, this is perhaps the perfect host gift source for your next dinner party. At Assouline. com.

Courtesy of Assouline, River Oaks

Courtesy of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

MUSEUM QUALITY While seeking that perfect birthday gift for a friend, why not look at your local museum gift shop? Loaded with plenty of unique items indigenous to the culture the museums reflect, there’s something for everyone, according to the Texas State Preservation Board. Shown is an item from the Bob Bullock State History Museum gift shop, as an example. At

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DRESSING FOR ALL OCCASIONS Austin-bred Barbara Geller knew that her family’s secret dressing for salads and seasonings would be popular beyond friends and family. The garlic-infused dressing and marinade had developed a fan following, and it’s now on the shelves of Central Market and finer specialty grocery stores everywhere. At

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SOME MORE DIOR The Brooklyn Museum of New York presents the premiere of the exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, which traces the groundbreaking history and legacy of the House of Dior and features unique pieces drawn primarily from the Dior archives. From September 10–February 20, 2022. At

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SPEAKING OF PARIS In Houston’s River Oaks District, Moreau Paris is the custodian of an exceptional French tradition, both for the manufacturing processes and in the materials used for its leather goods. The result is timeless, functional, light, and elegant pieces to own forever. We especially love the Faubourg collection, shown here. At

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RAISING THE BAR On your next trip to Manhattan, why not nurture your inner icon with a trip to the legendary Bemelman’s Bar in the Carlyle Hotel, now open. Sexy and darkly lit, something always special happens amongst the hand-painted wall murals. Just sit back and listen to the stories the piano has to share through its tickled ivories. Oh, and always order the Vesper cocktail. At s










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Welcome to the newly refreshed and colorful world in which we live. In fact, venture into the most fashionable fall in years, with some of the most trending accessories to accompany the 90’s-inspired looks you’ll be donning, according to our chic tastemaker and Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee.


SEEING STARS Show them your star power with this adorable iPhone case that’s really going places with you. You can personalize in custom leather in an array of happy colors and completed with your monogram. $262. At

Christian Lacroix Pret a Porter, Spring/Summer 1995


COMFY & COZY The Wilfred Free Ganna shirt jacket, a relaxed-fit, workwear-inspired utility jacket, has patch pockets, inseam pockets, dropped shoulders, and a rounded hem. It's made with boiled 100% Merino wool that's plush, dense, and textural. In plenty of colors, but we love blue best. $198. At




PUT A RING ON IT We love that Charms Company's pieces are designed in simple silhouettes that make an impact. This Les Bonbons ring is cast from 14-karat gold, coated with glossy pink enamel, and features a sparkling 0.45-quartz at the center. In several eye-popping colors. $1,140. At

CHAIN’S GANG A Cobalt blue bag might just be the most dynamic accessory of all this season. Quilted? Yes, please, and thank you to the convertible crossbody bag with a distinct gold chain. Available in 12 colors. $4,100. At

SLIDE ON THROUGH Gucci's Eileen slides have such a luxurious look and feel, you'll want to wear them beyond lounging at home. Made in Italy from plush shearling, they have cushioned heels and wide straps printed with the house's instantly recognizable GG motif. $980. At



WORKING IT OUT The Illusion seamless high waist legging is made with 4-way stretch seamless fabric that shifts color to contour the body. The high waist and body-mapped construction make for a must-have look for studio & street. Double up with a matching bra. Pink suits us best. $98. At



SHE NAILED IT You’ll want to stand out in the crowd this season with a color from the Cirque Colors Munchies collection that says happy. We prefer Cheddar Yellow-Orange Crème for this nail polish. Non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free. $12.50. At

KICK IT OFF Need more shine in your life? This vintageinspired metallic Shorty is a new iteration on the classic cowgirl boot. Infinitely flattering on the leg because of the deeply scalloped collar and embellished with traditional ear pulls and a multi-stitch embroidered vamp, this could be a cool and elevated wardrobe staple. $975. By Miron Crosby.


GETTING TO KNOW YOU Warhol’s Interview magazine was a sensation when it first launched. Now celebrating over 50 years, get the keepsake book. $250. At the glam Assouline store in the River Oaks District and at

Sharon Stone, Casino, 1995


PRETTY IN PINK Fleurshadow, by Boy Smells, offers a candle that has the scent of freshly cut blossoms and deep resinous accords. In a pretty pink container to brighten a favorite room. $39. At SEPTEMBER•OCTOBER 2021



Roving The Land The Luxury Of Utility Is Found In The New Land Rover Defender By Michael Satterfield

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HOME ON THE RANGE FEW VEHICLES ARE AS BELOVED AS THE ORIGINAL LAND Rover Defender. the iconic off-roader gained a reputation globally for its rugged capability and broad appeal. You could spot almost anyone behind the wheel of a Defender...from the local farmer to the Prince of Wales, that’s how ubiquitous they are. It was considered to be the British equivalent of the Willys Jeep (the original Land Rover prototype was built on a Jeep chassis). In fact, the utilitarian design was part tractor and part passenger car. What started as a simple farm implement became an international icon and the legacy behind one of the most well-known luxury brands in the world. In 2016, the original Defender’s over thirty-year production run came to an end, so replacing a vehicle beloved by so many would be a monumental task. The new Defender would need to harness the rugged image and styling of the classic Defender, yet in a modern package. Somehow the two-door 2021 Defender 90 ticks all the boxes, with its timeless retro style, rugged utilitarian interior, and the right amount of luxury without being pretentious. This isn’t an ultra-luxurious Range Rover; this is a proper go-anywhere off-road vehicle built for the country but still civilized enough to drive to the city. Plus, it looks even better once you get it dirty. I decided to take the Defender out to its natural habitat, a country estate here in Texas, to put it through its paces. This model is the limited-production First Edition, which gets several upgrades over the base model, including a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 395hp, a front jump seat, white contrast painted roof, 20-inch wheels, Electronic Air Suspension, and several other technology features. But by far, the best option is the folding fabric roof that spans almost the entire length of the passenger compartment for when you want to feel the wind in your hair, and the sun on your face while driving down a narrow country byway. DETAILED DATA Inside is sparse. The rubber floors, rugged door panels with exposed bodycolor sheet metal, simple controls, and weather-resistant materials cover the seats and dash. The First Edition has a unique leather and woven textile seating combination that looks like it will hold up to almost anything, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob. Looking graceful while getting in and out of the back seat is quite the task, yet with the front jump seat, the Defender 90 offers seating for six in a pinch. It is perfectly comfortable for four adults. Cargo space is limited, so plan on adding a roof rack if you want to haul people and luggage.

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Defender’s air suspension can be set in the Off-Road mode, which gives the little Rover 11.5 inches of ground clearance, while the base model with its standard coil suspension still offers 8.9 inches of clearance. Across the fields, streams, and through the woods, the Defender was confident, inspiring, and felt planted. When the trail gets tight, or there are obstacles to overcome, the standard surround-view cont’d...



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ULRICH INVESTMENT CONSULTANTS, A FIDUCIARY WEALTH management firm, brings national resources to meet the investment needs of Central and South Texas clients. It serves a broad range of affluent individuals and families, family offices, retirement plan sponsors, charitable organizations, and Native American governments and their entities. With offices in San Antonio, Albuquerque, and Spokane, Ulrich is led by CEO John Ulrich, CFP, and CIO Whitney Solcher, CFA. John Ulrich founded the firm with a vision to take the worry out of his clients’ financial lives while adhering to the highest fiduciary standards. Whitney Solcher, a sixth-generation San Antonian and the greatgranddaughter of former San Antonio Mayor Walter McAllister, brings the Texas spirit to Ulrich Investment Consultants. She remains actively engaged in the San Antonio community through various philanthropic boards and organizations, including St. Mary’s Hall, and formerly the San Antonio Area Foundation, Alamo Colleges, Witte Museum, Trinity University, the Greater Chamber of Commerce, and Texas Biomedical Research Institute. Alongside her lifelong passion for investing, she is also an avid equestrian, competing on a national level in the Hunter/Jumper arena. Ulrich’s equally strong commitment to community, family, and philanthropy is demonstrated through his service on a multitude of foundation and endowment boards. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Laguna Community Foundation and formerly on the Boards of the New Mexico Community Foundation, Albuquerque Academy Endowment, NM Public Accountancy, UNM Cancer Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Laguna Rainbow Elder Center, New Mexico Health Connections, and NM Appleseed. Together, the Ulrich team has more than 100 years of combined experience, making them perfectly poised to provide superior investment advice, valuable insights, and a broad range of consulting services. “Ulrich Investment Consultants prides itself on its independence from corporate constraints,” says John Ulrich. “This allows our advisors a freedom of approach often absent from large Wall Street firms. When you combine this independence with a high level of transparency, you get targeted results that


Whitney Solcher and John Ulrich Photo by Wendy Butler

“Our clients spend a lifetime building wealth,” shares Whitney Solcher. “They shouldn’t have to waste time managing it, so we go the extra mile to ensure they can sleep well at night.” The Ulrich approach begins with a deep understanding of each client’s lifestyle, way of thinking, and goals. This holistic view enables the team to build a comprehensive financial picture—including liquid assets, real estate, additional business interests and investments, liabilities, cash flow requirements, and more. From there, Ulrich implements strategies using highquality investment vehicles and provides robust, comprehensive reporting.

The Ulrich team makes it their mission to earn the trust of high-net-worth individuals and their families, serving in a true fiduciary capacity to ensure their clients have the appropriate resources and investment plans in place to support their goals. This kind of seamless planning extends far into the future of their clients’ families, ensuring the proper transfer of wealth to future generations. “At the end of the day, we are a family business, and we treat all of our clients as an extension of ourselves,” says John Ulrich. Through all of their work, Ulrich Investment Consultants maintain a steady focus on a targeted approach that is completely customized to each individual client. This human understanding—and the constant access to a real live person, rather than a robo-advisor with an endless automated phone tree–– is what sets Ulrich apart. For more information, visit s


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 The Mani Johnston Group UBS Financial Services Inc. 200 Concord Plaza, Suite 300 San Antonio, TX 78216

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Above and beyond Carol Mani Johnston earns dual honors from Forbes

Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisor in Texas, 2021. Forbes Top Woman Advisor, 2021. UBS is proud to announce back-to-back industry recognitions for Carol Mani Johnston.

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The Museum of Fine Arts Houston Celebrates With Grand Gala By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Jenny Antill, Daniel Ortiz, and Wilson Parish

THE SETTING: Over 300 guests recently attended the Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala Ball in the brand-new Nancy Rich Kinder Building of the MFAH. Art patrons walked into an event space, with pandemic safety protocol in place, that was brimming with brightly hued pink peonies and a cascading staircase garland of peonies, garden roses, bougainvillea, and orchids. It was an inspired design collaboration between the chairs and Richard Flowers of The Events Company. THE STYLE: The evening was all about enjoying the atmosphere and the experience of dining in the new building, which will house the MFAH international collections of modern and contemporary art. City Kitchen prepared a three-course dinner, starting with baby Spanish artichokes with shaved parmesan, wild mushrooms, leeks, spring potatoes, and flowers. Guests were also served grilled sea bass with tomato confit and yuzu beurre blanc, creamy grilled corn polenta, heirloom baby carrots, and snap peas. For dessert, guests enjoyed amaretto cake with raspberry and cream cheese filling with raspberry coulis and raspberry sorbet. The cake, made by Sweet Nation, was modeled to look like the Kinder Building THE PURPOSE: Phoebe and Bobby Tudor served as chairs for the event that raised over $1.7 million to support the Museum’s general operating budget. The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, where the event was held, is the final addition to the Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus of the MFAH. Remarks of sentiment and excitement were made by the chairs, Director of the MFAH Gary Tinterow, Mayor Sylvester Turner, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of MFAH, Rich Kinder. s


Charles and Judy Tate

Kristy and Chris Bradshaw

Richard Flowers and Lynn Wyatt

David and Ashley Gerdy & Claire and Kyle Walstad

Rose Cullen

Nancy and Rich Kinder

Sean and Martha Wade

Corey Kelly, Caroline Tudor & Phoebe and Bobby Tudor


Daniel and Janie Zilkha

Christopher Gardner and Gary Tinterow

Ann and John Bookout

Brad and Leslie Bucher

Sharyn and Jim Weaver

Ann Trammell and Dale Miller

Carla Knobloch and Mark Van Ness

Jeff and Gina Luhnow, Franci Neely & Jeremy and Wendi Monthy


Bill and Susanne Pritchard

Martha Finger and Greg Fourticq

Wally and Jeanie Kilroy Wilson



Family Style The Family Place’s ReuNight Celebrates With Gala Among Art By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Cameron Smith

THE SETTING: It was an unforgettable evening at the annual ReuNight fundraiser benefiting Dallas-based family violence agency, The Family Place. The verdant Nasher Sculpture Center Garden was the site of this exclusive soiree, where a limited 150 guests gathered amidst exquisite art.

Natalie Lorio and Melinda Bell

Lindsay and Chuck Jacaman

Diana Dobson and Joyce Goss

Kristen Sanger, Harold and Bunny Ginsburg and Lisa Singleton

Amy Turner and Melissa Sherrill

Dianne and Mark LaRoe & Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb

Gonzalo Bueno, Michael McCray, Forrest Gregg and Robby Sturgeon

Patrick and Kristy Sands


Nick Even, Denise Manoy, Lynn McBee, Hamilton Sneed and Cynthia Smoot


THE STYLE: The outdoor affair, with Covid-19 safety measures in place, kicked off with passed hors d’oeuvres and HALL Wines, all catered by Wolfgang Puck Catering. The Dallas String Quartet serenaded guests as they meandered throughout the gardens and relaxed on the chic lounge furniture. For dinner, also served by Wolfgang Puck Catering, the guests were led into the elegant outdoor dining setting that included architectural and chic floral arrangements and place settings by Bryan Long of Grey Gardens Florist, complementing the modern art on display throughout the garden. Paige Flink, CEO of The Family Place, and the event co-chairs greeted guests warmly before dinner. Each course was paired with superb wines from HALL Wines. A spirited live auction was held during dessert, and the evening concluded with an energetic paddle raise, enhanced with a matching gift by an anonymous donor. THE PURPOSE: Kristen Sanger and Lisa Singleton, ReuNight’s co-chairs, mixed and mingled with the attendees. At the same time, Honorary Chairs Kristy and Patrick Sands and their family enjoyed the GeneIQ sponsored Step & Repeat designed by Bryan Long. Proceeds from the evening went to benefit The Family Place, the largest family violence service provider in Texas, with three emergency shelters providing 177 shelter beds each night, including the state’s only shelter for men and children and three counseling centers. s

Elizabeth Saab, Kelly Perkins

Jennifer Dix, Kris Johnson, Kristi Hoyl

Stephanie Seay, Stephanie Hollman and Cam Hall

Emily Roberts, McKenna Gannon, Heather Street Baker, Margot Aliffi and Grace Fraker

Robert Conley and Amy Vanderoef

Louise Collins and Kevin Riley

Stan Cunningham and Julia Sands

Ron Hoyl, Richard Dix and Mitch Bell

Frank and Marisa Howard & John and Jodi Harris

Greg and Ashley Arnold & Ursula and Bill Graham

Greg and Kim Hext & Pat and Charles McEvoy




Imagine The Possibilities Southwest School Of Art Celebrates The Spirit Of The 60s By Jake Gaines | Photography by Jim Landers Photography

THE SETTING: Southwest School of Art welcomed guests back to the beautiful McNutt Gardens for a groovy celebration, rescheduled due to the pandemic, themed Imagine, inspired by the life and music of John Lennon and all the great artists of the 1960s. To begin the festivities, the Gala Art Sale enticed art lovers to collect new acquisitions in the Coates Chapel that included dy-no-mite pieces contributed by notable local, national, and international artists. Gala patrons were welcomed to the event and thanked for their generosity by SSA Board Chair Randy Cain and President Paula Owen. Co-chairs Sara and Jeremy Jessop gave special thanks to Stephanie Canales, the gala’s general manager. THE STYLE: The attendees then proceeded to the main event. The tables, spaced with proper social distancing, were beautifully decorated in psychedelic colors for the sold-out event of almost 500 guests with linens by Illusions Rentals & Designs and flowers by Trinity Flowers & Events. Guests were treated to scrumptious passed hors d’oeuvres and a delectable dinner provided by Club Giraud. It featured a duet entrée of charbroiled medallion of tenderloin, topped with sautéed wild mushrooms and sautéed jumbo prawns with garlic caper beurre blanc on acini de pepe pomodoro served with a sautéed spring vegetable medley. The meal ended with a 60s favorite, a decadent Lemon Chiffon Pie with fresh blueberries & Lemon Sauce Anglaise. In keeping with a new tradition, the evening of fun, food, music, and art ended with an outta sight after party in the Frost Garden. Albert Steves’ band, Mothership, created a Studio 54-style atmosphere for guests to dance the night away, with more tempting food and libations as well. THE PURPOSE: All proceeds benefited the Southwest School of Art, now accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and Texas’ only independent college of art. The mission of the Southwest School of Art is to teach and advance the visual arts for the benefit of students seeking higher education and for others seeking education and enrichment. s


Taylor and Kate Dawson & Charlotte and Garrett Carlson

Adam and Colleen Arthur

Clara Kelleher and John Ostrander

Britt and Cardo Kleberg

Elizabeth Matthews, Corinna Richter & Tres and Megan Steves

Dr. Jenny Hsieh and Dr. Lawton Chu


Trish DeBerry and Lori Houston

Brian and Leslie Chasnoff & Erica and James Myrick

Drs. Christy and Gordon Rainey & Eugene and Nery Simor

Carlos Solis, Kim Harle, Lynne Dobson and Greg Wooldridge

Rudy Choperena and Dr. Joel Dunlop

Stephen Blanchette, Pat Smothers, Mary Moore and Yonnie Blanchette

Ashley Mahaney and Justin Parr

Nikki Swift, Alicia McNab, Cat Wilson, Morgan Mayberry & Marcos and Daisy Resendez

Easton and Claire McNab

Gary Sweeney and Katie Guido

Houston and Emily Carpenter, Payton Kane, Jeff Hornbeak,Travis Edlund, Jeremy and Sara Jessop & Darren and Mandy Kirkendall

Karina Dolgin, Sarah Herr and Jennalie Lyons

Dr. Gemma Kennedy and Dr. Bradley Kayser

James and Tarah Sykes & Leslie and Brian Chasnoff

Patrick Merritt, Ben & Paula Owen, Patricia Pratchett and Dr. Bart Nichols

Watt Matthews, Christina Ketabchi, Lauren Biegler, Evan Ketabchi and Mark Biegler




From Africa With Love

33rd Annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Benefits The Dallas Arboretum And Botanical Garden By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Danny Campbell and Rob Wythe

THE SETTING: The Women’s Council of Dallas recently celebrated the spring season and A Woman’s Garden with a sold-out crowd at the 33rd Annual Mad Hatter’s Tea, among the glorious floral displays at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. This year’s theme was Out of Africa Into The Garden.

Elizabeth Smith-Theis

Ken Weber

Jolie and Bart Humphrey

Prashe Shah

Jordi Bostock

Suzanne Caruso and Kay Weeks

Kristen Winters

C’Mone and Nick Wingo & Giuliano Matarese


Sherwood Wagner


THE STYLE: Guests, with pandemic protocol in place, donned in their finery and plenty an enviable chapeau, enjoyed a champagne reception in the Scott K. Ginsburg Family Plaza. They paraded before the hat judges on the green carpet walkway, vying for the coveted prizes. Once the program began, winners were bestowed awards in various categories. A lovely, seated afternoon tea followed on the Plaza featuring a spring fashion promenade expertly produced by Jan Strimple with fashions from Tootsies. THE PURPOSE: Jolie Humphrey chaired the Mad Hatter’s Tea this year, along with Kay Weeks, president of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Carole Ann Brown served as honorary chair. Since 1986 the primary goal of the Women’s Council has been the design, construction, funding, and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the only public garden in the United States conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women, and dedicated to the spirit of women. The support of over 500 members of the Women’s Council makes possible the continued expansion and development of A Woman’s Garden. s

Linda Spina

Yvonne Evans

Greg Hudson and Kimble Wooten

Patti Flowers and Kim Noltemy

Kathy Cothrum

Barbara Bigham and Dyann Skelton

Marena Gault

Kunthear Mam-Douglas

Dorothea Meltzer and Sandy Secor

Suzanne Millet

Carole Ann Brown


Kathy Fielder and Andrea Reich



Park’s Place Hermann Park Celebrates With Gala

By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Priscilla Dickson

THE SETTING: Due to Covid-19 safety measures, this year’s Evening in The Park for the Hermann Park Conservancy looked a little different than in the past. But this year’s event made up for lost time due to 2020’s gala cancellation. Instead of dinner, dancing, and the program under one big tent, the event was socially distanced and progressive. Dinner was served in tented “pods” placed along the Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Reflection Pool. THE STYLE: Guests started with welcome cocktails and photographs in Lindsey Plaza. Then, to add an element of fun, many guests opted to take the Hermann Park Railroad from Lindsey Plaza to the Molly Ann Smith Plaza passing through the beautiful native plants and grounds of the upcoming Commons site. At Molly Ann Smith Plaza, guests heard from Kristy Bradshaw, Conservancy Board Chair, who shared about the organization’s endeavors, including play spaces, natural habitats and plantings, public art installations, gathering areas, and the McWilliams Dog Park, which was the focus of this year’s gala celebration and one of the most requested features by the community. Next was dinner, when each party headed to their respective “pod” to enjoy a meal from City Kitchen. Afterward, tunes were provided by DJ Mav at the Pioneer Obelisk, as guests indulged themselves with a bit of spirited dancing to celebrate an event that was two years in the making. THE PURPOSE: The event’s co-chairs, Jo and Jim Furr, and Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell and Derrick Mitchell, worked tirelessly to ensure guests had a fun and safe night. This year’s event surpassed its goal and raised $650,000 for the care and improvement of Hermann Park. That was in addition to the generous $1 million gift toward the Dog Park’s capital campaign from Laura and Brad McWilliams, this year’s honorees. Marley Lott, the honoree of 2020’s canceled Evening in the Park, was also in attendance and recognized. s


Daniel J. Piette and Doreen Stoller

Chris and Kristina Bradshaw

John and Kristen Berger

Laura and Brad McWilliams

Derrick and Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell & Jo and Jim Furr

Carter Ware, Emma Willingham and Lane Ware


Sal Montes, Mary Patton, Rebekah Johnson and Randy Twaddle

Melissa Sugulas, Melissa Juneau and Amanda Buffone

Katie McClure, Morgan Garvey, Valerie Dieterich and Erin Breen

Jim and Dancie Ware

Ellie Francisco and Alan and Elizabeth Stein

Ann Kennedy and Geoffrey K. Walker

Monsterville Horton, Bhakti Khatri & Sharon and Errol McLaughlin

Patrick Summers, Jane Cizik and Beau Miller

Jana Arnoldy, Denise Monteleone and Brenda Love

Kelly and Stephen Lubanko

Danny and Isabel David

Cece and Michael Fowler

Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron

Jennifer Roosth and Alex Blair

Leigh and Reginald Smith


Anne Clutterbuck and Ericka Pertierra

Roz Pactor and Yvonne Cormier

Robert and Gracie Cavnar



Crowning Glory San Antonio Gardenia Club Celebrates Queen’s Coronation And Court Presentation By Jake Gaines | Photography by Jenna Beth Lyde

THE SETTING: Set amid the historical magnificence of the St. Anthony Hotel, the San Antonio Gardenia Club recently held its annual Queens’ Coronation and presentation of the Court. This memorable event, a grand Gardenia Club tradition, was patterned after the first Coronation held there in 1960. 2021 Gardenia Club Queen and Her Court

Jamie Mayes, Kathleen Mayes and Abbey Mayes

Libby Gillespie and Emma Gillespie

Siobhain Anders Buckley

Beau Kleberg

Bryan Tidwell, Greta Tidwell and Christi Tidwell

Chelsea Simpson, Suzanne Simpson, Charlee Simpson, Chandler Simpson, Rowan Simpson and Brad Simpson



THE STYLE: The hotel’s Peacock Alley, with Covid-19 safety measures in place, served as an elegant setting for cocktails and photography to begin the evening under the backdrop of French tapestries and crystal chandeliers. The splendid Anacacho room was the venue for the magical evening for the duchesses and their escorts as they were presented. The hall and ballroom, adorned in shades of lilac flowers, the Queen’s favorite color, was created by the renowned artistry and design of RTC floristry. The Mistress of Ceremonies, Siobhain Anders Buckley, introduced the Court and this year’s newly crowned Gardenia Queen, Chandler Suzanne Simpson. Chandler, a third-generation Gardenia Queen, is the daughter of Suzanne and Brad Simpson and the granddaughter of DeeAnn and Carlton Skinner Simpson. THE PURPOSE: This year’s event chairs were DeeAnn Simpson and Kathleen Mayes. The purpose of the San Antonio Gardenia Club is to further interest in the fine arts by providing recognition to students within the San Antonio area, and the proceeds of the annual fundraiser raise funds for local fine arts students. The San Antonio Gardenia Club was founded in 1960, with the mission of providing fine arts scholarships to deserving students who graduate from Bexar County schools, enabling young scholars to continue their education at local colleges. The club also participates in the annual Fiesta Battle of Flowers, Texas Cavaliers River Parade, the Annual Holiday Parade, and the King William Parade. s

Brad Simpson and Chandler Simpson

Madison Embrey

Liz Jauer and Joy Jauer

Eric Batchelor, Kendall Batchelor, Ken Batchelor, Colton Batchelor,Mike Podoloff, Julee Batchelor, Caroline Batchelor, Clara Podoloff, Olivia Batchelor, Kim Batchelor, Colea Batchelor and Caleb Podoloff

Liv Humphries

James Stocker & Cheryl and Robert Stocker

Charlee Simpson

Dee Ann and Skinner Simpson


Coco Kleberg and Cebern Kleberg



Virtually Toasting St. David’s Toast Of The Town Star-Studded Party Series Goes Virtual THE SETTING: St. David’s Foundation’s Toast of the Town, one of Austin’s most anticipated party series of the year, recently completed another starstudded round of soirées with a twist. This year’s events were hosted virtually due to the pandemic. Despite toasting from afar, guests were treated to the same fun, engaging parties with interesting speakers as in years past. The result was virtually the best Toast party series ever. THE STYLE: Those who attended the party series were still treated to the same white-glove experience they’d always had for the in-person events. In advance of each of the events, a welcome kit featuring multi-course meals from some of Austin’s best and most beloved venues, along with program details and a special thank you gift, were delivered to guests for them to savor and enjoy their five-star experience at home. In addition, prior to the launch of each event, guests were provided a special welcome on their screens by St. David’s Foundation CEO and President Dr. Ed Burger, allowing them to feel a part of the action in person. The evenings began with words from St. David’s leadership before moving to the main programs. This year’s parties provided something for everyone. Those passionate about food engaged in separate events, including the Taste’s of Japan with celebrity chef Tyson Cole and barbecue with Daytripper Chet Garner. While, history buffs were treated with several options, including a conversation with Presidential historians Douglas Brinkley, Mark Updegrove, and H.W. Brands, as well as a national security discussion featuring Gen. Vincent Brooks, William Inboden, and Robert Chesney. Lastly, no Toast party series would be complete without music. This year exceeded expectations with separate evenings featuring music from legends of multiple music genres. These performances included country music legend Clint Black and Society Texas’ own Lance Avery Morgan and Rob Giardinelli, who interviewed pop and punk rock icon Kathy Valentine about her new book All I Ever Wanted...she even serenaded the audience with The Go-Go’s iconic song, Vacation.

THE PURPOSE: The event, chaired by Mary Katherine Stout, with Ellen Troxclair serving as vice-chair, raised over $1.7 million for the Neal Kocurek Scholarship Program. Since the program’s founding, nearly 600 students have received annual scholarships of $7,500 to pursue health-related careers at Texas colleges and universities. s


By Rob Giardinelli | Photography courtesy of St. David’s Foundation

Ellis Winstanley

Dr. Ed Burger

Ericka Freels and Megan Cobb

Ray Benson

Gen Vincent Brooks, William Inboden and Robert Chesney

Emma Kahn and Chet Garner

Ed Clements and Joe Turner

Rob Giardinelli, Kathy Valentine, Lance Avery Morgan, Tobie Funte and Clem Burke

Douglas Brinkley, Mark Updegrove and H.W. Brands


Clint Black


DARLING Dangerously beautiful and deliriously delightful, fashion is on the move again, just like we all are. Wherever you go, whatever you wear and how you do it counts. So, this fall, make it count more than ever before in the most delectable ensembles that range from florals to bold metallics to graphic inspiration and beyond...because really, anything goes.

Photography by Mark Oberlin | Styling by Dion “Bleu” Drake Hair by René Maldonado Cortez Using Love and Snow Color Wow, Denman brush, Dyson blowdryer, YSPark, IGKhair, and Hot Tools

Make-up by Tatiyana Elias | Using Lilah B and TMF Cosmetics Model: Vilena with Bounty Models Styling Assistant: Eleanora Morrison | Sittings Producer: Lance Avery Morgan

ROUNDED PERSONALITY Dress by Onalaja Couture, $640. At Onalaja Couture. Necklace by Rivinni by Rita Rivernis. Price upon request. Available at Rita Rivernis.


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D r ess i n g T h e Lov e G o d d e ss Travis Banton, 1933. Paramount Pictures publicity still

Herbert Marshall, Marlene Dietrich and Melvyn Douglass. Angel. 1937. Paramount Pictures


May West, 1933. Paramount Pictures publicty still

Many prominent Texans have found their fortune in Hollywood, both onscreen and off. Enter Travis Banton of Waco, who set the silver screen ablaze with his costume design talents when movies glamorously reflected our nation’s hopes, dreams, and aspirations during the Golden Age of Hollywood, according to our fashion arbiter, Lance Avery Morgan. Photography courtesy of Archival

Travis Banton and Carole Lombard in a fitting, 1934. Paramont Pictures publicity still

Claudette Colbert and Henry Wilcoxon Cleopatra, 1934. Costumes by Travis Banton. Paramount Pictures

Carole Lombard, 1935, Photo by E.R. Richee. Costume by Travis Banton. Paramount Pictures

Marlene Dietrich, 1935, The Devil Is A Woman. Paramount Pictures

Carole Lombard, William Powell and Gail Patrick, My Man Godfrey, 1936. Paramount Pictures

THE GENT FROM TEXAS IMAGINE THIS: YOU WERE BORN IN WACO, AND you find yourself entering the hallowed gates of Paramount Pictures in 1924 to design for some of the Golden Age of Hollywood’s greatest stars of the era. The talented Texan, Travis Banton, would be one of the most sparkling things to come from Waco, beyond Dr. Pepper, by becoming one of the most legendary designers in Tinseltown’s heyday. Influences of his work can be seen in Netflix series Hollywood, Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and around-the-clock class films on Turner Classic Movies. Banton had arrived at the fabled studio armed with a coterie of both learned and practical experience, drive, taste, and an immeasurable amount of talent. Plus, an Ivy League education from Columbia University. He’d designed for the Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway and also created Mary Pickford’s wedding gown that created an international stir at the time. From there, it was onto scaling the heights of the wildly competitive City of Angels. At the time when sound pictures came into wide acceptance in the late 1920s and early 1930s, Banton rode to the rescue of many a director by


Myrna Loy, 1932. Paramount Pictures

making loud costumes...well, quiet. Or, at least, quieter. Ever the pro, he used crepe, satin, and silk chiffon, since the previously-used taffeta and stiff moiré silk were literally too noisy for the new medium’s finicky microphones. With sound as a major technical issue, Cary Grant was hired on the spot from his screen test at Paramount...because he not only filled out a tuxedo nicely, but also could walk across the room keeping an iced-filled cocktail noiselessly steady. That’s showbiz, kids. By 1929, Banton was chief designer at Paramount, a role he would fulfill until 1938, and where he would become well-known for supplying The Paramount Look of sophistication. His success can be partly attributed to the masses of movie fans who saw his creations. In 1930, an average of 80 million viewers attended movies every week in the United States. The population at the time was 123 million, so well over half of Americans made it a ritual to visit their local dream palaces weekly to see their favorite stars. DEPRESSION DECADENCE In that pivotal style decade of the 1930s, Banton’s impact was felt from Hollywood Boulevard to Main Streets across the country and beyond, and even around the globe, thanks to the hunger for American films in lands abroad. He designed for the studio’s biggest box office stars, movie

By 1929, Banton was chief designer at Paramount, a role he would fulfill until 1938, and where he would become well-known for supplying The Paramount Look of sophistication. His success can be partly attributed to the masses of movie fans who saw his creations.

Marlene Dietrich, 1934, The Scarlet Empress. Design by Travis Banton. Paramount Pictures

Randolph Scott and Carole Lombard, Supernatural, 1933. Costumes by Travis Banton. Paramount Pictures

goddesses Marlene Dietrich, Carole Lombard, Claudette Colbert, Anna May Wong, and Mae West, to name a few. Banton’s epitome of elegance appears in the designs for Dietrich’s renowned vehicles, such as The Scarlet Empress (1934) and Angel (1937). For the latter film, it’s reported that Banton’s staff labored for weeks on one hand-sewn garment that was an opulent Fabergé-inspired gown of chiffon lavished with beading and bordered with Russian sable at a reported cost of $8,000 (about $150,000 in 2021 dollars). To offset Dietrich’s conservative acting style, Banton loaded on feathers, sparkling beads, and lush furs for her over-the-top costuming so she would dominate any scene over her co-stars, even with scene-stealers like Gary Cooper and Cesar Romero. These stunning creations were magnetic to not only the camera, but also to the silver screen. They exuded strength, sexiness, and style that fans hungered to see. Dietrich, always the consummate professional when it came to her personal publicity, was a strictly self-disciplined actress and Paramount star. She reportedly had no problem standing for fittings in her wardrobe-dependent films for at least 120 hours per film. It was a creative match made in heaven for both designer and his movie star muse. They also gave the world a sexy, tailored trouser suit that still resonates today with fashionistas. Of all the stars, Carole Lom-

Travis Banton and Marlene Dietrich, 1937. Paramount Pictures

bard (whose life tragically ended in a plane crash in 1942 while selling war bonds) was his most prolific muse since she also hired him to dress her off-screen. Her long, languid figure was ideal for the bias-cut dresses that especially flattered her, a Banton specialty. In fact, his designs were so loved by Carole Lombard that she demanded he design her costumes for My Man Godfrey and Love Before Breakfast (1936), Nothing Sacred (1937), and Fools for Scandal (1938), which were made by other studios, beyond Paramount Pictures. Now that is star power at its zenith, and his work with both Lombard and Dietrich is still referenced by today’s leading designers. Life on the lot wasn’t always rosy with his clients, nor was every movie star a dream costume collaboration. One studio crisis that Banton recalled required studio chief Adolph Zukor to negotiate a feud brought on by Claudette Colbert, a longtime Banton admirer, and his costuming for Cleopatra. After rejecting two sets of costume sketches for the picture, she supposedly streaked Banton’s third set of beautifully painted drawings with blood deliberately drawn from her finger to emphasize her displeasure. Legendary costume designer Bob Mackie felt otherwise about Banton and Colbert’s teaming. “I recall seeing a revival showing of the pre-code Cleopatra (1934) at a theater in Englewood (Los Angeles) at the age of 14. cont’d...


Anna May Wong, 1934. Limehouse Blues. Paramount Pictures

Claudette Colbert, 1937. Paramount Pictures

Carole Lombard wearing Travis Banton, 1934. Paramount Pictures

Carole Lombard, 1933. Paramount Pictures

Lucille Ball, 1946, Love Come Back, Costumes by Travis Banton. Universal Pictures

Marlene Dietrich, Song of Songs. 1933. Costumes by Travis Banton. Paramount Pictures

I was in awe and mesmerized by the costumes. So, I thought to myself, ‘one day I’ll remember all these clothes.’” He continued, “Little did I know that I’d be designing similar sorts of beaded numbers for Cher on The Sonny & Cher Show in the 70s. They were so scant and skin-baring that I recall it being an issue with the CBS censors at the time.” It was an example of how Banton’s creative legacy would carry on. Another conflict involved a fitting with Banton and an ungrateful actress of the era, Nancy Carroll, who ripped a beaded garment from her body while Banton and his staff stared in disbelief. Sometimes, there’s just no pleasing a client, as any designer can attest. PUBLICITY MACHINE While Banton designed costumes for many of the gorgeous icons still remembered today in films, part and parcel that came with ruling the Paramount costume territory was designing for B-movies that were also popular with the American public. Making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, almost literally, he designed for forgettable potboiler films with titles like Accent On Youth (1935), Wives Never Know (1936), I Met Him In Paris (1937), to name a few of the many dozens, yet Banton still made every leading actress look every inch the lady. While at Paramount, Travis Banton designed for over 160 films, a tremendous outpouring of talent. In that era, studios released a new movie every week of the year, so his fingerprint on so many films can still be seen by cinephiles.


Part of that success and household name recognition was due to the studio’s public relations machine that was always honed and humming, offering up the major movie lots’ designers as trustworthy authorities in style. When a fashionable fad swept the country, like broad shoulders or over-accessorizing, Hollywood was usually blamed for it in the film and women’s interest publications. Travis Banton complained about this once in a 1937 film magazine when he was quoted saying, “Hollywood was given undeserved credit for eccentric styles frowned upon by Paris designers. I admit that the movies sometimes began disturbing vogues—like going hatless. Perhaps the hatless fad started in Hollywood generally because of its great weather and the healthy hair of its stars.” It’s hard to imagine now in the overly image-conscious Hollywood that the Academy Award® for Best Costume category didn’t even exist before 1948. But designers became household names, thanks to the incessant barrage of movie magazines that kept their readership informed of the film stars and teams who helped them uphold their glamorous perch high atop Mount Hollywood. An example from a screen magazine of the day offered Banton’s advice: “Don’t copy the screen costume you see exactly, because they are often too “stagey” for the average women’s wear. Our styles for picture purposes are many times the expression of the “mood” of the star in that sequence—and not the expression of the style of the moment—so don’t be led astray, and if you copy screen styles, do so in moderation and

While Banton designed costumes for many of the gorgeous icons still remembered today in films, part and parcel that came with ruling the Paramount costume territory was designing for B-movies that were also popular with the American public.

Valentino, 1951. Universal Pictures

Rosalind Russell. Costume by Travis Banton, 1944

use the idea more than the exact gown or suit you admire.” STAR POWER With his high outpouring of design talent, by 1939, Banton was ready for a change when his contract at Paramount ended. He pulled up stakes and moved to 20th Century-Fox studios, where he dressed stars Loretta Young, Betty Grable, Gene Tierney, Carmen Miranda, fellow native Texan Linda Darnell, and others until 1941. From the early-to-late 1940s, he was the designer at Columbia Pictures and RKO Studios before becoming the chief designer at Universal Studios, dressing actresses Deanna Durbin, Merle Oberon, Susan Hayward, and Rosalind Russell. Banton definitively proved that during the 1940s, Hollywood’s American design talent could surpass that seen in Paris. Banton’s excessive drinking was the primary reason for his knocking about several studios. Yet, his talent was matched by only a few designers of the era, such as Edith Head, Walter Plunkett, and Helen Rose, all in a rarified circle of talent. His friendship and close professional relationship with leading lady Rosalind Russell were cemented with her films Sister Kenny (1946) and The Velvet Touch (1948). After Banton’s final motion picture assignment, the biopic Valentino (1951) for Columbia Pictures, he exited the film business. Instead, he returned to work for his former Paramount boss,

Rosalind Russell, Auntie Mame, 1956. Broadway costume designs by Travis Banton

Howard Greer of Greer, Inc., to design clothing for private clients. He then returned to Hollywood once more in 1956 to open a fashion salon with Russian designer Maruisa Toumanoff Sassi, then entered stage left to collaborate in designing the extravagant gowns worn by his old pal Rosalind Russell in the 1956 triumphant Broadway production of Auntie Mame. Late in life, Banton recalled that in Hollywood, he had “loathed those endless barbecue things, deadly-dull afternoons spent staring at people wallowing in swimming a place where even the French champagne went flat as soon as it was poured.” He admitted, however, to a certain ambivalence, for he needed the studio earnings that supplied the art, antiques, and extravagant lifestyle compatible with his curated tastes. Merle Oberon summarized the feelings of their mutual loyalty when she insisted that Banton dress her in the 1945 film, A Song to Remember. She said that Banton “not only knew what the character ought to look like, but also understood what an actress was the happiest wearing, which is very rare for a costume designer. As a result, I never found it necessary to make a single change on any of his drawings.” Travis Banton died in 1958, designing for television and variety programs like The Dinah Shore Show. Yet, Texans will always be able to claim him as one of its most talented native-born sons whose creativity can always be seen any time in vintage films on Turner Classic Movies. s




Bow A

Join us as our ardent social chronicler Gordon Kendall recounts his very brief foray as a debutante escort in the Big 80s. Texas Dip included, so pull up a chair as we take an insider’s tongue-in-cheek look at the man behind the bow.

Nothing more is required. The whole thing is “for real,” but only for the others involved. The concept of debs and escorts as players in a saga began much earlier before the first deposits on party venues were paid, before the first contributions to the symphonies, or operas, were put down. This isn’t the time to reinvent the ongoing wheel of societal expectations. Forget that one detail, and it’s going to be reality T.V. time, so watch out. It’s just about having a good time and how many things can you say that about? Hence, that open bar.


ESCORT? EXCELLENT LAST YEAR, AT AN ORDINARY DINNER PARTY (REMEMBER those?), the evening took a rather extraordinary turn when I let it slip to all present that, yes, at one time, I had been an escort. All forks dropped to the plates at once. After the seconds of silence, I’m still not quite sure how I should interpret the guffaws of laughter that soon followed. “You?” and “C’mon, really?” are not affirming credits to any man’s masculine pride. Finally, after a bit of hemming and hawing, I fessed up to having been a debutante escort, which explanation seemed to have satisfied all those assembled for a time. “So,” it was later asked, “how does that, you know, work? The whole ‘party thing’” Thus, began my wine-enhanced recount of my season being the unsung accessory elbow, an escort to a series of young women as they were introduced to…no pun intended…Society Texas. Although it has, indeed, been a few decades since I donned white tie in the name of chivalry and social custom. However, this elbow will remain anonymously tucked inside its cut-away coat sleeve out of respect to all involved and to make the whole event, just a little more dramatic. Wylie readers, however, may be able to guess a thing or two about the who’s, what’s, and where’s of my experiences, and we’ll leave them to that worthy enterprise. They might be right. Or not. My escort season seemed to end as quickly as it began, yet it was quite a whirlwind of activities. THE ANNOUNCEMENT TEA The life of an escort starts with something usually referred to as an “announcement tea.”. Who will be the upcoming season’s debutantes when the formal presentation will occur, and when the debutante’s individual parties will happen is decided. Often, I know some of the girls from our school days. As a sidenote, escorts for the girls are mentioned with about as much enthusiasm as saying, “Nice weather we’re having.” Then, everyone goes off and talks to someone they haven’t seen since last night’s other party, leaving the escort and deb to initially meet and get to know each other in preparation of “the season.” If there are any untapped ideas for reality television left, I’d like to suggest Drama Debs, which would recount all the goings—on that occur during each season. To help draft the pilot, here are other things about the people, places, and happenings the writers should consider. Will she be attractive? Will she be witty? Will you be handsome? Will you be charming? Hers and your faults of beauty or character don’t matter. It’s quite possible the escort and deb will not have known each other previously, so in the first few minutes, with so much at stake, it’s best to agree…to be agreeable with each other.

LET’S HAVE A PARTY, SHALL WE? The girls’ families host a round of parties honoring the debutantes, to celebrate their debut. The themes vary, from Monte Carlo to a simpler fare, like, the State Fair. But, whatever the theme, simple or elaborate, it is the perfect setting for a terrific time for all the attendees to honor the debs. These evenings happen across that state...evoking New York’s grandest Fifth Avenue hotels in Austin…recreating Versailles in Houston…70s Studio 54 discos twisting in Dallas…to Luaus hula-ing in Laredo, and beyond. You get the idea: The Texas Debutante Theme Party. Of course, no mention of the escort experience would be complete without mentioning this unique feature of coming out in the Lone Star State. After the Announcement Teas that start off these seasons, there are scores of separate parties as well. They are the enticing amuse-bouches, the tantalizers to prepare one and all for the main course, the grandest gala in the season’s grail of parties, The Presentation Ball. These season openers come about when one, or several, debs and their families get together and throw some fete-tastic homage to… name your place and time… but think of Paris or French themes as Toujours Favoris. With that in mind, prepare for at least one Les Miz or Mardi Gras inspired to do in any given deb season, or get ready to do your own Can-Can come party time when it’s a Moulin Rouge Rallye, as these parties are called in France. Of course, gardens are always good ideas for these kinds of deb dances, too, but not just any old patch of dirt is party inspiring. They must be Italian Tuscan, or, of course, Provence de France in spirit to be worthy of the debs’ families’ attentions. Considering the original purpose of the debutante party was to introduce young maidens to society, especially to suitable marriage candidates, you’d think Garden of Eden themes might be popular. Interestingly, but not likely intentionally, economically inflationary epochs, such as the 1950s and 1970s, remain popular themes. Just don’t expect casseroles and Chianti jug wine will ever be served no matter those parties’ homage decades. Costs-of-living be darned; these parties are about having fun and fun…as we know…takes a lot more, a whole lot, to make that happen. So, when it comes to themed deb parties, the sky is the limit to produce these one-nightonly fun factories. Once inside this combination theme park, high school cafeteria at the lunch rush, and rock concert events, what really happens? Dancing, naturally; eating certainly; queuing at bars, inevitably; gawking, a given. And what you will see. How to transform a relatively mundane country club or a generic hotel ballroom into these fantastically focused events? Just as there would be no reason for these cont’d...



Escort ensemble. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren.


parties without debutantes, there would be no way to carry out their themes without flowers. Not just demure arrangements are dotting the tables, but installations that could rival most of the annual floral output of Honduras. That amount will be just about right to hang from the ceilings, fill the corners, line the walkways, and compose huge arrangements surrounding the buffet tables, and flanking the dance floors...all perfect social media backdrop opportunities. The creativity of the florist and their sidekicks, and the lighting pros, know no bounds of checkbook when it comes to not just decorating such plain spaces but transforming them into entertaining environments. Ultimately, these blooming extravaganzas of the debutante experience will wilt after they are often donated to local charities the following day, the food and drink consumed, and the band packed up. But, inevitably, it will be the memories of these themed parties that will inspire debs in later years to say to their own almost-deb daughters, “It’s up to you, My Dear, certainly, to pick the kind of party you want, but for my party, this is what we did…” MAJOR GENERAL MOM One and all will deny it, yet the debutantes’ mothers are really the show’s co-stars. They are the ones who sat through countless committee meetings, raised the most money, and hand-addressed the most envelopes. They also were the ones who ever so subtly, politely, but determinedly jockeyed for their daughters to be the jewels, the princesses, the whomever’s being asked to represent whichever group is presenting them. Mess with M.G.M. and you, Mr. Escort, could very well be escorted yourself...out. I’ve heard a few stories of guys who all of a sudden “had obligations” then disappeared from the stag line of escorts and landed into social oblivion. On the other hand, a debutante’s mother who likes an escort can indeed, rally the Oscar-clad crowd of other mothers on his behalf. That happened to me. One deb’s mother just happened to be quite the doyenne. What she said, went and so did I, from well-dressed nobody to hob-nob, because of her. Her David Webb jewels were medals earned from the social battles she’d fought and won to make everything happen, and I’m glad I was able to share in her success.

chandise attached to you. The first mishap is always with the shirt; trust me on this. “Pop,” “Pop,” “Pop,” go the studs right down the front of your shirt, and everyone might see how well, or not, that new ab routine is working for you. Clear tape and a plain white teeshirt to your rescue. Not the one covered in logos and what-not sayings. The problems don’t end there. Even at winter events, you will burn up in these layers of wool, silk, and cotton. Think about water in article number sixteen, the hip-flask. DIP AWAY All dressed up and off you and the deb go. The whole evening will be one of both glamour and grandeur. Lucky you, if you even get to sit down…at all…to enjoy any of it. While everyone else is seated and eating, you and the deb will be backstage, waiting for them to get done, so you can get on with why you’re are there: the presentation. By the time you and the deb line up to get ready, you’re hot, exhausted, and that shirt…it’s always a stiff-as-steel shirt…and has started to come untucked from all the bending over to shake hands. According to some precisely determined order, the same one that says all debs are beautiful, but some go on stage before others, it’s showtime for you and your deb, with all eyes on you two. Now, the time comes where it all comes together, so no pressure. Brave is the man who tries to tell the deb what to do, but, as she lowers herself to the floor, arms outstretched, mere seconds before her head goes forward into the white abyss of money that is her gown, you really, really hope she followed your invariable lead and laid off the open bar. In my days of escorting, yoga and Pilates were not the fitness phenomena that they are now, so debs today may actually be stronger than you, Sir. Don’t let your downward dog butt get kicked, just keep an eye on her, nonetheless. Help turn her wobble into a wow. Two well-timed hands at her waist might mean a Rolex on your wrist when it’s all over from appreciative parents. I’ve heard that actually happened: one escort received a gold and stainless TYVM. You may think it’s over after the bow, but that’s when it can get even more interesting.

TERRIFYING TAFFETA & TUXEDO’S JUNCTION The dress is as much a part of the party as the debutante herself making the coveted bow. So, what if it looks like an upside-down snow cone and costs as much as a nice car? What’s really fun, I hear, is when two debs choose the same style of dress. Rare, but possible. How that issue is resolved is way above my pay grade, but I’m sure it’s nothing that socially savvy mothers can’t work out with no hard feelings, right? As if. When it comes to the actual dress that will appear on the big presentation night, there’s not much you’ll have to worry about, besides not stepping on the huge thing, which is good, because you, Sir, have sartorial problems of your own. To wit.

THE BOYFRIEND We’ll leave it for the etiquette experts to ponder whether an escort is a date, in the “date-date” sense, or just a one-night standup guy. It’s good to get that sorted before all the partying because the deb’s actual date/boyfriend/almost fiancé might just have an opinion about the matter. Leave it to chance, and you’ve set yourself up for a ménage-a-trouble with the three of you. Inevitably, you will not see what she sees in him, the lout. You probably are more fill in the blank than he. He got there first. Don’t forget that and, hopefully, you and the deb will part at some point after the presentation with charming promises to keep in touch and not a terse: “She’s all yours, pal!” ringing in everyone’s ears.

Imagine having as many as fifteen different articles of clothing you will need to have on your body at once, from fiddly little button-like studs to the more familiar socks and shoes. Now imagine that each of these must be put on in a specific order and in a certain way. Then imagine having to walk, dance, carry things like programs and plates of hors d’oeuvres with all this free-spirited, high-maintenance mer-

Back to the dinner party that got this walk down memory’s runway started, the inevitable question was asked: would I let my own children do it, be a debutante or escort? My lack of both offspring and funds has already answered for me. So, what can I say? Except for a few evenings, this young man got the chance to play that suave character shown in so many films. So, to those, I’ll take my bow. s



Cultural Hero

The best plays, musical performances, and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record-breaking crowds, according to our cultural arts maven Leanne Raesener, who shares our favorite recommendations for what to enjoy this fall across the state.


Dallas/Fort Worth

FASHION IS ART, BUT OF COURSE A special exhibition, Canvas & Silk: Historic Fashion from Madrid’s Museo del Traje, from Madrid’s premier museum of historical dress, will be on view thanks to an unprecedented collaboration. In drawing examples from the Meadows’ collection of historical dress and pairing with the Museo del Traje’s, one may view these styles through the lens of Spanish art. September 19―January 9, 2022. At Manuel Piña (Spanish, 1944–1994) [designer], Alex Serna [painter]; Vestido (Dress), 1991. ©Museo del Traje, Spain. Centro de Investigación del Patrimonio Etnológico, Madrid, Spain; CE092707. Photo by Lucía Ybarra Zubiaga

Courtesy of Secret Austin, Candlelight Series


After having enormous success worldwide—in Paris, Barcelona, and New York—this creative, enchanting, and new concert series is known simply as “Candlelight.” Not to be missed are Candlelight: Beethoven’s Best Works and Candlelight: Otis Redding, Al Green & Southern Soul Legends, both performed at the iconic Mansion, an intimate setting amidst walls flickering by soft candlelight. September 10 and October 3, respectively. At Photo courtesy of MOMIX.

MAGNIFICENT ALICE As one of America’s most wildly creative and innovative dance companies, MOMIX DANCE/UNBOUND takes you on a walk through the Looking Glass in their reimagined and fantastical Alice. Don’t miss this triumph of imagination, illusions, and special effects in its U.S. premiere performance. September 17–18 at Winspear Opera House. At The Beach Boys, with original members Mike Love, fifth from left, and Bruce Johnston, third from left. Courtesy of The Beach Boys, archival


The Beach Boys have become synonymous with the California lifestyle, performed more concerts than any major rock band in history, and received numerous awards, including the 2001 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. So sport your Wayfarers and enjoy a hang-ten evening of fun. October 24. At


Composer Stephen Sondheim’s fairytale masterpiece, Into The Woods, plays outdoors in a contemporary, reimagined interpretation. From the Topfer balcony, Rapunzel lets down her hair, Cinderella loses her slipper on the steps, and the Milky White cow sculpture moos to life with Jack and his Beanstalk. September 29―November 7. At


Courtesy of ZACH Theatre


ICONIC & IRREVERENT Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the most important and celebrated American painters of the 1980s. Gifted to the DMA by the late Samuel and Helga Feldman, Sam F is the first work by the iconic artist to enter the museum’s collection. Basquiat painted the impressionistic portrait in oil on a door from the apartment complex where he stayed in 1985 during his visit to Dallas. Through February 13, 2022. At Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sam F, 1985, oil on door, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Samuel N. and Helga A. Feldman, 2019.31, © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York cont’d...



San Antonio COMEDY, MEET TRAGEDY Don Giovanni is sure to be a spectacular opening to a significant opera season. The classic tale balances comedy with tragedy as the Age of Enlightenment’s most notorious womanizer meets his demise. Filled with breathtaking arias and quicksilver ensembles, this is a must-see. October 7 and 9. At

Leslie Alexander as Mrs. Higgins, Shereen Ahmed as Eliza Doolittle, and Kevin Pariseau as Colonel Pickering in The Lincoln Center Theater Production of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Photo by Joan Marcus Courtesy of Opera San Antonio

QUITE LOVERLY From Lincoln Center Theater comes Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Prepare for a classic show-tune heaven in the sumptuous, thrilling revival that’s both opulent and daring. September 14―19. At

MODERNIST LEANINGS The Menil Collection and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will debut Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s, the first major U.S. exhibition to focus on the radical work of Niki de Saint Phalle— from the artist’s Tirs, or “shooting paintings,” to her exuberant and powerful Nanas, lively sculptures of the female form. September 10–January 2, 2022. At

Isaac Julien Western Union Series No. 4 (Flight Towards Other Destinies 3), 2007. Photo courtesy of Isaac Julien Studio

Niki de Saint Phalle Pirodactyl over New York, 1962 98 Guggenheim Museum Abu Dhabi

ONWARD WE GO Ruby City celebrates its first anniversary with two new installations from its permanent collection, featuring works in diverse media. In the multi-screen installation, Western Union: Small Boats (2007), British multimedia artist Julien chronicles the global history of African migration and diaspora. Cabrera’s exhibition The Craft of Resistance (2008) comprises 1,500 copper monarch butterflies representing perseverance and persistence. September 25—2020. At

ART’S RULE The exhibition Nature, Power, and Maya Royals: Recent Discoveries from the Site of Buenavista del Cayo showcases objects discovered at this archeological site in Belize. The pieces, now being exhibited for the first time, were recovered from two royal tombs, one dating to (ca. AD 450) and another to (ca. AD 650–750). Vessels from the SAMA permanent collection are also on display. Through February 27, 2022. At

Carmen. Photo by Lynn Lane


A tragedy of obsessive love, Bizet’s Carmen from 1875 is considered the most famous opera in the world. Camen captivates the soldier Don José with her beauty, confidence, and provocative lifestyle until his jealousy becomes their undoing. Expect striking costumes and gorgeous dancing in this acclaimed production. October 22―November 5. At


Detail of jaguar and coatimundi way on Cylinder Vase with Animal Figures, Belize, AD 650–750, earthenware and mineral paint, Courtesy of The Mopan Valley Archaeology Project. Photo by Bernadette Cap



Back In Circulation

With social gatherings at an all-time high again, we loved the renewed relatability. Join our editors Jake Gaines in Austin, Cynthia Smoot in Dallas, Jennifer Roosth in Houston, and Eleanora Morrison for San Antonio as they share their statewide selections that are perfect to kick off fall.


Dallas/Fort Worth SIGNATURE SUCCESS For many years, in their trips to Napa, Tiffany and Daniel Moon developed a great appreciation of the complexity, sophistication, and different flavor profiles of wine. In 2009 they launched their own signature Estate Reserve wines from Napa Valley as a private passion project, Three Moons Wine. Offerings include a 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, a 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, or a 2018 Proprietary Red Blend. Prices start at $42 a bottle and are shipped directly to you. At

Courtesy of Whisler's.

WHISTLE, WHY DON’T YOU? Whisler’s, the craft-cocktail bar, mezcalería, and speakeasy-style haunt on the Eastside creates cocktails that are completely unexpected and expertly’s what they are known for most. So for a truly special time with friends, this is the place to gather for a memorable experience. At IT’S LIKE FAMILY In two locations now, Uncle Nicky’s Specialties brings to the city a relaxed and approachable, all-day dining experience reminiscent of the cafes of Northern Italy. With plenty of cocktail selections, the all-day service will have you there morning, noon, or night. At Courtesy of Uncle Nicky's.

Courtesy of St. Elmo's Market.


TO MARKET WE SHALL GO Opening this fall on the trendy SoCo will be the 40,000 square feet of restaurants including Mignette, a bakery, and diner from Michael Fojtasek of Olamaie; a wine bar, butcher shop, and produce store from Salt & Time; Hawaiian pizza chain Fire Dance Pizza; and a location of local charitable coffee shop, Greater Goods Coffee Co., to name a few. At

BEYOND CHICKEN Firebird Fowl is serving up classic favorite foods with a Texas twist. In addition to the chicken and turkey menu options, you’ll enjoy ranch-totable duck, emu, ostrich, and Texas quail choices. The cocktail menu features specialty beverages created from house-made infused spirits– even ice-creams on the dessert menu will be alcohol infused. At this Uptown high energy restaurant and bar, fowl play is encouraged. At

LUCKY LORO Loro, an Asian smokehouse and bar concept from Austin’s Chef Tyson Cole and Pitmaster Aaron Franklin, features grilled and smoked meats with Southeast Asian and Japanese-inspired sauces and sides. The communal indoor space and patio were designed to emulate Courtesy of Loro. good old Texas dance halls. With Chef de Cuisine Mike Perez at the helm, Loro Dallas offers dishes exclusive to this location, such as fish and chips, French onion brisket melt, and brisket coconut rice. At



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Courtesy of Pinstripes.

SUITING UP There’s a new hot spot in Houston (and Fort Worth) where it’s all fun and games. Pinstripes is a multi-concept restaurant that not only offers terrific food and cocktails, but also is a great venue for entertainment like Bocce ball, bowling, and more. At

Courtesy of Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine.

COASTAL VIBE At Eugene’s, formerly Danton’s, in River Oaks, the clientele loves the daily specials, from Gulf Coast favorites red snapper, ling, Mahi Mahi, and grouper, to seasonal specials like crawfish, soft-shell crab, and wild-caught salmon. Then there’s the all-natural, certified Angus beef filets and ribeye steaks, fire-grilled over oak and hickory. At

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ALWAYS GRATEFUL Gratify Bistro, in the West U neighborhood, transports guests to a classic and Baroque French environment. In fact, it’s a grown-up escape from the every day where the disco ball shimmers and martinis flow. There are plenty of freshly shucked oysters, crudo, tartare, and caviar selections. At

Courtesy of Landrace.

LASTEST LUXE Landrace, now open at the new Thompson Hotel, honors the pastoral beauty of foods that can be traced back to the land where they are naturally shepherded over time. The seasonal menus celebrate regional Texas ingredients and heritage growers close to home. James Beard Award finalist Steve McHugh, known as San Antonio’s most celebrated chef, helms it. At

SIGNATURE STYLE Stout’s Signature, located at the Tobin Center, is the perfect place for a pre-performance gathering. It features upscale plates, from filets to risottos, with a full bar of handcrafted cocktails. We love the wide selection of pizzas and appetizers, too. At Courtesy of Stout's Signature.

Courtesy of Guenther House.

HOUSE AND HOME The airy Guenther House is the Art Nouveau and Victorian home at the Pioneer Flour Mills that offers homey breakfast and lunch, American and Tex-Mex fare, outdoor dining, and event space for special occasions. At s


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ATTEND AUSTIN September 14 Words of Hope Caritas of Austin September 17 The Fashion Luncheon Women’s Symphony League of Austin September 18 EASB Havana Nights Elizabeth Ann Seton Board September 18 Austin Under 40 Awards YWA Foundation & Austin Sunshine Camps September 18 Jewel Ball Women’s Symphony League of Austin September 30-October 12 Red Dot Art Spree 2021 Women & Their Work October 1-3 & 8-10 ACL Music Festival October 14 Travel The Vine The Rise School of Austin October 16 Art Dinner 2021 The Contemporary Austin October 17 Catrina Gala 2021 MexicArte October 18-19 Texas Medal of Arts Awards Texas Cultural Trust October 21 Signature Chefs Auction March of Dimes October 23 Play Bingo Ladies Luncheon Center for Child Protection October 23 Luminarium Pease Park Conservancy October 28 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame KLRU-TV, Austin PBS October 30 Paramount Gala 2021 Paramount Theatre Austin DALLAS/FORT WORTH September 24 Chick Lit Luncheon Featuring Goldie Hawn Community Partners of Dallas September 25 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala Dallas Symphony Orchestra

September 25 Art for Advocacy Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

September 22 Best Dressed Luncheon March of Dimes

October 29 2021 Howl-O-Ween Ball Houston SPCA

September 28 Power Of Preservation Recovery Resource Council

September 25 The Fresh Arts Comics Ball Fresh Arts

October 30 Zoo Ball Houston Zoo

September 30 36th Annual Luncheon Texas Women’s Foundation

September 30 Opening Night Onstage Dinner Houston Ballet

October 1 Cowtown Ball: Stars and Stetsons American Cancer Society

September 30 Fulfilling Families Luncheon Arms Wide Adoption Services

SAN ANTONIO September 16 2021 San Antonio Motherhood Luncheon Texans Can

October 2 Fur Ball SPCA of Texas

September 30 Celebrating 30 Years Of Hope Luncheon Can Care

October 8 Burgers & Burgundy DIFFA Dallas

October 5 Lynn Wyatt: The Original Influencer Luncheon & Style Show Rotary Club Of Downtown Houston

October 9 A Cool Night Our Next Chapter The WARM Place October 14 Attitudes & Attire Luncheon & Fashion Show Attitudes & Attire October 14-17 Christmas In Cowtown Junior League of Ft. Worth October 23 Cattle Baron’s Ball American Cancer Society October 23 Two X Two For AIDS and Art amFAR October 26 The Lunch Goodwill Industries of Dallas October 27 Celebrating Women Luncheon Baylor Scott & White Health October 29 – November 7 2021 Partners Card The Family Place October 30 40th Anniversary Celebration Ronald McDonald House of Ft. Worth HOUSTON September 10 Fifteenth Annual Fierce & Fabulous Soiree Houston Pet Set September 11 Opening Night Concert & Gala Houston Symphony September 17 Making A Difference Luncheon El Centro de Corazon

October 6 Opening Night Dinner Houston Grand Opera October 7 Razzle Dazzle Pink! Memorial Hermann October 8 24th Annual Gala Houston Children’s Charity October 11 Salute To Champions Texas Children’s Hospital October 14 10th Annual Stand Up For Brain Cancer Gala The Broach Foundation For Cancer Research

September 18 An Intimate Evening With Leonardo Drew Artpace September 23 Splendor in the Garden 2021 San Antonio Botanical Garden September 24-25 Jazz’SA Live San Antonio Parks Foundation September 25 Gala in the Garden Seton Home September 25 Hall of Fame Tribute San Antonio Sports September 25 Tee’r Up Golf Tournament San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Scholarship Fund September 30 Landa Nights Landa Gardens Conservancy

October 14 All In For The House Ronald McDonald House Houston

October 1 Friends for Life Luncheon San Antonio Humane Society

October 14 Stand Up For Brain Cancer Gala The Broach Foundation

October 5-6 31st Annual Red Dot Art Sale Preview Blue Star Contemporary

October 15 2021 ALH Annual Awards Art League Houston October 15 Power of Literacy Luncheon Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation October 16 A Great Gatsby Gala Children’s Museum of Houston October 21 Great Futures Dinner Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston

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September 16 Celebration Gala San Antonio Museum of Art


October 7 Outside the Lunchbox Luncheon The DoSeum October 18 51st Annual Witte Game Dinner Witte Museum October 23 43rd Annual Cattle Baron’s Ball American Cancer Society October 23 Catrina Ball 2021 San Antonio Public Library Foundation

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