The Society Diaries | March-April 2018

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WHEN NASA GOT GLITZ Houston's Swinging Space Age


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If there’s a grand party happening, we’re in. Especially when the gowns are as gorgeous as these, many of which have been created by Texas-based designers. So, what are you waiting for? Get dressed and ready for the most opulent spring social season ahead. Photography by Mark Oberlin Styling by Dion “Bleu” Drake


In the 60s, like now, Texas was ascending to higher heights on the international stage. When NASA met designer André Courrèges, thanks to the luxe Sakowitz department store, it was modern meets high fashion and style was never the same in Texas. By Geoff Connor Photography courtesy of Archival, NASA and Shutterstock


South of London in Hampshire, we discover the manor house turned resort paradise of Chewton Glen. Its Downton Abbey-esque charm and fivestar accommodations make you think you were born to be there. By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Chewton Glen Chewton Glen’s Bar Terrace










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It takes a village to create this magazine and our digital platform, Here’s a look at some of the many talented dynamos who make it happen as we dive into spring.

30. EDIT

Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan is ready for spring and here’s how he sees it unfolding.


Looking for more culture as spring warms up? Take a look here at some our state’s finest museums in the country, according to our active arts arbiter Jonathan Spindel.


Robert Koch Woolf, a native of Temple, Texas, turned the design world on its ears during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Here’s a look back at his talents.


We love that our Ms. Modern Manners Sharon Schweitzer, JD has all the answers to spring’s etiquette questions, helping make all our lives more comfortable.

40. READ

The top books of the season might just be the most glamorous yet. Here, we recommend a few for your coffee table and bookshelves.



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Purple, the Pantone color of the year, is flattering on everyone, according to our style maven and founder Tori Johnson. She chooses the top looks of the spring to inspire you.


The Texas Woman’s University in North Texas shares its dynamic collection of dresses worn by the First Ladies of Texas for two centuries who have shaped our state.


We say yes, please, to anything that our chic cuisine contributor Josie Rees recommends. It’s time to cool off with her springtime recommendations, don’t you think?


Jewelry design legend David Yurman was in Texas recently at Neiman Marcus San Antonio and our avid fashion follower Eleanora Morrison learned some of his revelations to incorporate into her own life.


Austinite-turned Los Angeleno Kevin Ahart is singing up a storm as the new crooner on the scene. We learn more about his stylish life that really swings it.

You’ve never looked more beautiful in shades of mauve, violet and lavender. Our beauty insider Ana Bribiesca chooses the flattering looks we love the most now.


When it comes to self-empowerment, we love what our dynamic parenting and relationship expert, Dr. Miranda Fernande Walichowski has to offer.


We’ve collaborated with to learn about some of the cool new men’s trends this season.


It’s spring and there are so many more options to pursue in are a few of our favorites from our style arbiter Molly Bayme.



A fresh look at some new faces on the scene this month.



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Our editorial style setters Jonathan Spindel (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jennifer Roosth (Houston) and Eleanora Leeper Morrison (San Antonio) are always on the scene with their favorite new finds across the state.


Chris Harrison, of Dallas, has been hosting The Bachelor and its offspring shows for 22 seasons now. Here we get up close and personal to see what he’s learned about television relationships.




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INVITE 78. NEW YORK The New York Botanical Garden gala


88. AUSTIN, Craig and Stacie Falls

80. LA JOLLA The South Coast Plaza gala



90. HOUSTON, Louisa Stude Sarofim and Allison Sarofim

The Opening German gala


The Dell Children’s Medical Center gala


The Menil Collection gala


The Women In The World luncheon


78. NEW YORK, Carlos Arruza, Georgina Bloomberg & Natalie and James Bloomingdale

The San Antonio Zoo ball


The Contemporary Museum dinner


100. DALLAS, Women in The World

The Una Notte Italia event

100. SO. TEXAS

The South Texas Charity Weekend


The Human Rights Campaign dinner


The German Club debutante parties for Lilly Calvert, Carrie King, Claudia Kiolbassa and Felicia Mannix.


80. LA JOLLA, Prince Hugo Veriand Windisch-Graetz, Princess Michael of Kent and Prince Charles Windisch-Graetz

The German Club debutante parties for Caroline Cochran, Caroline Miller and Caroline Sawtelle


The German Club debutante parties for Annie Archer, Jillian Fuhrmann and Clara Kelleher


98. HOUSTON, Rudy and Debbie Festari


The San Antonio Children’s Ballet event


The Touchdown For T.E.A.C.H. event


The M.D. Anderson Legends event


84. SAN ANTONIO, Julianne and Bruce Bartlett 2222

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102. AUSTIN, Erin Gurak and Trey Pike


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WHEN NASA GOT GLITZ Houston's Swinging Space Age


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Country House Life, Anyone?

Regal Color Rules Now

COAST TO COAST Where The Elite Meet


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Writer and enthusiast of all things beauty, fashion, travel and healthy living-related, our Beautify contributor Ana Bribiesca is currently working in the higher education non-profit sector and in launching, a lifestyle blog where she plans to share her passions, experiences, tips and sneak peeks inside her life hoping to share large doses of inspiration.


Geoff Connor is best known as an urbane lawyer, scholar and world traveler. Always one who is mindful of his Texas heritage, Connor reports in this issue about mid-20th century alignment of talents with NASA, designer André Courrèges and Houston’s luxe department store of yesteryear, Sakowitz in the feature story, Out Of This World.


If there is an event or gala to attend in Texas, count on Laura Villagran-Johnson and Kevin Smothers to be on the scene. As the founders of the social guide and online calendar Austin Social Planner, Austin’s definitive online source for society events, they know where to go, when to be there and how to dial in to the particular charity behind it. The founders have a combined an events background of almost 30 years across Texas, New York and Los Angeles. Photography by Stacey Harrell.


Our stylish contributor Tori Johnson is the owner of sTORIbook Public Relations and is a fashion and lifestyle blogger of She is also a successful commercial and editorial stylist. Johnson has also been voted San Antonio Fashion Blogger of the Year and has worked with a bevy of top names including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Lancôme, Armani Exchange, and many more.


Torquil Dewar is the founder of October Custom Publishing. Originally from Scotland, he can claim to be the world’s first-time traveler after moving from London, England in 2001 to Peoria, Illinois in 1978 (at least that’s what it felt like). Torquil and his long-time colleague Shelley Lai are art directors for a variety of regional and national magazines.


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 with publications such as Elle and Italian Vogue. Originally from Detroit, moving to the East Coast afforded Bleu 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 Bleu to create dynamic images that will forever be cemented in editorial history…as in this month’s fashion cover feature, Life Is A Ball.


A founding contributor for The Society Diaries, Eleanora Leeper Morrison has been an Associate Editor and writer since the magazine’s first issue covering events, culture, and travel. She is also The Society Diaries TV’s co-creator, co-host and Digital Director. Morrison writes and manages her own life and style website OhEleanora. com that encourages and empowers women to create the lives they want to lead. This month she lends her event-attending expertise to helm most of our wedding stories.


Our feature photographer for this issue’s Life Is A Ball 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


Certified professional life coach and branding expert by day, social commentator by night and author of his book Being In The Room (available at Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli is a man of many interests. What may appear seamless actually takes hours of research, interviews, and photo gathering to accurately chronicle the state’s charitable event stories. Giardinelli himself is involved several philanthropies and loves sharing how Texans so generously and passionately give back to the community they love, while he weaves interesting social commentary that showcases the many who work tirelessly to raise awareness toward important issues in the state.



Our newest member of the team, who will be contributing to our Savor department, is Josie Rees, a freelance food photographer based in San Antonio. She is a two-time recipient of Foodelia’s International Food Photography Awards and documents her culinary journey on her blog, which showcases some of her favorite recipes and spots around town.



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


Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cultural trainer and modern manners expert. In addition to her accreditation in intercultural management from the HOFSTEDE Centre, she serves as a Chinese Ceremonial Dining Etiquette Specialist in the documentary series Confucius was a Foodie, on Nat Geo People. She is the resident etiquette expert on two popular lifestyle shows: ABC Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend and CBS Austin’s We Are Austin. Her Amazon #1 Best Selling book in International Business, Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide, now in its third printing, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015. She’s a winner of the British Airways International Trade Award at the 2016 Greater Austin Business Awards. Photo by Korey Howell.


A partner at Gangway Advertising, Cynthia Smoot creates buzz for some of Dallas’ hottest brands through interactive social media strategies and public relations for the firm’s lifestyle clients. She is the go-to resource for what’s happening and who you need to know in Dallas. Through her popular lifestyle blog readers get the latest scoop and inside information on fashion, food, philanthropy, events, celebrity and reality TV news. Smoot describes her blog as “a love letter to the city of Dallas” and enjoys taking readers along for the ride as she experiences all that the city has to offer.


Jonathan Spindel is a native Austinite with a global appetite for arts and culture. When he’s not searching the world for the best trends to share with our readers, he can be found at local art galleries, music venues, and hip happenings around the capital city. He reports on all that makes us proud to be part of Texas society and is inspired by the unique individuals and organizations he engages as an Associate Editor, highlighting the happenings that bring the best to, and make the most of, our great state.


Our South Texas Associate Editor is a native of Los Angeles who spent most of her childhood in San Antonio. Shannon Miller Turner now divides her time between the two cities and is happy to call both of them home. With a B.A. In Communications (Magna Cum Laude), writing is and always has been her passion. Involved with numerous charitable causes, Turner is also the co-founder of San Antonio’s Le Brunch, a popular non-profit event. She has been married for over 20 years and is the mother of two. Photography by J. Wilkinson Co.


Miranda F. Walichowski, Ph.D. is a certified professional life coach and docent at Texas A&M University in the Department of Educational Psychology, helping her clients achieve measurable results when it comes to professional and personal growth in her role as coach and principal of MiraNous Coaching & Consulting, LLC ( Dr. Miranda has developed a coaching process based on how the brain works to help individuals develop self-awareness, self-mastery, and self-actualization.



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Backstage at The University of Texas gown and bridal competition

Dell Children’s Medical Center Gala. Rob Giardinelli, Matt and Kara Swinney, Lance Avery Morgan & Dana and Ian Weed

The Bob Bullock State History Museum

Dancing WIth The Stars afterparty. Rob Giardinelli, Leanne Raesener and Lance Avery Morgan

Lone Star Fashion event. Rob Giardinelli, Tobie Funte, Lance Avery Morgan and JK Baxter Hunt

HRC Austin gala. Ron Corning, Lance Avery Morgan, Matthew Redden and Rob Giardinelli

Lone Star Fashion event. Mysterious By NPN’s runway

ON A CLEAR DAY... AS MARCH ARRIVES, I’M ALWAYS REMINDED OF ONE of my favorite quotes: Looks change. Beauty lasts. That’s how we approach things around here: long-lasting beauty, no matter what the source. In fact, we’re always on a relentless search for the most beautiful, mind-blowing experiences we can bring you. Stunning fashion, extraordinary people, sumptuous parties for a cause, and cool gifts and accessories all reflect the pop cultural provenance of this mighty state. When author and native Texan Geoff Connor and I recently had lunch at The Headliner’s Club overlooking an ever-changing Austin skyline, he regaled me with the story of how NASA, Sakowitz (the long-ago luxe Houston department store) and French fashion designer André Courrèges created an extraordinary alliance of otherworldly style that still resonates today. It’s the stuff legends are made of and we are proud to share the story in this issue with some terrific vintage images. When it comes to legendary style, that book is being re-written every moment and no more gorgeously than Texas-based designer Nicholas Phat Nguyen’s line, Mysterious By NPN, in Houston and Roger Canamar in San Antonio, both of whom we teamed with along with photographer Mark Oberlin and stylist Dion “Bleu” Drake to create what we think is some of the prettiest fashion to be worn in years. Given the influence of the recent hits with remarkable costuming, The Crown and Phantom Thread, how could we not be inspired by the showstopping gowns on our pages that were made for dancing until dawn? Then, we’re hopping across the pond to Hampshire in the south coastal area of England where we visit a real feast for the eyes. We love a good country house excursion like Chewton Glen, which is about as five-star chic as it gets. Since it’s just a few hours from London, we think it’s a must-see on your next trip there. As we dive into this issue, there’s something for everyone: a fun interview with Chris Harrison, host of ABC’s The Bachelor; a look at the First Ladies of Texas’ gown collection at the Texas Woman’s University; why the color purple is not only the color of the year,


according to our Tori Johnson, but one of our all-time favorites that looks good on anyone; how a conversation with jewelry designer David Yurman positively sparked our Digital Director Eleanora Morrison’s career; and why Austinite-turned-Los Angeleno swing singer Kevin Ahart works so tirelessly at his career. Our Ms. Modern Manners expert Sharon Schweitzer weighs in on feeling comfortable in just about any social situation; Jonathan Spindel shares his curatorial look at modern, crowd-drawing Texas experiences; we introduce beauty products to covet with Ana Bribiesca; and recommend easy-to-try cuisine tips from Josie Rees. Miranda Walichowski is also on hand to help each of us aspire to more than we can imagine. Plus, we’ve teamed with (Mod By Man) to offer something more for our avid male readership, as well as for the women who love them. Of course, our social folks on the scene Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli, Jennifer Roosth, Cynthia Smoot and Shannon Turner are in the ballrooms representing the magazine and all our media sponsoring connections. The social swirl seems never-ending and we love reporting the events’ inside stories beyond the whirl of it all... from across Texas and yes, coast to coast, too. Whew, what an issue and kudos to the talents it’s taken to create it from our editorial and publishing teams as we usher in what we think is our best spring ever. So, what Portrait photography by Gregg Cestaro are you waiting for? Let’s all spring into action to make it something special. In fact, let’s to give ‘em something to talk about. XO Lance Avery Morgan

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With a spring in our step and a heart full of art, we go boldly toward this season’s most enticing fine arts attractions. Our culture-seeker Jonathan Spindel leads the way. AUSTIN

SO VERY VIOLETTA Award-winning soprano Marina Costa-Jackson takes the stage as Violetta Valery, a courtesan at the center of Verdi’s tragic masterpiece, La Traviata. See why this is among the most-performed operas in the world. April 28 to May 6. At MEET ME AT THE RODEO The Bullock Texas State History Museum presents Rodeo! The Exhibition, highlighting the thrilling events and people who have made rodeo and stock shows a longstanding and much-beloved Texas tradition. Gain an insider’s perspective on what makes rodeo an integral part of Texas history. Begins March 10. At GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the Tony Award-winning musical that’s earned unanimous rave reviews. Coming direct from Broadway, Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder tells the uproarious story of a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to cut the line of succession in a hilariously dastardly fashion. March 20-25. At



FUTURE FASHION Explore the catalogue of fashion designer Mary Katrantzou, whose work is defined by wit and whimsy paired with sophistication. With diverse inspirations ranging from Architectural Digest and Fantasia to paintings of Ancient Greece, she is known for using technology to push the envelope of possibility. Until March 18. At

VOCAL VIRTUOSO Tony Award-winning triple-threat and star of television’s Younger, Sutton Foster joins the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to bring Broadway to the Meyerson in a trio of concerts filled with extraordinary talent and charm. April 6 to 8. At THE GREAT SOCIETY Following the success of Dallas Theatre Center’s production of All the Way, The Great Society continues the story of LBJ’s turbulent presidency in this epic theatrical event. Filled with a cast of legendary characters – from Martin Luther King Jr. to Bobby Kennedy and Richard Nixon – The Great Society is an exhilarating examination of power, morality, and change. March 9 to April 1. At


HOUSTON PEACOCK IN THE DESERT Centuries of royal treasures from India come to the U.S. for the first time, featuring pieces never before seen beyond palace walls. Illustrating the legacy of the 700-year Rathore dynasty, the exhibition showcases centuries of artistic creation including lavishly crafted arms and armor, dazzling jewels, and even a royal aircraft from the 20th century. Until August 19. At DYNAMIC DANCE Experience the power of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, hailed as America’s cultural ambassador to the world. From the pulse-racing thrill of contemporary choreography to the uplifting joy of beloved classics, these magnificent dancers offer something for every taste. March 16. At

THIS AMERICAN LIFE Go behind the scenes of NPR’s popular This American Life broadcast with its host, Ira Glass. See an all-new show and discover the creative wonders behind the radio program that is heard each week by millions of listeners. May 12. At


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CURATE SAN ANTONIO BOLD PAST San Antonio 1718: Art from Viceregal Mexico tells the story of the city’s first century through more than one hundred landscapes, portraits, narrative paintings, sculptures, and devotional and decorative objects, many of them never before exhibited in the United States. The exhibition is organized in three sections: People and Places, The Cycle of Life, and The Church. At

PAIN TO SAN ANTONIO ommemorating the 300th anniversary of San Antonio, the McNay esents an exhibition exploring theatre’s fascination with the culture of an Antonio’s Spanish founders. The city of Seville, from which colonizers t sail for the Americas, has contributed Mozart’s noble Don Giovanni, zet’s fiery Carmen, and more. These and other classics are brought to e in a vibrant, music-filled exhibition with interactive features. Until

WHIP-SMART WIT With an endearing sardonic voice and incisive social observations, David Sedaris is one of America’s favorite humorists. He is as much as satirist as an observer of the human condition, especially in his latest book, a collection of his diaries entitled Theft By Finding. April 29. At

SPAIN TO SAN ANTONIO Commemorating the 300th anniversary of San Antonio, the McNay presents an exhibition exploring theatre’s fascination with the culture of San Antonio’s Spanish founders. The city of Seville, from which colonizers set sail for the Americas, has contributed Mozart’s noble Don Giovanni, Bizet’s fiery Carmen, and more. These and other classics are brought to life in a vibrant, music-filled exhibition with interactive features. Until June 10. At

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Robert Koch Woolf of Temple, Texas, was a prolific master of midcentury design that took Hollywood’s Golden Age by storm. Here’s a look at his career by our dedicated design follower Lance Avery Morgan. TEXAS IS KNOWN FOR HIGH STYLE, AND ROBERT KOCH Woolf enjoyed a pinnacle of success like very few others of his time. Born in 1923, the American interior decorator was renowned for the Hollywood homes he created with architect and partner John Elgin Woolf. After serving in the military during WWII, Woolf landed in the Los Angeles area where he worked at a local decorating store. He met John Elgin Woolf in 1948 and together they created homes in a distinctive style featuring Mansard roofs, Doric columns, oval windows and The Pendleto n home, Los Angeles. Photo by Slim Aarons

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shutter-framed French doors. Inside, the highly designed spaces were glamorous and frequently played on illusion with circular hallways and mirrored pool pavilions. Many have them have appeared in Slim Aarons’ legendary lifestyle photographs of that live on today. The duo established a new vocabulary for glamorous movie-star living. Among their signature creations were dramatic staircases, all-white interiors, and low-slung furniture, all bathed in light. Their creative synthesis of 19th-century French, Greek Revival and Modernist touches took on its own heady identity that has since been referred to as Hollywood Regency, which foreshadowed aspects of postmodernism that we know in design today. The Woolfs’ clients included many of the leading entertainment personalities of the day including director George Cukor, Katherine Hepburn, Ira Gershwin, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Cary Grant, Loretta Young and a laundry list of additional celluloid luminaries who lit the screen with their personalities. Robert Koch Woolf helped them light up their personal lives with clever one-of-a-kind designs until his death in 2004. They were homes that people got dressed up to visit, and we’re hoping this prominent Texan’s style legacy inspires more generations ahead.


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MINDFULLY MANNERED As the spring social season comes to life, we all begin to face tricky etiquette situations. Our trusty Ms. Modern Manners Sharon Schweitzer, JD, offers advice for all seasons.

Princess Margaret, 1950s

Dear Ms. Modern Manners, I think texting is overrated. I recently met someone who could be a romantic interest, but I don’t want to have a texting friendship. I prefer to have a face-to-face conversation. How should I proceed since I don’t want to alienate this potential suitor? Looking For Love Dear Love Bird, Shutting down potential suitors before getting to know them will only set the tone for future relationships. If you don’t like to text or have a difficult time texting because of a career or other activity, let them know early on and be clear about it. This way, you’re setting your standards without turning down an opportunity to get to know them further. If the other person isn’t willing to compromise, then it is best to move on to avoid disagreements. Dear Ms. Modern Manners, Is there a protocol on pregnancy etiquette? I’m just now showing and it seems people are compelled to touch my tummy. How do I avoid this without seeming rude? Proud & Pregnant Dear Mother-To-Be, When in the presence of others, gently clasp your hands over your stomach as a barrier to gently stop their touch, or step back from their reach. Politely tell them that you understand their excitement, but would prefer that they refrain from touching your stomach. If they ask, thank them for asking beforehand and tell them that you rather they not touch. Dear Ms. Modern Manners, What’s the policy on social media posting of a private event? Should the host be asked or shall I ask for forgiveness after the fabulous photos have gone live? Social Media Lover Dear Avid Media User, Just as Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s wedding was respected as a private event, so should other private events be honored. However, not everyone can get their hands on phone-free tech like Yondr. Be aware that not everyone will be invited, so it’s best to use your discretion to avoid hurt feelings. At an invitation-only event, avoid stealing the limelight from bride and groom. Unless you have their permission, simply don’t post. As Emily


Post’s granddaughter Lizzie Post said in an interview, people are invited as guests, not as photographers. Dear Ms. Modern Manners, My husband and I entertain a great deal. For dinner parties would it be appropriate to pass a bowl around for everyone to drop their cell phones so that we’re an electronic-free table? I think we could enjoy conversation more without being tethered to communication devices? It sure seems like the 10,000 generations before us were okay without them at a party. Unplugged Party Planner Dear Hopeful Hostess, Have you exhausted all other options including: 1) Allowing a brief interval before dinner for texting and Instagramming photos? 2) Allowing periodic communal checking of messages? 3) Pushing back with a sense of humor? For example, texting a photo of them staring at their phone? 4) Inquiring about their urgency? Maybe they have a need. 5) As a last resort, collect the phones in a bowl. While cell phones can be a huge distraction, your guests may feel a bit pressured if a bowl is passed around for collection. Although the main goal is to have an electronic-free dinner to encourage conversations, guests may be offended. Instead, place the bowl on an entrance table so guests don’t feel obligated and can place their phones by choice. Additionally, include an “Electronic-Free” invitation theme so guests have advance notice. Dear Ms. Modern Manners, If my child is asked to a play date, as a parent am I responsible to help clean up the toys when it’s over, or do I leave that to the hostess to organize? Toy Story Dear Parental Storyteller, Cleaning up toys and the mess—it’s not only the least favorite part of the play date, but also the most important. If the children are old enough to go on a play date, they’re old enough to clean up the toys. Kiddos are notorious for promising to clean up after everything from puppies to themselves. Don’t believe it for a minute. Encourage youngsters and their guests to straighten up and organize one activity before forging ahead to the next - and vice versa remind them to do the same thing when invited on a play date. Then enforce this rule.



REFRESHING READS Invigorate your eyes and intellect with this season’s new chic book releases. Our bold bibliophiles Lance Avery Morgan and Jonathan Spindel share their favorite selections for your bookshelf or coffee table. FASHION AND VERSAILLES BY LAURENCE BENAIM The Chateau de Versailles is the indisputable birthplace of fashion and still continues to inspire glamour and style today. This new book chronicles the very best of fashion influenced by the grand palace, from the days of Louis XIV to the present. $65. At PALM SPRINGS: A MODERNIST PARADISE BY TIM STREET-PORTER Feast your eyes on incredible photography of jet-set homes designed by legendary talents such as Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, and Paul Williams, as well as private residences by today’s leading tastemaker. $75. At OLIVIER THEYSKENS: SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY BY KAAT DEBO Olivier Theyskens’s refined designs earned him fame as the “dark prince” of couture during the 1990s. This tome chronicles his 20 years in the fashion world, detailing his leadership of five different fashion houses and his highly anticipated return to his own label. $60. At HENRI SAMUEL: MASTER OF FRENCH INTERIORS BY EMILY EVANS EERDMANS Design legend Henri Samuel, who is considered one of the best French interior designers of the twentieth century, believed that a successful interior was one in which an observer never suspected that a decorator had been involved. $75. At



CHARLES JAMES: PORTRAIT OF AN UNREASONABLE MAN BY MICHELE GERBER KLEIN Christian Dior described him as the inspiration for the “New Look.” Inspired by the discovery of long-overlooked interviews conducted just before his death, this is the first biography of the visionary fashion designer Charles James. $37.50. At GET IT TOGETHER! BY ORLANDO SORIA There’s a new lifestyle guru in town! After getting his start on HGTV, Orlando Soria has used his distinctive voice to inspire countless homemaking revolutions. $39.95. At BECOMING BARBRA BY BILL EPPRIDGE From Barbra Streisand’s humble beginnings in 1963 to full-fledged stardom in 1966, renowned Life magazine photographer Bill Eppridge had full access to the young singer. $39.95. At YOUR HOME, YOUR STYLE BY DONNA GARLOUGH The first book from the style director for the popular home decor site Joss & Main is a lively, chic road map to finding and implementing your style at home. $45. At INDIA HICKS: A SLICE OF INDIA BY INDIA HICKS Following her bestselling book on “Island Style,” British designer Hicks now invites readers to discover her home in the English countryside, as well as the houses of her childhood. $50. At


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BEAUTIFY TOM FORD BOYS & GIRLS LIP COLOR A collection inspired by people the designer admires, with each shade celebrating a woman or man’s individuality. A perfect representation of what the color of the year promotes. Try Violet in High Shine Finish for the perfect sheer veil of ultra violet color and a decadent blend of vitamins and shea butter for a luxurious feel. $36. At Tom Ford.

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AMIKA BUST YOUR BRASS This ultra-violet shampoo brings out shine, color and softness. Violet pigments fight harsh brassy tones for cool-toned perfection. $24. At Saks Fifth Avenue.

Ultraviolet, the most powerful visible wavelength of electromagnetic energy, represents what is possible; it reminds us of the cosmos and the mysteries of the universe, as well as the beauty world, according to our beauty expert Ana Bribiesca.

FARSÁLI UNICORN ESSENCE This magical serum that protects and prepares skin for long-lasting makeup application provides antioxidants and vitamins to nurture your skin to support skin tone. $54. At Sephora.

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COLOUR POP SUPER SHOCK SHADOWS Play up your look and make a statement inspired by the mysteries of the cosmos. Try Colour Pop’s Super Shock Shadows Times Infinity Set. $15. At

GLAZEN LUSTROUS LINER Start with a simple yet powerful purple detail like Glazen Lustrous Liner in Ultraviolet along the lash line to add definition with a soft metallic effect. $19. At


YVES SAINT LAURENT MASCARA VOLUME EFFET For the biggest and brightest eyes, coat top and bottom lashes with a volumizing purple mascara. Green and blue eyes magically amplified! Try YSL Mascara Volume Effet in Purple 4 for a bold false-lash look. Keep the rest of your eyes bare and opt for a natural-tone blush. A simple yet unique and supernatural look. $32. At Nordstrom.


PLAYING CUPID Is guiding the love lives of reality show celebrities in front of millions of American viewers really all the fun and games it appears to be? It seems that way to us. On ABC’s hit series The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise and most recently, The Bachelor Winter Games, Texan Chris Harrison broadcasts into America’s living rooms to officiate how one woman or man selects their perfect mate from a selection of 25 eligible singles. As the series wraps its 22nd season, he divulges a behind the scenes look at the show – and what it’s like to be a Texan who has made it big in Hollywood. The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise have taken America by storm – why do you think the series has become so popular? It’s been on for almost a generation now.

Is the “rose ceremony,” which signifies the choices the star makes for the next round of dating choices, all it appears to be? It looks really stressful on this side of the television screen.

We really seem to have struck a chord with the country. It gives our viewers at home a safe place to judge from their own couch in a safe environment. Also, the show really resonates with women – and men, too – because we all want a fairytale relationship in life. Unlike the other reality dating shows that have formats like ours, the twists are there to help. The shows give the participants the best chance for succeeding at a relationship.

The first rose ceremony is interesting – when contestants enter the ceremony in a group setting and many are elimited simultanously. From the second round forward it gets really serious as individuals are singled out and don’t make it to the next level. It becomes more intense and people feel the rejection on a much more personal level – and the viewers see that, too. You bring your nice guy sensibility to the series – what is it about being raised a Texan that has helped in your success, since it’s obviously worked for you?

The show is filmed over the course of ten to twelve weeks, the same pace as the show’s air time. Tell us about that accelerated pace of events. In the show, everything that happens is happening in reality while the contestants are living in the house during that same amount of time. There is a painstaking attention and amount of work done by the producers and creators of the show. Many other reality dating shows shoot their entire run in just a couple of weeks, but ours is pretty much real time. What about the camaraderie between the bachelorettes and bachelors – do they really get along or is there some rivalry? It seems like things get really heated on the shows. The unique aspect of the show is that genuine friendships are formed onscreen and off. It’s almost like a fraternity, especially after each season ends. Because the house in which the people on the show live has no television, no phones, and no outside news, the friendships are intense. All they have to think about is the actual “act of dating” for the show, so after the show ends, they organize trips that are like mini reunions.


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You know, I never really auditioned for the show. They wanted the role to be that of the Bachelor’s best friend. Because of the fact that I am a decent, down home guy, they thought I might be right for it.

Are there some perks of hosting such a popular show? You bet - there are so many benefits. I am a big sports fan, so attending the ESPY awards was a treat. I also love to ski, so attending ski events is fun, too. I’ve also had a chance to meet some of my heroes like Barry Sanders and astronaut Buzz Aldrin. What is your favorite part of being a Texan in Hollywood – how do you “keep it real?” Having most of my family in Dallas makes a difference. So everyone really keeps me grounded. I realize this can all go as quickly as it comes and I’ll enjoy it for as long as I can.


FEBRUARY 17—MAY 13 This exhibition is presented in collaboration with Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH).

The exhibition is generously funded by Bexar County, William and Salomé Scanlan Foundation, Patsy Steves, the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation, NuStar Energy, The Greehy Family Foundation, and Myfe White Moore. This exhibition is supported by the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture. Support for the San Antonio 1718 catalogue was provided by the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts.

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MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL Go bold in your home with this statement mirror fashioned from a network of modern lines in a simple architectural design. Price available on request. Photo and availability courtesy of Stowers Furniture.

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CROWN JEWELS The amethyst stone has been utilized frequently in crown jewels and some of the most famous are the “Kent Amethysts” in the British royal collection that originally belonged to Queen Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent. Embrace your inner queen with this stunning cushion cut amethyst three stone ring with a diamond halo in 18k gold. $5,975. Photo and availability courtesy of Lee Michaels.


Synonymous with royalty and the late rock star Prince, purple has been a color with deep symbolism, psychology and even mythological and religious associations.The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year is Ultra Violet and our color authority style editor, Tori Johnson of, is showing you all about the reigning color in fashion and totally giving us optimistic vibes. FEATHER YOUR BEST Add a luxe feel to any seating area with this orchid floral motif pillow. Made of feathers at 22”X22”, it’s a comfortable addition to any space. $225. Photo and availability courtesy of Joyeux Home Design.

A SHARED VISION The Venice-born luxury eyewear brand, Garrett Leight, has been expanding at record speed with flagships in LA and Paris and has been collaborating with all the cool kids in town. Their “Valencia Sun” shades feature an oversized and ultrathin metal style inspired by the 1970s. $365. Photo and availability courtesy of Garrett Leight. COVETING CLUTCHES Not quite ready to go head-to-toe purple? Integrate the color in your accessories like this Italian Bottega Veneta bag rendered in enamel and brass and featuring their signature knot hardware. $4,400. Photo and availability courtesy of M’oda ‘Operandi.


POWER OF PURPLE Alessandro Michele at Gucci showcased the power of purple in their Spring 2018 runway show and stated that he was “thinking about the space, the music and the light,” and that “it was about more than beauty…it was a state of mind.” Photo courtesy of Vogue.


CHIFFON CHIC Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2018 show was optimistic and upbeat with purple notes woven throughout including this one shoulder strap with puffed sleeve and pleated color blocked skirt. $4,990. Photo and availability courtesy of M’oda ‘Operandi.

GROOVY VIBES This Gucci violet 1970s graphic print crepe de Chine blouse will have you ready to boogie with its neck bow and button cuffs. $1,800. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

IN THE TRENCHES Every girl needs a good trench coat for spring showers and Peter Pilotto has applied a modern take on the classic outerwear in bright purple satin jacquard that gives it a slender silhouette and chic style. $1,995. Photo and availability courtesy of The Modist.

KICK UP YOUR HEELS Liven up your look with these Pelle Moda classic ankle-strap heeled sandals in violet suede. $145. Photo and availability courtesy of Julian Gold.

REHYDRATE RIGHT S’well’s insulated stainless steel water bottles are a must-have for all the fashionistas at the gym. Their Satin Collection boasts a vivid kaleidoscope of colors featured in a semi-matte finish. $37 for 7 oz. Photo and availability courtesy of S’well. PULL UP A CHAIR We’ve been crushing over Jonathan Adler for a while now with their luxe and livable interior designs. Add a touch of 1940s Hollywood Regency glam to your home with their posh Addison Chair in Venice Amethyst Velvet. $1,895. Photo and availability courtesy of Jonathan Adler.

POPS OF PURPLE With five eyeshadows in one palette Lancome’s Color Design Eyeshadow palette in “Amethyst Glam” gives you plenty of color play. $50. Photo and availability courtesy of Julian Gold. WINEMAKER PICK The Hess Collection’s Napa Valley “Allomi” Cabernet Sauvignon is full bodied with classic Cabernet red fruit flavors including currant and blackberry and distinct notes of vanilla and oak spice. While the wine is fabulous we also have to mention the Hess Art Collection is equally divine. Art lovers will be enamored with the museum located at the winery in California which features an impressive collection spanning five decades of recent art history from Abstract Expressionism through current positions. $28.99. Photo and availability courtesy of Hess Family Wine Estates.

#ONMYDESK Praise be to the life planner goddess, Erin Condren, who has been keeping our lives all stylishly organized for years. Her best-selling coiled book is completely customizable and is way more than a calendar. Best yet… she just opened her first store ever in Austin. $60. Photo and availability courtesy of Erin Condren. ROLL OUT THE PURPLE CARPET Who wouldn’t swoon over this “Mirabelle” rug from Lulu and Georgia with its worn, vintage look perfect for the boho or vintage living space. $155 - $2,049 based on sizing. Photo and availability courtesy of Lulu and Georgia.

Barbra Streisand, 1965

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS As William Shakespeare said, “When words fail, music speaks.” Rock your very own soundtrack through this fashionable yet portable Bluetooth speaker by Beoplay with up to 24 hours of battery life. $249. Photo and availability courtesy of Beoplay.


IN BLOOM Spring into the season with these Sabbadini flower earrings expertly crafted in Italy from white gold and lacquered aluminum. Set with glistening oval-cut amethysts. $4,500. Photo and availability courtesy of M’oda ‘Operandi.



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First Lady Cecilia Abbott’s dress

TO DRESS A LADY The First Lady of Texas’ many roles are often a welcome respite from the rigors of state politics. Join our native Texan Lance Avery Morgan as he learns more about the First Ladies and how they wore their responsibilities as they led our state into the future. ONE OF OUR STATE’S GREATEST NATURAL RESOURCES is always our First Lady of Texas, the wife of the governor. Luckily for this state so rich in history, the legacy of current and past grand women who led can be seen at the Texas Woman’s University’s Texas First Ladies Historic Costume Collection in Denton. According to the University, the collection is much more than a chronology of fashion. It reflects the spirit of Texas. Progressing from the 1800s through the industrial 1900s and into this modern century, the First Ladies of Texas were icons of grace and compassion. Each woman leaves her own legacy, but all share common threads that seamlessly stitch together Texas’ First Ladies’ assorted patchwork of experience that has complemented the fabric of life in their eras. The collection is a grand springboard into the living history of Texas women. The University welcomes visitors to enjoy this fascinating


collection of gowns and encourages seeing beyond the heirloom garments and into the chambers of Texas’ past. Accompanying each gown is information about the respective First Lady and the provenance of the gown. Some were handmade and some were store bought, yet each gown reflects the aspirations of the state, many of them from the inaugural balls that were a shining light in the Lone Star social season. The collection currently displays 21 of the 47 collected gowns, of which 46 are owned by the University and one is on loan. The display rotates at various times throughout the year so that all the different gowns may be enjoyed in the collection hall. Each dress has been loaned or donated by various sources to the University. Restoration, storage and upkeep of the collection is made by generous donations from the community including the Texas Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Denton Benefit League.




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As winter fades away, the search for perfect entertaining selections continues. According to our resident cuisine expert Josie Rees, these will do perfectly to serve all your guests. STRAWBERRY LEMONADE SPRITZER

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1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed 3 cups water Strawberry puree 7-Up, Sprite, or Ginger Ale

1. Boil one cup water and dissolve one cup sugar to make a simple syrup. Cool. 2. Juice 7 – 9 lemons to yield one cup of lemon juice. Mix the simple syrup and lemon juice in a large pitcher. Add the water to dilute to your desired tartness. 3. Rim the edges of the glasses with sugar. 4. Add one tablespoon of strawberry puree into glasses and pour the lemonade over it. Top off with a splash of soda. I also added some frozen strawberries to keep it cool! 5. Garnish with a lemon wedge and strawberry and add a liquor like vodka and gin, if desired.


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Tortilla chips BBQ pulled pork Shredded sharp cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses Canned black beans, drained and rinsed Chopped fresh cilantro Thinly sliced radishes Diced avocado Pico de gallo

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 1. Layer tortilla chips on a sheet pan. 2. Add desired amounts of pork, cheese and black beans. 3. Heat for 6-8 minutes or until cheese is fully melted. 4. Top with cilantro, radishes, avocado and pico de gallo as desired. 5. Serve immediately and enjoy.




FIVE LIFE LESSONS We caught up with David Yurman, the legendary CEO of one of the world’s most iconic jewelry lines, who shared insights on how to grow as a creative artist. Our dynamic Digital Editor Ellie Morrison shares his inspirational advice. Photography by Chris Cantoya David Yurman at Neiman Marcus, San Antonio Cable by David Yurman

I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIT DOWN WITH DAVID Yurman recently at Neiman Marcus in San Antonio. Yes…the David Yurman. I have admired his work for over ten years, so it was special to meet him in person and had some one-on-one time to ask him a few questions about his life, his business partnership with his wife Sybil, and his advice to those who are just at the beginning of exploring creative careers.

five lessons David Yurman taught me about how to grow as an artist, whatever your craft:

Yurman is a sculptor by trade, and his wife Sybil is a painter. They cofounded their iconic, world-renowned jewelry line together, and they are both in the process of preparing to pass their empire down to their son Evan, who began as Design Director for the men’s collection and is currently Creative Director of the company.

2. Lower your expectations. In fact, Yurman suggests discarding them altogether… “Expectations tend to get in your way,” he advises. “Try to be there with your work – talent is God given and you’re just there as the vehicle.”

We were at Neiman Marcus to celebrate the release of the Yurman’s first book, DAVID YURMAN: CABLE. I knew I would learn all about the book in the panel discussion led by Lance Avery Morgan, our Editor-in-chief, so I focused my questions in our interview on other topics. Prior to meeting Mr. Yurman, I scoured the internet to research his life. What I found most intriguing was the recurring theme I kept reading over and over again: the Yurmans have intentionally curated their lives around art, art history, and their ability to create together. Here are


1. Keep a notebook in your back pocket. Find a way to notate the creative inspiration you discover in everyday life. Yurman keeps a small sketchbook in his back pocket, and he pulls it out to draw notes whenever he sees something that sparks an idea or gives him inspiration.

3. There are only MIS-takes, not mistakes. There is no onus on mess-ups when you’re learning your skill. Just do it again until it gets better. 4. Remove judgment. Your place is not to judge your work. Leave the judgment to others. 5. Stop being concerned about what other people think. What anyone else thinks about you is none of your business. Just focus on being authentic.


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SWING TIME Kevin Ahart, an Austinite-turned-Los Angeleno, who has all the musical stylings of a modern-day Sinatra is taking the music industry by storm. Here, join our inveterate talent seeker Lance Avery Morgan as he catches up with his old pal about classic style and music that really swings.

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That would be very difficult to narrow down to one individual. Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Prince Charles. For modern cats, there’s Wynton Marsalis.


Classic to very classic and always a little something blue to add a punch for the eyes. For a more casual look I prefer a style akin to the 50s and 60s.


Be yourself, it’s something to strive for in life as a whole. Authenticity is my word of the day every day.

THREE QUALITIES THAT GOT ME WHERE I AM TODAY ARE... The 3 P’s: Polite, Professional and Punctual.


When I was nine my father opened up Austin Pizza Garden in South Austin. We had a very long parking area, so I would drive a golf cart to pick up customers and shuttle them to the front door. My proud father would give me a few bucks at the end of a night’s work! My first legitimate job, however, was working as a range and cart tenant at Jack Nicklaus’ The Hills of Lakeway Golf Club. I guess I have a thing for golf carts.


I just finished The Crown, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and Stranger Things. It’s amazing how late one will stay up just to find out how a few kids in the 80s handle The Upside Down alternate dimension.

BOOK THAT LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION ON ME... The Way Of The Samurai by Inazo Nitobe.


The vinyl I first purchased to start my collection, Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely. I am aware that was an odd choice being a teenager at the time, but frankly, I’m an odd duck.

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There are two stages from which I would love to perform, Carnegie Hall and The Hollywood Bowl. The Crown, 2018


I wouldn’t mind living in Paris for a bit. You could probably add that to my bucket list.


Besides basketball I was a track athlete in school. I loved jumping and running the first leg of the sprint relay. Those events would have been amazing to perform at an Olympic level.


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THE ART OF BEING Being yourself is always good policy. But how do you muster inner strength when you need it most? Our dynamic relationship expert Miranda Walichowski shares insight on how we can be our most authentic selves, even in the midst of challenges.

BEING YOURSELF We are all inspired by stories of incredible strength and courage, of doing what is right, of achieving seemingly insurmountable tasks, of overcome adversity, and of staying the course. Many times we may find ourselves asking “Do I have what it takes?” or “Given the same circumstances, would I be able to do the same?” We may never be called to fight in battle, be imprisoned or martyred for our convictions, risk our lives or wellbeing for another, or complete an arduous athletic endeavour. However, we will all be called to moments where we must delve into our inner strength to do what we ought. We might be faced with an illness, the illness of a loved-one, or the demise of a dream. We may experience failure, or have to deal with difficult people. Sometimes the vicissitudes of life will take us by surprise. And we might find ourselves with little to give in return. It is in those moments that we go to our well; we dig deep and begin to ask of ourselves more than what we feel we can do. Are there ways to fill the reservoir of inner strength? Are there ways to augment our convictions? When we take into account that we are physical, social, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual beings, we have at hand a repertoire of methods to increase our inner strength. Let us explore how to nurture our inner strength by addressing our physical and social natures. In the next issue, we will cover the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual aspects of cultivating inner strength. LET’S GET PHYSICAL A strong body makes a difference. Following a disciplined exercise regime allows us to feel a sense of accomplishment. That sense of accomplishment goes far in increasing confidence that will permeate other endeavours. Also, exercise releases endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine; these natural chemicals create a well-earned


sense of greater wellbeing. Exercise engages the neurotransmitters in our brain so that we reap the benefits of chemical releases such as endorphins, epinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. These natural chemicals greatly increase our sense of well-being. Getting adequate sleep may seem like a platitude, but research is conclusive in suggesting that adequate sleep allows our bodies to function optimally. Specifically, adequate sleep helps us optimize our ability to have a better mood, cognitive ability, energy, and tolerance for stress. In essence, adequate sleep helps us make better decisions. SOCIAL STRENGTH Recent studies by neuroscientist Matthew D. Lieberman, Director of UCLA’s Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab suggest that the need to connect socially with others is as essential and basic as the need for food, water, and shelter. In a 75-year longitudinal study, researcher Robert Waldinger, a Harvard Psychiatrist, found that individuals thrive and do well when they are in a supportive community of family and friends. Surround yourself with people who accept, support, and encourage you. Support from your close social network will increase your capacity to draw on your inner strength. Leaning on those connections will be an immense area of strength. You may not even come to appreciate how much of a difference the support makes until you are on the other side of your struggle. Inner strength is a living force. As you walk in the valley of adversity with dignity and a belief that you have all you need to see your struggle through, you become stronger. Addressing your physical and social needs during a trying time will give you the momentum you need to continue moving forward.








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Just when we thought Ralph Lauren couldn’t get any more luxe, his Purple Label continues to dazzle. At Via San Barnaba (the company’s palatial palazzo), the spring collection unveiling showed what to expect in fall 2018, and it looks like it’s a winner by a mile.

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With spring here, a sense renewal is in the air. Visualize all the good times ahead for you to create, starting now, according to our girl-on-the-scene Molly Bayme.

...TAKE A MORNING SWIM instead of that yoga class or getting a scone. The cool blue water will be a bracing wake-up call to start the day.

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The hallways of these New England college preparatory schools have would a high school experience be like as a boarding student at one of cobblestoned corridor has its own special story. Chances are you already WESTMINSTER SCHOOL Westminster School, located in Simsbury, Connecticut, enjoys a reputation as one of the finest college-preparatory schools in the country. The challenging academic program, grounded in the liberal arts tradition, prepares students in grades 9-12 and postgraduates for academic success and the rigors of college while cultivating a lifelong love of learning. Westminster is a diverse, close-knit community of 95 faculty and 393 students (75 percent boarding, 25 percent day students) from across the country and around the world. For more information visit

DEERFIELD ACADEMY With over 200 different courses offered, Deerfield’s curriculum and facilities are decidedly modern. Capstones, research classes, alternative studies, and senior meditations are just a few ways students’ deep interests gain depth and support from this tight-knit, scholarly community. New offerings are linked to research opportunities, global travel, and new technologies, workspaces, and studios. Our broad curriculum also offers many programs where students can take their interests to the next level. The annual Science Symposium, TEDxDeerfield, Deerfield Talks, and student publications all provide a voice for thinkers on campus. Deerfield’s facilities are unmatched. Set in a quintessential New England village, Deerfield’s 280-acre campus—with over 90 acres of playing fields and 50 buildings—offers ample resources. Recent additions include a new arts center and a new library. A new 130,000 square foot Athletics Complex will open in Fall 2018. For more information visit SALISBURY SCHOOL Salisbury School, where tradition matters, has been graduating men of character who make a difference in the lives of others for more than 100 years. The Salisbury gentleman aspires to fulfill his duties to the community in a manner of which he can be proud. Salisbury School instills in boys a vibrant enthusiasm for learning and the self-confidence needed for intellectual, physical, moral and spiritual development. Salisbury offers a traditional secondary school curriculum that is designed to prepare students for the rigors of college. Rich course offerings are carefully designed to teach students to think independently as they achieve their full academic potential. Numerous resources are available to assist students in accomplishing their goals. As experts in educating boys, our faculty knows how boys learn best and will help each student achieve success in his individual pursuits. Salisbury boys are confident, spirited, curious, loyal, gentlemen and brothers. For more information visit




been home to thousands of adventurous Texans for decades. What exactly these historic institutions? Enriching in every way, no doubt…as every know a few of these alumni… BROOKS SCHOOL Brooks School offers a coeducational, college preparatory program for 380 students (grades 9-12) on a 270-acre campus in North Andover, Massachusetts. Small classes allow students to work closely with teachers, fostering a relationship that is at the core of our warm, close-knit community. As you set out on your school search, consider coming to visit us. Being here, feeling the atmosphere, interacting with our students and teachers, walking onto our fields and courts, and into our dorms and classrooms ... there is no better way to get a sense of what Brooks is all about. And there is no better time to visit than when school is in session and the campus is buzzing with activity. It is a special place. Come see for yourself. For more information visit MISS PORTER’S SCHOOL Founded in 1843 by lifelong scholar and educator Sarah Porter, Miss Porter’s School is a college preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades nine through 12. Located in the center of Farmington, Connecticut, Porter’s offers a diverse high school experience with 313 students hailing from 21 states and representing 17 countries. The school educates young women to become informed, bold, resourceful and ethical global citizens who will shape a changing world. The nation’s leader in girls’ schools, Porter’s provides students with a rigorous education within a community committed to developing strong female leaders. The school’s location allows students to enjoy the charm of Farmington, while providing easy access to Hartford, New York and Boston for social, cultural, and academic events. The picturesque, 50-acre campus is close to village stores and within a short walk of the Farmington River. It is also 25 miles from Bradley International Airport. For more information visit

WESTOVER SCHOOL Westover School is an independent boarding and day high school in Middlebury, Connecticut, that challenges smart, motivated girls to become confident, connected women. It is a place where girls have the desire and opportunity to connect with one another, with the adults on campus, and the broader world around them. Our class sizes are small, giving freedom for our students to contribute fully to wide-ranging discussions while exploring academic interests and expanding their skill sets. Our athletic program engages seasoned athletes and novices alike. And our outstanding visual and performing arts programs provide opportunities to study, perform, and exhibit. For more information visit MARCH • APRIL 2018


Grit of character. Grace of mind. As one of America’s leading independent boarding and day schools, the mission of Westminster has remained constant: to provide students with an outstanding education that extends far beyond the classroom. It is our distinctive combination of grit and grace that makes Westminster students successful on campus and beyond. To register for a fall Open House event, for fall 2019 enrollment, call the Admissions Office at (860) 408-3060.

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BROOKS SCHOOL offers a coeducational, college preparatory program for 380 students (grades 9-12) on a 270-acre campus overlooking Lake Cochichewick. Small classes allow students to work closely with teachers, fostering a relationship that is at the core of our warm, close-knit community. With a challenging academic curriculum that includes 17 Advanced Placement courses, Brooks also offers opportunities to study abroad in Europe and Africa. A unique summer science Contact the admission office to schedule a visit:

program places juniors at labs in the Boston area, at the Apple headquarters in California, and on the coast of Canada in Labrador.

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Miss Porter’s School Farmington, Connecticut Since 1843 Miss Porter’s School admits students of any race, color, national origin, or any other class protected by relevant law.

“I wanted to be in a community of girls who were really passionate about what they do. I have found that every girl here cares—and cares deeply— about what they do here, whether it is academics, athletics, or arts.” Westover School is an independent boarding and day high school that challenges smart, motivated girls to become confident, connected women. It is a place where girls can be comfortable taking risks, where they don’t ever have to worry about looking silly, and where they can feel completely free to be themselves… and to let others do the same. A wide range of opportunities are offered that will provoke thought, spur discussion, and help build skills and expertise. Visit to learn more!

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19th Annual New York Botanical Garden’s Winter Wonderland Gala Enchants By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Angela Pham and Kelly Taub

Carlos Arruza, Georgina Bloomberg & Natalie and James Bloomingdale


The New York City Botanical Gardens recently hosted its 19th annual Winter Wonderland gala. Drawing hundreds of the social elite from around the world, including Texas, the evening brought the beauty and glamor of a New York winter indoors. All of this was captured against a backdrop of a real winter’s snow in New York creating an experience those on hand will not soon forget.

Gillian and Christian Simonds & James and Krista Corl

Larry Milstein

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Amanda and Ritam Bhalla

Andrew Taylor, Emma Goergen and Cristina Greeven Cuomo

Michael and Alexandra Toccin


Micaela Erlanger and Mac Osbourne

Timo Weiland and Mia Moretti

Brent Winston and Amory McAndrew

Judah Schulman and Toby Milstein

Alexandra Lebenthal and Jay Diamond

Lee Engel, Savannah Engel and Jan Engel

Kurt Beers, Kerry Joyce, Maggie Reinfeld, Sean Joyce and Shannon Forest


The evening began with a cocktail hour under the dome of the Palms of the World Gallery where VIPs rubbed elbows and the chatter flowed as freely as the falling snow outside. The black tie crowd sported an expressive mix of fashion that made all feel welcome. The women were clad in a range of gala-glam ensembles ranging from festive jumpers to exquisite couture gowns. The men mixed it up with a blend of traditional tuxedos with more creative formal options including quite a few sporting velvet jackets that perfectly complimented the cold winter night outside. The evening continued inside a lush and luxe winter white tent for a delicious multi-course dinner. After the meal, the tent turned into a dance club as jetsetters cut moves on the dance floor and danced the night away.

Maureen and Richard Chilton, Sarah Chilton and Sebastian Bland

Jean Shafiroff

Anne Marie Dianne, Valdez Murati and Mame Thioube

Serena Marron and Andrew Boszhardt

Zack Thain and Karly Fitzgerald


The event had several co-chairs including Texas native Natalie Bond Bloomingdale. The evening raised over $300,000 for the New York Botanical Gardens Children’s Education Program, which provides underserved children, particularly in the Bronx, with the ability to create lifelong connections with nature through innovative workshops and hands-on activities. Alexandra Porter

Kate Krone and Justin Conner

Camilla Monteiro de Barros and Will Knox




STANDING OVATION Houston’s Lynn Wyatt Joins Plácido Domingo To Celebrate South Coast Plaza’s 50th Anniversary By Jason Grosgrain | Photography by BFA and Patrick McMullan Company


Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford


Ralph Fiennes and Elizabeth Sergertrom

Lynn Wyatt and Placido Domingo

Michael Govan and Katherine Ross

South Coast Plaza recently hosted an exclusive evening of Art, Excellence + Friendship in Orange County for 160 guests, including Helen Mirren, Ralph Fiennes, Frank Gehry, Plácido Domingo, and Houston’s own Lynn Wyatt. Honored guests joined philanthropists, dignitaries, artists, cultural leaders and business executives at an extraordinary concert by the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under maestro Valery Grgiev, followed by an intimate gala dinner. Celebrated South Coast Plaza’s 50th Anniversary, the evening also honored the Segerstrom family’s extraordinary support for the arts.


The concert featured performances of Richard Strauss’s Don Juan and Ein Heldenleben and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3. An encore performance of the final movement of Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky accompanied a montage in 3D, paying tribute to Henry Segerstrom’s artistic vision and South Coast Plaza’s unique beauty. At a private dinner following the concert, 8,000 cascading white phalaenopsis orchids decorated in the room. Six trumpeters heralded the beginning of dinner as guests arrived in the extraordinary venue. Wyatt greeted Maestro Gergiev and remarked, “The concert was thrilling. It was worth every mile I flew to get here. I would have walked every mile to hear that.”

Talicia and Riley Grant

Prosper and Martine Assouline

Bill Viola

Jennifer Segerstrom and Anton Segerstrom

Ralph Fiennes, too, spoke to the assembled diners. “It was just that beautiful,” he proclaimed. “Perhaps of all arts, music is the one that can sidestep language. Music reaches straight to the soul, putting borders and political and national differences out of focus. Music, I believe, is the great healer. It’s the great unifier.” Fiennes praised the Segerstroms’ commitment to Art, Excellence, and Friendship, which were in fact the thematic honorees of the evening’s celebration. The musical entertainment continued during dinner as pianist Denis Matsuev performed an improvisation on Duke Ellington’s Take the A Train, followed by Pacific Chorale’s renditions of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Let the River Run, a composition by Carly Simon.

Malissa Shriver and Frank and Berta Gehryl


Mary McFadden

Christina Lyon

The recent performance brought the friendship between the renowned Mariinsky Theatre and Elizabeth and Henry Segerstrom full circle, after the Segerstroms orchestrated a three-week Mariinsky Festival in Southern California in 2006. Part of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County’s vibrant classical music program, the concert was the latest in the Elizabeth & Henry Segerstrom Select Series, sponsored by Elizabeth Segerstrom, co-managing partner at South Coast Plaza. South Coast Plaza is home to more than 250 prominent boutiques, critically acclaimed restaurants and the celebrated Segerstrom Center for the Arts, located in Orange County, California, in the city of Costa Mesa.

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NIGHT OF DIVERSITY Human Rights Campaign Austin Gala Draws Record Turnout By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Miguel Angel Brenda Thompson and Lauren Schellenbach


Austin’s JW Marriott was recently the setting for an evening of fun and purpose. A record-breaking crowd of over 900 of Austin’s philanthropic and community leaders attended the annual Human Rights Campaign Gala. What followed was an evening and crowd that was as diverse as Texas’ Capitol City.


The energy of the creative blacktie crowd began the evening with an outdoor VIP cocktail reception on held on the venue’s terrace where partygoers and event honorees mingled and buzzed with anticipation of the evening ahead. After the cocktail hour, guests moved inside to the grand ballroom for dinner and the evenings program. The program featured testimonials from the LGBTQ community along with words from Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. The program was capped off with a performance by musician Milck, who brought down the house with her beautiful rendition of the song Quiet. The evenings festivities were capped off with an after party where guests danced the night away, grateful to be a part of an evening they will not soon forget.


The event, chaired by Erin Gurak and Trey Pike, raised funds for the Human Rights Campaign, an nationwide organization of over three million members and supporters which seeks to end discrimination of LGBTQ people so they can be embraced as equal members of society at home, work and in every community.

Michael and Natasa Valocchi & Kate and Hector Perez

Kelly Schneider and Kathrin Kersten

Hon. Steve Adler

Liz Baskin and Eric Copper

Marisa Hoss and Dean Pohlman

Matthew Redden and Berett Hollis

Erin Gurak and Trey Pike

Chad Griffin

Huston Dorris and Jeremy Porche


Jennifer Kahn, Jason Berowitz, Liz Fruge and Johnny Norris

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Shelagh Schiro, Dawn Turbyfill, Lynn Currie and Sam Slate


Ted Burton and Darin Upchurch

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Randall Hance and John Obsta


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The German Cub Presents Season’s Debutantes By Shannon Miller Turner | Photography by Greg Harrison and Gary Stanko

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The 138-year-old San Antonio German Club recently hosted its annual Opening German gala in honor of the season’s debutantes. Held on a crisp, cool evening at the Witte Museum’s Mays Family Center, the ball offered a glorious night of dining and dancing in celebration of the club’s group of young ladies being presented to society.

Cecelia Swanson and Jillian Fuhrmann


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Sloan and Amber Thomas

Chris and Sarah Hodge

Emilie and Christopher Petty

Libby Williams, Mallory Wright, Jack Williams, Madison Wright and John Williams

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Resplendent in gorgeous white gowns, the debs dazzled as they were presented by their fathers then led to their bows by their escorts. Following the presentation, the celebration continued as guests and debs alike danced late into the night to the various musical stylings of The New Royals. The elegant red and white floral designs, in vibrant Chinoiserie ginger jars and radiant dècor for the evening were created by The Events Company in Houston.

Triple and Joy Fuhrmann

The attendees were treated to cuisine and cocktails by Rosemary’s Catering. Beginning with passed hors d’oeuvres including their signature south Texas chicken bites; shrimp and grits, steak frites; and pork belly tostones on ciabatta crostini, topped with fresh burrata, preserved peaches and micro tarragon. Guests could then choose from offerings from more than ten unique food stations, with offerings including selections like jumbo cocktail shrimp served beneath an ice carving of the German’s familiar crest, sliced to order carving stations offering rack of lamb, tenderloin, and braised short rib options, mac and cheese pasta made with aged English cheddar, parmesan and French Brie, crisp cornmeal fried oysters and spicy popcorn shrimp; fried quail with chicken drummettes and cream gravy and biscuits, as well as walking salads and handmade gorditas. For dessert, guests chose from a tantalizing assortment of petite sweets – éclairs, truffles, mousse parfaits, macaroons, chocolate molten cakes with fresh ice cream and Rosemary’s famous bread pudding layered with whiskey cream and chunks of dark chocolate.

Rosemary’s Catering




DInner by Rosemary’s Catering

Mike and Lisa Kelleher, Clara Kelleher, Caroline Kelleher and MIchael Kelleher

Robert Gulley, Christie Gulley and Mary Stuart Gulley

THE CAUSE: Peter Herff and Christian Biedenharn

Stephanie and Presnall Cage

William Aubra Davis and and Susan Rachel Franklin James


Steeped in tradition, the organization was formed in 1880. Each year since its inception, the San Antonio German Club has presented its debutantes during San Antonio’s social season. The President of the German Club is Christopher Hodge and the First Vice President is Christopher Petty.

Mary Lou and Don Glasscock

Samantha and Rett McSween

Nancy and Edward Steves

Quertney Greer, Erik Magoon and Griffith Greer

Mallory Miller and Alanna Miller

Tim and Annie Swan

Toby and Emma Calvert


Van and Edna Archer

Stephen and Linda Blount




Clare Casademont and Michael Metz

LOVELY & LUMINOUS The Menil Collection Celebreates 30th Anniversary Gala By Jennifer Roosth| Photography by Jenny Antil, David Brown and Daniel Ortiz

Susan and Francois de Menil


Marc Nguyen and Duyen Huynh

Georges and Lois de Menil


Under a bright night sky of the last full moon before the winter solstice, art-world luminaries and patrons from Houston and around the world gathered at the Menil Collection for Luminous: The Menil Collection’s 30th Anniversary Ball. Only the fourth gala celebration at the museum since its opening in 1987, the event honored the Menil Foundation’s Chair and Life Trustee Louisa Stude Sarofim, raising more than $2.5 million in table and ticket sales to support the Menil Collection on the occasion of this anniversary milestone. Staged in an enormous tent spanning the Menil’s front lawn, the gala’s decor was inspired by Surrealist artist Max Ernst’s small moonlit scene, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (1955), a gift from the artist to Dominique and John de Menil. The painting is one symbol of the long friendship between Ernst and the de Menils after they were introduced in 1932.

Louisa Stude Sarofim and Allison Sarofim

Marcy Taub Wessel and Tom Wessel Alantude runway


Bobby and Phoebe Tudor

Matt Ringel and Rebecca Rabinow

John and Becca Thrash


The Menil’s Director Rebecca Rabinow welcomed the evening’s cochairs Allison Sarofim, Leigh and Reggie Smith, and Phoebe and Bobby Tudor. She also recognized the distinguished honorary chairs in absentia: Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States; Renzo Piano, architect of the Menil Collection’s main building; and co-chair Adelaide de Menil Carpenter. Members of the de Menil family in attendance included Lois and George de Menil, Andee and Aziz Friedrich, Susan and Menil Foundation Trustee Francois de Menil and their children Sophie, Conrad, and John. A legacy of the philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, the Menil Collection opened in 1987. The museum presents regular rotations of artworks from its growing permanent collection, organizes special exhibitions and programs throughout the year, publishes scholarly books, and conducts research into the conservation of modern and contemporary art.

Gracie Cavnar and Ceron

Diana Hawkinsa and Andrea White

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year by Max Ernst

Richard and Nancy Kinder

DJ Souljah


Scott and Judy Nyquist

Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray

Phoebe Tudor, Janet Hobby and Leigh Smith

Janet and Paul Hobby

Hamish Bowles


Franci Neely

The vibe of the night was to honor Dominique de Menil’s vision of the importance of the arts to human existence, and to thank Louisa Stude Sarofim for her leadership over the past decade. Guests dined on a menu presented by Jackson and Company featuring pecan wood grilled lamb chops with port wine demi-glace and a special Luminous-themed dessert, each with wine pairings. Following dinner, guests were treated to a concert by Grammy Award-winning musician Angélique Kidjo, whose performance included original music as well as her interpretation of hits from the classic Talking Heads album Remain in Light, which are in fact the focus of her rapturously received current tour. To the surprise and delight of the crowd, Talking Heads’ keyboardist and guitarist Jerry Harrison joined Kidjo for several songs. Dancing followed, and museum galleries remained open until midnight for guests to enjoy.



WORLDLY WOMEN Speaker Series Honors Women Who Make An Impact By Jason Grosgain | Photography by Kristina Bowman and Scott Redman

Zainab Salbi


Lisa Materazzo and Sarah Evans

Cecile Richards



Legendary journalist Tina Brown recently hosted a celebration honoring the women at the center of our nation’s latest social movements. Co-hosted by Toyota, the Women in the World salon brought a crowd to hear the stories of successful women’s influential endeavors across a range of fields. The evening began with a cocktail reception at The Dallas Museum of Art, after which guests were seated for the main event.

Tina Brown and Amy McGrath

Maxeme Tuchman and Alisha Laventure

THE VIBE: Jen Welter

Tina Brown

Jane McGarry and Nicole Stewart

WITW Persisters

Iasia Sweeting

Joyce Goss and Kara Goss

April Lesiuk

The program began with welcoming remarks by Tina Brown, who is the former editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, also founded The Daily Beast and the Women in the World event series. She introduced the panel of women referred to as “Persisters,” because they never give up and persist in the face of extreme adversity. Moderated by Zainab Salbi, author, media commentator and the Founder of Women for Women International, the program included conversations with remarkable women including Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund; U. Renee Hall, Dallas’ first female Chief of Police; Iasia Sweeting, poet and activist; Jen Welter the first female to coach in the NFL; Hannah Song, founder of North Korea’s underground escape network; and Amy McGrath, the first female marine to fly in a fighter combat mission. The evening continued with the presentation of Toyota’s Mother of Invention award grant, which was bestowed upon Maxeme Tuchman, CEO and co-creator of the groundbreaking educational technology company, Caribu. The $50,000 grant will support further innovation of apps such as Caribu, which allows parents to read bedtime stories to their children remotely.


The salon was supported by presenting sponsor Toyota, leadership sponsor LG, and supporting sponsor AT&T. Hannah Song

U. Renee Hall

Cynthia Smoot and Alanna Sarabia




Triana Grossman, Haley Conger and Molly Drought

Jennifer and Tim Morrow

LIKE, WHAT A TRIP Annual Zoobilation Ball Takes Guests Back In Time To Raise Funds By Shannon Miller Turner | Photography by Greg Harrison


The grounds of the San Antonio Zoo set the scene for a fun-filled flashback to the 80’s at the annual Zoobilation Ball, themed Back Zoo The Future. Guests this year were brought “Back to the Future” to pay homage to the 30 years of success seen by the zoo and its annual gala, an event that proves every year to be one of the hottest tickets in town.

Lisa Tortasio, Albert Estrada & Jahaira and Nimesh Patel

Fernando Peralta and Mayra Farret

Whitney Schones

Joanne and Cebe Musgrave

Bill Sibley, Andrea Almond and Curtis Johnson

Peggy and Dan Allen Hughes

Jennifer Soltis and Jessica Berg

Nicole Baptiste, Trudy Madan, Leann Cyr and Heather Magarian

Sarah Blakenship and Bruce Bowen


Norma and James Denham

Mills and Angelica Palm


Marko and Sheila Barrett


Camille and Clark Mandigo

Jeff and Michelle Vance

Susan and Aubra Franklin

Lisa and Damien Watel

Emily and Clayton Reaser

Ramiro Salazar and Xitlalt Herrera-Salazar

Absolute adventure underneath a retro-inspired tent awaited the patrons who found themselves in the company of a DeLorean time machine and décor that included neon cassette tapes and vinyl-record bedecked chandeliers. Dayglo linens draped each table topped with totally tubular cylindrical centerpieces in bright splashes of color set off by flamingos in a nod to a few of the zoo’s resident favorites. Transported gala guests danced the night away on the fabulous black and white dance floor surrounded by a room electrified by ‘80s tunes and neon hues. Rosemary’s Catering treated guests to the evening’s cuisine, starting with passed hors d’oeuvres including: mini Beef Wellingtons, mac n’ cheese croquettes, and an iced seafood display with poached shrimp cocktail and snow crab claws. The three-course meal that followed included a salad with Brie, macerated strawberries, poached pear, toasted almonds and poppy seed dressing, braised beef short ribs with smoky bacon demi glaze paired with creole blackened shrimp with a citrus butter, a creamy Yukon gold puree, and herb tossed baby vegetable mélange. For dessert guests enjoyed “Doc” brownies – cocoa crispy brownie tarts and a creamy brandy-spiked milkshake in a snifter. Guests danced the night away to hit 80s tunes in rooms washed in neon by JSAV and a live auction brought the house down with spectacular prizes which set the bar high… for the future.

Semon Tan, Sylvia Hogue, Fred Bosehart, Nicole Garcia, Sean Brown and Pilar Gonzalez

Fred and Raven Labatt

Susan Naylor and Marise McDermott

THE CAUSE: Don and LouCelia Frost

Parnak and Farbod Malek

Kelly Wade Fry and Sonya Medina Williams

Whitney and Joe Miller

Event chairs Sheila and Marko Barrett, along with co-chairs Rosa and Roby Latimer, helmed the success of the evening. Through its passion and expertise in animal care, conservation and education, the San Antonio Zoo’s mission is to inspire its community to love, engage with, act for, and protect animals and the places they live. The zoo welcomes more than one million visitors each year.



Children’s Conspirare Youth Choir

Craig and Stacie Falls

IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES Dell Children’s Medical Center Imagine Gala Breaks Fundraising Record By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Brandi Nellis Photography


Imagine this: Over 1,000 of Austin’s social leaders taking over the Austin Convention Center for an evening that features a combination of heartfelt stories and Texas-sized generosity, resulting in a record-shattering night of fundraising. Kicking off Austin’s spring social season, Dell Children’s Medical Center’s annual gala brought together all of these elements that created a night for the ages that those fortunate enough to attend will not soon forget. Edward and Cora Dunigan

Cassandra and Manuel Polidori

Laura and Patrick Hotze

Beth Carr, Chelsie Baugh and Jeff Timmons


Loren and Chris Beck

Katie Jaffe, Cassie Bale, Meghan Slover and Anne Shiflet


Kendra Scott and Armando Zambrano

Nyle Maxwell


The festivities began as the blacktie crowd ascended the escalator to the mezzanine level of the Austin Convention Center for cocktails and appetizers. The action continued as the Sociables took their seats for a multi-course dinner and the evening’s program, which included personal testimonials from local residents of how Dell Children’s Hospital has impacted the community. The most touching of which featured a child who was airlifted to Dell Children’s Medical Center’s level one trauma center after a severe car accident. The first responders who saved the child’s life were on hand for the evening and received accolades for their dedication and bravery. The live auction followed the program. What resulted was an incredible outpouring of generosity with over $800,000 raised from the auction items and the Fund the Vision campaign, where donors gave a specific dollar amount to fund a particular hospital need. After the live auction, the party continued well into the evening where some engaged in a casino night while others danced the night away to the tunes of the David Young Band.

David Young Band

Lauren DeDomenico, Tony DeDomenico and Jessica Thompson

Elizabeth Hendley and Della Malloy-Daugherty


The event, chaired by Craig and Stacie Falls, raised a record $1.6 million for Dell Children’s Medical Center, which provides world class medical care to children in Central Texas.

George and Meredith Gomez

Jenny and Brandon Aghamalian

Live Auction Fund A Need

Jordan Jaffe, Jimmy McDermott, Doug Manchester, Chris Slover and Cord Shiflet

Miguel Romano

Noemi and Luc Vezina


Marcella Maxwell



Dominique Sachse and Hannah Johannes

Vivian Wise and Joanne King Herring

MAN ALIVE Festari for Men Una Notte In Italia Highlights High Style

By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Priscilla Dixon and Quy Tran


Jennifer Pinkerton, Crystal Saldivar, Laurel Ross

Neal Hamil and Diane Lokey Farb

This year’s annual Una Notte in Italia “celebrity” men’s fashion show presented by Festari for Men stood out as one of their best events ever. The fashionable crowd enjoyed all things Italian including food, wine and of course the fabulous men›s fashions modeled on the runway by a select group of philanthropic men and athletes.

Rudy and Debbie Festari Carmen and Kiki Dikmen

Rachel and Jeff Bagwell


Tricia Verbois, Tricia Oliver and Charlotte Moore


Beth Muecke and Nikki Lassiter

Sneha Merchant, Krystina Way and Perri Palermo

Texana Blacknall, JR Marquez, Jenny Toscano and Luis Batz

Mitchell Greco, George Lancaster, Kristen Cannon and Cody Soutar

Andre Hal, Brian Peters and Lamar Miller

Blu, Lisa and Kent Whipple


Tina and Sam Governale

Andrew Mercer, Chris Mitchell and Bubba McNeely

Katarina Tehlirian, Melissa Mithoff and Eloise Frischkorn

Anthony Piccola, Angela Stanley, Iraida and Danny Brown

Jenna Jackson, Lil Newman and Angela Nichols

Gordon Bethune and Jessica Rossman

Peta-Gay Chen Ledbetter & Harry and Tracy Faulkner

Chau Nguyen, Mechelle Tran and Cheri Sliski Hildreth

Jeff Shell and Ally Shell Van Koolwijk Fleck

Jessica Bertuccio, Kendra Smith and Jordan Seff

Kim Proler, Michelle Reyna and Jill Schlenker


As always, Rudy Festari, owner of the posh men’s boutique, outfitted the men in the latest fall fashions and the crowd responded with cheers and whistles. Still exuberant after the parade held earlier on behalf of the World Champion Houston Astros, the crowd loved the runway show. KPRC’s Dominique Sachse served as Mistress of Ceremonies, along with auctioneer Andy Cerota who worked the podium as powerhouse men including Ajay Khurana, Duke Ensell, Kiki Dikmen, Chad Pinkerton, Al Lindseth, Nick Merchant, Martijn Von Kookwijk, Dr. Roland Maldonado and Dean Putterman, to name a few, worked the runway. The popular athletes on the catwalk included former Houston Rocket Mario Elie, Houston Texans Whitney Mercilus, Andre Hal and Lamar Miller, and the finale and star of the show, Houston Astros Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell. The show was followed by an over the top live auction that included a trip to Italy and a private Texans dinner hosted by restaurateur Sam Governale at his much anticipated restaurant Emmaline. The crowd then rocked the dance floor to the sounds of popular DJ Senega.


Co-chairs Sippi Khurana and Kendra Smith, along with honorary chair Debbie Festari hit a grand slam with over 600 guests raising over $320,000 in support of a new beneficiary this year, the Houston Area Women’s Center. The organization helps families affected by domestic violence by providing a safe place to stay, counseling and advocacy.



Jamey and Judy Clement, Red Steagall, Carla Northington, Janell and Tio Kleberg & Mac Northington

RANCH STYLE SCENES South Texas Charity Weekend Hosts 25th Gathering By Dr. Fred Bryant| Photography by Marie Langmore


Devin Inglove

Tio and Janell Kleberg


The King Ranch and the brush country of South Texas provided a fun and festive atmosphere for the 25th annual South Texas Charity Weekend. The gracious hosts were the King Ranch (also known as Rancho Santa Gertrudis from 1853 to 1935), neighboring ranches and Texas A&M University-Kingsville (also known as Texas A&I from 1967-1993). At least 15 King Ranch family members were in attendance the entire weekend to make the guests, sponsors and donors feel welcome.

Celia Dupre’ and Tio Kleberg

Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence, Heather Lawrence Mitchell, Charles Lawrence & Rachel and Mark Lawrence


Berdon Lawrence and Heather Lawrence Mitchell

Linda Rossicone and Brad Barnds

Paige Shaw and James Clement

Judy and Jamey Clement


The event’s South Texans of the Year, Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence of Houston, were the honorees of the weekend. Guests and donors came from all over Texas and as far away as Georgia and Arizona to enjoy the Friday evening reception at Tio and Janell Kleberg’s home on King Ranch. A drizzly sky met those who participated in the shooting opportunities Saturday morning and tented outdoor lunch, but the drizzle turned to much-needed rain as the artists’ market began. The market and banquet were held at the Tio and Janell Kleberg Wildlife Research Park on the campus of Texas A&M-Kingsville. The Lawrences were cheered with a standing ovation because of their contributions to wildlife conservation, their leadership on behalf of South Texas ranchers and landowners, and for the medical research on bone disease and treatment they generously support at the Baylor College of Medicine. A Sunday morning brunch at the King Ranch pool house capped off the fun-filled weekend.

King Kleberg and Buck Buchanan

Kathryn Beach

Jolynn Towns, Paige Johnson, Heather Lawrence Mitchell and Dawn Canales

Carroll Dorsey Walker

THE CAUSE: Mark and Carolyn Johnson

Gentry Beach, Cornelius Dupre’ and Scott Cone

Mac Northington, Janell Kleberg, Mark Johnson, Tio Kleberg, Balous Miller, Tom Gimple and Brad Bynum

Wildlife conservation, ranching heritage and South Texas health care were the focus of the fundraising proceeds once again in this year’s event that raised $900,000. But this year, a new charitable cause was included: the Military Warriors Support Foundation, which provides severely handicapped war veterans with activities like hunting, fishing and nature outings. The South Texas Charity Weekend will donate Action Trackchairs to the foundation in support of their mission. The King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management, The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Christus Spohn Hospital Kleberg, and HaloFlight will all receive donations as well.

Michelle Colston, Janell Kleberg and Adrian Sabom

Stan Shipley, Rob Sabom, and Lance Lahourcade

Rob Sabom, Chris Kleberg and King Kleberg


Chris Kleberg, Henrietta Armstrong and King Kleberg




The Contemporary Austin Hosts Camp Contemporary At Austin Museum’s Laguna Gloria By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Brian Fitzsimmons


Laguna Gloria recently hosted a uniquely Austin experience – an overnight gala. The Contemporary Austin Museum’s Camp Contemporary event brought out hundreds of Austin’s social, cultural and artistic elite for an evening that allowed its patrons to stay overnight in chic, luxe accommodations provided by Shelter Tents. The gorgeous 14-acre Laguna Gloria grounds provided even more fun ahead the next day.

Katherine and Bryan Beckworth & Celine Thibault

Alice and Eric Foultz

Jesse Ebaugh and Robert Ellis

Deborah Green and Clayton Aynesworth


Larry Connelly and Mary Tally


Peggy O’Shaughnessy and Amy Lukken


Chris Loughlin and Chris Hester

Deborah Dupré, Rich Rothberg, Louis Grachos and Heather Pesanti

Gail Susholtz, Susan Marcus, Rodney Susholtz, Pam Chandler and Patrick Ousey

The glamping-chic crowd began the evening began with a cocktail hour sponsored by Sourced Craft Cocktails where guests had the opportunity to sample signature cocktails created specifically for the event. The festivities continued as the connoisseurs of art and food made their way out to the beautifully rustic, communal tables on Laguna Gloria’s grounds for a Camp Paella Dinner provided by McGuire Moorman Hospitality. After savoring the delicious dinner, the fun continued as campers made their way to the camping area where the fun continued into the wee hours of the morning against the backdrop of Lake Austin. The following day featured a breakfast courtesy of Le Politique and coffee from Chameleon Cold Brew. Additionally, there were plenty of activities throughout the morning including sunrise yoga with Castle Hill Fitness and Outdoor Voices as well as boating, hammock lounging and the opportunity for guests to create their own art that served as a perfect keepsake from the a one-of-akind experience.

Sourced bar cart

Kathleen Loughlin, KristinTagle Gish and Margo Tate Richard


The event raised funds for The Contemporary Austin Museum, which provides Austin with a world-class spectrum of contemporary art that can be experienced through exhibitions, commissions, education and the museum’s public art collection.

Andrea Mellard

Tyler Haney & Lauren and Tom Moorman

Arron Hester and Martha Dyess

Elizabeth Baskin, Steuart Walton, Tom Walton and Olivia Walton




MANHATTAN, TEXAS The German Club Debutante Party Honoring Lilly Calvert, Carrie King, Claudia Kiolbassa and Felicia Mannix By Jake Gaines | Photography by Photography by JB Lyde of Parish Photography

Claudia Kiolbassa, Felicia Mannix, Lilly Calvert and Carrie King


Belton McMurray, Christian Biedenharn and Dillon Davis

Christa Bunce, Cecilia Swanson, Carrie King, Taylor McNaughton and Megan Spalten

Berto Alexander and Daniel Mays

Carolina Roberts and AJ Lewis

Hunter and Elizabeth Houston and Charlie Furhmann

Designed by Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers


Mandy Beck and Marshall Steves lll

Designed by Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers

The San Antonio Country Club recently served as the perfect backdrop for a New York Christmas Ball themed debutante party for honorees Lilly Calvert, Carrie King, Claudia Kiolbassa and Felicia Mannix. The planning began long in advance with a trip to The Big Apple, where the honorees stayed at the Hotel Elysée and experienced the ultimate New York City inspiration. The end result was a transformation of the San Antonio Country Club so thorough that guests truly felt as though they had been transported to New York City for the holidays. Highlights of the trip included visiting each debutante’s favorite bar, club and restaurant locations to research ideas. Items like napkins, matchbooks, coasters and more were collected for the party’s inspiration from venues like the 21 Club, the Oak Bar, the Palm Court, the Monkey Bar, the Rainbow Room, the Ole King Cole Bar, and Dylan’s Candy Bar. These New York landmarks would come to life in the cuisine and specialty cocktails to be served at the party. The honorees’ mothers were their own event producers for the ball and enlisted several individuals and event design companies to help convert the country club venue. Danny Cuellar from Trinity Flowers & Events produced a plethora of amazingly decorated Christmas trees to give guests the feel they were in Central Park. As attendees entered the club, Laurie Ontjes with Illusions Tents, Rentals & Event Design helped create an entry of angels trumpeting towards the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. The debutantes’ mothers borrowed toys from their children, and sourced special details to help Trinity with the decor for the 21 Club, as well as decorative monkeys from Svelte Veldt Home décor store in San Antonio for The Monkey Bar. Specialty polo mallet swizzle drink stirrers represented the Polo Club. To recreate Dylan’s Candy Bar, the planners pooled resources and made several trips to Casa Dulce Dulceria.

Emma Calvert, Lilly Calvert, Toby Calvert and Rita Calvert


Will and Belinda Nixon

Valerie Fuller, Emma Calvert and Kara French

Lauren Reckling, Claudia Kiolbassa and Mary Kelly McConn

Liza Lewis and Elizabeth Roberts

Kathleen Foster, Michael Kiolbassa and Paul Boldrick

Rusty Kiolbassa, Keller Henderson, Claudia Kiolbassa, Nita Kiolbassa and Michael Kiolbassa

Sam Gonzales, Lilly Calvert and Hamlet Newsom

Nancy Billups, Bailey Billups, Audrey Billups, Felicia Mannix and Mariah Cotten

Marci Symington, Francie Mannix, Bonnie Chumbley and Mary Cooper

Molly Rochelle, Mary Morgan Casillas, Elizabeth Braha and Grace Mays

Andrew King, Greg King, Leigh-Ann King, Carrie King, Allie King and Gregory King

Claudia Kiolbassa, Felicia Mannix, Carrie King and Lilly Calvert


Portraits by Rex Hausmann

Peter Herff, Jackson Cameron, Cole Bailey, Austin Hawn and Drew Dawson

John Luke Mannix, Felicia Mannix, Francie Mannix and Marguerite Mannix


As partygoers climbed the stairs to the upstairs party with the Big Band sounds, they marveled at special portraits of each girl created by artist Rex Hausmann, inspired by his Audrey series. The Palm Court-inspired trees, designed by Cuellar, used the existing pillars and completed the effect with palms and lighting. Illusions provided tables, linens, decorative bar fronts, and helped with the creation of Wollman “Dance” Rink by converting the dance floor into a blue ice rink with a special laminate, as well as the ice sculpture of the Statue of Liberty. In the Rainbow Room, Bill Haynie at JSAV Lighting provided Times Square video mapping. The Ole King Cole Bar and its famous mural were also important iconic symbols of New York that were represented at the party. The New York food carts were a fun addition, complete with signs and umbrellas on the side of each cart. The families loved that the San Antonio Country Club not only served as the perfect backdrop for the beautiful ball, but also that the staff led by Wesley Dowdy and Marvin Jones, helped to create a timeless menu that complimented the themes in every rooms. Specialty drinks included the Moscow Mule from the 21 Club, the Go Bananas from the Monkey Bar, and many memorable favorites. From the beginning of the event until the morning hours, the live band kept the pulse and energy of the party at an all time high. Starting off the dancing with Alicia Keys’ hit song, New York, and continuing with the Lucky Strikes playing Frank Sinatra tunes in the Rainbow Room, every detail was perfectly tuned to the magic of the evening. Simply Irresistible from Atlane then took over, playing Until 1:30, with every detail perfectly tuned to the magic event.



Larry Cochran, Caroline Cochran and Jody Cochran

Linda Satel and Caroline Satel


German Club Debutantes Caroline Cochran, Caroline Miller and Caroline Satel Honored With Event By Shannon Miller Turner | Photography by Gary Stanko of Billo Smith Photography


San Antonio’s historic Argyle Club provided a most perfect setting for a celebration in honor of three beauties who happen to share the same first name. Tres Carolinas brought together family and friends to fête German Club debs Caroline Cochran, Caroline Miller and Caroline Satel. Blending the fabulous Mexican flair of San Miguel de Allende with San Antonio’s beloved cultural heritage, the stage was set for a fiesta fit for the three Carolines.

Marie Langmore and Jeff Berler


Tom and Diana Schmidt & Diana Rubin

Ryan Reese and Caroline Street

Virginia Seal, Sharon Seal and Marianna Seal

Caroline Miller, Caroline Cochran and Caroline Satel

Mallory Miller, Paula Miller, Caroline Miller, Lindsay Miller, Addison Miller, Douglas Miller and Alanna Miller

Sophie Larkin and Mary Larkin


The Décor, beautifully designed and executed by Katherine Lopez of Sweet August Events, upon arrival, mariachi music filled the air as guests greeted the honorees and their gracious parents in a traditional receiving line before making their way to the triangular bar, each side set for one individual Carolina. Featured over the bar were three Frida Kahlo-esque portraits of each debutante by Morgan Goodwin. A trio of specialty drinks from which guests could choose was served throughout the night. Live entertainment by San Antonio-based band Intensity and tunes by DJ 5150 Productions kept revelers dancing late into the night.

Douglas Miller and Caroline Miller

The décor for the evening brought guests together on equipale chairs surrounded by beautiful Mexico-inspired florals, authentic Otomi runners and plants indigenous to the region surrounding San Miguel de Allende. As guests enjoyed various culinary creations provided by The Argyle, they were treated to a parade featuring the debs holding Mojigangas. A long-standing Mexican tradition in San Miguel during weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or any other worthy celebration, the life-size papiermâché puppets were created in their own likenesses as an interactive celebration of these beautiful Tres Carolinas. Every detail of the creative and fabulous fiesta contributed to a memorable evening the guests would not soon forget.

Clytie Phelps and Will McDonough

Hays Cochran, Caroline Cochran and Allie Cochran

Jack and Elizabeth Coleman, Paula Miller, Jeff Carlson & Melissa and Bob Vaughan

RIley Winebarger, Katie Sutton, Caroline Favrot, Sophia Arena, Courtney Demeris, Madison Wood, Caroline Cochran, Ellee Cunningham, Cory Pillow, Simone DeLacey and Lindsay Allen

Caroline Satel, Caroline Miller and Caroline Cochran

Laura Gates, Zach and Brittney Gates, Mallory Miller and Dylan Beckwith

Sarah and Chris Hodge

Maddison Dunn, Katya Moreno, Caroline Finney and Scout Reid

Alex Herbold, Terrell Mabrito, Wesley Winn, Luke Durbin, Walker Lancaster, Britta Ramirez and Augusta Rosser


Lara Gates, Caroline Miller, Marina Riklin, Lauren Roarty and Elizabeth Bradley



Annie Archer, Jillian Fuhrmann and Clara Kelleher


Kalen Brockwell, Lilly Calvert, Megan Spalten and Clayton Comeaux


German Club Debutantes Anne Swilley Archer, Jillian Joy Fuhrmann and Clara Patricia Kelleher Honored With Party By Shannon Miller Turner | Photography by Lilianna Story

Deep in the heart of winter, a debutante party of winter-white wonder brought guests together to warm themselves with friendship and festivities in celebration of three German Club debs. Preceded by hand-delivered scrolled invitations, guests arrived in anticipation of an evening like no other. Crystal curtains, holiday trees covered in white lights and birch trees bedecked in the same hue signaled that guests were in for a true treat. As each of the 900 partygoers made their way down the votivelined hallway, they were greeted with the first of many surprises in store for them. Singer and pianist Bernie Martini entertained and had guests circled around him like a warm winter bonfire. As partygoers ascended the grand staircase, they were met by life-size photographs of the debs. Each portrait taken by Gary Stanko of Billo Smith Photography was beautifully framed by one of the three grandscale windows in the club’s circular stairwell. Once the guests set foot in the ballroom, the night to remember was fully underway.

Marsha Archer, Annie Archer and Chip Archer

Brooke Archer and Carly Fuhrmann

Caroline Kelleher, Clara Kelleher and Michael Kelleher

Victor and Margie Joffe

Jillian Fuhrmann and Joy Fuhrmann


Jenna Belle Fuhrmann and Maggie Archer

Bobby Burk and Will Gothard

Van Archer, Jr. and Laura Archer


The deep-winter wonderland sprang to life through the magic of Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers and Illusions who, along with San Antonio Country Club’s Director of Catering Wesley Dowdy, created an event enjoyed by all. The music of Dallasbased Professor D kept the lively energy going and had guests on their feet late into the night. The sumptuous menu for the night included various seafood selections served in carved ice bowls and mini martini glasses, catered by the club. Guests gathered on groupings of white leather lounge furniture fronted by lighted cube tables as they enjoyed additional culinary selections provided by the club. Nearby, famed photographic crowd pleaser MirMir captured partygoers in various poses throughout the night. Each glamorous detail of the winter wonderland contributed to a truly memorable celebration.

Mike and Lisa Kelleher, Clara Kelleher, Triple and Joy Fuhrmann, Jillian Fuhrmann, Chip and Marsha Archer and Annie Archer

Bernie Martini

Triple Fuhrmann, Jillian Fuhrmann and Joy Fuhrmann

Annie Archer and Maggie Archer

Merrilee Agather, Joan Kelleher, Ruth Agather, Clara Kelleher, Caroline Kelleher and Lisa Kelleher

Samantha Boldt, Hunter Boldt and Corie Boldt Hutt

Keith and Karynn O’Connell

Mary Corrine Archer, Nancy Lee Archer and Christina Archer


Joy and Triple Fuhrmann



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From sunset to sunrise, this busy social season is swirling in anticipation of the most sublime events ever. To tempt you into more glamour per square inch, here are some richly romantic gowns that will have you floating under the moonlight and dancing until dawn. Photography by Mark Oberlin Styling by Dion “Bleu” Drake

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Hair by René Cortez using Color Wow Hair, Be Pro USA, Davines, SachaJuan, R & Co. Hair and Oribe Makeup by Julia Taylor using Dior and Make Up For Ever Model: Lily Easton, Two Management Sittings Producer: Lance Avery Morgan


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Andres Courrages and model, 1965

Audrey Hepburn in Courrages, 1960s

Sakowitz Department Store, Houston

OUT OF THIS Former State Official and Historian Geoffrey Connor has written a soon-to-be-released book on the history of Houston’s rise as an international city. Here he takes a look at the unlikely 1960s alliance between NASA, French designer AndrÊ Courrage and the Houston-based Sakowitz luxury department store... when science met fashion.




Betty Venson, President The Charity Ball Association, 2017

Photos courtesy of Archival, NASA and Shutterstock sources


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Courreges sketch_1960s; Gemini 8 launch, 1966; From the Courreges collection, 1969; Courreges coat, 1960s; NASA Mercury wives, 1960; NASA Lunar Module tour; Catherine Deneuve in Courreges, 1960s


A Smirnoff ad with NASA creative; Sakowitz EXT 1950s; Touring NASA, 1960s; NASA; Courreges sketch, 1960s




IRST THERE WAS SCIENCE Rome was not built in a day, and neither did Houston become a global city overnight. But from its founding in 1837, Houston experienced a remarkably quick rise during its first century to become a major international trading port and a world center for oil and gas. During World War II, the M.D. Anderson Foundation attracted the state’s first cancer hospital, which quickly grew into the Texas Medical Center and soon became the world’s largest medical center. But by 1960, Houston had the wealth, political power, and reputation for entrepreneurship and advanced technology to be selected as the site of NASA’s Manned Space Center. It was perhaps this latter accomplishment that most clearly affirmed Houston’s rank in the nation and the world. Several thousand NASA employees transferred to Houston, and the federal government spent billions to build the Space Center that would coordinate man’s first landing on the Moon. Houstonians began speaking in the vernacular of space – terms such as Vanguards and Pioneers, and Projects Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. In fact, Houstonians and their companies rolled out the red carpet for the heavy inflow of federal workers by offering special deals on real estate, cars and utilities, as well as gifts including home furnishings and Stetson hats to complete their look in their newly adopted state. The whole world frequently heard of Houston in press releases issued from the Space Center. Astronauts were heard to make comments from space like “that’s Galveston Bay right there” and “we’re looking right down on Houston – I’ll get a picture.” The astronauts were especially

made to feel right at home and were often fêted at civic and political events, attended parties and galas and were welcomed by Ima Hogg to her prominent suite at the Houston Symphony. Houstonians vied for opportunities to host astronauts and NASA officials in their homes. “We knew them all,” said Houston-bred socialite and philanthropist Lynn Wyatt, “and we loved to entertain them and make them love Houston as we did.” The influence of the Space Center, along with the international connections of Wyatt and her brother Robert Sakowitz would soon elevate Houston in a very new and unique way. The new image of Space City permeated Houston’s society and culture and tapped into a national and international fascination with outer space, and the emerging culture and tastes that reflected that new obsession. Fashions of the 1960s became more minimalist and sleek, and even incorporated modern materials like plastic, vinyl and metals. FASHION FOWARD André Courrèges, the French fashion designer who first joined Balenciaga in 1951 before launching his own line a decade later, was making waves in the fashion world that were bound to seem otherworldly. His modern designs and new fabrics evolved into his “Space Age” collection with shorter skirts, high boots, sleek fabrics and “a palette of astronaut-friendly white and silver.” Buoyed by international acclaim, Courrèges debuted the mini-skirt, a minimalist skirt set four inches above the knee, at the 1965 spring fashion show in Paris.

In the audience to see the new miniskirt and the entire Courrèges collection was Lynn Sakowitz Wyatt of Houston who later met the designer at a dinner party hosted by mutual friends. She was dazzled by his spectacular designs and his completely new take on women’s fashion. She suggested he should bring his mini-skirts and futuristic clothes to Houston because “it was the Space City and the best ‘launch site’ for such innovative new designs.” Wyatt then called her brother back in Houston, Robert Sakowitz, the buyer for Sakowitz department stores, the most upscale retailer in the city. Lynn had grown up the daughter and granddaughter of Houston’s luxury retailers, Tobias and Bernard Sakowitz, and she obviously knew a good opportunity when she saw it. Robert flew to Paris and, in his proficient French, made his pitch to Courrèges. Courrèges was very intrigued with the opportunity to launch in Space City, to tie his collection to the NASA Space Center and to do so through a retailing family already known to him. Despite Courrèges’ willingness, it was quite a stretch for a major European designer to think, in the 1960s, in terms of launching anywhere in the U.S. but New York. The Big Apple was the center of the American fashion market and the location of major stores and buyers. However, Robert Sakowitz offered something never done before: he told Courrèges that instead of paying him only for his original couture, which would be copied by someone else, Courrèges would be paid for the design and then would also be able to produce it in his own production shop to the sizing specifications of Sakowitz stores. Courrèges seized on this new concept, thereby starting a now common trend among other designers to produce their own fashion designs and market them, not simply sell the original. Sakowitz took out half-page ads in the New York Times, both in New York and in its Palm Beach editions, in addition to heavy advertising in Houston about the new fashions coming to Space City for the 1966 spring season.

STYLE FOR MILES The business coup by Sakowitz of Houston, and the impact of the advertising campaign, aroused the resentment of other retailing competitors. New York’s Bonwit Teller sent a representative to Paris offering to buy three times as much product as Sakowitz if they could have the exclusive. Robert Sakowitz returned to Paris to urge Courrèges to keep their deal. In the end, Courrèges agreed to give Sakowitz a two-week head start on Bonwit Teller, which was all the Texas retailer needed. The New York Times sent a reporter to Houston to cover the fashion debut at Sakowitz and history was made and recorded: ready to wear fashion directly from a top European designer’s own production shop to a Houston retailer. Sakowitz very successfully marketed the new Space Age clothing lines to the residents of Space City playing into the city’s attitude of modernity and playing on such popular cultural themes as the TV hit show Star Trek, which debuted in September 1966. Robert Sakowitz would later repeat this successful formula with Rive Gauche by Yves Saint Laurent, which also made its U.S. debut at Sakowitz. Houston still feels like the perfect Space City to contemporary eyes although its position as a global city was established many decades ago. It is a remarkable historical drama to review how Houston engineered its port and ship canal into the largest international shipping center, used Spindletop and the Texas Oil Boom to grow itself into the Energy Capital of the World, built the world’s largest and most advanced medical center and then built the Space Center which put men on the moon. Through it all, Houston has been the platform for a prodigious list of international political, business and social leaders. But certainly, the story of how Lynn Wyatt and Robert Sakowitz merged the worlds of space technology and international fashion to the benefit of Houston is one of the great insider stories of one of the world’s great cities.


Courreges models, 1969; Courrges Book by Assouline; Neil Armstrong; Sakowitz, 1960s; Courreges sketch, 1960s PHOTO CREDITS ( CLOCKWISE)

Andre Courreges, 1990s NASA Gemini Atlas 1962 ; NASA Astronauts; Courreges dress, 1965; (center image) Jean Shrimpton in Courreges glasses, 1964;




HE MANOR Old World castle style and an ancient forest await you on a long weekend visit to the countryside south of London. The region’s shining star is an 18th-century resort near the sea in Hampshire… a country house called Chewton Glen, according to our intrepid traveler Lance Avery Morgan. Photography courtesy of Chewton Glen


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ORD OF THE MANOR To nurture your inner Brit, you must see the English countryside and live like the lord of the manor for at least a few days this season. Chewton Glen is a prime example of five-star English resort, offering warm, attentive service coupled with Old World style. One of the first grand estates to become a hotel back in the 1970s, the house is located on the edge of the ancient New Forest, one and one-half hours from London via chauffeured car. Today, it’s considered one of England’s poshest resorts, with the classic feeling of an Agatha Christie mystery novel – chintz couches, roaring fires and all. The grounds encompass 130 acres of exquisitely landscaped parks, gardens and woodland, all just a short walk from the sea.

Completed in 1732, the estate came into prominence in the mid-19th century when the novel The Children of the New Forest was written at the estate. This literary link has contributed to the house’s fabled allure. Captain Frederick Marryat, the book’s author, must have found the area inspiring… and intriguing. Since the locale was within easy reach of the sea, smugglers brought their contraband up through the grounds and into the forest beyond it. Marryat’s brother, George, owned the property from 1837 until 1855, when it was sold to the Elphinstone family. Add to this the fact that Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland nearby, and you have the makings of literary lore. When I asked the hotel’s staff if they thought the property has otherworldly spirits lurking about, they replied, “The hotel is not haunted to the best of my knowledge, but the memory of Captain Marryat still remains in all the themed rooms,” according to managing director Andrew Stembridge. The estate began its transformation into a luxury hotel in the late 1960s, yet it still retains every bit of its original charm and nobility.

Voted “Best Small Hotel Under 100 Rooms” by the Gallivanter’s Guide Grand Awards of Excellence, each of Chewton’s 58 bedrooms and suites has been restored to the splendor of the late 19th century. Many of the suites and rooms are named after characters in The Children of the New Forest. Mine, The Beacon Suite, named for the cleric character in the novel, is exactly what you’d expect in a country estate resort, complete with a Wedgwood blue and navy color scheme, the essential architectural sketches and bird species prints, and a balcony overlooking the croquet lawn. RESTORE, THEN RELAX Want to do more than take in the breathtaking English scenery? Head for the resort’s luxurious spa. Chewton Glen sets a new benchmark in hotel spa facilities thanks to an $8 million refurbishment that was completed in early 2005. A team of qualified therapists and fitness instructors provides a selection of over 50 treatments. The centerpiece is a 50-foot-long, ozone-treated indoor pool. There’s also a hydrotherapy pool, considered to be the crowning glory of the new spa. Three new treatment rooms and a relaxation room have been added, with separate saunas and steam rooms in the ladies and gentlemen’s changing areas. After a swim, you’ll want to take at least one of the treatments at the spa. Mine, a grape-seed extract scrub, sea-kelp body wrap and extensive sports massage was the perfect cure for common jet lag. Afterwards, I stretched out in the relaxation room, a serene hideaway complete with terrycloth chaise lounges and private headsets. After the treatment, you’re sure to be hungry. A casual daytime option is the Pool Bar, with a buffet lunch and breakfast served most of the day.

The Bar Terrace

The Treehouse at night

Twin Treatments on the Deck at the Treehouse

Junior Suite

The Bar Terrace Colonel Tinkers Bar



The Cookery School at the Kitchen

Breakfast Hamper at the Treehouse

Elphinstone Lounge

Hydrotherapy Pool at the Spa


Bedroom at the Treehouse

At night, get ready for a spectacular meal. The English so often receive a bad rap for their cuisine, but these days most fine dining meals are as good as a four-star offering anywhere in the world. And Chewton certainly provides world-class meals. But before dinner, cocktails anyone? Any of the common area rooms with their chintz couches, casual wing chairs and tasseled grace will do, because everywhere you look, there is someone impeccably qualified to serve you. “Everything is prepared in our Michelin-starred kitchen, where executive chef, Luke Matthews and his 30-strong kitchen brigade oversee the operation to ensure that the same high standards of cooking excellence applies to everything that is served to guests, from a gourmet dining experience to an in-room club sandwich,” noted Stembridge. Whether served in the formal dining room, terraced solarium, or al fresco areas, the Marryat restaurant offers a variety of dishes from a selection of menus. The style of its cuisine is eclectic, with an extensive use of fresh, local produce, such as wild mushrooms, vegetables and game from the New Forest, as well as seafood from Christchurch and Lymington. Want the perfect wine to accompany the perfect meal? Choose a bottle from over 500 wines in the extensive cellar. Recently voted one of the 25 best restaurants in the United Kingdom by famed restaurant guide Egon Ronay, it’s worthy to note that the Marryat has held its Michelin-starred status for decades. In fact, with the addition of the Kitchen School and six luxe treehouse suites on the property, you could spend a month here and still not be bored with the surroundings or amenities. Guests can enjoy a range of spa treatments in the treehouse lodges. Hampers with local produce can be delivered from the kitchens, so that guests can also cater for themselves, if they’d like. These suites appeal particularly to those looking for seclusion, as well as small groups and families who want to

enjoy an independent stay, but with all the benefits of a luxury fivestar hotel within easy reach. FORTIFIED FOREST Should you wish to indulge your sporty side, I recommend a quick game of croquet before supper. The grounds also boast a nine-hole, par-three golf course, a practice range, a putting green and two indoor and two outdoor tennis courts. An outdoor pool overlooks the manor, surrounded by clinging vines of bougainvillea. Because Chewton is so enticing, offering a taste of what it’s like to be a country gentleman, you may not want to leave the grounds. You must, however, and make the short drive to the New Forest. The forest is indeed something out of a fairytale. Over 2,000 horses run wild, adding a mythical element. A quick walk down a path and you’ll find the ocean. Another fun excursion is the seaside villages. Nearby is The Broadlands, a country home about an hour away, which is owned by the very charming Lord and Lady Romsey. The estate is open for private tours a few weeks out of the year during the summer. The home is tastefully appointed by the family, who have had it for centuries and have amassed a substantial collection of nearly priceless 18th-century English paintings. This, as you may know, was where Prince Charles and Lady Diana spent their honeymoon. The manors in this area are grand, noble and each full of its own rich history. So, get thee to a simple country life for a long weekend at Chewton— simple, but elegant, and certainly never dull. Introduce yourself to the other guests, and you are sure to make lifelong friendships, like I have. In a location so inspiring, you might even end up between the pages of the next great English novel.


Amberly Santos, Mary Corinne Archer, Vanessa Bessler, Mackenzie Kirsch, Lucy Hassmann, Eliza Sell, Lauren Jensen, Cecelia Weaver and Bennett Kiehne


Supporters Of The Children’s Ballet Of San Antonio Raise Holiday Funds By Shannon Miller Turner | Photography by Greg Harrison

Mary Ellen Archer and Mary Corinne Archer


On a recent evening in the heart of San Antonio’s favorite small-town community, the shops of Uptown Alamo Heights opened their doors for a private event celebrating The Children’s Ballet of San Antonio (CBSA). Adults enjoyed finding the perfect gifts on their lists as children were entertained with games, sweet treats and more. Featuring a spectacular performance under the stars by students of CBSA, the night was a beautiful way to shop and support local small businesses who graciously donated 15% of all sales from the evening festivities to CBSA. Blair Turner and Shannon Turner


Paloma Romero, Paige diGiovanni and Beccah Hofer

Susan McGinty, Nicole Tatum and Jody Cochran

Cecelia Weaver and Triana Grossman

Courtney Percy and Caroline Percy

Amber Thomas and Kelly Wade Fry

Liza Bishop and Diane Clare Sierra

Kim Johnson, Hayley Conger and Ashley Weaver


Holly Urbanek and Heidi McCullick

True holiday spirit filled the air as guests of the event shopped door-to-door excitedly greeting friends and purchasing the perfect gifts for loved ones. With complimentary valet parking and wine and hors d’ouvres awaiting their arrival, adult attendees were greeted with holiday tunes by DJ Nic Dante who provided the perfect musical backdrop. Activities including photos with Santa, and holiday arts and crafts for little ones, along with hot cocoa and sugary treats from Bird Bakery, offered something for everyone. The most special treat of all, however, was the Nutcracker performance given by students of the organization where the ballerinas became the brightest-shining stars in a flawless performance of the beloved classic.

Jolie Flavin, Gloria Dilley and Corina Richter

THE CAUSE: Josie Seeligson, Michele Bishop and Daniela Serna

Vanessa Bessler and Francoise Sell

A portion of the limited ticket sales proceeds were donated to The Children’s Ballet of San Antonio, an organization directed by Vanessa Bessler, which seeks to inspire the pursuit of excellence and to prepare children for productive and creative lives through dance by offering extensive training and performance opportunities for talented children from all backgrounds.

Cinco Drought



Peyton Manning, Kelly Krohn, Susan Sarofim and Bruce Derrick

A REAL SCORE Touchdown For TEACH Event Supasses Goals

Wallis and DeeDee Marsh & Carol and Mike Linn

By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Catchlight Group, Daniel Ortiz and Dave Rossman


Lots of high fives and a sold-out crowd for the 5th annual Touchdown for TEACH event made for an energetic evening as almost 500 guests packed into the ballroom at River Oaks Country Club. Special guest Peyton Manning, interviewed by Spencer Tillman, had supporters laughing and applauding as he remarked on his legendary football career as a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, five-time NFL MVP and the first starting quarterback in NFL history to win the Super Bowl playing with two teams. The questions covered a variety of topics from playing experiences to how important mentors are in life, keeping the crowd thoroughly engaged.

Chita and Lane Craft


Renee Hawkins and John Hawkins

Susan Sarofim and Gary Petersen

Alice and Keith Mosing

Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel

Betty Hrncir, Kristina Sommerville, Sippi Khurana and Sandy Barrett

Fady Armanious, Bill Baldwin and Matthew Laurenza

Belinda and Corky Hillhouse

Susan Sarofim, Spencer Tillman and Peyton Manning

Tony Bradfield, Hallie Vanderhider and Kevin Black

Fayez Sarofim and Susan Sarofim


Peyton Manning and Ted Johnson

Laurie Krohn, Kelly Krohn and Tracy Krohn

The evening was brimming with laughter and applause. The first part of the evening brought a fun take off on one of Peyton’s commercials when he appeared in a bathrobe, as Susan Sarofim and Spencer Tillman donned matching white robes and presented one to Peyton with the TEACH logo. The organization’s co-founders Susan D. Sarofim and Mary Yenik cheered the organization’s huge success, which raised a recordbreaking $1.1 million.


Scott and Soraya McClelland


Event chairs Carol and Mike Linn and DeeDee and Wallis Marsh were thrilled with the evening and at the number of HISD schools that will benefit from guests’ generosity. TEACH (To Educate All Children) works to give educators in low-income schools strategies in de-escalation and conflict resolution. The organization will net the entire fundraising amount raised thanks to Fayez Sarofim who underwrote the event. TEACH has changed the lives of thousands of students through the approach of coaching educators, transforming the student experience, and supporting schools to achieve improved results.





Alan Dreeben and Kelly Sechler

More than 500 guests gathered in the heart of downtown Military City, USA gathered recently to take part in the 8th annual A Conversation With a Living LegendÂŽ San Antonio. News personality Chris Wallace interviewed the honoree University of Texas System Chancellor and U.S. Navy fourstar Admiral William H. McRaven. The hour-long conversation kept the audience at rapt attention with his stories that spanned military culture, politics, and even University of Texas football.

THE VIBE: Andi LeMaistre and Dee Mann

Chris Wallace, Kathy Johnson, Marsha Shields and Chancellor William McRaven

CONVERSATION STARTER An American Hero Discusses Life, Liberty And Status As Living Legend By Shannon Miller Turner | Photography by Marks Moore

The patriotism that filled the Marriott Rivercenter ballroom was undeniable as the UTSA Choir opened the event with a rendition of the national anthem. Officers from UT Health San Antonio and UTSA were recognized for their courageous efforts to help colleagues in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. The program also included remarks from Marshall Hicks, M.D., president ad interim of MD Anderson; Peter Pisters, M.D. MHCM current president of MD Anderson and William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of UT Health San Antonio.

Red and Charline McCombs


UTSA choir

Jordan Worth Arriaga & Mary and Bob Worth

Pop up your parasol and don your top hat for this dazzling Parisian affair!

Saturday in the Park with ZACH An imaginative Parisian evening honoring

Bill Dickson



Saturday, May 5, 2018 ZACH’S Topfer Theatre, Austin, Texas Cocktails | Dinner by The Four Seasons Entertainment | Auction | After Party Benefiting ZACH’s Artistic and Education Programs For information, visit

Celebrating 85 Years of Art on Stage.


Clyde Johnson IV, John Smelko, Eric Reblin and Cardo Kleberg

Bobby Dean, Rod Lewis & Craig and Martha Rosenstein

THE CAUSE: Co-chairs Kathryn Mays Johnson and Bill Johnson and Marsha McCombs Shields and John created an event truly marked by honor and love of country. Honorary chairs included Peggy and Lowry Mays and Red and Charline McCombs. Founding Chairs of this event were Kim and Clyde Johnson IV and Paula and Clyde Johnson III. This year’s event broke fundraising records, raising more than half a million dollars. In the eight years since its inception, A Conversation With a Living Legend® San Antonio has raised over $2.5 million for lifesaving programs, innovative cancer treatment and novel cancer research. These efforts touch the lives of cancer patients worldwide. MD Anderson ranks as one of the world’s most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention.

Dan Hargrove, Nancy Loeffler and Dr. George Peeples

Marsha Shields and Kathy Johnson

Peggy Mays, Scott and Eleanor Petty & Linda Mays McCaul

Gordon Hughes & Liz and Bobby Dewar

John Alexander, Helen Groves and Claire Alexander


Dr. Peter Pisters and Lowry Mays

Rob and Nicole McClane








April 26 Garden Party UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum

April 7 Nasher Prize Award Gala Nasher Sculpture Center

March 8 The Cornerstone Dinner Preservation Houston

April 27-30 Austin Food + Wine Festival Austin Food & Wine Alliance

April 7 Under the Moonlight Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

March 6 Hats off to Mothers Luncheon Easter Seals Greater Houston

March 9-18 SXSW 2017

April 28 viva! EASB Elizabeth Ann Seton Board

April 7 No Tie Dinner & Dessert AIDS Services of Dallas

March 20 Best Dressed Luncheon March of Dimes BestDressed

March 29-April 7 Austin Fashion Week Fashion X

April 29 An Afternoon in Neverland Ballet Austin Guild

April 12 Mad Hatter’s Tea Dallas Arboretum Women’s Council

March 22 Hats in the Park Luncheon Herman Park Conservancy


April 12 Legends & Lights Gala Family Compass

March 3 The Crystal Ball Helping Hand Home March 8 Texas Film Awards Austin Film Society

April 6 2018 Gala American Red Cross April 7 Bandana Ball Ronald McDonald House Charities Central Texas April 7 Tailwaggers Austin Pets Alive April 6 The Big PINK Give Komen Austin April 12-13 MMJ Gala & Concert Mack, Jack & McConaughey April 14 Waller Creek Picnic Waller Creek Conservancy April 14 I Am Art Women & Their Work April 20 Art Dinner The Contemporary Austin April 21 Andy Roddick Foundation Luncheon Andy Roddick Foundation


March 2 Empty Bowls North Texas Food Bank March 4 Viva Big D Junior League of Dallas March 17 Mardi Gras Ball Arthritis Foundation March 20 Silver Cup Award Luncheon TACA March 22 Food & Wine Festival Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden March 25 Art of Hope Gala National Breast Cancer Foundation March 26 Art in Bloom Dallas Museum of Art April 6 Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala DMA, Nasher and Dallas Contemporary

April 13 MTV Re:Define Staying Alive Foundation/ Dallas Contemporary April 21 Art Ball Dallas Museum of Art April 27 30th Annual CCF Gala Children’s Cancer Fund April 28 Oh What A Night! JDRF Dream Gala JDRF Greater Dallas April 28 Spring Gala Dallas Opera

HOUSTON March 3 Tiger Ball The Asia Society March 3 Jewel of the Nile Gala Houston Museum of Natural Science

March 22 Spring Cocktails Menil Society April 7 In The Garden of Good and Evil Gala Society for the Performing Arts April 8 Bayou Bend Garden Party Bayou Bend Collection & Gardens April 13 CAMH Annual Gala & Art Auction Contemporary Arts Museum Houston April 14 Opera Ball Houston Grand Opera April 20 2018 TUTS Gala Theatre Under the Stars April 21 Evening of Hope St. Jude Foundation April 28 Salon Da Camera Da Camera April 28 Cattle Baron’s Ball American Cancer Society


SAN ANTONIO March 3 Great Expectations Gala Seton Home March 9 Texas to Table San Antonio Botanical Garden March 22 Aviation & Aerospace Hall of Fame Dinner Dee Howard Foundation March 24 VIVA! SA Race Junior League of San Antonio March 29 Spirit of Brackenridge Park Brackenridge Park Conservancy March 30-April 2 NCAA Men’s Final Four April 7 Book Apetit Literary Feast San Antonio Book Festival April 16-22 Valero Texas Open April 19–29 Fiesta San Antonio 2018 April 20 ARTSTEACH and Arturo Luncheon Arts San Antonio April 24–27 A Night in Old San Antonio San Antonio Conservation Society April 24-26 Fiesta Cornyation Cornyation April 25 Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo





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