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T R IBE Z A 64 On the cover: Dress by BCBG $345, Saks Fifth Avenue; Necklace $29, Beehive; Bag by Givenchy $1,280, By George; Shoes by Prada $720, Saks Fifth Avenue.




features The Modern Day Thrifter Young Bloods Fashionist-O Color Me Bad Style Switch Home Is Where The Art Is TRIBEZA Picks for the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival 12

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cover photogr aphy by bode helm hair + makeup by propaganda hair group

depa rtm ents

Creatively Speaking



Austin Look Book


Kristin Armstrong


Street Fashion


Exposed: Michelle Teague


My Life



Style Pick


Communit y

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Perspective: Joah Spearman


Things We Love


Behind the Scenes


Social Hour



Arts & Entertainment Calendar


Dining Pick


Artist Spotlight


Dining Guide


Our Little Secret



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Editor’s Letter

EDITOR + creative director

Lauren Smith Ford DESIGNER

Avalon McKenzie editorial assistant

Lisa Siva

Senior Account ExeCutives

Ashley Beall Andrea Brunner Kimberly Chassay principals

George T. Elliman Chuck Sack Vance Sack Michael Torres

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Th i s y e a r ’ s Sp r i n g Fa s h i o n i s s u e is all about color (in case you missed the vibrant hues on the cover). We can’t seem to get enough of it — starting with the fashion shoot,“Color Me Bad,” beautifully captured by LA-based photographer Bode Helm at a stunning West Austin home. We continue to discover bright and imaginative colors in a tour of artist Elizabeth Chapin’s Travis Heights’ wonderland of a residence in the story, “Home Is Where the Art Is.” Everything about this season in style feels bold and exciting, and with the shifts in season comes new changes for us as well.

It is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to our designer, Avalon McKenzie (pictured), who is moving to Philadelphia for an incredible opportunity to work in graphic design at the Free We are so proud of our People headquarters. I can still remember the first time she walked in to our offices a little beautiful designer Avalon over a year ago for her interview. A Parsons grad, Avalon’s passion for design and sophisticated McKenzie and wish her the eye for style, paired with her warm and calming presence made her a standout for the job. We best in her new adventure in Philadelphia at Free People's immediately knew we had found someone special. I have loved watching her evolve and will corporate headquarters. greatly miss our sharing an office, where we often held brainstorming sessions about concepts for fashion shoots, upcoming editions of the magazine or new blogs I needed to read. We at TRIBEZA feel so lucky to have worked with such a poised, caring and free thinking woman like Avalon who is not only wise beyond her years, but also destined for many big things. Avalon taught me about what beauty there is in a quiet spirit — someone who thinks before she speaks, carefully listens and is comfortable in always being exactly who she is. She will forever be my favorite vegan. April also marks the last monthly Creatively Speaking column. Our deepest gratitude to Tim McClure for writing such thoughtful articles over the past six years — each one seemed to make us laugh or inspire us in a new and unexpected way. Illustrator Joy Gallagher truly brought each piece to life with her beautiful drawings, which she will continue to do with Kristin Armstrong’s monthly column. We hope to see you out at this month’s Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, as we get ready to celebrate all things Austin food in TRIBEZA’s May’s Cuisine issue!


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Social Hour

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KLRU Anniversary Celebration

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KLRU celebrated half a century of inspiring creativity and learning in Central Texas at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. The evening featured a retro-inspired dinner and continued with performances by KLRU’s honorees, including Kathlene Ritch, Craig Hella Johnson, Charles Yang, Ruby Jane Smith and Asleep at the Wheel.

Lexus of Austin Unveiling

Austinites toasted a beautifully redesigned Lexus of Austin dealership and the launch of the Lexus GS Sedan with champagne, an exquisite sushi bar and performances by noted musician Kat Edmonson. Also on display that evening was the highly anticipated LFA, Lexus’ Super Car, one of only 175 in the nation.




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St. Andrew's Concert for Financial Aid

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School transported guests for an evening with rock legends Styx. The event kicked off with a silent auction and culminated with an unforgettable performance by Styx. Proceeds from the concert supported St. Andrew’s financial program, which offers a strong, rigorous education to students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. KLRU: 1. Andrew McDonald & Amy McDonnold 2. Ray Benson & Ruby Jane Smith 3. Lee Leffingwell & Eddie Rodriguez 4. Luci Baines Johnson & Ian Turpin 5. Jennifer Wang & George Luc 6. Bobby & Susan Epstein Lexus of Austin: 7. Paul Qui & Deana Saukum 8. Curtis Howard & Jessica Farley St. Andrews: 9. Shanel Vandergriff & Kendall Courtney 10. June Chandler & Julie Witt 11. Frances & Robin Thompson


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Voices of Conservation

Be An Artist Benefit

Dedicated to raising awareness about local conservation efforts, The Nature Conservancy of Texas invited keynote speaker Jeff Corwin to its annual luncheon and held a private reception for him the night before at the home of Deborah Green and Clayton Aynesworth. A lifelong environmental advocate and Emmy Award-winner, Corwin has hosted several Animal Planet shows and works to combat the world’s extinction crisis with his new “100 Heartbeats” project.

Darden Smith and Kat Edmonson delivered stunning performances at FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar, benefitting the Be An Artist Program. The evening began with an exquisite three-course dinner prepared by Chef Jason Donoho. Founded by Smith in 2003, Be An Artist inspires creative pursuits among young students across the world.

Voices of Conservation: 1. Suzanne Deal Booth & Denise Prince 2. Lindsay & Ford Smith 3. Jeff Corwin & Deborah Green 4. Connie & William Heyer 5. John Wotoeicz, Laura Huffman & Kent Caperton Be An Artist: 6. Turk Pipkin & Kat Edmonson 7. Sam & Ty Davidson 8. Lana McGilvray & DJ Stout 9. Nicole Leonard & Richard Jalichandra 10. Eli Winkelman with Marc & Suzanne Winkelman 11. Radney Foster, Marie Ely & Joe Ely


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Austin Under 40 Awards

Austinites honored their peers at the Austin Under 40 Awards, recognizing distinguished young professionals. Held at the Austin Music Hall, the event included an awards presentation and silent auction benefiting the Young Women’s Alliance and Young Men’s Business League. The night wrapped up with a lively after-party at Rattle Inn.





The Art of Fashion

The Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts presented The Art of Fashion at the Long Center, an evening of fashion, music and dance. Guests enjoyed a runway show and performances by the school’s talented students. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Patricia Vonne was a special guest at this year’s fashionable affair.

Atticus Circle Awards Luncheon

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Atticus Circle hosted its Annual Awards Luncheon and invited Austinites to hear the inspiring coming-out story of former TCU linebacker Vincent Pryor. Held at the Four Seasons, the afternoon honored those who have made remarkable contributions toward the movement for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Austin Au40 Awards: 1. Rachel & Jonathan Miller 2. Matt & Lisa Hickey 3. Natalie Walker & Danay Leffel 4. Summer Present, Kelsey Roop & Ashley Martin 5. Alexis Lanman, Jett Butler & Lesley Taylor 6. Sofia Avila, Andrea McWilliams & Victoria Avila The Art of Fashion: 7. Bobbie Ragsdale & David Harris Jr. 8. Laura Fisseler & Earl Ball Atticus Circle: 9. Kate Gose & Matt Naylor 10. Jessica & Clay Shortall 11. Greg Marshall, Lucas Schaefer & David Modigliani 12. Courtney Irving & Jaclyn Bell


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Art Night Austin VIP Party

CASAblanca Gala

The Art Alliance’s annual night of incredible art spaces, music and cuisine started off with a bang at the VIP and Media pre-party on Congress. The evening began with wines by TWIN Liquors and tasty bites by La Condesa, as guests explored a selection of stunning pieces from grayDUCK Gallery.

The 2012 CASAblanca Gala at the Hyatt Regency recognized Gigi Edwards Bryant for her dedication to the rights of children in foster care. To celebrate, CASA of Travis County held a fabulous fĂŞte, complete with cuisine by Chef Javier Ortiz, casino games, a live auction and an after-dinner espresso bar.

Art Night Austin: 1. Barry Decrane & Kim Murray 2. Rachelle & Cesar Diaz 3. Kaleta Blaffer & Ian Herbert 4. Matt Cordova & Rebecca Wilson 5. Veronica Serrato & Olivia Watson 6. Mandon Maloney & Cile Montgomery CASAblanca: 7. Yamila & Brecken Harris 8. Kristin Ashy, Anjie Frost & Christian Meyer 9. Lesley Ledwell & Reid Essl 10. Sam Bryant & Gigi Edwards Bryant 11. Andrew & Caroline Freeman 12. John Faught & Alexa Calligas


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EnviroMedia Party

Hometown Hangover

EnviroMedia Social Marketing celebrated “15 Years of Giving a Damn” with a party at its newly-expanded Sixth Street offices. The first marketing agency dedicated to the environment and public health, EnviroMedia invited its past and current clients, friends and staff to witness the debut of a new public service movement.

Austin Ventures, along with HomeAway and Whale Shark Media, hosted the first annual “Hometown Hangover Cure” party at Rattle Inn. Guests enjoyed hearty food, top shelf liquor, tweeted hangover cures and tips and live music throughout the afternoon, including performances by Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, The Lemurs and Wild Child.

EnviroMedia: 1. Erin Lemons & Never Simpson 2. Melissa Anderson Cramer & Stephen Pont 3. Dana Reinart & Jovana Kamenko 4. David Smith & Valerie Davis 5. Sarah Hudgens, Lanier Arguello & Jenny Le Hometown Hangover: 6. Erin Driscoll & Denise Clark 7. Maya Perez & Kathy Blackwell 8. Karen Murphy & Jenny Murphy 9. Nadav Wild, Lindsay Hawley & Daniel Band 10. Tricia Mercer & Adam Holse


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I must be a regular screw-up, because I dearly love any chance I can get to reset and celebrate a fresh start — birthdays, New Years and any change of season, but most especially spring. I am not a winter girl (although I do love red wine, fireplaces

and boots). I don’t like gray skies, being cold, leaving a warm bed and bundling up to go run, pale legs, cold and f lu season (germs, don’t get me started) or chapped winter lips. When the first signs of spring emerge, I am more than ready to leave my wintery self behind.

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I dearly love any chance I can get to reset and celebrate a fresh start.

But before I can officially put the spring in my step, here are a few things that I simply must do: Have an IPL facial. Some call it a photo-facial. I can’t prepare for a new season of sun damage without attempting to erase the last. It’s not a relaxing experience. They make you wear sunglasses, and they hold a light wand in front of you, zapping every one of your freckles and sunspots with a jolt that feels like a Taser. Perhaps it’s punishment for my love for running outside, hiking, walking my dog on a sunny afternoon and all things beach. If that is penance for my pleasure, I’ll take it. Zap away. Add a few highlights. I know they will eventually come on their own, but who can afford to wait that long? My dishwater hair is the true groundhog. When it streaks blond, there are very few weeks of winter left. At least for me. Spring cleaning. I have a certain number of nice wooden hangers. I will not purchase any more. So if I want to add a few fun, spring fling clothes to my wardrobe, an equal number of things must go. When I have trouble purging, I ask my daughter Isabelle for counsel and comfort. My “constant-hanger” method is a valid way to avoid ending up as the subject of an intervention on an episode of Hoarding: Buried Alive. As is my One Bag Per Week to Goodwill policy. The size of the bag changes, but the theme does not. Purge, baby, purge. Add some color. My closet is starting to resemble my yard — hues of brown and gray. All the spring magazines have color, lots of it. All my go-to colors are on a natural palette, and I’m pretty sure I regularly look like a corpse. Even my lip gloss is beige. It’s


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time to shift out of neutral and rev things up a bit. Plant some f lowers. This is different than calling Brad, my gardener, and asking him to plant some flowers. I mean dirt under my own (neutral polish colored) nails. Clean my windows — in my house and in my mind. The funk, paw prints and splatter are no way to welcome a new season. A good window cleaning, ideally after a gutter purge, is a symbol of clearer vision all around. Plan a trip — ideally to someplace warmer than here. This is motivation to reevaluate the workout plan, the wardrobe and the attitude. It’s good to have something to look forward to. Besides, like a fun happy hour or great previews at the movies, a little bit of advance sunshine kicks things off right. Maintenance. This is girl speak for bikini wax. When my girls at Tarrytown Nails no longer recognize me, this is a sign that it’s time. Either that or it’s time to listen to my younger friends and try laser. I’m still trying to deal with the notion of laser on my face. I can’t quite imagine it in a land down unda. Pony up and have my car detailed. I can only go for so long claiming, “Yeah, but it’s going to rain sometime…soon.” My vehicle smells like kid and dog park. Enough. Have a party. There is no better encouragement than to see my nest with fresh eyes. Dust off the cookbooks. Trade the red wine for bubbles. Spruce up the joint and fill it with my favorite people. I might even wear something bright. With lipstick. Spring it on.














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eople always want to talk to Michelle Teague, the vivacious owner of JM Dry Goods, about her exciting past in the desert — it all started when she was working as a film costumer in New York, and she heard that There Will Be Blood was filming in Marfa and looking for a crew. She and her husband, John, had recently taken their first road trip there and caught the West Texas bug, so she took a job on the movie. After the film wrapped and the couple went back to New York (where their son and namesake of the shop, Jack Maverick, was born), Liz Lambert called, wanting John to move back to Marfa to work at El Cosmico. It was an offer they couldn’t refuse, and the family moved out West in late 2008. Several months after the big move, she opened JM Dry Goods in Marfa. “We fell in love with the landscape, the otherworldliness of it…you can hop in the car and drive down to Mexico. It feels like an adventure all the time, living your life in this heightened sense of creativity. We never intended to stay forever, but we felt really free out there.” Today, she is most excited about her family’s new life in Austin, where her inviting shop that opened last winter sits in a historic home at 607 Nueces Street. She carefully curates the store with rugs, textiles, home goods, furniture, jewelry and more from India, Morocco and her personal favorite, Oaxaca, Mexico. “This is really a spring and summer kind of store…this is where you come when you need a dress, caftan or scarf for vacation,” she says. Follow Teague’s travel adventures through Mexico and what’s new in store at jmdrygoods.com. L. smith ford

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What is your favorite decade in fashion? The 1950s because it was a time when workwear became a part of everyday dressing — jeans, the Beat Generation and early rockers in Britain were the epitome of cool. The war was finally over, and clothing became extravagant again...no more wool and shoulder pads. Christian Dior designed “The New Look” with miles of fabric and cinched waists and glamour. Revlon introduced “Love That Red” lipstick. And smoking was great for you. If you weren’t in your current career, what would you try?


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A travel photographer or writer. What was your favorite article of clothing when you were a child? A strawberry knit cap and my cereal box sunglasses. I felt so glamorous! What piece of art would you most like to own? Van Gogh’s Starry Night. If you were an inventor, what would you invent? A time machine. There are moments I would love to experience again or to attend major events in history. Of course, I would never try to alter the course of history. That’s dangerous! When and where are you happiest?

At an airport bar with a bag full of cash. Who is your favorite fictional character? Holly Golightly At age 7, you wanted to be? An archaeologist. I wanted to be the female Doctor Jones. What do you miss most about childhood? The 70s! The world was your oyster. Where would you live if you weren’t in Austin? I would love to live in Mexico. I love everything about being there. What is your most treasured possession? My photographs. I am a nostalgia addict. P h oto g r a p h y b y J ay B . S a u c e da

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Entertainment Calendar Music STRAIGHT NO CHASER

April 4, 7:30pm The Long Center

April 26, 7:30pm The Long Center



April 26, 8pm La Zona Rosa


April 26, 8pm ACL Live at the Moody Theate

April 5, 7pm Stubb’s Bar-B-Q April 7, 8:30pm Cactus Café


April 13, 8pm Paramount Theatre


April 13, 9:30pm Antone’s


April 14, 7:30pm Bates Recital Hall


April 17, 6pm Stubb’s Bar-B-Q


April 21, 6pm The Backyard at Bee Cave THE BLACK KEYS WITH ARCTIC MONKEYS

April 25, 7:30pm Frank Erwin Center


April 26, 7pm Stubb’s Bar-B-Q



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April 27-28, 7:30 pm Bass Concert Hall


April 28, 7pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater C3 PRESENTS: NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALL STARS

April 28, 9pm Antone’s THE FRAY

April 29, 7:30pm Stubb’s Bar-B-Q


April 5-7, 8pm Emma S. Barientos Mexican American Cultural Center MARY POPPINS

April 10-15 Bass Concert Hall


April 13-22 B. Iden Payne Theatre


April 14, 20 & 22 Austin Lyric Opera DIE FLEDERMAUS

April 20-27 McCullough Theatre THE ALIENS

Through April 21 Hyde Park Theatre A ROOM WITH A VIEW

Through April 22 Austin Playhouse


April 29, 2pm Stateside at the Paramount


Through May 13 ZACH Theatre

Comedy Mike MacRae

April 4-7 Cap City Comedy Club

Shayla Rivera with John Ramsey


David Sedaris


April 18-21 Cap City Comedy Club April 23, 8pm The Long Center

Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest

April 25-28 Austin Venues

Film Austin Film Festival Fade IAgora: Film Screening and Discussion

April 4, 7-9pm Austin Business College

Made in Texas Film Series: Two Rode Together

April 11, 7:30pm The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

A Conversation with Rob Thomas

April 5, 7 & 9:30pm Bass Concert Hall

April 18, 7:30pm The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Anthony Jeselnik with Doogie Horner

Tom Smith Harry Ransom Lecture

Daniel Tosh

April 11-14 Cap City Comedy Club

Laughter & Reflection with Carol Burnett

April 17, 7:30pm The Long Center

April 19, 7pm UT Communication Center


April 7, 9am-2pm Auditorium Shores

April 14, 6pm The Four Seasons

April 15, 5:30-10:00pm La Condesa

UT Senior Fashion Show, “Contour”

April 19, 8pm Frank Erwin Center


April 21, 10am-2pm Avery Ranch Relay for Life

April 27-28, 7pm Texas School for the Deaf COUNTRY LIVING FAIR

April 27-29 Travis County Expo Center Austin Food and Wine Festival

April 27-29 Auditorium Shores

Barton Springs Pool Treeathlon

April 28, 10am Barton Springs Pool


April 28-29 Zilker Botanical Gardens Center


Warren Cullar Reception: 6:30-8:30pm Through April 30 APRIL 4 AMOA-ARTHOUSE THE JONES CENTER

Five x Seven Splurge 7-10pm


Holly Wilson: Works in Bronze Reception: 6-8pm Through April 28 AMOA-ARTHOUSE THE JONES CENTER

Five x Seven Social 7-10pm


The Texas Show 6-10pm Through April 8, 14-15



Nina Fischer & Maroun el Sani: Toute la mémoire du monde- The world’s knowledge Through April 22 BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART

The Marco Polo Syndrome: Contemporary Cuban Art Through April 15 Pun Value: 4 Works by Lee Lozano Through April 22 American Scenery: Different Views in Hudson River School Painting Through May 13 Go West! Representations of the American Frontier Through Sep 23 THE BOB BULLOCK TEXAS STATE HISTORY MUSEUM

Texas Music Roadtrip Through Oct 14


The King James Bible: Its History and Influence Through Jul 29 LORA REYNOLDS GALLERY

Reflections in Fiberart Reception: 5:30-7:30pm Through May 25

Tom Molloy: New World Through April 14


Michael Menchaca: Of Migratus Through April 15


Lee Webster: Scenes From a Mall Through April 18

Young Latino Artists 17 & Serie XIX photogr aph courtesy of giant noise.


Two Ships Passing with David Heymann 6:30pm APRIL 26 UMLAUF SCULPTURE GARDEN & MUSEUM

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Christie Blizard: When I was 16, I saw the White Buffalo Through April 26 YARD DOG

Jeb Loy Nichols Through April 29

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Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival April 25 - 28, 2012 moontowercomedyfestival.com


ith its plethora of music festivals, art celebrations, culinary events and fashion shows, it was only a matter of time before Austin got its own large-scale comedy event: between April 25 and 28, the Paramount Theatre and Cap City Comedy Club will present four days of laughter, witty entertainment and Austin’s signature weirdness during the first annual Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival. Appropriately sponsored by The Onion, Funny or Die and Esquire Magazine, the festival includes notable headliners such as Seth Meyers, Aziz Ansari and Steven Wright, alongside an estimated final roster of over 60 acts from around the globe. Beyond the big names, however, Jim Ritts, Executive Director of the Paramount and Stateside Theatres, hopes to give local talents the opportunity to shine. Much like other successful Austin festivals, performances will take place across the city at ten different venues. Featuring entertainers of all genres, from stand-up comedy to musical acts, the festival offers something for every comedy enthusiast — and if the fact that the introductory-priced badges sold out within three hours is any indication, it’s likely to be one for the books. Ritts is indeed optimistic that the festival will eventually become as iconic as the quirky Austin landmark after which it was named: “We hope this becomes every bit a part of the Austin festival landscape as South by Southwest, ACL and the many other great festivals we have in town.” Single performance tickets, “You Betcha I’m Somebody” badges and VIP passes are available for purchase at moontowercomedyfestival.com. A. Salazar tribeza.com

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museums & galleries

artist spotlight

Art Spaces Museums Austin Children’s Museum

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700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-11, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 arthousetexas.org AMOA-Arthouse Laguna Gloria

Revi Meicler


ashion is an art in which we clothe and express ourselves every day — an intersection of the human body, self and culture. Artist Revi Meicler explores this unique relationship between fashion and identity in her vibrant work, centered about the female body. Each of Meicler’s mixed-media collages begins with life-size charcoal sketches drawn from nude models, evoking a classical admiration for the voluptuous female form. Meicler then dresses these figures in ensembles constructed from torn pages of Vogue and her own handmade, richly-colored paper. The result is an energetic, kaleidoscopic portrait of the modern woman. If Meicler’s mixed-media art is a work of construction and layering, then her stunning series of monoprints is quite the opposite: Meicler examines her original collages in order to deconstruct them, simplifying each piece to its most essential, aesthetic elements. She subsequently adds or removes components for a bold, yet thoughtful effect. Based in the East Austin studio space Big Medium, Meicler will be participating in the annual East Austin Studio Tour of 2012. Until then, her mixed-media work, monoprints, and drawings are available for viewing by appointment. For more information on Meicler’s work and upcoming gallery shows, visit revimeicler.com. M. McHugh


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3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–W 12-4, Th-Su 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5 amoa.org Blanton Museum of Art

200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5 blantonmuseum.org

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–6, Su 12–6 thestoryoftexas.com Elisabet Ney Museum

304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney

French Legation Museum

802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–Su 1–5 frenchlegationmuseum.org George Washington Carver Museum

1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/carver Harry Ransom Center

300 E. 21st St. (512) 471 8944 Hours: Tu–W 10–5, Th 10–7, F 10–5, Sa–Su 12–5 hrc.utexas.edu LBJ Library and Museum

2313 Red River St. (512) 721 0200 Hours: M–Su 9–5 lbjlib.utexas.edu

Mexic–Arte Museum

419 Congress Ave. (512) 480 9373 Hours: M–Th 10–6,  F–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 mexic–artemuseum.org O. Henry Museum

409 E. 5th St. (512) 472 1903 Hours: W–Su 12–5

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445 5582 Hours: W–F 10–4:30, Sa–Su 1–4:30 umlaufsculpture.org

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arts & entertainment

arts & entertainment

Galleries Art on 5th

1501 W. 5th St. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 arton5th.com The Art Gallery at John-William Interiors

3010 W. Anderson Ln. (512) 451 5511 Hours: M–Sa 10–6, Su 12–5 mannfinearts.com Artworks Gallery

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1550 Hours: M–Sa 10–5 artworksaustin.com

Austin Art Garage

2200 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. J (512) 351-5934 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 austinartgarage.com Austin Art Space Gallery and Studios

7739 North Cross Dr., Ste. Q (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6 austinartspace.com

Austin Galleries

1219 W. 6th St. (512) 495 9363 Hours: M 10–3, Tu–Sa 10–5 or by appointment austingalleries.com B. HOLLYMAN GALLERY

1202-A W. 6th. St. (512) 825 6866 Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5 bhollymangallery.com Birdhouse

1304 E. Cesar Chavez St. By appointment only birdhousegallery.com


La Peña

Pro–Jex Gallery

800 Brazos St. (512) 354 1035 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 championcontemporary.com

227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M–F 9–5, Sa–Su 9–3 lapena–austin.org

1710 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. C (512) 472 7707 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–4

Creative Research Laboratory

Lora Reynolds Gallery

1101 Navasota, #3 M-Th 2:30-5:30 (512) 775 0458 realgalleryaustin.com

2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 322 2099 Hours: Tu–Sa 12–5 uts.cc.utexas.edu/~crlab Davis Gallery

360 Nueces St., Ste. C (512) 215 4965 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 lorareynolds.com Lotus Gallery

837 W. 12th St. (512) 477 4929 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 davisgalleryaustin.com

1009 W. 6th St., #101 (512) 474 1700 Hours: Mo–Sa 10-6 lotusasianart.com

Flatbed Press

lytle pressley contemporary

2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 flatbedpress.com Gallery Black Lagoon

4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: W–F 3–7 galleryblacklagoon.com Gallery Shoal Creek

2905 San Gabriel St., #101 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–6, Sa 11–4 galleryshoalcreek.com grayDUCK gallery

608 W. Monroe Dr. (512) 826 5334 Hours: W–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 grayduckgallery.com Haven Gallery & Fine Gifts

1122 W. 6th St. (512) 477 2700 Hours: M–Sa 11–6, Su 11–4 havengalleryaustin.com Jean–Marc Fray Gallery

1009 W. 6th St. (512) 457 0077 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 jeanmarcfray.com

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 469 6010 Hours: M-F 9-5 lytlepressley.com

Maranda Pleasant Gallery

2235 E. 6th St. (713) 922 8584 By appointment only bigmodernart.com

Real Gallery

Red Space Gallery

1710 Lavaca St. (512) 477 1064 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–5 womenandtheirwork.org

1203 W. 49th St. By appointment only redspacegallery.com

Russell Collection Fine Art

1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell–collection.com sofa

301 E. 33rd St., #7 By appointment only sofagallerytx.com Stephen L. Clark Gallery

Mass Gallery

The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery

1011 West Lynn (512) 236 1333 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5 studiotenarts.com

6500 St. Stephen’s Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: W–F 9–5 sstx.org Okay Mountain Gallery

1619 E. Cesar Chavez St. By appointment only (512) 293 5177 okaymountain.com Positive Images

1118 W. 6th St. Hours: M–Sa 10–5, Su 11–4 (512) 472 1831

Wally Workman Gallery

1202 W. 6th St. (512) 472 7428 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5 wallyworkman.com

1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4 stephenlclarkgallery.com

916 Springdale Rd. Hours: W 7–9, Sa 12–5 massgallery.org

M u s e u m s & Ga l l e r i e s

studio 10

Studio 107

411 Brazos St., #107 (512) 477 9092 Hours: Tu–Sa 1–6 studio107.com Testsite

502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 Hours: Su 2–5 fluentcollab.org

Women & Their Work

Yard Dog

1510 S. Congress Ave. (512) 912 1613 Hours: M–F 11–5, Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 yarddog.com

Alternative Spaces ARTPOST: The Center for Creative Expression

4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. artpostaustin.com Austin Presence

2785 Bee Cave Rd., #336 (512) 306 9636 Hours: Tu–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 austinpresence.com Big Medium

5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 385 1670 bigmedium.org Clarksville Pottery & Galleries

4001 N. Lamar Blvd., #200 (512) 454 9079 Hours: M–Sa 10–6:30, Su 12–4 clarksvillepottery.com Co-Lab Project Space

613 Allen St. (512) 300 8217 By appointment only colabspace.org

Domy Books

913 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 476 DOMY Hours: Tue–F 1–9, Sa 12–9, Su 12–7 domystore.com Julia C. Butridge Gallery

1110 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974 4025 Hours: M–Th 10–9:30, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/ dougherty/gallery.htm Pump Project Art Complex

702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571 pumpproject.org

Quattro Gallery

12971 Pond Springs Rd. (512) 219 3150 Hours: M–Tu 10–3, W–Sa 11–4 quattrogallery.com Roi James

3620 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. C (512) 970 3471 Hours: By appointment only roijames.com Space 12

3121 E. 12th St. (512) 524 7128 T-F 10-5 space12.org United States Art Authority

2906 Fruth St. (512) 476 4455 unitedstatesartauthority. com

To have your gallery considered for listing in the Arts Guide, please send a request to events@tribeza.com.


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things we love

Things We Love Hayden Dunham

Pony hair on shoes and rabbit fur on vests is nothing out of the ordinary, but human hair strung around the neck? New York conceptual clothing designer Hayden Dunham crafts pieces that are more than simply pretty accessories: above all, this Austin native considers herself an artist who happens to create wearable work. From adolescent nostalgia to the simultaneous repulsion and familiarity evoked by hair, Dunham engages profound, universal sentiments in her pieces. Her New Dust line of plastic, leather, metal, wool and human hair necklaces has been picked up by several stores, including JF & Son. View Hayden Dunham’s work online at haydendunham.com.

Taylor McCausland

Liz James by Jamie Pope

In an industry of fleeting trends, Jamie Pope, the designer behind Liz James, strives to deliver timeless pieces of jewelry. Named after Pope’s middle name and childhood nickname, the company opened two years ago when the designer retired from her career as a dental hygienist to make the leap into jewelry design. Originally a hobby, it has now flourished into a line of versatile creations crafted with quality materials. Pope hopes to continue expanding while keeping that one-of-a-kind vibe and a price point that won’t make your husband sweat. Shop the collection online at lizjames.com.

Less than a year after graduating from the University of Texas, Taylor McCausland has begun a meteoric career in the modeling industry that has led to her appearance on Project Runway: All Stars. Exhilarated by the thrill of runway work, McCausland recently completed a successful season at New York Fashion Week, closing the noted Kimberly Ovitz show. Though she hopes to continue modeling for as long as possible, McCausland also looks forward to employing her RadioTelevision-Film degree and pursuing her passion for film and editing in the future. A. Salazar


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Gy ps y Su n V i n tage

The Modern-day Thrifter M eet the c u r ato r s of cool who a r e b r inging shoppe r s the best vintage finds . By

Jacqueline Rangel Davis Ayer

Pho t og r a p hy b y

G one a r e the days when vintage shopping only meant scouring endless thrift store racks and digging deep through bargain bins and estate sales. Don’t get us wrong: those methods still exist (especially in a city as vintage-obsessed as Austin). Nowadays however, as the world connects, explores and — most importantly — shops online, a few Austin-based businesses are creating a new type of vintage-treasure-hunt experience. The women of GypsySun Vintage, Ax+Apple, Splendor and The Black Swan Theory are not only purveyors of eclectic clothing and accessories with unique histories, but also hybrid visual editors and storytellers in their own right, taking advantage of the digital medium and its creative possibilities. While go-to favorites like Etsy and eBay have their place in the conversation, finding and curating a collection of garments is only one piece of the vintage retail puzzle. Each of these stylish businesswomen is crafting the identity of her individual brand via well-designed websites, magazine-worthy photo shoots and social-network savvy, proving that it is possible to experience the thrill of the thrift with merely a click of the mouse.

Finishing each other’s sentences and laughing together as if on cue are just two of the ways that Lindsay Lipscomb and Eryn Brooke act like siblings. Although not actually related, the two women grew up together and consider each other such close friends, confidantes and style soulmates that they’d rather refer to each other as sisters. As with most passion-driven creative businesses, GypsySun Vintage was born organically out of a service that Lipscomb and Brooke were already providing for friends. “We were dressing people and didn’t even realize it. It was then that we thought, ‘they’re coming to us for a reason, so we should just do it,’” Eryn Brooke recalls. “It” of course refers to capitalizing on their taste by making a business out of their shared love of vintage clothing. Although they did open and run a retail shop for a little over a year, the two ultimately discovered that their “gypsy” souls and creative wanderlust couldn’t be confined to a 9-5 space, so they moved operations online.

With more time available to pursue creative projects for their business, Lipscomb and Brooke have been able to focus not only on finding beautiful clothing, but also on producing supportive web content, such as their visually lush lookbooks. Utilizing Eryn Brooke’s existing contacts in the film industry (her career since a young age), the two slowly worked their wares onto the sets of movie projects and caught the eyes of musicians and insiders alike. As they point out, sometimes their vintage pieces don’t even make it to the online store because larger wardrobe projects will pull from their selection. Currently, GypsySun Vintage works with local production company, The Sessions, outfitting musicians for intimate, smallsetting performances. Ultimately, the two women agree that whether it’s dressing a band or styling a friend, the most important aspect of their joint venture is their shared love and respect for the unique stories behind each piece and being able to recycle a garment while adding to its narrative. “It’s a piece of art that’s forever out there,” Lipscomb explains. tribeza.com

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a x+a ppl e A unique line of jewelry and accessories, Ax+Apple is another creative endeavor founded by two close friends with a penchant for style. Originally bound for a career in the film industry, Jamie Lyn Dorfman took a slight detour when her work as a prop master on a few period projects required that she become a quick expert on vintage money — a task that stirred a creative drive too strong to ignore. With her newfound love of antique coins, Dorfman began making one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, selling the designs at Kick Pleat and Feathers. After a fortuitous visit by a Los Angeles-based sales representative who admired the Ax+Apple pieces, Dorfman found that the demand for her work was increasing exponentially and enlisted the help of Jessica Lynn. Since then, the line has slowly morphed into an array of mixed-metal necklaces, bracelets and earrings that is more “vintage-inspired with a modern edge.” Recently, Dorfman (who self-admittedly


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handles the design aspect of the process) has moved into more labor-intensive approaches to her metalwork, experimenting with handcarved casting techniques. And although creating something new, she continues to look to the past for inspiration. “I’ll carve wax based on a vintage item, which keeps that feeling flowing through the designs,” she says. Ax+Apple can be found in boutiques across the country, as well as here in Austin, but most importantly, the entire line is available through their website, where web shoppers can have the luxury of instantly purchasing the baubles featured in each fashion magworthy layout. Up next? A collection inspired by burial offerings in ancient Egyptian, Peruvian and Chinese tombs. In regards to her home base, Dorfman admires Austin’s particularly encouraging fashion scene and appreciates how “you truly have the opportunity to be as unique as you want to be.”

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spl e n dor Most would assume that making the switch from e-shop to brick-and-mortar outpost is the natural progression of things. Not so for Stephanie Jimenez and her vintage boutique, Splendor. As with the women of GypsySun, Jimenez discovered after a year of operating her store on North Loop’s “thrift row” that she craved the creative freedom of pursuing her online retail presence full-throttle. Opting for the virtual racks of eBay and Etsy has freed up Jimenez’s time to travel in search of unique pieces, expand her market and spend time with her family. And although some local customers are disappointed at the loss of the physical space, Jimenez offers Austinites a secret discount if they make the jump and follow her “retrofit” boutique online. “I found this one definition of retrofit that said ‘turning something old into something new’ and loved that idea since that’s exactly what I do — take a vintage piece and change it up a little bit,” she says. While not every piece in Jimenez’s vintage

arsenal receives that extra dose of modernized TLC, she does take care to curate a collection of garments that caters to an eclectic range of styles, albeit with a bohemian, ethnic vibe and an eye for “cocktail wear.” “I grew up in Hawaii and was raised in a Latin family, so I tend to like to dress up a little more,” she says with a laugh while acknowledging her love of Austin’s laidback vibe. As a former makeup artist and aesthetician, Jimenez is well versed in the importance of appearances and image. Now with more available bandwidth, she hopes to re-create the look and feel of her former boutique in its new digital home. “I can show my different ideas by constantly putting my vision out there with photo shoots, events, styling and websites like Tumblr — I now have more time to be creative,” she says.

Although Charm School Vintage is a little different from the other online-only destinations in that it actually has a physical store in addition to its web presence, it merits mention precisely for its delightful retail shop, tucked away in a seemingly nondescript house along East Cesar Chavez. Equal parts southern belle etiquette and witchy-woman mystique, the tightly edited collection of blouses, dresses, sweaters and accessories invites customers into the whimsical mind of owner Shari Gerstenberger as they browse the two artfully merchandised rooms of treasures. “I’m always imagining the girl inside of the clothes when looking for things,” Gerstenberger says of her selection process. After graduating from college in 2007, Gerstenberger relocated from Colorado Springs to Austin and “basically came into town and went shopping immediately,” she says of her first days spent scouring the city for unique pieces. After learning the retail ropes at Buffalo Exchange, Hog Wild and Esther Bangs, the opportunity arose to hang her own shingle as part of the “style trifecta” collectively referred to as Maison d’Etoile, which includes Salon d’Etoile and the wig boutique Coco Coquette. “I like the idea of creating a space where you can come in and be transformed — whatever you want that to mean — whether it’s to leave feeling more beautiful or more special or even just more put together,” she says. Charm School Vintage’s elegant website, created by Laurel Barickman of local design studio Respec, achieves an admirable feat, evoking the shop’s glamorous gypsy vibe for those web-savvy shoppers who may not be able to experience the magic in person. tribeza.com

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t he bl ack s wa n t heory A former manager and buyer for Blackmail and seamstress for Boudoir Queen’s accessories line, Summer Lawson is a true veteran of Austin’s fashion industry. However, it was a brief return to the corporate world that spurred her to open her online vintage venture, The Black Swan Theory. Armed with her numerous years of retail merchandising experience, she knew that she wanted her clothes — and the way they were shown — to be different. Taking advantage of the plethora of creative talent in Austin, Lawson set out to photograph her finds in an artful way, creating an Etsy shop so beautiful in its presentation that as you peruse its pages, you’re momentarily transported, envisioning your role in each whimsical narrative… if only you had the garment in the picture. “When I buy a piece, I’m always thinking, ‘this is something that I’m going to have to shoot.’ It needs to be not only flattering


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on the model but also something that will inspire me and the photographer whom I’m working with,” says Lawson of her strategy. Absent from the racks of a physical store, this element of visual storytelling is essential to the world of online retail. Though Lawson sources her unique pieces from a variety of places, including vintage collectors in both San Francisco and Dallas, she appreciates Austin’s eclectic fashion sense and notes a resurgence of interest in “vintage 90s looks — velvets and lots of black.” However, like a magpie drawn to sequins, Lawson tends to be wooed by heavily textured fabrics and feminine details. “Vintage is one of those things where some people can get really stuck in one time period — like really focusing on the 20s or the rock-n-roll 70s for example. What I do and how I get inspired are based on the textures of fabrics — the feel of something.” b l ac k swa n t h eo ry h a i r b y s a r a c u m m i n g s


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Young Bloods M eet th r ee yo u ng innovato r s challenging the conventions of fashion .

By Lisa Siva Photography by Andrew Chan

F a s h i o n t h r i v e s o n d i v e r s i t y.

Whether designer or model, photographer or editor, each visionary contributes to a remarkably collaborative industry. But the Grace Coddingtons and Alexander McQueens of the world don’t simply materialize in Condé Nast elevators or Parisian ateliers. In fact, the next generation of fashion’s finest may be nearer than you think: designer Harrison Koiwai, blogger Diya Liu and creative director Ian Milan all began their careers at the University of Texas, yet they have their sights set much further. These three students and alumni are well on their way to fulfilling their alma mater’s motto — “what starts here changes the world.”


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The Designer Four years ago, Harrison Koiwai was a Biology major at the University of Texas and didn’t know how to sew. Today, he is finishing his first collection of womenswear, set to debut at the end of the month during “Contour,” the university’s senior design show. Entitled Jane, Koiwai’s collection serves as a testament to the designer’s dedication and thirst for the extraordinary. Fashion’s creative frontiers have always fascinated Koiwai, who can still remember the Hussein Chalayan Fall 2000 collection that riveted him at the age of 10. “I didn’t realize it then,” Koiwai admits of Chalayan’s

“I had just fallen in love with how functional and expressive fashion can be.” — H a r r i s o n Ko i wa i


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“I wanted to show that you can dress creatively in a non-creative field.” — d i ya l i u


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coffee-table skirt, “but I had just fallen in love with how functional and expressive fashion can be.” A strain of Chalayan’s avant-garde femininity colors the aesthetic of Jane, but the philosophy behind the collection is all Koiwai’s own. Raised in a half-Japanese, half-Caucasian household, Koiwai infuses his pieces with both Eastern and Western sensibilities. The first piece in Jane is a striking black dress that challenges the classic evening silhouette. With dramatic shoulders and a bold neckline raised to cover the mouth, the garment is armor-like, a strong and modern interpretation of womenswear. Koiwai further surprises the viewer with a vibrant panel onto which he has appliquéd his own hair in a pattern resembling koi fish. Upending conventions of beauty, Koiwai’s collection fearlessly engages questions of identity. “What defines a person?” Koiwai wonders aloud. “Is it their hair? Is it what they say? What they do? These are the questions that interest me.” Wherever his collection takes him, Koiwai is certain that he will continue exploring design after graduation. “As long as I am in the creative process,” he smiles, “I’ll be happy.” View Harrison Koiwai’s work at harrisonkoiwai.com.

The Blogger Even as a law school candidate and Chemical Engineering-Biochemistry double major, Diya Liu has always found herself drawn to the world of fashion. Seeking a creative outlet amidst her 90-hour weeks, Liu launched In Her Stilettos, a street-style blog that has garnered attention from the likes of Teen Vogue and Glamour. Since

her blog’s inception two years ago, Liu has continued to explore all aspects of the fashion industry and distinguished herself as a true renaissance woman. In Her Stilettos began with an aim to challenge the limited sphere of fashion. “I wanted to show that you can dress creatively in a non-creative field,” Liu states. What started as a diversion from her studies grew into a full career, and last year, Marie Claire selected Liu to produce fashion show at UT for the magazine’s “Front Row Challenge.” Her meticulous attention to detail and relatable style subsequently won Liu internships with Marie Claire, LOFT, and Rimmel London. However, the blogger-turned-producer isn’t resting on her laurels. After graduating in December, Liu has turned her attention to styling fashion editorials, engaging Austin’s community of fashion professionals to produce extraordinary work on a restricted budget. One of Liu’s recent shoots took cues from the 18th-century rococo movement, featuring dresses by Boudoir Queen designed especially for the occasion. Liu admits, “I wanted to do an over-the-top shoot because I’ve only ever seen these done with a really big budget — at Vogue, for example. I wanted to see how far we could go.” The answer? As far as Liu can imagine: within the past two months, she has shot for True Religion’s Street Style campaign, styled a video editorial for ByJeannie and spoken at the Texas Style Council Conference. Though Liu looks forward to attending law school in the fall, she will be continuing her involvement in the fashion industry. “No matter what I do in life,” she says, “I will definitely have my fashion blog. I want to see where it takes me.” Visit Diya Liu’s blog at diyainherstilettos.com. tribeza.com

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The Creative Director For creative director Ian Milan, fashion has always meant diving in headfirst. After a search for internships in 2010, he decided to take matters into his own hands and founded UT’s Student Fashion Cooperative with former TRIBEZA intern Autumn Ashley. In the spring of that year, the SFC had released its first issue of Spark (thesparkmagazine.com), an online fashion publication that showcases local talent while maintaining a global outlook. As editor-in-chief, Milan established Spark to offer direct, hands-on experience in fashion. “It’s an amazing opportunity for fashion students to figure out who they are and what they like,” he observes. Spark releases just two issues per semester, but each one is carefully crafted, featuring full editorial spreads styled by Milan and his team. Unafraid to challenge himself, Milan develops bold, fearless concepts, whether a highfashion approach to Disney villains or a tribal shoot at the Cathedral of Junk. “My eyes are always open to the world,” he notes. Though Spark often draws from the global fashion industry, it remains, at its core, a magazine by Austinites. “I have always said Spark could not have happened anywhere else,” Milan remarks, “Austin is so supportive of young and new creative talent. On a personal level, my biggest thanks goes to Sarah Ellison Lewis of Bootleg. She has become my greatest mentor and somewhat of a fashion mother to me.” Through Spark, Milan has collaborated with boutiques, hair stylists and makeup artists across the city, including Ricky Hodge Salon and Propaganda Hair Group. In the fall, Milan will be leaving Spark to pursue his studies in fashion design at Parsons The New School for Design. “Designing a collection or producing a shoot is a lot like running a ship,” says Milan. “You know where you want to go, there’s no set way to get there and there will likely be storms. One thing design, styling and leading Spark has taught me is to fight with all you’ve got.” View Ian Milan’s work at ianmilan.com.


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“One thing design, styling and leading Spark has taught me is to fight with all you’ve got.” — ian milan




Du de’ s G o t S t y le —

meet three duos where it’s not just the lady

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By Lauren Smith Ford Photography by Paige Newton 58

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Ethan Stead and Tracey Overbeck Stead both love getting behind the wheel of their 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. "We bought the car to take to Martha's Vineyard for our family beach wagon, but we can't seem to part with it down here!" she says. tribeza.com

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Tracey Overbe ck Ste ad, Owner of Tracey Overbeck Stead Interior D e s i g n & Ethan Ste ad, C o - f o u n d e r H i pp o s 3 & M a n a g e r , I n t e l A u s t i n A c c l a i m e d i n t e r i o r d e s i g n e r Tracey Overbeck Stead first spotted her now husband Ethan Stead at a party of Tracey’s best friend Dave Van Heuven. “I was mesmerized by his head-to-toe Prada ensemble. Back in 2000, that was a rarity in this town,” she says. It was soon into their whirlwind romance that Tracey realized she had a serious fashionist-o on her hands. “When we went on our first date back in 2000, he was sporting a Murakami T-shirt by Wild & Lethal Trash and a pair of Evisu jeans — both of which, pre-internet, pre-eBay, could only be sourced in Japan.” Ethan’s love affair with fashion all began when he bought a Vuarnet t-shirt on a seventh grade class trip to Quebec. He says: “My tastes have hopefully become somewhat more refined since then.” He continues to find style inspiration from the “clothes and cars of classic Bond films” and lives by the one simple style guideline — “Fit is most important. I am drawn to pieces that develop character as you wear them; however, some days, it’s all about the pop!” The couple loves to shop together (“we believe each other’s eyes are the most honest mirror,” Tracey says.) and can always pick the perfect pieces for one another, like a whalebone stud set that was custom scrimshawed to depict the lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard where the couple was married or the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Gran’Sport Chronograph watch that Tracey gave her groom on their wedding day. “We are drawn to the same things, but I tend to focus more on the technical details and construction of clothes while Tracey loves the overall visual impact.” Together, it’s a perfect match.

Where Ethan Shops: 45 RPM in New York City, Louis Vuitton in New York City, Rapha in the UK, Jack Wills in Martha’s Vineyard and Barneys CO-OP in Austin Ethan’s Favorite Designers: Etro, Tom Ford, Rag and Bone, Thom Browne, Acronym, Rapha, Marc Jacobs Most Prized Fashion Possessions: Selvedge Denim (he has over 100 pair and thinks 45 RPM makes the best), Oxxford Clothes Tuxedo, Acronym GT-J11X Gore-Tex Jacket The Steads’ Parting Words: “It’s never unfashionable to be overdressed.” “Men or women — it’s all about the shoes!” “Fit is more important than the price.”


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Se an-Paul We st fall, Senior Art Director at EnviroMedia & Stephanie Ander son, S p a Coordinator at Beleza Med Spa Sean-Paul’s love affair with fashion

started at an early age, when on special occasions, he would get a note from the office saying his mom was pulling him out of school on a Friday and they would spend the rest of the afternoon at the mall shopping together. He says: “It was really cool of her to do that.” His youth basketball coach, who ensured everyone on the team matched down to their laces, also instilled in him the motto that has stuck throughout his life — “if you don’t look good, you won’t play good.” However, it wasn’t the clothes, but more the lack thereof that first caught Sean-Paul’s girlfriend Stephanie’s eye. “We were at the lake, and he just had his swim trunks on, so maybe it was just his hot bod that sealed the deal!” she says with a laugh. Today, they love shopping together: Sean-Paul will often pick out things for Stephanie to try on, but when it comes to shopping for him, she says it can be tough since he is quite picky. She has been successful though in adding watches to his growing collection (he also has an extensive assortment of bow ties and about 30 pairs of shoes). Because of his busy work schedule, SeanPaul buys a lot online (asos.com is a favorite), and since he tends to get bored with an item after wearing it a few times, he likes to bargain shop too. Locally, J. Crew, Urban Outfitters, Service Menswear and By George are his favorites. Before he walks out the door in the morning, he tries to remember another mantra — “be yourself since everyone else is already taken.” tribeza.com

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Kale Wagner, S t u d e n t a t T e x a s S t a t e U n i v e r s i t y & Sara Stavinoha, H i g h S c h o o l Engineering Teacher Sa r a c a n ’ t r e m e m b e r what Kale had on the first time they met, as it was more of his personality and confidence that drew her in, but she does remember being into his “I’m a skateboarder minus the grunge” style. It was the skateboarding world of professionals and their style, specifically Transworld Skateboarding magazine’s Annual Buyer’s Guide, that always caught Kale’s eye, drawing him into an interest in clothes, specifically shoes. “I like mixing unexpected articles of clothing together. I don’t really view myself as a huge fashion guru, but I enjoy style and clothes that feel good and look good,” he says. “Basically, my shirts have to fit


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perfect. I air dry my shirts just to make sure they don’t shrink or warp.” It’s on jackthreads. com where Kale finds a lot of his favorite pieces or at the Vans outlet store in San Marcos. From the OTW (Off the Wall) Vans style to the Mountain Edition, Kale can’t get enough of the boarding kicks. Sara says: “When I saw his closet and realized how many pairs of shoes he had, I noticed a little bit of an obsession. He definitely wasn’t ashamed either!” Over time, the pair discovered that they mostly have the same taste. Kale says: “We both like relaxed, simple clothes with a twist. We can always find things each other will like…She tends to steal my shirts,

but I can’t fit in to hers.” Of all his ensembles, Sara most prefers Kale in his pair of red jeans or thyme green Volcom chinos. “I just love that he isn’t afraid of color,” she says. Although she hopes he doesn’t take it too far with the bright yellow Volcom tracksuit for which Kale often expresses his desire to purchase. He often helps Sara choose outfits when she gets overwhelmed, and since dating Kale, she’s grown her own personal collection of Vans. “As far as our overall styles, we went hand in hand from the beginning, but he has instilled in me a new confidence in just being yourself,” she says. And there is no better look than that.


Color Me Bad

Mix and match a bold palette of hues in a spring season where there are no rules. Photography by Bode Helm Styling by Lauren Smith Ford Hair by Lati Domi & Makeup by Sara Domi for Propaganda Hair Group; Models Lexi for Wallflower Management & Astin for Kim Dawson Agency; Styling Assistant: Avalon McKenzie Location: 505 Lake Cliff Trail (505lakeclifftrail.com)

On Lexi: Jacket, Blouse & Pants by Elizabeth & James $445, $245 and $295, all available at Neiman Marcus. On Astin: Sweater $79.50, Pants $98.50, Brooks Brothers; Shirt $64.50, J. Crew; Watch by Nixon $75, Service Menswear. tribeza.com

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Jeans by Adriano Goldshmied $172, Shirt by Mason $125, Belt by Riggs & Bankcroft $55, all available at Neiman Marcus.


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Skirt by Alice & Olivia $396, Tank by Alice & Olivia $165, Shoes by Jimmy Choo $720, all available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Gold necklace $25, Beehive; Gold and Green Necklace $38, Madewell; Belt $36.50, J. Crew.


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Facing Page On Lexi: Sweater $65, Blouse $110, Jeans $78, Madewell; Belt $36.50, J. Crew; Necklace $22, Beehive. On Astin: Shirt by Mason $125, Jeans by Citizens $180, Neiman Marcus. Right Dress by BCBG $345, Saks Fifth Avenue; Necklace $28, Beehive; Bag by Givenchy $1,280, By George; Shoes by Prada $720, Saks Fifth Avenue.


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Dress by David Meister $310, Blazer by Rachel Zoe $425, Necklace by Herve Van Der Straeten, $2,155, Wedges by Tory Burch $195, all available at Neiman Marcus.


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Sweater $62.50, J. Crew; Shirt by Penguin $65, Chinos by Ben Sherman $129, Shoes by Cole Haan $155, Service Menswear.

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On Astin: Shirt by Naked & Famous $145, Tie by Gitman Bros. $88, Watch by Nixon $75, Service Menswear; Shorts $59.50, J. Crew. On Lexi: Skirt $110, Belt $36.50, J. Crew; Blouse $98, Madewell; Bangles by Megan Park $70 each, By George.


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Blouse by Cotton Candy $38, Beehive; Skirt $128, J. Crew; Purse by Marc Jacobs $218, Saks Fifth Avenue. tribeza.com

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On Astin: Blazer by Plectrum by Ben Sherman $260, Shoes by Vans $75, Jeans by Naked & Famous $140, Service Menswear; Shirt by Vince $68, Saks Fifth Avenue. On Lexi: Pants by Alice & Olivia $198 , Blouse by Alice & Olivia $158, Neiman Marcus.


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Color Me Bad

About the Location Perched on the edge of a limestone bluff, this threestory retreat was designed by renowned architect Richard Gluckman, along with project architect Elizabeth Rexrode, and built by Joe Pinelli. The house provides a sense of solitude and seclusion. The west entry facade uses louvers and freestanding walls for privacy and sun protection. Garden walls and a long rectangular reflecting pond define the formal entry. The east facade maximizes close views of Lake Austin and distant views of the city center. Texas Leuders limestone, characterized by its materiality and texture, along with stucco and cedar siding, is used for the interior and exterior walls. The interior assigns public and private areas to opposite sides of the entry hall. The master bedroom suite forms a private upper level. Interior living areas flow seamlessly into and out of the garden through large glass doors and windows. Inside, the material palette consists of limestone, natural wood (oak, mahogany, wenge), blackened steel, glass and concrete. Blackened steel gives visual weight to the sculptured stair, while translucent and back-painted glass provide a feeling of lightness at the lower-level stair and master bedroom. For more info, visit 505lakecliff.com.


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Sunday, April 22, 2012, 11am-5pm

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Four fashionable Austinites meet their style opposites and trade wardrobes for a day. By Lauren Smith Ford & Lisa Siva Photography by Andrew Chan

Vintage Meets Modern Masha Poloskova, owner of MOSS Designer Consignment and Co-Owner of Feathers Boutique, has always been into vintage clothes, since you will rarely ever see the same piece twice. “I like to mix high and low, vintage and new. My style is ever changing, and I always look for unique pieces,” she says. “Wearing vintage clothing is a really easy way to define your personal style.” She typically finds key pieces for her wardrobe at Kick Pleat, Bows + Arrows, Spartan, By George and, of course, her shops, taking inspirations from style icons like Kelly Wearsler, Giovanna Batagllia and Anna Dello Russo. She is also never without her


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Jennifer is wearing a Esley dress $65 from Beehive.

fashion must-have, a giant handbag! Poloskova usually steers clear of bold color, unlike her opposite fashion counterpart for the day, the athletic Jennifer Welch, who is usually outfitted in a vibrant maxi dress, comfortable yoga attire or a classic jeans and T. “I am a basic kind of girl. I’ve never been good at trying new styles and feeling like I can ‘pull them off,’ so I just

stick to what I know,” Welch says. She typically fills her wardrobe with pieces from Anthropologie, Beehive, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Free People and Lululemon for a casual/sporty meets boho look similar to her style icons Jennifer Aniston and Erin Andrews. Trying out the vintage looks Poloskova pulled together for Welch was an exercise in stepping out of her

comfort zone that ended with surprising results. “I absolutely loved Feathers, and they have so many great pieces to mix and match with.” The modern gal even left with a shopping bag of vintage pieces she plans to incorporate in to her wardrobe. Poloskova also took away her own style lesson — “It reinforced my need to try and brighten up my wardrobe!”

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Jennifer is wearing a Alchemy “Horus Falcon” linen tank $48, Court Denim high waisted bells $137, 90s platform shoes $42 and a Via Christa necklace $140. All from Feathers.

Masha is wearing a blouse $58 and vintage Ungaros skirt $62. All from Feathers.

Masha is wearing a Aryn K jacket $115, C. Luce shorts $65, Mono B shirt $38 and a necklace $30. All from Beehive.

Jennifer is wearing a vintage Stetson Hat $48, an open weave blouse $68, Levi’s cut off shorts $36, a Dolce Vita “Sachi” sandal $142 and a Southwestern bag $48. All from Feathers. Poloskova says: “Jennifer [Welch] looked great in her vintage look! You don’t have to wear vintage head-to-toe so incorporating a vintage hat or bag is a great way for a beginner to wear vintage without feeling too costumey.” tribeza.com

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Classic Meets Rock and Roll Since the early 90s, in the heyday of the supermodel, Scott Butler has been enamored of fashion’s expressiveness: “Cindy, Linda, Claudia, Naomi — the list goes on,” he exclaims. “They were wearing a high fashion piece from whoever, and they made you believe it was the best thing since sliced bread.” As Men’s Manager and Assistant Buyer for By George, Butler has developed a “basic but timeless” personal style, looking to local menswear staples, By George and STAG, for elegant, yet effortless wares. In addition to a love for classic Levis and dress shirts, Butler is especially drawn to shoes, be it a suede chukka boot or longwing dress shoe: “I could never live without great shoes!” he insists. “Great shoes say a lot about a man.” Isaac Strycker, keyboardist and vocalist for the Austin-based band, Electric Touch, shares Butler’s penchant for the perfect pair of shoes — his most prized wardrobe item is a pair of Helm Handmade boots — but his perspective is a little less Bradley Cooper and a little more Beck. A “modern take on classic rock and roll elements,” Strycker’s aesthetic calls for dressy but edgy pieces, such as boots, skinny jeans, form-fitting shirts and unique jackets. “[My style] is inspired by how a lot of the artists I look up to dress,” Strycker notes, while acknowledging the importance of fit and comfort. However, for one afternoon, Strycker abandoned his go-to retail stores, including Top Man and Buffalo Exchange, in favor of the more tailored looks from By George that Butler selected for him. Though it was a sharp change from what you might see him wearing onstage, Strycker was intrigued by Butler’s classic style. “It’s


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Scott is wearing a t-shirt by Save Khaki, jeans by Levi Vintage Collection, shoes by Alden and glasses by SALT (all available at By George) with a jacket by Penfield from STAG. Isaac in his own clothes.

more trendy and preppy than how I would dress myself,” he observes, “but it’s fun being a part of someone else’s creative vision.” By contrast, the pieces Strycker pulled for Butler exude effortlessness with an air of rock and roll, such as a silver suit with a relaxed fit from Estilo. Although Butler found that the shift from fitted and slim garments added

an extra level of comfort, he remains staunchly attached to his own style: “Wearing a different look did not inspire me to change my look at all!” he laughs. Still, one of the aspects of Austin that Butler admires most is its eclectic mix of styles — whether more rocker or dapper gentleman, “everyone feels free to express themselves through their style.”


Scott is wearing a suit from Estilo, t-shirt from Factory People, boots by Helm Handmade and necklace by Kelly Young for Deconstructed Design.

Scott is wearing a D&G shirt from Buffalo Exchange, jackets from Top Man NY and Lonsdale London, Mark Nason boots from Nordstrom and necklace by Kelly Young for Deconstructed Design.

Isaac is wearing a shirt by Steven Alan, pants by Dries Van Noten, jacket by Comme des Garรงons, cardigan by All Saints, shoes by N.D.C. Handmade and glasses by SALT. All from By George.

Isaac is wearing a t-shirt by Gitman Vintage, jeans by Raleigh denim, sweatshirt by Alternative Apparel, denim jacket by Levi Vintage and glasses by SALT. All from By George.


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“It’s all been very haphazard,” Chapin says of the décor in her home, a former boarding house. “A lot of the decisions have been made because I thought I would turn around and take it all apart. It’s interesting what you end up liking…a lesson that you can’t take things so seriously.” tribeza.com

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he house stands within a picket fence, the white paint peeling off its clapboards and dulling them grey like something out of a Southern Gothic novel. Tracing the pale yellow planks of the front porch, the illusion of simplicity begins to wilt, as mini succulents sink into pots of hot-pink pebbles, and four technicolor mailboxes allude to what’s inside: a wild world of whimsy that borders on obsession, as ironic art lines up to amuse, patterns pile upon patterns and paintings jostle for room on fruit smoothie walls in shades of pineapple, lime and strawberry-kiwi. Yet in the home of portrait painter Elizabeth Chapin, everything is necessary and nothing out of place. “What does it mean to live in a house?” Chapin asks, standing in her dining room, the sunshine in her hair echoed in the


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Chapin claims her vivid kitchen is the “most practical room in the house,” a necessity since she shares a passion for cooking with her husband and children.

“It’s like a conversation I’m having with them,” Chapin says of her portraiture. She took up painting at five, but began taking it more seriously after studying art in Paris.

room’s bright yellow walls. It’s an idea she enjoys toying with. We’ve all inherited wisdom that informs how we arrange the spaces in which we live. We are taught to rest serious china upon serious tabletops, often enclosing playfulness — and even our own stories — into chests along with our children’s toys. Chapin recognizes the beauty of tradition but also enjoys turning it on its head, “mixing things that don’t necessarily go together and finding new life in that.” She’s reupholstered a stuffy Victorian couch inherited on her husband’s side in a mod fabric of orange poppies and arranges dinner settings so that her grandmother’s china rests happily beneath felt eggs and bacon, her silver enclosing the quirky ceramics of French artist Nathalie Choux. Chapin also turns an inventive, yet meticulous eye on personal items like clothing, jewelry and toys, arranging them so they too become works of art. Her husband Nathanial’s colorful socks form a kaleidoscope on their bedroom wall, while his spectrum of cowboy boots parades before their fireplace. She enjoys putting as much intention and fun towards creating storage as one would put towards selecting a couch tribeza.com

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There’s nothing in here I don’t need…or love... Everything has to have a purpose.” — E l i z a beth C h a p i n —

Chapin likes taking things she’s inherited, “that are beautiful in their tradition, but turning them on their heads and making them ironic.” She makes inherited pieces less fussy by mixing them with playful art.

or a bed and likes to keep playthings so they’re both accessible and fun to look at. Animal mannequins uphold her 9 -year-old son Henry’s collection of dress up hats in his bathroom. “It makes you laugh and keeps them within reach at the same time.” The spaces belonging to both Henry and his 12-year-old sister, Alabel, attest not only to their mother’s creative genius, but also to their own. Alabel has inherited her mother’s gifts for painting and interior design: her mature and vivid self-portraits adorn the walls near her bed, and instead of disposing of the dollhouse she’s outgrown, she now creates miniature furniture for it akin to those of artist Sabine Timm. Across the hall, Henry’s room practically overflows with the fruits of his interests in zoology and feudal times. Beneath a ceiling inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s Sky Above the Clouds, his toy ships even have a canvas body of water on which to sail after having asked his mother to create for him “a river that flows off the table and onto the floor and turns into a sea.”

The Chapins’ entire home is the result of similarly light-hearted and spontaneous responses. Elizabeth Chapin first spotted the home, then a quadruplex, while walking with a local friend she was visiting from New York, where she was then working for designer Juan Pablo Molyneux and in the Tatistcheff gallery on 57 th street. Chapin had returned to New York after that trip, but when the same friend let her know of an vacancy in the home, she made the decision to move to Austin. “The house defeated all other plans,” she admits. The Chapin family purchased the house in 1999 and, over the past 12 years, has slowly shaped each apartment as various other tenants have moved on. As for all the objects Chapin has moved in, she admits there is a strong edit at the front door. “There’s nothing in here I don’t need…or love,” she claims. “Everything has to have a purpose.” In addition to items inherited, collected at Roundtop or found on the streets, there is much work by Chapin’s creative friends, including fabrics by Nancy Mims of Mod Green Pod and art from Women and Their Work. tribeza.com

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Chapin is happy to have a home where she can spread her toes in green grass, much like she could growing up in Jackson, Mississippi. She loves that Austin’s relaxed spirit allows for anonymity if one wants it, whereas in Mississippi everyone had been concerned with getting her “borned, married, and dead.” Though she’s left the aesthetically rigorous New York, she believes Austin has similar energy, along with a laxity that results in rawness. There is much energy in Chapin’s own work, in the lines and colors she uses to capture her subjects, turning the shadows and contours of their faces into patterns that almost hum. As a guest in her colorful home, one feels they may just sink into the patterns on her sofa and become a character in one of her paintings.

Chapin enjoys telling the individual stories of her family members through portraits. She giggles at the fact that her mother hovers above the bed she shares with her husband Nathanial (left). “She used to sit with a can of sardines and wait for me to come home at night.” Chapin’s fun-loving spirit is just as apparent in the rooms of her children Alabel (above) and Henry (right).


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TRIBEZA Picks for the

Austin FOOD & WINE Festival By Lisa Siva

Uchi's Tuna and Goat Cheese. Photography by Rebecca Fondren.

Culinary pioneer James Beard once noted, “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” This month, the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival celebrates just that — the ability of food to bring people together. A collaboration between Chefs Tyson Cole and Tim Love, La Condesa’s Jesse Herman, FOOD & WINE Magazine and C3 Presents, the festival showcases nationally-renowned chefs and their diverse cuisines. “I’m so proud of where we’ve come from and where we are today,” Chef Cole remarks. “The festival is a way to bring talent from across the country and let them experience Austin and find the love for the city that we have, living here every day.” From slicing sashimi with Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto to sampling superstar wines with FOOD & WINE Executive Wine Director, Ray Isle, festival attendees can look forward to a Texas-sized weekend of interactive events, including tastings, pourings and hands-on demonstrations. “There are classes where people actually get their hands dirty!” Chef Cole laughs. Of course, it wouldn’t be an Austin festival without great music: in addition to its

Our resident foodie Lisa Siva gives the dish on the events you don’t want to miss.


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remarkable lineup of culinary talent, the festival will feature performances by local musicians throughout the weekend. Proceeds from the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival benefit the Austin Food & Wine Alliance, a nonprofit organization that seeks to raise awareness about the vibrant Central Texas culinary community. Ray Isle and Chefs Tyson Cole and David Bull share a selection of Austin FOOD & WINE Festival highlights. Saturday, April 28

Mastering the Art of Sushi with Chef Masaharu Morimoto 10-10:45am Chef Morimoto has become an icon in the world of sushi, famed for his appearances on Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. The mastermind behind several award-winning, eponymous restaurants around the globe,

Morimoto will be sharing his expertise during a demonstration of traditional sushi techniques. Whether it’s tackling a whole fish or skillfully composing a sushi roll, “Mastering the Art of Sushi” promises to be an exciting start to the festival.

Makimono: Hands-on Demo with Chef Tyson Cole

chef masuharu morimoto, Andrew zimmern and r ay isle, photogr aphs courtesy of austin food & wine festival.

2-3:45pm James Beard Foundation Award winner Chef Tyson Cole of Uchi and Uchiko will be offering a hands-on demonstration, sharing his innovative culinary techniques. “It’s no different than what we try to do with the food at Uchi and Uchiko,” he notes. “I want to showcase the creativity and the things you can do with sushi.” Guests will prepare fish and roll sushi alongside Chef Cole, who will offer guidance on masterfully composing and presenting plates.

Texas staple from chefs including Gail Simmons, Masaharu Morimoto, Tim Love, Christina Tosi and Tyson Cole. “All these chefs, no matter what their background is, can make a different kind of taco,” says Chef Cole, who will be working with Chef Paul Qui to transform the taco into a dish that embodies the culinary aesthetic of Uchi and Uchiko. Sunday, April 29

Global Street Food with Andrew Zimmern 11-11:45pm The host of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern will take guests on a tasting tour around the world, presenting his favorite recipes discovered over the course of his travels. From Chinese-Style One Pot Sticky Chicken to

Savory Chocolate with Chef David Bull

wines to pour from the FOOD & WINE 2012 Wine Guide, which profiles 500 of the top wineries around the world. “People get daunted by wine, but a little bit of knowledge goes a long way,” Isle remarks. “I hope the people who come to my wine seminars take away the idea that wine is a lot of fun.” Wine lovers can also attend Isle’s “The Other Italy” tasting on Saturday, featuring exquisite wines from lesserknown regions in Italy. “People are pretty familiar with big names in Italian wine — Tuscany and Piedmont, for instance — but they’ve never had a chance to try the wines of Abruzzo, say, or Friuli,” he notes. “And that can be a pretty eye-opening wine experience.”

3:30-4:15pm Explore the unique, savory side of chocolate with Second Bar + Kitchen and Congress’ Chef David Bull. “Chocolate has been something we’ve been playing with in our kitchen for a while,” Chef Bull observes. “I’ll be learning alongside the crowd about what makes chocolate such a fantastic ingredient to use.” In addition to unlocking the unique flavors of the cacao bean, Chef Bull looks forward to demystifying the workings behind the scenes of a restaurant: “I hope guests learn a little bit about the how and why — what we do on the professional level in the kitchen.”

Rock Your Taco Celebrity Chef Showdown 7-9:30pm The second day of the festival finishes with an unforgettable, Texas-sized showdown, during which noted chefs from across the country will be crafting their own, distinctive tacos. Guests will be able to sample unique interpretations of the

Grand Tasting 2-4pm

Bolivian Ox Heart Anticucho, “Global Street Food” will take guests as far as the streets of Beijing and the markets of Morocco. Chef Tyson Cole eagerly anticipates Zimmern’s tasting demonstration: “The man is a bibliophile of food information and history!” he exclaims. “I’ve never had someone turn the tables on me and teach me things I didn’t know!”

Superstar Wines with Ray Isle 12:30-1:15pm FOOD & WINE Magazine’s Executive Wine Editor, Ray Isle, has selected several outstanding

Austin FOOD & WINE Festival’s spectacular weekend of wine, local talent and global cuisine culminates with an extravagant Grand Tasting, featuring over 80 culinary vendors from across Texas. Guests will have the opportunity to sample a diverse array of Texan cuisine and mingle with Austin FOOD & WINE Festival chefs as they celebrate regional artisans, chefs, vintners and distilleries. “Austin is a great setting for anything, as far as I’m concerned,” Ray Isle admits. “But beyond that, there’s a great local food scene, a growing world of Texas wineries nearby, incredible music and that unmatchable Austin atmosphere.” The Austin FOOD & WINE Festival will be held from April 27-29 at Auditorium Shores. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit austinfoodandwinefestival.com. tribeza.com

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How to Open a Boutique etceter a , etc. owner emma kate gives us an inside look into opening a store in the 2nd street district.


Etcetera, Etc. is a perfect spot to shop for any occasion. They offer an array of party dresses, as well as colorful work attire.

From confetti to candy to tea cups, no detail is left unnoticed in this playful boutique.

For more information, visit the Etcetera, Etc. Facebook page and Emma Kate's blog, theworldofetc.com.

Photog r a p hy by b i l l s a l l a ns

f you’ve made a trip to Etcetera, Etc., you have likely perused the abundant selection of clothing, jewelry and accessories curated by owner, Emma Kate, who opened her brick and mortar store in September 2011. “I felt like it was time to bring my vision and fashion sense to this wonderful city and further enhance the Austin fashion industry.” Citing magazines, blogs and color as her primary sources of inspiration, the collection at Etcetera, Etc. is sourced from local designers, as well as international brands like South African Lalesso. Confetti System garlands enhance each window display and a cheerful color scheme is carried throughout the shop. When asked what she loves most about Austin, the shop owner says, “I love that the people are so influential and genuinely kind. I have never been to a city that supports local business as much as Austin does.” In addition to the retail location, Emma Kate recently launched her blog, theworldofetc.com. A. McKenzie tribeza.com

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I’M A MOTHER, or so I’ve been told a few times during the course of my advertising career. But this past winter holiday, my old pejorative got some new spice — ginger. As in Mother Ginger, the bigger-than-life character in Ballet Austin’s

49th annual production of The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffman’s

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I debuted as Mother Ginger in Austin on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 – complete with a Carmen Mirandastyle headdress...

story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. It first premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Saturday, December 18, 1892. I debuted as Mother Ginger in Austin on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 — complete with a Carmen Mirandastyle headdress, RuPaul-class make-up, a two-story skirt and Morgana-sized boobs. Did I mention that a dozen or so Bon Bons parted my petticoats and boogied to the beat of Tchaikovsky’s romantic rhapsodies? I was not the first, and I will certainly not be the last guy to perform the Mother Ginger role. In addition to more sexually-appropriate Mother Gingers in the past ­— Ann Richards, Luci Baines Johnson, Molly Ivins, Sara Hickman, Shawn Colvin, and Marcia Ball among them — I was preceded by an A-List of Austin’s male celebrities, including Lance Armstrong, Robert Rodriguez, Ray Benson, Bill Powers, several Austin mayors, and yes, Richard S. “Kinky” Friedman. If the Kinkster can do it, I rationalized, who was I to say no? “No” is the operative word. Contrary to popular belief, there are no prescribed practices for the Mother Ginger role, no mandatory dress rehearsals, no second chances. You simply show up the night of your performance, get a brief tour of the incredible Long Center backstage and quaff a few glasses of champagne with well-wishers. None of that adequately prepares you for “make-up.” Make-over, would be a better term for it. I’ve always thought of myself as a reasonably manly-man — not particularly tall or athletic, but arguably trim and not garishly unattractive. That was all about to change. I was soon to be 20feet tall, robustly well-rounded, capable of rotating my upper torso exorcist-style, with a face that could stop a clock. Fortunately, I had the presence of mind to ask a few former Mother Gingers what to expect. “It’ll be the longest three minutes of your


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life,” former Mayor Will Winn chuckled. “This is as close as you’ll ever come to giving birth ­— relax and enjoy it,” my friend Luci Johnson advised. “Keep your junk covered,” Kinky winked. All promised me that I would be “treated like a queen.” (Is this how Leslie got his start?) With my whole family ­— my wife, my two teenagers, my grown daughter with her husband and my grandson in tow, special guests in a fancy box seat and hundreds more citizens, friends and GSD&Mers in the packed audience — I actually got to enjoy the first act. To Ballet Austin’s credit, this is a world-class performance. “No pressure,” I kept telling myself, “Piece of cake.” Then all of a sudden, the house lights came up, everyone headed to the bars for intermission, and I was summarily ushered backstage for make-up and wardrobe. My teenage son came along for support, and wound up rolling on the floor instead. In less than twenty minutes, I was climbing into “the rig” before being gently wheeled to “the wings,” where I nervously awaited my 180 seconds of “fame.” The truth is, I remember almost none of it. I do remember entering with my back to the audience, combing my curly locks until I glimpsed the audience in my hand mirror. Everything after that is just a blur. Bon Bons began pouring out from under my super-sized skirt, the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s melodic strains set the little beggars whirling, and I did my best to dance along from my precarious perch. At one point, I’m told, I adjusted my voluminous bosom, to uproarious laughter. And apparently I ad-libbed “Hook ‘em, Horns!” on my way offstage, which garnered wild cheers from a grateful Longhorn Nation. The rest, as they say, is history. I’ve offered to purchase all the DVDs, and assured my family and friends that I’m done Mothering. For now, at least…

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ast month, South Congress welcomed a stylish new gem: founded by Maya Krauss and Co-Star offers a wide selection of men and exciting trends and takes her cues Richard Gordoa, Co-Star offers a women's clothing and from the people around her. “We highly curated collection of modaccessories. get so much inspiration from our ern, urban clothing for both men staff and customers — they bring a and women. Krauss has become brilliant perspective to what we do.” Unafraid to push renowned for her playful, vibrant the limits of style, Krauss looks for pieces with a unique edge. aesthetic at Maya Star, and two blocks down, Co-Star promises the After exploring fashion on the street and in magazines, “some same sartorial exuberance. Nevertheless, Krauss’ newest venture things just stick, like a crazy shade of green,” she admits. “Then marks a departure from the feminine pieces at Maya Star. Co-Star I go to market and start looking for it.” Guests can look forward is “a little edgy,” Krauss reveals. ”East Coast urban meets West to a variety of contemporary labels and premium denim brands, Coast casual that works into the Austin lifestyle.” including J Brand, Genetic, and Krauss’ favorite, G-Star Raw Co-Star’s unique space alone embodies Krauss’ vision of a — but whether it’s reversible black and snake-skin denim from modern, global hotspot. The boutique’s poured concrete floors, BleuLab or a coveted pair of Adidas Originals, Co-Star’s stock of exposed brick walls and oversized neon art make for a shopping urban casual pieces never fails to surprise. experience that is stylish, yet tinged with a rock and roll edge. The However, from the beginning, Krauss set out to ensure that space is fitting for the fresh, modern direction Krauss has taken Co-Star would be more than a clothing store. As of this summer, with Co-Star — after sixteen years as a South Congress veteran, guests will be able to relax in the back with a game of darts or ping she has now turned her attention to the crème de la crème of pong before heading out to the garden lounge, which shimmers denim, swimwear and sporty clothing. “Maya Star was busting at overhead with strands of light. “Our focus,” Krauss the seams,” she says, so “it [took] an entirely new notes, “is on great customer service. If you can come store to do it.” Co-Star in, be inspired and leave with an amazing look, we Since establishing her first store on South 1708 S. Congress Ave. have done our job.” M. MChugh Congress in 1995, Krauss has developed an eye for (512) 912 7970

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Lenoir 1807 S. 1st St. (512) 215 9778 lenoirrestaurant.com


enoir is like going to a cool friend’s dinner party. Housed in a funky bungalow, its cozy dining room holds just 32 people, who happily squeeze in wherever there’s room — atop barstools, at bistro high-tops or along the communal table. Its Bohemian-chic décor reflects the yin-yang of its married owners, playfully mixing masculine and feminine, modern and vintage. The intimate space is charged with a palpable energy from Austin’s eclectic cross-section of the culinarily curious.


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warm climate countries like India, Vietnam, Morocco and Southern Italy. Yet they prepare them using classic French techniques, resulting in sophisticated yet adventuresome food. Lenoir’s prix-fixe menu allows diners to choose three courses from a tantalizing array of choices. Duplechan and Maher have long been champions of Austin’s locavore movement, and most ingredients are local and sustainable. Their passion for seasonal foods means that the menu is ever-changing. One night, we enjoyed spicy Indian-inspired ‘polenta’ served with Brussels sprouts and melted carrots. We devoured an Italian-style chickpea patty Lenoir serves topped with wilted greens, oysa three course ter mushrooms and a poached egg. A prix-fixe menu in an intimate group savory Vietnamese scallion crepe came setting. with tasty stir-fried pork and a bean Your hosts have tended to every chaat salad. Toasted Indian poha rice detail, which is no surprise considermade a crispy crust for succulent fish pooled ing their impressive pedigree: chef/owners in an aromatic curry broth, shaved artiTodd Duplechan came from TRIO at the Four chokes and fresh dill. Chicken glazed with Seasons Hotel and wife Jessica Maher from heralded Dai Due. Open since January, Lenoir Italian sweet-and-sour agrodolce sauce was topped with shiitake mushrooms, crunchy is named after a hearty grape varietal known lettuce and peanuts. for flourishing in a multitude of environA tropical coconut cake was the perfect ments, a nod to the couple’s varied life and ending to our culinary trip around the world: career. To say that Chef Duplechan embraces light with just a hint of sweetness and topped change is an understatement. While TRIO with pineapple, rum toffee and a dollop of could accommodate 200+ diners, Lenoir cream. The wine list is a global odyssey of barely seats 30. His army of corporate staffers tasty treats. We sampled delicious sparklers has been replaced by a handful of devoted from Germany and Italy, a pinot blanc from workers, mostly family and friends. His Alsace, a French pinot noir and an Austrian sprawling hotel kitchen is now a cubbyhole St. Laurent. Lenoir is a special place created anchored by a massive stove. And his starched with great care and thoughtfulness. Its food chef ’s whites and pinstripe apron have been is challenging yet comforting, its ambiance traded for a faded t-shirt and newsboy cap. edgy yet relaxed. Its modest size requires resThe couple is clearly having a blast. They ervations well in advance — and well worth describe their food as ‘hot weather’ cuimaking. K. spezia sine, inspired by the bold, global flavors of

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The Wheels are in Motion! Studio 54 meets the ultimate disco roller rink in XANADU at ZACH’s 2012 Red Hot & Soul Gala!

Saturday, April 21 • 6:30 p.m. • Hilton Hotel, Austin Gala Co-chairs: Bobbi Topfer and Larry Connelly The party erupts with ZACH divas belting out 80’s hits, spectacular exhibition roller skating and an exclusive sneak peek at ZACH’s musical XANADU starring the heavenly Jill Blackwood! Enjoy cocktails and a seated dinner, silent and live auctions and get down and boogie with DJ Manny. Xanaduish attire welcome!

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dining Guide Participating chefs’ restaurants in the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival BARLEY SWINE

2024 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 394 8150 Comfort food doesn’t get much better than the pork- and beer-centric gastropub by Chef Bryce Gilmore. Barley Swine emphasizes local and seasonal ingredients with a monthly rotating menu of hearty small plates in an intimate, inviting atmosphere. CONGRESS

200 Congress Ave. (512) 827 2760 Helmed by noted Chef David Bull, Congress is an elegant foray into complex layers of exquisite flavors from around the world. Congress features dishes with depth, including sweet and savory bone marrow brulee and hamachi sashimi with hearts of palm and white miso. Enjoy the wine list carefully crafted by Beverage Director June Rodil, named Best New Sommelier by Wine & Sprits Magazine.


1618 1/2 E. 6th St. 1700 E. 6th St. 1016 E. 6th St. (512) 422 5884

Chefs Paul Qui, Moto Utsonomaya, and Ek Timrek of Uchi comprise the impressive trio behind East Side King, a panAsian, fusion trailer. The menu is eclectic, featuring a variety of filling dishes from sumptuous pork belly buns to Thai Chicken Karaage.

country favorites with a twist. Try Gilmore’s pumpkin seed pesto marinated chicken breast or chorizo stuffed pork tenderloin medallions. LA CONDESA

400-A W. 2nd St. (512) 499 0300 Chef René Ortiz offers a menu inspired by the hip and bohemian Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City, accompanied by delicious cocktails by mixologist Nate Wales. Be sure to end on a sweet note with the Hoja Santa semifreddo by Laura Sawicki, named FOOD & WINE’s Best New Pastry Chef.

2218 College Ave. (512) 297 2423

Crowned Best BBQ Restaurant in America by Bon Appétit, Aaron Franklin’s eponymous eatery is a true Austin institution. A former food trailer, Franklin’s new brick-and-mortar location now sells out of its 700 pounds of meat by 1:30 pm each day. Be sure to try the sumptuous Meyer allnatural angus brisket.

Enjoy classic fried chicken with some surprising twists by Chef James Holmes. From fried chicken gizzards to buckets of the traditional American staple, Lucy’s is sure to satisfy your crispy cravings. Start with a selection of aromatic, wood fire grilled oysters.


7720 Hwy. 71 W. (512) 852 8558

Chef Kevin Williamson takes inspiration from the Gulf of Mexico to the border towns of Texas. The menu features equal parts surf and turf, whether you’re in the mood for filet mignon or blackened Mahi Mahi. SECOND

200 Congress Ave. (512) 827 2750 Another venture from Chef David Bull, Second offers a more casual bistro experience, drawing from Italian, French

and Asian cuisines. Diners can expect wellcrafted sandwiches and pizzas in addition to thoughtful large plates such as braised pork with mascarpone polenta. UCHI

801 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 916 4808 With renowned chef Tyson Cole at the helm, Uchi has become synonymous with excellence in modern Japanese fare. Start off with a series of hot and cold tastings before diving into the restaurant’s innovative sushi menu.


4200 N. Lamar Blvd. Ste. #140 (512) 916 4808 Under the reign of Chef Paul Qui, Uchiko is the sensational sister creation of Chef Tyson Cole’s Uchi. From hot and cold appetizers to sinfully delicious entrees like rabbit terrine to mastermind desserts crafted by Chef Phillip Speer, dining at Uchiko is an out-of-this-world culinary experience.



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oasting an intercontinental selection of British, Greek, Mexican and Asian cuisine, the trailers at East Side Drive-In are a great way to voyage afar without leaving your seat. But my favorite destination of the lot is Love Balls, the orange retro-fitted short bus serving up bona fide Japanese street fare. The menu ranges from traditional Japanese miso soup to rice balls wrapped in seaweed, but the namesake dish is the popular street treat, Takoyaki, a fritter stuffed with octopus pieces, scallions and pickled ginger, glazed in a kewpie mayo and garnished with aonori and bonito flakes. The Takoyaki’s vegetarian-friendly counterpart is The Veg, a similar, deep-fried batter ball, but with mushroom rather than octopus. The Side Set, a Vegan option, offers garlic yaki-onigiri, miso soup and veg stix.

While it’s considered rude to play with your food, you may also want to try your luck at The Texas Takoyaki Roulette. Share an order of 8 fritter balls, one of which is filled with a ghost pepper-laced habanero and take turns to see who gets the hot bite. The order comes with a bottle of H2O for the loser or (winner?) of the game. If you’d rather play it safe, the Love Special offers a sample helping of Takoyaki, The Veg or Caprese and one Yaki Onigiri rice ball. Whatever the choice, the experience is authentic and reasonably priced — $3 gets you two large rice balls grilled in garlic soy sauce, my go-to order. Also worth noting is the array of beverages, which include Japanese tea and soda, in addition to the free barley tea when you bring your eco bottle. Along with tea and Takoyaki, the bus features an exterior 8-track tape player offering a music selection — with the likes of Willie Nelson, The BeeGees and Neil Diamond — at the customers’ discretion. Even more interesting is the story of how Love Balls came to be. At age 24, owner Gabe Rothschild moved to Japan, where he did a homestay and volunteered as an organic farmer and cook. During the two years he spent learning and absorbing the culture, Rothschild met his wife, Sao, a graphic designer. The two were engaged and made their way back to the States, choosing Austin as a landing spot to be near family. Missing Japanese food and recognizing the gap of East Asian cuisine in the trailer scene, the couple began working towards filling that hole in January 2011 — starting with Sao designing the logo and color scheme, transforming the trailer inside and out. A few months later, Love Balls made its debut during SXSW, and since then, the Rothschilds have been preparing these balls with a lot of love. ASHLEY CASS Ashley Cass is the Social Media Specialist for Giant Noise. Photog r a p hy by a nn i e r ay

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