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44 Twice the Style 54 What to Wear 62 The Fall Essentials 68 Inspiration Space 80 Dress Up 88 TRIBEZA Style Week Guide 92 12

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My Life


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Things We Love


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a student wrote a letter to the editor about the topics I covered — It read: “Lauren, if you like the fashion in Austin so much, why don’t you just move there?” My brother recently reminded me of this, and while at the time I had no idea of the statement’s significance, it did foreshadow my life today. Surprisingly, GQ recently deemed Austin, the town I dreamed of in my co-ed days, the 18th Worst Dressed City in the country. Of course, I have to disagree. Yes, we may be casual, but sometimes I think there is more to the art of casual dressing than the Austin outsider sees. I have always admired the understated and effortlessly stylish ensembles that Lauren Wilkins, the shop owner of Bows + Arrows, wears so well. I don’t think anyone else could make a pair of Justin’s Ropers mixed with A.P.C. look that cool. We feature Lauren and her beau, musician Josh Block, with a few of our other favorite stylish couples in “Twice the Style.” In Exposed, meet former H.E.B. Austin checkout girl turned super model, Ashley Smith. She’s currently traveling the world shooting major advertising campaigns and editorials for the likes of Vogue and W, but we had a chance to catch up with her. She misses Tex-Mex most of course! If you haven’t stopped in Bootleg, the Airstream shoe trailer rightfully deemed a “fine footwear fête” at 1319 South Congress, you must. Owner Sarah Ellison Lewis curates the space with an incredible collection of kicks unlike anything else available in Austin. Read about Sarah’s love affair with fashion in this month’s Perspective column.

It was a dream come true for me to spend the day giving two of my best friends — Michael Thad Carter and Marques Harper — new looks. They are both so handsome, and we had a ball browsing the racks of Neiman Marcus.

We hit up both sides of town for the fashion shoots — for women’s wear, we were honored to shoot in what is undeniably one of the most incredible homes in Austin, the Westlake abode of two of team TRIBEZA’s favorite people in Austin, the generous, kind and downright fun Dr. John Hogg and David Garza. They have brought modern architecture and design together with unique antiques in the most interesting way. It was the perfect backdrop to showcase the looks we love for the season in “Playing House.” Then, it was over to the East Side for the men’s shoot, “The Fall Essentials.” It may be hard to think of sweaters and layers in this heat, but we hope this issue provides a brief escape and a reminder of the new season of dress (and weather) that awaits us. I, along with our amazingly talented staff, thoroughly enjoyed putting this September Style issue together, and we can’t wait to celebrate all things Austin fashion with you at Dachis Group Presents TRIBEZA Style Week from September 22 to September 29.

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Hand & Wing Anthology Launch Party

A Summer Soiree at Gallery D

Austin Bat Cave supporters celebrated the release of the third edition of the Hand & Wing anthology at Domy Books. Hand & Wing showcases student poems, short stories, songs and essays written in A.B.C. workshops. The event featured readings from the anthology by local writers and storytellers. Visit to purchase the anthology and support A.B.C.

Chic 2nd Street District boutique, Gallery D, opened its doors for an evening celebrating the arrival of owner Emily Keast’s new business partner Beth Newill. Guests enjoyed beverages made with El Viejo Luis tequila while exploring contemporary abstract works by artist Darvin Jones and two new clothing lines the store is carrying, As Is and Ark & Co.

Hand & Wing: 1. Matt Earhart & Tomas Garciaolano 2. Jason Wilbur & Erin Willig 3. Julia Hungerford & Kate Winge 4. Lonzo Jackson & Deeyn Rhodes 5. Jenna Carrens & Kirk Walsh Gallery D: 6. Emily Keast & Beth Newill 7. Nikki Rampick & Brittany Rampick 8. Cameron Covert & Conley Covert 9. Jenny Woys & Virginia Funk 10. Hunter Lohse 11. Katie Hoffman & Nicole Richardson.


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Rag & Bone at By George

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By George shoppers got an exclusive look at special pieces from Rag & Bone’s Fall 2011 collection, guided by brand representatives Jaclyn Burney and Jeremy Siler. Guests donned looks by Rag & Bone for a photo contest and enjoyed local craft beers. A percentage of proceeds from the evening benefited the Austin Public Library.

Latin stars, Diego Schoening and Marisa Del Portillo, hosted KAKW Univision’s seventh annual Premios Texas awards show, an Austin-based Latin music awards celebration showcasing some of the most recognized artists in the industry. Premios Texas bestows awards annually to bands and artists from various Latin music genres including Pop, Tejano, Regional Mexican, Rock and Urban.

By George: 1. Danny Witte & Sarah Wolf 2. Jeremy Siler & Jaclyn Burney 3. Jessica Ciarla & Avery Allen 4. Alanna Miller & Matthew Berler 5. Laura & Lee Busino with Cambria Harkey 6. Perry Straus & Alec Straus 7. Cristina Facundo & Sara Facundo Premios Texas: 8. Yancy Watson & Eduardo Kach 9. Christine & Eric Escobar 10. John Martinez & Alyssa Nava. P h oto g r a p h y by j o h n p e sin a

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ADL Austin’s True Colors

Women and Their Work Summer Party

The Austin Anti-Defamation League hosted its second annual young professionals fundraiser, True Colors: Celebrating Diversity with Art, at a private home on Austin’s East Side. Energetic beats from an African drum circle delighted guests who nibbled on international fare and sipped signature cocktails as they observed and participated in live art.

Music by local band Boyfriend and NYC-based VC Childkraft transported guests at the Women and Their Work Summer Party to another world as they moved through a dreamscape shelter created by artist Nora Frank. The gallery embraces art innovations created by women living in Texas and beyond.

True Colors: 1. Andy Langer & Karen Gross 2. Anthony Sobotik, Erin Longfellow & Chad Palmatier 3. Veronica Matthai & Noa Levy 4. David Messier & Becca Hyatt 5. Amanda Larence, Kris Swift & Alexis Lanman 6. Jaime Green & Daniela Grosz 7. Amber Orr & Richard White Women and Their Work: 8. Megan McIlwain & Sabrina Ferry 9. Jessica Douglas & Chris Cowden 10. Clarizca Ruiz De Castilla & Celina Zisman 11. Rob Lowe & Megan Carney 12. Jennifer Remenchik & Diana Tovar 13. Kari Rosenfeld & Ann Lowe.


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TRIBEZA + Google Places Midsummer Soiree

TRIBEZA and Google Places teamed up to throw a Midsummer Soiree at Red River’s Swan Dive in celebration of the August Nightlife issue. Guests sipped vintage cocktails from the bar and snacked on fresh, gourmet empanadas from mmmpanadas and a selection of incredible made-from-scratch cupcakes by Sugar Mama's Bakeshop. August's cover star, Stephan Sowan, and his band Blue Blood performed while guests used Google Places to "check in" and do reviews. One lucky attendee won a $100 gift card to Fabi + Rosi courtesy of Google.

TRIBEZA Summer Solstice Chef’s Table Series

Top chefs from around the city welcomed guests into their restaurants for intimate dinners for the first-ever TRIBEZA Chef ’s Table Series. Guests enjoyed multi-course meals inspired by the summer season with beverage pairings. The Fall Fête series is scheduled for October 24 to 26. Visit for tickets and more information.






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Midsummer Soiree: 1. Susan Walker & Jenny Murphy 2. Kate Mullinax & Megan Kiella 3. Johnny Saldana & Kate Hellenbeck 4. Ricky Ray Jackson, Stephen Sowan & Falcon Valdez 5. Yasamin Shafinury, Riquet Aouad & Whitney Francis 6. Angela Oguntala & Michael Carter 7. Jackie Rangel & Frances Weil 8. Avalon McKenzie & Aurora Bell 9. Lara Burns & Myles Weynand Chef's Table Series: 10. Meg Propes, Katie Starley and Sabrina Brown at TRIO 11. Shoreline Grill's Executive Chef Britt Markle 12. Mariel Davis and Veronica Antillon at Foreign & Domestic.


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Fashion Evolution BY K R I STI N ARMSTRO NG

I sit to consider and compose this article a month out from my 40th birthday. It gives me pause to think about how my style has evolved through the past decades. My first decade began with Polly Flinders smocked dresses. I had glasses with thick brown frames (Good Lord, Mom?) and dishwater

blond/brown hair in ponytails or braids. My mom cut my bangs, using a piece of Scotch tape to make a straight line. I also have a memory of wearing satiny Dolphin shorts under my skirts so there was no chance of anyone seeing London, France, or my underpants on the playground. I liked Osh Kosh overalls,

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My style no longer depends on what is popular or who has what; I feel the need to constantly simplify.

preferably corduroy, and I had a turtleneck with little blue and green whales on it that I would wear over and over until Mom made me relinquish it to the wash. We made more glamorous barrettes by braiding skinny ribbons into the plastic, and letting them stream down our stringy hair. I had a space (off center) between my front teeth. I ate whatever the hell I pleased. My favorite jacket was a white windbreaker with a giant rainbow across the front. You were cool if you had Hello Kitty smelly erasers stashed in your desk. We moved every two years so I became the consummate observer, noticing every trend and habit of anyone popular. I was always smart and new, but popularity eluded me. The most important style statement of my second decade was my quest for Guess jeans. This quest began when I was about 13, and we had just moved to Atlanta, where for some god-awful reason high school started in the eigth grade. Everyone wore makeup, but my parents (especially Dad) were not down with that yet, so I kept a stash in my locker and piled it on before homeroom. And everyone, I mean everyone who was anyone, wore Guess jeans. That tiny triangle logo on every cute butt was my life’s desire. My parents thought it was completely ridiculous to spend $55 on a pair of jeans. Eventually my mom must have acquiesced because I remember when I finally got a pair, how happy I was, how cute my butt looked sporting the elusive triangle, and how much I loved the zippers down by my ankles. I got braces on and off, and my teeth were perfect. We moved to Minnesota my junior year of high school where my Atlanta makeup fit in about as well as I did at first. A kind boy finally told me, stammering, “Um, only ugly girls wear makeup here, pretty girls don’t really need it.” I promptly scrubbed my face and was au natural through graduation — except for the discovery of Sun In, this transformed my dishwater hair into a lovely brassy hue. I loved my “blond” locks, and apparently everyone else did too. I left high school voted “Most Likely to Succeed” and “Best Hair.” Miami University in Oxford, Ohio was deeply ingrained in Midwestern fashion…the


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J. Crew catalog was our shopping Mecca and most of my party pics show a smiling girl in a blazer with huge shoulder pads. Half-cowboy boots were the footwear of choice. Tanning beds turned us orange in the midst of cold Ohio winters, and I have them to thank for my biannual skin checks at the dermatologist’s office. I think I weighed as much as I did when I was pregnant with my firstborn, but I thought I looked amazing, so therefore I always had a date. Apparently boys at this age think about you however you think about yourself. My third decade was all about Ann Taylor suits in jewel tone colors. Shoulder pads were still important, but no longer resembling football pads. My college cushion was gone and I was into fat free eating (I could consume an entire box of Snackwell cookies in an afternoon.) and step aerobics, but I never counted calories when it came to cocktails or hangover relief. This decade ended with marriage and pregnancy, and sadly although I was a very cute pregnant girl (weighing only what I did in college, mind you) I wore giant billowy tops, kangaroo pouch jeans and leggings from Target. My fourth decade was an evolution into motherhood, then single motherhood, building a career that I actually love, and finally getting seriously fit. I fell in love with running and my wardrobe was monopolized by workout clothes, much to the dismay of my fashionista twin daughters. I started to care more about things I used to have no patience for — things like a spiritual life, yoga and proper nutrition. In this decade I finally figured out where to pour my heart — into my children and into passions and relationships that feed my soul rather than deplete it. My style no longer depends on what is popular or who has what; I feel the need to constantly simplify. My daughters tell me when my jeans make my butt look good. My fifth decade begins next month, and with it I enter the era where women have always been most beautiful to me, classy, confident, less self-centered and knowing what they want and do not want. I am ready to mark this passage. My most comfortable garment is finally, wonderfully, my own skin.

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What is your favorite decade in fashion? The 1950s. I just love the prim and proper clothing the girls were wearing, but it was also the birth of rock and roll. I have this image of the poodle skirt-wearing girls sneaking out to dance with the cool greaser boys. It’s more about the attitude of this time, rather than the actual way the clothes looked. Who is your favorite designer? It’s hard to pick my one favorite designer, but at the moment it is Nicolas Ghesquiere of Balenciaga. He is the perfect mix for a modern woman who enjoys a bit of the tomboy feel.


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If you could design something for any celebrity living or dead, who would it be? Freddy Mercury because he was epic. What was your favorite article of clothing when you were a child? Big pink bell-bottoms and my sideways neck scarf. I thought I was so cool! What piece of art would you most like to own? The Louvre Museum! I would love to live in this. It’s a work of art in and of itself. Who is your favorite fictional character? Sherlock Holmes — I’m always ready for adventure and mystery! What do you miss most about childhood? Wasting time.

Where would you live if you weren’t in NYC? Austin. I still choose Austin to settle down in. I am hoping to buy a home there soon. But if I didn’t live in NYC now, I would live in Paris. If you weren’t a model, what would you try? I would definitely be in college to study to become an art director or possibly a film director — something artsy. What is your most treasured possession? I try not to have too many material possessions. It’s bad for the adventurous spirit. But, if I had to choose one, it would be my pillow-kitty. I’ve had it since I can remember. It’s just a pillow, shaped like a kitty. I call it pillow-kitty. P h oto g r a p h y by el l en vo n u nw ert h

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wo years ago, Ashley Smith was working at an H.E.B. in Austin and attending McNeil High School. She was hanging out in Waterloo Park during a SXSW show when Alan and Tanni Foreman of Foreman Management, an Austin-based modeling agency that places models with major agencies in big markets, saw Ashley and told her she should be a model. They took an iPhone photo of her, sent it to agencies in NYC, and the rest is history. Today, Smith’s former fellow cashiers at H.E.B. can look over at the magazine racks and see her on the cover or inside the pages of W, Vogue, NY Times’ T magazine or in advertisements for Prada, Alexander Wang and Topshop. Her first time to leave the U.S. was for a shoot in Brazil for Elle, and since then she’s worked and traveled in England, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Italy and Paris (her second favorite city after NYC). She says: “I can’t believe all the things I have done and learned in the past two years — I’ve experienced a huge part of the world, am learning new languages, tasting exotic food and seeing the most spectacular museums.” The downside of this glamorous life? “It makes you grow up fast and you have to get used to being alone.” Smith will always love her hometown — the music scene, Tex-Mex and of course her best friends who still live in Austin. What’s next for the soon to be supermodel? “I am excited about a whole lot of things…you’re just going to have to wait and see. I have a bright future coming my way!” L. smith ford

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his is a love story. I started my career in Austin, with a shiny new journalism degree from Texas A&M and a tiny gig at Texas Monthly. “How did you go to A&M?” I often hear. My parents’ life was better than cable — complete with a saloon in their ranch house, and my Mom’s piles of strange and amazing accessories (like…100 pairs of vintage Victorian baby shoes) — and Dad said, my money is going to A&M, you might as well go there too. It worked. My journey has been about being true to myself, with an incredibly audacious but grounded family, all who ironically beg I would just be a little more still, and simple...which isn’t me…entirely. I couldn’t get New York City and ambitions of fashion styling out of my head, although my life’s path was laid before me in Austin. I knew almost immediately, I couldn’t stay in Texas. NYC is my pre-retirement home, and has been for almost a decade (though I hope to always somehow split my time). I do hope my future includes seeing my own family run wildly in the Texas grass, under a warm sun, at least for a minute. (Not to mention a renovated rock house, a massive library, a darkroom, wine cellar and frequent trips to France.) My dream was never to drag a 30-pound stroller up a sixth floor walkup with a baby on my hip, and apologize to neighbors for my child’s voice, while wearing the latest Barney’s get-up (though I would live with my beloved in a yurt and don wellies, should he say Vamanos…). The great irony of NYC is it beats the hell


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out of you until you are (mostly, hopefully) of sound mind and spirit — and that’s really the only way to handle the city. I have survived (and arguably triumphed) there, but not yet thrived with balance. I realized, being a Texan is like winning the lottery. It is abundant, happy, good; it has a grand identity, with pride and roots. The older I get, the less I care about a lifestyle that is contrived, fancy, fast, modern. After all, how many roller coasters are there really, to ride? I prefer kindness, nature, imperfections, humanity, peace, art. Spending my limited minutes with presence and calm. All of it, I have taken to the mat, and sought a concoction to suit my odd soul. NYC is equivocal to fashion. People want to know about that part of my journey. I don’t like the word fashion. I’ve always loved clothes and getting dressed, and I think I am inherently a stylist (and a photographer, gulp). I could write a book about the ins-and-outs. But the story of my life is the journey to loving myself, not loving fashion — though I also love quality food, salt, wine, tequila, vodka and shoes…laughing, love and books — things that touch our bodies and hearts, where kind intentions are apparent (read: virtuous). And yes, I want a lifestyle that reflects these sensibilities and levels, but I shouldn’t chase those levels. It took me a long time to accept the truth that almost any lifestyle is an earned luxury. But New York creates these moving platforms, like boats in an ocean, jumping from one to the next. I finally found that following my heart meant a solitary motivation. The irony of success is, it forces you to this

place. And then one day you look up, and you are most yourself, and you are rewarded most because of it. No matter where you are. I started BOOTLEG for this reason, where I could express the art of photography and styling, and grow a shoe store, from a single point of view — cart follows horse. And though I adore flying out of Austin, seeing shoes and friends around the world and being on set in NYC, many of my days are filled with meeting nice, excited people, in a 28-foot Airstream on South Congress Avenue (it drops on the hitch of my truck in about 10 minutes, be warned). And I treasure driving the rural two hours to my parents’ ranch, hugging my father, hearing only creatures at night. I used to think I loved clothes and accessories more than anything else. And, they are the tools of my trade, and the joy of my day, the medium through which I am able to connect with others. They continue to inspire me, and provide booze on the table. But loving myself, and my audacious collection of tattered caftans, fur coats, sky-high booties, my jarring cackle, Scorpio drama…that’s the marrow. And talking with you about the weird things you love and collect is my marrow, too. And speaking of love, if you want to talk about men, that’s a whole other self-help pile of fodder, best rehearsed over a strong cocktail… or three. What I know for sure is, only you can maintain happiness as pure and endless as the joy that God intended for you — of which capacity, you already carry. Dorothy, in her sparkly red magic slippers, really did have it with her, all along. And so did I. P h oto g r a p h y by g r eg m a nis

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From the bright lights of NYC to the wide-open spaces of the Hill Country and now opening a shoe boutique in an Airstream in SoCo, this stylish dreamer reflects.

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SEPTEMBER Calendars arts & entertainment

Entertainment Calendar Music Sade with Special Guest John Legend

Sept 7, 7:30pm Frank Erwin Center

Japandroids and Bass Drum of Death

Sept 8, 9pm The Mohawk


Sept 13 & 14, 6pm Austin Music Hall Santana with Michael Franti

Sept 14, 6pm ACL Live at The Moody Theater Pretty Lights

Sept 15, 8pm Austin Music Hall

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Sept 16-18 Zilker Park

Iron & Wine

Sept 18, 7pm Stubb’s

Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love

Sept 22-25 El Cosmico, Marfa Neon Indian

Sept 23, 8pm The Mohawk Tiesto

Sept 29, 9pm Cedar Park Center The Script

Sept 30, 7pm Stubb’s

Comedy Jim Gaffigan

Sept 9, 7pm Bass Concert Hall

Amy Schumer

Sept 14-17 Cap City Comedy Club Kumail Nanjiani

Sept 21-24 Cap City Comedy Club Mike Epps & Friends

Sept 24, 8pm Bass Concert Hall

Film Fantastic Fest

Sept 22-29 Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar Piranha

Made in Texas Film Series Presented by The Austin Film Festival Sept 14, 7:30pm Texas Spirit Theater Cinemakids

Sept 17, 12pm UT Austin CMB Studio


Tour de Vin, Wine and Food Tasting

The Cherry Orchard

Presented by the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas Sept 8, 6:30-9:30pm The W Hotel

RAIN, A Tribute to the Beatles

breast cancer resource center's 16th annual champagne brunch

Sept 16-25 Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

Sept 20-25 The Long Center

The Mozart Project

Presented by Ballet Austin with Choreography by Stephen Mills Sept 30-Oct 2 The Long Center

Other La Bella Donna “Makeup at Every Age”

Sept 8, 3-8pm San Saba Spa at Lakeway Resort & Spa

Sept 11, 11am-3pm The Long Center

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Pre-ACL Gala Sept 14, 7-10pm Republic Square Park

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Sept 24-25 University of Texas The Modern Bridal Expo

Sept 25, 12:30-4pm Fashion Show: 3pm Lakeway Resort & Spa the Big Give 2011

Presented by I Live Here I Give Here Sept 25, 7pm W Austin vintage vivant's carnival & circus

TRIBEZA Style Week

Sept 25 Swan Dive

Ballet Austin Fête

16th Annual Food for Thought

Sept 22-29

Sept 23, 6pm W Austin

Howl To Donate

Sept 24, 4-8 pm Opa! Coffee and Wine Bar


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Supporting Dropout Prevention Sept 27 ACL Live at Moody Theater

Arts Calendar September 2 Julia C. Butridge Gallery

September 21 Arthouse

Texas Wax Reception: 6-8pm Through Sept 24

Rooftop Architecture Film Series: Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron 7:30pm

September 6 Harry Ransom Center

September 25 Austin Museum Day

Banned, Burned, Seized and Censored & The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door:
A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925 Through Jan 22 September 9 Arthouse

Anxiety of Photography Through Dec 30 September 10 Gallery Black Lagoon

Group Exhibition: Cari Palazzolo, Christa Palazzolo, David Lujan, Ryan Davis & Karen Thomas Reception: Sept 9, 7-10pm Through Sept 11

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Wally Workman Gallery

Jan Heaton, Tranquillo Reception: 6-8pm Through Oct 1

September 15 WomEn & Their Work

16th Annual Red Dot Art Spree 7-10pm


Billy Sims, Hooks High School c. 1973-1975

The Blanton Museum of Art

El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote To You About Africa Through Jan 22


EVENT p i ck

B. Hollyman Gallery

Texas High School Football: More Than the Game

Blanton Museum of Art

Through January 22 The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Austin Art Space

Bucking The Texan Myth Through Sept 10 Alberto Mena: While I Sleep Through Sept 24 About Face: Portraiture as Subject Through Sept 4 GrayDUCK Gallery

Candy Cornbread Through Sept 25

Wally Workman Gallery

Group Show: Stanford Kay & Sarah Ferguson Through Sept 3


ith More Than the Game, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is celebrating a sport central to so many communities in the state — high school football. The exhibition goes beyond the game, exploring the culture that surrounds it. “It’s not just about football, but about marching bands, mascots, cheerleaders and the involvement of the entire community,” guest curator and writer Joe Nick Patoski says. “No event unites Texas communities like high school football. It cuts across religious preferences, ethnic background and economic status.” To tell this story, the exhibit boasts nearly 200 nostalgiainducing artifacts gathered from around the state including a trophy from the first UIL state championship, Drew Brees’ jersey, a rotating photography wall and a photograph of Frankie Groves, the first female to play Texas high school football. Admission to the exhibition, hosted in the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Hall, is $9 for adults and $6 for children. j. pickens

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Todd Reed Trunk Show September 16 – 17 Positive Images, 1118 W. 6th St.

Museums Arthouse

700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: Th–F 11–7, Sa 10–5, Su 1–5 Austin Children’s Museum

201 Colorado St. (512) 472 2499 Hours: Tu 10–5, W 10–8, Th–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 AMOA Downtown

823 Congress Ave. (512) 495 9224 Hours: Tu, W, F 10–5, Th 10–8, Sa 10–6, Su 12–6 AMOA Laguna Gloria

3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–Su 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5

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lean and bold, sophisticated and collectible, raw and beautiful. When Colorado jewelry designer Todd Reed describes his work, he does not exaggerate — his one of a kind pieces stand out for their elegance and originality, with unique settings accenting the natural beauty of raw diamonds. Reed’s trunk show at Positive Images Gallery presents a special opportunity for customers to see the designer’s work and consult with him in person. “I get informed greatly by meeting and spending time with my clients,” Reed says. The designs are not only beautiful, but also sustainable, since Reed uses recycled metals and recycled and used diamonds rather than working with current mines. His work is a perfect fit for the unique Positive Images collection, which is carefully edited by owners Deborah and Dennis Labonte to include distinctive pieces from numerous artists and jewelers, all of whom make their own work. Deborah says: “The response to the Todd Reed collection was positive from the start. Our customers love the one of a kind nature of his work. Each piece is so beautifully crafted.” The trunk show runs September 16 to 17 with Reed in store from 5 to 8pm on September 16 and his business partner Kim Carpenter there all weekend. A. Bell


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

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–6, Su 12–6

Elisabet Ney Museum

304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5

French Legation Museum

802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–Su 1–5

George Washington Carver Museum

1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4

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

LBJ Library and Museum

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

Mexic–Arte Museum

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

Galleries Art on 5th

1501 W. 5th St. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 The Art Gallery at JohnWilliam Interiors

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

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Art Spaces

arts & entertainment Artworks Gallery

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

Austin Art Garage

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

Creative Research Laboratory

2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 322 2099 Hours: Tu–Sa 12–5 Davis Gallery

La Peña

301 E. 33rd St., #7 By appointment only

5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 385 1670

Lora Reynolds Gallery

Stephen L. Clark Gallery

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

Clarksville Pottery & Galleries

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

360-C Nueces St. (512) 215 4965 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6

Flatbed Press

Lotus Gallery

2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6

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

Austin Galleries

Gallery 5619

Maranda Pleasant Gallery


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

5619 Airport Blvd. (512) 751 2360 Gallery Black Lagoon

4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: W–F 3–7

Gallery Shoal Creek

1304 E. Cesar Chavez St. By appointment only

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

Brocca Gallery

grayDUCK gallery


1103 E. 6th St. (512) 628 1306 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5

Bydee Art Gallery

1050 E. 11th St., #120 (512) 480 3100 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–7 champion

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

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

1122 W. 6th St. (512) 477 2700 Hours: M–Sa 11–6, Su 11–4

Jean–Marc Fray Gallery

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

Big Medium

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

7739-Q North Cross Dr. (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6

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


mus eum s & g a lleries`

2235 E. 6th St. (713) 922 8584 By appointment only Mass Gallery

916 Springdale Rd. Hours: W 7–9, Sa 12–5 The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery

6500 St. Stephens Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: W–F 9–5 Okay Mountain

1312 E. Cesar Chavez St. Hours: W 7–9, Sa 12–5 Positive Images Gallery

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

1710-C S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 472 7707 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–4 Russell Collection Fine Art

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

Studio 107

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

502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 Hours: Su 2–5 Wally Workman Gallery

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

Women & Their Work

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

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

Alternative Spaces ARTPOST: The Center for Creative Expression

4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. Austin Presence

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

4001 N. Lamar Blvd., #200 (512) 454 9079 Hours: M–Sa 10–6:30, Su 12–4 Domy Books

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

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

702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571

Quattro Gallery

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

3620-C Bee Cave Rd. (512) 970 3471 Hours: By appointment only United States Art Authority

2906 Fruth St. (512) 476 4455 To have your gallery considered for listing in the Arts Guide, please send a request to events@ with Art Guide Submission in the subject line.

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THIS PAGE Jacket by Tibi $380, Valentine’s Too; Leggings by Vince $195, Saks Fifth Avenue. FACING PAGE Dress by Vince $595, Blouse by Elizabeth & James $395, Shoes by Miu Miu $795, Neiman Marcus.


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On Aurora (left): Pants, Blouse + Sweater by Ralph Lauren $198, $155 + $2,498, Neiman Marcus. On Erin (right): Dress by Lafayette 148 $448, Julian Gold; Vest by Vince $1,795, Valentine’s Too; Shoes by Messseca $210, Bootleg Cuff by Lizzie Fortunato $260, Kick Pleat.


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Dress by Cacharel $795, By George; Shoes by Lovely People $195, Bootleg.

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Dress by St. John $695, Jacket by Alberta Ferretti by Philosophy $995, Julian Gold; Shoes by Jeffrey Campbell $220, Bootleg.


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Dress by Norman Ambrose $2,575, Blouse by Oscar de la Renta $1,250, Julian Gold; Coat by Jeffrey Montiero, By George; Shoes by Miu Miu $630, Saks Fifth Avenue.

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On Aurora: Poncho by Piazza Sempione $1,695, Sunglasses by Tom Ford $360, Neiman Marcus; On Erin: Shirt by Bayleaf $108, Saks Fifth Avenue.


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Twice the Style

The Look of Love — meet four Austin couples with unique fashion perspectives. By Lau r e n S m it h Fo r d P h otog r a p h y by A l e x a n d r a Va l e n ti


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The Effortlessly Stylish

image 1 COURTESY OF TEXAS HATTERS; image 2 courtesy of WEBB GALLERY, waxahachie; image 3 courtesy of PRUNE RESTAURANT.


auren Wilkins’ cool and casual chic South Lamar shop Bows + Arrows has brought a lot of new people into her world over the past three and a half years it has been open, but perhaps the most significant shopper who has entered her store is her boyfriend of nine months Josh Block, musician and drummer in White Denim. Together, they master the art of casual dressing, making this couple one of our favorite representatives for what we at TRIBEZA love about Austin style. She Says: “Josh has an innate

sense of style — he’s got that kind of Paul Newman meets cowboy thing (he’s going to kill me for saying that). He knows what looks good on him, and he knows what he likes. He doesn’t have to try too hard and keeps his wardrobe to a minimum — good fitting pairs of jeans and T-shirts, a few great oxfords and a good pair of boots.” He Says: “Lauren has always

been naturally beautiful to me, so her style goes right along with that. What she sees and how she organizes it never feels like a put on. She’s very honest with everything she says and does, and you can see it in her style.”

Lauren Wilkins + Josh Block

Where They Shop: Bows + Arrows. For Lauren, it’s the FWK by Engineered Garments and A.P.C. Jeans (which Josh also loves). She heads to Kickpleat for Rachel Comey shoes and V.O.D. in Dallas for Isabel Marant and Vanessa Bruno. Josh has been known to shop at truck stops and mix those finds with Farm Tactics tees. Lauren’s Most Prized Piece:

“My old Justin’s Ropers. I’ve had them since I was 16. They are the perfect cowboy boot, and I wear them with everything — perfectly worn in fit and appearance. I don’t know what I would do without them. I’m pretty sure they could never be replaced.”

What’s Next: Lauren is always working on her shop, finding new lines and pieces to curate it with to keep it exciting. Josh is focused on his music.

Lauren and Josh’s Favorite Things 1. Cowboy hats from Texas Hatters, Lockhart 2. Artwork by Hector Alonzo Benavides at the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie 3. Long Island Iced Teas from Prune in NYC 4. Lauren's brother's surf adventure blog, 5. Conway & Waylon 6. Josh's fried chicken 7. The desert 8. True Stories, the David Byrne movie 9. Weird Waxahachie 10. Our Bluetick Coonhound, Hattie

Josh’s Most Prized Pieces:

“My lovingly worn in collection of A.P.C. jeans. My green T-shirt — it’s a perfect fit and the pockets in the exact location I like. My Woolrich parka goes everywhere with me as well.” Lauren on Austin Style: “It’s casual — you can pretty much get away with anything. I’m a non-fuss kind of person, so I’m down with not having to dress up all the time. I think you can have just as much style in your casual clothing…it doesn’t mean you have to look sloppy.”

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The Naturals

robert gay + Lucy begg


n Alabama boy meets an English girl…that’s how the love story begins for this always smartly clad pair. They met in Alabama at Rural Studio, an innovative design-build architecture program at Auburn University. They married this summer in Corsham England in Wiltshire. Together, they work from their East Side offices on Thoughtbarn, a multidisciplinary design studio. Robie also runs BBITT, a digital fabrication studio. Robie on Lucy’s Style: Stripes, skirts and

little fitted jacket with 3/4-length sleeves — it’s a true work of art.”

dad use to have a great collection of mesh hats that he hung from his shop ceiling. The mesh hat reminds me of working with him when I was a little kid. I keep all my old hats to remind me of projects and constructions that I have built wearing them. I also used to collect western shirts, but now I am transitioning to vintage banker’s shirts, which seems like the same transition I made from age four to age six.”

cuteness Lucy on Robie’s Style: Lanky, dapper


Lucy on Austin Style: “I never wore dresses before I moved here, but I discovered you can’t get through a Texas summer without a wardrobe full of vintage sundresses.”

Where Robie Shops: “I generally shop at

vintage stores, Goodwill and secondhand stores for all my shirts and slacks. Along with that, a great pair of shoes that last seven to 10 years is a must.” Where Lucy Shops: “My best clothes

are hand-me-downs from my more stylish friends and gems picked out by Robie. I have two tops he gave me by Machine Ballerina which always get compliments. Our friend Natalie Chanin, of Alabama Chanin, makes some of the most exquisite clothes on earth, but due to the limits of my pocket book, I don’t own nearly enough of her pieces.” Lucy’s Best Style Story: “I met our

friend AJ through a work-release program at the Rural Studio. He earned extra money by making custom patchwork T-shirts for students. I commissioned him to quilt over a


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Robie’s Favorite Things

Robie’s Collection: “Trucker Hats. My 1. Red sole shoes 2. Eladio Dieste. Sometimes masonry wants to be structural art. 3. SANAA. Sometimes architecture is better executed through basic concepts. 4. Resistence Ensemble, an Austin-based French Revolution Rock Band, the next big thing. 5. White Denim, Wranglers and the band. They reflect the sun which keeps you cooler in the summer. 6. 1979 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe. I never wanted a truck until I got this vintage beauty from my Dad. 7. Papa's Nubbins. The pickling company my family runs, delicious stuff. I usually eat the entire jar at once. 8. Manufacturing Processes for Designers, an encyclopedia of knowledge on how to make things 9. Your Hands. Tacit knowledge is the best knowledge. 10. The Art of Japanese Joinery, by Kiyosi Seike

What’s Next: “We are currently working on

a range of exciting projects, from a new event space, a water powered public installation for Philadelphia, an art master plan for the City of Tacoma, Washington and a couple of residential projects in Austin. We are hoping to start renovating our new house in the Fall…how to squeeze our extensive domestic wish-list into 700 square feet on a tiny budget....”

Lucy’s Faves

Left to right: Jean-Luc Bastille, Bubé Taté, Jean Coeur de la Colére, Breet, Marcel Marcel and Cecile d’Oboe

Lucy’s Favorite Things 1. Cuisinox stainless steel milk frother. This little device has single-handedly saved us hundreds of dollars on creamy coffees over the years. It's an essential part of our morning routine. 2. Our silver Vespa LX150. I can't really understand why everyone in Central Austin image 4 provided by resistance ensemble; image 6 provided by design build adventure, photography by ashley garmon; image 7 provided by charley harper; image 9 provided by car2go; image 10 provided by farmhouse delivery, photography by jody horton.

doesn't own a scooter. I make 90 percent of my round-town trips on it and it costs me $12 in gas per month. 3. Hand-stitched artifacts by Pine Needle. I have an embroidered apron Nikki Gay, my sister in law, made using scrap pieces of her grandmothers' fabrics and a ring cushion she sewed for our wedding. They're two of the most precious objects I own. 4. Everything from Muji. It's the only store I truly enjoy shopping in, because all the things you like are actually affordable. 5. Tate Modern, London. Robie and I make a ritual trip there every time we're in London, preferably on our first day. The view of the city from the river is breath-taking and so are the installations in the Turbine Hall. Olafur Eilisson's Weather Project was the first we saw together and is still the best. 6. The work of artist friends. Agi-Miagi, Design Build Adventure, AT Studio, BBIITT, Butch Anthony, WeCanOk, Cynthia Connolly, Comma Workshop, Ashley Garmon, Pop Prints. Everything is more meaningful when it's made by a friend. 7. Charley Harper. I could stare at his illustrations all day long — the colors, the caricatures, the mid-century yet totally modern style. 8. Pimms. Everything that's stylish about English summers embodied in one classic drink. 9 & 10. Car2Go and Farmhouse Delivery's CSA box. I'm inspired by the emerging economies based on sharing. I gave Robie membership to both of these for Valentine's Day. They were not entirely selfless gifts.

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The Free Spirits

Colleen fischer + fish

image 6 photography by chris patunas; image 7 courtesy of jennifer pickens of the naughty secretary club; image 8 courtesy of allens boots; image 9 courtesy of the w hotel.


hese two love birds met in the creative writing program at Ohio University and will be celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary this December. After a stint as the VP of Booking for Live Nation, Colleen Fischer took on the big job of Director of Booking at Austin City Limits Live. A fashionista in her own right, in an interesting twist, it’s actually her husband, a coffee importer, Fish, who does all the shopping for her wardrobe.

What We Collect: Fish buys and sells Native American Silversmith Jewelry, by the likes of Carlos White Eagle, who made jewelry for Elvis, the Roosevelts and many Hollywood celebrities of the 1960s. For Colleen, it’s shoes. “My mom sold shoes at Saks Fifth Avenue for over 35 years. She will retire this year at age 80. I knew, at a young age, the difference between a Stuart Weitzman pump, a Via Spiga loafer, a Donald Pliner sandal or a Ferragamo heel. It’s very easy to get spoiled like that.”

She Says: “Fish always seems to know what’s in style even though I have no idea how he finds out! He dresses up for shows as a matter of respect for what the musicians are doing. He says Albert King taught him that.”

Austin Style: “I love the 2nd Street District. I love just sitting out there watching it all

He Says: “I buy most of her clothes. I follow

the seasons and like natural fabrics and colors.” Where They Shop: “We have lots of designers in our closet, but we don’t go looking for a designer when we shop. One of my favorites is Exclusively Misook at Nordstrom. I also like Eli Tahari and Rachel Roy. Fish loves Last Call. He is a weekly shopper there, mostly for me, but he will snag a Robert Graham jacket now and then.”

come by. Austin feels very dressed up to me when I see people shopping in all the cute stores like Plain Ivey Jane, Anne Moore (the cute hat store) and let’s not forget, Teddies for Bettys,” Colleen says. What’s Next: “It’s all about Austin City Limits Live — building a diverse and worldclass music venue that together with W Austin creates a worldwide destination,” she says. “I am currently working on New Year’s Eve. I want NYE to be like when the Grateful Dead used to play every year in San Francisco…I want the world to fly in and see Willie Nelson and friends.”

Fish & Colleen’s Favorite Things 1. Bobby Nelson (Willie's sister). She is teaching us to be 80. 2. Jamaica Blue mountain coffee (finest in the world) 3. Chanel 19 (timeless) 4. The parrot flock at Bartholomew Park 5. Cartier Sunglasses 6. Linguini and Clam Sauce at Vespaio 7. Bakelite bracelets from the 30s (Colleen has about 40 of them) 8. Purple Lucchese Cowboy Boots 9. Parties at the W Secret Bar

Most Prized Piece: For Colleen, it’s a Rainmaker silver Navajo bracelet from the 1950s. “I am the rainmaker at my job, and it helps me remember that!” she says. “For Fish, it is a carved walrus tusk pendant. He says it feels really good, and people always stop to talk to him about it.”

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jackie young + Derek brown


ustin often feels like a small town. It can seem like everyone is connected in some way. Although Jackie and Derek have a lot of the same friends, they didn’t cross paths until a year ago when they clicked. They may have hectic schedules with Derek working at East Side eatery Takoba while simultaneously pursuing music as a DJ and the guitarist for a dance rock band called Rickey Jean Francois as Jackie is a barkeep at the Hotel San José and a photographer, but they still manage to take time out for each other. She says: “Derek looks like he could

walk right out of Bruce Davidson’s 1959 photo essay called the Brooklyn Gang. His style is clean and classic, in a dapper meets James Dean kind of way...and his shoe collection is killer. It trumps mine for sure.” He says: “Jackie’s style is a 90s Guess ad mixed with Native American design. She’s got a wonderful eye for finding the perfect patterns.” On Style: Jackie says: “Style can be

deliberate or unplanned, and I am interested in the way people integrate it into their lives. To tell you the truth, whenever I travel a big reason I always get to the airport early is so that I can have enough time to see what people are wearing, and I love international terminals the most. Observation is the best education.”


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Derek’s take: “It can be interpreted in so many ways. Two people can wear the same shirt and make it look completely different.

Jackie & Derek’s Favorite Things

On Austin Style: Jackie likes: “The

in Saudi Arabia, so thrifting feeds my Native American print obses-

strong composition that people in Austin put into their style. They are not trying to look like anyone else but themselves, which to me is the most important thing about style.” Derek has a particular affinity for a lot of vintage stores that encourage people to take things from the past and put a modern spin on them to make them their own. “Also, I grew up in Texas so I always appreciate the mix of southwest style with other elements.”

1. Jackie's acid wash Levi's orange label jean jacket. It was found on a road trip to New Mexico. 2. Laced With Romance — I grew up in southwest Oklahoma and sion, and LWR keeps my memories of living in the Middle East alive. 3. Stag because I love the overall aesthetic of that store, and like to feel the material on the racks and check out the accessory cases. Those men know what they are doing. 4. Contax T2's 5. Brooklyn designer Samantha Pleet 6. International terminals 7. Chanel will always be Jackie's number one 8. A pocket knife that belonged to Derek's grandfather that he wears on a chain around his neck 9. Derek's shoes — leather oxfords, boots, white Chuck Taylors and zip up cowboy boots Jackie bought him from Prototype.

What’s Next: For Jackie: “For the

last year, I’ve been working on a collaborative photography project with my best friend/photographer Andrew De Francesco. We’ve traveled together through West Texas, New Mexico, Big Sur, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and in and out of Austin and Brooklyn. The project is called Welcome Indians, and we are in the process of building a body of work with each other from 3,000 miles away. We would like to see it come to hardback print eventually, to pull it out of the Internet and have it tangible. Tangible is more our style.” Derek is currently working in the studio on a new record that will be out this fall.

To check out Jackie’s photography, visit jackiepolaroids


The Creatives

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W h at t o W e a r

Friends dress their friends in a whole new look with surprising results for all. by Lauren Smith Ford

P h oto g r a p h y b y M i c h a e l T h a d C a r t e r

P r i n t O b s e ss i o n

Marques G. Harper Style Reporter, Austin American-Statesman As a fashion writer, Marques spends so much time dressing other people for photo shoots and researching new trends that he doesn’t always have the time to think about how to dress the most important person of all — himself. He loves to justify his shopping habits (or lack thereof ) by claiming Cathy Horyn (the fashion writer for the New York Times) likes to shop at Walmart…His signature look is undoubtedly a pair of light wash jeans and Converse shoes with a short-sleeve (and very) patterned button down shirt. He explains: “A print shirt really stands on its own. The shirt carries itself, so I don’t have to worry about accessories or anything else.” I haven’t ever been allowed to peruse his closet, but my guess is that he has a stock of a hundred of these ornately designed short sleeve numbers hanging in there. I am fine with prints, but I wanted to show Marques that casual doesn’t have to be that casual and prints can be dressed up. The end result is what I think of as the perfect fall transitional look that Marques could wear to an event in September (or on a date…any sweet and single men out there?). After some initial skepticism to try it on, he had this to say of the final look — “I actually love it — the color, the fit and of course the print! The outfit really works for my age, but without entering the world of ties and cufflinks…I’m not quite ready for that yet!” Marques is wearing a jacket by Haspel $350, shirt by Ermenegildo Zegna $195, chinos by Incotex $295, boat shoes by Frye $128, all available at Neiman Marcus.

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suiting up

Michael Thad Carter Photographer It’s easy to dress this handsome athlete (he was a state ranked tennis player and an award winning gymnast). Perhaps due to his sporty past, Michael can often be found around town in fitted tees, shorts and sneakers. He says he can’t even remember the last time he wore a suit, so I wanted to put him in a totally different look, and boy, did he wear it well! I am quite sure this Zegna suit was made just for him, and when paired with a hip black gingham shirt, a skinny tie and tie bar, it doesn’t feel stuffy. The Mississippi native says: “I felt like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman….and I liked it.” Michael is wearing a suit by Ermenegildo Zegna $2,595, shirt $185 and tie $98 by Theory, all available at Neiman Marcus.


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Dylan Sack Accounting + Operations, TRIBEZA In our mostly female office, Dylan provides not only some muscle for helping us carry (or hang) things, but an always positive, happy and go with the flow attitude, a much needed energy in our hectic environment of monthly deadlines. Between his West Austin childhood, St. Michael’s for high school and TCU for undergrad, he is mostly drawn to the preppy look — light khaki pants (sometimes pleated), loafers and of course the staple of every conservatively dressed man, Polo shirts. His slim, athletic frame is often hidden by these frequently baggy ensembles. So, we headed over to one of my favorite men’s shops, Service Menswear on South Congress. They do modern prep better than anyone else. Unlike many guys (predicting we will get some comments from Dylan’s buddies on his new look), Dylan was up for anything and didn’t even cringe at the idea of…“skinny jeans.” The end product is a look that would be perfect for the office, which could then transition into an after work event by just throwing on a blazer. He says: “I really liked the more contemporary look. It felt more in line with what’s happening in fashion in Austin right now.” Although we would never want to change anything about sweet Dylan, his outfit did get a collective thumbs up of approval by the staff. Dylan is wearing a shirt by Gilbert & Lewis $155, jeans by Naked & Famous $155, belt by Billy Kirk $148, tie by Alexander Olch $145, shoes by Cole Haan $198, bag by Jack Spade $195, watch by Nixon $150, all available at Service Menswear.

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ABOVE Before:

Maria in classic white. RIGHT Mary shops for Maria’s new look.

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Mary Tally & Maria Groten Best friends Mary Tally (pictured left) and Maria Groten are most definitely some of the best dressed fashionistas in town. Just as Anna Wintour has a signature look of sleeveless print dresses, Maria has one of her own — Mary describes it as “tailored, fitted and classic.” Maria elaborates: “I’m so small that I can get lost in clothing, so I keep it simple. I’m usually wearing black or white.” So, we asked Mary to take Maria to her favorite shop, By George, to try out something a bit more funky and untraditional. These two have been friends for five years. Maria says of their bond — “We laugh A LOT, and I love Mary’s heart. I look up to her and respect her whether it’s on a fundraising decision or deciding what to wear!” Maria is wearing a dress by Lanvin $1,640 and shoes by Givenchy $895, all available at By George.


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The Fall

essentials Photography by Steve Visneau Styling by Lauren Smith Ford Model Zac Taylor, Kim Dawson Agency


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Jacket by Levi's $795, By George; Scarf by Ralph Lauren RRL $165, Henley by Ralph Lauren RRL $165, Raw Denim Jeans by Ralph Lauren RRL $300, Stag.

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Henley $150, Pants $185, by Rag & Bone, By George; Belt by Will $72, Boots by Red Wing $300, Stag.

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Jacket by Made and Crafted by Levi’s $850, By George; Shirt by A.P.C. $185, Bows + Arrows; Pants by Rag & Bone $185, By George; Belt by Will $72, Stag.


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Sweater by Ralph Lauren RRL $545, T-shirt by Alternative Apparel $24, Jeans by Ralph Lauren RRL $220, Stag.

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Facing Page: Coat by Gant by Michael Bastian $895, Sweater by Dries Van Noten $637, By George; Pants by Dunderdon $128, Stag. This Page: Scarf by Shawl $100 & Pants by Dries Van Noten $669, By George.

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Facing Page: Jeans by Raleigh Denim Shop $275, By George; T-shirt by Crate $22.50, Belt by CXXVI $65.50, Stag. This Page: Shirt by Universal Works $178, Stag.

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Shirt by Dries Van Noten $330, Sweater by Dries Van Noten $641, By George; Pants by Life After Denim $78, Glasses $24, Stag.


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space The design and style of four local businesses and the people who work there. By Jackie Rangel Photography by Kailey Flynn

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or some creatives, environmental aesthetics are a source of inspiration and an important part of brainstorming. The look and feel of a solo artist’s studio or a shared collaborative space can be crucial elements to keeping the creative juices flowing on a regular basis.For a handful of local design businesses, with specialties ranging from flowers to footwear, the day-to-day surroundings of the “office” play a key role in the ideation and inspiration process.

Kendra Scott Jewelry Another homegrown hive of design and style, Kendra Scott Jewelry, depends on the same familial sense of collaboration to develop each of its collections. Dubbed “The Queen of Tear Sheets” by employees, Kendra Scott provides her team with stacks of magazines and images to review and categorize, in hopes of ultimately capturing an image’s artistic essence in a piece of jewelry. Sometimes, an entire “colorway” (the Kendra Scott term for color palette) can be gleaned from a single source, as was recently the case with an Alexander McQueen gown. “Kendra pulled this fashion editorial, featuring a gorgeous flowing, silk McQueen and we all thought, ‘Wow, I love that dress!’ It ended up becoming the Cliffside collection, one of our colorways for fall,” says Kaki Gaines, a member of the design team. Bright colors and fresh fashions are obviously top of mind for the successful jewelry company, and their chic South Congress office showcases this consistent attention to design details. “I love the mix of crisp bright light, the natural elements of the wooden doors and the amazing crystal chandelier. It’s really nice to have the clean and modern mixed with the natural, more textural elements. And yellow is our pop color, our recurring theme,” notes Vice President Denise Chumlea. Although working in an environment so akin to a jewelry box helps, this close-knit group of women (and one man, Lon Weingart, the new COO) also finds daily inspiration in Scott’s personal philosophies. “‘Never


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Pictured left to right: Abigail Enright, Joshua Bingaman and James Boone.

take no for an answer’ and ‘Dream big and make it happen.’ Kendra has taught us that you can really do that,” says Art and Marketing Director Cheryl Mills. Wise words from a business that opened its second location in Beverly Hills this August with the third location in Dallas to open at the end of September.

Helm Handmade HELM Handmade, a locally owned artisanal men’s shoe company, maintains an easygoing atmosphere by keeping a constant soundtrack pumping through the studio, turned off only for in-office meetings and conference calls. “The HELM office is full of life

and laughter — we love to listen to music and chat,” says Joshua Bingaman, HELM’s head designer and founder. The lean operation, consisting of Bingaman and two others, James Boone and Abigail Enright, is also fueled in large part by the steady stream of banter facilitated by close working quarters and a hands-on approach to re-inventing the classic men’s dress shoe. Basically, an office so collaborative that a dialogue with the three of them is not unlike one continuous, energetic thought — with each person finishing (and elaborating on) each other’s sentences. Bingaman, Boone and Enright are a talented and nimble group, with varied creative inclinations, talents and inspirations. Apart from the normal tools of the trade, like design programs and Pantone books, they rely heavily on cultural material to shape and inform their process. “We use a lot of vintage materials for inspiration. I’ll see something like the depth of a red in a Rothko piece, and use it for a collection’s pop color. Basically, I’ll come in with magazines, movies, music, art, photography and say, ‘OK guys, that’s where we’re going.’ You know, just so we have a synopsis,” says Bingaman. As for their upcoming fall collection, they are taking the line in a somewhat new direction, revisiting a select group of their classic shoes. “It’s 15 of the strongest original Helm styles, re-mastered. It’s almost like a rebirth,” notes Boone, the line’s co-designer and

creative director. Similarly, with the new season comes a new headquarters. Although fond of their current East Austin digs, the team has expanded their operation to a multiroom, multi-functional, bright and airy building at Artpost on Cesar Chavez (still on the East Side, of course) with a brand new show room that is open to the public during set hours.

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Loretta Flower From McQueen’s haute couture to street style around town, fashion itself proves a reliable source of creative inspiration for Mary Kathryn (MK) Paynter, founder of floral design studio Loretta Flower. “At times, when I am stuck with an arrangement creatively, I try to think about it as an outfit. I think things like, ‘What if I was wearing something that’s this pink color and I put it with this green color — what else would I throw in the mix to make it cool?’ It works really well with flowers,” she says. Careful attention to hues and textures is important to Paynter, who recently moved to a partially shared workspace adjacent to the backyard studio of Austin artist Elizabeth Chapin. “She has a great sense of color — really just divine. And it’s so unusual since in so much of the art and design world you learn to back off of color and use it sparingly. But Elizabeth, she just goes whole hog. It’s super inspiring that she’s just not afraid to use any of that

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with both personal style as well as interiors. Each person in the office brings their distinctive style and personality to each project,” Ashby says of his team’s process. And much like with HELM, Ashby has found that business growth calls larger workspace. “We just Ma r k A shby recently relocated from a small historic Louisiana-style cottage on Sixth and Nueces to a larger mid-century building on West 11th. Pictured left to right: Although we loved the Mark Ashby, Anne charm of our old office, we Cook, Lisa White and outgrew it.” Michele Lorenz. The new space will allow for the key addition of an extensive materials library and workroom, great connection to people, and I love that it two essential elements to their collaborais so centered around the things that really tive process. Even though as an office they matter in life — like love,” she says. are “inspired by all colors and patterns,” as of late Ashby has been drawn to “shades of Mark Ashby Design grey, oyster tones and rich navies” for recent projects. So where does this creative bunch While work environment is a source of like to go at the end of the day to unwind inspiration for Mark Ashby and the team at and relax? Naturally, their very own living Mark Ashby Design, it is also a preview of room — complete with the chic addition of the inspiring interiors that they can create a “Mad Men style” wet bar. for their clients. In order to design a living Although consistent productivity is key to space unique to the lifestyle and tastes of each any successful venture, each of these local individual, the creative team brings their own businesses puts their own spin on cultivatstylistic nuances to inform their timeless aping that other essential element of the creproach to interiors. ative workspace — fun. “I think we tend to aim towards classic


stuff at all,” Paynter says. With maps of all shapes, sizes and destinations pasted to every inch of wall space, Paynter’s unique surroundings practically demand creative exploration. “I’ve had to really learn to push myself. You just can’t do that without collaboration or without inspiration from someone else,” she says. Paynter, whose roster of clients already includes local hospitality darlings Hotel Saint Cecilia and Contigo, finds joy in connecting with her clients on a personal level. “The thing I really love about this and what I do, is that I get to be involved in really crucial points in people’s lives — like weddings, engagements or even funerals. It’s this really


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An Ode to an Era — the savvy style set goes back in time for nights out around a different time.

by Carol Shih Photography by John Pesina


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n the final Sunday of every month, beyond the white double doors of Red River’s Swan Dive, swing dancers twirl in and out of each others’ arms as ladies clad in 20s garb sip classic cocktails and listen to old French tunes. Started by Angeliska Polachek and Amelia Raley, Vintage Vivant attracts serious costume enthusiasts to Swan Dive’s vintage-inspired interior, transporting guests to another era. The Vivant hostesses, Polachek and Raley, came from a group of friends who explored their fascination with the past through vintage costume, and the ladies had been wanting to put together an event to celebrate this shared passion for sometime. But, Raley explains, “It was difficult to find a good place in Austin that had a big enough space that was also bright enough so everyone could admire each others’ costumes.” But when Swan Dive opened back in January, the Vivant gals immediately knew it was the perfect venue. Designed by Swan Dive co-owner Mickie Spencer of the East Side Show Room, the bar’s all white interior inspires the imagination with details like antique windows, tables, chairs and radiators, which line the stage, and lighting that Spencer made from old lamp parts, brass candleholders and white glass globes. “I wanted an old ballroom feel for dancers which is why I kept it mostly open in the middle. I chose to do all white and tones of gray as you see in an over exposed silent film (such as

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“ bottom left: photo courtesy of bithiah bland; all other photography by john pesina.

People want to know themes months and months ahead of time so that they can start crafting their costumes” Amelia Raley of Vintage Vivant

Vampyr or Ugetsu),” Spencer says. The result of her careful attention to detail is a new bar on Red River with an authentic old-timey feel. It was everything the Vivant girls were looking for, and they launched their first-ever Vintage Vivant night there, Paper Moon. From the beginning, the night attracted die hards. “People want to know themes months and months ahead of time so that they can start crafting their costumes,” Raley says. Before July’s La Vie Parisienne! Love on the Left Bank, the hostesses posted outfit inspirations on their website (, told stories of Édith Piaf and Alice Prin and engaged a community of vintage fashionistas with their thorough research. June’s Great Depression theme had crafty folks sewing together their own potato sack dresses and challenging the thriftiest to spend less than $2 on their costumes. One attendee bought her entire wardrobe with $1.50. The parties bring together individuals who share a passion for the garb of the era, and attendees have become friends, staying in touch after the night is done. Simply everyone, even Westen Borghesi (known as DJ Shorty Stump), the man Poster designed for La Vie Pariresponsible for the music, dresses in snazzy esienne! Love on the Left Bank event hosted at Swan Dive by costumes inspired by the theme. Vivant Vintage Vivant. enthusiasts spend weeks planning their costumes, watching movies related to the era, shopping for accessories and brainstorming costume ideas. Still, Vintage Vivant isn’t just for those who love dressing up; it’s also a scene for music adventurists who like to shimmy and bop their heads to unknown talents like the band Bold Daring True, who booked a number of shows after their performance. “We’re kind of this launching pad for unknown people,” Raley says. “We try really hard to dig up new talent and showcase it.” September’s Carnival and Circus night on the 25th promises a host of alluring circus-themed acts and artsy costumes. But even if you’re not dressed like a bearded lady or lithe contortionist, Austin’s most casual crowd is welcome here; you just have to pay $10 if you’re in “deadly dull attire” and $7 if you turn it out. For more information on the Vintage Vivant nights, visit

Other Theme Nights We Love The Highball Theme Nights Ladies, pull out that blue eye shadow, press on those acrylics and throw on those leg warmers for the 80s Dance Parties at the Highball! And if the 80s isn’t your decade, Henri Mazza and Greg MacLennan of Action Pack have earned a reputation for their many interactive, themed events at the Alamo Drafthouses and The Highball, including a 90s Hip Hop Dance Party and an Ultimate Queen Party with strobe lights and all. Visit The Highball’s event calendar at for more info.

Second Sunday Sock Hop In its fifth year, the Sock Hop continues to draw a young crowd to Shangri-La every second Sunday of the month for a night of anything-goes dancing driven by forgotten doo-wop, soul and funk spun by the SSSH DJs. Despite the lack of ventilation, kids donning 50s duds pack the Shang’s dance floor until they can’t take anymore, then they head out back to cool down, before doing it all over again.

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September 22 - September 29 By TRIBEZA Event Coordinator Carolyn Harrold


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The Garden Room

Valentine’s Too


Saks Fifth Avenue


t’s September…the time when fashion lovers all over the world turn their gaze towards the runways, and in Austin all eyes will be on the fashions at Dachis Group presents TRIBEZA Style Week No. 8. The most intriguing week of high fashion events in the city, this year the well-edited lineup includes exciting new additions — the Shear Style Hair Show presented by Naturally Curly and a Style Brunch + Designer Showcase benefiting Citizen Generation — as well as the staple events that define the week — the TRIBEZA Fashion Show, the Style Week Boutique Crawls, SKETCH and, for the second year, the Rock + Runway Show presented by Allens Boots. For year No. 8, TRIBEZA Style Week is taking a cue from its presenting sponsor, Dachis Group, the world’s leader in social business, and incorporating exciting digital elements into the week, such as real-time style cams capturing guests at the events and live Twitter feeds.

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Style Brunch + Designer Showcase benefiting Citizen Generation Shoreline Grill Sunday, September 25 Designer Showcase: 11am-3pm, free admission Brunch Service: 11:30am-2pm, tickets starting at $30 For year No. 8, TRIBEZA is introducing a Style Brunch + Designer Showcase to the exciting lineup of Style Week events. Hosted at longtime Austin favorite Shoreline Grill overlooking Lady Bird Lake and benefiting Citizen Generation, which encompasses CharityBash, CharityLunch and CharityVolunteers, the event promises an afternoon of innovative design and delicious cuisine. A mix of Austin’s best known and up-and-coming jewelry and accessory designers and retailers will showcase their lines at a free-to-attend event downstairs, while guests of the brunch enjoy a delicious spread by young and talented Executive Chef Britt Markle in Shoreline’s chic dining room upstairs. Brunch tickets start at $30, with tables of six starting at only $180.

Saturday, September 24

photograph courtesy of john pesina.

The American Legion Tuesday, September 27 8pm Lanterns dangling from grand Live Oaks will illuminate the rolling lawn of the historic American Legion for the second annual TRIBEZA Rock + Runway Show presented by Allens Boots. Wandering through the mansion, guests will find bars offering Maker’s Mark, Deep Eddy Vodka and Pacifico, now available on tap, and an expansive lounge by Allens Boots featuring live jazz and bites by Buenos Aires Café, who will be serving their delicious Argentine cuisine. Outside, Austinbased fashion darlings, The Happen-Ins, who graced the pages of the July Free People catalog and have performed in the John Varvatos store in New York, will play their old school rock ‘n’ roll, as guests gather on hay bails and rugs spread on the front lawn. For the main event, models groomed by José Luis Salon and outfitted by Allens Boots, By George, Service Menswear and UT Fashion Show winner Colton Gerard will show off this fall’s looks for men in a runway show unlike any other. Tickets, which include food and beverages, are $20. p os t er d e s i g n ed by c a l eb ow en e v er i t t

Join TRIBEZA Editor and Creative Director Lauren Smith Ford and top Austin-based wardrobe stylist Brandy Joy Smith along with a panel of fashion experts working in different fields like fashion design, wardrobe costuming for film and television, fashion photography and more at SKETCH, an event for high school and college students interested in the fashion industry. This event is free to attend.

John Pesina: Official Style Week Photographer


f you are a frequent party guest at events around the city, you have probably met the always friendly (and usually clad in all black) photographer John Pesina. We think it’s not really a party if Mr. Pesina isn’t there to capture it. This year, we have enlisted him to be the official photographer for Dachis Group presents TRIBEZA Style Week 2011. This creative shooter also has an eye for capturing portraits, live bands, commercial products, architecture and just about anything else you can imagine, including weddings under his recently-launched and sure to be a success company Songbird Weddings. “I pour every ounce of my technical expertise and enthusiasm into each photo I take no matter what it is,” Pesina says. For more information, visit and Look for Pesina at every event during Style Week...he just might paparazzi you!

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TRIBEZ A Style Week N o 8

2nd Street District: Thursday, September 22 South Congress: Monday, September 26 5-8pm

Fashion Show

Shear Style Hair Show Presented by Naturally Curly

Palm Door Wednesday, September 28 6:30-9pm Models styled by Austin’s top salons will grace the runway at the recently renovated Palm Door downtown for the Shear Style Hair Show presented by Naturally Curly, giving attendees a glimpse at the talent and creativity driving Austin hair icons Jackson Ruiz Salon, José Luis Salon, Propaganda Hair Group and Ron King Salon. Presented by Naturally Curly (, a network of sites that informs, empowers and unites a community of people by a common interest — curly hair — a portion of the hair show will be dedicated to lovely curly locks. The talented, service oriented catering team at Brent Schumacher’s Pink Avocado is creating an innovative menu of small bites for the evening that will be complemented by beverages from Deep Eddy Vodka, Corona Light and new health drink Neuro. Tickets are $10.


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Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Thursday, September 29 8-10pm, VIP Reception: 7pm Austin’s premier runway event, the TRIBEZA Fashion Show, returns to the Bob Bullock promising a night of glamour and high fashion. The show’s producer, Erika Stojeba of ES Consulting, has taken inspiration from reflections, revealing only that “the event will be about light and beauty.” She says, “When working with TRIBEZA, I am continually inspired by how they tell the story of Austin. They are always setting the bar, and digging deeper to show that Austin is always in a state of evolution.” Before the show, VIP ticket holders will mingle in the Turnquist Partners Lounge in the museum’s modern Austin Room, enjoying drinks by Maker’s Mark, Deep Eddy Vodka, Corona, Victoria and Neuro and food by Chef Josh Watkins of The Carillon Restaurant, among others. For the main event, top models from around the state with hair and make up by José Luis Salon will walk the runway in looks from Austin’s top boutiques. Stores include longtime participants By George, C. Jane, Estilo, The Garden Room, Julian Gold, Saks Fifth Avenue, Service Menswear and Underwear, as well as new additions, Feathers, Kendra Scott Jewelry, MOSS and Y&I. General admission tickets are $30, with VIP starting at $80, including sips, bites and runway seating. p h oTo G R A p h y by j o h n p E S i n A

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Shoppers will enjoy prizes, complimentary beverages and more at their favorite boutiques during the Style Week Boutique Crawls. Head to the 2nd Street District on Thursday and SoCo on Monday to find the perfect outfit for the TRIBEZA Fashion Show. Power shoppers who hit up every participating store will be entered to win exciting prizes.

Dachis Group

Style Week Guide Your day by day schedule for the chicest week in Austin

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tHurSDAy, September 22 //

2nd Street District Style Week Boutique Crawl

5-8pm Admission: Free

SAturDAy, September 24 //


For students interested in the fashion industry Admission: Free

SunDAy, September 25 //

Style Brunch + Designer Showcase benefiting Citizen Generation

11am-3pm, brunch service from 11:30am-2pm hosted at Shoreline Grill, 98 San jacinto blvd. Admission: Free, Brunch tickets start at just $30 monday, September 26 //


SoCo Style Week Boutique Crawl

5-8pm Impeccable Pig, Kendra Scott Jewelry, Maya Star, Parts & Labour, Y&I Clothing Boutique Admission: Free tueSDAy, September 27 //


TRIBEZA Rock + Runway Show

8pm hosted at the American legion, 2201 Veterans dr. Admission: $20 (includes food + beverage) WeDneSDAy, September 28 //

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Shear Style Hair Show presented by Naturally Curly

6:30-9pm hosted at palm door, 401 Sabine St. Admission: $10 (includes food + beverage)

TRIBEZA Fashion Show

8-10pm, Vip Reception at 7pm hosted at the bob bullock Texas State history museum General admission: $30, VIP starting at $80 (includes food, beverages and runway seating)

For tickets and more information, visit

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Founded in Austin in 2008 by Jeffrey Dachis, Dachis Group works with large corporate enterprises around the globe to design and implement social business strategies, helping them become more connected and engaged with their constituents. over the last two years, the company, which is backed by Austin jeffrey dachis Ventures, has grown into the largest social business consultancy in the world, with offices in 13 cities and seven countries, serving over 15 percent of the Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, citibank, coca-cola, disney, Estée lauder, General Electric, hewlett packard, kodak, nestlé, nokia and Target. The co-founder of Razorfish, the largest interactive digital agency in the world today, jeffrey dachis and his wife moved to Austin from new york city in 2005 to raise their daughter Ruby and now 10-month-old son julian. he started dachis Group while in the cEo in Residence program at Austin Ventures. Today, the company offices on congress Avenue and employs over 250 people around the world and more than 50 professionals in Austin. dachis, who serves on the board of directors at Arthouse and the board of advisors at bazaarvoice, says, “we’re interested in finding those special people, and we know they’re in Austin.” part of what makes dachis Group so unique is these special individuals it employs, and the company uses non-traditional methods to find these people, like event sponsorships. dachis, a fan of the magazine, says TRIBEZA Style week “is an opportunity for us to expose our company to a different type of individual who may be out there and may be perfect for us. TRIBEZA has an interesting audience...and everyone loves a good show!” And as part of a “good show,” dachis Group has just announced the dates and locations for the Social Business Summit 2012, a series of events exploring the most current ideas in social business thought leadership, fostering ongoing dialog among participants, and engaging other social business practitioners in real-time, in-person, day-long events around the globe. Visit for more information. dachis Group has just launched the Social Business Index, the only information service providing ongoing real-time ranking, analysis and benchmarking of social business adoption and performance of the world’s most connected and engaged companies. Visit for more information.

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faShion Show at bob bulloCk texas state history museum thurSday 9.29 featuring:

By George, C. Jane, Estilo, Feathers, Julian Gold, Kendra Scott Jewelry, Moss, Saks Fifth Avenue, Service Menswear, The Garden Room, Underwear and Y&I Clothing Boutique Hair and Makeup by JosĂŠ Luis Salon

ticketS: vIp Tickets starting at $80 (Includes reception in the Turnquist partners vIp lounge + runway seating)

General Admission $30 purchaSe ticketS at

Photography by Valeria Castillo



behind the scenes

Crafting a Collection University of texas fashion design student colton gerard gives us an inside look at his award winning menswear.

W Gerard, who’s always loved vintage items, says, “My dad was really into hunting, so I got some of my first things from him. The rest I’ve gathered at antique shows.”

Pages from the fashion designer’s sketchbook, along with the mood board for his senior collection. For more information about the University of Texas Fashion Department, visit

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Gerard’s garments are highly detailed. This canvas coat features multiple pockets, leather arm patches and bone toggle fastenings.

ith American workwear and the great outdoors serving as his inspiration, University of Texas fashion design student Colton Gerard crafted a menswear collection that earned the Best Collection Award at the 2011 University of Texas Fashion Show. A native Austinite, Gerard enrolled at the University of Texas as a pharmacy major. After recognizing his love for design and clothing, Gerard changed majors to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion designer. Will he trade in his Austin digs for the big city? Not for now. He says, “The fashion world is tough. I just want to live where my vision can be shown.” In addition to his rugged, WWII-influenced garments, Gerard designed men’s evening wear with James Bond in mind. He is most inspired by the men’s fashion expert himself, Tom Ford, who was also born in Austin. It looks like Gerard is in good company. A. McKenzie

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Kate Risinger’s Necklace


long Kate Risinger’s walk to work at the NYC headquarters of French fashion label Chloé, she would pass the famous Bergdorf Goodman windows. This Van Cleef & Arpel Alhambra necklace in Mother of Pearl always caught her eye. “I walked past it for almost three years until I got up the nerve (and the savings) to go in and buy it,” she says. After Chloé, it was off to Alexander Wang and Stella McCartney. Her work took her everywhere from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco to remote islands of Japan. “Having the opportunity to get out from behind a desk was the best experience I could have asked for,” she says. Leaving NYC wasn’t an easy decision, but the South Texas native and UT grad heard Austin, which she loves for its “entrepreneurial spirit,” calling her name. “There is an ease to this city that I missed while living in New York.” In Austin, she’s found a perfect fit as the marketing and social media manager at By George. “Working here you get the best of both worlds — it’s an incredibly well established business but it is still locally owned,” she says. “Matt and Katy [Culmo, owners of By George] are very dedicated to giving back to the community, and it feels good to be a part of that.” L. Smith Ford


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SCIENCE OF BEAUTY 701 W. 7th St. Austin, TX | 512.391.0010

Choreography by Stephen Mills Music by Mozart, Graham Reynolds and DJ Spooky Live Performances by Austin Chamber Music Center & DJ Spooky tephen Mills takes the Mozart you know and love to new and astonishing heights in his fresh, genre-crossing collaboration. Three brilliant new dance pieces. Three cutting-edge musical luminaries. World-renowned DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) comes to Austin to join pianist Dr. Michelle Schumann, the Austin Chamber Music Center and composer Graham Reynolds of the Golden Arm Trio. Performing live, Schumann delivers a superb classical rendition of Mozart, and Reynolds delivers a contemporary twist. Capping off the transformation, DJ Spooky merges both artists’ work to create an entirely new and unique sound.

SEP 30 - OCT 2 ~ THE LONG CENTER “...innovate(s) by using the body in ways that depart from balletic convention.” The New York Times

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This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.



Creatively Speaking BY Ti m M c Clu r e

Recently named the “Hottest Chili in the World” cofounder gsd&m When you’re hot, you’re hot. And by the Guinness Book of World Records, India’s believe me, one bite of a Ghost Pepper and you’ll Bhut Jolokia chili pepper, commonly known as the swear there’s a molten lava flow in your mouth, “Ghost Pepper,” is said to reach 300 times the hotness of a jalapeño. a thermonuclear tsunami in your tummy, and Beelzebub himself The question is, can a human being survive ingesting something akin running amok in your bowels. i l lu s t r ati o n by j oy g a l l ag h er For a limite d e dit ion p r int , c o nta c t jo ygall agh e r@g m ail .c o m

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Eating a Ghost Pepper has been likened to drinking a glass full of acid and razor blades, mixed with a thousand jalapeños.

to a standard-issue pepper spray? The answer is, yes — but just barely. I have proof. But first, a brief bio on this bad boy: A native crop of chili pepper from the mountainous regions of India and Bangladesh, the Bhut Jolokia is said to be the hottest pepper on the planet. Experts say it is best to wear rubber gloves and protective eyewear when handling them. To be sure, the Ghost Pepper’s intense spice of over one million Scoville units is not for the faint of heart. The Scoville Scale is the measurement used to determine the, um, spiciness of a chili pepper. It measures the amount of capsaicin (the chemical responsible for the heat) in any chili pepper. A normal jalapeño, for instance, would rate something like 2,500 Scoville units. Now imagine a chili pepper that is three-to-four-hundred times hotter than the hottest jalapeño. ¡Ay, chihuahua! I asked my friend Doug Lyon to put the infamous Ghost Pepper to the test recently at the Dogwood Bar just up the street from my office at Idea City. “Eat a whole Ghost Pepper and live to tell about it, and I promise I’ll write about it,” I told him. (It should be noted that people who take the Ghost Pepper Dare usually take a video of themselves to post on YouTube, as a warning to other foolheardy souls.) True to his word, Doug showed up wearing his typical hot-weather gear — shorts, flip-flops and one of his trademark Douglas Lyon-brand silk shirts. I asked him if his shirt was flame retardant, and he just laughed. Our bartender asked if he was serious, and once convinced, set Doug up with a single Ghost Pepper pod, an ice cold beer, and on the bartender’s insistence, a large glass of milk. Doug wasted no time, slipping the toxic pepper past his lips before cautiously chewing it with an odd twinkle in his eye.


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The twinkle didn’t last long. At first, there were watery eyes and deep inhalations, as if mere oxygen would somehow cool his tortured taste buds. That’s when the afterburners kicked in. Eating a Ghost Pepper has been likened to drinking a glass full of acid and razor blades, mixed with a thousand jalapeños. “Once it starts burning, it burns all the way down… and out,” some have attested. Whatever Doug was experiencing, it was written all over his rictus face, his drenched shirt, right down to his tippy-toes, which were curled into claws. I couldn’t resist the temptation: “Hot enough for ya?” When the intense spice hits home, the body releases endorphins that are actually good for the body, or so I’m told. But the only way to survive the initial onslaught, our bartender counseled us, is to quaff large quantities of cold milk. Doug drank all the milk Dogwood could muster and begged for more. Then lo and behold, a kind of quiet, calm came over him. His eyes began to glaze over, and a benign smile crept across his countenance. That’s when I dialed 911. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Doug Lyon is da man. He readily admits he had what he calls “some interesting dreams that evening.” But his greatest fear was waking up in the morning and realizing that sooner or later, Nature would take its course. That’s when panic set in. When he called asking if I could drive him to a minor emergency center, I countered with an article I’d been saving about Ghost Pepper Ice Cream: Extreme Heat & Coolness in One Bite. All Doug could whimper was, “Come on, ice cream!” [Author’s note: Last December, another pepper, the Naga Viper Pepper, claimed the title of Hottest Pepper on the Planet, torching even the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T Chili.]




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Eloise Dejoria A peek inside the dynamic world of this actress, mother, wife and philanthropist who has traveled the world but will always call Austin home. 1. A playful photo of John Paul and I with Warren Buffet 2. I married my true love, John Paul, April 13, 1993 3. Our son John Anthony and I swimming in Hawaii, 1997 4. Doing a photoshoot with our family dogs, Bella, Jack and Suzie Q for our company, John Paul Pet Products 5. John Paul, our son John Anthony and I in South Africa with children that are being helped by our charity, Food for Africa, 2007 6. A fun photo shoot for Paul Mitchell, circa 2007 7. John Paul and I competing in a Cannonball Race, 1991 8. Family photo with all of our children and some of our grandchildren at my 50th birthday celebration at our home in Austin, 2007 9. At my favorite teacher, Candy Williams’ wedding in 1972 10. Filming Don’t Mess with the Zohan with Adam Sandler, LA, 2008 11. Enjoying a horseback ride with my sweet little one in Malibu, California, 1999 12. Nelson Mandela and I at Nelson’s 90th birthday party in London.

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Sisters of the Black Moon a trio of southern soul sisters offers up some of the best vintage finds and handmade gems with an earthen spirit.


here is a Latin phrase omne trium perfectum that loosely translated means every set of three is complete, or perfect even, and Sisters of the Black Moon are no exception to this age-old adage. Three women, Rachel Hunt, Alecia Marcum and Above: (left in a good vintage piece, the Sara Larocca-Ramm have come together in to right) Sara dynamic personalities of the their love of fashion, road trips and Fleetwood Larocca-Ramm, Rachel Hunt and women reveal how they end Mac to bestow some of the most unique pieces Alecia Marcum up with such an eclectic mix of vintage fare and jewelry from around the of hard and soft spoils. “I’m globe on their customers. Their online shop always drawn to fabrics,” says Hunt. “If you can combines handmade tees, bell-bottom pants find a good velvet piece, that fits well, hold onto it.” Marcum, on the and stunning, handcrafted jewelry with vintage finds that are available other hand, leans toward prints and quality rock tees. Although the colthrough eBay — a gracious decision made to keep pieces affordable. In lective style is described as “southern, gypsy, witchery,” the three women fact, Sisters of the Black Moon have made every decision together with manage to find balance by combining a very warm, feminine instinct thoughtful consideration and allowed time for the venture to evolve with a sharp edge of assurance. “You can’t go wrong layering textures,” naturally. Hunt says — and their styling proves it. The individual pieces selected The decision to exist entirely as a digitally based storefront has by Sisters of the Black Moon can be layered with an innate ease and still proven to be the perfect outlet for Sisters of the Black Moon, allowing offer a strong, seductive mysticism. all three women the freedom and independence to balance their busiRemaining true to their grassroots conception, Sisters of the Black ness with their relationships and lifestyle. “Our relationships are a big Moon are looking forward to exploring new relationships with artisans part of our lives,” Hunt says. “[The online shop] allows us to take road from afar, including Danielle DeVincenzo of Onward Into The Future, trips and travel to find new treasures.” The virtual nature of the store Amy Woodruff of Daughter of the Sun and Leslie Crow of Heyoka not only allows for the three women to seek out pieces from disparate Leather — collaborations that will add more one-of-a-kind accessories locations, but it also allows customers all over the world to gain access to their collection. “Everybody wants that one-of-a-kind piece in their to pieces they might not otherwise find in their area. “People may not closet,” Marcum says. “But ideally, you want good staple have access to thrift stores or second-hand stores pieces as well.” Hunt nods in agreement, complementing where they live,” Marcum says. “In Austin, we’re Sisters of the Black Moon her soul sister and adding, “We’re real women.” D.kay lucky.” When asked what they look for, specifically,


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The Centennial Celebration Season!

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The Texas Tenors

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Supper Friends at the Swoop House 3012 Gonzales St. (512) 467 6600


y favorite new restaurant isn’t really a restaurant. At least not every day. On most days, The Swoop House is a bustling catering office. On other days, an event space host-


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Housed in a 1930s bungalow lovingly renovated and relocated from Hyde Park to East Austin, the Swoop House oozes cozy charm and character. A crimson chandelier dangles from a rustic wood ceiling. An antique bar adjoins modern appliances. Mismatched chairs line starched white tablecloths. Candles flicker on tabletops as an eclectic mix of music sets the tone. The scene feels special but not pretentious. Evenings typically begin with cocktail hour, where guests mingle at the bar, sipping on Stephen’s handcrafted cocktails while Lauren passes hors d’oeuvres. Attendance varies from a dozen to 40 diners, all as diverse as the setting. When it’s time for dinner, handwritten place cards direct each to their seat at large tables in Great food and one of three rooms. The crowd great conversation is an eclectic one, and by night’s with new friends make “Supper end, most are fast friends, Friends” dinners at connected by their common the Swoop House unforgettable. love of community and food. Executive Chef Chris Chism and the 2dine4 catering team prepare meals that are as artful as they are delicious. Food ing private functions. But on some days in favors Chism’s impressive Southwestern between, it becomes a supper club, rivaling training — he’s cooked with super chefs any full-time restaurant in town. Stephen Pyles and David Garrido — but Several times a month, the Swoop can also feature culinary themes like Asian, House is transformed from a work-a-day Cajun or Southern comfort food. On some business into a culinary salon. Your hosts nights, notable “guest” chefs are invited to are the delightful Stephen and Lauren man the stove. But whoever’s cooking, it’s Schallcross, owners of 2dine4 Fine always delicious. Catering located on premise. On rare nights The Schallcrosses have created something when their catering company and event magical. Supper Friends at the Swoop House spaces aren’t booked, the Schallcrosses open has all the elements of a great dinner party: their doors to the public and host intimate stylish ambiance, tasty cocktails, spectacular dinner parties. Everyone is welcome at their food and sparkling conversation. It’s such “Supper Friends” soirees, but guests must a special experience, I wish it took place join an email list to receive invitations, nightly. But then again, part of what makes which usually give just a few days notice. it special is the anticipation of the next The BYOB multi-course dinners cost $40 unexpected invitation, undiscovered meal to $65 and guests scramble to RSVP before and introduction of a new friend. K. SPEZIA each sells out.

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Don Weir’s the original new orleans po-boy and gumbo shop

2105 S. Congress Ave. (512) 406 9237


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f I had to pick the finest words in the entire English language, “po-boy” might very well top the list. It’s a perfect example of down-home Southern vernacular. Pick my favorite meals? Again, you can book the po-boy (fried shrimp to be specific) in the top five for sure. Combine the sound of the word and the taste of the sandwich and — in my mind at least — you’ve pretty much achieved the culinary gold standard. That’s where my little secret comes in. Since moving to Austin nearly seven years ago, Mexican food and BBQ have no doubt entrenched themselves into my (not always so healthy) “diet,” but as a proud Louisianan by birth, the po-boy

sits on quite the lofty perch in my heart. And now that Chef Darold Gordon has moved his Original Po-Boy and Gumbo Shop onto South Congress (at the corner of Live Oak), well, let’s just say I’ve found my little slice of Heaven. A standout po-boy has been sorely lacking in Austin for years now, so it’s high time one showed up on South Congress where there’s a trailer for nearly every palate. You’ve got crepes, cones, cupcakes, curries and kabobs lining the entire street, but until now, no po-boys. That’s just not right. Then again, our laid-back brethren from New Orleans are notoriously (and endearingly) slow movers (Darold moved to Austin post-Katrina), so the fact that Original Po-Boy’s has taken a while to make it on the scene is no real surprise. But man, how worth the wait it was. From the stenciled, plywood sign sitting out front to the New Orleans tunes drifting out from the trailer to the hand-painted selfportrait of Darold in his Mardi Gras Indian outfit, it is the real deal. I’m somewhat obsessed with old and authentic relics (I used to sell oddball antiques at Uncommon Objects), so Darold’s and its hole-in-the-wall ambience is right up my alley. And all that charm comes before you get to the final prize — the po-boy itself. A (generous) foot-long fried shrimp po-boy covered in lettuce, tomato, some specially-brewed hot sauce, a few pickles and maybe a side of gumbo? I may as well call it a day at that point — or at the very least enjoy a little siesta. So, the secret’s out, and hopefully The Original Po-Boy and Gumbo Shop will be front and center for everyone to enjoy in the very near future. Word has it that Darold is planning a move down the street to the food trailer Mecca across from Allens Boots. If that happens (and I so hope it does), you’ll know where to find me. don weir Don Weir is one of the co-owners of STAG at 1423 South Congress Avenue. Check out Don’s cool photo blog at P h oto g r a p h y by a n n i e r ay

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