Big Bling Comes to Houston:
Über-Exclusive Jewelry Store to Open in River Oaks District

There is no press release. And there won’t be. But the signage is up. Two days before Houston’s luxe new shopping center River Oaks District is set to open, a walking tour reveals the newest retaile: Harry Winston. Yes, the joaillier who famously courted some of the world’s wealthiest clientele (the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Aristotle Onassis, and Richard Read

Coming soon... Harry Winston to River Oaks District.

Skin Care Science Takes Off: Dallas Company Lands Exclusive Deal With Barneys New York

Dallas-based Bellatorra Skin Care may be only eight months old, but the science behind its luxurious products — which arrive exclusively in the U.S. at Barneys New York this month — is already attracting attention. Founder Nathan Halsey, who has spent years developing and distributing skincare products in Asia, developed his patent-pending Torra48 delivery system Read

Bellatorra Skin Care

Our Current Fashion Obsession: Dior’s Latex Thigh-High Boots

Boots seen in the Christian Dior Winter 2015 Catwalk Show are catching buzz for obvious reasons. A magnificent stretch patent-leather and vinyl boot graced the runway in the spring, going nearly unnoticed, while the most recent appearance and the Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 ready-to-wear fashion show led by artistic director Raf Simons has received a great deal of attention. The fetishistic Read

Christian Dior's Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 boots are hot.

Fashion Visionary’s Miami Beach Institution is Headed to Houston: What a Webster She Weaves

by Holly Moore

A handful of retail stores reflect an owner’s heart and soul — not the homogenized safe path of a phalanx of buyers, but a single owner’s direction, desire and iron will. The Webster in Miami Beach is one such institution. And institution it is, with scores of gallerists, art collectors and arriviste Russians beating a fashionable Read

Curated color

Interstellar Style: Pluto Fever Inspires Out-of-This-World Fashion

This past month, NASA published incredible close-up photographs of Pluto and its five moons. Read


The living-room design began with the coral-patterned Asha rug from Carol Piper Rugs at Ellouise Abbott showroom. Vintage Eames chair belonged to Mark Soloman’s father. Arne Jacobsen Egg chair from Design Within Reach. Custom daybed in Edelman leather. De Sede sofa. Coffee table from Mecox. Antique Tibetan chest from Wisteria. Artwork Wang Ke.

Star Power: Top Designers Set to Judge the PaperCity Dallas Design Awards

The PaperCity Dallas Design Awards recognize outstanding residential interior design, interior architecture, retail, restaurant and gallery design, landscape design and historical preservation, along with other categories. On Thursday, October 15, the winning entries will be announced and presented at a cocktail event at Dallas Design District; they will also be featured in the January 2016 PaperCity Read

New Home Store Opens in Houston’s Design Corridor: Only Aspen Has a Shop Like This

by Catherine D. Anspon
Georgia Brown Home has blown in from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Aspen, offering a rich, deeply textured experience. Owner Shane Brown has built an empire around a love affair with the past, beginning with parent company Big Daddy’s Antiques, headquartered in L.A., which counts Diane Keaton among its clients. Read
An eclectic vignette

Shopping Through History: Mammoth Houston Antiques Show Brings a Worldwide Reach

This month, it's time to relish, celebrate and shop history: Houston Antiques + Art + Design Show sets up 100 handsome Booths Friday through Sunday, September 18 through 20, at Hall B of the George R. Brown convention Center. Formerly known as the venerable HADA show Read


VIP Land: Texas Contemporary Art Fair’s Insider Perks Wow — Your Early Sneak Peek

Just in: Here’s an insider first look at the out-of-town dealers — and their artist headliners — traveling in to Houston for the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, which opens on Thursday, October 1 (through October 4) at George R. Brown Convention Center. From a smart contingent of Mexico City avant-garde galleries organized by independent curator Leslie Read

Sarah Bahbah's "Sex and Takeout," 2014, at ZK Gallery, a first-time exhibitor at the Texas Contemporary. The Australian artist is fixated on models consuming junk food.

Latin American Art’s Great Champion: The Dynamic Woman Behind the Sicardi Gallery

With its stunning metal-clad building — a temple to Latin American modernism if there ever was one — exquisitely sited a block from The Menil Collection, and an impressive annual presence at both Art Basel Miami Beach and New York’s Armory Show, Sicardi Gallery numbers among America’s most powerful dealers. Yet few would have predicted such an outcome 20 years ago, when an Read

Luis Tomasello’s Atmosphere Chromoplastique, 2011, gets installed at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City.

War, Snakes and Lightning Bolts Cannot Stop Synchrodogs: Duo’s Surreal Art to Grace Dallas

Dallas Contemporary assistant curator Lilia Kudelia’s decision to highlight the work of Synchrodogs in an ambitious show (September 20 through December 21) is perhaps best illustrated by a short and heady visual cocktail. Read
Synchrodogs for Masha Reva

Going Underground: Houston’s Coolest Art Space Curated By A Most Unlikely Power Player

by Catherine Anspon
ArtCity Dispatch: On paper, Pablo Cardoza‘s credentials give no hint at the fact that he’s rapidly becoming an art-world power player and gallery arbiter. He shared his unlikely trajectory to becoming an art dealer. "I dropped out of UH during my senior year Read

Botticelli to Braque: Five Centuries of Elegance at the Kimbell

A brochure at the ineffably gorgeous Kimbell Art Museum informs us: “‘Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland’ highlights 55 outstanding masterpieces from Scotland’s premier art collections — the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, Scotland.” That gives us the mere lineaments, Read

Blockbuster Doubleheader: Dallas Museum of Art Gives Us Pop and Pollock

I’d travel almost anywhere to see either Jackson Pollock or Pop art. But when both show concurrently in a single museum? That’s unbelievable. While Houston has Mark Rothko this fall (thanks to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), Dallas delves into the under-known splendors of two important subjects. First, “International Pop” arrives at the Dallas Museum Read

Hans Namuth’s photograph of Jackson Pollock painting Autumn Rhythm; 
Number 30, 1950


Tracing the Footsteps of Texas’ Greatest Painter — and Finding the Holy Grail in Corpus Christi

by Catherine D. Anspon
While James Surls, John Alexander and the late Bert Long Jr. cast long shadows in the annals of Texas art, we would argue that Dorothy Hood Read


PaperCity Sounds: Ciara’s Dance Fever, London Techno & an Oakland Newcomer — Fall Music

PaperCity Magazine hits the stands with an evocative theme each month. From July’s “Solar Powered” to August’s “From the Ashes of Summer Rises Fall” cover, every issue sets a tone that speaks of a certain feeling (or feelings). With PaperCity Sounds, we present a music playlist inspired by the month’s happenings, from fall fashion to the Read

A New Boutique Gym Jumps Into Houston’s Inner Loop Fitness Race: Orangetheory Will Test Your Heart

As health and fitness continue to grow in popularity, boutique gyms are making their mark as the “in” crowd’s new stomping grounds. Many are forgoing membership renewal at chain gyms in exchange for a more tailored experience. There’s no fumbling around with random gym equipment here. These boutique fitness studios offer specific workouts catered to your interests. Houston’s Read

The strength station is one of three sections in the studio.


Socials Go to New Heights at MD Anderson Aspen Summit

What: Reception honoring the 17th annual The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s 17th Making Cancer History Seminar to be held at Aspen Meadows Resort. Where: The Aspen abode of Barbara and Gerry Hines. Who: MD Anderson prez Dr. Ron DePinho and wife Dr. Lynda Chin, she an associate vice chancellor at The University of Texas Health Read

MD Anderson Aspen Reception, 07.15.2015

Dinner with the Habsburgs at MFAH

What: A celebratory dinner and preview of “Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections.” Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Cullinan Hall. Who: Princess Maria-Anna Galitzine, Tatiana Galitzine, Maria Galitizine, Xenia Galitzine de Matta and Alberto Matta; Kunsthistorisches Museum director Dr. Sabine Haag, in from Vienna; sponsor Bank of America’s Houston prez Hong Ogle; Hamill Foundation’s Tom Brown; and Read

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