Style

Dolce & Gabbana silk embroidered cropped jacket, cotton dress shirt, silk embroidered culotte, gold chain pendant necklace, gold and black earrings, patent leather t-strap pumps with black lace stockings, Nancey Chapman diamond and black Spinel ring

Behind the Scenes:
May Fashion

Viva la Vida! Or as the expression made famous by Coldplay — and Frida Kahlo before that — goes, "Live Life!" Read

Ready, Set, Two-Step
Get Dudded Up for Cattle Baron’s Ball

Butter-soft suede, studded details, fringed leather  – we're fine tuning our Western duds with a chic and edgy twist before we head on out to the Houston Cattle Baron's Ball this weekend.  Read

Favorite Finds:
Saks Fifth Avenue

Shop the Saks Fifth Avenue site-wide 30% sale until April 27 with code FRNFAM. Here—our fave finds …

Micro Bag It

Enter the Micro Bag—proving that the best things in life do come in small packages. Click through this selection of our must-have miniature bags.

Interiors

Shaikh It Up With Hadleigh’s Blue

Shop the Shoot

Cobalt blue is the color of magic for custom clothier Hadleigh’s owners Ed and Gable Shaikh. Not only has it become their bespoke store’s signature, but the vibrant tinge also floats throughout their swank Dallas home. Shop our favorite blue-hued fixtures and furnishings inspired by the Shaikh abode.   See more of the Shaikhs’ home in our March 2015 Read

The River Oaks Condominiums
Versailles In The Sky?

by Francine Ballard with notes from Rebecca Sherman

What do The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Surrey in NYC and the St. Regis in Aspen have in common? Interior architect Lauren Rottet. Having completed several $100 million-plus condo projects around the U.S., this new building will be her first in Houston. Her firm, Rottet Studio, along with a dream team comprised of architectural firm EDI International Read

Arts

The American Dream: Nate Lowman

by Catherine D. Anspon

He was among the post-9/11 “Three Amigos” who set Manhattan’s downtown scene a fire, along with fellow provocateurs Dan Colen (on view at James Cope’s gallery during Fair Week) and late Menil progeny/prodigy Dash Snow. This internationally exhibited, Guggenheim-collected, Whitney Biennial painter/sculptor/maker with his preternaturally gray hair was also famously stalked by paparazzi when he Read

Nate Lowman

Irreverent Artist Ashley Longshore Pays Houston a Visit

Witty, wickedly humorous and a little bit naughty — the new barware collection by Houston native Bailey McCarthy of Biscuit Home and irreverent New Orleans-based artist Ashley Longshore is just that. Read

In Anticipation of the Provocateur Marilyn Minter

by Catherine D. Anspon

In this PaperCity exclusive, Marilyn Minter chats en studio with one of the prognosticators who launched her career: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston director Bill Arning, co-architect of the provocative artist’s traveling retrospective that begins its four-stop, two-year national tour Friday, April 17, in Houston. Flashback to the 1980s Bill Arning: Okay, Marilyn, I’ve been an Read

London Calling: Michael
Craig-Martin

by Catherine D. Anspon
On the eve of his 73rd birthday, the pioneering artist/teacher/curator famously known as the Goldsmiths College professor Read
Michael Craig-Martin, photographed by Caroline True at his London studio, August 27, 2014

David Shelton Reports
from Dallas Arts Week

by David Shelton
A notable Texas gallerist weighs in on year seven of the Fair: The Dallas Art Fair has incrementally improved its exhibitor list over the past couple of years, Read

David Salle Comes to the Dallas Contemporary: Interview with a Painter

by Catherine D. Anspon
Eighties art star David Salle was one of the top talents who defined possibly the most thrilling, unfettered time in modern art history. Read

Mandalas, Buddhas, Stars and Saturday Night Specials

by Catherine D. Anspon

Begin at Houston Center for Photography, where NY-based Bill Armstrong‘s series of mandalas and Buddhas emit a captivating glow. A master of color photography, where the blur is emphasized, Armstrong’s seemingly simple work is imbued with a resonance that is impossible to ignore. Previous subjects in his ongoing “Infinity” series have ranged from skulls to Renaissance drawings, but the Buddhas Read

Bill Armstrong's "Mandala 401," not dated, at HCP, suggests a planetary encounter. Images courtesy the artist and Robischon Gallery, Denver.

Culture

Countdown: Bovine and Barley Set to Make Its Debut

What could be more Texan than meat and beer? Michael Collins (The Fish, The Refinery Burgers & Whiskey) and partner Jason Lowery (Proof Rooftop Lounge) open Bovine & Barley, an urban bar and eatery centered around this scrumptious duo, Monday, April 13 at 416 Main Street. The 3,400-square-foot space embraces an industrial feel — wood-beamed Read

Clark Cooper Concepts Introduces Salt Air Seafood Kitchen • Pizza Invades Houston • Yellow Rose Distilling Toasts to Charity

Salt Air Seafood Kitchen Five unique dining options, an ever-changing chalkboard menu and a soothing ambience are a few things you can expect from Clark Cooper Concepts’ newest restaurant Salt Air Seafood Kitchen, opening this summer. Other CCC restaurants in the fold: Brasserie 19, Coppa Osteria, Punk’s Simple Southern Food and Ibiza. Led by chef Read

Cane Rosso Pizza with housemade mozzarella and burrata cheeses, sliced Pecan Lodge jalapeno sausage, hot soppressata, Calabrian chiles, and spicy BBQ sauce.

Parties

Asia Society’s Tiger Ball: Enchanting China

What: Tiger Ball: Enchanting China. Where: Asia Society Texas Center. Who: Chairs Anne and Albert Chao and Y. Ping Sun and David W. Leebron; honorees Lily and Charles Foster; Asia Society’s John Bradshaw Jr.; artist Mel Chin, who donated artwork to the auction; presenting corporate sponsor Chevron’s Joni Baird; and patrons Lydia and James Chao, Lynn Wyatt, Phoebe and Read

David Peck
Spring Presentation

by Anne Lee Phillips

Special guests of David Peck were invited to his Montrose studio for mimosas and a locally sourced lunch (very local — some vegetables were from just a few blocks away at the Mandell Community Garden), provided by Dig and Serve. Models strutted down the de facto catwalk to beats by DJ Little Martin, showcasing the bright, 70’s Read