In Protest of “Flatgate”:
Flat is Fancy, Too

Apparently the Cannes Film Festival has a problem with flats. Women were reportedly turned away from one of the gala premieres Sunday night because they were not wearing the required heels— thus spurring the onset of “Flatgate” in social media circles. In protest, we sent out a casting call for elegant understudies for the end-all, be-all stilleto.

Perfect Swimsuits, Cover-ups and Summer Accessories

There’s no time to waste finding your awesome essentials for poolside play.

Tod’s Opens in the Galleria

If the Tod’s shoe fits, wear it! On June 1, Tod’s opens its 10th U.S. boutique in the Houston Galleria on Level 1, across from Prada and near Neiman Marcus. What began more than a century ago in a basement by cobbler Filippo Della Valle was elevated to fame by grandson, Diego Dell Valle, with the Gommino pebble-bottom driving shoe and a leather shopping tote Read


Jewelry Designer Chan Luu Debuts Home Collection at J. Landa

Designer Chan Luu is best known for her wrap bracelets and other trendy baubles — but who knew she’s had a secret love affair with home design? Over the past few years, she has created napkins, bedsheets and more for her own home, and now she’s ready to share. Luu has launched a lifestyle line on her website: Bazaar, featuring items culled from seven artisan countries. The result? An almost Read

Charlotte Moss’ Muse

by Rebecca Sherman
One of Charlotte Moss’ favorite quotes is from the Roman orator and philosopher Cicero, who once said, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Nothing could be truer for Moss, the celebrated New York-based interior designer beloved for her sumptuously layered rooms. Read


Dallas Will Go Pop!

by Catherine D. Anspon

In one of the most exciting openings this spring, the Walker Art Center‘s rewriting of art history — “International Pop” — posits a broad, world-view for the movement, which previously has only belonged to the Americans (with only an occasion nod to the Brits, as best seen in the Menil’s 2001 U.S./U.K. Pop survey). Get Read

Visual Arts, Exhibtions.
International Pop, April 11 - August 29, 2015, Galleries 1, 2, 3, and the Perlman Gallery.
Installation views from Gallery 1.
Organized by the Walker Art Center, International Pop chronicles the global emergence of Pop art from the 1950s through the early 1970s—an art form that embraced media and consumerism with a new spirit of urgency and exuberance. This landmark exhibition, which features works by more than 100 artists from four continents as well as a daily film program in the galleries, recaptures the energy and inquisitiveness of this moment in art.  Curators Darsie Alexander and Bartholomew Ryan.

Revelry at Rienzi
Twilight Tours to Start in May

Rienzi, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's house museum for European decorative arts (and the former home of philanthropists Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III), hosts its annual spring party this evening. Read
Rienzi, the European decorative arts museum house Photo by George Ramirez

Texas Auction Fever:
World Records Hammered Down
at Heritage Auctions

by Catherine D. Anspon
Believe the Picasso $179 million canvas — The Women of Algiers (Version ‘O’), painted Valentine’s Day 1955 — sold at Christie's this month is the only #worldauctionrecord? Think again. Read

Boxing with Greatness:
Ushio Shinohara Takes Houston

by Catherine D. Anspon
Art denizens will be able to meet and catch a solo for a rare, previously under-known talent whose star is now ascendant. Read

We’ll Always Have Paris (Texas)

by Catherine D. Anspon
There's still time to catch a top view unveiled during the dizzying rush of Dallas Arts Week. "Desperate to Appear Sophisticated and Other Titles" showcases a Texas-born 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

Memories + Moments from Dallas Arts Week

by Catherine D. Anspon
Cheetos, Corn Flakes and a Bugatti, a Twig Room, Twin It-Girl Brit Painters + a $2.2 Million Night: 12 Highlights from Dallas Arts Week 2015 We already reported upon the remarkable David Salle showing at the Dallas Contemporary, which deserved its own blog post. Read
Wade Wilson set up a salon at the Fairmont with headliners Danielle Frankenthal, Joseph Marioni, Floyd Newsum and Florence Pierce. Shown: Frankenthal's "Turbulence #3," 2013.


Countdown to Fluff Bake Bar • New Restaurants on the Horizon • Boozy Treats At Dessert Gallery

Light Up the Night at Tarakaan Luxe Asian bistros are lighting up the nightlife across the globe. Powerhouses such as London-based Hakkasan, Buddakan in New York City and Tao in Las Vegas reign with culinary fervor — and soon Houston will have a piece of the action with Tarakaan, a high-energy pan-Asian restaurant and lounge in Read

Sud Italia Ristorante's NY Tagliata, New York steak with a balsamic reduction over a bed of radicchio and arugula served with fingerling potatoes; Photo courtesy Sud Italia

Weekend Roundup:
Houston’s Hottest Happy Hours

Whether you’ve had a long day of work or play, discounted food and drinks are the perfect way to unwind. Get the lowdown on where to experience the happiest of hours.


All the World’s a Stage: Jay Leno Headlines Alley Theatre Ball

What: Alley Theatre Ball, themed Much Ado About the Alley, Celebrating the Art of Theatre. Where: NRG Stadium. Who: Chairmen Mady and Ken Kades; honoree Margaret Williams; entertainment chair Beth Madison, who underwrote the appearance of the late-night king; host committee chairmen Beth Wolff, and Jo and Jim Furr; late-night party chairmen David Peck, and David and Luis Read

Carlos Falchi Trunk Show
at Elizabeth Anthony

If your dream handbag involves alligator, python or caiman, head to Elizabeth Anthony Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15, for a Carlos Falchi Couture trunk show. There you’ll meet Kate Falchi, who has been designing alongside her father, Carlos Falchi, for 10 years. Kate is the creative director and president of KF by Kate Read

Designer Kate Falchi