Your River Oaks District Guide: A First Look at the Newly Opened Stores — and Walkable Luxury

by Francine Ballard
It's the official River Oaks District Opening Day, and it's a new age of luxury shopping in Houston. This marks a historic moment in the city's retail world – the unveiling of national and international brands at an outdoor walking wonderland. Read
Brunello Cucinelli

Houston Shopping Insider: New Art Deco Boutique Brings Italian Style to River Oaks District

The new River Oaks District's brought a new level of luxury shopping to Houston. PaperCity's providing an unprecedented look at all the new stores with Style Editor Francine Ballard serving as your expert guide. Next up: Etro. Read
The Etro clan

The Italian Fashion Connection: Nordstrom Showcases Expertly Crafted Goods — We Pick Our Must-Have Favorites

Italy serves as the birthplace of many acclaimed fashion houses. Famous names such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Prada tout Italian origins and showcase expertly crafted products that are unique to the country. In celebration of fashion Italiano, Nordstrom has teamed up with the Italian Trade Agency to highlight its wide selection of Italian-made products. Read

Legendary Dallas Oil Empress Leaves Behind Powerful Sketches: Inside a Rich Mind

A new exhibit of the late live-wire philanthropist Nancy Hamon’s early fashion sketches reveals a young girl destined to take Dallas society by the horns. But first, there was Hollywood, outrageous parties and a missing finger.

Nancy Hamon at her Silent Movies party, which was held in 1961.

Pretty In Pink: Fight Breast Cancer and Look Great — It’s Fashion With a Cause

It’s the beginning of October: Fall is in the air, Halloween is around the corner, and Breast Cancer Awareness month is here.

by Ashley McElmurry


The Theater Director and The Mortician: This Creative Couple’s Houston Home Is Quirky and Wonderful

by Steven Hempel
photography Jack Thompson


A showcase of silhouettes collected for years by Brian Sensabaugh. Vintage lamp from Metro Retro Furniture, with a ’70s shade from Nicoletti’s. Vintage credenza from Anthropologie. Vintage orange Royal Haeger pottery, circa 1919.

The Homey High-Rise: New 17-Story Houston Tower Values Comfort Over High-Tech Gadgets

Houston’s glitzy high-rise building boom is getting a new, more understated entry. 6300 Woodway — a previously unpublicized project from Pelican Builders — aims to make high-rise living more comfy. That’s right, comfy. In a rising sea of gleaming glass towers with over-the-top amenities and high-tech touches galore, this new 17-story building stands out with its Read

Houston's newest high-rise — 6300 Woodway — wants to bring a homey feel to the sky. You can move in in 2018.


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 Thursday, October 1 (through October 4) at the George R. Brown Convention Center. From a smart contingent of Mexico City avant-garde galleries organized by independent curator 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.

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

Art’s Tormented Wild Man Finds a Resting Place in Glitzy Monaco:
A Surprisingly Apt Foundation Location

When it comes to pairing outré artist Francis Bacon with specific places on the globe, the tiny principality of Monaco does not leap to mind. Bacon’s “screaming popes” à la Velázquez and fascination with crucifixion motifs don’t instantly jive with the comfy Hôtel de Paris or the yacht-dotted coastline of some of the most spendy real estate on the Read

Francis Bacon's "Head VI," 1949

Demolition Man: This Dallas Architecture Expert Sees the Beauty in Destruction — and a Billionaire’s Neighborhood Makeover

When architecture teacher Jay Cantrell isn’t designing buildings for clients, he’s documenting the compelling decay and destruction of old structures in downtown Dallas as they give way to new. Fascinated by architectural ruins and the visual drama of demolition, Cantrell sets out to capture fleeting moments in the city’s ongoing evolution Read

Dallas’ New Cultural Landscape: Largest Flea Market In World Channeled in Ambitious Art Spaces

The largest flea market in the world has something in common with two new gallery spaces in Dallas — let’s call it a revelatory vibe. If you’ve ever explored the Paris flea market Les Puces, you’ll recall that its spaces are devoted to every kind of arcana, from majolica, astrolabes and German war helmets to postcards and stamps. Wares of every sort flare Read

Capera Ryan wears a Rachel Comey dress
from TenOverSix. Giuseppe Zanotti snake
mules from the Giuseppe Zanotti boutique
in Highland Park Village.

Taking It to the Max: Psychedelic Wonder Artist Roars Into Houston — Will Bill Clinton Follow?

by Faith Nguyen

The iconic Peter Max is making two special appearances for his upcoming exhibition at Off the Wall Gallery in the Houston Galleria. The gallery will showcase seminal works from the past four decades, including Max’s recent Masters series featuring Max’s take on Picasso and Renoir. Other creations include his celebrated Statue of Liberty, canvases from the Read

Simon Russell's photo of Peter Max in his studio, standing with portraits of celebrities and his interpretations of the Mona Lisa.

City-wide Scavenger Hunt Hits Houston: Follow the Clues, Scour the Town and Free Art is Yours

by Faith Nguyen

Social media is everywhere, and while it’s easy to get lost amid the plethora of pictures and messages, it is now simpler than ever to bring people together in new ways. Take #FreeArtFriday, for example, a weekly hashtag that promotes free artwork in cities around the globe. PaperCity searched through Instagram and selected some of our favorite pieces that have been Read

Laura Burlton donated “Coming, Going, and Walking a Thin Line,” for the Houston Center of Photography to use for #HTXFreeArtFriday. The photograph was dropped off at the Byzantine Fresco Chapel of the Menil campus for people to find. To see more of her work, visit


The Must-Listen List: 15 Great Songs for Fall – PaperCity’s Hotel Sounds

PaperCity Magazine hits the stands with an evocative theme every month. From August’s “From the Ashes of Summer Rises Fall” to September’s “Glorious Decay” 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 society galas and Read

A Man for All Times: Tom Ford On Movies, Love, His Texas Roots and Why It’s Always Coffee

Tom Ford has finally done it. The Texas-born fashion designer and filmmaker is in the 29th year of a relationship with the man he loves. He and that man, Richard Buckley, were recently married and are the proud parents of 3-year-old Jack. Ford has quit drinking; he’s working on the follow-up to his critically acclaimed Read

Tom Ford takes control on the set of his 2009 film A Single Man.


Out and About at Round Top Antiques Show: The Scene on Marburger’s Opening Day

What: Round Top Antiques Show, including the Marburger Farm Antique Show Early Buying Special. Where: Marburger Farm, The Compound and Arbor Antiques. Who: Marburger’s owner Margaret Marsh and daughter-in-law Ashley Ferguson, The Compound’s Mark Massey, Georgia Brown‘s Kristine Brown, Jardin de France’s Gloria Watine, Edit’s Kimber Williams, Eneby Antik’s Carina and Doug Jenkins; The Vintage Round Read

Internationals, Style Stars, and Lynn Wyatt: Cartier Opens with Luxe Soirée in River Oaks District

What: Cartier Grand Opening Party and Launch of the Paris Nouvelle Vague Collection. Where: Cartier in the newly unveiled River Oaks District. Who: Cartier North America president/CEO Mercedes Abramo; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s director Gary Tinterow; Cartier Houston director Kari Gonzales; OliverMcMillan’s Dene Oliver and wife Elizabeth; Lynn Wyatt, wearing black and white as a prelude to the MFAH Read

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