High-Stakes Fashion House Musical Chairs: A Famed Scottish Designer Makes a Bold Move, Leaves Christian Dior Still Searching

Jonathan Saunders pulled the plug on his own label back in 2015, and admirers of the Scottish designer wondered what was next for him. The wait is over: he’s going to join Diane Von Furstenberg as chief creative officer. “Jonathan’s extraordinary passion for colours and prints, his effortless designs, and his desire to make women feel Read

Here's the new creative director at Von Furstenberg.

A Magic Sleep Potion? A California Skincare Company’s Golden Elixir Brings a High-Tech Twist to Beauty

by India Pougher

From ancient Egypt to the Middle Ages, women have used botanical oils for skincare, perfume and medicine, all while searching for the next advancement in skin rejuvenation. Known for their aroma-therapeutic properties and ability to create a youthful glow, botanical oils are leading the charge when it comes to all-natural beauty. California-based skincare company Vintner’s Daughter Read

Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum, available at Forty Five Ten

A Celebrity-Loved Exercise Phenomenon Doubles Up in Houston — and That’s Just the Start of Its Texas Takeover

Texas domination is in the works for hallowed cycling studio SoulCycle. The fitness phenomenon — which rose to fame with endorsements from Michelle Obama, Chelsea Clinton, Lady Gaga and more — opened its first location in Texas (in Houston) last month, at 2549 Kirby Drive, neighboring gourmet eatery Local Foods and Austin-based women’s boutique Kick Pleat. Though the Houston studio debuted less Read

SoulCycle is on an expansion drive in Texas, and will open in London later this year.

The IV Fix: Innovative Health and Beauty Spa Brings Vitamin Drips and Freeze Therapy to Houston

by Laurann Claridge

Bleary-eyed, you drag yourself out of bed, remembering all the fun you had last night. Dehydrated, you reach for a bottle of Fiji water and a couple of aspirin. But wait. Before you self-medicate, there’s a quick fix — provided you’re not squeamish about needles. Whether you had one too many cocktails, are jet-lagged after a transatlantic flight or just feel tuckered out from the gym, the Read

ThrIVe Drip Spa

Flying Style: The Best Looks for the Plane — Be Comfortably Chic, Not Sloppy

by Sydney Mitchell

Summer is right around the corner, and travel is on our minds. We’ve packed our bikinis, and we’re choosing our airport looks. Whether the journey is domestic or abroad, flying attire should be comfortable. But style counts, too, because you want to make the right first impression when you land. For a simple yet sophisticated look, match this fitted racer midi Read


Dallas Design District is quickly turning into the place to shop, eat and be seen.

An Uber Stylish Los Angeles Power Couple Goes House Hunting in Dallas: Who Needs Hollywood?

Christian Darnaud-Maroselli and Jean de Merry, the stylish couple behind the fabulous Jean de Merry showroom, are house hunting. Their company may be based in Los Angeles, with multiple showrooms across the country, but they’re smitten with our fair city. “They unexpectedly fell in love with Dallas,” says showroom director Kelsey Ann Haley. She and Read

Jean de Merry (left) and Christian Darnaud-Maroselli

The Evolution of M. Naeve — The Woman Entrepreneur Behind One of Houston’s Most Loved Antiques and Design Shops

Margaret Naeve was 25 years old when she opened M. Naeve, the much touted home furnishings emporium on Westheimer, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. “I had intentions of moving to New York and going to Parsons,” she says. Instead, she bought the French antiques store where she’d been working. Over the next decade, Naeve brought Swedish, Italian and Spanish antiques into the mix from her European Read


Talking With Pink Polar Bears: This is One Dallas Art Happening You Absolutely Need To See

Said a bubblegum-pink feathery bear to Milanese artist Paola Pivi: “When was the first time you watched the world upside down?” She replied in her elegant Italian accent: “I don’t remember, but it must be when I’m a child and I lie down on the grass.” So commenced an existential conversation between Pivi and her neon bears, which were installed in 2013 Read

The New York Times Is Drawn to Houston’s Most Significant New Art Space: How a Big Move to Montrose Changed Everything

“The new, larger space allows us to expand our programming and mount more robust and unexpected presentations,” says David Shelton, whose arrival in town nearly four years ago marked the most significant addition to Houston’s gallery scene in the past decade. With stints at Nina Ricci, Max Factor and Netscape in, respectively, NY, L.A. and San Francisco, as well as significant time in San Antonio, where he incubated a gallery Read

The Throwback Artists: Two Texas Mega Talents From Small Towns Shatter Expectations With Oft-Dismissed Skills


A signature crown by Sonnenberg.

Fort Worth’s Art Master Tells All on Shaq (and His Lack of Art Sense), Frank Stella and the Power of Ponds

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s chief curator, Michael Auping, has organized exhibitions for some of the titans of our time: Gorky, Baselitz, Guston, Serra, Agnes Martin, Anselm Kiefer and, in 2012, British artist Lucian Freud’s much-talked-about show of portraits that unflinchingly revealed his very physical tussle Read
Frank Stella’s "Eskimo Curlew," 1976.Courtesy Portland Art Musuem, Oregon. © 2015 Frank Stella / ARS, New York.

The 10 Most Intriguing People at the Fair: Your Peek Inside Dallas’ Art Extravaganza

The Dallas Art Fair is around the corner, and here are 10 reasons we’re going to be there. 1. Sedrick Huckaby is having a trifecta of a year. The Yale-educated hometown hero is one of the top seven (and is currently on view) in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s tony Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Concurrently, the Amon Carter Museum of Read

Sarah Cain’s "Jill," 2013, installation view at Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio. Courtesy the artist and Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles.

Royals Uncovered: Original High Society Giants Exposed in MFAH’s Blockbuster Winterhalter Exhibit

Centuries after Rubens and Van Dyke and two generations before John Singer Sargent, German-born Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805 – 1873), improbably the son of a Black Forest farmer, painted his way across Europe. Watch season six of Downton Abbey, and you’ll hear his name being dropped during the house-tour episode — touted as one of Read

Franz X. Winterhalter’s Princess Leonilla of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, 1843, at MFAH

One Bad Art Woman: This Motorcycle-Driving Global Force Puts the Steel City Under the Houston Spotlight

A recent addition to Houston’s 4411 Montrose gallery building is Cindy Lisica Gallery. Its owner has an intriguing, international pedigree: She wields a Ph.D. from University of the Arts London, paired with curatorial stints that encompass the Tate Britain and Tate London, independent projects in Paris, time at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (in the archives), where she raided Warhol’s Time Capsules to curate displays in the Read


Summer in Aspen: A Local’s Guide to the Hot Restaurants, the Underrated Gems and the Adventure Spots You Want to Know

by Steffi Burns

The little place called Aspen, Colorado, is originally a silver-mining town. Founded in 1879, the city was booming until 1893, when the Sherman Silver Act demonetized silver, forcing the quiet years that lasted until the 1940s, when Aspen was reborn a coveted ski town. My parents met on a blind date in Aspen. My father Read


Where Dallas’ Most Influential Are Going For Vacation: Power Players Dish On Their Hideaways

From the Ashram to San Sebastián to a villa outside Florence, our city’s wanderers are taking the notion of holidaying to new heights. Brian Bolke Owner, Forty Five Ten Destination: Mykonos. In Residence: We are staying at the Belvedere, where we’ve stayed the last few years. It’s the perfect location in the middle of town. Read


Caviar, Vodka and Ice Sculptures: Opulent Ball Brings in $1 Million for the Ballet

What: From Russia with Love: 2016 Houston Ballet Ball Where: Wortham Theater Center, Grand Foyer. Who: Chairs Gina and Devinder Bhatia; honoree Jesse H. Jones II.; band underwriter Diane Lokey Farb; preferred jewelry partner Tenenbaum Classic Jewelers’ Tony Bradfield, Kevin Black and Christina Stith; and art auction curator/gallerist David Shelton. PC Moment: Move over Bond, James Bond — Read

Houston Ballet Ball, 02.20.2016

Auction Fever! Bidding Over Coveted Fine Art Gets Intense at the Junior League

What: Houston Center for Photography Fine Print Auction. Where: The Junior League. Who: Chair Frazier King; quick-tongued auctioneer Rick Wester of Rick Wester Fine Art; HCP interim exec director Linda Shearer; HCP founding members including Fred Baldwin, Gay Block, Peter Brown, Patsy Cravens, Mary Margaret Hansen, George Kraus, Janice Rubin, Anne Wilkes Tucker, and Wendy Read

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