Retail Rap

Dallas Retail News for September

Kate Stukenberg
September 01, 2012

Splendid’s cool, casual credo breezes into Highland Village this month, with a 2,044-square-foot shop tucked between Lucky Brand Jeans and Lululemon … Jewelry designer Kendra Scott, she of the bold and beautiful costume jewelry, is set to open not one, but two Houston boutiques this fall. Her first pops open in Rice Village at the end of October, next to MAC and Sephora; the second opens in November at CityCentre … So, where in the world is Neal Hamil? Back in New York, and crazed, he reports, as he, along with business partner Wayne Sterling (who co-founded and co-owns the “bible” of modeling;, have opened Mix Model Management officing in a cool Soho loft in New York. Hamil, a former EVP and partner at Ford Models for years, then president of Elite  Models  before he gave up the glam life to return home to Houston for a respite, has reignited his modeling contacts and signed such names as fashion mega stars Hannelore Knuts, Waris Ahluwalia, Kristy Hinze-Clark, newer-than-tomorrow underground musical artists The Manhattan Cartel, Blogger Star, Jordan Bach and the freshest of the fresh new faces. The agency is being buzzed as the hottest new agency to happen in years. We couldn’t be more proud ... American Girl opens its first store in Houston September 15, and it’s a whopper: 16,000 square feet in the re-energized Memorial City Mall. The doll emporium has a 68-seat Bistro for lunch, dinner, tea or dessert (the season’s hottest spot for a birthday party); Doll Hair Salon; and the Creativi-tees boutique for designing T-shirts. To book lunch for you and the mini-ones, dial 877.247.5223 … Leonard Rutan hosts John Jennings for a Peggy Jennings trunk show September 6 and 7. And, happy 25th, Mr. Rutan: It seems like yesterday … Local gal Esther Freedman has launched her adorable children’s line Cuteheads online. Check it out at …  Jewelry designer Ippolita makes a PA at Saks Fifth Avenue September 19, 10 am to noon. Lafayette 148 designer Edward Wilkerson will be at Saks for the UNCF gala kickoff party September 27, 6 to 8 pm … Brad Goreski, celebrity fashion stylist and star of his own reality show, It’s A Brad, Brad World, is at Nordstrom September 27, 6 to 9 pm, to peddle Kate Spade New York’s fall polka-dot collection (he’s Kate’s official brand stylist) … Highland Village shoe mecca Joseph hosts Girls Night Out September 20 with a PA by jewelry designer Amanda Sterett and a welcome to two new shop stars: Manolo Blahnik heels and Jerome Dreyfus handbags … Elizabeth Anthony/Esther Wolf in Uptown Park hosts designer Rene Ruiz for a champagne reception September 14, 11:30 am to 2 pm … Jewelry designer Katherine Le makes a PA at Tootsies Sept. 6 to showcase her namesake collection. … Luxe consignment shop More Than You Can Imagine has revamped and relaunched its online store, making it even easier to snag fabulous and gently used Dolces and Manolos … Avante Laser & MediSpa has moved to 3651 Weslayan, Suite 200, in the Costco complex. We adore Dr. Jeanne Southern for photofacials, CO2 laser skin resurfacing and a bit of Botox here and there. Call 713.953.1139 to get on the roster; info … Houston designer Arend Basile shows his Arend Couture collection in his showroom September 17 through 20. For information, dial 713.523.094.