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Models Dent Up a Car, a Turkey Erupts in Flames and Alice in Wonderland Goes Glam

Real Adventures in PaperCity History

BY PaperCity Staff // 08.31.16

Since whirling into Houston in 1994 and Dallas in 1998, PaperCity has been at the center of everything — the parties, the people, the zeitgeist.  As we bid farewell to our longtime broadsheet format for a new perfect-bound magazine that debuts in September, we gathered 22 years of PaperCity issues and set out on a mission: Find the most memorable stories, photographs and memories printed in our glossy pages.

This is the best of the best from PaperCity Houston from 2009 to today. Click herehere, and here for more great look backs into the PaperCity archives, and pick up the new PaperCity Magazine on stands everywhere September 1.

2009

One of our most-loved covers and jewelry features is an illustrated, ever-so glam Alice in Wonderland adventure (Alice wore Balenciaga), with guest appearances by the city’s most precious jewels, Dom Pérignon, a chic snake charmer and the queen herself, Diana Vreeland, who is simply maaaaad  about it all. Illustrator is Jimmie Hensley.

2010

Recession hits. Vogue empress Anna Wintour declares September 10 national Fashion’s Night Out to prompt fall shopping. Every single store in town hosts a party. We attend everything, racing from Neiman Marcus to Tootsies.

 Rob Brinkley loans his car for the cover — the preppiest issue we’ve ever concocted. Models leave dents atop the trunk.

  Catherine Anspon’s stunning book Texas Artist’s Today launches and it’s a head-spinning stream of book signings, starting with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Dallas Contemporary, with artists profiled all attending: Bert Long, Tierney Malone, Susie Rosmarin, McKay Otto, Sharon Engelstein, Forrest Prince et al. Who can get the most signatures!

 We delve Inside the Head of Mayor Annise Parker.

2011 

We lose the dynamic Peter Marzio, MFAH’s long-time director, and we give tribute.

 We have a flaming Butterball turkey still in the wrapper on our November cover, and wish everyone a Smokin’ Thanksgiving.

• Fashion is “Moms on the Brink.”

 Tootsies opens new store in West Ave to great fanfare.

 We go Inside the Head of newly installed MFAH director Gary Tinterow.

 Helmut Newton’s “White Women, Sleepless Nights, Big Nudes” opens at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

OH, THOSE PAPERCITY PARTIES WITH NEIMAN MARCUS. THERE WAS NOTHING LIKE THEM. THEY WERE MOSTLY THE CREATIONS OF KEN DOWNING, NOW THE FASHION DIRECTOR, I HAVE SO MANY SIGHTS STILL IN MY MIND! A WOMAN IN A BRITISH MAID’S UNIFORM VACUUMING THE CARPETED RUNWAY AS THE CHEEKY OPENING TO A TEMPERLEY LONDON FASHION SHOW. A MALE MODEL IN NOTHING BUT LEOPARD PRINT SKIVVIES. AN ENTIRE MARCHING BAND BURSTING INTO A PARTY FOR STELLA MCCARTNEY, TRUMPETS BLARING, DRUMS POUNDING, CYMBALS CRASHING. EACH PARTY WAS LIKE A REALLY ELEGANT CIRCUS. I’M SURE WE HAD AN ELEPHANT AT ONE OR TWO. — Rob Brinkley, Co-editor, 10 years

2012 

We go Inside the Head of James Surls.

 Daphne Guinness and her burning eyes are on the cover, with an owl … Scary, said some readers.

 We photograph the art-filled bungalow of CAMH director Bill Arning and partner Mark McCray.

 We shoot Mary and Roy Cullen’s home and their Czech art collection.

 In our obsession with oligarchs, we declare, “We Want to Be Russian Rich!”

2013

 Few of our collector-at-home profiles can beat Orange Show founder Marilyn Oshman’s home and collection.

 The launch of the PaperCity Design Awards with The Houston Design Center gets bigger and bigger.

2014

The Rothko Chapel Turns 50, and in come Tilda Swinton, Wes Anderson, Christopher Rothko, Lady Amanda Harlech and a slew of de Menils. The CAMH turns 65.

2015

• Fall 2015 River Oaks District opens, and life has not been the same.

•  We profile and photograph Christopher Rothko at the Rothko Chapel, about his father’s legacy.

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2016

Surely you can remember this far back. THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE US IN SEPTEMBER WE WILL LOOK SOMETHING LIKE THIS! 

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