SOCIETY GUY STYLE: UNDER THE HOLLYWOOD INFLUENCE

SOCIETY GUY STYLE: UNDER THE HOLLYWOOD INFLUENCE

By Lance Avery Morgan  Photography courtesy of Columbia Pictures and New Republic Pictures

Taron Egerton in Rocket Man

There’s nothing like beating the heat and ducking into a cool movie theater to catch a summer flick. The bonus? If the film has style that inspires. Likley, or we wouldn’t be there.

Leonardo Di Caprio and Brad Pitt in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Here are a couple of films we recommend: Rocket Man, the bio pic about Elton John starring Taron Egerton, set mostly in the 1970s and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio set in 1969.  We’re smelling a revival trend aren’t you? 

Leonardo Di Caprio in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

The style of the late 60s was more hippie than Carnaby Street. The 70s was more disco than hippie, so go figure. Both eras reflected the political, cultural and social upheaval that was happening. Sound familiar?

Take a look at more of these looks from our favorite summer films and start your own style revolution…. 

Taron Egerton in Rocket Man

Brad Pitt and Leonardo Di Capri in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

FASHION’S SORCERER:  DESIGNER OLEG CASSINI AND HIS MAGIC SPELL TO ENCHANT REVEALED IN UPCOMING DOYLE AUCTION

FASHION’S SORCERER: DESIGNER OLEG CASSINI AND HIS MAGIC SPELL TO ENCHANT REVEALED IN UPCOMING DOYLE AUCTION

By Gordon Kendall    Photography courtesy of Doyle Auctions

Oleg Cassini and Grace Kelly, 1954

The scene: the gated Long Island mansion…a Gramercy Park townhouse…and, of course, a small fleet of luxury cars to go with them. If living well is, indeed, the best revenge, then the lifestyle of the late fashion designer Oleg Cassini is a case study in how it should be done. Cut to: Doyle Auctions is counting on those who live well…or just look like they do…and fashion aficionados to be lured to the June 27th auction of the contents of the late designer’s Oyster Bay estate, Moorelands, ready to bid. Likely, there will be the curious who will want to see firsthand, perhaps own, even a small part of his world and, by doing so, be even more enchanted by the mystique of the man himself.

His name was Oleg Aleksandrovich Loiewski, the son of a Russian countess, from whom he took the name Count Oleg Cassini. He died at age 92 in 2006 and matters of his estate remain uncertain. Yet, generations of latter-day mall and discount shoppers may know Cassini from the great many products bearing his name, as he licensed practically an entire department store worth of fragrances, clothing, accessories, housewares, and other items, that were eponymous. The Jackie generation, however, will know him as the man who dressed Camelot’s famous queen, Jacqueline Kennedy. As such, the client-designer duo were the ultimate fashion “influencers” in the United States of the early 1960s. From couture image maker to off-the-rack impresario, Cassini is generally acknowledged to have been a business success in both worlds. He is also acknowledged to have done all of it with…such style.

In My Own Fashion is Cassini’s 1987 appropriately named autobiography and in it he stated the cinema-esque European world he came from, with: a tuxedo, a tennis racquet, and talent. The usually tan, almost always trim Cassini parleyed those and the hereditary title of Count, with his own admitted luck, drive, determination, and, it must be said, considerable charm with the ladies to build his fashion empire. It helped that he was photogenic, as were the many woman famous women with whom he dressed, or was romantically linked throughout his life. These included, of course, Jackie Kennedy, who arguably established the platform from which his later career in licensing flourished. Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly, were other fashion icons with whom he was associated after his 1941 marriage to (yet another) actress, Gene Tierney.

After decades on the social scenes of Washington, New York, Hollywood, and, yes, Houston, Texas (where his daughters with Tierney made their debuts after her subsequent remarriage), in fact, on the social scenes of just about everywhere, it could be said he was the embodiment of a jet-setting playboy businessman.

The true stories behind all his romances may never be fully known. His fashion legacy as among the very first American fashion designer to license his name continues into today. The final outcome of his estate remains uncertain over a decade after his death, thanks to warring family factions. It, however, fair to say the Doyle auction will certainly be a barometer of Oleg Cassini’s enduring legend as a tastemaker.

Cassini sketches for Jackie Kennedy

Prospective bidders have an opportunity to peruse Cassini’s version of The Good Life. The antique suits of armor, French and English furniture and a plethora of Cassini’s household, personal, and apparel items, many of which bear the scrawling signature of the designer; he used and wore his own products. The fashion memorabilia available include some Cassini-designed dresses; however, the ephemera items of letters from his most famous client (and her sister, Princess Lee Radizwill), workroom and production notes, tear sheets, and annotated photographs. These provide insight into the relationship between designer and Jackie Kennedy. Both were aware of the power of image and neither left to chance how much she…and in turn he…would be scrutinized, praised, or criticized for any and all decisions made about her apparel, including their selection of her shoes and handbags.  

A piece from Cassini’s auction

Much of the 750 lots offered for sale would feel right at home in many Lone Star residences. Even if perhaps a bit dated and the whiff of faded gentility, such items as the estate’s outdoor furniture and sporting goods speak as much to a life of casual elegance, while the heraldic coat of arm banners would be graceful interior additions. The many sets of dishes offered indicate entertaining was as important to Cassini as it is to hospitable Texans. 

The legend of Cassini, the sorcerer who crafted the image of some of the world’s most famous fashion icons, is sure to enchant these items offered of what remains of his stylish world and remind us he was among the American tastemakers of his time. Fade to black of a life well-lived.

For more information, visit Doyle Auctions.      

DASH IN FOR DENIM: 7 FOR ALL MANKIND JEANS’ SLEEK FIT

DASH IN FOR DENIM: 7 FOR ALL MANKIND JEANS’ SLEEK FIT

Cropped Alexa jeans

By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of 7 For All Mankind

We love that 7 For All Mankind has just opened its newest retail location in Domain NORTHSIDE this month. It turns out that the insider’s luxe denim brand 7 For All Mankind is back and better than ever with its most innovative store yet.

Fray Bustier Luxe Vintage Muse

According to the brand, denim is the real hero in this new store environment’s aesthetic. Why? Plush fabrics, luxe stone finishing, brushed finishing, modular fixtures elevate the in-store experience, that’s why.

Fray Skirt Luxe Vintage Muse

Plus, the new store design has a clean, crisp and minimal denim presentation, too, so jean shopping is a breeze. So what are you waiting for, go get a few new pair to kick summer into high gear. We’re showing a few of our favorites to inspire you before you rush out to the new Domain locale to see where all the action is.  

Field Jacket In Ecru

For more, visit 7 For All Mankind.com and Domain Northside

EXPERIENCE NICOLE MERA: THE PRIVATE JEWELER YOU NEED TO KNOW

EXPERIENCE NICOLE MERA: THE PRIVATE JEWELER YOU NEED TO KNOW

By Eleanora Morrison
Photography courtesy of Nicole Mera

Private jeweler / graduate gemologist Nikki Swift’s company Nicole Mera is quickly becoming a brand name with a reputation that is picking up speed across South Texas and beyond. Popular among brides and grooms who appreciate classic or contemporary custom creations, Nicole Mera offers clients the opportunity to make meaningfully personalized pieces. Although weddings are a sweet spot, Swift’s services extend well beyond bridal and engagement rings.  

With competitive pricing and quality that equates her pieces to the luxurious lusters of Harry Winston and Tiffany, her efficient concierge approach removes up-ticked costs guaranteed by the big name brands. 

For Swift, gemology is a passion that is rooted far more deeply than just interest in making a quick sale. Nicole Mera’s brand is as much about educating customers and curating a thorough shopping experience as it is about selling shining jewels. Swift is devoted to ensuring that her clients make informed decisions regarding their purchases, and that their pieces remain sound investments that stand the test of time. A pillar of the Nicole Mera experience is for clients to be treated to the best product there is without having to lift a finger. 

In September, Swift is excited to be launching a new Educations Series offered by Nicole Mera. She will educate groups of 8-10 people about colored stones, diamonds, jewelry manufacturing, and much more.

“I think what allows me to stand apart from other jewelers and retailers is that I have this deep understanding of stones and a passion behind them. My ultimate goal is to spread this passion and help women find stones and diamonds that speak to them, so they aren’t just wearing a piece of jewelry, but something of meaning that also tells a story.” I want women to learn about the gems they are purchasing so that they can become collectors, lovers, and hopefully the ones sharing the knowledge of their favorite gemstones to friends and family. Legacy is what this business is all about.
Learn more by watching the video below. To book an appointment with Nikki Swift visit NicoleMera.com. To connect with Nicole Mera and discover more of her work on Instagram, follow her @nicole_mera__

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HONKY TONK ROYALTY: THE TEXAS DANCE HALL TOUR JUNE 13-16 IN DALLAS/FORT WORTH

HONKY TONK ROYALTY: THE TEXAS DANCE HALL TOUR JUNE 13-16 IN DALLAS/FORT WORTH

By Jake Gaines   Photography courtesy of Texas Dance Hall Tour

The Texas Dance Hall Tour hosted by Asleep at the Wheel and Ray Benson, presented by Central Market and benefiting The Texas Dance Hall Preservation, returns June 13th – 16th in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. We love that it aspires to bring attendees the truest form of the Texas Dance Hall experience with a four-day weekend at four historic and one-of-a-kind dance halls. Featuring the best in Texas music with performances by Hot Club of Cowtown, Jason Roberts, Asleep at the Wheel, Big Cedar Fever and Summer Dean, guests will be two stepping their way through an unforgettable weekend.

The Texas Dance Hall Tour entertains, educates and engages the public around Texas’ cultural and musical heritage by introducing visitors to the state’s historic dance halls. In the late 1800s and into the early 1900s, dance halls flourished and at one time there were over 1,000 halls in Texas. Although there are now fewer than 400 remaining, there are more historic dance halls in this state than anywhere else  in the country. Over the last century they have represented the culture, romance, history and musical roots of Texas. “There wouldn’t be Texas music without our Texas dance halls, according to Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson. “They’re like the Carnegie Hall of Western Swing and Texas Music. This is where Bob Wills, Willie Nelson and George Strait cut their teeth. We are losing this important slice of history and need to support the communities and these establishments.”

Asleep At the Wheel

THE DETAILS

The dance halls and artists featured on the Texas Dance Hall Tour include:

Proceeds will go to the Texas Dance Hall Preservation, committed to saving historic Texas dance halls and the authentic music and culture that is still found in them.

HOW ENCHANTING: ANNUAL BALLET AUSTIN SPRING TEA DELIGHTS

HOW ENCHANTING: ANNUAL BALLET AUSTIN SPRING TEA DELIGHTS

By Alexandra del Lago   Photography by Ashley Love

Aurelia Polidori, Event Chair Cassandra King Polidori and Ballet Austin performers

Recently, on a sunny spring afternoon, guests of every age descended upon the newly renovated The LINE Hotel to support and celebrate Ballet Austin Guild as it presented its 35th Spring fundraiser, An Afternoon of Enchantment. In fact, for many the tea has become both a new and treasured annual tradition.

Following a VIP reception to honor the event’s major supporters, old friends and new began gathering to mix and mingle over welcome drinks while capturing the moment in the ever popular photo booth. Guests were dressed in their best tea finery but the festive hats and fascinators definitely took center stage. The ballroom doors opened to reveal the enchanted forest beyond and exquisite tables laden with every kind of delicious treat, tea, and champagne, all designed and beautifully executed by VP of Fundraising Events and Event Chair Shane Manning and his devoted team of Guild volunteers. Musicians Anthony Chen and Cory Blais performed, while Butler Fellowship Program dancers Meredith Stitt and Ellis Broderick posed for photos with guests in their balletic tutus.

Cookie Ruiz and Stephen Mills

Raffle baskets filled to overflowing tempted partygoers waiting for the program that Amanda Tatom emceed. Guild members enjoyed the opportunity to visit with Stephen Mills, Ballet Austin Sarah and Ernest Butler Family Fund artistic director, Cookie Ruiz, Ballet Austin’s Executive Director, and a number of Ballet Austin performers.

We love that 2019 marks the 44th anniversary of Ballet Austin Guild, a non-profit organization supporting Ballet Austin’s educational and community programs benefiting over 57,000 Central Texans each year. The Guild consists of energetic volunteers who want to learn more about ballet and contribute to one of Austin’s finest cultural institutions. Proceeds from the event, designed as prelude to Ballet Austin’s season finale production of the Romantic Era classic, Giselle, support the Ballet Austin Academy youth scholarship fund. This fund ensures that no child who has the talent and desire to study ballet is denied a formal dance education due to financial concerns.

For more membership information, visit https://balletaustin.org