By Lance Avery Morgan Photography
courtesy of Columbia Pictures and New Republic Pictures
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.
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?
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….
Kendall Photography courtesy of Doyle
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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__.
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
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
The dance halls and
artists featured on the Texas Dance Hall Tour include:
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
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.
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
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