EVENING OF MERRIMENT

EVENING OF MERRIMENT

Amber and Al Koehler Host An Evening Of Holiday Cheer

 

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by Ben Porter Photography

THE SETTING: The home of Al and Amber Koehler in Austin was the recent setting for an evening of merriment and revelry. The several hundred who attended the holiday party for the ages were treated to an evening of festive holiday spirit…and spirits, great friends, and live entertainment. The fête was the perfect mix of adult fun and childlike joy. In fact, guests look forward to it all year long.

 

THE STYLE: The holiday-chic crowd sported a mix of cocktail dresses, sportscoats, and holiday-inspired ensembles that created a welcoming environment for all. The duo, always the consummate hosts, provided a wide range of exciting experiences for their guests, ensuring there was something for everyone to enjoy. While some cozied up to the bar for their favorite cocktail or grabbed a nosh at one of the plentiful food stations, others aimed their sights toward the gigantic inflatable snowball where they could have their picture taken to remember the evening.

 

The Austin event would not be complete without live music, of course, and guests were in for a special night as they listened to a lively performance by Skyrocket. Those who stayed into the wee hours of the morning experienced an unforgettable musical surprise…an impromptu performance by musician Lukas Nelson, the son of Willie Nelson, capping off a memorable night of celebration.

A WOMAN’S EYE

A WOMAN’S EYE

Fêtes For Houstonian Sir Mark Haukohl’s World Class Photography Exhibition

By Lance Avery Morgan    Photography courtesy of LACMA

Recently, on a chilly autumn night, both international and Texas-based guests flocked to the opening night soirée of the exhibit in Los Angeles, In the Now: Gender and Nation in Europe, Selections from the Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl Photography Collection. It features a selection of two hundred contemporary photographs by women artists from seventeen countries in Western and Eastern Europe. The collaboration between Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and The Brooklyn Museum is a partnership that enables each institution to significantly augment and diversify its photography holdings over the next ten years as well as advance curatorial research, travel, and scholarship, signaling an innovative and financially sustainable new approach for museums to expand their collections.
A seated dinner was held to celebrate the debut of the images at Ray’s, the restaurant that is a part of LACMA. The glamorous guests, from around the world, and of course, Texas, were on hand to fete Haukohl’s artistic collection achievement. On hand to share toasts were LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg, Director Michael Govan, as well as Shelby White and Leon Levy Director Anne Pasternak of The Brooklyn Museum. Beyond the wine and champagne that flowed freely, guests dined on a selection of seafood, as well as being tempted by wonderfully sugary desserts as the evening progressed. The week of Los Angeles events included a distinguished trustee’s reception at the residence of venture capitalist, David Bohnett. The celebration continued at the new Pendry Hotel on Sunset Boulevard.
Both LACMA and The Brooklyn Museum, exemplary institutions representing both coasts, benefit from the generous gift from Houston-based collector Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl, whose expansive collection has been built over the course of twenty years and showcases an impressive range of styles and approaches to photography from that period. The collection features works by nearly ninety emerging and established women artists, including Yto Barrada, Carolle Bénitah, Melanie Bonajo, Natalie Czech, Eva Koť á tková, Vera Lutter, Josephine Pryde, and Shirana Shahbazi.
The gift will be made in installments over the next ten years, with the first including twenty works selected by Haukohl. The two museums will also receive a donation of ten additional works purchased by him. Both museums will each individually acquire an additional ten works chosen in concert with the curators, expanding the initial gift. Furthermore, his gift includes the Haukohl Travel Grant, which provides resources to advance curatorial travel, research, and scholarship each year for the next decade. These funds will allow curators to attend European photography fairs and exhibitions such as Les Rencontres d’Arles, ARCOmadrid, and Unseen Amsterdam, further enabling targeted additions to the collection by all three parties. The exhibit runs at LACMA through February 13, 2022, with a 2023 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. A sensational Los Angeles and New York triumph.

SPARKLING SOIRÉE

SPARKLING SOIRÉE

A significant birthday is always a time to celebrate. For its success, mix a private club setting, a party-perfect host and design team, guests aplenty, and terrific music to create the magical and memorable evening that ensued.

By Lance Avery Morgan   Photography by Hannah Gibson

Recently, Keller Henderson celebrated a landmark, socially safe birthday gathering. An array of friends and family from throughout Texas and Mexico City gathered at The Argyle in San Antonio to fête the honoree.

In the works for months, the celebration was planned by Belgium-born Pascal Delisse of Pascal Delisse Events and Entertaining. Delisse worked closely with The Argyle’s Chef Jesse Villanueva to create a nouvelle dining experience.

The culmination was a delectable menu that consisted of Mikimoto oysters (served on a bed of coarse salt, seaweed, and dry ice, with Argyle mignonette sauce), Sous Vide Quail (with a King Oyster mushroom and wild mushroom puree), fried quail egg )finished with natural quail jus), Chive Parmesan Gnocchi (tossed with roasted red peppers and pine nuts, finished in a Kiolbassa smoked bacon cream sauce), Sous Vide Wagyu filet mignon (with braised shallots, baby sweet peppers filled with braised oxtail-infused pearl barley, pickled shallots, toasted garlic, finished with red wine au jus and garnished with micro beets). Individual tartes tatin of Mexican vanilla ice cream drizzled with salted caramel, completed the feast.

The table centerpieces, set upon the venue’s pastoral lawn, were bouquets of pincushions, orange ranunculus, white buds, and seeded eucalyptus, among other greenery delights.

For entertainment, the Monica Moore Smooth Jazz Trio provided music for guests through the cocktail hour and into dinner. Afterward,  Keller Henderson toasted his friends and family who attended, then DJ Steven Moya took over, and the dancing continued late into the evening.

GROOVIN’ IN MALIBU

GROOVIN’ IN MALIBU

John Paul and Eloise DeJoria Host A Groovy 60’s-Inspired Holiday Party At Their Malibu Home

By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Silvia Mautner Photography

THE SETTING: On a recent, picture-perfect Sunday afternoon in the Malibu hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean, John Paul and Eloise DeJoria hosted a 60s-themed holiday party. Over a thousand friends, celebrities, and employees of the iconic Paul Mitchell brand, founded by John Paul DeJoria himself, were on hand to celebrate the holiday season…and, of course, have a groovy good time.

THE STYLE: As guests arrived at the DeJoria home, many could not help but think of Groovin’ (on a Sunday afternoon), the iconic song by the Rascals, and partygoers were doing just that the moment they walked (or were escorted via golf cart) up to the top of the winding driveway where the jaws of kids, and kids at heart, dropped at the spectacular winter wonderland on display. Ever the fabulous hosts, John Paul and Eloise, were on hand to pose for pictures with each and every guest there to celebrate. Many of the partygoers got into the 60s spirit with peace signs, tinted sunglasses, Pucci dresses, and the turtleneck/sport coat combos spotted among many of the attendees.

Once inside, the good times continued as everyone was treated to an array of festive food and activities that appealed to one’s inner cool cat. Those who wanted to do something sporty could try their skills at miniature golf or sled down an ice-capped hill on the side of the estate with views of the Pacific Ocean (thanks to the two tons of snow trucked in for the event). Those who were feeling hungry had an impressive array of morsels to sample, including 60s staples, burgers, and fries, as well as a buffet with classic TV tray fare. Iinterested in channeling your inner creativity? Attendees could take part in a host of crafts activities as well as the chance to visit the Beehive Hair Salon, where Paul Mitchell stylists were on hand to do transformative 60s makeovers.

The day was capped off with a snow resort photo booth to commemorate this one-of-a-kind holiday experience that allowed all on hand to cherish the memory of a special event that will be talked about for years to come. Until next time, Peace Out.