TRUE BLUE

TRUE BLUE

Pantone’s color of the year, Classic Blue, is bringing a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit. This spring season, you’ll spot the rich blue hue all over the runway, red carpet, home designs…and abroad. Our style guru, Tori Johnson of  ThesTORIbook.com, is sharing all the ways you can incorporate this color into your daily life.

INTO THE DEEP BLUE

Classic Blue took over the season’s runway. From solids to textures, designers showed off their creations highlighting this year’s favorite color. Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2020 collection featured the shade using whimsical florals, plaid, and abstract fabric designs that are must-have additions for every wardrobe. At Neiman Marcus. Photo courtesy of Vogue.

SWIRLS OF SAPPHIRE

These stunning studs from de Grisogono’s Chiocciolina Collection are sure to stand out among the rest of your fine jewels. The earrings feature an 18K-white gold setting along with icy diamonds and brilliant sapphires. $15,600. Photo and availability courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

DINNER UNDER THE STARS

As part of their 10th-anniversary collection, the L’Objet’s Lapis round platter takes serve ware to the next level. The design mirrors the infamous Mediterranean skies along with a luxurious, hand-gilded 24K gold trim. $550. Photo and availability courtesy of L’Objet.

SPRING SWIRL

Equal parts flirtatious and irreverent, the Mary Short Kaftan in Jaipur is an airy, festive dress with oversized ruffled sleeves, a flouncy hem, chic scoop neck top, and optional belt.
We envision wearing it to a wedding, luncheon, or special dinner, can’t you? $995. At Ala von Auersperg.com.

PATTERN’S NEW PLAY

This Salvatore Ferragamo silk scarf with baroque-style prints offers the perfect pop for any ensemble. $395. Photo and availability courtesy of Ferragamo.com.

BLUE JINLU

This original oil painting by Cheng Jinlu is the perfect addition to any modern home. Each work is painted by hand, so no two paintings will be identical. $2,770. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

SWIVEL IN STYLE

Looking for that living room statement piece? Haute House’s Gia swivel chair is equal parts functional and fashionable. $3,799. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

CAVIAR, ANYONE?

Transform your skin with natural caviar extract in La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Cream. Their breakthrough science and ingredients help enhance firmness and elasticity to help turn back the years. $505. Photo and availability courtesy of La Prairie.

FUR SURE THRONE

Pooch sleepovers just got easier with this luxurious trundle pet bed. With crushed velvet upholstery, your four-legged friends will feel right at home. $1,699. Photo and availability courtesy of Haute House.

BLOUSON BEAUTY

Erdem’s Tabetha silk-organza maxi dress is perfect for afternoon spring weddings and garden parties. With a plunging neckline and tiered skirt, this dress is sure to be a crowd favorite. $5,795. Photo and availability courtesy of Net-A-Porter.

RAFFIA SLIPPER

From the office to happy hour, these Malone Souliers Jane raffia loafers can take you all around town. Mix up your typical workwear combinations with this pop of color and texture. $625. Photo and availability courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman.

MEDITERRANEAN ESCAPE

Why not get lost amongst the blue domes in Santorini, Greece, this spring and summer? Oia offers breathtaking architecture and celebrity-approved hotels. Popular accommodations include Canaves Oia Suites and Adronis Luxury Suites. Photo and availability courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler.

ALL ABOUT AGATE

Wow your guests the next time you entertain with this pure solid, silver-plated agate bowl from ANNA New York. Use it as an elevated serving dish or as an accent piece in the kitchen. $475. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

CLASSIC CRYSTAL

Baccarat’s magnificent crystal creations make the perfect gift any time of year. This extra-large Eye Vase reflects gorgeous blue shades from every angle. $12,500. Photo and availability courtesy of The Menagerie, Austin.

ULTIMATELY UNGARO

ULTIMATELY UNGARO

The legend and legacy of the top 80s designer Emanuel Ungaro, a Texas fashion favorite for his French flair and eye for color, continues today, according to our global fashion expert Gordon Kendall.

COLOR ME BEAUTIFUL
Those 1980s styles were when ruffles flourished…ruching ruled…and neon-brights were just right when it came to the tonal palette. The fashion world recently said goodbye to Emanuel Ungaro, the French designer who came to prominence during the era that came to be known for female power dressing. In a sense, that very same empowerment and homage to the 80s is back in this season’s ballroom and red carpet dressing.

He loved women as much as he loved to dress them―in shapely, body-conscious clothes, rich in details, embellishments, attention-grabbing colors, and arrestingly contrasting prints. Images can only capture the impact of his clothes at the time which inspired each collection. Their exuberant aspect, from the seemingly simple, but saturated chrome yellow sheath, to the over the top and then some black ball gown were works of pop art on fabrication.

Emanuel Ungaro, the designer, however, was much more complicated than even the most lavish of his gowns. Houston philanthropist and International Best Dressed Hall of Famer, Lynn Wyatt, an early Ungaro fan and frequent attendee at his Paris couture shows, clues us into what he was like when she says, “He was truly ahead of the game. He loved using color. And he was such a nice man, too.”

To become ahead of the game, Ungaro first learned the French fashion game of over 50-years ago, a time before designers’ houses had become the big commercial brands many are today. He came from the quaint and arcane world of traditional haute couture with its many rules and countless demands placed on designers and clients. It would be difficult to find any designer with credentials more traditionally impeccable as his. In fact, it was in his blood. He was born the son of a tailor in Aix-en-Province in 1933 from whom he learned the trade of cutting, sewing, and, fitting garments. To that end, he was master of both those extremes of garment construction: le tailleur, or structured work and le flou, to make flowing. He didn’t just sketch; he often preferred to drape onto live models.

SURROUNDED BY GREATNESS
Ungaro went to Paris, where by 1958, he was working with the one and only Cristobal Balenciaga, where he stayed for six years working directly with the master couturier. He briefly worked in 1964 for just two collections with his mentor, Andre Courreges. However, he was always destined to be out of the shadows of others. Ungaro was now ready to define fashion on his own terms, to be ahead of his peers and how they perceived fashion, but most importantly how they expected, even demanded, their fashions be worn. His genius was to design clothes that would appeal to a new generation of women who, themselves, defined fashion in their own way, not just on the terms set by a cabal of designers with their constantly changing seasonal dictates of what it meant to be fashionable. By the 1980s, his heyday, he had hit his professional stride, both in his fashions and what they meant to those who wore them. His fame was global.

The Ungaro lady knew she was a respected lady. He only sought to dress, never to tell her how to dress like many of his contemporaries. These worldly, sophisticated women who became his loyal customers, it was they who chose to be as outrageous as outré as they wished, whether it be in the boardroom, the ballroom, or anywhere else for that matter. Ungaro only offered how it might be done through his own take on color, print, silhouette, and style ideas found in both his couture pieces or, later, sent out under his Parallel ready-to-wear label.

His clothes were as bold as his respect for those who wore them, an attitude that came exuded and was understood by his legion of fans. Images of Ungaro’s clothes may speak to a particular period in fashion, but along came Ungaro with the timeless message of a fashion designer’s respect for the women who wear his designs.

IN FULL BLOOM

IN FULL BLOOM

The modern woman is a boss. She’s large and in charge of her own destiny. That’s why we love the powerful floral and 80s trends reflected in this season’s fashion frenzy. Familiar and comforting, fashion is the ultimate expression of the art collection that you wear. So, why not be a work of art this spring with this gorgeous inspiration to keep you blossoming from dusk ‘til dawn?

 

Photography by Mark Oberlin                Styling by Dion “Bleu” Drake

 

Hair: René Cortez using Oribe Maximista and Ibiza round brush.

Makeup: Tatiyana Elias using Olio E Osso and Odacite

Makeup Assistant: Katie Grigg

Model: Ceca, Two Management

Sittings Producer: Lance Avery Morgan

AS RIGHT AS REIGN

AS RIGHT AS REIGN

The reigning Miss Texas 2019, Chandler Foreman, is everyone’s cool girl ideal. The fact that she represents the Lone Star State is even better. Here, she catches up with her former Miss Texas Judge Lance Avery Morgan so that we can learn more about this dynamic young lady.

My style icons are… Zendaya, Beyonce, Janelle Monae (sometimes), and Yara Shahidi.

I love being Miss Texas America because…This crown helps me fulfill my purpose of inspiring our future leaders. Encouraging youth is what I love, and having the opportunity to impact or enlighten someone is my ultimate joy.

My perfect day would begin by…Waking up on a yacht, having a traditional breakfast (with grits), and a small yogurt parfait, with Moonchild playing in the background.

I made my first dollar by…Losing a tooth and that was paid in quarters, and after that my very first

job was working at La Madeleine.

The last thing I binge/marathon watched wasGood Girls.

A book that left a lasting impression on me had to be…Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Mentality. I recite at least four of his quotes daily. His passing and legacy have heavily impacted my motives.

On my bucket list to do soon is…Travel internationally for the first time. I’ve always wanted to visit Rome, the romantic city, because I’m obsessed with its amazing architecture and history.

What woman should try in her lifetime is to…Be a titleholder. The average girl never considers competing because they imagine a beauty queen and believe there are specific beauty standards. However, it goes beyond physical appearance, and is more about your heart and ambitions. The personal benefits and professional development gained through competing can directly affect your future success.

Something nice I did for myself recently, because, hey, why not is…Yoga. After I experienced a tragedy, I became stagnant. I woke up one morning and decided, “I want peace and do not like being in this mental space.” Twenty minutes later, it’s Namaste.

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dead hands is…Any moisturizer.

SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE

SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE

This season use vivid colors and brighter-than-bright shine to highlight your individuality and create mesmerizingly stunning looks. Embrace the season’s new energy and step out of your comfort zone, recommended by our beauty expert, Ana Bribiesca Hoff.

YEARS BE GONE

The chic Austin-based Elevé Cosmetics is the award-winning full line of non-toxic, beautifully nurturing cosmetics that highlight your true beauty without harmful additives. You’ll want the whole skincare system. Prices vary–collection shown is $245. At ElevéCosmetics.com.

LIQUID WHITE

A liquid white liner is oh so fresh and so chic! Finish with long and fluttery lashes for a sharp and crisp, 60s inspired look. Try Dior Diorshow Liner Star. $30.50. At Saks Fifth Avenue.

SUPERNATURAL GLOW

Matte who? The all-over-gloss effect is here to stay with skin that glows with a wet-effect luminous finish. Try Clé de Peau Beauté Le Sérum for radiant, brighter, softer, and intensely hydrated skin. $295. At Neiman Marcus.

SUBTLE THAT LIP

 

This season’s understated lip brings a refreshing twist on the classic. For a wash of soft, dreamy color, choose a glossy lip stain for a shiny barely-there lip that bumps up the cool factor. Try Tom Ford Lip Gelee in Maldives. $55. At Tom Ford.

LAYERS OF PINK

Let the pink stand out even more by applying a cream blush first and then layering a bright pink powder blush for a whimsical flush that pairs perfectly with your floral prints. Try Sulwhasoo Radiance Blusher in Pink Harmony. $55. At Neiman Marcus.

LAYER THE OMBRE

For something new, try a multicolor ombre eye with a highly pigmented color combo. Our favorite is a gold, yellow, and orange gradient, three beautiful shades found in the Natasha Denona Sunset Eyeshadow Palette. $129. At Sephora.

GLITTER, THEN GO

Hello glitter, we meet again. The trans-seasonal glitter trend offers us a perfect edgy-chic look for this season. Apply a thick black eyeliner and smear gunmetal glitter under your lower lash line. Try Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Gunmetal, a buildable, superfine glitter for all the glitz and glam! $21. At Sephora.

FLASH THOSE BABY BLUES

A pastel blue eyeshadow will be your trendy go-to this season. Sweep a pale shade across lids and lower lash line with a fluffy brush for a soft, playful, and oh so dreamy look. Try Dior Glow Vibes Limited Edition Couture Eyeshadow Palette in Blue Beat. $63. At Neiman Marcus.

OVERDRAWN SAPPHIRE EYES

Blue is on everyone’s radar. Try an unexpected and overextended winged cat eye with a highly pigmented metallic finish. Dab some blue glitter on top for extra drama and a full sapphire effect. Try Stila Shade Mystère Liquid Eyeshadow in Psychic. $24. At Sephora.

HEAD-TO-TOE GLOW

 

Bling-worthy diamond powder, amaranth oil, and squalane deliver a weightless finishing mist for shiny hair, healthy shine and a head-to-toe bod-glow. Try OUAI Hair and Body Shine Mist. $25. At Neiman Marcus.

CUT THE CREASES

 

Eyeliner is not just for your lash lines anymore! Use a bright-n-thick eyeliner to define your crease from the inner corner to the middle of the lid. Finish with a second complementary shade for a shock of color and cut defined creases. Try Shiseido Kajal InkArtist. $25. At Sephora.

BEST IN CLASS

BEST IN CLASS

Where to go and what to see is something on-the-go Texans are always seeking. Join our inveterate cool hunter Jake Gaines as he recommends some of the best choices around.

NOW, SEE HERE

GLCO glasses are a favorite of the fashion and music worlds, and has opened a new store on South Congress in Austin. The store’s focal point is the lighting system, incorporated into the design as homage to the rich art-centric culture of Austin–inspired by the work of artist James Turell. Prices vary. At GarrettLeight.com.

CLUB NOUVEAU

When it opened in the early 80s, the Crescent Club at the Hotel Crescent Court was the place to be. It is again, as the members-only 17th-floor space renovation embraces the existing club’s traditional French craftmanship while bringing an all-new character to the dining areas, its conference rooms, and iconic bar. At CrescentCourt.com.

YOU OUTTA BE IN PICTURES

Need a new headshot for a social media profile? Or, might you want a family portrait just for the heck of it? Why not get a high-quality photo in a 30-minute session that you can book online. The nation-wide service by Shoott is now available in Austin. At Shoott.com.

NOW HEAR THIS

Whether strolling the beach or indulging in a day of shopping, enjoy the 20-plus hours of Bluetooth® playtime, and the smallest fit ever of these cool wireless JLab Audio headphones. Available in colors, enjoy the dual connect, touch sensors, and auto on and connect out of the case to keep you on the go in style.
$PRICE TK. At JLabAudio.com.

EURO SO MODERN

 

As the newest addition to Austria’s federal museum landscape, Albertina Modern, the second exhibiting venue of the Albertina Museum in Vienna, will open with the exhibition The Beginning. Art in Vienna, 1945 to 1980, which will be the first-ever complete overview of an era of Austrian art that encompasses those three important decades following 1945. At Albertina.au.

REGENERATE & RENEW

The new West University locale of ThriVe Drip Spa is the premier luxury lifestyle spa destination in Greater Houston. It’s the place to be for space-age renewal treatments like I.V. therapy, Cryotherapy, B-12 and lipo shots, and EmSculpt. Plus, the Houston Texans, and Rockets players, as well as wellness buffs, often visit the spa. At ThriVeDripSpa.com.