Everywhere we look there’s something new to love. Join our inveterate cool hunter Jake Gaines as he scopes the world near and far for the most unique new opportunities you can experience, too.


The upcoming Illustration Art Signature Auction will be one of the best in the world for those who want to own a piece of fine illustrated art. The cool mid-century ones will likely go quickly at the Dallas-based Heritage Auction. Bidding begins Sept. 24. through Oct. 15. At Heritage Auctions.


The 3rd Annual Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase, Dallas and Fort Worth’s premier luxury lifestyle and automotive event, returns this fall to the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. This sleek one-day event features three distinct areas of phenomenal cars including a juried Collectors’ Concours, featuring a diverse selection of rare supercars, luxury, sports, vintage and classic cars from private collectors. The Car Club Expo will feature some of the best car clubs in Texas, plus fashion, food, and entertainment offerings. September 28. At LuxurySupercarShowcase.com.


Sure, there are plenty of premium tequilas in the world these days. We love that Casa Dragones is an independent, small batch producer with a passion for crafting exceptional sipping tequila, one gorgeous bottle at a time. Add it to your cocktail cart soon. At CasaDragones.com


Want to relax and tune out? Try Spa in the City, Dallas’ new med spa location on Lovers Lane, where they can also help you create a custom skincare plan just in time for the fall galas. In fact, they specialize in just about every cutting edge aesthetic treatment. At SpaInTheCityDallas.com


Texas Contemporary, Houston’s leading contemporary and modern art fair, will bring top galleries to the area’s contemporary art collector base. Texas Contemporary 2019 will feature 75 exhibitors and an innovative program of special projects and public installations as a continuation and expansion of Texas Contemporary’s notable partnerships with the region’s finest institutions and museums. October 10-13. At TxContemporary.com


The best place for a cocktail these days is near downtown Austin. Think of Nightcap as your extended living room for a cozy dinner, or for a large group. We can’t get enough of this space that has such a welcoming vibe, innovative cocktails and healthy cuisine. At NightcapAustin.com




With cooler weather ahead, autumn and the changes it brings, are always welcome. Our luxe style arbiter Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee has a few recommendations that make the Top 10 list of your must-have trends to try. For more information, visit Rank & Style.


This emerald green double-breasted wool blazer is one that means business…and pleasure. From dawn to beyond dusk, this sharp shoulder trend from Balmain jacket will keep you in step. $2,295. At Net-A-Porter.


The high shine trend this season is Capture a futuristic edge of Christopher Kane with this dynamic metallic silver midi skirt. Crafted in Italy with a metallic black and silver geometric print that catches the light with sparkly lustre. $740. At MyTheresa.  


This new fragrance, Carven by Dans Ma Bulle, offers freshness, fantasy and sensuality all in one scent. It’s for curious and daring women who know how to mix Parisian chic and effortless style. $120. Photo and availability courtesy of Bloomingdales.


Hop on the large hoop trend with these Kenneth Jay Lane threaded ball hoop earrings with subtle gold-tone accents in dark pink. The highlighter hue trend will perfectly accent any outfit. $75. At Intermix.


The Iris lace-trimmed silk charmeuse and stretch-jersey thong bodysuit by Cami NYC means both comfort and glamour in the satin trend wave. $180. At Net-A-Porter.


The big color trend that’s purple? Yes, please. Gucci’s leather lapel-free jacket can be casual with pants and dressy with a skirt, either long or short. $5500. At Net-A-Porter.


The big trend that represents classic chic is feathers…everywhere. These Salsa feather-embellished suede sandals are beyond fun. $531. At Charlotte Olympia.


Want the look of leather without the bother in one of fall’s biggest trends? Try these faux leather leggings by Spanx to get the look. $98. At Nordstrom.


Flowers and wild patterns are very on trend again. This satin floral midi tress by Topshop is fall friendly for work, luncheons or after six drinks $95. At Nordstrom.


The 70s-inspired gauze, feather and crystal hair clip by Ranjana Khan shows that hair accessories are a timeless trend to enhance any outfit. $135.00. At Net-A-Porter.



Native Austinite Shelby Krause Goff, who now lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, has always turned heads with her effervescent personality. Here, her longtime pal Lance Avery Morgan caught up with this stylish dynamo, busy wife and mother of two, who is living her own version of La Dolce Vita.


I made my first dollar growing up by…Running a lemonade stand during the Fiesta Art Festival at Laguna Gloria (only long-time Austinites will remember this one). I thought I’d made a killing by walking away with $40.

The first album I bought was…Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time. And yes, I still know every word to every single song on the album.

If I lived in a foreign city it would be…London. I don’t even need a flat–I’ll just live in a booth at La Petite Maison.

What I love most about living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area is…Besides the wonderful and incredibly interesting people? The amazing restaurants, world-renowned art scene, and the unlimited events and activities at all hours of the day. I haven’t been bored one day while living here.

One thing I am exceptionally good at that most might not know is…Horseback riding and sewing. Both are oddly very therapeutic.

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dry hands is…Sunscreen. Always and forever. Right now, I’m using La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Mineral Sunscreen with a few drops of SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum.

My style icon is…Lauren Santo Domingo. She is perfection.

My personal style signifier is…Old Elegance. Think Gwyneth Paltrow (classic with an edge) and Grace Kelly (but without the fabulous bling).

Last thing I binge/marathon watched that I recommend is…Killing Eve. It’s hilarious and thrilling. I also love anything involving espionage.

Book that left a lasting impression on me was…The Price of Privilege by Madeline Levine, PhD.

The last meal that truly impressed me was…In Milan last week on vacation. I was completely blown away by our dinner at Dal Bolognese. It’s the first time my husband, Travis, actually took pictures of his food.

In my fridge you will always find…Besides toddler food and wine? I always try to have a vegetable tray within arm’s length in an attempt to keep me from reaching for my children’s goldfish.

The best gift I have given recently is…My in-laws just finished a beautiful new home in Fort Worth. It was truly a labor of love for them. I had a rendering of their new home engraved onto a silver tray. I love that they now display it with pride.

My perfect day would end with…Sitting in my backyard with a glass of wine, my little boys playing and my husband manning the grill.



As luck would have it, satin is no longer reserved for evenings only. This season you can find it effortlessly added into everyday ensembles from hair accessories to shoes. Our satin style maven, Tori Johnson of ThesTORIbook.com, shares all the ways you can incorporate it into your wardrobe and the world around.


The fabric was previously reserved for the upper class but now transcends across financial barriers and trends are bringing it into today’s mainstream fashion. Giorgio Armani’s Fall 2019 collection intricately draped the textile in imaginative ways creating volume and fluidity. Photo courtesy of WWD.


Wrap yourself up in this luxurious satin robe by Nouvelle Palm Beach as you lounge. Warning: you may not want to leave the house. $232. At The Garden Room.


This Rouge Pur Couture satin lipstick will keep your lips silky all day long with a slight touch of color. $38. Photo and availability courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent.


Say hello to your new favorite perfume. All of your friends will be asking where they can get this Armani Prive’ Lazuli scent. $290. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.


These satin-wrapped Dannijo hoops instantly add wow-factor to any outfit. $170. Photo and availability courtesy of Shopbop.


Whether you’re at the office or attending a wedding, these Manolo Blahnik satin flats are perfect for the classic fashionista. $955. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.


We found your new date night look. This Orseund Iris satin slip dress will turn heads wherever you are, and yes, the 90s are back. $795. Photo and availability courtesy of Net-A-Porter.


Bad hair day? No problem. This Eugenia Kim navy wide-brim fedora with a satin ruched band is the perfect accessory to take into fall. $445. Photo and availability courtesy of Eugenia Kim.


This ombre satin mono eyeshadow by Clarins will be your new go-to neutral hue. $25. Photo and availability courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.


Add a pop of color to a neutral outfit with this Titania crystal satin clutch by Jimmy Choo. $995. Photo and availability courtesy of Jimmy Choo.


We’re positive we’ve found the perfect place to honeymoon. Positano, Italy is a trifecta of good food, great people and breathtaking views. Photo courtesy of Italy Magazine.



Dinner party at your house this weekend? Dress up your tablescape with these couture satin stitch napkins. $126. Photo and availability courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman.


The headband is back and better than ever, especially this silk satin design from Jennifer Behr $188. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.


Tie on a silk scarf by Donni in your hair, on your bag  or around your neck for color and accessorizing prestige. $211 (set of 2). Photo and availability courtesy of Moda Operandi.


Top off your bridal look with this stunning veil in delicate Chantilly lace that offers a breath of fresh air for the blushing bride. $750. Photo and availability courtesy of BHLDN.



This fall’s exceedingly romantic fashion is exquisite, where the silhouette matters the most, and every rich color is ripe for the asking. Whether beaded, feathered, or emblazoned with your own beauty, there’s something for every elevated taste and your wildest fantasy dressing. Here, we present this season’s most sublime gowns to wear RIGHT NOW.

Photography by  Mark Oberlin        Styling by Dion “Bleu” Drake
Hair by René Cortez using the Wet Brush, R & Co Trophy Spray, Gold ‘n Hot Deep Waver, IGK Direct Flight, and The Ouai Matte Pomade
Makeup by Julia Taylor using Dior and IsaDora Cosmetics  
Model: Olga Zhukova, The Industry Model Mgmt.
Sittings Producer: Lance Avery Morgan



Dallas-based fashion designer Lela Orr is rising to the top of the fashion world these days. Fresh from being one of the most popular and talented contestants on Bravo’s Project Runway, her eco-luxury brand is all the rage. Here, Success With Style podcast series hosts Rob Giardinelli and Lance Avery Morgan, spend time with her to learn the secrets of her meteoric success.


Photography courtesy of Lela Orr and Ferrah

Fashion is a very difficult business to achieve instant success. In the fleeting Insta-story of-the-moment world of high style and its influencers, designer Lela Orr and her design firm, Ferrah, is a breath of fresh air. Ethically designed and produced in Dallas, Orr’s brand name encapsulates her fashion design philosophy. The name Ferrah is derived from the root word for joy in Arabic. According to Orr, “Creating garments that bring my clients joy and have a positive transformative impact on one’s persona is the most important element of my designs.” She creates “eco-luxury” garments that are zero-waste, size inclusive, and have a sense of luxury with ease. Her professional ethic began as a child selling fruit drinks on her neighborhood corner and it’s been working to her advantage since, as she says, “I took lemons and made lemonade.”

Before she joined Project Runway, Orr worked for different fashion lines in New York. “The dream for me was to make it there and you know, it’s hard,” she confides. “There was a big adjustment because I’m not the best with crowds and there it’s all about crowds. I mean, your daily commute is in crowds. Your life is in crowds. That was a big change and it brought me out of my shell. It thickened my skin in a very good way.”

When we ask her about the heated season of the hit Project Runway she’s appeared on, she is quick to confide, “I was really excited about the show because you can learn so much from each other and how cool is it to be in a room with 15 other creatives who are doing what they love to do, and that’s what you’re doing, too? They’re making fashion their business, their livelihood. That’s so inspirational.” When asked about the series’ new mentor, former Project Runway winner-turned-star-fashion-designer, Christian Siriano, she’s admits, “It was incredible–I was a huge fan of his. He won when he was in his early twenties and he was just a super talent. You don’t really get access to talent like his, so it came full circle for me, having him be the mentor and having him help us in the work room. It was so surreal and–so cool.”

Successfully running her own design firm on her own now, she says, “I works as a team with my Ferrah business partner Lea Nyland, who is wildly talented. She’s from Denmark, and we have very different fashion philosophies, but coming together is the coolest part. We think that collaboration is amazing and that’s what makes my brand better. I was hoping to get that as well from being on Project Runway.”

Orr believes in offering a luxuriously realistic point of view to her clients. “I think that a woman’s body in any shape or form is beautiful. As I tell all of my clients, and I do a lot of custom work, there’s no perfect size. Actually, the average size now in America is a size 14. So, whenever women to come to me, and we all have our insecurities, I let them know I think that they should embrace their figure and shape. A bias-cut piece may sometimes not be forgiving, but it’s all about the drape to get a really flattering shape.”

Expect to see long lasting success from Lela Orr because, as she states, “I’m trying to encourage people that sustainability is not just a trend. It’s actually a movement and the future. So more people need to prove your practice of zero or minimal waste. Even if it’s in the smallest way.”

You can shop Orr’s eco-luxury brand Ferrah online at NineteenthAmendment.com, Ferrah.co, or arrange an appointment to visit the brand’s downtown Dallas atelier.