COSMOPOLITAN LIVES

COSMOPOLITAN LIVES

Fall has never looked so luxurious, has it? We’re wide-eyed with optimism as we venture out again into the world, with these fresh looks, as well as some familiar favorites, will have you feeling warm all over as the temperature dips. These are some of the runway collection favorites, according to our fashion arbiter Jake Gaines, as you hit the town.

TRUE YOU

TRUE YOU

Now, more than ever, we welcome a refreshing stability with some favorite classic staples…as well as escapism with these noteworthy trends to represent our strength, exuberance, and optimism. Here are some of the best, and prettiest, finds emerging this season, according to our beauty expert, Ana Bribiesca Hoff.

OPPULENTLY ORGANIC

Referred to as an overnight facelift in a jar, the Overnight Facial Mask from John Masters Organics contains natural exfoliants such as pomegranate enzymes and fruit acids. It instantly brightens skin and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and with regular, consistent use, the results are even more dramatic. $60. At John Masters.

FLOWERS AT DUSK

The drop in temperature calls for a shift in your fragrance. You will smell heavenly with The Harmonist Moon Glory, a dusk-inspired formula combining the distinctive Hawaiian Jasmine, the alluring Queen of the Night Flower, and sultry Passionflower scents. $336. At Neiman Marcus.

POWER THAT LIP

The classic red lip provides glamour and comfort during times of unrest. Offering endless possibilities with a broad range of hues, the power red pout is undoubtedly our go-to this season. Try Westman Atelier Lip Suede, a luxurious lip color palette with four vibrant shades. $85. At Westman Atelier.

RADIANTLY RAVISHING

This season’s naturally dewy skin and fresh-faced radiance require the right products. Try Chanel Sublimage Le Teint Ultimate Radiance, an exquisite, lightweight creamy foundation that offers flawless coverage for a glowing, healthy, and luminous look. $135. At Neiman Marcus.

HIGH 90s

Goth-punk touches from the 90s are more glamorous than ever. Moody, Bordeaux lips provide a hint of dark romance and dimension. Try Hourglass Cosmetics Confession Ultra Slim High-Intensity Refillable Lipstick in When I’m Alone. $36. At Neiman Marcus.

OPTOMISTICALLY BRIGHT

Pops of optimistic, bright colors give a warm welcome to the chilly months. This trend is all about the less-than-perfect eyelid, and smudgy streaks of vibrant color across the brow bone. Our favorite? Texas Made, of course. Try Anastasia Beverly Hills Alyssa Edwards Eyeshadow Palette for gorgeous looks. $60. At Sephora.

GOLDEN DAZE

Gold is a must for all-out-fall-glam. Try Nars Limited Edition Multi-Use Gloss in Working Girl for gilded shimmer and shine that take your look to another dimension. $24. Then, take the ethereal and radiant look one step further with Diorshow Liquid Mono Eyeliner in Gold Twinkle for a touch of glittering, magical gold. $30. Both at Neiman Marcus.

LIGHT LUMINESENCE

Glowy, dewy skin has become a staple. But this season debuts something different for this trend with a heightened freshness. Try Lancer Dani Glowing Skin Perfector to achieve the coveted, heavenly, dewy effect without masking your naturally beautiful skin. $95. At Saks Fifth Avenue.

ALL OVER GLIMMER

As the temperature drops, make sure you incorporate a decadent, ultra-moisturizing body oil for all over soft, smooth, and glowing skin. Try Acqua di Parma Magnolia Nobile Shimmering Oil, a shimmering veil with subtle gold particles. At Acqua di Parma.

D.I.Y. GORGEOUS

Dermapore Grey, from Dermaflash, is a unique two-in-one ultrasonic skincare device that deep cleans pores and infuses your favorite skincare products, revealing a brighter, healthier complexion. $99. At Dermaflash.

CHOOSING SOMETHING DIFFERENT

CHOOSING SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Now that we’ve gotten used to sheltering in, we’re looking at the world’s opportunities nearby  with brand new eyes. When you do venture out, here’s a selection of what to see and do this fall across the state that will feel like something new indeed, according to our guy-on-the-go Lance Avery Morgan.

LET THERE BE MUSIC

The new multi-block Music Lane development, along hipster South Congress Avenue in Austin, will be the new destination for both locals and visitors alike. The 163,000 square-foot stretch over several city blocks will contain the new Soho House private club (the first one in Texas and it will have a rooftop space) with 25 retail stores, offices and restaurants in the mix including Nak Armstrong Jewelry, LeLabo, Buck Mason, and other luxe brands that are must-haves.

GET CARRIED AWAY

Two Dallas-based designers have created a new luxe luggage line for their company, Franki Ray. These top of the line totes, briefcases, backpacks, wallets, and other fine leather accessories have bright bursts of color and linings to enhance your own style. $995 as shown. At FrankiRay.com.

WOMEN X 100

With the Women’s Suffrage Centennial this year, we love learning more about the roots of the women’s voting movement with a brand new digital site. Thoughtfully created during the pandemic by Corpus Christi native-turned-Austinite Mary Tally, it offers numerous compelling stories on so many lives that have made a difference to women…and mankind. At ATXCelebratesWomensSuffrage.com.

VERY, VERY VILLA

The new Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection, a private club with a forthcoming restaurant, Lutie’s, is now open to the public. This majestic urban oasis, built in 1928 and completely re-furbished, is the hot new destination for a weekend, a wedding, or pool time. Its lush, formal grounds evoke an East Coast estate with an updated century-old domain with a modern, comfortable twist. At AubergeResorts.com/CommodorePerry.

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH

The Texas-based Lone River Beverage Company’s Founder & CEO, native Texan Katie Beal Brown, is turning heads with Ranch Water. The first 80-calorie hard seltzer is a twist on the classic Ranch Water cocktail that has long been a favorite of West Texans and West Texans-at-heart. The three, flavored 100% organic agave, natural lime juice and gluten-free alcohol base drinks are sure to become a favorite. At LoneRiverBevCo.com.

JUST BREATHE

You don’t have to be in Switzerland to enjoy world class luxury health treatments. In Austin, you are a stone’s throw away from a state-of-the-art wellness center, EvolvE, where you can gain better sleep, improve immune function, reduce pain, gain more energy, and enhance recovery. And, we highly recommend the Cryo chamber among all the other amenities. At EvolvEATX.com.  

HIGH CAMP

Longtime friends, Eric Houston and Jay Fields, realizing their dream of bringing a stylish and playful spin on the typical RV resort to Houston, is perfectly timed for localized experiences. The debut of Eric & Jay’s RV Resort, a few miles south of the city’s Texas Medical Center and Museum District, perfectly aligns with skyrocketing RV sales and rentals in response to the new realities of travel. At EricAndJaysRVResort.com.

SCENTS & SENSIBILTY

SCENTS & SENSIBILTY

The nose always knows. Here, the Yellow Nose of Texas, our own Gordon Kendall recalls what is really missing from virtual partying these days, as he sniffs out the biggest glitch in today’s ever-evolving online world.

 

THE ORIGINAL CLUB KIDS

Age appropriate, not high style, now informs our evening’s virtual fashion sensibilities. Back in the days of our youth, if we didn’t hear each other, it wasn’t some D.J.s fault…we just had somehow muted ourselves similar to today’s Zoom session. As is happening more and more, we like to reminisce. Like about the times we excitedly, but not ecstatically, made it into certain notorious dance clubs across the state. We had the beat, to paraphrase the Go-Gos. Strange how the olfactory to mind to memory connection works. All of a sudden, I blurted out Calvin…in the blue bottle. That’s what I wore. Calvin Klein, that is. From there, we went on and on about that one elusive thing virtual partying still can’t provide: the smell of it all.  

Our party times started quite young in the late 70s, well into the 2000s. Then, the “big browns” in men’s colognes like Revlon’s Braggi from 1966 and Lauder’s 1968 Aramis, remained favorites for many of our fathers. Where do you think Tom Ford is getting all the ideas for such current colognes as his very own? They harken back in time. Colognes may have lightened in color over time, but not in power, like Dior’s Jules of 1980 and Yves Saint Laurent’s 1981 Korous, both punchy, with citrusy bergamot somewhere in their formulation. Spicy Lagerfeld of 1978 that came in a lab-like bottle was everywhere. Chanel’s Antaeus, 1981, was for that guy who wanted it powerful but with a subtle twist of, get this, sage. It was as smoky as the venues 606 in Austin, Metropole in Houston, Eight-O’s in Dallas, and Bwana Dick in San Antonio. With apologies to oh-so-many others, two men’s colognes sum up the era: Lauren’s tobacco-y, citrus-y Polo, in the green flask from 1978 and Calvin Klein’s Obsession that made the world smell like spicy vanilla in 1986. Still around and going strong, but our generation had them first.      

SCENT OF A WOMAN

It was the ladies, though, who really could make their presence felt through fragrances of these times. Sure, big shoulders could carry off White Shoulders, for the lady who loved the classics, and there was and will always be Joy at any party (bought for many daughters by their fathers since it was then billed as the most expensive perfume in the world). The late 70s and 80s brought a whole new way of thinking about women’s fragrances. Sporty, sexy, and powerful. There was a fragrance for every personality. Lauder’s Aliage (1972) and Revlon’s Charlie (1973) were there along with Lauren (1978) to fit those moods. Then, there were the stand outs, the didn’t-smell-that-coming scents like Dior’s wickedly fruity Poison (1985). Later, Mugler’s Angel from 1992 is another. I swear it smells like State Fair cotton candy, even from across a SXSW venue. As with men’s, so many scents were offered then, but Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium (1977) and Giorgio Beverly Hills (1981)…did I even have to name it? They were the scents of that era.

We keep buying newer communication technologies but memory transports us back to our fragrant past. Your memories are likely as sweet as mine. So, let’s keep making more of them with new olfactory sensations the scent masters have in mind for us yet to enjoy. Because, you never know, when that next set of memories will inform your future.

FALL’S FOREMOST

FALL’S FOREMOST

With cool weather on the horizon, getting fall-ready with new accessories is something to look forward to, according to our luxe lifestyle arbiter Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee, as her Top 10 recommendations will be even cooler.

ALL FOR ONE

Say hello to your simplest new outfit. Designed with a relaxed straight-leg fit, this Super-Soft Summer Jean Coverall features a buttoned front, side pockets, and a short-sleeve silhouette. Plus, it’s made of lightweight, non-stretch 10 oz. organic denim for a softness that typically comes from decades of wear. $98. At Everlane.com.

TINTED EXPOSURE

This Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 foundation provides a light, dewy coverage, as well as skincare benefits. You’ll love that it feels like you’re wearing nothing at all. $46. At Sephora.com.

IN CASE YOU ASK

Here’s an impact absorbing, sustainable case to protect your investment. It perfectly holds your regular and wireless charging cases for AirPods. Made from premium TPU, it protects them against bumps, drops, and scratches. In several colors. $32. To personalize, add $10. At KatieKime.com.  

COZY IS AS COZY DOES

La Lignes Marin turtleneck sweater is knitted with vibrant stripes in an array of sunset hues. Made from a wool and cashmere-blend, its warm, soft, and has a loose silhouette with ribbed trim and dropped shoulders to become your seasonal favorite. $295. At Net-A-Porter.com.  

SAFETY FIRST

Made from 100% cotton, these cheerful masks are breathable and washable. Their adjustable straps make the mask a perfect fit for you, and removable beads add a fun pop of color. However, these are non medical-grade masks and not suitable for use in medical settings. Set of 2, $28. At StoneyCloverLane.com.

GET YOUR GLOW ON

The GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator is an air-whipped, marshmallow-like dual-action exfoliator formula. It’s densely packed with four powerful, glow-inducing, micro-exfoliating minerals (quartz, garnet, alumina, and silica) for softer, smoother, and more radiant skin. $125. At Sephora.com.

POWER T

The Eva padded shoulder muscle T-shirt in khaki green screams of the 80s with its bold shoulders. It’s been updated, refined, and feels very right now. Paired with jeans or a high waist, it’s a fresh look. $75. At TheFrankieShop.com.

ENDLESS SUMMER

Summer can now last well into fall. These beach-inspired candles have infusions of familiar scents like cut grass, cucumber, brown sugar, and even tennis balls. The Beach Club Collection. Set of 3, $89. At Otherland.com. 

I’LL HAVE THE COMBO

From the tennis court to running errands and beyond, this skort is made of a lightweight, quick-drying, and recycled polyester fabric. It features a comfortable knit waistband with a built-in short liner to make this a perfect skirt/short combo. $58. At OutdoorVoices.com.

HEART & SOLE

At the heart of every Birkenstock is the distinctive legendary footbed. The details are all in the design; each element of the footbed serves a purpose to encourage proper foot well-being and health. Try bright copper as a chic neutral. $135. At Amazon.com.

REGAL ROMANCE

REGAL ROMANCE

Every woman wants to feel beautiful, inside and out. So, now’s the time to turn our heads to more romantic notions as we begin a new fashion season, according to our roving style hunter Eleanora Morrison, of Eleanora.co., who weighs in with her favorite recommendations that will help you create more love in the world…starting with yourself.

ROYAL LOCKS

Since hair adornments are enhancing even the simplest ensembles, why not go for broke, with this bejeweled crescent barrette by Erdem? Everything from faux jade to emeralds to pink diamonds, and beyond will give any hairstyle a romantic boost. Plus, it becomes an instant heirloom piece. $400. At NeimanMarcus.com.

BLUSHING, NOT BASHFUL

The Tatiana blush satin clutch, by Jimmy Choo, is the perfect neutral, and it comes with a long shoulder chain to add even more versatility. The oversized rhinestone clasp will sparkle as brightly as you. $995. At NeimanMarcus.com.

PLEATED, PLEASE

This pretty-in-pink Givenchy silk skirt, which adds height to any outfit thanks to its accordion pleats, features an elastic waistband with a printed monogram logo. The A-line silhouette falls perfectly at mid-calf, making it perfect for dinner, dancing, and beyond. $1680. At The Webster.com.

RUCHE, REALLY

Ruching took front and center at the Fall/Winter 2020 collections. We love these shoes in a colorful, can’t-get-lost-in-a-crowd blue velvet, as a romantic textural gesture, don’t you? Price upon request. At Off-White.com.

SILVER SCREEN

Heads will surely turn as you enter the room well turned-out in this silver brocade evening suit. The slim silhouette boasts a waist-flattering peplum and a cropped pant that can be worn with heels or flats. Price Upon Request. At Erdem.com.

OPTOMISTICALLY BRIGHT

You love the Diptyque candles and scents, and you’ll love the new Fleur de Peau room fragrance that has a plethora of flowers at the heart of its composition. Sprayed in the air, on linens and clothes, or in a fine mist on the skin, it delicately perfumes your world. $110. At DiptyqueParis.com.

JEWEL-TONED GEM

Set for fall, this multi-colored jewel-tone blouse is a go-to basic to add personality to any neutral pairing. It’s perfect for day to evening, no matter how you style it. $395. At Nordstrom.com.

LORD OF LACE

Gucci’s silk-chiffon blouse trimmed with Victorian-inspired ivory lace will bring the drama to any ensemble, day or night. Pair it with wide-leg culottes for a casual look, or with a sleek velvet tuxedo for a show-stopping formal look. $3500. At Net-A-Porter.com.

FIT FOR A QUEEN

Aeydē’s cream Moa flats are sleek, comfortable, and perfectly fit to get you from the boardroom to the ballroom without sacrificing an ounce of style. A stately staple for any season. $230. At Net-A-Porter.com.

PUCKER UP

Looking for lips as luscious as the Queen of Hearts? Lipstick Queen’s Medieval Lipstick is sure to give you an extra rouged pucker that will bring out your royal alter ego. $24. At NeimanMarcus.com.

LUXURIOUS LUSTER

Why not raise a glass that glimmers in gold? For those who prefer a touch of personality in their barware, each of these gilded goblets are just the statement for your next toast. $66 each. At NeimanMarcus.com.