As winter thaws and the possibilities of spring beckons, we are beyond excited about the warmer weather season and what it has in store for all of us. From our vantage point, we have an outlook that reads sunny skies and even sunnier times ahead.
With this new spring issue, always one of my very favorites, we continue to embrace a wildly optimistic viewpoint for the future that we, in turn, share with you. From sharing the galas you love to support, to covering the topics that matter to you, to the fashion that inspires to the styles that motivate your own, we are here for you. We know how busy times are as the world bounces back in a post-pandemic state of mind, and we treasure that you choose us to have along on your journey.
Lady Bird Johnson so famously said where flowers bloom, so does hope. Thanks to her and LBJ, the Highway Beautification Act was signed into law in 1965, and it was a feat that literally changed our landscape for the better. To plant is to believe in the future, don’t you think? Even the rugged and roughhewn beauty of Texas became more visually fluent and dexterous. That transformational bill and the era’s Don’t Be a Litterbug campaign continue to make a dramatic difference in the horizons we choose to see. We’ve all learned many things in our journeys in life…in Texas and beyond. That’s why we’re here to present the very best of it as stylishly as we can.
Our cover fashion feature takes us to a mythical villa in the South of France, where joie de vivre is like no other, especially with a Texan spin on it. Fresh, hopeful, and always inspiringly glamorous, we encourage you to try new fashion avenues this season. One distinct fashion avenue well-traveled was internationally known and respected retailer Grace Jones, founder of her eponymous salon in Salado, located between Austin and Dallas. The small spot on the map gave way to Jones’ grand vision for how women, especially the Texas women who arrived in limousines and by jets at the nearby landing strip could be more beautifully dressed, as chronicled in the breezy book about her by her longtime friend, fifth-generation Texan and fashion expert Mary-Margaret Quadlander. We’re delighted to present this look back that encourages a look forward in your own style and life’s ambitions. In the style world, knowing how a shoe can change not only an outfit but also the world of the wearer, we’re sharing our season’s favorite finds to keep you on your own path with a spring in your step, too.
Along with our wildly talented editorial, design, and publishing teams doing what they do best here, we’ll keep bringing you some of the most innovative, insightful journalism and photography on the planet. Because we get it. We really get you. So, as your spring unfolds to the bright and buoyant days ahead, we’ll see you in a place in the sun.
Lance Avery Morgan
Portrait photography by Romy Suskin