By Alexandra del Lago      Photography courtesy of La Perla

La Perla, the leading Italian luxury brand, has opened a chic, new boutique at 47 Highland Park Village in Dallas. It launched with an impressive design debut that provides a luxury experience for the La Perla customer. The new boutique houses a wide selection of La Perla’s latest Spring/Summer 2020 collections, ranging from underwear and pajamas to swimwear and beachwear, alongside a preview of the Fall/Winter 2020 collections and the signature Maison and Petit Macramè collections.

 “The Dallas boutique adds another destination in La Perla’s network of stores, and we look forward to expanding the La Perla experience to our new and existing customers in the Midwest within the historic Highland Park Village,” shared Morgan P. Richardson, Brand President of The Americas. “The store features the brand’s iconic lingerie and sleepwear and adapts to consumer preferences while offering personalized experiences.”

 The décor is as glam as its lingerie. Set within 730 square feet, a simple and elegant interior mirror the brand’s aesthetic, with a modern and inviting seating area and vintage chandelier as the focal point. The parquet brings a warm ambiance to the space while a video display plays campaign imagery that brings the collections to life. As we all know, Highland Park Village was an innovator in the unique luxury shopping experience as one of the first shopping centers, built in 1931.

 La Perla naturally aligns with its heritage in being a pioneer in its own craft. Founded in 1954 by visionary couturier Ada Masotti in her Barcelona laboratory, La Perla’s story began with her mission to intimately understand, complement and empower the female form. The leading luxury brand combines rich Italian artisanal heritage with revolutionary, intricate and unrivaled craftsmanship creating timeless lingerie, swimwear and nightwear pieces to be treasured for a lifetime. With an illustrious history spanning more than six decades, Ada’s vision still remains at La Perla’s core, with innovation in mind and passion at its heart.

 For more information, visit US.LaPerla.com.





By Weiss Kelly    Photography courtesy of archival

Doors to the tombs of Egypt

I just love doors. In fact, I love all kinds of doors, shapes, materials, and the design of them. And, the doors of the ages. Doors, you see, are really portals. They are entryways of transformation that lead us into a world of both old and new energies. Beyond that space, every door has its own story, whether it is a historic site, a church, or an elaborate social event (prompting the thoughts: where does it lead to, what will I experience, do I stay or will I leave?)…from ancient history to now.

In the history of mankind, there are many mesmerizing door stories. The history of doors date back to the ancient era of Egypt. The first records we have of them, ancient hieroglyphics, illustrate that there were painted versions on doors on the Egyptian tombs. These ancient doors were simple slab of wood hanging on hinges, since there was no fear of warping, due to the dry and hot weather of the desert. The Egyptians also used a false door, that was placed in the tombs, that led to nowhere. These doors were known as the doors to the afterlife.

All doors can have their own magical story…even yours. They represent beginnings and endings that you can enter and exit at will. Do you open it or do you close it? Doors are all symbolic and can represent decisions, discoveries, opportunities, and goodbyes. They have a magic about them no matter how elaborate or simple.


Doors to the United States Capitol, Washington

Throughout our lives we come upon many doorways and thresholds. We encounter many beautiful doors that were built centuries ago, some still remaining. It is almost impossible to choose for this article, so I have chosen these…

One of the world’s most famous doors is in our own backyard…in Washington D, C. It is the 17-feet high bronze doors that have series of ornate cravings leading to the rotunda of the United States Capitol. They depict scenes from the life of explorer Christopher Columbus.

Doors to St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome

Another is the Holy Door in Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. This sacred door is normally bricked up and only opened on special years, known as jubilee celebrations. They look rather modern now, since these great bronze panels have been replaced by wooden ones in 1949 for preservation reasons.

The doors at NASA

The world’s largest door was installed in the world’s largest building as a part of  NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building located at Cape Kennedy, Florida. It stands 456-feet tall to accommodate the 38-story rockets that have to be held in upright positions. In fact, it takes a full 45 minutes to open and close these massive structures. That’s a bit of trivia to know when you watch the next launch on television.

The doors at Notre Dame

Two internationally famous doors that have been in the news over the last year are the Portal doors depicting the Last Judgement are in Paris in the Notre Dame Cathedral that was damaged by the fire in 2019, but is now under repair. Another set of doors is at 10 Downing Street at the entrance leading to the headquarters and residence of the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. The door, solid black, has a large brass knocker and high on the door, with a white painted number 10. You’ve probably seen it many films, written in books, photos, on television, and also, often in political interviews.


Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door entrance

So many doors, so little space. One door has a delightful story you may not know, but many women can identify with. It’s the Red Door made famous by the beauty queen, Elizabeth Arden, who paved the way for the countless spas and cosmetic industries to follow (she was into self-care way before the others). In 1910, Arden opened her first beauty salons on Fifth Avenue in New York and made an iconic statement with her red. painted door (as well as her iconic perfume, Red), all of which became her trademark as similar as the Coca Cola and the Singer sewing machine were to the world. Today, there are still Red Door salons all over the world.

Like many doors, the Red Door has a story of a deeper meaning. Arden’s intense rivalry with fellow beauty magnate Helena Rubinstein (the European-born) expert who came to the U.S. in 1915 and set up a salon just seven blocks away from Arden (but with no red door at the time). The battle began, as rumor has it, when Arden declared war by painting her door Red, a warrior color. The two never met, nor referred to the other by name. The Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical War Paint that ran recently was based upon their rivalry and won four Tony nominations. Every door has a story the rivalry, continued beyond their deaths, as their empires continue to grow. Beauty is power. Everything in the Universe resonates and vibrates at its own frequency, so the next time you approach a space blocked by a door, remember that the space has a story. So, open it like an opportunity or new experience, or, close it as a decision or finalization. Go ahead, open the door to your own story.



McNay Art Museum Celebrates Gala With 90s Theme


By Leanne Raesener         Photography by David Sixt


THE SETTING: The McNay Art Museum’s gala, Dining With The Masters: Fashion Nirvana, recently provided over 300 of San Antonio’s notables, sociables, and arts patrons the exclusive opportunity to dine among the masterpieces. The elegant evening also offered an exclusive preview of the spring blockbuster Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday. This cutting-edge exhibition, from gowns to grunge, is the first-ever major presentation devoted to the art of fashion at the McNay. Featuring over 40 garments by Escada, John Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Todd Oldham, Oscar de la Renta, Versace, and Vera Wang, to name a few, the exhibit celebrated the designers, models, artists, and celebrities who made the 90s an iconic decade.


THE STYLE: Patrons posed in front of a 90s inspired graffiti wall designed by artist Elizabeth Carrington before they made their way inside the museum as the festivities commenced. The cocktail hour was held in the venue’s courtyard where guests enjoyed a raw seafood bar and were entertained by break-dancers and DJ Sara Jessop, who played popular 90s hits.

 The dinner tables were strategically placed in the Fashion Nirvana exhibition and museum lobby. The committee did an amazing job with décor–minimal and elegant, which let talented David Garcia with Statue of Design create stunning ombre centerpieces, including clouds made entirely of baby’s breath. Don Strange of Texas treated guests to a sumptuously catered dinner of Asian inspired cuisine. During the meal, everyone showed their appreciation by funding over 140 field trips to the museum. After dinner, guests made their way to the after party for dancing led by the band Finding Friday and enjoyed 90s inspired snacks as well as a boozy inspired Capri Sun.


THE PURPOSE: Corinna and J.B. Richter chaired the event, presented by The Tobin Endowment and Frost Bank, which is the largest annual fundraiser for the museum. Proceeds from the gala benefited the McNay’s education, exhibition, and conservation programs, enabling the museum to continue its mission of engaging a diverse community in the discovery and enjoyment of the visual arts.


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