As March arrives, I’m always reminded of one of my favorite quotes: Looks change. Beauty lasts.
That’s how we approach things around here: long-lasting beauty, no matter what the source. In fact, we’re always on a relentless search for the most beautiful, mind-blowing experiences we can bring you. Stunning fashion, extraordinary people, sumptuous parties for a cause, and cool gifts and accessories all reflect the pop cultural provenance of this mighty state.
When author and native Texan Geoff Connor and I recently had lunch at The Headliner’s Club overlooking an ever-changing Austin skyline, he regaled me with the story of how NASA, Sakowitz (the long-ago luxe Houston department store) and French fashion designer André Courrèges created an extraordinary alliance of otherworldly style that still resonates today. It’s the stuff legends are made of and we are proud to share the story in this issue with some terrific vintage images.
When it comes to legendary style, that book is being re-written every moment and no more gorgeously than Texas-based designer Nicholas Phat Nguyen’s line, Mysterious By NPN, in Houston and Roger Canamar in San Antonio, both of whom we teamed with along with photographer Mark Oberlin and stylist Dion “Bleu” Drake to create what we think is some of the prettiest fashion to be worn in years. Given the influence of the recent hits with remarkable costuming, The Crown and Phantom Thread, how could we not be inspired by the show-stopping gowns on our pages that were made for dancing until dawn?
Then, we’re hopping across the pond to Hampshire in the south coastal area of England where we visit a real feast for the eyes. We love a good country house excursion like Chewton Glen, which is about as five-star chic as it gets. Since it’s just a few hours from London, we think it’s a must-see on your next trip there.
As we dive into this issue, there’s something for everyone: a fun interview with Chris Harrison, host of ABC’s The Bachelor; a look at the First Ladies of Texas’ gown collection at the Texas Woman’s University; why the color purple is not only the color of the year, according to our Tori Johnson, but one of our all-time favorites that looks good on anyone; how a conversation with jewelry designer David Yurman positively sparked our Digital Director Eleanora Morrison’s career; and why Austinite-turned-Los Angeleno swing singer Kevin Ahart works so tirelessly at his career.
Our Ms. Modern Manners expert Sharon Schweitzer weighs in on feeling comfortable in just about any social situation; Jonathan Spindel shares his curatorial look at modern, crowd-drawing Texas experiences; we introduce beauty products to covet with Ana Bribiesca; and recommend easy-to-try cuisine tips from Josie Rees. Miranda Walichowski is also on hand to help each of us aspire to more than we can imagine. Plus, we’ve teamed with ModXMan.com (Mod By Man) to offer something more for our avid male readership, as well as for the women who love them.
Of course, our social folks on the scene Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli, Jennifer Roosth, Cynthia Smoot and Shannon Turner are in the ballrooms representing the magazine and all our media sponsoring connections. The social swirl seems never-ending and we love reporting the events’ inside stories beyond the whirl of it all… from across Texas and yes, coast to coast, too.
Whew, what an issue and kudos to the talents it’s taken to create it from our editorial and publishing teams as we usher in what we think is our best spring ever. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s all spring into action to make it something special. In fact, let’s to give ‘em something to talk about.
XO Lance Avery Morgan