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May 2013 - Houston

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SIMON GENTRY I 'm so looking forward to the next few months, this delicious interlude between frenetic charitable and arts events and the onset of hectic summer travel. This is the time when the PaperCity team takes weeks off to relax … Hah! This is when we really dig in and expand ideas, retool the Web site, even clean out our offices of a year's worth of makeup samples, fabric swatches, mounds of ephemera, gala invitations and party pictures. Several of us recently returned from New York, where three times a year we visit with our national advertising partners: Chanel, Hermès, Versace, Vuitton, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Roberto Cavalli, Stella McCartney, Dior, Saint Laurent and Akris, among others. There are meetings in offices, lunches at Michael's, dinners at wherever is new and drinks caught on the spur. But one thing is crystal clear: They are all very high on Texas, and if I could tell you some of their plans … Well, just believe me, it's extremely exciting, and Houston is about to bust out of its retail doldrums (albeit, tiny doldrums as compared to the rest of the nation). There were meetings with several designers whose names we can't whisper, much less divulge Holly Moore their agenda. You'll be seeing many new designer boutiques, and the stores already here will hopscotch from one site to another. But it's not just fashion that's exploding: Bold-named chefs are poking around and looking for available spaces, as well as home design shops. Last year, Houston was number one on Forbes' list of America's Coolest Cities to Live, and we've recently been profiled (in a good way) in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Even Karl Lagerfeld chose Texas — Dallas, to be precise — as the site for his multi-million-dollar fashion extravaganza, Métiers d'Art, in December. Dallas follows on the heels of last year's setting: the magical ruins of Linlithgow Palace in Scotland (where Mary, Queen of Scots was born), and the scenes before that were Venice, Versailles and Singapore. And no one in the international press seemed surprised at all when The Kaiser announced Texas as his next venue. Holly Moore, editor in chief S ummer — and the extensive air travel that comes with it — is around the corner. I still have friends who are a bit scared of flying. One buddy who flies more than 200,000 miles a year admitted to me the other day that he has to take a Xanax before each flight! I have been a pilot since I was 15 and even flew professionally in my late teens and 20s — mainly teaching people to fly and with a corporate flight department. I've always been obsessed with flight safety, and I have witnessed that safety (awareness, tools and protocols) has burgeoned over the past 30 years. Here are a few items that come to mind: in-cockpit traffic and terrain alerts, high-quality weather-radar uplinks to planes, computer-driven primary and multi-function displays that are more reliable than traditional instruments and that reduce pilot workload, computer-aided design of aircraft, engines and materials that greatly reduce failure and the prolific use of training simulators that mimic emergency situations and teach how to get out of them. One of the best apps out there for situational awareness — among other things — is from a Houston-based in this ISSUE Pen & 4, 6 POP. C ULTU R E . GOS S I P. 8 Paper MAY 2013 | STYLE | FASHION | SOCIAL Jim Kastleman company called ForeFlight. On a softer side, there are now flying clubs whose sole purpose is to promote safe flying, in addition to countless air safety foundations that teach the aviation community — both general and commercial — protocols and procedures known to prevent accidents. Even my old glider club, where we used to patch aircraft together with duct tape and where operations were basically a free-for-all, has a formal safety manual with strict protocols to follow. (I fly towplanes on the weekend for fun. Gliding is a blast — and safe!) The numbers prove that it is safer to fly than ever: NTSB reports show that general aviation accidents and fatalities have dropped about 35 percent in the past 20 years and that there has only been one fatal U.S. airline accident in the past five years. So, take that Xanax if it makes you feel better. I still feel safer in a plane than in a car — flying myself, of course. Jim Kastleman, publisher Style: The Karl Show — Chanel Métiers d'Art blockbuster show comes to Texas. 10 14 Party: Houston Ballet Ball's Rite of Spring Gala Party: UT's Blanton Museum of Art celebrates 50 years. Parties: Moores School of Music Society's All That Jazz Brunch; Bottega Veneta fêtes Symphony Ball. 22 24 Style: The Great Gatsby meets Punk. 28 Fashion: Artists on the rise Style: Gatsby's costume designer riffs on Daisy and Jay. PC House + Art 33 Decoration: What's new in the design world 36 Parties: Blaffer Art Museum's Opening; Art League Houston's Carnival of Cool Gala 38 Design: Decorator Julie Dodson Special Section: Health & Beauty 45 47 48 They can't glow without it. Making beauty happen — Vicky Tsai, Jennifer Segal, Leila-Scott Mitchell Nailing Nonie Creme Niche fragrances Solange AzaguryPartridge Ronda Rice Carman, UK blogger ( and style collector, will be at The Houston Design Center Wednesday, Ronda Rice Carman May 15, 6:30 pm, to sign her book, Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living (Rizzoli), at Ken Kehoe & Co., Suite 261. A native Houstonian, Ronda lives in Scotland with her family and is a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and New York Social Diary and a reviewer for the cultish Mr. & Mrs. Smith Hotel Collections. Her book delves into the personal living spaces of 50 — yes, 50 — designers: We can't wait to peek into the English hunting lodge of Nicky Haslam and the homes of Ashley Hicks, Jay Jeffers, Rose Tarlow, Malcolm James Kutner and Collette van den Thillart, among others. The visual talk and signing is gratis, but reservations are required. Books will be sold at the event by PaperCity's Curate bookshop. RSVP online at or call 713.864.2660, ext 1. The Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Road. Boogie With Iggy • • Sophia Loren at Brilliant Lecture Series May 10 • Calvin Tomkins • Minnetonka Thunderbird moccasin, circa 1960 • P.G. Wodehouse • Laboratoria • Brighton Royal Pavilion • Wedgwood Jasper Conran Chinoiserie Green • The ruins of Linlithgow Palace, Scotland • Nighttime at Tiny Boxwood's on West Alabama • 30 Rock reruns @ T H E H O U S TO N D E S I G N C E N T E R The numbers are in: There are 120 entries from the best and brightest Houston-based designers, architects and landscape designers in eight categories for the PaperCity DesignAwards at The Houston Design Center. All will be revealed at the cocktail and announcement party Wednesday, May 22, at The Houston Design Center on Old Katy Road. Judging the projects are award-winning and Bravo TV-starring L.A. designers Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Mary McDonald and renowned Alabama architects Bobby McAlpine and Greg Tankersley of McAlpine Tankersley Architecture. Winning projects will be published in the October 2013 Home + Art issue of PaperCity. For information and invitation to the announcement event, please e-mail designawards@ or buzz Holly Moore at 713.524.0606, ext. 203. MAY | PAGE 4 | 2013 The last time I saw Iggy Pop was at Numbers in, um … can't remember the year. Now he's back, at the Free Press Summer Festival — yes, our own Coachella (kind of), Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, at Eleanor Tinsley Park and Allen Parkway. There are 82 other names in the lineup, spread over two days. We'll go for the Fancy Pants $255 ticket, which gains you rapid entry both days, a somewhat air-conditioned tent, private bar (read: shorter lines) and a private viewing area so you can avoid running into your teenage children. There are also High Roller tickets at $1,900 for two people with lots of extras, and general admission is $129.95, which I don't recommend unless you're a masochist. Get a driver for drop off and pickup. Information and Iggy Pop tickets Holly Moore

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