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PaperCity Dallas September 2020

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18 T he September issue. Those three words used to herald oh-so many things: fashion magazines that resembled a Nantucket phone booth (substantial yet still slender enough to remain chic), editorial pages filled with drool-worthy clothing that we fantasized slinking into for fall, and images of interiors that transported us to a drawing room awash in textiles and porcelains gathered from far-flung locales that satisfied our wanderlust (wink wink, Michelle Nussbaumer). Amid the uncertainties of COVID-19, PaperCity, like a close confidante wishing to keep your spirits high, continues to provide with our September issue all that you might need to remain resilient and optimistic. Interior design is as much a part of our focus as ever. As we march forward, the call for entries for the PaperCity Design Awards Dallas has opened (to enter, go to designawards., and winning projects will be published in our January 2021 issue and online. Due to safety precautions, we won't have a presentation and cocktail reception for the winning designers and architects as we normally do. But the "live" awards will be back in 2021 at the new Virgin Hotel Dallas. Texas Design Week Dallas has also been postponed until 2021, with new dates forthcoming. However, the much anticipated Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas moves forward as planned, with a multitude of glorious rooms designed by decorators from Dallas, Houston, Austin, and around the country (Jan Showers! Cathy Kincaid! Chad Dorsey! Doniphan Moore! Gonzalo Bueno! Mark D. Sikes!). Opening nights are September 23 and 24, and the show house is open to the public though October 25. See page 32 for details. Be sure to explore the glorious spread on the magnificent Lakewood home that interior designer Alvise Orsini and his husband, Neiman Marcus Group CEO Geoffroy van Raemdonck, share with their twin boys. Written by their dear friend Filippo Tattoni-Marcozzi, PaperCity's European editor at large, it offers a glimpse into a world where I've been fortunate to share some private (socially distanced) patio cocktails this spring as we contemplated a future of fortitude and fabulous style. This summer, I've slipped back into playing dress-up — slipping on an indulgent jacket and dreaming of gliding into a party filled with long embraces and bons mots from friends enchanting me with Aspen gossip. Alas, amidst all the sartorial mayhem where the art of getting dressed — even for work (now simply chock-full of Zoom meetings) — has been forsaken, I remain steadfast in acquiring new items (hopefully my little part of boosting the economy by shopping locally) that will keep me suited up for the garden parties in my mind's eye. You've probably seen myriad emails announcing the cancellation of one fall soirée after another — events that were eagerly awaited. However, in the past few days, I've also been receiving hopeful messages that events are continuing, albeit with new protocols that limit guests or require certain safety measures (be sure to have a plethora of pretty masks ready). Keep in mind that I'm not an elbow bumper and would much prefer a coy wink as a heartfelt greeting. I promise that one day soon, to quote Ol' Blue Eyes, we will again be "out together dancing cheek to cheek." As I head into the months ahead, I personally vow that my champagne coupe will always remain full (hopefully the bartenders at Park House have gotten the memo). My Instagrams will always end #remainresilient and #papercitychic. And, I promise that PaperCity will always provide you with pages of sumptuous interiors in which to lose yourself, extraordinary fashion, and stories of individuals who inspire us to live a better life and contribute more to our community. Your ever-devoted confidante … Billy Fong Culture + Style Editor letter editor Billy Fong with Deborah Scott. Illustration Kris Ammon.

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