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Billy Fong, Dana Garner. Illustration Leanne Fitzpatrick. P a p e r C i t y F o r t Worth is entering its terrible twos. Yes, time has flown by since we launched in September 2019. I promise that we will not be a petulant child, but rather a precocious purveyor of all things fabulous and fascinating in the Fort. In front of you, you'll find oh-so much of that. Our fall issue is filled with stories to inspire. If art is top of mind, we have suggestions. On pages 30 and 32, you'll find my feature on the retrospective of Dublin-born artist Sean Scully at the monastically serene Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Flip another few pages and read Wade Wilson's story on the Kimbell Art Museum's eagerly awaited "Turner's Modern World" exhibition, which heralds the work of one of Britain's national treasures. Check on the details of the always design-star-studded Texas Design Week Dallas, Monday, September 20 through Friday, September 24. Gather a gaggle of friends and head over for this week-long celebration of design brimming with salon talks, book signings, and cocktail parties. See page 56 for the roster of national design names flying in from around the globe. And Kips Bay Decorator Show House opens the same week, on Thursday, September 23. See page 59 to find out which designers made the cut. And, if you want to read about soirées you might have missed (alas, I'm sure there were moments you couldn't tear yourself away from your little chalet away from home in Aspen), check out Ariana Nolan's debutante party on page 28. I was one of those who couldn't attend and, when they sent the photographs, was entranced with the evening created at River Crest Country Club. Finally, lose yourself in this month's fashion pages, with page upon page of the fall creations from Dior. You'll find models lounging in and around the iconic Casa Orgánica, designed by architect Javier Senosiain. An outstanding example of organic architecture, the sensuous, curvilinear forms of this modest home (only 1,873 square feet) that he designed for his family, meld seamlessly with a verdant Mexican landscape. Read more about the history of this structure, which belongs in the canon of masterpieces of the 20th century, on pages 62 through 69. This setting seems perfect to spotlight the venerable French houses' latest collection, given Monsieur Dior's once prophetic words: "A dress is a piece of ephemeral architecture, designed to enhance the proportions of the female body." I'm eagerly awaiting occasions such as the events leading up to the 2022 Jewel Charity Ball and the parties in celebration of this year's debutantes. It falls on us to put on our most fabulous frocks (or, in my case, a silly shrunken Thom Browne suit) and bring our A game. The Fort is known for a clutch of women who, when they RSVP oui, show up. They are notorious — and most assuredly not in a pejorative way — for bringing pretty and polished (sometimes with a whiff of extravagance) in spades and needn't have surnames: Mercedes, Kimbell, Bradley, Olivia, Kit, Carla, and Cami (in fact, Cami is this month's "Bomb" on page 80). Please find me at the bar so we can clink our champagne coupes and celebrate that the roaring '20s are upon us. Your ever-devoted confidante … Billy Fong Fort Worth Editor in Chief 18

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