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PaperCity Dallas October 2021

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Billy Fong with Deborah Scott. Illustration Kris Ammon. I t's that time of year, when my Smythson day planner is chock- full of events — and I've occasionally made the dreaded faux pas of double-booking myself. Every day, I have the dilemma of finding an outfit that transitions well from day to evening. And, since I'm always in shorts, that might mean a pair with a tuxedo stripe down the side, then throwing an Asprey signet ring in my Hermès tote for a little post-sunset shimmer. Are you like me, and your mind begins racing in the fall? I'm constantly making mental notes in a rat-a-tat fashion: Only have two spritzers at Jan's reception, since I need to stay lucid and get the scoop … I can imbibe excessively at Fancy's, because I don't have to write party coverage … Pay down my Neiman's card so I can afford some new shorts. That sounds a little frenetic, correct? Maybe I need to find an influencer hocking new lavender bath salts on Etsy to relax and call it a day. Well, I've stayed focused enough to ensure that we have a great October issue for you, dear reader. My brilliant colleague Rebecca Sherman has profiled a boldly glamorous apartment in the Mansion Residences created by interior designer Joseph Minton, who enveloped the dining room in de Gournay wallpaper based on the famous coromandel screens in Coco Chanel's Paris apartment. And, for the all-red library, he covered walls, windows, and seating in the same red Persian chintz in which Billy Baldwin swathed Diana Vreeland's Park Avenue living room. Think of it as a Bumble (design edition) hookup between Coco and Diana. Also, Rebecca has the buzz on one of Dallas' most philanthropic souls: Deedie Rose. Her passion for great architecture — along with her ability to connect architects and community leaders — has helped build some of Dallas' most important civic and arts projects, including the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Wyly Theatre. For her achievements, AIA Dallas and its Architecture and Design Foundation has recognized Rose with its 2021 George Foster Harrell Award — an honor that has been bestowed only six times in 30 years; past recipients have included Stanley Marcus and O'Neil Ford. This month, we're also saluting Gucci's 100-year anniversary. I must say, I was an early adopter. What I mean is that I saved up money while living in NYC, circa 1995, to buy my first pair of iconic horse-bit loafers because I was so enamored when Tom Ford first took the helm as creative director of the hallowed luxury label — only to be told (as I was about to hand over my wad of dollar bills, akin to Julia Robert's first shopping experience in Pretty Woman) that they were happy to put me on the wait list. So, of late I've been bingeing Gossip Girl (the original — not the HBO reboot) and realized that every other line of dialogue is truly sage. I hope you are all suited and heeled up (and by heels, I mean anything from new design darling Amina Muaddi, since they are another wait-list item, according to my secret source CW in ladies' shoes at Neiman's) for the bevy of events ahead of us. To paraphrase Blair Waldorf: "Some might call this a fustercluck. But in Highland Park, we call it October." Hope to be seated next to you soon in a Chiavari chair at a fabulous gala. Billy Fong Dallas Editor in Chief 20

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