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Film Festival Screens Round Top OBSESSIONS. DECORATION. SALIENT FACTS. H e re 's Tw o f o r t h e Boys. Two menswear powerhouses open this summer in River Oaks District: Brioni unveils its only Houston store, and Stefano Ricci launches its first store in Texas. The Brioni store, located next to Van Cleef & Arpels, will stock men's ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, and tailor-made suits, that involve 220 intricate steps. Can't wait for your bespoke suit? Anthony Balbuena is already in town whipping around his tape measure; email for a home appointment. Stefano Ricci, located next to Cartier, carries menswear, accessories, shoes, eyewear, fragrance, and a home collection … At The Galleria, Gucci is expanding to two stories, with completion expected early 2025; Gucci is open and in a temporary store on level 2 near Neiman Marcus. Etro and Frette are unveiling stores; Etro is slated to open this fall, and Frette, to open very soon. Simon, owner of The Galleria, has also announced an interior and exterior revitalization of The Galleria, to be completed early 2025. M ove over, Telluride, H a m p t o n s , a n d Napa. Round Top Film Festival opens Thursday through Sunday, November 7 through 10, at an iconic Round Top spot: Festival Hill. The founders are mother and daughter, Shanna Schanen and Skylar Schanen, whose familial ties to the Round Top area go back generations. Shanna and husband Rob Schanen raised their family in Houston, then Austin, while acquiring a Round Top property in 2007 as a weekend retreat. Daughter Skylar is a filmmaker, who at the age of 17 produced her first screenplay Space Case, which was made into a film. Now 23, she's been on both sides of many cinematic sets; written, directed, and starred in indie films, garnering awards along the way. "Some films never see past the final edit," says Skylar. "Film festivals offer a vital platform for artists to create and exhibit their work, potentially launching careers in an industry hungry for fresh voices. We want to welcome the film community to the best little town in Texas, and are eager to cultivate opportunities for networking, and celebrate the beauty of storytelling." Come November, expect screenings alongside workshops, panels, and other cinematic events that highlight the uniqueness of Round Top. Festival submissions are open now until August 20 in five categories: Audience Award for Best Feature Film; and Jury Awards for Best Live Action Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Short, and Best Music Video. Read our exclusive Q&A with Shanna Schanen and Skylar Schanen on Catherine D. Anspon Above: Round Top Film Festival co-founders Shanna Schanen and Skylar Schanen. Above: Beulah Schiller Ayars' Modern Decoration (White Spider Lilies), circa 1936, at Foltz Fine Art, CASETA Texas Art Fair. Showcasing Modernism W hile our state has the buzzy, respected Dallas Art Fair, a more intimate boutique fair arrives in Houston this month — one with scholarly clout and the imprint of four major Houston galleries among its 11 exhibitors. Signal CASETA (Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art), which mounts its Texas Art Fair at Doubletree by Hilton Houston-Greenway Plaza. Storied Houston participants include Foltz Fine Art, Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Inman Gallery, Moody Gallery, and Simpson Galleries auctioneers, joined by statewide dealers including Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden, as well as Heritage Auctions. For those curious about the history of Texas art, the accompanying CASETA symposium boasts lively talks with headliners including the Menil's Clare Elliott, MFAH's Alison de Lima Greene, and TSU University Museum's Dr. Alvia Wardlaw; a book signing of the just-released Making the Unknown Known: Women in Early Texas Art, 1860s–1960s by Victoria Hennessey Cummins and Light Townsend Cummins; and private tours including behind-the-scenes peeks into the Menil Drawing Institute trove of Texas art and the fabled John L. Nau III Collection. CASETA Texas Art Fair Saturday – Sunday, June 22 – 23, at Doubletree Houston-Greenway Plaza, gratis; CASETA Symposium includes Friday, June 21; $150 (CASETA membership required, $50); info, registration Catherine D. Anspon Retail Round Up ALICE LOAYZA 14

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