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October 2012 - Houston

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PORTRAIT HUNT SLONEM I love back-to-craftsmen, handmade and artisan qualities in food, products and home construction as much as the next guy … we further this in the pages of the magazine. But I'm starting to chuckle at the lengths to which some restaurants (or overzealous public relations people) are going in the verbiage for menus and press releases. Some recent hand-typed items that have come across my hand-mussed desk: hand-tossed salads, hand-tended coffee beans, hand-thrown pizza, hand-picked lettuces, hand-gardened vegetables, hand-plated cheeses … How else would one garden vegetables? And I would love to see the machine that could plate cheeses in a restaurant. Then there's handbottled water. Does it really make any difference if the water is hand-poured into the bottle or if a machine does it? But, on to our handcrafted fall lineup: Hermès' Festival des Métiers, Wednesday through Sunday, October 10 through 14), is located in a stunningly designed tent next to the Hermès boutique — Houston is only one of three U.S. cities to get this exhibition of Hermès craftsmen flown in from France, showcasing their skills (see page 14). Artist Laurie Simmons is honored at the Aurora Picture Show Award Dinner Tuesday, October 16, chaired by Leigh Smith and Allison Ayers; Saks Fifth Avenue's festive Key to the Cure Kickoff benefitting CancerForward is Wednesday, October 17; Texas Contemporary Art Fair hits Houston Thursday, October 18 through 21 with nearly 70 galleries from Houston, around the US and internationally (page 33); Catwalk for a Cure honoring Alex Knight — chaired by Kelli Blanton, Jennie Segal and Laura Arnold, with a fashion show by Yigal Azrouël and Saks Fifth Avenue — is Thursday, November 1, and there are loads of great book signings and designer appearances (Kelly Klein and Miles Redd, among others; see page 68 for dates and locations). All in all, a fantastic hand-curated fall. Holly Moore, editor in chief Kicking Off Key to the Cure at Saks Saks Fifth Avenue partners again with Beth Sanders Moore's CancerForward to host the 2012 Key to the Cure. The event kicks off Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, with a first-floor fête of cocktails, bites, music, sports cars and shopping; the chairs are Joyce and Hugh Echols, Elizabeth and Gary Petersen, and Susan and Mike Plank, with media sponsor PaperCity. The 2012 Flash Forward Mover honoree is actress Tracy Nelson, a three-time cancer survivor; other honorees are Houston civic leaders and cancer survivors. A percentage of sales throughout the weekend, October 18 through 21, will benefit the cause, plus the full price ($35) of a limitededition Carolina Herrera– designed T-shirt goes to the nonprofit. Tickets from $100. Reservations limited, RSVP Lee Honeycutt, Carolina Herrera–designed tee at Saks Fifth Avenue benefits the cancer cause. Seth Vaughan Load Up in this ISSUE On Lagos OCTOBER 2012 | STYLE | FASHION | SOCIAL 4, 6, 8,10 POP. CULTURE. GOS SIP. 14 12 Parties: I Am Waters Luncheon; CancerForward's New Summer Standard Style: Deconstructing Hermès 20 Party: Passion for Fashion Party: Tiffany's Metal of Honor Style: 8 inspiring minds Watches: Time traveling Party: Gala opening of Asia Society Texas Center Party: The Alley Theatre Ball: "Red" Art: Year two of the Texas Contemporary Art Fair 44 49 Fashion: Punks & Pattern Parties: Lemonade Day fête with Fendi; Texas Children's Hospital benefit at David Yurman; Joanne King Herring Humanitarian Award at Tenenbaum & Co. 56 Meet Mr. Louboutin! The man behind those iconic red soles, Christian Louboutin, personally signs soles in the shoe department at Saks Fifth Avenue Thursday, October 18, noon to 2:30 pm. Arrive early! The line closes at 2:30. Kate Stukenberg PaperCity House + Art Decoration: What's new in the design world Style: Inside the Nest of the Blaffer's Claudia Schmuckli 58 65 Steven Lagos STEPHAN GLADIEU 2224 28 30 33 36 Pick of the New: Fresh spots to gaze and graze Steven Lagos and his covetable jewelry collection Lagos celebrates 35 years of design this month. Join Neiman Marcus and PaperCity Wednesday, October 10, 2 to 4 pm, to celebrate and meet the man responsible for those signature Lagos links, fluting and caviar-beading techniques, and view the Fall 2012 and Pirouette Anniversary collections. RSVP 713.524.0606, ext. 240, or 62 House: Andrew Echols' Cliff House on Austin's Shoal Creek Party: Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award Dinner benefitting Holocaust Museum Style: Inside the Head of Christie's Jessica Phifer 66 68 70 72 Party: Moores School of Music Society's Puttin' on the Glitz Books: Fall design reads Style: Inside the Head of Carol Barden Art: Yarn & glass forever Special Section: Dallas Museum of Art Insider Guide to the Upcoming Season We're obsessed with local jewelry designer Nini's new Gold Capsule Collection of large shell pendants, domed rings and a stunning ball-and-charm bracelet, which makes us want to do the beautiful Thai fingernail dance. Pieces start at $5,000. At Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue. Caroline Gallay Christian Louboutin Hot Rocks at HMNS M ost museum visits elicit a few of these: "Did you know …?" But seriously, did you know that the Houston Museum of Natural Science carries more Alexis Bittar jewelry than any store in Houston? It's a trove of fabulous jewelry and is the only local shop to carry designers such as Hyla Dewitt, Suzanna Dai, Auden and Assad Mounser, and stock extensive collections from Rebecca Lankford, Roost, Charles Albert, JoAnn Williams and others. We love their eye for massive, important pieces … perhaps that's from staring at dinosaurs and mammoths all day. Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr., 713.639.4629. Caroline Gallay OCTOBER | PAGE 4 | 2012 Auden Olivier cuff, $473 Auden Flynn earrings, $398

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