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October 2012 - Houston

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JENNY ANTILL Fashion Houston Countdown! Next month, designers from around the world —Zac Posen, Georges Chakra and Gemma Khang to name a few— convene at the Wortham Theater Center for the 3rd Annual Fashion Houston presented by Audi. Founder and co-creator Jared Lang is busy tying up details but stops for three minutes to chat with PaperCity about this year's shows and what lies ahead. What can we expect to see this year that we haven't seen in years past? We love our local designers, and they're definitely the foundation of Fashion Houston, but mixing Zac Posen them up with national fashion veterans is exciting. That said, it's great to have Zac Posen, Gemma King and Monique Lhuillier at Fashion Houston for the first time. Why Fashion Houston? There are a lot of fashionable people in Houston, from designers to dressers, and I felt it was time we were recognized. Fifty Fabulous Years Fashion! Models! Bright Lights! Get your tickets now for Fashion Houston, Monday – Thursday, November 12 – 15, at the Wortham Theater Center. Go online to see the full lineup of designers. VIP tickets (first four rows) $15 to $325; general tickets $59 to $69, through Kate Stukenberg What makes Fashion Houston unique? Fashion Houston doesn't cater to the buyers or retailers; it's for people who love fashion. On Stalking Cedric Charlier Cedric Charlier Fall 2012 Cedric Charlier Jared Lang At the 1962 opening, model Joan Hoyt with Esther Wolf's poodle Monique Lhuillier Women's fashion specialty store Esther Wolf celebrates five decades in business, thanks to owner Julie Roberts, who merged her designer eveningwear boutique Elizabeth Anthony with the icon nine years ago. Happy birthday, Elizabeth Anthony/Esther Wolf! Kate Stukenberg Herve Leger by Max Azria Our eye is on Cedric Charlier, a new Belgium design wunderkind who put in his time at Celine in Paris under Michael Kors and Jean Paul Knott, collaborated with Alber Elbaz at Lanvin for six years, then became creative director of Cacharel, reinventing the brand. Charlier follows timeless classics and breaks the codes of naïve, raw art, much like the painted faces and portraits he collects, searching for the hidden soul. His fall/winter debut collection under his own moniker was bought by Barneys New York and a chosen few of the best specialty stores around the globe. In Houston, the debut fall collection is at Tootsies, and in Dallas, at Forty Five Ten. Be Our Guest Goes BanAnnas Famed fashion editor Anna Dello Russo is bringing her crazy cool sense of style to H&M with a collection of accessories launching Thursday, October 4. A darling of the streetstyle blogosphere whose Anna Dello Russo outlandish fashion has been endlessly documented — but rarely duplicated — Dello Russo brings her love of ornamentation to the folk with accessible jewelry, sunglasses, handbags and shoes. "I wanted to create precious accessories that are impossible to find," Dello Russo says, which she hopes will allow devotees to "turn an ordinary day into a fantastic fashion day" with the simple addition of a charm or pair of embellished sunnies. The project represents a new challenge for the noted fashion director, who is the only non-designer to ever create a collection for H&M. Are you up for it? $25 to $299, at H&M and Caroline Gallay T Restaurant Buzz he Pass & Provisions is opening as we go to press, in the former Gravitas spot on Taft. Chef/ owners Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner's greatlooking eatery with an industrial edge is two concepts in one. The Pass serves forth a fine-dining experience with a tasting menu (only), while Provisions is the casual side of this buzzed-about eatery, a communitycentered space built around a glowing woodfired oven. There's dining inside and out, with craft cocktails, too. More next month … Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber, co-owners of Revival Market, are opening a rustic Italian eatery around the corner in the Heights. Colivare continues the guys' commitment to seasonal regional ingredients and will have a 3,000-square-foot garden to provide vegetable provisions to both the market and their new eatery set to debut in Spring 2013 … Chef Ryan Hildebrande, who opened Triniti earlier this year to great acclaim, is working on his next concept that's due to debut fall 2013. MC2 architects is working to tear down the former Ruggles Grill in the Montrose and build Brande, set in a contemporary building with a rustic farmhouse vibe where Hildebrande will bake breads and pastries, craft charcuterie and dry-age his own meats. The American fare–focused eatery will have a decidedly masculine edge, with chef de cuisine Dax McAnear manning the range … Chef David Guerrero, who ran the kitchen of the recently shuttered Samba Grille, is hanging another shingle. Besides his recently opened SCOGIN MAYO H&M Cultivating Success Gracie Cavnar has done more to teach our children how to eat healthy through her Recipe For Success Foundation and Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education than the government's food pyramid ever has. Now, her first of three books, Eat It! Food Adventures with Marco Polo, makes learning about, growing and cooking healthy food an attractive alternative to chicken tenders. Cavnar is a life-long cook and gardener who has spent 14 years growing her healthy and thriving Recipe For Success, which will get an added bump now: She has donated the rights to and proceeds from the book to her foundation. $19.99 at and in bookstores. Cornelia Guest Cornelia Guest, daughter of one of society's most beautiful swans, the late CZ Guest, makes a personal appearance at Tootsies Tuesday and Wednesday, October 9 and 10, to showcase her humane and animal-free handbags and accessories collection, with a percentage of sales benefitting Kathy Wetmore's Shaggy Dog Rescue. Stop by for wine and a chat Tuesday, October 9, 6 to 8 pm, when she'll be signing her delightful book Cornelia Guest's Simple Pleasures. 2601 Westheimer at Kirby in West Ave, 713.629.9990. The Cat's Meow We've seen animals immortalized in the art world — most memorably, a cat sarcophagus in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Tut blockbuster last fall — and we've covered myriad animal benefits in town. But rarely have fine art, literary prose and feline causes melded. Until now. Enter the compelling, lyrical volume Cat Lady Chronicles (Officina Libraria, Milan, Italy, $21.99), penned by MFAH publications director Diane Lovejoy. This book pairs the true-life tale of a love affair with cats with images of felines in art throughout the ages — lithographs, photographs and paintings culled from the collections of venerable institutions from the Tate to the MFAH, by talents including Frida Kahlo, Brassaï, Winslow Homer, Joseph Wright of Derby and Paul Klee. Proceeds of this gem of a book benefit Cat Rescue Fund at The Cat Doctor, Houston, and Friends for Life. Available at area booksellers The MFAH Shop, River Oaks Bookstore, Barnes & Noble, as well as Amazon, where it's listed as a hot new release in the cat category. Meow! Catherine D. Anspon Alma (a Peruvian restaurant on Eldridge Parkway), he's debuting EVO in the Montrose next month — an incubator where he can let his creativity soar, developing small plates as well as four-, six- and nine-course tasting menus reflecting his Latin heritage … Chef Chris Williams has unveiled his new Southern-style restaurant, Lucille's, in a 1923 mission-style house in the Museum District. Grounded in European cooking techniques, Williams named the eatery after his great-grandmother, who was something of a food maverick in Fort Worth. Besides serving lunch and dinner, Lucille's also caters … Calling all chocolate connoisseurs: Locally churned Trentino Gelato has released a new line of single-source cocoa-bean flavors — seven in all, plucked from growing regions the world over. Is your palate discerning enough to distinguish Brazilian 80 percent bittersweet chocolate (with notes of berry fruit and toasted nuts) from an Ecuadorian or Venezuelan bean, the latter with a hint of toffee on the finish? Buy them at Spec's downtown, with Central Market and Whole Foods Market soon to follow … The InterContinental Houston in the Galleria area has quietly morphed into The Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston. This AAA-approved, four-diamond hotel with nearly 500 rooms is the only Sonesta property in Texas. (We've also spotted signs in the Sage area that InterContinental's more casual chain, Hotel Indigo, is transitioning into a Sonesta brand as well.) Sonesta is known for embracing the spirit of the city where their properties are situated, so look for some renovations to the RSHH in the coming months … Katie Barnhart Adair and Nick Adair have opened Adair Kitchen on San Felipe at Sage. The siblings — their father is Gary Adair, who started Skeeter's Hamburgers — are serving up American cuisine via counter service at their new breakfast, lunch and dinner joint that's reminiscent of the food they grew up eating. Their parents' love for precious piglets — they also owned the Flying Pig restaurant — has rubbed off on the duo, as they've erected a 10-foot sheet-metal pig among the booths in the two-story space … It's confirmed that Del Frisco's Grille is opening early 2013 in the former space of Ava Kitchen & Whiskey Bar space on the first floor of West Ave. The Grille concept is a smaller more casual cousin of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse. Stay tuned for more details … To clarify a misnomer, Killen's Steakhouse in Pearland isn't moving to the Heights as some believe. Chef/owner Ronnie Killen is actually still searching for the ideal space for his steak-house concept. But meanwhile, this Le Cordon Bleu–trained chef is going back to this barbecue roots and transforming the current Killen's Steakhouse into Killen's Kountry BBQ … The aroma of artisan NY-style pizzas baking will soon be wafting down Shepherd. Owner Cara Cox is opening Volare in November, a casual pizza joint open seven days a week for lunch and dinner … Etoile Cuisine et Bar will soon take up residence in the former space of Andre's in Uptown Park. San Diego–area star chef Philippe Verpiand (whose resume boasts Cavaillon Restaurant and Tapenade) and his wife Monica Bui will serve up authentic fare français in the 90-seat space when it debuts later this month. Hail, Caesar! The 28th annual Caesar Salad Competition, a benefit that raises money for the Food and Beverage Managers Association's educational endowment, takes place Friday, October 5, at the Four Seasons Hotel. For tickets and all the Caesar salad you can consume, go to … Laurann Claridge

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