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May 2014 - Houston

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The two-level expansion of Zara in the Galleria has begun. The store is prepping to take over three upstairs spaces (Aeropostale, Shasa and Skechers) in the Galleria, with a fall opening planned ... Tootsies welcomes Matthew Campbell Laurenza and his MCL jewels May 14 … Mia Bridal says "I do" to the former Belle Mariée Bridal space in Lamar River Oaks Shopping Center (2509 River Oaks Boulevard) … Kriser's opens at 5160 Buffalo Speedway in West University. Known as Whole Foods for your furry friends, this pet shop stocks all-natural pet foods, treats, toys and more … Chic children's boutique Isabel et Noa has planted new roots in Rice Village at 2437 University Boulevard (previously Method) … Zadok Jewelers' annual Mother's Day Trunk Show is May 2 and 3, with designers and reps from JJ Number 8, Carelle, Marco Bicego, H. Stern, Chopard and Yvel, and buy a chance to win a Carelle amethyst pendant, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Evelyn's Park Conservancy. Zadok also hosts JB Star and Goshwara designer Sweta Jain May 9 and 10 … Elizabeth Anthony/ Esther Wolf hosts a slew of PAs this month: contemporary and dress designer Rolando Santana, May 1 – 2; the exotic- skin bags of Paige Gamble, May 1 – 2; Swiss sportswear, dress and luxury separates designer Roberto Quaglia, May 8 – 10; gown creator Kevan Hall, May 15 – 16; and custom evening gown designer Gionni Straccia, May 30 – 31 … In Uptown Park, M Penner hosts Cathy Borlenghi and her Mrs. B Collection of jewels May 1. The store now stocks the women's wear collections of Mara Hoffman and Tolani … May 6, BB1 Classic debuts the collection of jewelry designer Melissa Braniff, who sets ancient Roman, Grecian and Spanish coins in gold, rose gold and white gold with diamonds. Prices range from $2,000 to $15,000 … Mariquita Masterson welcomes Suzy Abuza and her Indo Chic line of silk jackets in dozens of luscious colors, April 30 and May 1 … Kristi Ison takes swimming lessons to another level. Once a serial medical entrepreneur, the mom of two has opened Float Baby in the Memorial/Tanglewood area at 6516 Del Monte. The space holds floating classes, which build neurological development and the strengthening of muscular, skeletal, respiratory and cardiovascular systems in a social environment for both baby and parents. For more info, visit Megan Pruitt Winder This just in. Restaurant- empire builder Ford Fry stakes his claim in the Lamar River Oaks Shopping Center on Westheimer across from Lamar High School, taking over Subway, Crescent City Beignets and the bay-windowed cleaners on the corner for his first Houston restaurant, which has yet to be named. Fry lives in Atlanta (but hails from Houston — Lamar High school alum) and is known for topping the foodie charts of both Esquire and Bon Appetit with his Atlanta-based eateries The Optimist, King + Duke, No. 246, JCT Kitchen & Bar and St. Cecilia. Fry has big plans in store, with a rumored seafood slant. Stay tuned for details; the restaurant is set to open early 2015 …Flow Juice Bar, the newest concept from Lasco Enterprises (The Tasting Room), has opened in the Montrose, next to Lasco's new Max's Wine Dive location at 214 Fairview. This healthful haunt features a menu of 100 percent natural and gluten- free fresh juices, smoothies, cleanses and shots to enjoy there or to go … Tango & Malbec owner Gianfranco Percovich, a native of Uruguay, is poised to open another concept, this one in CityCentre later this month. Dubbed Sal y Pimienta (Salt and Pepper), this breakfast, lunch and dinner spot will feature organic meats, fish and produce cooked over a wood-burning grill flavored with South American spices and paired with the continent's top 100 wines … Speaking of CityCentre, the Bistro at Hotel Sorella is being completely reconceptualized as an Italian joint called Radio Milano, with chef Jose Hernandez at the range. Look for this contemporary Italian concept to debut at the end of this month .… The design world has a new home-centered haven to frequent at Decorative Center Houston. Slated to open as we were going to press, The Americana Café brings a bit of Mediterranean, Latin, South East Asian and Indian cuisines to its global menu, all interpreted through the lens of American proprietor and head chef Edilerman Molina … Chef Samuel Beier has signed on as a consultant to Tony Mandola's. An alum of Liberty Kitchen and 17 at the Alden, Beier aims to add some intriguing items to the brunch selections. Meanwhile, what would have been the late Ninfa Lorenzo's 90th birthday falls on Mother's Day this year, and her daughter, Phyllis Mandola (wife of Tony), is recreating some of her mom's favorite dishes in her honor. Guests at Tony Mandola's will enjoy a menu of Ninfa's original dishes throughout Mother's Day weekend … We're thinking good thoughts for Houston chefs Hugo Ortega, Chris Shepherd, and Justin Yu, three of the five nominees in the Best Chef: Southwest category in this year's James Beard Awards. Winners will be announced May 5. Laurann Claridge Restaurant Buzz As temperatures rise, Carolina Herrera debuts her Archive II collection, which hearkens to non-sweater weather days. Stocked with shirtdresses and day dresses, pencil and party skirts, shorts and capris, tees and a personal signature of Mrs. Herrera herself: a crisp, white poplin. The capsule lineup is fashioned in six of the best-selling prints from the House of Herrera's past decade: Botanicals, Marilyn Toile, Zodiac, Love Letters, Sparrows and Swimming Ladies. The vibrant patterns hint at the maven's favorite things, including handwritten notes; a special keepsake that she received from her husband, Reinaldo, a mirrored compact inlaid with lapis lazuli and jewels in the shape of a crescent moon; a book of illustrations of 18th-century flora and fauna found at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and a family trip to Punta Cana. Now, that's what we call summer of love. $490 to $1,290, at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue. Megan Pruitt Winder It Takes Two Extraordinary residential real estate service and knowledge. Every time. 713.553.4255 m a r y h a l e m c l e a n . c o m March 2014 Paper City Operated by Sotheby's International Realty, Inc. H usband-and-wife team An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx, like many great fashion designers, are students of history and sage storytellers. With their Belgian fashion label A. F. Vandevorst in its 15th year, they have taken a trip through their archives, re-imagining pieces that played an important part in their history. The journey sees them teaming with London milliner Stephen Jones for a collection of clothing and accessories in an array of textures. A headdress, pictured, plays off the theme and folds around the neck, dramatically layering hand-hammered brass. $1,524, at Laboratoria. Michelle Aviña METAL HEAD Joyce Echols DON'T Joyce Echols JOYCE J oyce Echols knows a thing or two about shoes. You've seen her out and about in just about every stiletto designer there is. But she's trading in pointy toes for mileage points as she leaves vapor trails between Houston and Parabiago, a tiny factory town just outside Milan where she books time at a famed shoe factory rumored to be used by Christian Louboutin — a place that seals off the area producing a designer's collection like a crime scene. The tagline for the Joyce Echols Collection, "Designed in Texas. Made in Italy," is her vision in a nutshell: beautifully made, luxurious stilettos, boots and flats with details inspired by her love of the South — gold longhorns, bullet shells, horse hair and barbed wire. World travels, of which she's done quite a lot, only remind her of how much she loves home, she says. We love her Texas-tough names like Tangled Up with its draped chains and tiny longhorn pendants, the Buckarette gladiator boot for a modern-day Annie Oakley, and The Lone Ranger open-toe bootie with its own tiny sharpshooter and holster daintily strapped to the ankle, while another has a bit of golden barbwire encircling the vamp. This collection has legs, and we'll be closely following Echols as she winds her way through the design and manufacturing process. Come Spring 2015, I think I'll find myself slipping on a pair of jaunty heels and strapping a pequeno six-shooter around my ankle. For a sneak peek at the first collection scheduled for delivery Spring/Summer 2015, click to Kate Stukenberg ECHOLS WITH MESS MAX BURKHALTER

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