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March 2015 - Houston

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DESIGN DAZE: THE HOUSTON DESIGN CENTER SPRING MARKET I 'm just back from a snowy long weekend in Hyde Park in upstate New York visiting dear friends Michael Dupree and Michael Fleischer, and I can't get the Dionne Warwick theme song for Valley of the Dolls out of my head. The magical lane leading to their home looks just like the one Barbara Parkins (Anne Welles) walked along in Lawrenceville in her Revillon princess-cut fur coat, stick in hand. Gotta get off, gonna get, have to get off from this ride. And, yes, we also watched the movie late one night. Back in Houston, we are putting the March issue to bed as I write, and the balmy weather expected this weekend has me perusing tillers to at last begin cultivating a 20-by-40-foot garden at my farm, now named Pond Hollow. Michael Dupree in Hyde Park is a master gardener with a degree from Cornell, and I know what beauty lurks beneath his snow banks. So any scraps of knowledge he strews, I jot down immediately. For online seed and plants, he recommends Van Engelen Farms and John Scheepers flower bulbs and kitchen garden seeds (operating since 1908). I also love Spring Hill Nursery and White Flower Farm online nursery sites. Armed with a planting HUNT SLONEM 14 in this ISSUE MARCH 2015 | STYLE | FASHION | SOCIAL 4 , 6 , 8 P O P. C U LT U R E . G O S S I P. 12 Party: Children's Museum of Houston Gala Party: Project Row Houses Gala 20 Style: Preserving history with James Glassman 10 Party: Arts of the Islamic World Gala Party: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's new building reveal 26 Party: Orange Show Gala Party: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft's Martini Madness 22 Design: Sitting down with modernist master designer Vladimir Kagan 30 33, 36 38 Parties: HAA's Illuminación: A Bayou Bash; ICCAA's Thomas Woltz lecture; Aurora Picture Show Awards Dinner Party: Houston Center for Literacy's Great Grown Up Spelling Bee 40 49, 52 Fashion: Le Freak, C'est Chic 54 Decoration: What's new in the design whirl House: Tanglewood home of Wayne Smith and Denny Lyons Party: DiverseWorks' Art of the Runway Style: Fashion Exhibitionists PC House + Art Party: Aerin Lauder book signing at Longoria Collection Party: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams' 25th anniversary celebration 46 Dining out: Weights + Measures; El Cantina Superior British Street Style: REBOOTED D esigners are making their way from London and Atlanta to The Houston Design Center's Spring Market Tuesday, April 7. Rachel Ashwell, founder of Shabby Chic, is in from London, as well as designer Barbara Westbrook from Atlanta — both with new books in tow. All will join a lively panel discussion at 11 am at Alkusari Stone Showroom (Suite 229), followed by a book signing of the designers' new tomes. That night, PaperCity Design Awards are presented by Ashwell and Westbrook, at a 7 pm cocktail reception at Design House showroom (Suite 115). For reservations to either event, go to or call 713.864.2660. The Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Road. C urious about how collectors live with art? Take a peek into six intriguing residences, guided by insiders Star Massing of Boulevard Realty (she's known as the Realtor to the art, architecture and design communities, plus she's married to Art Guy Jack Massing) and Catherine D. Anspon, PaperCity's executive editor, visual arts + features. The duo have crafted ArtHouse.001, a two-day, private-bus tour to exceptional and fascinating Houston collections. On tap for the River Oaks/Montrose tour on Sunday, March 29, are the PaperCity- featured homes of Leigh and Reggie Smith, Michael Landrum and Pepper Paratore, and The Cherryhurst House. The Heights itinerary on Saturday, March 28, encompasses the folk art collection of Victoria Harrison and Jay Wehnert; the studio, home and gardens of artist Dixie Friend Gay; and the historic Victorian castle of preservationist Bart Truxillo. Each afternoon wraps with a toast and meet-up at a unique, surprise venue. Tickets may be purchased for one day or the entire weekend — but book soon, because there's limited seating on the bus. Both tours begin at 1 pm. Single day $30, both days $55, through; more information, Star Massing, 832.640.1628. Art's in the HOUSE The home of Leigh and Reggie Smith JACK THOMPSON Rachel Ashwell Barbara Westbrook Inspired by boots from Cairo's Old Bazaar, the classic Desert Boot, designed by Nathan Clark 65 years ago, became the statement shoe for off-duty British army officers. To celebrate this iconic boot, the 190-year-old British shoemaker brand Clarks has launched an artist-initiative limited- edition Desert Boot collection, Clarks: ReBooted. Dallas' favorite international curator, Filippo Tattoni-Marcozzi (formerly of The Goss- Michael Foundation) worked with Clarks' creative team and 14 artists and designers to create the collection. "Shoes are the one thing that always fit me, so I could not say no to helping to design 14 versions of one of my favorite classics: Clarks' Desert Boot." The collection, along with one-of- a-kind works of art Filippo Tattoni-Marcozzi wearing Make Art Not War limited-edition Desert Boots by artists Bob and Roberta Smith. Below (from top), shoes by Frank Bowling; Bob and Roberta Smith; and Adam Ball, inspired by his DNA cutout series exhibited at The Goss-Michael Foundation last year. LUC COIFFAIT by each artist, will tour the world, commencing at Design Shanghai in March, Salone del Mobile in Milan in April, Frieze New York in May and CitizenM Hotel Bankside through September and October, culminating at Frieze London with a special fund-raiser auction in October. All proceeds from the auction (which will be available for online bidding) and the limited edition collection will benefit The Halo Trust, the world's leading humanitarian landmine- removal organization. Designers include: Adam Ball, Adam Dant, Amy Stephens, Frank Bowling, Gordon Cheung, Lee Broom, Marc Quinn, Richard Caldicott and Tom Price. But, don't wait long: Only 250 pairs in each style are available, this month through October. $300, at the Clarks boutique, #clarksrebooted, Max Trowbridge 60 Art: The surreal reality of The Menil Collection 61 Design: Wendy Watriss and Frederick Baldwin's Menil Bungalow Party: Memorial Park Conservancy's Green Gala Parties: Reveal of Cassina's LC4 CP at Internum Parties: Art gazing 68 74 BIRDS OF A FANCIFUL FEATHER W itty, wickedly humorous and a little bit naughty. The new barware collection by Houston native Bailey McCarthy of Biscuit Home and irreverent New Orleans-based artist Ashley Longshore is just that. "I started collecting Ashley's work in college and wanted to get more art and original works in the store," McCarthy says. "So the idea of a capsule collection really made sense for both of us." The collaboration was born of their long-time friendship and mutual "badass female admiration," adds Longshore, whose recent collabs with Anthropology and Blake Lively have catapulted her following into a different stratosphere. With this third collaboration, she has total creative license — in other words, anything goes. The limited-edition collection (which consists of Lucite trays, a glass champagne bucket, rocks glasses and a catch-all dish) will be introduced to the public at a cocktail party at Biscuit Home Thursday, March 26, 6 to 9 pm, alongside original full-scale pieces of Longshore's art. The collaboration, priced $75 to $300, will be available in-store and online the next day. Biscuit Home, 1435 Westheimer Road, 713.942.9797, Francine Ballard Kate Moss Chanel Rosary Holy Fuck Trees and Hummingbird Snow Globe Audrey COURTESY ASHLEY LONGSHORE ART COURTESY ASHLEY LONGSHORE ART 70 Party: Spirited Holocaust Museum Luncheon Party: The Beacon's Come to the Table blash 75 app (I'm using Garden Plan Pro) and an iPad, I'm plotting what goes where, when and under what conditions. Two new books to inspire are featured in Design Notes on page 52. Bunny Williams on Garden Style is a reissue of her 1998 classic, enhanced and updated. This woman does no wrong in my book. And, Highgrove: an English Country Garden, written by the Prince of Wales and landscape architect Bunny Guinness, is an extraordinary look at one of the most celebrated organic gardens in the world — and certainly the most stunning. It's quite remarkable to return from minus-10- degree weather and towering snow banks to Houston, garden tillers and seed sites, all in one weekend. This must be what it feels like to experience a clear-cut change of seasons — and just in time for our March issue. Holly Moore Editor in Chief

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