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June 2015 - Houston

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T od's, the Galleria, 713.355.1125, Italian luxury leather goods house Tod's has opened its 10th U.S. boutique in Galleria 1 on Level 1, across from Prada near Neiman Marcus. What began more than a century ago in a basement by cobbler Filippo Della Valle was elevated to fame by grandson Diego Dell Valle with the Gommino pebble-bottom driving shoe and a leather shopping tote carried by Catherine Deneuve and Princess Caroline of Monaco, both under the name J.P. Tod's. Effortless, off-hand-luxury were the hallmarks, and Italy, Hollywood and the East Coast adopted the charming pebbled shoe and the D-Styling bag. The brand, shortened to Tod's, now encompasses men's and women's shoes and leather goods, as well as other coveted handbags such as the limited-edition Swarovski crystal Cape bag recently carried by Amal Clooney. Also under the Tod's Group umbrella is the more casual Hogan shoe and the illustrious Roger Vivier brand designed by Bruno Frisoni. Anna Schuster C ircle of life. I suppose there is a thorn on everything, no matter how gentle or beautiful. Even at sweet Pond Hollow. Olivia, my daughter, and I procured three baby ducklings at the feed store — tiny black and yellow puffs, carted back and forth from weekends at the farm to weekdays in Houston, until they reached six weeks old. I bought a small doghouse, in an Alpine style. My idea was to attach a floating device to the house to keep the ducks safe at night in the middle of the pond, away from coyotes and foxes. One day, as the ducklings were paddling in their tub in the sunshine, getting their feet wet, I wandered off to look at something in the garden. A few moments later my brother, Rick, looked in the tub, and a duckling was on the bottom. He grabbed the little thing and proceeded with mouth-to-bill resuscitation — just tiny puffs of air, then a pat to the chest. Another puff and a pat. The duckling shook a bit and raised its head. Olivia cosseted it for the next few hours with a warm light, a washcloth-blanket, a bit of water. In a few hours, that duck was racing across the farmhouse floor. The ducks' next outing was not as successful. Suffice it to say, they never reached the pond. One survived and was adopted by my friend Randy Powers and named Clark. Clark now happily resides on a pond at Randy's farm in Madisonville, where there aren't as many coyotes. The circle of life and death is so much more pronounced on a farm. These losses wear you down — until you hold the next baby duckling, or see a circle of fawns and their mother drinking at the pond in the morning mist. Random act of kindness. I experienced a wonderful example of the circle of kindness at a Starbucks close to my office, where I drive through most mornings. A few days ago, the barista at the window said, "Your drink has been paid for by the car in front of you." I asked why. "Because the car in front of her paid for hers." I paid for the car behind me. I wonder how many cars long this act of kindness traveled. This has happened twice at the same Starbucks. I plan to initiate the chain of kindness myself at Starbucks' drive-through in the coming days. The circle of life, the circle of kindness, the circle of happiness can be neverending if you contribute. Holly Moore Editor in Chief HUNT SLONEM 14 in this ISSUE J U N E 2015 | STYLE | FASHION | SOCIAL 4 , 6 , 8 P O P. C U LT U R E . G O S S I P. 12 Party: Rienzi spring garden party 20 Party: India Hicks book signing at Tootsies 10 Parties: Two blockbuster evenings for Marilyn Minter's CAMH retrospective 30 Fashion: Incandescent summer 26 Style: Stag Party — The Opening Party: Fêting Ashley Longshore at Biscuit 36 Decoration: What's new in the design whirl 38 45 Design: David Lackey and Russell Prince's Wunderkammer Wedding: Bridal Blue Book Art: Habsburg Palace at MFAH 42 Party: Menil Society's Spring Cocktails at Menil House 50 Style: Feathering your nest MAX BURKHALTER Monica Bickers 22 Art: Artist Nic Nicosia consuming light Design: Two hot decorating books 48 Wedding: Amanda Knox + Lange Novak's San Miguel nuptials 52 W here has the time gone? It is hard to believe 2015 is halfway over. As everyone is basking in the sun, we're looking toward fall, which is proving to be the most exciting yet. Houston is currently under mass construction, with many fabulous stores opening this fall. Between the Galleria and River Oaks District, shopping needs will be met. Dior, Céline, Tom Ford, The Webster, Giuseppe Zanotti — where do we begin? But before fall, we are looking at all things bridal this month — rings, dresses and venues. Being a bride is one of the biggest moments of your life, so flip through our bridal section to get inspired for the big day. Now that school's out and the pool is open, we hope everyone has a relaxing summer and safe travels. Check back in July and August from home or poolside — for the House + Art issue (July) and all things prep in August. In Aspen or L.A. for the summer? Log on to for your PaperCity fix. Monica Bickers Publisher A Driving FORCE Bradley's Fine Diner, 191 Heights Blvd., 832.831.5939 B radley's Fine Diner has gotten a reboot. Its namesake founder, James Beard Award-winning Bradley Ogden, and his son Bryan Ogden left town after its opening last fall to return to their eateries in Menlo Park and Las Vegas, respectively. In their wake, the California-inspired diner struggled to find an audience in its Heights location. The savvy Ogdens decided to go local and hired chef Greg Lowry (Voice, Triniti, Tony's) to step behind the range, fill their shoes and completely revamp the comfort-fare-meets- farm-to-table menu. Serving dinner and weekend brunch only, Lowry has reworked all but two dishes on the menu. Highlights on my recent visit included the deconstructed oyster BLT, a fun bread-less app with fried Gulf coast oysters splattered with a creamy tomato vinaigrette, slices of speck and an apple-spiked tartar sauce ($10); a low country burger with kale, melted pimento cheese and slices of crisp guanciale ($15); and a crispy skin-on salmon filet with roasted vegetables and a green garlic pesto ($24). DINNER at the Diner Chef Greg Lowry ANDREA WEIR ANDREA WEIR ANDREA WEIR Low Country Burger W ill there be another transaction? You bet! Who needs cash when you can have cupcakes. Sprinkles Cupcakes launches its long-awaited cupcake ATM at the Highland Village Shopping Center outpost Thursday, June 11, where confections dispense 365/24/7. The Highland Village outpost will be Sprinkles' ninth cupcake ATM — we saw our first on Santa Monica Boulevard with a line snaking around the block. Also new are cookies, brownies and ice cream — but they're not dispensed, alas. 4014 Westheimer Road in Highland Village, 713.871.9929; Jailyn Marcel Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM Menu prices have also come down slightly as Lowry and his team diligently work to make their offerings more approachable. Next up: Lowry and the Ogden clan will open a large, ambitious gastropub concept in the Memorial hood called Ogden's Pour Society, serving forth American craft beers and wine with elevated pub grub, scheduled to open later this summer. Laurann Claridge Tod's medium Cape bag Gommino driving shoe Having WITHDRAWALS? Sprinkles ice cream cup Bradley's Fine Diner

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