- July 27, 2012
Must have these, stat: the brilliant Frederico de Vera’s first books, De Vera Objects and De Vera Jewelry — compilations of the best he has bought, sold and collected. $165 each in a limited edition or $595 for the slipcased set, to order through email@example.com. Greg Fourticq Jr.
The sumptuous embellishments and Moroccan vibe found in Joseph Altuzarra’s fall collection generate some serious heat. $2,670 at Forty Five Ten. Amy Adams
Eastern and Western aesthetics collide via Seletti’s Hybrid collection of bone china consisting of two different patterns. Look closely, and you’ll see the relationship between each piece. $35 to $150, available in October at Nasher Sculpture Center. Amy Adams
The Dallas Museum of Art’s blockbuster, “Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries” (October 14, 2012 – January 20, 2013), is a saucy little kick from the chorus girls of the Moulin Rouge. Catherine D. Anspon (Image: Alphonse Mucha’s Job, 1898, at the Dallas Museum of Art)
Earbuds covered in black stingray are a sound choice and easy on the eyes. $200, at Nest. Amy Adams
Cole & Son Gondola wallpaper takes me back to the Grand Canal. $68 a roll, to the trade at Lee Jofa.
I’ll spring through terminals with this exotic travel companion: Barneys New York Co-Op Gazelle tote. $610,
at barneys.com. Brooke Hortenstine
I want anything from Raf Simons’ final collection for Jil Sander (available at Forty Five Ten, Neiman Marcus). And, traitor that I am, I’m excited to see what he does at his new gig at Christian Dior. Kate Stukenberg
The iconic Cartier Tank Anglaise timepiece is surgically attached to my wrist. Now I’m craving the just-launched larger Tank Anglaise in 18K rose gold and steel, $9,950. Carol Isaak Barden
L.A.-based Victor Velyan’s art and architecture-influenced baubles are what I’ll wear to TWO x TWO and the DMA’s Art Ball. I love this 24K-gold and silver bracelet set with chrome diopsides, pink and yellow sapphires,
and diamonds. $20,900, at Skibell Fine Jewelry. Catherine D. Anspon
This textured nubuck field boot was spotted repeatedly on Burberry Prorsum’s fall runway. I give its subtle platform and higher-than-usual laced closure a round of applause. $995, at the Burberry boutique. Amy Adams
I’m obsessed with antiqued mirrors and spotty mercury glass, so imagine my attraction to Absolution’s amber-scented candle, which is poured into a hand-blown mercury-glass jar. Each Shannon Koszyk Olive Candle is made in Texas and comes with a fetching bronze medal. $116, at taigan.com. Laurann Claridge
Stubbs & Wootton “Screw U” slippers are the perfect antidote to boring cocktail party prattle. Look down at your feet. Look up at the bore. Smile and walk away. All this joy for $450, at stubbsandwootton.com. Greg Fourticq Jr.
The sole employee of George Wine Company, George Levkoff has no time to ferment. In 2010, Levkoff produced and hand-numbered three batches of 2,345 bottles of exquisite Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. $115, at Pogo’s Wine and Liquor. Brooke Hortenstine
We love our iPads, but nothing can replace the satisfying heft of a printed September fashion magazine. This polished aluminum magazine rack by Umbra+ helps deal with our issues. $150, at Nasher Sculpture Center. Amy Adams
Trained as an architect, artist Alison Berger apprenticed with glass-blower Dale Chihuly before launching her own lighting line. I’m stunned by her beautiful Crystal Sphere pendant. To the trade at George Cameron Nash. Carol Isaak Barden
My favorite big statement-making book, Bals: Legendary Costume Balls of the Twentieth Century, is the story of a vanished way of life. Plushly slipcased for $175, through firstname.lastname@example.org. Holly Moore
Eight feet of 100 percent reclaimed teak from Rajistan makes this our dream table — we’re thinking themed dinner parties and lavish brunches. $2,750, at The Wooden House. Rachael Abrams
Meet Blake, the new women’s tuxedo shoe from Elaine Turner. $225, at the Elaine Turner boutique. Kate Stukenberg
Who wouldn’t fall for this beautiful purple-hued beet margarita at Bolsa in Oak Cliff. Catherine D. Anspon
Symbolically speaking, the ram represents energy, power and desire. This handmade ring from Lotus Arts de Vivre, sparked with precious gems, says all that and more. $21,500, at Grange Hall. Amy Adams
I’m looking for heavy ornamentation for fall, such as this Lanvin embellished number, price upon request, at Neiman Marcus. Holly Moore
Rachel Zoe’s new jewelry collection is bananas, especially this bracelet. $385, at Neiman Marcus. Kate Stukenberg
Considered to be the first “it” bag from the fashion house of Alexander McQueen since the skull-clasp clutches, the Heroine satchel comes in black or oxblood leather, but it’s this python version that has us saying, “Yesssssssssss, please.” $6,395, at Neiman Marcus. Amy Adams
Luggala Days: The Story of a Guinness House by Robert O’Byrne (Cima Books, October 2012, $45). Luggala Lodge is an 18th-century Gothic Revival Irish bolt-hole owned by the Guinness family. The likes of Mick Jagger and David Mlinaric have thought it swell, as have socialites and junkies, earls and poets. Escapist and wonderfully eccentric. Diane Dorrans Saeks
These are my new go-to frames. I can’t get over the stars! Givenchy frames $475, at Barneys New York. Ceron (Image: Photo by Kennon Evett)
My newest trifles are from, respectively, the boîte Jean Paul Gaultier shopped when he was in Dallas and a boutique that raises funds for a good cause: a ‘50s American Lucite-and-woven-metal picnic basket handbag ($48) from Dolly Python, and a sleek wicker, hand-beaded ’60s-era purse ($39) from the Genesis Benefit Thrift Store. Catherine D. Anspon (Image: Photo by Kennon Evett)
Victoria Beckham has me baring leg again. Right out of the gate, she nailed the sexy shift, a timeless silhouette that feels terribly au courant. Her collection is at Forty Five Ten. Laurann Claridge
Claw your way to the top of the fashion heap with Pamela Love’s talon cuff. From $1,160, at V.O.D. Brooke Hortenstine
Been a long day? Tell it to your Dammit Doll. $16, at Nicholson Hardie. Kate Stukenberg (Image: Photo by Kennon Evett)
Versace sent this chic metallic leather bag down the runway for fall, and I must have it. $2,495, at the Versace boutique. Ceron
Vis-à-vis: the Statement Bar Set by Paul Smith for Stelton with stellar sentiments such as “Take Pleasure Seriously” and “Stop Making Sense.” From $185 for coasters to $399 for the tray, at Nest. Rachael Abrams
Coral & Tusk animal wreath napkins are $120 for four. At The Gypsy Wagon. Kate Stukenberg
I’m a rhapsody in blue in this sprightly hued Stella McCartney jacket with a face-framing collar. $1,845, at the Stella McCartney boutique. Michelle Aviña
I’m obsessed with Chloé’s street-smart leather ankle booties detailed with gold studs and multiple buckles. $1,290, at Barneys New York. Michelle Aviña
For highbrows in a hurry, I drop into Frédéric Fekkai in Highland Park Village for an arch as pretty as one designed by Calatrava. Esthetician and makeup artist Dolores Villanueva now offers speedy eyebrow waxings, lash tintings and peels, all from her front-of-the-house Chantecaille station — no appointment necessary. Brooke Hortenstine
Scalamandre’s umbrella with its iconic 1940s zebra pattern has left me singing. Who needs good weather, anyway? $95, at the Scalamandre showroom. Seth Vaughan (Image: Photo by Kennon Evett)
My must-stop Design District destination, PDNB Gallery, has added German talent Thomas Herbrich to its photographic lineup. I’m mad for the moon-mission-inspired vintage vibe of Herbrich’s re-creations of the great space race, $400. Catherine D. Anspon
Once home to the Lambs Club (a prestigious New York theater society where members Charlie Chaplin, Oscar Hammerstein and Fred Astaire once romped), this Stanford White-designed building is now home to The Chatwal hotel, designed by Thierry Despont with Art Deco appointments and suede walls, Asprey bath amenities and a restaurant directed by chef Geoffrey Zakarian. This establishment should light up any sophisticates radar. Seth Vaughan
I’ve always been mad for hammered gold, so I’m hooked on Ippolita’s 18K-gold Snowman earrings from the Crinkle Collection. $1,395, at Forty Five Ten. Laurann Claridge
I’m getting my daily dose of liquid greens via the Vitamix Pro 500 Series — the Bentley of blenders. $600, at Sur la Table. Amy Adams
I’m coming out guns blazing with Frederic Malle’s Café Society Perfume Gun to blast my rooms with scent.
$145, at Barneys New York, Forty Five Ten. Holly Moore
Loving my treasure from H&M: a droll pineapple-shaped handbag thatdoubles as sculpture. It’s a steal at only
$13. Catherine D. Anspon (Image: Photo by Kennon Evett)
For $1,000 each, Tom Spicer is offering 28 garden plots for adoption at his Spiceman’s FM 1410 urban garden on Fitzhugh. Put your money where your mouth is: Your gift is a year-long credit of $1,170 in organic produce, with Spicer maintaining the plots. Ring him at 214.404.9104; email@example.com. Brooke Hortenstine
I’m braving Equinox’s newly launched MetCon3, a high-intensity class based on the practice of increasing my metabolism — with a name and a workout worthy of a sci-fi flick. Brooke Hortenstine
Jewelry designer Nancey Chapman now lives in India and produces these phenomenal silk tie-dyed, bias-cut dresses. $700, at net-a-couture.com. Kate Stukenberg (Image: Photo by Kennon Evett)
Dysfunction at its best: The Royal Tenenbaums with Gene Hackman and Anjelica Huston. Michelle Aviña
I can’t stop — won’t stop — wearing plaid jackets. Trina Turks’ new collection for men, Mr. Turk, is perfection. Ferrel jacket $398, at the Trina Turk boutique. Ceron
Late Pritzker Prize-winner Luis Barragán’s home turned museum, Casa Luis Barragán, in Mexico City, is dazzling. Tour the design studio, living areas and gardens. Don’t miss the Picasso, reportedly given to Barragán by the artist himself. Michelle Aviña
I’m walking on sand all fall in Rodarte’s first shoe collection launching this month. That is sand layered in the heel. Do you not die? To order at Barneys New York. Kate Stukenberg
I adore Waxing Poetic’s Vesper candle. $42, at Avant Garden. Ceron
English Decoration by Ben Pentreath (September 2012, $40). Pentreath’s house in an old parsonage in Dorset is classic English style, a bit eccentric, a little bit artless. Diane Dorrans Saeks
I’m addicted to Heritage Auctions’ weekly no reserve internet luxury accessories auctions — heavy on the handbags. I’m currently tracking this vintage Chanel metallic-gold lambskin, leather and tortoise offering. Tap out ha.com. Catherine D. Anspon
When I learned that Hermès was debuting wallpaper this fall, I was faint; when I saw the Feuillage pattern designed by Raoul Dufy, which takes me back to NYC’s Indochine, I fell out of my chair. As the editrix in Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? might proclaim, “Divine!” Seth Vaughan
I’m going moto-chic in Balenciaga’s multi-seasonal beige leather jacket paired with a black Vespa. $2,650, at Forty Five Ten. Rachael Abrams
Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne by Paul Kasmin (Skira, $60) is truly one of the most beautiful and informative books in ages. Great photos. Very transporting. Greg Fourticq Jr.
There’s a pleasing paradox in the juxtaposition of the Meadows Museum’s handsome neoclassical façade with Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa’s otherworldly, almost prehistoric, head named Sho. Catherine D. Anspon (Image: Jaume Plensa’s Sho, 2007, at the Meadows Museum; photo © 2009 SMU)
Kelly Wearstler: Rhapsody (Rizzoli, October 2012, $55). I love Wearstler and her mod baroque style. We are promised behind-the-scenes views at work, at auctions, shopping, designing. Can’t wait. Diane Dorrans Saeks
Denmark designer Ivan Grundahl takes the edge off minimalism with a cascade of petals on taffeta. $980, at
Cicada Collection. Amy Adams
Lucca’s cozy faux-fur throws and pillows are made in Texas. Pillows from $280, throw $585, at Peacock Alley Design. Rachael Abrams
I’ve lunched in the Antwerp castle garden with the Vervoordts, so At Home with May and Axel Vervoordt (Flammarion, September 2012, $45) is on my list. Diane Dorrans Saeks
La Réserve Ramatuelle in Saint Tropez is at the top of my list of places to stay next. I’m booking at lareserveramatuelle.com. Ceron
Diana Vreeland insisted on burning cypress Rigaud candles in her office during working hours — but I love the Bois Précieux scent. From $38, at Stanley Korshak. Seth Vaughan
Orlebar Brown’s postcard-scene Monte Carlo print men’s swim trunks. $295, at Barneys New York. Holly Moore
Established in 1963 on Harbour Island and now owned by Dallasites Tricia and Gil Besing, the newly refurbished and fabled Dunmore hotel was once a posh private club. Need we say more? Book it at dunmorebeach.com. Brooke Hortenstine
In a sleepy little town on the coast of Maine, David Kaufman keeps alive the art and craft of heirloom-quality cotton, linen and woolen blankets at his turn-of-the-century Brahms Mount factory. I can’t resist the slate-ticking cotton version nor the charcoal herringbone lamb’s-wool. $236 to $600, at Kuhl-Linscomb. Laurann Claridge
Billy Fong Sez
I loved my marching orders for this issue. It was akin to old-school Mission Impossible. Not the recent tripe with Tom Cruise, but rather the vintage era with Peter Graves and Barbara Bain — the original Mad Men. Ms. Adams instructed us to choose style and charm — which are both core values of PaperCity — for the upcoming season. First off, one needs a drink to write such an important column, and mine was Lillet, a French aperitif that Bond uses in his classic Vesper martini. Then I need to throw on some music for inspiration, and my tracks included The Psychedelic Furs’ “Ghost in You” (one of the most brilliant album covers of all time — so want a T-shirt replica to wear under a YSL vintage tuxedo jacket) and DB Boulevard’s “Point of View.” Here is what I find Very PaperCity right now:
In a pinch, pull this quote out of your back pocket: "There is something rather unsavory about wearing black pearls to brunch.”
CZ Guest – our current icon to emulate.
Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen in gun-metal gray, army style. If you have one, call me up, because it is my perfect accessory for the fall.
Episodes of Kate & Allie. After a day of shopping and drinking with your best gal pal, ask the obvious question: Who is more Kate and who is more Allie?
Fantasy date: Flying Lufthansa last-minute to Germany to hear the Berlin Philharmonic perform Mahler’s Fifth.
Fantasy party: Outdoor evening screening of La Dolce Vita or Smilla’s Sense of Snow for 12 (not a baker’s dozen, but instead the perfect number of guests).
Christina O, Onassis’ famous yacht, for a quick getaway