Forty Five Ten a luxury emporium in downtown Dallas

A hard hat is not my usual weekend attire, but when my friend Brian Bolke president and co-founder of Forty Five Ten asked to meet downtown for a rendezvous at the new store while still slightly under construction, I happily traded my Saturday morning yoga pants for safety goggles. I was honoured to get a sneak peek into the luxury flagship store Forty Five Ten on Main Street in the heart of Downtown Dallas before the grand opening event.

Forty Five Ten on Main Entrance

The entrance to Forty Five Ten on Main Street

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Nha Khanh at the Emmy Awards: It’s a Red Thing

I really could not make up my mind, red or black? Last week I stood with Khanh Nguyen in her showroom, Nhã Khanh atelier, as she measured me for a pair of high-waist, wide-legged pants. Khanh had just returned from New York the night prior and was in a secretively happy mood.

The pants, well, I had seen Khanh wearing her design a few months prior at a Fashion Group International of Dallas event we attended, and I had told her those pants were a must-have. So as we stood staring at the sample last week, Khanh convinced me that red was the best choice, after all, it’s her favourite colour. Two days after my fitting, I picked up my red pants ready to wear to the exhibition opening for Bruce Weber “Far From Home” at the Dallas Contemporary on Saturday evening.

Max Trowbridge and Bruce Weber at the Joule Hotel

Max Trowbridge and Bruce Weber at the Joule Hotel

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Bag Obsession: Big, Bold and Embellished styles for Fall 2016

I’m equal parts a bag fiend with a shoe fetish, and it’s only budget and self-control that stop the incessant desire to purchase every ‘It’ bag and must-have heel that tantalises my senses every season. Fall 2016 is abundant with bags of every shade, size and decoration, but I’m obsessed and intrigued with this selection below in metallic, pink, embellishments, animal accents and bold statements.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

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Dallas Designers head to the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator

I am not sure if I should rejoice with fashionable hallelujahs for the good fortune of Dallas-based handbag designer Allison Mitchell and fashion designer Charles Smith of Smith II, or selfishly shed a tear for Dallas, as we lose two local talents in one swoop to St. Louis. The designers are packing their creative bags and are moving to St. Louis, Missouri for a two-year residency program with the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator that begins January 2017. Clap, clap, sniff, and sniff!

Charles Smith II

Donald Charles Smith Brame II

Kudos to Mitchell and Smith, after garnering the judge’s attention from a national search to select the inaugural class of six designers. The entire process included 43 applicants from 11 states and 16 cities, and they made the proverbial cut. The other four designers—Agnes Hamerlik – Chicago, Emily Koplar – St. Louis, Audra Noyes – Delaware/NYC, and Reuben Reuel Riddick – Brooklyn, NY. And said judges, no slouches here—Lisa Smilor, executive vice president, CFDA, Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week and industry consultant, designer Timo Weiland, Christine Barberich, global editor-in-chief and founding member of Refinery29, Michael Fink, dean, School of Fashion, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Gary Wassner, Hilldun CEO and chairman of Interluxe Holdings LLC.

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An Aromatic Twist with Clive Christian

For one long luxurious hour, I had the infinite pleasure of sitting tête-tête with Clive Christian over coffee at the Four Seasons in Las Colinas. And who is Mr Christian one might ask? Not only did he create the concept of designing exquisite kitchens with chandeliers as the focal point under his Clive Christian Interiors brand, but he is also the purveyor of the world’s most expensive perfumes.

Clive Christian Limited Edition Original Collection Twist

Clive Christian: Limited Edition Original Collection Twist

In Dallas to attend the Neiman Marcus beauty conclave, Mr Christian dressed in all black—his signature style, from turtleneck attire to sharp black eye frames. With a proper British accent, our conversation evolved from sharing personal anecdotes of life in the motherland, our love for America and of course his incredible success in the luxury industry. The man is a business marketing genius and a modest one at that. In 2012, he was announced as a recipient on the Queen’s New Year’s Eve Honours List for his contributions as a designer to the British Luxury Goods industry—honoured as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).

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Independence Day Weekend Celebrations Styled in Red, White and Blue

This year I will be in Paris for a très Français version of Independence Day, fortunately red, white and blue still translates perfectly for a weekend outfit. I’m already packed, but for any last minute purchases, I just found this adorable off-the-shoulder dress, and these star-spangled sandals, which couldn’t be more perfect. Wherever your travels may take you this coming weekend, celebrate in style! xo

Independence weekend outfit

 

Lisa Marie Fernandez – mira off-the-shoulder striped maxi dress, $911, Dolce & Gabbana – leather-trimmed embellished straw tote, $2,945, Eugenia Kim – soft brimmed straw hat, $425, Selima Mouzannar – black diamond star stud earrings, $1,680,  Loeffler Randall – starla leather gladiator sandal, $195.

 

Resort Stops for Chanel, Dior, Vuitton, and Gucci

The fashion flock love to fly to the far corners of the world, and for the Resort 2017 collections, a resort stop was the final destination for four fashion houses: from Rio de Janeiro to the countryside of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, Westminster Abbey in London, and Havana in Cuba. After much pondering and procrastinating, here are my edits of favourite styles from each collection.

Dior Cruise 2017

Dior Cruise 2017

Christian Dior at Blenheim Palace

What’s not to adore at Dior! Interim designers, Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux arrived at the most luxurious of resort destinations, albeit apparently wet, (the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and the ancestral home of the Spencer-Churchill family), and the home of the Duke of Marlborough in Oxfordshire in England—Blenheim Palace. Presented in the library, the designers combined a twist of French chic with British style. Flamboyant with billowing sleeves, layers over layers, nods to the classic coatdresses, foxhunting prints, and floral print tea dresses—all very wearable.

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Lady Dior x Marc Quinn

Three things that I obsess over (other than McQueen) are orchids, Marc Quinn and Dior handbags – of which, I can never have enough. So when I read that Quinn’s latest project involved Lady Dior and orchids I almost fainted!

Lady Dior, painted with signature Marc Quinn orchids

Lady Dior, painted with signature Marc Quinn orchids

Back in 2012, Dior launched a Lady Dior collection with artist Anselm Reyle, which of course I was fascinated with, but Quinn and orchids… well, swoon away!

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