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Nine Grammys. Stands 6’7”. Leader of the band for 30 years.

Numbers work in Ray Benson’s favor. His legendary band, Asleep at the Wheel, helped to put Austin music on the map in the 1970s, when it was mostly centered around one spot: the Armadillo World Headquarters. In the decades since,...

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If a picture paints a thousand words, then Nancy Holmes has captured millions of them in her photojournalistic career. In a Brilliant exclusive, the San Antonio resident recounts her career, her loves and her life on the locations of some of the world’s best loved films with the most fascinating...

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“A woman who wears my clothes is not afraid to be noticed,” says the Sultan of Sequins Bob Mackie. The prolific designer should know. He’s won nine Emmy Awards (and has been nominated for 31) and has also been nominated for three Academy Awards. But it’s not just the accolades to Mackie. It’s...

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The United Kingdom and the United States have always had a formidable relationship, especially with its educational goals. Here, in an exclusive, Houstonian Jonathan Sandys speaks to his great grandfather Winston Churchill’s legacy and life that still has as impact on the world today with...

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When it comes to powerful singing, Oleta Adams comes to mind immediately. Her million-selling hits, Circle of Oneand Get Here remain legendary favorites to pop and jazz music aficionados. She dazzles audiences around the world with her performances, having appeared with Phil Collins, Luther...

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It’s quite clear…Eloise DeJoria lives a spectacular life. Just like the precocious Eloise of children’s book fame, DeJoria instantly captivates any environment she encounters. All over the world, and especially in her home base of Central Texas, where she and her husband John Paul and son, John...

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These Texas-tied glamour queens of the silver screen knew a thing or two about jewelry…how to wear it, how to get it and of course, how to earn it. Women today still look to these gem goddesses of the past for inspiration. Here, we take a look at the today’s very best jewelry choices of what...

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Like any legendary beauty nearing the half-century mark, the sweeping movie that put Marfa on the map and theTexas way of life on celluloid has aged superbly – Giant at 50.

Big? Yep. Grand? You bet. Giant? Definitely. The epic movie about Reata, a fabled 595,000-acre West Texas ranch and...

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“She gave him sex appeal. He gave her class.” That’s how actress Katherine Hepburn once described the on-screen relationship between Texan Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. As she danced up a storm with him in over a dozen films, this woman of legendary style danced into the hearts of America, as...

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In the new book, The Art of Friendship, Roger Horchow and his daughter Sally Horchow have answered the age-old questions; of how to be a great friend, how to make better friends and how those friends can enhance your life. In this exclusive interview with us, Roger reveals the secrets to his...

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When it comes to jewels, colored stones have always rivaled diamonds in popularity.

In his book, Colored Gems, Tiffany & Company design director John Loring, in an exclusive interview with us, illustrates not only their fiery beauty, but also the history behind them, their designers,...

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There’s more to life than pretty pictures. It’s the story behind the pictures that’s intriguing. Supermodel Kate Moss is just one of the perfect creatures upon whom Mary McCartney has focused her lens. At the Goss Gallery in Dallas, we caught up with the McCartney in this exclusive interview...

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These guys really knew how to create style through their starring roles and off the set, too. It’s all about attitude and the right pieces to produce the look for your own starring role style. These great legends of fashion, with their strong ties to Texas, continue to influence how men dress...

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When it comes to The Beautiful People, Texan-turned-New Yorker-turned Texan Neal Hamil has an eye for true talent. As the former director of Elite North America, the most prestigious agency that supermodels call home, his job defined the standard of model beauty for the rest of the planet to...

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In the 80s, the resurgence of pop culture after the hippie dippy 1970s, charged in with vibrant optimism not seen since post-World War II. Sassier than the 1950s’ Lost Generation, sexier than the 1960s’ Jet Age, and wilder than the 1970’s Me Decade, America was ready to cut loose and come out...

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It’s the most sensual thing in the world to most people. A kiss…the first kiss…a kiss hello…even a tearful kiss goodbye. Heck, any kiss. Celebrity photographer Patrick McMullan has captured all of these in his latest kiss and tell celebrity book, Kiss Kiss (PMc Publishing). It’s a look at...

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Considered to be one of the greatest operatic tenors of modern times, Plácido Domingo does more than rest on his legendary laurels these days. In fact, for his first performance in over 20 years in San Antonio, he’ll be performing at the Alamodome on June 19. “The passion I feel for performing...

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In the glamorous and high stakes world of priceless art treasures, Dallas resident Robert Edsel’s new tome, Rescuing DaVinci reads as much a spy caper as a coffee table book. Set among the ruins of World War II this intriguing book reveal the people who hid − and those who found − the world’s...

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The cuisine world is the new art world. The trend toward "food as a way of life" is especially seen here in Texas, thanks to high profile success and Dallas resident Phil Romano. He has a bigger than life attitude toward the world - and big is the right word - his restaurants in over 43 states...

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What’s green, sensuous and exudes an intoxicating scent? It’s Truly Madly Deeply, the new fragrance from artisan Stephen Burlingham. Almost jewel-like in quality, the parfum spray is like a found treasure. And because Burlingham’s grandfather was Louis Comfort Tiffany, exquisite taste runs in...

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Balanciaga, Givenchy, de la Renta and Norell are among the impressive labels from the universe of fashion that have found a home in Denton, near Dallas, TX. Originally created for some of the world’s most glamorous women, these fragile works-of-art in fabric are now safely ensconced in The Texas...

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Audrey. Jackie. Grace. There are very few style icons of the 20th century we can recognize by just their first names. Grace Kelly, also known as Princess Grace of Monaco, still influences a legion of women, both young and young-at-heart with her iconic style.

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William Yeoward’s meteoric rise to success as the celebrity glassmaker, and interior designer, has made him a household name to across the world. And, to celebrities and royalty alike. It’s like having couture crystal when there’s one of his pieces set on a table. He’s recently jetted in from...

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Movie stars haven’t changed much. Or have they? The world still hungers to know about their every move. In the insightful new book on the Golden Age of Hollywood, The Star Machine, author Jeanine Basinger reveals that the old days of stardom were like a fiefdom in the film land kingdom. Lana...

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He knew President Kennedy. Was great pals with Truman Capote. Captured the Rolling Stones and Beatles on film like no one since. Was behind the power of the film, Grey Gardens, now the Tony-winning musical toast of Broadway. Considered by most to be the Godfather of the modern documentary film,...

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It should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone who knows Roy Spence that he wears a jewelry symbol of The Golden Rule—from each major religion—on a chain around his neck. About a dozen, in fact. Close to his heart. In a world where we’ve seen so many business leaders who lack that kind of...

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She graced magazine covers, was Revlon’s most desired model, and then became a movie star—theAmerican success story. Suzy Parker was also the world’s first supermodel, who single-handedly defined elegance and became an icon for an entire generation of post-war women who hungered for the...

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When most men think of Italian menswear, the thought is of impeccable cut, sumptuous fabrics and quality that will last for years. All that and more is found at Italy’s House of Salvatore Ferragamo and in their nearly 60 stores across the world. The company’s talented head menswear designer,...

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Femme Fatale. Champagne Chanteuse. Star of stage and screen. Eartha Kitt is the original Material Girl who knows more about the ins and outs of men at 79 years young than most women could ever hope to know. She was discovered while performing in Paris, at the age of 20 by the legendary Orson...

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It was a match made in heaven: TV’s favorite variety comedienne and an upcoming costume designer. They began a relationship that would define the extravagant style of the 1960s and 1970s and funny was never more stylish than when San Antonio native Carol Burnett and Bob Mackie collaborated,...

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I recently caught up with style icon, author and humorist Lisa Birnbach, who is sharing her Preppified wisdom with the world again.

Let’s face it: Lisa Birnbach is a goddess-like icon in the World of pop culture.She is charmed when I tell her I felt it was like the shot heard ‘round the...

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“It’s important for young photographers to create their unique style; their own look. People try to follow the lead of other photographers and it’s so difficult to create something new,” says Greg Gorman, celebrated celebrity photographer. He offers good advice because he himself has risen to an...

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