By Rob Giardinelli
Looking for a fun way to enjoy a classic film? We can't think of a better way than joining AFS Cinema on June 21st. That night the Austin Film Society will be hosting a screening of 1967 camp classic Valley of the Dolls. We love this movie for much more than its glitz and camp. We love it for its 60s glamour and high style.
An Iconic Movie Based On An Iconic Book
Based on the Jacqueline Susann novel, Valley of the Dolls, the film is about the highs and lows that come with success. It follows three women (Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins and Sharon Tate) who rise to fame across the globe, then fall from grace. The film features love affairs, pills, booze, classic style and campy dialogue that provides something for everyone.
Over fifty years later, it remains a cult classic, particularly among the LGBT community. In addition to its timeless style, one of the reasons the film has endured is the universal theme of life's Valley of the Dolls tells this...more
By Lance Avery Morgan
Celebrating fifty years of America’s most beloved fashion brand, a new book, WWD: Fifty Years of Ralph Lauren, chronicles the legendary career trajectory of Ralph Lauren as documented by the global fashion magazine WWD. In fact, it just arrived and we can’t put it down.
We get Ralph Lauren, we really do. He’s been a part of our entire lives. He’s synonymous with timeless American style and has transformed a small collection of men’s neckties that dared to go Mod and wide in the late 60s, into a global empire, offering everything from casual polo shirts and athletic apparel to luxury womenswear and home goods.
Glam mag WWD has chronicled his company’s e very step since its founding in 1967, from that first wide necktie and iconic advertisements to Lauren’s innovative venture into digital media. Offering insight into this trailblazing visionary, this book is an illustrated volume that details his meteoric rise and the highlights of his career.
Through lush, archival photographs and award-winning fashion writing and business articles from the pages of...more
By Lance Avery Morgan
In 1982, when Sunday in the Park With George debuted on Broadway, it was a smash hit. Fast forward to revivals and now, a tenure of it playing at ZACH Theatre in Austin this month. It’s a must-see.
We all know Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical masterpiece is a living painting by artist Georges Seurat, and centers on the artist as he discovers unimaginable possibilities while creating an enduring work of art. Seurat, known for juxtaposing points of multi-colored paint to allow the viewer’s eye to blend the colors, connects the dots that make life so passionate, unexpected, heartbreaking, and ultimately rapturous. In fact, all the characters in the painting, in the play, come to life with fascinating and interwoven back stories.
The original music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim with the book by James Lapine. At ZACH, it’s directed by Dave Steakley with musical direction by Allen Robertson making every moment of the two hour and forty minutes (with an intermission) a super way to spend a summer evening. The wildly...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Kim Coffman
Blue Cure Foundation recently wowed Houston with their fourth annual lecture series luncheon. With Erin Brockovich featured as the event’s guest speaker, Blue Cure presented a captivating message on the environmental factors that contribute to preventative health, along with announcing a new vision and mission statement and a six-city tour to kick off Men’s Health Month in June.
We love that the foundation’s honorary chairs Carolyn Farb and Vivian Wise, along with chairs Angela and Owen Daniels and Chita and Lane Craft brought the event to life at the Hilton Houston Post Oak, where emcee KHOU’s Chita Craft presented a stirring video outlining Blue Cure’s new initiatives to fund research examining lifestyle factors that can improve prostate cancer outcomes and decrease incidences of cancer diagnoses – adding and building on its core education and advocacy programs.
Brockovich enthralled the audience of nearly 300 guests, followed by audience cheers for a heartfelt speech by Honoree Ryan Chase of KRBE’s The Roula & Ryan Show, whose prostate cancer is currently in...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography of An American In Paris Touring Company by Matthew Murphy
The long-awaited arrival of An American in Paris, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, is happening in Austin at the Bass Concert Hall from May 30 – June 3. In fact, we’re counting the minutes until it arrives.
Of course, it’s inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, An American in Paris is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas.
The score of An American in Paris includes the songs "I Got Rhythm," "Liza," "’S Wonderful," "But Not For Me," "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise," and orchestral music including "Concerto in F," "Second Prelude," "Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture" and "An American In Paris."
The production opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace...more
By Lance Avery Morgan
It’s that time. When you can officially wear a white dinner jacket, after Memorial Day, and not in the winter according to uninformed Hollywood stylists who dress their male clients in them in February, it will feel like a breath of fresh air.
In Casino Royale (2006), with Daniel Craig’s triumphant return to the Land of Bond, a piece of dialogue fully illustrates our point:
James Bond: I have a dinner jacket.
Vesper Lynd: There are dinner jackets and dinner jackets; this is the latter. And I need you looking like a man who belongs at that table.
Bond: How? … It’s tailored.
Lynd: I sized you up the moment we met.
By Rob Giardinelli Photography courtesy of Breast Cancer Resource Center
Who says social events have to end with Memorial Day? In Austin they extend into the summer, too. On June 2nd at the JW Marriott, the 7th annual Art Bra benefiting the Breast Cancer Resource Center will feature over 1,000 of Austin’s social, fashion and cultural elite for an evening of fun and celebration.
The concept of Art Bra is as unique as Austin itself. Art Bra is a fashion show featuring survivors of breast cancer who will strut down the runway in artistic bra’s, corsets and bustiers that are auctioned off to benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Center. Last year, a piece designed by Kendra Scott sold for over $13,000.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Center which provides guidance, education programs and support to 2,000 Central Texans living with breast cancer. For more information or to purchase your ticket click here or visit BCRC.org.more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Vogue
This year’s Met Ball (the Costume Institute of the Museum of New York) scored another triumph. Its theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, was chaired by Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace, chosen by the organization’s fearless leader, Vogue’s Anna Wintour.
The range of color, black, white and everything in between was profusely on display. We love that and we love how iconic spiritual fashion inspired today’s most fashionable notables. Shown here are six of our favorites.more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Austin Film Society
We love finding cool new things to do, don’t you? That in mind, the Austin Film Society (AFS) launches its inaugural mini-festival, Doc Days, a long weekend of brand-new documentary films with visiting filmmakers from the US and abroad, on May 10 to 13.
In addition to screening favorite new documentaries from the festival circuit, the weekend includes parties, discussions, and moderated Q&As by Austin’s documentary film community. Scheduled with no overlapping screenings, festival attendees can see every film back to back. The series was programmed by Austin Film Society program staff in conjunction with Programmer-at-Large, Todd Savage, who co-founded the program with AFS.
Here's a look at what you’ll see when you get your passes:
The series kicks off on Thursday, May 10 with an opening reception prior to the screening of MINDING THE GAP, the Sundance award-winning debut feature from Bing Liu. Producer Diane Quon will be in attendance to introduce and Q&A the film, which, over the course of years, follows a group of skateboarders in the rustbelt and...more
By Rob Giardinelli Photography courtesy of archival
Looking for something to do this weekend that will allow you to give back as well as keeping you fit so you can continue to wear your stylish spring threads?
Look no further than the 5th annual Young Men's Business League Sunshine Run. The race will be held Sunday May 6th, 7:30AM at Vic Mathias Shores located at 900 West Riverside Drive. Proceeds raised from the run will benefit Austin Sunshine Camps.
What are three cool reasons to add the YMBL Sunshine Run to the weekend calendar?
To register for the YMBL Sunshine Run please visit...more
By Rob GIardnelli Photography by Tyler Schmitt
THE SCENE: The Hilton in Downtown Austin was the setting for The Andy Roddick Foundation Luncheon. Hundreds turned out to support one of Austin's most recognizable couples, Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker, who have a mission of providing quality after school and summer programs for at risk children.
THE VIBE: The Austin-chic crowd was wowed by a program that included several panels. This included a Kids Panel, led by Andy Roddick himself, that discussed how the Andy Roddick Foundation has positively impacted their lives.
THE CAUSE: Proceeds from the event benefitted The Andy Roddick Foundation, which provides after school and summer programs for at risk youth. Since 2000, the organization has raised over $20 million dollars to improve the lives of children.more
By Lance Avery Morgan
Casamigos Tequila, founded by actor George Clooney, restaurateur businessman Rande Gerber and real estate tycoon Mike Meldman, was a hit from the very beginning. Now, there’s a new iteration: Casamigos Mezcal. Here, ModXMan co-founder Lance Avery Morgan recently caught up with Gerbe to get the skinny on the new beverage.
First, let’s start with the facts: Casamigos Mezcal is made in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico. It’s artisanal and crafted from 100% Espadín agaves. The Joven Mezcal is produced in Oaxaca by a 4th generation family of Mezcaleros and the traditional production happens in small palenques or “meeting places”
So much has to happen for Casamigos Mezcal to be made using traditional methods. Once harvested, the piñas are split and laid to cook for 4-6 days in six-ton earthen pits lined with volcanic rocks heated by a slow burning oak wood fire. Then, the piñas are cooled for 24 hours before the crushing process begins. The agave is crushed, one ton at a time by a horse-drawn tahona wheel. Depending on the season the mezcal ferments for 2-8 days before...more
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Paul Bardagjy
As busy gals and guys on the go, we get that it can be tough to schedule some me time to recharge. Given how fast-paced life can be, we often forget we can get some well deserved rest and relaxation in our own backyard or in a nearby city. To avoid the stress and logistics of a trip out of town, may we suggest a staycation to rediscover why we love Texas in the first place?
Austin is lucky enough to have a gem right just off of downtown that allows for you to get away from it all without having to leave town. It is the series of locally owned establishments along the East 11th Street District. The area is anchored by the Austin-chic Hotel Eleven located about a mile east of the Texas Capitol at 1123 East 11th. The three story building is East Austin’s premier botique hotel featuring fourteen distinct and original rooms with a uniquely Austin flare. Each one perfectly capturing the essence of Texas’ capitol city in its own way.
We arrived Friday late morning, by a ride share, for an early check-in where we were warmly greeted by Hotel Eleven owner Shelly Leibham. We...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of The Goss-Michael Foundation
We’re excited that a new exhibition of works at The Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas, curated by international art advisor Filippo-Tattoni-Marcozzi, have been selected to expose, inspire, confront and reflect upon the use and abuse of the female body in contemporary art. The art has been chosen from the extensive works of The Goss-Michael Collection, one of the leading contemporary British art collections in the United States, which was founded by the late music icon George Michael and Kenny Goss in 2007.
Entitled “Beauty and Subjugation from The Goss-Michael Collection” - the show will open on Wednesday, April 11 and run through May 31 at The Goss-Michael Foundation, based in the Dallas Design District, 1305 Wycliff Avenue, Suite 120.
We all know that generations of artists have confronted themselves with the representation and/or interpretation of women. In fact, artists constantly aim at capturing women’s profound identities, being themselves or their muses, sitters or fantasies, they have constantly struggled to empower and establish women’s personal...more
By Jake Gaines Photography by Julieta Cervantes
It’s back by popular demand. The Book of Mormon, which played a record-breaking run in the past, returns to Austin on April 17-22, 2018 at Bass Concert Hall, presented by Broadway in Austin and we can’t wait.
Featuring a book, music and lyrics created by legendary creatives Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon musical sensation took the world by storm and won a slew of Tony Awards in its first run. Now is your chance to see it again, so don’t miss it. You may know Trey Parker and Matt Stone as creators of the outrageous animated TV show South Park, and Robert Lopez as the co-creator of the hit musical comedy Avenue Q. Casey Nicholaw choreographer, also worked on Monty Python’s Spamalot and The Drowsy Chaperone.
Guaranteed to be hilariously entertaining, and surely the subject of many conversations to come, The Book of Mormon is full of funny, touching, and surprisingly delicate moments.
Honored by a myriad of awards, The Book of Mormon is the winner of nine Tony...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Fashion X Austin
Most ten-year-olds don’t seem this grown up. This year marks the 10-year-anniversary of Austin Fashion Week’s runway collections, presented by Fashion X Austin, will be April 5 through April 7. You may know that Fashion X Austin's Fashion Week is the largest week of fashion events in Texas and the 4th largest fashion week in the United States. In honor of the anniversary, lifestyle expert and designer Katie Kime will be designing the runway with execution assistance from Caplan Miller...with the inspiration of florals. Along with the runway collections will be a gallery of designers as well.
The Fashion X Austin Week Style Setters is an honor given to Austin's most fashionable philanthropists, with a portion of proceeds going to the Style Setter's charity of choice. The 2018 Style Setters are Venus Strawn, whose ticket sales will benefit the Rise School of Austin and Kirstin Ross, whose ticket sales will benefit Dell Children's Medical Center.
Schedule Of Events Quick Look:
On April 5 is the BERNINA Fashion...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of The Gentleman Driver
The Gentleman Driver, a new 90-minute documentary, is an inside look into the lives of four extraordinary businessmen who moonlight as race car drivers at the highest levels of sports-car racing.
The drivers who are daring? Ed Brown (President /CEO Patron Spirits Inc.), Ricardo Gonzalez (Chairman of the Board – ASUCQ), Mike Guasch (CEO Molecule Labs) and Paul Dalla Lana (CEO NorthWest Value Partners Inc.) are the subjects of the action-packed film.
Outside the racing world people remain unaware of the gentlemen driver phenomenon having never been told a story like this before, we learned. Nope, you can’t buy your way into playing the Super Bowl or World Cup, but you can to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Inside this rarified racing world, gentlemen drivers face negative stereotypes, but these men challenge those with their dedication, passion and skill. Success seems to magically follow these guys.
To help demystify why this is so, The Gentleman Driver provides audiences with interviews of these experts in success, flow and...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Bacardi/Facundo Rum Collection
Want luxe spring entertaining? Today the Facundo Rum Collection, the luxury rum from the Bacardi family’s private reserves, launches an exclusive collaboration with Latin American artist Damian Aquiles. They’re unveiling ten one-of-a-kind luxury bar trays – each created as unique works of art. Art meets hospitality? Sign us up.
Marking his first exhibition in New York since 2004, Cuban artist Aquiles is collaborating with Facundo to celebrate the exciting and diverse world of Latin American art and culture that is inherent to the brand’s origin.
From the incredible liquid to the exquisite bottles – inspired by the brand’s Cuban heritage, as well as the Art Deco period of the 1930s, since its creation Facundo carried on the history of cultural appreciation intrinsic to the Bacardi and made its mission to ‘elevate rum to an art form.”
That’s why each of the Facundo rums is a masterpiece of its kind, born of 150-years of expertise in the art of rum-making but reinterpreted in a contemporary way, with the Maestro de Ron adding his own artistry to the process....more
By Sharon Schweitzer
Easter is this Sunday, and from egg hunts to Sunday brunch it’s a time when families and friends come together to celebrate a season of renewal and rebirth. Whether you are hosting an Easter get-together or have been invited into someone’s home, here are some tips from Sharon Schweitzer, an internationally renowned etiquette and modern manners expert, a bestselling author…and the founder of Access to Culture.
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Thames & Hudson
Whenever we are in a different city around the world, we hit the streets to absorb the vibe, as well as to see what locals are wearing that might influence our own style choices. So, when we recently received an advance copy of this definitive history of the world’s most influential clothing trend from the people who wore it best...and we can’t put it down. This Is Not Fashion: Streetwear Past, Present and Future (Thames & Hudson) by authors King ADZ and Wilma Stone. From a view to back in the day to seeing what the day after tomorrow night create, streetwear has never looked so cool.
It shows the story of how streetwear begins in 1972 in Jersey City, the birthplace of Trash and Vaudeville, the first-ever streetwear shop. It then moves on to the start of punk, which was a decisive influence on what is considered streetwear today, and then to Ivy League preppies, the hip-hop kings and queens of Harlem, the dresser/casual movement born out of British soccer culture, the skater scene of California, and the Paninari scooter-brats of Milan. It continues to evolve...more