Sit in Style
Recliners are shockingly ugly but insidiously comfortable. Even renaming them “motion furniture” did not make up for their similarity to a melted pile of marshmallows. Many are so ugly, you cannot justify having one until you are so old you are willing to forgo the embarrassment for the comfort. Natuzzi has saved you the disgrace with Re-vive, a performance recliner that is as sleek as it is stylish. This intuitive chair moves with you; there is no cumbersome lever action that slams you into the two unsatisfactory reclining positions, not-far-enough and too-far. Re-vive moves like you move and will even tilt a little left or more to the right — and this has nothing to do with your politics. There are three flex movements — twist, lumbar and recline — that all work at the same time to mimic your body dynamics. The ottoman will tilt to match the angles of your legs and feet. So lean back a little or a lot, twist left, or feel the armrests move to provide maximum support as the chair responds smoothly to your every twitch and turn. The Re-vive comes in three leathers, four metal base finishes, four stitching styles, two sizes (queen and king) and 10 color options. See the variety of choices at www.issuu.com/natuzzigroup. Available at Cantoni, 4800 Alpha Road, Dallas, 972-934-9191, www.cantoni.com.
State of Beauty
This month, museums across the state are featuring exhibitions designed to appeal to lovers of fashion, history, popular culture and design.
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“Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style” recently opened at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The exhibition explores the role of the first lady through the daywear, evening gowns and other official garments designed by the legendary New York-based designer for Laura Bush (above), Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan and other members of “first families.” Jenna Bush Hager’s wedding dress is even on display. Admission is $11-$17 during the exhibition, which runs through Oct. 5. 2943 SMU Blvd., Dallas, 214-200-4300, www.bushcenter.org.
“American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity” is an exhibition of more than 40 wedding gowns and ensembles created as early as 1840. The display, a collaboration between the University of North Texas’ Texas Fashion Collection and the Greater Denton Arts Council, is on view at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts in Denton until Oct. 24. It includes dresses by Texas designers Michael Faircloth, Winn Morton and Victor Costa, as well as 19th-century gowns from Steven Porterfield, owner of The Cat’s Meow vintage store in Midland and guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow. The exhibit is free. 400 E. Hickory St., Denton, 940-382-2787, www.dentonarts.com.
“Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces” can be appreciated by fans of fine jewelry at the Houston Museum of Natural Science through Oct. 5. This exhibition showcases 150 masterworks of gemstone artistry pulled from the famed Roman jeweler’s own archives and from private collections. They include pieces owned or worn by such luminaries as Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly and Julianne Moore, along with portraits, sketches and other archival materials. Exhibition tickets are $20-$25; museum admission is included. 555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, 713-639-4629, www.hmns.org.
“A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James” celebrates the American fashion legend, who recently has been the subject of an extensive show at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, through Sept. 7 at The Menil Collection in Houston. The exhibit centers on the late couturier’s relationship with Dominique de Menil, who along with such Old Hollywood stars as Gloria Swanson became important clients to the moody-yet-brilliant designer. De Menil and husband John commissioned couture, collected James’ sketches and even hired him to decorate their home. The exhibition includes gowns, suits and daywear from the de Menils’ personal collection, along with furniture and sketches that show James’ creative process. The exhibit is free. 1533 Sul Ross St., 713-525-9400, www.menil.org.
Good Friends, Great Performances
This year’s Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Great Performances Festival will be a celebration among friends. Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvorák, history says, became pals when the former — an accomplished but cantankerous German composer eight years older than Dvorák — helped secure financial backing for the obscure Czech composer in the mid 1870s. Brahms became his mentor and collaborator, and Dvorák never forgot his friend’s generosity. Festival patrons will reap the rewards of this friendship when some of the composers’ most beloved works are played in Bass Hall over three days, Aug. 22-24. Among the masterpieces will be Dvorák’s blockbuster Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” and Brahms’ grand Violin Concerto. Popular violinist Augustin Hadelich is the guest artist for the first and third concerts, and Irish mezzo-soprano Zandra McMaster makes her Fort Worth debut Aug. 23. For more information, festival passes ($36-$144) and single tickets ($16-$65), visit www.fwsymphony.org or call 817-665-6000.
Every time we use one of Eminence Organic Skin Care’s dreamy treatments, it’s a little gift to our skin. During the sweaty summer months, who among us doesn’t need to show our face some extra TLC? We’re loving Eminence’s new Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Masque, made with a healthy smoothie of leafy greens, avocado oil, citrus, rhubarb extract and vitamin C blend. The creamy gel (which smells like fresh-cut grass) firms and tightens almost instantly and helps protect against free radicals; $65. For skin that’s breakout prone and overly oily on hot days but has dry patches from too many anti-acne treatments, an aesthetician recently recommended Eminence’s Clear Skin Probiotic Masque. With cucumber listed as its first ingredient, it immediately cools and calms the skin; yogurt and shea butter nourish, and tea tree and kaolin clay help get the oil under control; $54. Find both at Facelogic Spa, 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 256, Fort Worth, 817-731-0500, www.facelogicspa.com.
The Ultimate Hair Care
Looking to treat your tresses to the ultimate at-home pampering product? Renowned international beauty brand Shu Uemura Art of Hair has just launched an exciting new hair-skin hybrid, Essence Absolue Body & Hair, a nourishing (and nongreasy) spray oil that blends camellia, sesame and almond oil and is designed to reduce visible signs of aging on hands and skin, strengthen nails and add a brilliant shine to hair — all with a delicate, floral fragrance; $68. Available at Posh Hair Studio, 16 Village Lane, Colleyville, 817-656-2400, www.posh-hairstudio.net and Avanté Salon & Day Spa, 3300 E. Broad St., Suite 150, Mansfield, 817-453-4247, www.avantespa.com.
Christofle, the silver service of France, has come out with an easier-to-care-for summer service of stainless steel barware. The porthole feature lends a nautical aesthetic, and the easy-care surface allows it to be used indoor or out. Oh de Christofle includes a wine bucket ($390), champagne cooler ($490), ice tongs ($155), trivet ($270), glass coasters ($195 for set of two), bottle opener ($140), fruit bowl ($570) and candlestick ($230). Christofle (www.christofle.com) is available at P.S. The Letter, 5136 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-731-2032, www.pstheletter.com; and Neiman Marcus Fort Worth, 2100 Green Oaks Road, 817-738-3581, www.neimanmarcus.com.
We Scream for This Book
For Father’s Day, one of our staffers gave her pop an ice cream maker and a copy of the newly released Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts, and dear ol’ Dad has spent the summer making sweet ice cream dreams. The cookbook, whose tagline is “Incomparable sundaes, parfaits, and other meltingly delicious ice-cream-centric desserts,” contains more than 100 recipes for all of those sweet treats and more, “tailor made for a scoop of ice cream,” the author writes. Think Bananas Foster, Sweet Empanadas and Stone-Ground-Grits Pudding Cake, which don’t quite seem complete without the a la mode topping. But also, think creative ice cream flavors like Cumin & Honey Butterscotch, Absinthe & Meringue, and Moonshine & Corn Syrup Custard with Pecans Ice Cream. Author Jeni Britton Bauer founded the famous Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams scoop shops, now with 15 locations around the country. Her first cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, earned a James Beard Award for Best Baking and Dessert Book of 2011. Clearly, this ice cream queen knows her subject matter well. Published by Artisan, $23.95; available at Barnes & Noble.
More Korshak to Love
Stanley Korshak is expanding, and as you’d expect for Dallas’ epicenter of chic, it’s going to be grand. Thanks to record sales, Stanley Korshak is adding 5,000 square feet of additional retail space, bringing its footprint in the Rosewood Crescent Hotel courtyard to 73,000 square feet (yes, that’s nearly the entire first floor). The first phase of expansion is now complete — the doubling of the bridal salon’s size — and doors recently opened on the stunning new space. Brides will delight in the new Vera Wang boutique, and for a totally custom experience, the salon welcomes a new in-house designer, the renowned local talent Nha Khanh. The Naeem Khan label has joined the already glittering bridal lineup of Jenny Packham, Liancarlo and more, and the boutique also has added a selection of gowns for mothers of the bride and groom. The Shak, Stanley’s stand-alone boutique specializing in contemporary lines like Helmut Lang and rag & bone, also got a major boost, moving to a new space and expanding both its square footage and its shoe, handbag and jewelry offerings. Next up: A Men’s Department makeover, with more space and the addition of exciting new brands like John Varvatos, Vince and Suitsupply, which marks the first ever shop-in-shop for the Dutch brand. 500 Crescent Court, Dallas, 214-871-3611 (bridal), 214-871-3641 (The Shak), www.stanleykorshak.com.
A New Way to Wash
Ready for a new way to care for your clothes? The Swash Express Clothing Care System from Whirlpool is like a dry cleaner, an iron and a steamer in one: It removes wrinkles, neutralizes odors, restores fit and helps to preserve fabric — all in 10 minutes, and all with minimal effort. Simply plug in the Swash to a standard outlet, hang your garment on the special Swash hanger and attach the “smoothing clips” if you’d like extra de-wrinkling. Insert a Swash pod (a special gentle formula developed by Tide), turn the knob to select the cycle, press start and let the magic begin. The ingenious machine works on most fabrics, from denim and wool to cotton and cashmere, and it’s even safe for sequins, beading and lace. Thanks to its streamlined design, it can easily be tucked into a closet or set alongside a bedroom wall. Swash comes in two neutral color combinations: white and cream and white and black, both with brushed chrome accents. $499; pods are $6.99 for 12. 866-333-4195, available this month at www.bloomingdales.com and in September at national retailers like Best Buy and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Southlake-based designer Heidy Henke, who specializes in sterling silver, gold and gem jewelry, will bring her handmade designs to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth on Sept. 5. The free trunk show takes place in The Modern Shop from 5 to 8 p.m. (during the museum’s monthly First Friday at The Modern event). For more information, call 817-738-9215 or visit www.themodern.org.
Mansfield artist Tanya Crippen has been making spirited shirts for Texas Rangers fans for close to four years, and one particular design has even become a favorite go-to for the players’ wives. Now, tucked in a corner display at Mamas & Dramas boutique, are her cuff bracelets made from real baseball skins. Even if the team is losing, the cuffs are a winning way to show some support for the team — and a local artist. $38, 2860 Farm Road 157, Suite 116, Mansfield, 682-518-1733, www.mamasdramasboutique.com.
Knobbies & Slicks, a shop for cycling enthusiasts of all skill levels, has moved from Colleyville to Keller Town Center. Owners Bud and Debbie Zarsk say they moved their bike store to Keller over the summer to take advantage of the easy access to paths, as well as to partner with the city to promote a biking culture. Offerings include bikes, assorted gear and parts, plus nutrition and camaraderie. Almost every day of the week, the shop hosts group rides for women, families, senior citizens and kids. 251 Town Center Lane, Suite 2101, Keller, 817-281-4957, www. knobbiesandslicks.com.
A Curvy Bride is now open in Dallas, catering to luxe-loving brides “street size” 16 and above. As it’s a division of StarDust Celebrations, shoppers will expect service at this full-service salon to be excellent, and the carefully curated selection to thrill with its fit, proportion and fabulousness. Gowns by such designers as Watters and Casablanca Couture begin at $1,800. By appointment at 2728 Routh St., Dallas, 972-388-5230, www.acurvybride.com.