Music that Moves
Planning a spring break getaway this month? Then you’ll definitely want to make room in your suitcase for the BeoPlay A2. Created by award-winning Danish designer Cecilie Manz, the portable flat speaker is the perfect way to get (and keep) the party going no matter where you are. Built as the world’s first omni-directional flat speaker, the BeoPlay A2 features Bluetooth capabilities that allow users to wirelessly stream their favorite tunes from any MP3 player or mobile device. The stylish speaker also comes with a rechargeable battery that has up to 24 hours of life, making it perfect for those long days spent by the pool or at the beach. The BeoPlay A2 is available in three colors (gray, green and black) and costs $399. To get more information or to purchase, visit www.beoplay.com.
Men’s Grooming Goes Downtown
18/8 Fine Men’s Salon is set to open this month in downtown Fort Worth. Based in Southern California, this full-service men’s grooming center has outposts across the country, including Dallas and Plano locations. The Cowtown location offers the entire range of custom grooming services, from haircuts and nail care to hot-lather straight-razor shaves, scalp treatments, facials and waxing, plus a range of styling products. There’s even the option to become an executive member, a status that offers perks such as complimentary cleanups. 150 Throckmorton St., Suite 116, Fort Worth, www.eighteeneight.com.
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Cool in the Kitchen
Just when it seemed everything in kitchen appliance design was trending toward retro, KitchenAid took a turn toward the future. The iconic American manufacturer has unveiled a dramatically designed major appliance collection that’s as fashion-forward as it is industrial-strength. The stylish new collection — which takes visual cues from the company’s best-known product, its ubiquitous stand mixer — includes refrigerators, ranges, ovens, warming drawers, dishwashers and more in an industry-first black stainless steel finish, described as having a “satiny luster, paired with a modern sleekness,” the company boasts. The new designs (also available in stainless steel, black and white) are bold and sophisticated but also warm enough to fit into a range of kitchen styles. Aside from design enhancements like handles etched with a crosshatch pattern for better grip and chrome inlaid frames, the major appliance collection incorporates a number of performance-enhancing features. These include a nine-in-one wash arm in four of its new dishwasher models; a perimeter ventilation system that pulls air from each edge of a range hood; and an “Even-Heat” True Convection fan that ensures the inside of the oven is heated to, and stays at, the ideal temperature. The collection has launched globally and will be available in the United States in April. Find out more about the products, and where they’ll be sold, at www.kitchenaid.com.
Marchesa at Macy’s
Designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa are renowned for red-carpet gowns inspired by romance, elegance and vintage-influenced detailing — just ask celebs like Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington and Heidi Klum — and their wedding gowns are similarly stunning. Now, the design duo is debuting a glittering line of fine jewelry to accent any special moment, from “I Do” to a simple “I love you.” The Marchesa Eternal Collection, created exclusively for Macy’s, includes earrings and pendants, along with wedding bands and engagement rings, all priced from $1,400 to upward of $28,000. Macy’s North East Mall, 1101 Melbourne Road, Hurst, 817-317-5300, www.macys.com.
New Season, New Designers
It’s an exciting time for fashion followers, with several important new brands arriving on the local style scene. This month, Fort Worth boutique Lane-Knight will bring in a selection of bags and ready-to-wear from Opening Ceremony, the ridiculously chic brand founded by creative visionaries Carol Lim and Humberto Leon (2959 Crockett St., 817-731-4002, www.laneknight.com). In Southlake, Malouf’s is now carrying Trina Turk Recreation, a sporty new line of activewear essentials from the popular Cali-based designer (190 State St., 817-416-7100; www.maloufs.com). And in Dallas, Nordstrom at NorthPark Center and online welcomes a new kids’ line from Margherita Missoni for babies — boys and girls — and girls up to size 7. Designed for everyday fun, the Missoni fashions were inspired by memories of the designer’s Milanese childhood and by her own son, Otto (8687 North Central Expressway, 214-231-3900; www.nordstrom.com).
The rapturous music of 19th-century Polish composer Frederic Chopin is beloved among pianists and piano fans alike. He is a fine fit, then, for the Cliburn Foundation’s inaugural composer-focused festival at the Kimbell Art Museum’s Renzo Piano Pavilion. The Cliburn Festival: The Works of Chopin on March 5-8 will offer five all-Chopin concerts by international pianists, most of whom excelled in one of the recent Van Cliburn international piano competitions. Cliburn president and CEO Jacques Marquis says Chopin was chosen because his compositions have such strong appeal for both listeners and players. “First of all, it is such beautiful music — just superb music,” says Marquis, who oversaw a similar festival in his native Canada before joining the Cliburn in 2013. “From the audience’s point of view, Chopin is very accessible, as compared to, say, composers like Liszt and Rachmaninoff. And every pianist has studied Chopin’s works and loves them.” The scheduled pianists include Mariangela Vacatello (Italy; 2009 Cliburn finalist, performing 7:30 p.m. March 5), Di Wu (China; 2009 Cliburn finalist, performing 7:30 p.m. March 7), Fei-Fei Dong (China; 2013 Cliburn finalist, performing 2 p.m. March 7), Tomoki Sakata (Japan; 2013 Cliburn finalist, performing 7:30 p.m. March 6), and Adam Golka (Fort Worth-based pianist and TCU alumnus, performing 2 p.m. March 8). The concerts will feature the artists performing solo works, as well as pairings with string players for chamber works and performances of both of Chopin’s piano concertos in reduced settings with a quintet. Tickets are $35; for more information, a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.cliburn.org or call 817-738-6536.
Spring in Bloom
Everything’s coming up roses — and daffodils, tulips, iris, hyacinths, pansies, violas and azaleas — this spring at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s annual Dallas Blooms floral extravaganza. A tradition 30 years strong, this year’s display — the largest floral festival in the Southwest — has a “Deep in the Hearts of Texans” theme and features more than 500,000 spring-blossoming bulbs, along with life-size topiaries representing symbols of the state (think longhorns, horses and a Texas star). It officially continues through April 12, but devoted fans know the Arboretum usually extends the event at least one more weekend. Even if you can’t make it to Dallas, you can take home a piece of the Arboretum through its just-launched Hoffman Family Gift Store e-commerce site, www.dallasarboretum.org/shop. At-home shoppers can browse, click and buy all their favorite garden-themed souvenirs, including the popular Afternoon Tea at the Arboretum cookbook ($20), a children’s watering can garden kit ($20), floral-motif jewelry ($18-$207) and apparel, books and garden tools. The Dallas Arboretum is open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $10-$15, and parking is $15 (discounts available). 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214-515-6615, www.dallasarboretum.org.
Sweet on Sheep
In honor of the Chinese Zodiac’s Year of the Sheep, what could be cuter than this planter to bring good fortune to your outdoor garden? A fluffy lamb, as a symbol, is regarded as an auspicious animal — representing the improving climate of the season and heralding a year of prosperity. Although some say it’s actually the Year of the Goat or Ram, Grandin Road jumps on the sweet-on-sheep bandwagon with two planters featured in its spring catalog. The standing model, waterproof but lightweight, holds 1-1 1/2 gallons of soil and has an 8 1/2-inch opening for plantings. The sitting sheep planter, featuring a 10-inch opening and holding slightly more than 2 gallons of soil, has a little more room for growth. Either style makes a cheerful statement outdoors or on a patio; $139 each. 866-668-5962, www.grandinroad.com.
Dig This Landscape Design Help
Marshall Grain Co., a Tarrant-area institution for more than 100 years, has gained legions of fans for its high-quality organic gardening supplies and pet care products. Now the company is expanding to include residential and commercial landscape design and build services, and has tapped an industry veteran to head its new efforts. Bruce Bates, a professional outdoor living specialist and horticulturalist with more than 35 years’ experience (his project résumé includes high-end residential and commercial landscapes in California’s Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, including the Carano-Ferrari Winery), will offer design advice in store or visit area homes for in-depth analysis and guidance. Customers can get complete landscape plans, including detailed drawings and photos of plants to be installed, to help visualize their home landscape design. Then Marshall Grain will work with local, independent landscape installers to implement the plans. On-site assessments start at $75. For more information, contact the Marshall Grain Fort Worth store (2224 E. Lancaster Ave., 817-536-5636) or Grapevine store (3525 William D. Tate, 817-416-6600) or visit www.marshallgrain.com.