A Modern Contemporary
This fall, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is mounting more than 60 monumental paintings by Kehinde Wiley. He had a Focus show at the Modern in April 2008. Now he is back, filling an entire floor of the museum. He continues to paint his portraits of young men in contemporary street fashion against historical backdrops or mimicking the pose of a famous sitter. Lately, he’s been including women. Wiley is blatantly reflecting on issues of race and class, while demeaning neither his sitter nor the historical model. In fact, by using contemporary figures, he illuminates the stagey heroics of the historical. The exhibit will also include new works in bronze and a structure filled with pieces that resemble stained glass. “Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic” will be on display Sept. 20 through Jan. 10 at the museum, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. Admission is $4-$10; 817-738-9215, www.themodern.org.
Dior and Much More
Fashion lovers, it’s time to get red-carpet ready. On Oct. 8, Indulge magazine hosts its first film screening, a special showing of Dior and I, the award-winning 2015 French documentary. Director Frédéric Tcheng and his crew follow minimalist Belgian designer Raf Simons as he assumes the role of creative director of the storied fashion house Christian Dior and works with the atelier’s talented artisans to create an entire couture collection in just eight weeks. The screening starts at 7 p.m. at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and includes a champagne reception for VIP ticket holders before showtime. For tickets ($15-$25) and more information, visit www.indulgedfw.com/DIOR.
Getting the Goods
W Durable Goods is on the move — expanding its space, expanding its capabilities, expanding its staff and expanding its reach to bring Fort Worth style to an even greater audience. Daniel Wright and his wife, Stephanie, founded the handmade leather goods company with the concept of a perfect, vintage-inspired duffel bag made from quality leather and repurposed material. They aced that design, and countless others, which they now sell in boutiques across the country and as far away as Japan. As demand has grown, the Wrights have had to ramp up. They recently hired two full-time employees, and this month, they’re relocating from their cozy Stockyards-area storefront-slash-workroom space to an amazing 4,000-square-foot facility in the West 7th area that will have room for manufacturing, retail and a multipurpose workshop for classes in skills like hand-lettering and leatherworking. In addition to their leather-goods line, which features products like dopp kits made from military surplus firefighter pants ($45) and waxed cotton backpacks ($290), the new space will carry a specially curated mix of merchandise, including reclaimed-wood wall decor, vintage cowboy hats, Red Wing boots, Woolrich blankets and T-shirts screen-printed with World War II-inspired designs. W Durable Goods, 901 Foch St., is expected to open by mid-month; visit www.wdurablegoods.com for more details.
Project (Local) Runway
Fashion X Dallas returns this September with three fabulous days of fashion events that promote independent and emerging designers locally and across the country. The event kicks off Sept. 10 and runs through Sept. 12 at FIG (1807 Ross Ave., Dallas) and includes runway shows and a pop-up shop stocked with more than 40 jewelry and accessories lines. Tickets range from $25 to $195. For tickets and more information, go to http://fashionxdallas.com/tickets.
A Stationery Move
At Byrd & Bleecker’s new location just off the Camp Bowie bricks, everything is bigger, better, more convenient and even more fabulous. The stylish stationery and gift shop is freshly stocked with additional engraved paper brands, and owner Libby Pettit Johnson says she’s now able to offer expanded printing services, with faster turnarounds and in-house capabilities for metallic and white printing on colored paper and envelopes. All the beautiful art and design books are back, along with a spate of new giftables like colorful hemstitched cocktail napkins and fun desktop accessories. Business hours will be split between open-door and appointment-only, Johnson says, to accommodate walk-in shoppers while still providing the high level of personal attention that has made Byrd & Bleecker so beloved. Check the website for the most current information. 2070 Kenley St., Fort Worth, 817-989-1500. www.byrdandbleecker.com.
A New Series of Style
The House of Herrera has launched Carolina Herrera Confidential, an exclusive collection of six fragrances created by design legend Carolina Herrera and her daughter, Carolina Herrera de Báez. The fragrances, available at Carolina Herrera boutiques in only three U.S. cities, including Dallas, were formulated for both men and women and pay homage to places and memories of importance in the private lives of the Herreras. They include carefree days spent in the verdant gardens of the family’s Venezuelan estate, captured in Neroli Boheme’s blend of jasmine sambac, neroli and musk. Or a daughter’s memory of her mother’s signature scent, reflected in Herrera Tuberose. The brilliantly colored crystal bottles were inspired by vintage inkwells — considered symbols of creativity — and each bears the distinctive crest of the collection. $240, 31 Highland Park Village, Dallas, 214-219-6060. www.carolinaherrera.com.
The Office of Angela Scott recently moved from Dallas to Los Angeles, and now the menswear-inspired indie shoe label is headed across the pond to London as part of an EKOCYCLE shop-in-shop in the legendary Harrods department store. The EKOCYCLE lifestyle brand is a collaboration between musician will.i.am and the Coca-Cola Co. to promote stylish products made using recycled materials. The Harrods shop features four styles of cap-toed oxfords, including two for men (from The Office of Mister Scott), all featuring uppers made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials. Even the presentation bag is made entirely of recycled materials. Additional EKOCYCLE collaborations include tote bags from MCM and Adidas, suitcases from Globe-Trotter and ties and scarves from H Brothers. The Office of Angela Scott shoes begin at 320 euros (about $350). Find these items and more at www.Harrods.com/brand/ekocycle.
Modern Classics for Trendy Tots
New parents know that the hottest waiting list in town isn’t for a spot in kindergarten or summer camp; it’s for The Proper Peony baby clothes at Babies on the Boulevard. The Dallas-based line, launched in 2013 by sisters Annie Cochran and Page Wick, has become one of the chic baby boutique’s fastest sellers, says owner Lauren Von Kerens. “We have been shipping all over the country, and my phone rings off the hook,” she says, noting that more than half of the fall/winter merchandise that recently arrived in the store was already spoken-for by midsummer. So what makes The Proper Peony so popular? Von Kerens says it’s a mix of style and quality. “It’s really beautiful and really traditional,” she says. Indeed the inspiration for the line came from sweet, classic vintage kids’ clothing styles that featured hand-smocked and hand-embroidered detailing. Cochran and Wick blended these artisanal, hand-sewn details with modern colors and cuts, and a company was born. “The quality is wonderful,” Von Kerens adds, “and many styles can be monogrammed, which is a huge draw.” The line includes diaper covers, dresses, bubbles for boys and girls, and jon jons, all ranging in price from $32 to $80. Bestsellers at Babies on the Boulevard are the purple gingham bubbles — perfect for future Horned Frogs, Von Kerens says — along with precious pieces embroidered with holiday designs. Babies on the Boulevard, 6323 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 145, Fort Worth, 817-737-7171. www.babiesontheboulevard.com.
An Earful of Fabulous
Is “Ear Party” the new “Arm Party”? Elizabeth Savetsky thinks so. The Fort Worth native is a fixture on the New York fashion scene — she manages social media for a leading showroom, runs her own popular blog, ExcessoriesExpert.com, and is frequently photographed for street-style editorials (most recently, People StyleWatch). Now, she adds jewelry designer to her chic CV with a capsule collection of earrings she has created for Meira T that is designed to be mixed to match any mood or inspiration. Savetsky admits she once reached only for oversized statement pieces, but starring in the brand’s video look book showed her that well-designed fine jewelry can be both exquisite and edgy. Savetsky’s collection includes three-diamond pavé studs — a star, a moon and a lightning bolt — and two ear crawlers that extend across the lobe with delicate chain fringe. Savetsky says it was important to her that the pieces were made with gold and diamonds, “so that they would be of the highest quality and stand the test of time.” And including statement studs in the collection, she says, allows the wearer to integrate the pieces into her life because they can be worn for any occasion, from special events to Target runs. Working with the Meira T team was “an amazing experience every step of the way,” she says, and something she hopes to do again soon. “I have so many ideas,” she says, “but first and foremost, I am so excited to see how beautiful women in the world take to this collection.” Pieces range from $168 to $420; find them at www.excessoriesexpert.com/shop.
Sophia’s Gowns, a new bridal boutique in Keller, will offer inspiration to local brides-to-be. Owner Gail Jackson, who has operated an online bridal accessories business for several years, aims to make Sophia’s the area’s source for unique, high-end and affordable bridal gowns and special-occasion dresses. Crystal chandeliers and old Hollywood-styled decor set the tone in a 2,400-square-foot space with special touches like a staging area placed by large windows to allow the customer to see how her delicate gown looks in natural light. Jackson is particularly proud to be DFW’s exclusive retailer for the 2015 collection from up-and-coming Dallas-based designers Andre Yabin and Luis Nazario of Binzario Couture. She also showcases her own line of private-label gowns and custom accessories. The boutique offers samples from collections like Sincerity by Justin Alexander, Jade Couture, Allure, Casablanca, Jasmine, Oleg Cassini, Demetrios and Ursula of Switzerland, plus sheaths for destination weddings, little black dresses and beaded gown designs from the 1940s and ’50s. Jackson also sells dresses on consignment, plus extras like Jimmy Crystal New York jewelry and handbags made with Swarovski crystals. 1000 S. Main St., Keller, 817-741-1616, www.sophiasgowns.com.
Laura Mercier recognizes National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month with the limited-edition “Reflections of Hope” purse mirror ($25). Created to raise awareness and funding for research and education on this deadly disease, 100 percent of the proceeds from each sale is donated to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. For more information about the fund, visit www.lmocf.org. Find the mirror at Nordstrom North East Mall, 1101 Melbourne Road, Suite 4000, Hurst, 817-590-2599. www.nordstrom.com.
Expressions Home Gallery opened its Southlake showroom in August, marking the arrival of the store’s third Metroplex location — and the fourth in the nation. Mirroring the store template and offerings of Expressions’ Dallas headquarters, the Southlake store is smaller than the Fort Worth location but has added lighting to its inventory. The Southlake store spans 15,000 square feet, 12,000 of which is retail space, featuring interactive displays like working ovens and plumbed faucets. 325 Commerce St., Southlake, 682-651-4000, www.ExpressionsHomeGallery.com.
Jay Strongwater will be making a personal appearance at Neiman Marcus Fort Worth from 1 to 4 p.m., Sept. 10. It is the first stop on the renowned artisan’s nationwide tour to celebrate 20 years of creating “jewelry for the home,” where he will be personally presenting a special anniversary collection of seven designs, five of which are limited to just 20 pieces, that range from a scarlet enameled ornament on a stand ($395) to a spectacular bejeweled peacock ($28,000). Neiman Marcus Fort Worth, 2100 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth, 817-738-3581. www.neimanmarcus.com.
The Omni Fort Worth Hotel is offering an inaugural “Broadway at the Bass Package” designed to treat theater patrons to a luxurious weekend downtown. Hotel guests planning to attend any of shows in Bass Hall’s Broadway series this season — including the upcoming tours of hits Kinky Boots and The Book of Mormon — can enjoy a pre-theater dinner at Cast Iron in the Omni, transportation to and from the hall, luxurious room accommodations with a “theater-inspired” turndown amenity and breakfast. The package starts at $309 per night for two adults and does not include show tickets. 1300 Houston St., Fort Worth, 817-535-6664, www.omnihotels.com.
Duff’s Fine Jewelry, as one of Northeast Tarrant County’s destinations for fine jewelry, is adding a Keller location to its Flower Mound home store. At more than 4,000 square feet, the second store in Old Town Keller will be larger. Current projections point to an October or November opening. 136 N. Main St., 972-899-4367, www.duffsjewelry.com.