SMU Style

Fashion Insider: Twelfth Street Trunk Show

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on February 26, 2010

Swing by The Shak at Stanley Korshak today for a Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Trunk Show. Sort through 20 different styles from the Spring 2010 collection with full size runs of each.


Fashion Insider: Shirin Askari Runway Show

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on February 25, 2010

“Project Runway” veteran and Dallas native Shirin Askari will be debuting her first collection Friday night. The fashion designer, who moonlighted as a reality television star on the show’s sixth season, will present her Fall 2010 women’s clothing and accessory line, featuring her signature a-line dresses and bold headbands. The models will hit the runway at 8 p.m. in downtown Dallas at the South Side on Lamar. The tickets, which range from a $50 VIP ticket to a $15 student ticket, can be purchased online or at the door. For more information visit

The dress to the left is by Shirin Askari and retails for $325.

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on February 25, 2010

Fête Set: The Pin Show

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on February 25, 2010

It might not be the size and scale of New York Fashion Week, but the Pin Show is a stilettoed step in the right direction for Dallas. The third annual independent runway event will feature 30 local fashion designers and work from Dallas design students. After the runway presentation, view the details of the designs on the models and watch live photo shoots take place on styled sets. General admission tickets are $12 and VIP tickets are $40. The Pin Show will be held at Wolfgang Puck’s renovated Union Station at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. For more information visit

Fête Set: V.O.D. and Sea of Shoes Party

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on February 25, 2010

Dallas teen turned celebrity blogger Jane Aldridge of, and her former fashion designer mom Judy Aldridge of are bringing their distinct style to V.O.D. Thursday night. Stop by the Victory Park shop from 6 to 9 p.m. and browse the duo’s personal collection of vintage jewelry and accessories. The carefully edited collection from the fashion savvy mother-daughter team includes 70s and 80s baubles from the likes of Christopher Ross, Kenneth Jay Lane, Polcini and Lucien Piccard.

Fête Set: Vogue and Ports 1961 Event

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on February 25, 2010

Mix and mingle with Tia Cibani, the designer of women’s ready-to-wear line Ports 1961, Thursday evening at Nordstrom Galleria Dallas. The event co-hosted by Vogue will feature a trunk show with pieces from the Ports 1961 Spring 2010 collection. Cibani is the driving force behind the minimalist neutral creations favored by celebrities like Sienna Miller. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the second floor. RSVP: 866-689-2106

Fête Set: Dallas Modern Lux Editor Talks

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on February 17, 2010

*I went to the event and really enjoyed everything Stacy had to contribute to the eager to learn Fashionista 2 (the student sector of The Fashionistas Organization) crowd. She gave us a behind the scenes visual of how Dallas Modern Luxury comes together each month from working on next month’s best dressed men in Dallas issue, to juggling the local party circuit and even digging flowers straight from the ground in desperation for a photo shoot. Her big break before Modern Lux: Stacy was editor-in-chief of a magazine solely for the shoe obsessed! I wish it was still on stands because I would definitely be a fan!

Fête Set: SMU Retail Club at Stanley Korshak

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on February 9, 2010

Fête Set: Fashionistas + NBA All-Star Weekend

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on February 9, 2010

Art Smart: Dallas Art Fair

Posted in Art Smart by SMUstyle on February 8, 2010

I had the pleasure of attending the Dallas Art Fair this weekend and snapped some pics of my favorite artwork. I’m not an art expert by any means, but can appreciate beauty and creativity.
The Andy Warhol had a piece at the fair in the PanAmerican Gallery. You could purchase “Perrier Bottles” for a cool $250,000 (aka 6 years at SMU).
This image “Empire” shot by Matthew Porter in 2010 caught by eye in Dallas’ Marty Walker Gallery. The photographer teaches at the American Center for Photography in NYC and that image was shot in Brooklyn.

William Campbell Contemporary Art out of Fort Worth had this fascinating piece by John Holt Smith called “Sequence #3.” The artist retrieved this image first by taking a picture of a field of poppies. Then he stretched and zoomed the image time after time until he was enraptured with this particular color sequence, which he then replicated with acrylic enamel on an aluminum canvas.
This acrylic on canvas painting from Dallas gallery Dunn & Brown Contemporary was a mesmerizing optical illusion with a 3-D effect on the eyes. “Spectrum #12” by Susie Rosmarin.
Former Texan, now New Yorker Rachel Hovnanian captured the stereotypes and conceptions of beauty with a sense of humor and seriousness. Her exhibit “The Power and Burden of Beauty” made the trip down to Texas to be viewed by her toughest critics.
This foam pink thing as I referred to it all weekend is a sculpture by Tony Feher from the D’Amelio Terras Gallery. Its proper name is “Blossom” and it is made out of extruded polyestyrene you can find at a hardware store like Home Depot for building materials. Its simple, unexpected and just makes you smile. Can you imagine having it just chilling in your living room?

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