Friday, September 22

Art that Inspires

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Prepare for a deluge of #KusamaPumpkins and #SeentheFuture hashtags—both tied to major openings at Dallas art museums this weekend.

The Dallas Museum of Art pulls back the curtain on Yayoi Kusama: All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkin. The installation, a mirrored chamber filled with Kusami’s iconic polka-dot-covered yellow gourds, allows visitors to step inside for a full immersion. As measure of the Japanese artist’s popularity—and the room’s selfie potential—timed tickets are required for visitors and DMA members alike. Details at kusama.dma.org.

Kusama’s polka-dot fixation is echoed in David McDermott and Peter McGough obsession with time. The artists’ career-spanning retrospective McDermott & McGough: I’ve Seen the Future and I’m Not Going opens Friday at Dallas Contemporary. The title takes its name from a McDermott maxim, and hints at the duo’s decades-long “time experiment”—dressing as Victorian dandies, employing 19th century photographic techniques for elaborate self-portraits, living in an East Village townhouse lit only by candles, heated only by wood fire. Another defining theme, queer identity and liberation, lends a pointedly contemporary note to the duo’s painting, sculpture and photography. Info at dallascontemporary.org

Monday, September 18

HIGH IMPACT

FOUR NEW MASKS TO POWER UP YOUR SKIN GAME

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Few products offer more immediate improvement than an excellent mask. Like a mini spa trip, a mask can hydrate, lift, and brighten—all in a matter of minutes, not weeks. Here are four new favorites chosen by our Beauty Buyer, Grace Davis Damrill.

ANTIAGING: Nannette de Gaspé Youth Revealed Masque

There are standard sheet masks, and then there are those by Nannette de Gaspé, which take the concept to a whole new level. The dry-to-the-touch “techstile” material holds active ingredients that release into skin when gently massaged, allowing a single mask to be used up to three times. The potent formulas are comprised of 87% active ingredients and emollients that penetrate skin to hydrate and reduce wrinkles. The Youth Revealed Collection includes masks targeting face, neck, eyes, mouth, and hands—ranging from $85-$120 each. $420 for a coffret of all five.

BRIGHTENING: Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask

With AHAs derived from seven different fruits, this creamy, purple-hued mask brightens and smooths by gently exfoliating and increasing cell turnover. The formula also contains Vitamin C in two forms: water-soluble to impart immediate glow, and oil-soluble to sink in and protect skin from free radicals and UV damage. A super antioxidant Japanese beautyberry and Tatcha’s signature antiaging trio—green tea, rice, and algae—round out the power ingredients to restore youthful glow. $68.

HYDRATING: Derm Institute Antioxidant Hydration Gel Mask

Pre-portioned and individually packaged, this rinse-less mask uses nano-gold technology to help active ingredients sink deeper into skin’s layers. That means the brand’s exclusive Moisture Complex with soothing aloe, antiaging mushrooms, and antioxidant tea leaves works even harder. Ideal for sensitive skin, the gel mask helps calm irritations, reduce redness, and add an extra dose of moisture to stressed complexions. The packaging is a natural for travel, too. $120, box of 20.

ENERGIZING: 111Skin CO2 Crystallizing Energy Mask

You may feel a little like a lab scientist when preparing the latest innovation from London-based 111Skin. The formula arrives in two parts: treatment mask and activating gel. Mix in the provided kit, spread on clean skin, and wait 40 minutes while the cream crystalizes into a protective layer that allows the product to work underneath. As CO2 is released, skin produces an influx of oxygen to remedy the imbalance, and in turn, boosts production of collagen and elastin. $200, box of 5 treatments.

 

Sparkle Plenty

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Top: Ashley Longshore

Above: Chance Wick & Sarah May | Zephyr Gin | Alison Kirkpatrick & Laura Black

Stellar crowd. Commendable cause. Guest of honor with a personality huge enough to dwarf Big Tex. What else—apart from copious cocktails, bites and DJ—does a great party need? If you attended Art for Advocacy at FFT’s For Home store on McKinney Avenue last Thursday night, you already know the answer: Not one thing.

The evening’s mission was raising funds for Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, a 26-year-old nonprofit that serves abused and traumatized children throughout Dallas County. But it was impossible to feel somber surrounded by so much visual joy. That came courtesy of New Orleans-based artist Ashley Longshore, a pop-culture magpie as flamboyant (and unfiltered) as her work. The tsunami of color, sparkle and provocation took over much of the store, from tables laden with acrylic trays, prayer candles, cocktail glasses and beaded bags, to a show-stopping gallery of massive, maximalist paintings. Sample message:  WORK HARD. EAT CARBS. SPEND MONEY. Amen, sister.

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Wednesday, September 13

A Perfect 10

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Pictured above: Doniphan Moore, Michelle Nussbaumer and Michael Thomas

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The style stars of Dallas were especially bright last Thursday, twinkling over four floors of Forty Five Ten’s Main Street flagship to toast the city’s 10 Most Stylish of 2017. Most of the ten honorees—debated and determined with remarkably little disagreement by teams from D magazine and Forty Five Ten—were in attendance, along with roughly 300 friends, family, colleagues and past (and no doubt future) honorees. It was difficult to say whether there was more Gucci on the racks or on the crowd.

The store was transformed into a temporary gallery, with photographer Elizabeth Lavin’s portraits of the honorees showcased on easels throughout the second and third floors. Next to each stood a mannequin styled in homage. As in the portraits, white shirts from the Forty Five Ten fall edit served as the only common denominator among the vastly different expressions of fashion individuality.

Honoree Michelle Nussbaumer and Forty Five Ten Home Creative Director Rob Dailey sipped bubbly next to the portrait of Nussbaumer wearing ruffled white Tome NYC, a vintage skirt and several pounds of bohemian jewelry. Tom Ford-clad Patrick Tichacek greeted well-wishers in the men’s department. Sisters Jan Barbologio and Christina Barboglio Lynch came out to celebrate Lynch’s daughter, Mi Golondrina founder Cristina Lynch. Also fielding congratulations were Clan of Cro designer Kendall Eckerd Falcon, Dallas Contemporary senior curator Justine Ludwig, Fred Holston of Kim Dawson Agency, Jonathan Merla of Forty Five Ten and bloggers Natalie and Sarah Knowlton of We the Birds.

More notables in the crowd: D Magazine Partners president Christine Allison; Kim Dawson Agency owner Lisa Dawson and husband, writer Tom Maurstad; Tony Longoria and Michelle Kohanzo of Todd Oldham Studio; artist Blake Wright; 1814 Magazine editor Michael Thomas; interior designer Doniphan Moore; and entrepreneur (and Bachelor-franchise success story) Catherine Giudici Lowe. —Rosie Roberson

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Jonathan Merla | Rowan Abusad and Kendall Falcon

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Rowan Abusad, Sydney Pulford, Caleb Smith, Jenna Coalter and Ryan Foster

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Tony Longoria and Michelle Kohanzo  | Patrick Tichacek  | Becky Bruder and Justine Ludwig

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Stevie Moore and Robert Maxwell | Cristina B. Lynch, Cristina Lynch, Harry Lynch & Jan Barboglio | Blake Wright and Fred Holston

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Joel Baldazo and Rob Dailey | Karla McKinley | Julian Machann and Ruben Burgess

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Christine Allison and Jan Barboglio | Laree Hulshoff, Casey Bunch and Jo Marie Lilly  | Diamond Mahone and Linda Ewing

Thursday, September 7

The 10 Most Stylish People in Dallas 2017

Superlative lists are always subjective—and subject to fervent discussion. But when the D and Forty Five Ten teams sat down to determine this year’s list of the city’s 10 Most Stylish, consensus came in record time. The 2017 group is as cool as it gets.

A few honorees are celebrated for their style far beyond Texas or even national borders. Others are little known outside their own circles of colleagues and friends. The one quality each exhibits in spades: an entirely singular point of view when it comes to getting dressed. To illustrate, we asked each honoree to choose a white shirt from the fall selection at Forty Five Ten, then dress around it using pieces from his or her own wardrobe. The portrait gallery photographed by Elizabeth Lavin shows the results.

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ERYKAH BADU, musician | Erdem bow blouse, $925

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LEON BRIDGES, musician | Sacai zig-zag shirt, $615

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KENDALL ECKERD FALCON, creative director, Clan of Cro | 3.1 Phillip Lim gathered-front blouse, $395

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FRED HOLSTON, new faces & development, Kim Dawson Agency | Givenchy star-detail shirt, $685

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NATALIE & SARAH KNOWLTON, bloggers, We The Birds | On Natalie, Sacai layered-pleat shirt, $465 On Sarah, Palmer Harding asymmetrical long shirt, $465

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JUSTINE LUDWIG, senior curator, Dallas Contemporary | Delpozo tulip-sleeve blouse, $790

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CRISTINA LYNCH, founder, Mi Golondrina | Dice Kayek puff-sleeve top, $1035

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JONATHAN MERLA, stylist | Comme des Garcons Shirt double shirt, $480

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MICHELLE NUSSBAUMER, interior designer | Tome ruffle blouse, $595

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PATRICK TICHACEK, sales associate, Neiman Marcus NorthPark | Berluti dress shirt, $530

VIDEOS, INTERVIEWS & MORE

Wednesday, September 6

The Making of Free To Be

Who: Taylor Tomasi Hill, Nick Wooster, Photographer Maxine Helfman, and the Forty Five Ten creative team

Where: Tehuacana, Texas (population – 283)

Home Base: Louisiana Hall, built in 1906 as a Women’s Dorm for Westminster College

Why: The Fall 2017 Campaign Shoot

Average Temperature: 101°F

Women’s Fashion Director Taylor Tomasi Hill prepares the looks for day one in Tehuacana.

Nick Wooster preps model Chad Rohde (Kim Dawson Agency) for the first shot of the day.

Taylor Tomasi Hill styles a Frame look on location in Tehuacana.

Model Julia Banas (The Society Management) tries to stay cool in Leal Daccarett before the next shot.

Attico and Gucci wait to be called into action.

Nick Wooster and Taylor Tomasi Hill review film in the midst of mosquitos and poison ivy.

A Tehuacana local attempts to perform a citizen’s arrest on model Jace (Wallflower Management) in Calvin Klein.

Vegan supermodel Julia Banas preps for an afternoon of shooting with a mountain of kale.

Nick Wooster styling on set.

Model Jace balances in a gown by Khaite.

Videographer Will ___ films and ethereal Julia Banas in ___ and Natasha Zinko.

Videographer Will Graham films an ethereal Julia Banas, wearing Sara Battaglia and Natasha Zinko.

Slipper-clad models in Calvin Klein lounge on the porch of Louisiana Hall.

Crystal-encrusted Saint Laurent stops traffic in Tehuacana’s town square.

¿Quien Es Mas Macho? Nick Wooster and Chad Rohde, in Nick Fouquet and Berluti.

Shut The Front Door: Taylor Tomasi Hill and Julia Banas, in Dries Van Noten and Attico.

Friday, August 25

Le Labo City Exclusive Fragrances

 

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Perhaps it was the scent of leather and vetiver in Dubai or vanilla and bergamot in Paris. You found the perfect fragrance that captured a moment and embodied a city, imprinting on your memory like an olfactive postcard. And then it was gone.

Le Labo created its exclusive city collection to celebrate some of its most loved cities. Each fragrance captures the spirit and personality of its home city—and is only available for purchase there. That’s right. No online or phone orders, no international shipping, no clandestine shipments. If you want Poivre 23, you best to book a flight to London. That is, until now.

Once a year, Le Labo allows the city exclusives out of their home bases—a traveling fragrance caravan of sorts. For the month of September, you’ll find all 11 city scents at Forty Five Ten, including the new Mousse De Chene 30, a mossy patchouli tribute to Amsterdam. This September also marks the return of Dallas’ Aldehyde 44. (Le Labo has received lots of inquiries about this particular floral composition, with customers who’ve reportedly added Dallas to their list of weekend vacation spots, just to pick up a bottle.

Head to fortyfiveten.com/events for details.

book a tour with one of our rare beauty experts rarebeauty@fortyfiveten.com

 

Friday, August 11

Save the date – Ashley Longshore Pop-Up Gallery

 

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If you don’t know Ashley Longshore, prepare to be bowled over—by color, by sparkle, by gale-force personality. The bawdy, pop-culture-obsessed artist has a body of work as wide as her fan base, which ranges from celebrity collectors Blake Lively, Eli Manning, and Penelope Cruz to the 70,000 followers of her joyfully profane Instagram account @ashleylongshoreart. Our pop-up installations in Dallas and Houston will include paintings (Jesus wears Gucci), sculpture (a side-table-sized champagne cork), prayer candles (one for Anna Wintour), Lucite trays, highball glasses, napkins, porcelain plates, beaded pouches and anything else she can think of to splash with color and pop-culture references.

Read on for her one-on-one interview with Michelle Padgett, Take Ten contributor and editor of the Joule publication 1530 Main.

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Meet Ashley Longshore, the pop artist with a sailor’s mouth, a taste for the high life—Veuve, diamonds, Vuitton, et al.—and an upcoming pop-up shop at For Home Forty Five Ten. We chatted with the New Orleans-based painter at Mirador over a bit of bubbly, naturally.

You grew up in the South, went to an all-girl boarding school, studied theater…you could’ve become a very different person.

Damn right. So could you. So could anybody. I was raised in Montgomery, Alabama to be a trophy wife and join Junior League. I mean, my mom did French hand-sewing. I literally had my initials monogrammed on my underwear until I hit puberty. And I decided I don’t fucking like this. 

Your first gallery show was in Montana, where you attended college. How’d you end up all the way out there?

I needed to get of the South. I’ve always craved what’s different. As an artist, it’s my job to put myself in uncomfortable situations. I love to go to Europe for a month and paint—that ain’t easy. I have to buy paint and canvases, and I don’t speak French, man. But those are the experiences that push me.

You went for a degree in English, but ended up painting instead.

I’ve had creative interests since I was a child, but the day I picked up a brush, I lost myself. I saw a lot of famous male artists making millions and I thought, why can’t I?

Indeed. You’ve hit some million-dollar milestones, written a book, and scored some great press mentions along the way. Was there a particular moment when you thought, “Ok, I’ve made it.” 

When the bank gave me money to buy my house. Like, I have a termite bond—seriously grown-up.

You recently posted a video celebrating the freedom of being an American woman. Was that in response to those rights being threatened?

I’ve learned that no matter what energy is around you, if you’re smart, you’ll take it and thrust it back into something that’s positive. When you’re brave enough to put yourself out there, especially as an artist, people may judge you, buy your stuff, or poke fun at you. What’s important is that you love yourself. If I love me and my life, it doesn’t matter who the president is or how much money is in my bank account. Isn’t that the essence of being free? If you tell me all the reasons why I can’t do something, I’ll tell you all the reasons I can. If I’m in that mindset, I can tap into all the opportunities I have as an American woman and an entrepreneur.

How did the pop-up at For Home come about?

I had done a big packaging collab with Clé de Peau Beauté that included press tours in Shanghai and Tokyo. They’d never done a trunk show with one of their artists in the U.S., so we headed to Dallas. I went to Forty Five Ten and bought that big, red, heart-shaped Saint Laurent fur coat. Brian [Bolke, president of Forty Five Ten] said he just had to meet who bought that piece.

You hit it off?

As a consumer, I’m starved for boutique experiences. That’s how I set up my own company. I don’t work with galleries. I work one-on-one with clients. When Brian approached me, it was like perfect synergy. I mean, at Forty Five Ten I feel like I’m at Dover Street Market in Japan. Plus, Brian’s clients are amazing.

You’re bringing a ton of things into the store: art pieces, plates, trays…

And the gemstone rugs, which are brand new! Aside from my own studio in New Orleans, Forty Five Ten will be the first place to see them. The store will also be the first place to see my sculptures: a four-foot-tall champagne cork, huge chairs stuffed with shredded money, a massive tube of lipstick…  Everything will be limited-edition and hand-signed. Every piece is art.

And it’s all very you.

I love being surrounded by color, sparkle, and things I can play with. It’s funny to see how many people feel the same damn way. My studio is packed with visitors taking photos who don’t want to leave because they’re so happy. My world is a world of honesty, enthusiasm, and glitter—and that’s what I want to bring to Dallas.

Your work glorifies excess and wealth, but is it also a criticism?

Well, shit yeah. But this is America. This is where anything can happen. If you want a Bentley, work hard and get a Bentley. I like to have fun! I love grandeur! Drama, drama, drama! But let me tell you, that’s not where my joy is. My joy is being able to take all my best friends to dinner and have all the Champagne and food on the table. I love these incredible moments where we’re laughing our asses off, playing hide-and-seek in a hotel suite, putting on spa robes and streaking the lobby of the Four Seasons… Those moments make me happy. The money doesn’t define me. And you know why? Because I’ve been broke as shit. I’ve painted in the dark and know what it’s like to have nothing.

Your plate is really full. Are you ever stressed?

You’re damn right I’m fucking stressed. But I love that. It’s a catalyst for me. I take all that energy and turn it into action. In the world, you can be a peacock, a sparrow, a pussycat, a lioness—whatever you are, you’re going to do what you can to survive.

What are you?

I’m a lioness. I go after things. When I want something, I manifest the shit out of it to make it happen.

If you thrive off stress, does that mean you’re a daredevil?

Hell no. This arm is my money-maker. I’m scared to even put more jewelry on this arm. Though I might risk more.

 

You’re going to get tendonitis from all the jewels.

I welcome it.

The Details Longshore returns to Dallas September 15 for the opening of her pop-up shop at For Home Forty Five Ten, 4510 McKinney Avenue. 

Head to fortyfiveten.com/events for details.

If you’re down, please respond to rsvp@fortyfiveten.com

 

Meet me at Copper Bar

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We’re not suggesting you shouldn’t celebrate your latest shopping score with a glass of Veuve, Moët or Dom. We’re just giving you more options. Copper Bar at Forty Five Ten on Main unveils its expanded menu this week, adding seasonal light bites (a mini quiche, cauliflower-crust flatbread) to the selection of pastries, cookies and other mood-boosting treats.  One notable newcomer: Cindy’s Margarita, a pour of Casa Dragones tequila, fresh lime and agave nectar named for creator Cindy Rachofsky.

Monday, July 31

Forty Five Ten arrives in Napa Valley

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Tequila toasts in Napa Valley? Only if the tequila is Casa Dragones Joven, and the toaster is Brian Bolke, raising a glass to the first Forty Five Ten outside of Texas. The 865-square-foot store, unveiled July 27 at a VIP preview party co-hosted by designer and event planner Ken Fulk, interior designer Jay Jeffers and arts patron Cindy Rachofsky, is housed in a cottage-like brick building just steps from Chef Thomas Keller’s famed Yountville restaurants, Bouchon, The French Laundry and Ad Hoc. A post-party dinner in the barn of the Rachofsky’s summer home was catered by Ad Hoc.

Among the evening’s prominent guests: Chef Keller, Vintner’s Daughter founder April Gargiulo, fashion designer Adam Lippes, and Heretic Parfums founder Douglas Little, Paul Pelosi and Alexis Swanson Traina. Ten percent of the evening’s sales benefitted Bay Area Legal Aid, which provides free bilingual legal assistance to seniors, immigrants and low-income residents of the Bay Area.

Forty Five Ten Napa Valley, 6540 Washington Street, Yountville, CA, 707-346-4510

Open 7 days a week, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Brian Bolke, Ken Fulk, Cindy Rachofsky, Jay Jeffers

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Rachofsky’s summer home

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Douglas Little & Jodi Lyn O’Keefe | Cindy & Howard Rachofsky | Ken Fulk & Nicky Naylor

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Michael Purdy, Bob & Maria Torres | Casa Dragones Tequila | Adam Lippes & Faisal Halum

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April Gargiulo & Josie Frenchman | Alexis Traina, Brian Bolke & Paul Pelosi | Alison Birdwell & Lauren Ford

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