2015 was a big year for Dallas, and this year looks just as exciting. Here’s a peek at what got our attention over the last 12 months and what we’re looking forward to now.
ART & CULTURE
Iconoclastic retro soul singer Leon Bridges has exploded nationally and beyond in the past year—the DFW up-and-comer’s time has clearly come.
It’s been one helluva year for retro soul singer Leon Bridges. And unlikely though it might be, it plays like the classic showbiz rags-to-riches overnight success story. The 26-year-old Fort Worth native cut his singing and songwriting teeth at open mics around his hometown before fortuitously catching the ears of Austin-based indie rockers Austin Jenkins and Josh Block of White Denim. On the strength of three tracks he recorded with the pair, and subsequent radio buzz, Bridges signed with Columbia Records. Four months later he was the toast of SXSW 2015, winning the festival’s Grulke Prize for developing U.S. act. In June, Columbia released his full-length debut, Coming Home, and worldwide commercial and critical raves were quick to follow. Bridges has arrived. Critics frequently compare his gospel-infused delivery and style to Sam Cooke’s, and while the comparisons are well-grounded, they don’t do justice to the singer’s own innovative gifts: Bridges’ retro is nouveau. He’s riding the wave with sold-out concert appearances around the world; he’s currently wowing audiences in Australia and New Zealand, before coming home for extended tour dates. You can catch his “So Long” on the soundtrack of Concussion, Will Smith’s just-released thriller.
Readers’ Choice: Festivals
The fun weekend festival reigns supreme on the social scene, and Dallas is making its mark!
This biennial immersive exhibition takes over downtown Dallas, turning it into a wildly lit urban playground of new media, including light, video, sound, performance and projection. October 2017, Dallas Arts District
2. Dallas Art Fair
This bustling art fair put Dallas on the art world map with more than 95 prominent national and international galleries gathering at Fashion Industry Gallery to exhibit paintings, sculptures, videos, photography, works on paper and more. April 14-17, 1807 Ross Ave.
3. State Fair of Texas
Big Tex, a changing menu of inventive fried foods, an auto show, and hundreds of rides and games—there’s something for everyone! Sept. 30-Oct. 23, Fair Park
4. Taste the Difference
An epicurean adventure that puts top local chefs like Dean Fearing and Omar Flores in one room, this foodie fest benefits the American Heart Association. June 12-14, Centennial Hall at Fair Park
5. North Texas Irish Festival
Celebrate Irish culture and history with three days of Irish and Celtic performers, storytellers, dancers, educational workshops and cultural presentations. March 4-6, Fair Park
Most Talked About
American Airlines Center isn’t easy to sell out. Garth Brooks did it five days in a row.
When word came that Garth Brooks was making his way back to the stage after a hiatus of nearly 20 years, country music fans went crazy. His following in Dallas warranted an unprecedented five-day, seven-show run at American Airlines Center. More than 20,000 fans packed the arena each night (and two days) for the sold-out shows, and for a week, Big D fans took to their Facebook and Instagram feeds with snapshots of the crooner and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, dueting onstage and videos of him singing classic hits such as “Friends in Low Places.” If Brooks were to come back this year, we have a feeling it would be another sold-out success.
Gavin Delahunty’s Pollock exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art is a blockbuster for the museum and a reputation-maker for its senior curator of contemporary art.
Gavin Delahunty joined the Dallas Museum of Art as the Hoffman family senior curator of contemporary art in May 2014, ushering in a new era for the museum. Since then, he’s overseen a Frank Bowling exhibition, the first Dallas exhibition of Indian artist NS Harsha, Bold Abstractions: Selections From the DMA Collection 1966-1976, and last year’s The Museum Is History. But with Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots, which runs through March 20, Delahunty has hit one out of the park. Considered by many to be the most important show the DMA has ever mounted, Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots is a revelatory blockbuster, illuminating a lesser-known late period in the abstract expressionist’s brief career. Focusing on Pollock’s so-called black paintings from 1951 through 1953, Delahunty’s scholarly, passionate curating of the exhibition represents a Herculean achievement and labor of love, and the art world is a richer place for it.
100,000: The Nasher Prize is a major award in the field of sculpture. Announced in late September, Colombian artist Doris Salcedo is the inaugural recipient of the $100,000 award. Established earlier in the year, the Nasher Prize is both sculpture’s highest accolade and a feather in the cap for Dallas as a major arts player
on the world stage. Salcedo will be awarded the prize at a gala dinner at the Nasher Sculpture Center April 2.
Best of What’s to Come
Bigger and better than last year’s inaugural iteration, Soluna: International Music & Arts Festival explores collaborations, juxtapositions and connections.
In year two, Soluna is expanding from the two weeks of its 2015 breakout to three weeks, this time exploring the theme Myth & Legend. The genre-confounding fest of music, dance and visual arts will dominate the Dallas Arts District from May 16 through June 5 and involve seven venues. Expect everything from world premieres to seminars, dance, opera, concerts and even fireworks, as well as a dream team of artists that includes the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Pharrell, Jonah Bokaer and many more.
Most Exciting Transplant: Mashburn
What is it about Ann and Sid Mashburn that oozes Southern chic? Is it his slim suit with slightly tapered, above-the-ankle trousers? Is it her no-makeup makeup and navy blazer with her button-down shirt showing just a peek of skin? Whatever it is, we’ve wanted more, and now we can have it. The ultrastylish marrieds, who opened their first store in their hometown of Atlanta eight years ago, recently opened their third connected namesake shop in the former Lamps Plus space on Knox Street. The coveted spot that backs up to the bustling Katy Trail is all windows and light, and a lovely backdrop for what we can promise will be at least an hour of leisurely perusing through the terrific clothing and accessories. Aside from the Ann and Sid Mashburn signature labels, women can expect Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Carven, J Brand jeans and APC. Men will have fun with the Rega turntables and custom clothing program. All the ready-to-wear suits are made in Italy and the Levi’s program is brilliant. Come in and buy a pair of crisp, dark denim 501s and the in-house tailors will customize the fit. For $95, it’s the best deal in town for deluxe denim. With his background in design at notable spots such as J.Crew, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Lands and her experience in the editorial departments of Vogue and Glamour, they won’t steer you wrong when it comes to curated style. As Sid says, “You don’t need a lot of choices. You just need the right choices.” 3319 Knox St., 214.443.6100
“Dallas just gets more sophisticated as the years tick by. Our clients want upcoming lines from Paris and New York, and we take pride in getting that for them.”
–Jackie Bolin, V.O.D. co-owner
Best Book by a Local
Dallas’ Lela Rose may now call New York City home, but her welcoming way of entertaining is pure Texas.
Fashion design darling Lela Rose’s entertaining style is an extension of her ultrafeminine, whimsical frocks. Her new book, Pret-a-Party: Great Ideas for Good Times and Creative Entertaining ($40, Rizzoli) gives readers a guide to hosting with panache. From a fancy holiday dinner party to a couples’ potluck cook-off, Rose guides readers through the importance of paying attention to details and suggests themes and locations for memorable fetes. A little Lela goes a long way
Best of What’s to Come: Forty Five Ten on Main
We know, we know. It’s been hyped and talked about until people are blue in the face. But can you blame us for mentioning it one more time? The crowning jewel of Dallas luxury retail is going big, and we couldn’t be more excited about the expansion. Come this September, Forty Five Ten on McKinney Avenue will be no longer, taking up new residence in 37,000-square-foot digs on Main Street in downtown Dallas. The four-story emporium, designed by Dallas architectural firm Droese Rainey, will still have its ladies-who-lunch favorite, The T Room—but now with an expanded Champagne Bar and an in-house hair salon. The lines you love, including Alaïa, Céline and Chloé, will still be there, as well as a range of midprice contemporary men’s and women’s clothing—it’s the ultimate in high-low mixing and matching. Hmmm... clothes, beauty and food. Sounds like one-stop shopping, don’t you think? 1608 Main Street, 214.559.4510
Readers’ Choice: Fashion Designer
Dallas is no doubt a style-conscious city. Here are the local designers our readers are snapping up.
1. Susie Straubmueller
From lipstick-red python to soft tan lizard, this handbag designer is turning exotic leathers into classic clutches. It seems no one, from Traffic LA to Carla Martinengo, can keep them in stock.
2. Nicole Musselman
Shop Koch manages to meld masculine and feminine seamlessly, churning out sexy yet somehow still effortlessly casual collections every season for the cool, laid-back local. Check it out at Stanley Korshak and Cabana.
3. Tendai Tawonezvi
The NeoBantu designer fuses vibrant African prints with classic, feminine silhouettes for distinctive and charmingly colorful pieces.
4. Bea Harper
Everyone knows The Fitting Room is the place to take your designer duds for perfect alterations, but did you know that Harper can make all your custom dreams
come true? Now you do.
5. Michael Faircloth
Dallas brides-to-be take note: Faircloth is the go-to big-day designer for a reason. And that reason is obvious in every one of his custom gowns.
Stylist to Watch: Leigh Anne Sinacola
With a client list that includes Dallas’ most stylish, such as Stephanie Harmon, Leigh Williams, Jenny Kirtland and Zoe Bonnette, Leigh Anne Sinacola is taking Dallas closets by storm. Sinacola, whose wardrobe includes everything from Au Jour Le Jour to Céline (sprinkled with one-of-a-kind pieces like that Alec Monopoly emblazoned jacket she’s been sporting around town), transitioned from a ready-to-wear position at Forty Five Ten to personal stylist. A regular at local boutiques Canary, Grange Hall and V.O.D., Sinacola’s style is ever-changing—though she’ll never be without her signature black leather jacket. Consultations are free, and a flat rate is based on each client’s needs. 214.908.0674, email@example.com
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Trainer to Watch: John Benton
Dallas-born John Benton knows a thing or two about fitness. Just ask Magdalene Groves, Victoria Monet, Katie Tull and the montage of models with whom he works. Benton has become the go-to fitness instructor for a host of Dallas and Oklahoma talent agencies, including Kim Dawson, Dragonfly, Campbell and Brink Model Management. Though models make up the bulk of his clientele, Benton trains many nonmodels as well at South Side on Lamar. People know that partnering with Benton means committing to results-driven workouts that carve long, lean muscles. His clients work through a cycle of challenging tailored circuits that target different muscle groups and burn prolific calories. Because Benton works outside of a corporate gym, he’s able to offer his clientele better prices ($75 per hour) and a stronger personal connection. “It lets me connect with my clients a lot more,” he says of remaining independent. The other piece to Benton’s puzzle is diet, which he admits is an active part of the dialogue and unique to every client. “The whole point of what I’m trying to do is to get them the body they want.” As some of these clients go on to model with brands such as Nike and Nordstrom, there’s no arguing that Benton’s fitness formula is raising the bar. 1409 S. Lamar St., 214.542.3730
16: The ounces in one bottle of Buda Juice. This local business has one of the most expensive juice buys in the city ($10 to $12), but you get what you pay for. Every rainbow-hued, nutrient-dense juice is hand-squeezed in a cold-press, keeping heat and air out, and enzymes, vitamins and minerals in. The juices are then poured into custom glass bottles and sealed for a 100 percent raw and organic beverage that works to restore and refresh your health, one sip at a time.
Fitness Trend: Plum Yoga
Founded by Rose Fitzgerald and Charry Morris, the new Plum Yoga features separate studio spaces that focus on yoga and stretching (East), and gymnastics and fitness (West). Our favorite is the Rings and Things class in which fitness fanatics utilize gymnastics rings that bring major results. Clients come out stronger, toned and more flexible—and maybe a little sore—but from the look of it, it’s worth it. 1924 Greenville Ave., 214.792.9918
Spa News: The Spa at The Joule
Reimagine serenity and skincare personalization at the newly rebranded The Spa at The Joule. This 8,000-square-foot subterranean space has been deftly reinvented thanks to the many new treatments, skincare services and luxurious products added to its impressive arsenal. Most notably, The Spa has introduced Biologique Recherche’s comprehensive line, a luxury Parisian brand that is revered around the world. Cultivating a lavish bespoke experience is The Spa’s main motive and is carried out by the highly skilled estheticians that work with clients to achieve their skincare goals. Facials at The Spa are entirely personalized, beginning with an assessment using the Skin Instant Lab, which measures factors such as skin hydration, transepidermal water loss, elasticity, pigmentation and sebum levels. All these readings determine what kind of treatment should be used for a particular client. Additionally, other services have been added to the existing menu, including Thai table massages that focus on flexibility, and specialty manicures and pedicures designed with Dallas fragrance designer Niven Morgan’s line of body care. Each offering at The Spa is a jewel in its own right, a multifaceted treatment that shines on long after the session ends. 1530 Main St., 214.261.4555
Readers’ Choice: Salons
Hair is a serious subject, especially in Texas. Here are our go-to style studios.
1. Hair by Charlie
He’s cool. He’s stylish. He makes treks to fashion week to pretty up the runways. But it’s Charlie Price’s talent for color (and that easy, looks-good-as-it-grows subtlety) that makes him a hue hero. 1621 Oak Lawn, 214.303.1799
2. The Dry Bar
No cuts. No color. Just blowouts. That includes a wash, and it’s only $40! Add a glass of Champagne and it’s no wonder this has become a popular pre-party spot. 4222 Oak Lawn Ave., 214.989.6136
3. Lure Salon
Easy access in the heart of uptown Dallas and great with a pair of scissors—these tress tamers are go-tos for that long, pretty, Dallas-girl hair. 3839 McKinney Ave., 214.919.5873
4. Pin Salon
Co-owners Billy Irby and Rainer Schneck colored and styled the big, bouncy waves of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders for 14 years, so they know sexy hair. 5450 W. Lovers Lane, 214.654.9600
5. Tangerine Salon
This Aveda Lifestyle salon has been named one of Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 fastest-growing companies in America thanks to its four popular Dallas-area locations. 7949 Walnut Hill Lane, 972.393.9200
Mobile Manis: MiniLuxe
The old adage that beauty comes from within is an accurate philosophy for fast-growing beauty brand MiniLuxe. The brand’s self-care philosophy is rooted in celebrating life and taking time to care for yourself. MiniLuxe sets itself apart by devoting unparalleled attention to hygiene and sanitation. The brand never double-dips during waxing services, and their tubs are washed with a three-step cleaning process after each pedicure. MiniLuxe is now available for event and party services through its MiniLuxe Mobile program (from $50). 3700 McKinney Ave., Ste. 158, 972.349.9675
DESIGN & REALTY
Best of What’s to Come: Ltd. Edition 2505
Luxe residential high-rise Ltd. Edition No. 2505 will soon take over Turtle Creek.
Ltd. Edition No. 2505 breaks ground on Turtle Creek and Fairmount this fall, recalibrating our standard for major luxe urban living. While completion is estimated for 2018, there is already much buzz about the high-rise’s contemporary, artistic impact. With 100 units starting at $1.3 million (and soaring to $14 million), the Toronto-based design and development team clearly has its eye on a discerning crowd. Inspired by tropism (where plants organically bend toward light), architect Siamak Hariri presents a facade with gently arching curves, creating an illusion that the structure is reaching toward the sun and sky. Diego Burdi’s ultrasleek, refined interiors are equally anticipated. Ten-foot ceilings and expansive outdoor spaces (some reaching to an indulgent 1,800 square feet) provide an easy palette, and Burdi spares little in bringing the most sophisticated of finishes (think custom Molteni Dada kitchens). “The vision of this building is to raise the bar for elegant living and exquisite design in the city of Dallas, while respecting the growing appreciation and admiration for art in culture,” says Christopher Wein, president of Great Gulf development group. Bring it on, 2505! 2505 Turtle Creek Blvd., 214.353.2505
“Dallas has become a much more sophisticated city in the past few years. This is obvious to me because we are in showrooms all over the United States, and our displays are tailored to each location.”
–Jan Showers, interior designer
This past fall, design team Jean de Merry and Christian Darnaud-Maroselli gifted Dallas their much-anticipated, French-deco furnishings collection via the fourth Jean de Merry American showroom, on Hi Line Drive in the Design District. Inspired by de Merry’s small-town French lineage, the duo’s made-to-order pieces exemplify the care and artistry of another time. The Viala cabinet wrapped in shagreen ($78,450), the Lyall console fashioned in parchment and bronze ($12,150) and the Kara chandelier ($36,750) ensconced in gold metal and handmade glass are a few masterpieces that nod to their artisanal creation. Can you say “heirloomworthy”? 1505 Hi Line, 214.741.2888
Developer to Watch: The Hutchinson Clan
Our blossoming downtown is easy to brag about, but just wait—the Design District is ready to steal the spotlight. Real estate investor Bill Hutchinson and his team at Dunhill Partners are intent on putting the creative heart of our city on the world stage. With daughters Holly, Rachel and Tess working marketing and strategic outreach for the District’s new blueprint, this power family is forging Dallas’ latest vortex. Quill, Oak’s new neighbor, is just one of a dozen fresh new restaurants that will pepper the area. Two Headington concepts, a gastropub and an Italian eatery, are also in the pipeline, along with more megatrendy real estate. Enter the (ubercool) Virgin Hotel and residences (starting at $1.2 million), a luxe Joie de Vivre boutique hotel and the Design District Tower. This fall, the Hutchinson team installed an Andrew Myers sculpture in the center of the district depicting a craftsman with a (literally) beaming heart. Hutchinson swoons with pride over its symbolism: “In my whole career, I have never seen a more enthusiastic group of people who love what they do and share a common passion for their work. It is inspirational.” Right back at ya, Hutchinson!
Readers’ Choice: Local Architects
New buildings seem to sprout up overnight in Dallas’ fast-growing cityscape. These are the best brains building the skyline.
1. Jennifer Workman
An associate with GFF, this AIA Young Architect Award winner was the architect’s liaison on the construction site of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, one of Dallas’ coolest new additions.
With a commitment to sustainable, energy-efficient design, it’s no wonder the team efforts behind this architectural firm have locals scrambling for their residential and commercial vision.
3. Cliff Welch
Besides his sexy, modern architecture, Welch is known for being a leading resource and proponent for the restoration and preservation of postwar modernism in Dallas—and people are clamoring to get a piece of him.
4. Will Snyder
The Rhode Island School of Design grad is a residential guru, with houses all over Highland Park Village... and all over the pages of magazines.
5. Frank Welch
Since he opened his first West Texas office in 1959 (he’s in Dallas now), Welch has been recognized with more than 50 awards for design excellence. From residences to churches, he’s made quite the mark on the community.
FOOD & NIGHTLIFE
Best Event Space
With legendary Dallas hostess Janelle Friedman as his mother, it’s no surprise that Brian Rutt is the man behind the city’s hottest event space, d.e.c. on Dragon.
When he came upon the 6,000-square-foot space several years ago, Rutt knew it was unlike anything else in Dallas. Encompassing two floors and in the thick of what’s now become the hottest hood in town, d.e.c. on Dragon boasts remarkably unobstructed views of the downtown skyline on its massive rooftop patio, a full-service kitchen and one of the prettiest bars we’ve ever seen. With recent guests such as Jennifer Meyer and her husband, Tobey Maguire, baseballer Derek Holland of the Texas Rangers and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, it’s no wonder the buzz is louder than ever. From $2,500, 1414 Dragon St., 972.333.8187
Readers’ Choice: Happy Hours
We are a city that loves a postwork beverage. Our readers love these bars for a happy hour hang.
The French-meets-Mexican menu is inspired, but once again, it’s the Michael Martensen-spearheaded bar program at this Misery Loves Co. concept that wows the never-ending crowds. Try something with mezcal. 4216 Oak Lawn Ave., 469.513.2505
Chad Solomon is king of the craft cocktail. Pull up a stool at The Joule Hotel’s newest hot spot and taste why. The latest bar menu is an epicurean delight. 1530 Main St., 214.261.4600
3. Happiest Hour
Harwood’s newest resto concept boasts that it’s the city’s “largest patio and bar lounge,” and whether it’s true or not, it certainly has some epic views from the sprawling rooftop—perfect for drinks that continue way past 6pm. 2616 Olive St., 972.528.0067
4. High Fives
Kimberly, Julie, Megan, Lauren... all of barman Brian McCullough’s cocktails are named for gals. We don’t know why, but we’re in love with every single one. 1804 McMillan Ave., 214.821.5555
5. Parliament Eddie
“Lucky” Campbell’s gloomy weather slogan is “every time it rains, we pour.” This pertains to those extended happy hours the notorious bartender has become, well, notorious for! 2418 Allen St., 469.804.4321
So many cups, so little time. Here are the best sips in the city.
Order the almond or coconut milk latte made with Noble Coyote coffee beans at Oak Cliff’s Local Press and Brew (1604 Beckley Ave., 214.484.1929) for a naturally sweetened, nondairy version of the original. Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters (819 W. Davis St., 214.929.6752) roasts beans on-site; purists won’t find anything with more depth and richness than one of its stand-while-you-sip espressos. For a straight-up latte, locally owned Royal Blue Grocery’s (1 Highland Park Village, 214.526.9516) creamy Stumptown latte, made with beans from the lauded Seattle roasters, has created such a buzz that you need to prepare for a line to the door and a 10-minute wait. Starbucks, who?
Top Five: Local Purveyors
Our favorite artisan shops make our hearts sing and our mouths water.
1. Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie
Ooh la la! Pastry Chef Andrea Meyer’s West Village French bakery and coffee bar is a go-to source for heavenly macaroons, tarts, eclairs, and custom-designed cakes and cookies. 3700 McKinney Ave., 214.613.3570
Two locations of this charming Parisian-style shop spread the love and shorten the queues of patrons lining up for fresh baked sourdough, baguettes, croissants and pastries from Boulangerie by Village Baking Company. 5531 E. University Blvd., 1921 Greenville Ave., 214.951.9077
3. Dr. Sue’s Chocolates
Practicing physician Dr. Sue Williams’ artisanal dark chocolate spiked with chilies, nuts, cherries and berries is a prescription we adore. Now, in addition to vending through local specialty shops and farmers markets, she has a Grapevine-based retail store. 520 S. Main St., Grapevine, 817.527.4424
4. Steel City Pops
Lines out the door say it all at the flagship Lower Greenville Avenue and other locations of this cool concept selling gourmet ice pops made with all-natural ingredients, including exotic seasonal flavors such as cranberry orange, maple bourbon bacon and smoked fig with cheese. 2012 Greenville Ave., 972.807.9062
5. Stocks and Bondy
Chef Joanne Bondy’s soul-soothing soups (to nosh on-site or take out), plus stocks and sauces (to make restaurant-quality meals at home a breeze) are all the more reason to make the Dallas Farmers Market a regular stop. 920 S. Harwood St., Shed 2, 214.973.9459
Trend: Drink Flights
Wine flights have been with us for decades. Now aficionados of stronger stuff are finding multishort pour options as well. At Second Floor (13340 Dallas Parkway, 972.450.2978), 175 selections give this chic resto in the Westin Galleria one of the largest whiskey collections around. Tasting options such as The Sherry Bombs, a trio of sherry-toned Highland single-malt Scotches ($30), offer focused savoring. Dish Preston Hollow (8611 Hillcrest Ave., 214.363.3474) offers demiportions of three cocktails in a flight ($25) and is a sure solution when you just can’t make up your mind. At El Bolero (1201 Oak Lawn Ave., 214.741.1986) the nuances of tequila, mezcal and agave are taken seriously. Flights of three (starting at $20) come with condiments to prime your senses.
On Our Radar: Event Designer Cory Morrison
He is the secret weapon behind some of the hottest events in town. Yet whether you’re walking into an intimate dinner party or a decadent soiree, you know Cory Morrison has been there because of his signature over-the-top florals and his iconic lighting design (inspired by disco days and hanging with the creatives of The Starck Club). Clients say Morrison’s attention to detail is impeccable, and his creativity powerful. With a different presentation every time, the question abounds all night: “Who did this party?!” Morrison is known for extravagant budgets and often suggests pairing the review of a first budget draft with a (large) glass of wine. Morrison is laser-focused, extremely organized and 100 percent hands-on (you will not get an assistant)… yup, that’s worth the big dough. “My team and I take ownership of every event we produce,” Morrison says. “We approach each celebration as if it were our own because, in the end, it’s not only our reputation but, more importantly, our clients’.” 214.698.6300