|SHOPAHOLIC: Krimson & Klover brings LA style to Dallas. Opener and model photography by Bode Helm|
Reporting by Courtney Dreslin, Ryan Mendenhall, Stephanie Quadri, and Kristie Ramirez Opener and Look photography by Bode Helm Styling by Stephanie Quadri and Alexis Pond Hair by Veronica Bessey/Toni & Guy Makeup by Rachel B. Francis
We’ve all had one of those days. Ours featured the bitter three-layer realization that we’re never moving beyond middle management, the ex is never coming back, and, short of a terminal illness, we’re not ever getting back to our college weight. Maybe the particulars of your bad day are different. But whatever the reason, whatever the day, we shop. We shop for a treasure that makes us feel better. And once in a very great while, we find it, whether it’s the daring high heels that give us back our gams or the magical dress that causes friends and family to utter the loveliest four words ever strung together: “Have you lost weight?”
Whatever your reason for shopping—heck, maybe you actually need a new pair of Miss Sixtys—we’re here to help. Because we know the names and specialties of local boutiques almost as well as we know our own neuroses. Here’s to retail therapy.
Bella Bella. Attention-grabbing dresses and tops by brands such as Sugar Lips, Miss Me, and Rubber Ducky are the signature looks here. The store carries a large selection of denim and has the biggest variety of Three Dot tees in town. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 304. 214-528-6677. 35Y
Betty Reiter. Well-heeled ladies love Betty Reiter for its beautiful, classic lines of both day and evening wear. Gorgeous, exotic skin bags by Nancy Gonzales are a favorite accessory. Need a show-stopper for that black-tie charity event? High-end and high-fashion dresses by Yeohlee are guaranteed head-turners. Plaza at Preston Center, 4030 Villanova St. 214-373-9990. 25X
Blinc. You’ll want to stay awhile in Blinc, which features many of our favorite contemporary casual lines: Alice + Olivia, LaROK, and Ya-Ya. Nobody does leather bags like Calleen Cordero and Isabella Fiore, both featured in accessories here. Shops at Legacy, 7201 Bishop Rd., Ste. E12, Plano. 972-378-9600. 555R
Cotton Island. This store is favorite of SMU sorority girls. You’ll find the latest trends in denim, tees, and casual wear. Think Citizens of Humanity jeans, Michael Stars tees, Juicy Couture sweats, and Da-Nang casual dresses. 6601B Hillcrest Ave. 214-373-1085; 1900 Preston Rd., Ste. 258, Plano. 972-769-1085. www.cottonisland.com. 35H, 656U
Cowboy Cool. Country wear gets chic at this contemporary western boutique. Hip urban cowgirls love the long-sleeved western shirts, updated prairie-style dresses, and jeweled belts and buckles. Finish the look with colorful, customized cowboy boots . West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 407. 214-521-4500. 35Y
Crimson and the City. Stefani Shultz (left) likes to keep the fashions at her downtown store on the cutting edge. Her hipster outpost near the original Neiman Marcus features jeans by Paper Denim & Cloth, Jet Lag, Meltin’ Pot, Mo Jeans, as well as the coolest tees by Monarchy, Dogwood 32, and Cheeky & Junk Food. Step it up with colorful, bold dresses by brands such as Rose & Lula. 1514 Commerce St. 214-655-2811. 45Q
Elements. Whether your style is boho or more modern sophisticate, this store has something for you. Think dresses and separates by Missoni, See by Chloé, Anna Sui, and Diab’less. Pair gorgeous yet cozy Blue Grass and Norsah sweaters with the endless selections of jeans. There are simply too many glamorous brands to mention here—and lots of color. 4400 Lovers Ln. 214-987-0837. www.elementsclothing.com. 35A
Flirt. Laid-back, affordable, West Coast style is Flirt’s specialty. Have a glass of vino and hang with the store’s in-house Yorkies, Mia and Max, while you snatch up dresses you can pair with heels or flip-flops, great handbags under $100, and skirts and tops that look much more expensive than their price tags. 2633 McKinney Ave. 214-754-7001. 45F
NECK CANDY: Patricia Von Musulin necklace ($4,500) available at Stanley Korshak
BOLD BRACELETS: David Hodges leather cuffs ($150 & $260) available at Forty Five Ten
BEST DRESSED: Sacai dress ($650) available at Forty Five Ten
Forty Five Ten. Intellectual, beautiful fashion rules at this house of high style. Dallas socialites come here for gorgeous dresses and separates by Stella McCartney, Alberta Ferretti, Proenza Schouler, Project Alabama, Marni, and more. There are also a few more affordable lines, including Wyeth and Velvet. The shoe section? Pure bliss. 4510 McKinney Ave. 214-559-4510. 35V
Friction. This newcomer stocks sleek selections of Hugo Boss, funky separates by Custo Barcelona, and an impressive mix of jackets, dresses, and tops. Denim lines include 1921 jeans, Taverniti, and cult favorite Parasuco. Don’t miss the streamlined selections of Marc Jacobs and Emilio Pucci shoes. The best part: you won’t see your purchases everywhere else. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 302. 214-443-6155. 35Y
The Glass Slipper. Girly clothes and accessories fill this boudoir-like boutique. Versatile separates by brands such as Trina Turk, Vivienne Tam, Thorn, and Poleci work double time for office and play. You’ll also find lots of jeans, including Citizens of Humanity, and pretty lingerie for underneath. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 301. 214-526-2115; Southlake Town Square, 121 Grand Ave., Southlake. 817-329-0585. 35Y, 26G
Gregory’s. Shop this chic boutique for premiere-worthy dresses and tops by Mandalay and Alessandro Dell’Acqua. On the other end of the spectrum is the popular D Squared line of western hippie-inspired casual wear. It’s the only shop in town to stock Parisian line In Love ruffled tops, skirts, and more. You’ll also spot the latest from Alaia, Cavalli, and Diab’less. Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 1365. 972-490-1285. 14R
H.D.’s Women’s. Established in the early ’80s and still going strong, this famous Greenville Avenue store offers unique, edgy brands. The owners travel to Europe five times a year to bring back the latest trends, and they buy only a few pieces of each look to guarantee you won’t see your outfit all over town. 3014 Greenville Ave. 214-821-8900. www.hdsclothing.com. 36P
Jean Connection. Denim connoisseurs frequent this spot for its decadent jeans selection. You’ll find more brands and styles under one roof than anywhere else in Dallas, including of-the-moment brands like 575 and Jet Lag. Bring the kiddos along: there’s a section dedicated to their budding denim desires. 5926 W. Northwest Hwy. 214-691-7894. www.jeanconnection.com. 25T
Krimson & Klover. At this store dedicated to bringing Los Angeles fashion flair to Dallas, you’ll find colorful, vibrant tops, dresses, and accessories that can be dressed up or down. The hottest jeans are here, such as Hudson, which we love to pair with stand-out tops by Rose & Lula. New this year are famed C & C t-shirts and tanks—the brand Hollywood lives in. 3111 Cole Ave., Ste. 101. 214-871-2334. www.krimsonandklover.com. 45B
L. Bartlett. Put together a full ensemble—including makeup, lingerie, belts, and bags—at owner and SMU grad Laura Bush’s new girly boutique. Pair a cuddly Park Vogel cashmere top with hard-to-find (like, you can’t find them anywhere else in Dallas) Oliver Twist jeans. Add a Carlos Falchi animal-skin clutch, dab on some Lip Lingerie gloss, and you’re ready to strut across the way to Mi Cocina. West Village, 3839 McKinney Ave., Ste. 401. 214-521-3500. 35Y
Mary Nash. This Inwood Village mainstay offers one-stop shopping for women of all ages (from grandmothers to mothers to daughters) and sizes (from size 4 to 20). The store strives to keep a diverse selection of casual wear, suits, and cocktail attire at varied price points. 5550 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 163. 214-352-2603. 34D
MaryBeth. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, MaryBeth provides classic, realistic designer styles that lightly touch on the trends—perfect whether you are going through SMU Rush, attending a wedding, or hitting a PTA meeting. Customer service is the store’s top priority, and loyal customers often find themselves showered in gifts from MB—a nice perk. 4254 Oak Lawn Ave. 214-522-8444. 35T
Movida. Here you can put together an outfit without squandering your rent. Designer jeans such as Joe’s Jeans and Seven hang next to trendy, club-ready tops as well as more casual selections by brands like Miss Me. There’s also a section of swank, price-friendly shoes by brands such as Chinese Laundry and Steve Madden. Mockingbird Station, 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 130. 214-821-8669. 36J
Octane. For the hottest commodities in trendy casual wear, Octane has the latest looks from brands such as Edun, Triple 5 Soul, Chip and Pepper, and more. Rocker skinny Tsubi jeans from Australia are an exclusive to this store, and they sell out almost on arrival. Anything that’s cool in the denim and t-shirt world is probably here, as well as laid-back yet fashion-forward separates. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 310. 214-219-3118. 35Y
|SOMETHING OLD: Vintage mosaic belts are a hot commodity at Pamela’s. Photo by Doug Davis|
|IT’S A SNAP: Vena Cava top ($220) and jacket ($620) available at Premium 93 SHE’S GOT LEGS: Vena Cava pants ($340) available at Premium 93 HOT HEELS:Bettye Muller shoes ($395) available at Tootsies|
Pamela’s. There are so many great finds at this hip, contemporary boutique in Coppell. “Peace out” casual wear by Bob Marley’s daughter under the brand Catch-A-Fire is inspired by the legend himself. Exclusive to Pamela’s is a fun and eclectic clothing collection by Italian designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac. The store also carries the jeans you want and vintage mosaic belts. For gorgeous gifts, who wouldn’t love the rustic glamour of hand-made tabletop pieces by Jan Barboglio? 106 N. Denton Tap Rd., Ste. 330, Coppell. 972-745-1800. 1AS
Premium 93. The emerging designer you just read about in Vogue is likely already on the racks at this favorite store of individualistic, fashion-minded chicks. Buyer Liz Thompson ensures they’ve got the exciting new lines, such as Vena Cava, Lover, Graham & Spencer, Anglomania from Vivienne Westwood, and Milla Jovovich’s line Jovovich-Hawk. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 405. 214-526-2884. 35Y
Rich Hippie. Just as the name suggests, this store is the place to go for unique, bohemian-inspired casual wear. No matter what color tee or tank you need, you’ll find it here, as well as some more dressy tops. You’ll want to live in the comfy cotton dresses, embellished leather belts, and the store’s signature denim. And, yes, we spotted some tie-dye. 5350 Lovers Ln. 214-358-1968. 36A
The Shak. Stanley Korshak’s contemporary department recently got a shop of its own, housing innovative clothing and accessory lines for women and men. Well-edited pieces from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Graham & Spencer, LaROK, Ports 1961, Vince, John Varvatos, and Trovata are only some of the of-the-moment designers you will find, in addition to the most coveted jeans and tees. Live deejays spin the latest tunes while you shop. 500 Crescent Ct., Ste. 154. 214-871-3641. 45F
Sheke. Owners Kelly Pruitt and Sheryl Duncan, Southern girls with a penchant for West Coast style, have packed their favorite things into one girly store. Find a denim cafe with more than 18 lines; a beauty bar with perfumes and body care; Guess Collection and Sauvage swimsuits stocked year round; popular apparel like Da-Nang, Joie, Splendid, and C&C California; and hip baby wear. NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expwy., Ste. 2252. 214-361-8199. www.shopsheke.com. 26T
Sooz. Why didn’t we think of this earlier? A boutique attached to a spa. Genius. Half of this downtown Carrollton business carries clothing and accessories such as novelty tops and jackets by DB Sport and casual wear by Esprit (awesome for those of us who miss the famed Uptown Esprit store circa the ’80s and ’90s). After you’ve chosen your wardrobe, it’s off to your facial next door. 1100 West Main St., Carrollton. 972-446-2410. 12C
Spicy II. The perfect contrast to the West Coast vibe of its neighbor Cotton Island, this is the store to shop for more classic and preppie looks. Theory suits, pretty Tocca and Jade dresses and separates, and a huge selection of Lacoste shirts highlight the mix. And don’t forget your East Coast ribbon flip-flops. SMU co-eds get a 10-percent discount with their student ID. 6607 Hillcrest Ave., Ste. 101. 214-361-6555. 35H
|HAUTE TOP: Lela Rose blouse ($425) available at Tootsies
BOTTOMS UP: Lela Rose skirt ($595) available at Tootsies
PEEK-A-TOE: Stuart Weitzman wedges ($275) available at Stanley Korshak
Stanley Korshak. The dresses you dream of are found on Stanley Korshak’s (now expanding) couture floor. Peter Som, Carolina Herrera, Chloé, Lanvin, Nina Ricci, and Valentino are some of the glamorous options. This one-of-a-kind department store also has obsession-worthy fine jewelry by designers such as Yossi Hakari and Pade Vavra. 500 Crescent Ct., Ste. 100. 214-871-3600. www.stanleykorshak.com. 45F
Studio Sebastian’s. Dallas sophisticates can’t get enough of this boutique in Snider Plaza for its prolific, high-style looks. Mayle separates—including this fall’s culottes and chunky sweaters—are reminiscent of old YSL. The store stocks Willow dresses in rich fabrics, cool Anna Molinari jackets, and feminine See By Chloe tops . Marni clutches, belts, and sunglasses are the finishing touches. 6730 Snider Plaza. 214-360-9001. 35H
Sussie’s. This fall, it’s all about taking it up a notch with beautiful collections by designers such as Louis Verdad, who worked under Armani, sophisticated suiting and dresses by Samantha Treacy, and feminine Milly, reminiscent of Chanel from the Jackie O era. Other staples here include collections by Elie Tahari, Trina Turk, and Rebecca Taylor. Owner Rory Boyd is always a hoot. 4760 Preston Rd., Ste. 204, Frisco. 972-335-2792. 456T
Turtletique. This store has classy cocktail and office attire covered. From suits to dresses, posh pieces by Yansi Fugel and Lafayette 148 are mainstays. New lines this fall include Laundry sportswear and suits and fun casual wear by Oui Moments. Make a statement with the eye-catching yet elegant necklaces and sleek stingray-skin purses. 5550 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 168. 214-350-9393. 34D
Walker Row. Specializing in mother-of-the-bride and mother-of-the-groom dresses for the elegantly inclined, this store also has lovely classics for all of life’s other events. From casual wear to cocktail and evening wear to staples such as lightweight raincoats, you’ll find only the finest quality designers here, such as Brioni, Christian Lacroix, and Max Mara. The staff is helpful and hands-on. 31 Highland Park Village. 214-373-6866. www.walkerrowdallas.com. 35K
YaYa’s Boutique. Plano stylemakers love this haven for all things girly and trendy. Pick up the names to know in designer jeans, bright party tops, cool carpool attire, and much more. With brands such as Plenty by Tracy Reese and T-Bags, you can put together your entire look here, down to the super-stylish shoes. Shops at Legacy, 7201 Bishop Rd., Ste E9. 972-473-9995. www.yayasboutique.com. 555R
Bigger is better, and red is the shade of the season. Dior sunglasses ($220) available at Neiman Marcus. BELOW: Make a statement with bold buckles worrn with jeans or cinched at the waist. London Schmid—The Crown Collection alligator belts ($2,800 each) available at Stanley Korshak
Photo Courtesy of Diorpr.com
Big bowling bags in luxe fabrics are this season’s most stylish carry-alls. Pollini bag ($1,025) available at Neiman Marcus. BELOW: Day or night, top off your look with a hat this fall. Eric Javits Chaplin hat ($300) available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Photo Courtesy of Aeffe USA
Photo Courtesy of London Schmid
Photo Courtesy of Krupp Group
|TIME WARP: Pandemonium carries funky finds from the ’50s to the ’80s. Photo by Mark Harron|
VINTAGE & RESALE
Ahab Bowen. Everything about Ahab Bowen is vintage—even the 1870s house in which it resides. Inside you’ll find rack after rack of pearl-snap shirts, flowery skirts, ’70s and ’80s formal gowns, striped sundresses, Jackie O-style brocade jackets, and round-toe pumps. The back room has hundreds of authentic vintage shirts sorted by color. 2614 Boll St. 214-720-1874. 45B
Clothes Circuit. This Park Cities resale shop has new stock every time you visit. The store receives daily shipments of designer names like Fendi, Donna Karan, Prada, Laundry, Armani, Bottega Veneta, and Escada. Insider tip: if you need a certain size or look, ask the staff to check in the back. They’ll hand over a piece before it hits the floor. 6105 Sherry Ln. 214-696-8634. www.clothescircuit.com. 25X
Clotheshorse Anonymous. You’ve probably already seen some of these high-end pieces at places like Stanley Korshak, Neiman Marcus, and Tootsies. Prada dresses, Stuart Weitzman shoes, Dior handbags, and St. John suits had our heads spinning. The jewel on the floor was a beautiful floor-length Luca Luca ball gown. 1413 Preston Forest Square. 972-233-7005. www.clotheshorseanonymous.com. 15X
Counter Culture. If you like the look of vintage but don’t want to mess with weeding through racks or figuring out the funky fits, this is your place. The line Particle reworks vintage clothing to create one-of-a-kind skirts and shirts. Mix them with the old-school glam belts and fringed cowboy boots. Mockingbird Station, 5331 E. Mockingbird Ln., 214-414-1095; 2707 Main St. 214-698-0117. www.counterculturestore.com. 36J, 45M.
Dolly Python. Pick up vintage items for your closet and your home. This new joint opened by Gretchen Frizzell, formerly of Ahab Bowen, is stocked with fabulous retro finds. Lamps, paintings, quilts, chests, dresses, jewelry, shirts, and furniture are arranged into “rooms,” making it easy and fun to envision your future purchases. 1916 N. Haskell Dr. 214-887-3434. 45D
Gratitude. “We have some of the most hideous ’80s prom dresses,” says owner Don Dent. (They’re perfect for a Pretty In Pink theme party.) The vintage jewelry is bountiful: necklaces, earrings, and bracelets are found in the glass cabinets in the front. If you’re not impulsive enough to splurge on a tacky gown, rent one for the night. 3714 Fairmount St. 214-522-2921. 45A
Labels Designer Consignment Boutique. For the fall you can find Chanel, Chanel, and more Chanel at this high-end consignment shop. Owner Judi Gugel will have plentiful quilted handbags, shoes, and apparel from the beloved French fashion house. Pair a Gucci or Fendi bag with a Betsey Johnson dress for a flirty look. Or go glam with a Carmen Marc Valvo gown and a pair of Manolo Blahniks. 18208 Preston Rd., Ste. D8. 972-867-3366. www.labelsdcb.net. 5G
Pandemonium. This tiny shop is like walking into a time machine. Pieces from the ’50s through the ’80s hang from the walls, racks, and ceiling. SMU Greeks come here to snatch up the go-go minis, boas, and platform shoes for costume parties. But we also spotted wearable pieces like fun, floral skirts and brocade jackets. 2726 N. Henderson Ave. 214-370-5677. www.pandemoniumltd.com. 35V
Puttin’ on the Ritz. Owner Siri Ahearne travels as far as Europe to collect her designer vintage pieces. When asked what she has coming in for fall, she replies, “How much time do you have?” Pucci dresses, Galanos brocade coats, 1920s silk evening dresses, 1970s Gucci handbags, Chanel suits, and Christian Dior coats are a few big items to expect in stock. 6621 Snider Plaza. 214-369-4015. 35H
Ragwear. This groovy vintage store is our favorite place to pick up ’70s and ’80s pieces. Polyester pants are available at every turn, leisure suits make any man look like John Travolta, and terry-cloth onesies (just like the pricey Juicy styles) are great for a beach vacation. The funky accessories are our favorites: wigs, hats, platform shoes, jewelry, and sunglasses. 13410 Preston Rd. 972-866-6555. www.ragwear.net. 15P
Reventé Upscale Resale. White-hot Gucci jeans were sandwiched between designer denim such as Chip and Pepper, AG, and Seven. The shoe section is unbeatable: last year’s Chanel lace-up pumps were the first things we snagged. Visit the web site for a coupon for 25 percent off. 5400 E. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 113. 214-823-2800. www.reventeresale.com. 36J
Zola’s Everyday Vintage. Find vintage collector’s items like the ’60s sequin dress from the Inner Circle Boutique at the Sands Hotel (the famous Rat Pack hangout) and a royal blue double-breasted Norman Norrell wool coat. Owners Annette Norman and Diedra Sutton specialize in finding fur from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. That’s reason enough to make the trip to Bishop Arts. 414 N. Bishop Ave. 214-943-6643. www.zolasvintage.com. 54C
|KICKS ARE FOR KIDS: Little girls love the sparkly shoes at Kid Biz. Photo by Vanessa Gavalya|
Animal Crackers. Outfit everyone under the age of 16. The expansive offerings can be a bit overwhelming, but the friendly staff always lends a hand. New this fall is Brazilian import Tina Newman for girls and vintage rockers tees by Klaude for boys. Trendy moms can find cute tops here, thanks to brands such as Fresh Karma. 1900 Preston Rd., Ste. 260, Plano. 972-867-4802; Southlake Town Square, 120 State St., Southlake. 817-416-6246. 656U, 26F
Baby Bliss. Parents who are all about the mid-century-modern rage will adore the graphically-driven Dwell crib sheet sets in colors like chartreuse and robin’s egg blue. This Snider Plaza boutique also stocks a good selection of Tea separates for toddlers and modern furniture from the New York line Oeuf. 6719 Snider Plaza. 469-232-9420. 35H
Bebe Grand. Owner Susan O’Neill is always sure to stock new names seasonally. This year Room Seven, designed by the daughter of the Oilily founders, is a winner with its mix-and-match patterns for girls. Also find local creations such as shoes by Squeak Shoes and burp cloths by Baby Rags. 2013 Abrams Pkwy. 214-887-9224. 36Z
|DARING DROPS: Double Happiness earrings ($110) available at Elements PRETTY PATTERN: Single dress ($265) available at Tootsies FOOT FETISH: Stuart Weitzman wedges ($275) available at Stanley Korshak|
For Children. For traditional smocked dresses and shorties, you can’t beat the selection at this shop. Sweet outfits by Amanda Remembered for girls are still here, but new to the mix for both girls and boys are Viva Le Fete and Anavini. For kids sized 4-10, this classic store gets fashion-forward with new line Lemon. 4408 Lovers Ln. 214-363-1651. 35A
Haute Baby. Little girls go crazy for the dress-up selections at this Inwood Village stor
|SEEING STARS: Michael Stars tee ($75) available at Tootsies CINCH IT: Ports 1961 dress ($750) available at Stanley Korshak BOOT SCOOT: Alaia boots ($885) available at Forty Five Ten|
Cowboy Cool. Modern cowboys, listen up. Whether you want bad-boy skulls, your school logo, or a customized design on your boots, at this boutique they are made to order. Also on the racks: hip western shirts, rock-star tees, cowboy hats, Parasuco jeans, chunky sterling silver jewelry, belt buckles, and more. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 407. 214-521-4500. www.cowboycool.com. 35Y
Culwell & Son. This mini department store offers everything men and boys could possibly need. Order custom or off-the-rack clothing, score a school uniform, rent or buy a tux, and have clothes dry-cleaned and altered. You can even get a haircut at the on-site barbershop. 6319 Hillcrest Ave. 214-522-7000. www.culwell.com. 35H
Daniel Taylor Clothier. This shopping spot for conservative, classy suits and business-casual attire has a new contemporary casual section called Trend. In it you’ll find Acorn shirts, Martin Gorda separates, Ike Behar tapered shirts, and, our favorite, ultra-soft Agave tees and short-sleeved shirts in lively colors. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 313. 214-521-0433. 35Y
Forty Five Ten. This prestigious address is one of the city’s most chic shopping destinations, and the men’s section is no exception. Fall fashions include jackets and blazers slightly more cropped and preppy than in years past, paired perfectly with the store’s Levi’s straight-leg jeans. Highly coveted casual wear is from the likes of Dries Van Noten, Nicole Farhi, and D Squared. 4510 McKinney Ave. www.fortyfiveten.com. 214-559-4510. 35V
Friction. The newest addition to West Village from style-savvy owner Angie A. Miller features decidedly cool selections of both dressy and casual menswear from the likes of Hugo Boss, Howe, and Ben Sherman. They’ve even got Hugo Boss that the Hugo Boss store doesn’t have. Pair your new night-out shirt with jeans by Rock & Republic and Parasuco. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 302. 214 443-6155. 35Y
Gregory’s. This favorite boutique of the ladies also has a small men’s section of street-chic casual wear. The hip selections include in-demand D Squared shirts and tees, Faith tees, and pieces from Cavalli Class, Alexander McQueen, and Loom State. Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 1365. 972-490-1285. 14R
H.D.’s Clothing Company. This famed Greenville Avenue store caters to the fashion-forward man. H.D.’s specializes in unique, colorful “after 6” shirts by European designers. T-shirt fanatics will love the bold selections by brands such as Diesel, which is also the store’s signature line of denim. 3018 Greenville Ave. 214-821-5255. www.hdsclothing.com. 36P
Jean Connection. The city’s largest selections of jeans is housed here, with brands such as True Religion, Damage, 575, Citizens of Humanity, Loomstate, and Meltin Pot for men. Modern Amusement and Z Brand casual tees, shirts, and blazers are ideal for pairing with your new blues. 5926 W. Northwest Hwy. 214-691-7894. www.jeanconnection.com. 25T
Ken’s Man’s Shop. When you want to dress to impress, Ken Helfman and son Kory will suit you up in elegant suits, sport coats, ties, fine shirts, and slacks by brands such as Pal Zileri, Brioni, and Equilibrio. Nat Nast is a big name in the casual-wear section, and Nat’s daughters will be at the store in October for a special trunk show. As always, Ken’s offers one-of-a-kind antiques and unique gifts for the man who appreciates the extraordinary. 309 Preston Royal. 214-369-5367. www.kensmanshop.com. 25F
Mallasadi. This store’s four locations are known for featuring only the finest European designers, with sleek suiting by brands such as Brioni, Stefano Ricci, Zanella, Equilibrio, and, new this year, Ravazzolo and Pal Zileri. The customer service is far from European, however, with an attentive and ultra-friendly staff. Village on the Parkway, 5100 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 610. Multiple locations. 972-404-4045. 14D
|BEST WESTERN: Handmade custom boots are the stars at M.L. Leddy’s. Photo by Doug Davis|
M.L. Leddy’s. This famed family biz in the Fort Worth Stockyards has been the store for fine handmade custom boots and saddles since 1922. They’ve still got everything a cowboy needs, from exotic skin boots to cowboy hats to the perfect belt buckle. City slickers can stock up on the highest quality custom suits, sport coats, and shirts. 2455 N. Main St., Fort Worth. 817-624-3149. www.leddys.com. 62G
Octane. Whatever the newest, hippest trends in casual wear, you’ll find them here. This year’s hot denim lines include Jet Lag, Seal Kay, J Lindeberg, LA denim, and many more. Exclusive to Octane are top-selling slim-fitting Tsubi jeans from Australia, which fly off the shelves as soon as they arrive. For t-shirt addicts, this store has your fix. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 310. 214-219-3118. 35Y.
Pockets Menswear. You’ll find the finest hand-tailored suits, sport coats, and pants from such Italian designers as Ermenegildo Zegna, Canali, and Ravazzolo. This elegant store also features all the coveted accessories for sophisticated dressers, such as exquisite custom-made belts and buckles by W. Kleinberg, leather wallets, shaving accessories, and cuff links. 46 Highland Park Village. 214-368-1167. www.pocketsmenswear.com 35K
Premium 93. Style-conscious young professionals frequent this store for its fresh, sophisticated fashions. Fall favorites include Nicholas K bulky sweaters, cashmere by Inhabit, Upper Cutts tailored jackets and classic pants, as well as Nice Collective tees and jackets that are available only here. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 405D. 214- 526-2884. 35Y
Q Shirtmakers. With 3,000 new shirt fabrics and a just-in selection of ready-to-wear at both locations, now is the time to stock up on sharp custom suits and dress shirts. You’ll also want Alfred Dunhill cuff links, leather wallets and belts, and ties and cuff links by Robert Talbott and best-selling Du Champ. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 303. 214-780-9888. 85 Highland Park Village. 214-780-0555. www.qshirtmakers.com. 35Y, 35K
Sebastian’s Closet. Upscale shoppers frequent this chic shop for suits by Pal Zileri and Hugo red label by Hugo Boss, an exclusive here. Sharp dressers love the Eton dress shirts and Tino Cosma neckwear. For days when you don’t need to get decked out, SC also has the looks for dressing down. Denim by True Religion, 575, and 1921 are hot. Village on the Parkway, 5100 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 540. 972-387-0888. 14D
Stanley Korshak. This one-of-a-kind Dallas department store is about everything high-end. In the renowned men’s department, Armani has its own wing, as does Ralph Lauren. Other fashion heavy-hitters include Valentino, Etro, Kiton, John Varvatos, Brioni, Charvet, and more. If you can’t find the perfect casual or dressy look among the endless glam designers here, you can have almost anything custom-made. 500 Crescent Ct., Ste. 100. 214-871-3610. www.stanleykorshak.com. 45F
Threads. Connected to women’s boutique Flirt, the men’s side of this trendy shopping spot features affordable casual wear such as preppy Penguin polo shirts, tees by Momi Momi, jeans by brands such as Tag, and much more. Even the anti-shoppers will like hanging here. There’s an on-site bar and lounge area. 2633 McKinney Ave., Ste 170. 214-754-7066. 45F
After much bloodshed and interminable waiting, the forces of fashion have at last
triumphed over the drab and out-of-date in the downtown development. Here’s the skinny.
Art by Marguerite Sauvage
2404 Victory Park Ln.
Who is calling the shots: After countless e-mail exchanges and voice mails, we have no idea. Seriously.
What the press release says: “A range of fittings and washings with authentic details are the hallmark of the company.” What that really means: We make other things, but please stick to the denim. Expect to see: Metrosexual men who are concerned with the label. Ladies who wore the brand in college seven years ago and are ready for the comeback. What you will go home with: A head-to-toe denim ensemble. As in skirts, jeans, shorts, dresses, jackets, and handbags.
2316 Victory Park Ln.
Who is calling the shots: Movida’s Gladys Contreras. What the press release says: “… offering unique lines from up-and-coming designers, along with popular labels.” What that really means: We’ll have cheap stuff (the “up-and-coming designers”) and expensive stuff (the “popular labels”). Expect to see: SMU girls who live in Uptown and don’t want to hassle with driving their BMWs all the way to Mockingbird Station to shop at Movida. What you will go home with: Seven jeans, Alice & Trixie flirty prints, and sexy dresses and tops from 213 Industry.
2410 Victory Park Ln.
Who is calling the shots: Premium 93 and Octane’s Ort Varona.
What the press release says: “Modern and technical materials take flight with trendsetting new looks.” What that really means: We are so ahead of our time that you won’t understand our press release. But musicians and art-types do. Expect to see: Business executives by day, musicians and actors by night. The Wilson brothers when they are in town. What you will go home with: Perfect black pants, edgy suits, and mod tops.
2308 Victory Park Ln.
Who is calling the shots: Co-owners Chris and Jeff Hornbeak of San Antonio’s Cork boutique. What the press release says: “From a day at the office to a night on the town, Klad will carry European sophisticated styles for today’s professionals.” What that really means: If you’re not employed, or you’re older than 40, this is not the place for you. Like LA’s Kitson with more class. Expect to see: The downtown set, lawyers, bankers, stockbrokers (and their spouses). What will you go home with: Classic pieces for women like Velvet tops, Harkham dresses, and Hudson jeans. Retro Original Penguin collared shirts and funky Trunk Ltd. tees for men.
2350 Victory Park Ln.
Who is calling the shots: Ort Varona. Again. What the press release says: “The city emporium will provide two floors of modern fashion, furniture, and art.” What that really means: This 30,000-square-foot place is so big, it could be its own city. If it’s not nailed down, you can buy it. Expect to see: Buyer Liz Thompson groupies and up-and-coming socialites Lyle Foster and Jenny Kirtland picking up Cynthia Rowley. Funky hipsters purchasing art and Converse tennies. What you will go home with: A Diane von Furstenberg dress, blond highlights from the salon, a personalized CD mix made by the resident deejay, lunch from the café, Chip and Pepper jeans, and Hush Puppies shoes.
2412 Victory Park Ln.
Who is calling the shots: Owner and longtime retailer Ihedi Adugba. What the press release says: “A designer boutique featuring a striking collection …” What that really means: By “striking” we mean you’ll pass out when you see the prices. Expect to see: Myrna Schlegel choosing between Valentino and Zac Posen for the Crystal Charity Ball. What you will go home with: Marc Jacobs, Versace, Moschino, and Roberto Cavalli. But probably not all at once.
3030 Olive St.
Who is calling the shots: Susan Bugg. What the press release says: “Brands that represent a casual lifestyle, driven from a board riding heritage.” What that really means: Look, there is no water within miles of here. But if you wear our boarding shorts to the infinity pool at the W, chicks will think you can surf. Expect to see: Guys with blond highlights and girls with no highlights. What you will go home with: Shirts with the logo on it, shorts with the logo on it, and bags with the logo on it.
3090 Olive St., Ste. 102
Who is calling the shots: N9NE Group’s Michael Morton and Scott DeGraff of Ghostbar fame. What the press release says: “From cigars, some essential necessities, to the latest in fashion apparel … we have a little something for everyone.” What that really means: We’re not quite sure what our concept is, but we do sell cigars, condoms, designer jeans, and expensive belts in one handy store. Expect to see: Wild, young things purchasing some tight denim to sport to the night’s clubbing activities. And tourists. What you will go home with: If you’re lucky, a trendy Ed Hardy shirt. If you’re not so lucky, a N9NE Steak House logo tee.
Need sky-high heels or brilliant boots? These local boutiques are a shoo-in.
Photography by Abel Sanchez
|Dig deep into your wallets and go fashion-forward at Gregory’s (Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Pkwy. 972-490-1285. 14R). We swoon over funky heels by Sonia Rykel, gorgeous leather Bottega Veneta, deliciously sexy Azzedine Alaia, and boots from English bad boy Alexander McQueen.|
|Shopping at Accomplice (West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 501C. 214-520-8535. 35Y) feels as if you’re rummaging through your well-heeled best friend’s closet. The friendly staff and oversize loungers make for a fun backdrop to scour the budget-friendly lines such as Chinese Laundry, BCBGirls, Kors by Michael Kors, Tyler by Richard Tyler, and Naughty Monkey sandals and wedges.|
|Owner Molly Thayer stocks Lou Lou (4417 Lovers Ln. 214-521-8833. 35A) with stellar finds this fall. Casual days call for fleece-lined clogs by Volatile and black or Charles by Charles David brown suede gum wedges. For dressier occasions, we love Tyler by Richard Tyler’s closed-toe croc heels and giraffe pony-hair boots from Via Spiga.|
|From the moment you walk into Stanley Korshak (500 Crescent Ct., Ste. 100. 214-871-3600. www.stanleykorshak.com. 45F), the only store of its kind in the world, you know you’re not going to leave empty-handed—especially if you’re in the shoe department. Its highly edited mix of ultra-glam labels such as red-soled Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, black-tie-worthy Rene Caovilla, and sexy Valentino could leave any girl jonesing for more.|
|E. 61st (61 Highland Park Village. 214-521-0828. www.e61st.com. 35K) is kicking it up a notch this season with sexy offerings like 4-inch leather and suede boots by Oscar de la Renta Couture, heels by Hollywould, and Ferragamo’s new line, Caligarius.|
|Jessica Bennett, J. Renee, and Matisse are just a few of the lovely attention-grabbing sandals, heels, and boots you can find at B. Whitman (Southlake Town Square, 1443 Main St., Southlake. 817-410-3800. 26G) this season. Owner B has done so well for herself that her new location opens next month at Victory. Find a mix of fun and young, such as Miss Sixty and Frye, plus elegant choices from Donald J. Pliner and Luc Berjen.|
|Bespectacled Steven Spodek (5600 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 123. 214-350-3883. 34D) has made some changes to his eponymous shoe boutique this season. New lines like bestseller Salpy, an American, handmade shoe, and comfortable wedges by Cordani, are flying off the shelves. Fun Rafe handbags and shoes share space with Donald J. Pliner. Robert Clergerie rounds out the mix.|
|Women who love fashion and love indie, upscale, hard-to-find labels flock to Sebastian’s (6730 Snider Plaza. 214-360-9001. 35H) for its out-of-this-world shipments of Christian Louboutin round-toe pumps, Costume National heels, hippie glam Marni wedges, and heart-flutter-inducing Brian Atwood.|
|For classic Texas style with a kick, no one does it better than Cowboy Cool (West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 407. 214-521-4500. www.cowboycool.com. 35Y). Owner Heath Calhoun’s Southern charm and friendly demeanor will have you in a pair of custom boots in no time. Choose from lines like Liberty and Stallion, and, while you’re at it, check out the rock ’n’ roll collection of accessories like silver skull buckles and turquoise and leather wrist straps.|