STYLE: A rush of glamour at Tribeza Style Week Fashion Show. Thursday night, Tribeza wrapped another Style Week with a sleek runway show, this time returning to a sprawling, otherwise empty floor in the University Park building. Refreshments and low lighting proliferated. Guests, too. Almost immediately, we ran into social top-shelfers like Anne Elizabeth Wynn, Alex Winkelman and John Hogg, along with trendsetters like writer Christine Moline, hair stylist Ricky Hodge, photographer David Heisler and ballet marketer Tim Dillon. Sitting across from us during the show that featured apparel from 11 shops were lavishly handsome couples such as Kendra Scott and Matt Davis (Kendra Scott Jewelry), Lauren Smith Ford and Bennett Ford (Tribeza), Lauren and Sean Greenberg (Allen’s Boots) and Stephanie Coultress O’Neill and Todd O’Neill (Estilo). I was placed in the perfect spot for my social purposes with lobbyist Andrea McWilliams to my left and power duo Jack and Carla McDonald to my right. Learned more about Austin past and present in that hour than in the entire previous month. (Oh, we saw lovely clothes for men and women.)
Correction: Matt Davis was misidentified in a previous post.
FOOD: The long-awaited Qui review. Reported by Matthew Odam in the Statesman: "No other Austin restaurant opening in recent memory has garnered the amount of buzz and attention as Qui. That excitement and anticipation bring expectations of chef-owner Paul Qui. It also presents a duality: One camp, blinded by adoration, will likely love whatever the affable "Top Chef" winner puts out while another group will hold the former Uchiko executive chef to an impossible standard. It’s simultaneously a can’t-lose and can’t-win situation. That made the opening all the more compelling for those who enter the frenzied fray with a level head. How would Qui respond to the hopes and demands of so many Uchiko acolytes and the countless foodies who felt such pride in the chef’s televised accomplishments? Would he play to expectations and put out food diners would instantly find familiar? Or would he chart a new course?" http://shar.es/KhZ80(Few can write an incisive review like Matthew.)
SCHOOL: Aggies can swagger, too. Reported by Ralph K.M. Haurwitz in the Statesman: "Texas A&M University announced a new point of pride Thursday: Fall enrollment, based on preliminary figures, stands at 53,219, a record for the state and ahead of the University of Texas for the first time. The surge from 50,227 students last fall is a result of the acquisition of a law school in Fort Worth and larger-than-expected freshman enrollment, said A&M President R. Bowen Loftin. UT’s enrollment of 52,076, also a preliminary figure, is just shy of last year’s 52,186. A&M has been on a roll in other categories as well. The university raised more than $740 million in donations and pledges during the past 12 months. And its football team has racked up impressive records — 11-2 last season and 3-1 thus far this season — that have fueled donations as well as a certain Aggie swagger." http://shar.es/KhZbC(Check Times Higher Education world rankings for another sort of comparison.)
NIGHTLIFE: Is this guy for real? Surely not. Reported by Dan Solomon in Texas Monthly. "By now you may have heard of Romeo Rose, the Austin-based wedding photographer who became a viral sensation after his website/personal ad, SleeplessInAustin.com, helped put the "hopeless" in "hopeless romantic." Rose’s ad caught the attention of the Internet because it hits a triple-threat of things people love: The man himself is kind of pathetic, offering a cash finder’s fee to anyone who can help him meet a girlfriend; but he inspires no sympathy for his situation, because his criteria is, um, horribly racist, sexist, and insulting. http://www.texasmonthly.com(We’ll let other people vet Rose from a distance.)
STYLE, TOO: A Tribeza party we missed: Reported by Caitlin M. Ryan in CultureMap Austin. "Brazos Hall was transformed into a lush, old-Hollywood den on Tuesday night for Nak Armstrong and Tribeza Style Week’s Unveiled Dinner and After Party, benefiting Hospice Austin. Sixty black-tie guests attended the $1,000-a-plate seated dinner by La Condesa; the event was was co-hosted by sinewy Texas supermodel Erin Wasson, who was clad for the occasion in a sleek, black evening gown and ankle cowboy boots. A close friend of the jewelry designer, Wasson recently sported a single, glittering emerald Nak Armstrong earring to the MTV Video Music Award ceremony in August." http://austin.culturemap.com(Well described, Caitlin.)