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The Pearl development is welcoming a fitting San Antonio business into its fold.

Opening to the public Saturday, October 16 is local custom clothing company Limatus Bespoke, which will be located in a 1,500-square-foot boutique space at the new Oxbow building at Pearl, at 1803 Broadway St.

Limatus Bespoke, which was founded in 2000 and also maintains a Southtown location at 311 Roosevelt Ave., is the creation of Devin Castleton, who had designs on creating a custom clothier in San Antonio akin to specialty shops he visited while living abroad. The result is a custom clothing company that emphasizes a, well, bespoke fashion experience.

Hardly cut from the same cloth as other fashion boutiques, Limatus Bespoke (“Limatus” is Latin for “refined” and “bespoke” refers to clothing made from scratch) empowers customers to choose the fabric, fit, and design of their pieces, with the goal of creating a personalized style and fit that is unique to each patron.

Limatus Bespoke makes suits, shirts, pants, jackets, vests, coats, and skirts according to each customer’s precise measurements, and during its tenure has dressed a number of notable San Antonians, from musician Doc Watkins and chef Steve McHugh to Greater: SATX president and CEO Jenna Saucedo-Herrera and even The Bachelorette contestant Mike Johnson.

“When we started Limatus Bespoke, we did it with a very direct intent to build a company that did not solely focus on the bottom line, but could promote our values, like expressing individuality and creativity, supporting and championing other local businesses that build our community, and ultimately add to the character of San Antonio,” founder Castleton says. “Pearl aligns with our values and we are fortunate to be part of the community and thrilled to begin our next chapter.”

Fashionistas interested in dressing to the nines with Limatus Bespoke’s help can start the process by booking an appointment with one of the boutique’s stylists, who then take more than 20 body measurements with specialized tools while learning customers’ style preferences and wardrobe needs. Then the design wizards get to work, and four to five weeks later, customers are called back in for a 30-minute fitting so Limatus Bespoke can make any needed alterations.

Limatus Bespoke also offers tailoring services and custom wedding apparel.

After its October 16 launch, Limatus Bespoke at Pearl will be open Monday through Saturday 10 am-6 pm and Sunday noon-5 pm. For more information about Limatus Bespoke or to book a private appointment, visit limatusbespoke.com.

The stylish team at Limatus Bespoke helps San Antonians dress their best.

Limatus Bespoke team
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The stylish team at Limatus Bespoke helps San Antonians dress their best.
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Texas’ official fashion week struts into San Antonio for inaugural event


San Antonio’s most stylish new event is optimistic about making a strong fashion statement, heralding a feather in the cap for Lone Star State designers.

Texas Fashion Week, the official fashion week for the entire state, promenades into San Antonio October 1-7 with a lineup of style-studded events. Tickets are currently on sale online for individual events.

Hardly cut from the same old cloth, Texas Fashion Week is the product of six years of research and a pilot launch in 2019 under the temporary name Fashion Week SATX. Texas Fashion Week is part of the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative, the state’s official nonprofit dedicated to the Texas fashion industry.

What’s more, the event has solidified a partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, making Texas Fashion Week the first in the history of the U.S. fashion industry to garner such support from the prestigious organization.

But let’s buckle down and talk specifics. As part of its launch year, Texas Fashion Week will feature more than 200 fashion industry pros from all over the state, highlighted through a collection of fashion shows, city activations, and networking events.

Also showcasing various genres of the Texas fashion trade in support of economic development and competitiveness within the global fashion industry, Texas Fashion Week’s anchoring events this fall will exhibit fashion designers, fashion artists, fashion retailers, beauty industry professionals, and more.

With the theme of “A Pop of Optimism,” Texas Fashion Week 2021 events include:

  • Kickoff Night, Friday, October 1, 6:30-9 pm, Rosenberg Skyroom at the University of the Incarnate Word, 847 E. Hildebrand Ave., $15. Meet the designers, models, “glam squad,” and more at the launch of the first-ever Texas Fashion Week.
  • Fashion is Art, Saturday, October 2, 7-10 pm, Brick at Blue Star Art Complex, 108 Blue Star, $50-$65. The official celebration of bridging fashion and art, this event includes a night of fashion shows highlighting avant garde designs.
  • Look Local Night, Sunday, October 3, 7-10 pm, Brick at Blue Star Art Complex, 108 Blue Star, $50-$65. This is San Antonio’s chicest incentive to shop local fashion, and will include pop-up activations, fashion shows, and more.
  • Street Beat, Tuesday, October 5, 7-10 pm, Brick at Blue Star Art Complex, 108 Blue Star, $50-$65. Street Beat is all about bringing awareness to San Antonio’s local streetwear community. A fashion show will feature the area’s top designers.
  • Celebrate San Antonio, Wednesday, October 6, 7-10 pm, Brick at Blue Star Art Complex, 108 Blue Star, $50-$65. The local fashion design community (and beyond) will showcase their local “wears.”
  • Texas Fashion Awards, Thursday, October 7, 6-10 pm, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. This is the red-carpet fashion event of the year. (Note: Check the website for ticket specifics, which will be released soon.)

All proceeds from Texas Fashion Week will go to the nonprofit Texas Fashion Industry Initiative.

Though this will be the inaugural Texas Fashion Week, organizers say it’s just the first stitch in a design that includes growing the local and statewide fashion industries to new heights.

“With focus on Texas Fashion Week in particular, we have a three- to five-year plan for this inaugural event that will begin as a platform for local fashion industry artists annually, will make high-fashion experiences more accessible to this market, and eventually grow into the Texas Fashion Industry Convention in later years, bringing in fashion industry professionals into San Antonio from all over the world,” says Burgundy Woods, president of the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative and founder of Texas Fashion Week.

“This is just the beginning. It is an incredibly exciting time as we spearhead so much for the future of industry and headquarter it right here in San Antonio.”

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The best and worst red-carpet looks on Oscar's unbelievable night

Red-hot Red Carpet

The 89th Academy Awards featured one of the best red carpets in recent memory, with lots of interesting looks and a few clunkers.

Janelle Monae in Elie Saab couture at Oscars 2017
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Fashion-wise, it's been a rather lackluster awards season. But it seems like the stars saved the best for last. The 89th Academy Awards [http: /oscar.go.com/] featured lots of interesting fashion looks, from high-concept futuristic styles to old Hollywood glamour. Even those who committed a fashion faux pas or two had to be forgiven because at least they were thinking outside of the box. While the mix-up in the announcement of the year's Best Picture ended the telecast on a confusing note, the red carpet looks weren't nearly as controversial. Here are some of our favorites, along with a few misses. --- Janelle Monae, who co-stars in the surprise Best Picture winner Moonlight, ruled the red carpet in a dramatic Elie Saab Haute Couture fairytale gown that is likely to be included in future Oscar fashion retrospectives.
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Golden Globes 2016: Best and worst fashions from the red carpet

Golden Globes Fashion

The 73rd Golden Globes red carpet gave onlookers a lot to love — and hate. These are the best and worst dressed from the 2016 awards show.

Jennifer Lopez at Golden Globes
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From a fashion perspective, the 73rd Golden Globes [http: /www.goldenglobes.com/] was a checkbox of runway trends — plunging necklines or high-neck gowns with capes, skirts with pockets, wispy slip dresses and goddess gowns in pastel shades — along with eye-catching looks in a mustard color and serious gowns in black or white (or both). There was plenty to love — and hate. Here are some of our observations from the big evening. --- "It's just so different than anything I've ever done," Jennifer Lopez said about her Giambattista Valli gown that evoked a bit of '40s Hollywood glamour with a cape over the shoulders and skirt with flowing train. The color, which Lopez described as "mustard yellow/marigold" is a hard one to wear, but she pulled it off. And the thigh high slit evoked memories of Angelina Jolie's famous Oscar skirt [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2107113/Oscars-2012-Angelina-Jolies-right-leg-attracts-attention-mocking-15-000-Twitter-followers.html].
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The St. Anthony Hotel unveils luxurious new look at elite San Antonio affair

A Night to Remember

San Antonians gathered at The St. Anthony Hotel Thursday, November 19 for a star-studded ceremony to celebrate the grand reopening of a historic gem. Opened in 1909, the "Queen of San Antonio" recently received a major facelift after undergoing massive renovations.

Spectators first assembled on Travis Street in front of The St. Anthony for a grand sabrage and opening remarks from the likes of Lila Cockrell, Sheryl Sculley, Brandon Raney, Clyde Johnson IV, Hoyt H. Harper II, and Reverend Beth Knowlton.

Attendees then migrated inside for a glamorous party that spread across multiple stories of the hotel. Guests snacked on hors d'oeuvre and sipped on beverages while they explored the many attractions that The St. Anthony Hotel had to offer, from a shimmering room with sultry sounds from Sharon Montgomery to a luxurious hall with orchestral tunes and delectable dishes.

On the upper levels, guests enjoyed a spectacular light display at the pool, where an acrobat performed inside an inflatable bubble. The pool deck also featured scrolling images of the hotel over its years of operation. On the rooftop plaza, DJ Brandon Olds spun tunes while partygoers loosened their ties, danced, and snacked on street tacos.

Among the guests were Chip Young, Kevin Thorstenson, Sam Kasperick, Michael Lynd, Alan Warrick II, Elizabeth Rainey, Kim Johnson, Cheryl Greehey, Lori Houston, Si Si Penaloza, Tuesday Knight, Carly Van Sickl, and many more San Antonio elite.


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The St. Anthony Hotel hosted a glamorous party to celebrate the historic gem's grand reopening.

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The St. Anthony Hotel hosted a glamorous party to celebrate the historic gem's grand reopening.
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San Antonio singer owns the stage on 'The Voice,' charms all four judges

You Don't Own Her

In an episode of singing competition The Voice that aired on Monday, October 2, a singer from San Antonio wowed all four judges with a rendition of Lesley Gore's You Don't Own Me."

The song is famous for its bluesy, haunting verse, followed by a soaring chorus setting the singer's foot down. Of course, for a vocal competition, Rudi Gutierrez (who performs as Rudi) kicked things up a notch. She sang with a fuller voice than the raw original, and inserted plenty of runs to show vocal agility on top of richness.

The Voice sets the celebrity judges up facing the opposite direction of the stage, so that they can't see the singer until they're already committed to the voice. Still, it's not a completely blind competition, and Rudi looked cool in studded and sparkling denim from head to toe.

Gwen Stefani turned first, only 25 seconds in and a few words into the chorus. Since Stefani has always been a full-throated singer who goes for the drama, this was right on-brand. She said she felt "euphoria" later during the judges' reaction period.

"this sh!t is bananas," wrote Rudi on Instagram. "4 chair turn, a block, and a standing ovation?! let’s goooooo!!!!" She also shared a screenshot from 2014 professing her admiration (or something more?) for the iconic No Doubt singer.

Next Niall Horan blocked John Legend, who turned seconds later (unaware of the block), followed by Reba McEntire, who made the judges' support unanimous. Of course, Rudi chose her longtime crush Stefani as her vocal coach.

The 28-year-old singer usually records dreamy pop tracks with an R&B influence, so it'll be interesting to see how she continues to put her own spin on classic songs. She mentioned a common artistic struggle onstage — not making enough money through music alone — and shared that she'd been working at her father's auto body shop.

To see the judges' reactions and hear Rudi's audition, watch the clip on YouTube. Watch The Voice on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 pm on NBC.

Office sexual politics rear their ugly head in Netflix's Fair Play

Movie Review

The career of Alden Ehrenreich has – so far – been one without much progress. He was the star of Beautiful Creatures 10 years ago, a film that made little impact. Since then, he’s been in a Woody Allen movie, a Coen Brothers movie, and played a young Han Solo, none of which made him a star. After a few years away from movies, he’s back with a bang in 2023, with roles in Cocaine Bear, Oppenheimer, and now Netflix’s Fair Play.

Ehrenreich plays Luke, who’s in a relationship with Emily (Phoebe Dynevor), which they must keep secret because of a no-fraternization policy at the hedge fund where they both work. Working in finance, both are naturally ambitious, although Luke is a bit more naked in his desires. When Emily gets promoted ahead of Luke, he is at first is supportive, but is soon unable to hide his jealousy.

Written and directed by Chloe Domont in her feature film debut, the film tracks the devolution of Luke and Emily’s relationship, going from hot and heavy to heavily antagonistic. The sexual politics at play in the story are front and center, with Emily being the lone visible woman working in an otherwise all-male office. Luke initially bristles at whispers that Emily was promoted for reasons other than her financial skills, but working as her underling starts to bring out the worst in him.

Because Luke and Emily start the film as equals, the power dynamics take on an unusual form. Emily arguably does much more for Luke after her promotion than he would for her if the roles were reversed, sometimes to her own detriment. His blindness to her helpfulness, which eventually turns to suspicion, speaks volumes about the fragile ego of many men.

Another type of reversal is the sexuality depicted in the film. Most films of this type build up to the big sex sequences, using them as a culmination of a particular relationship. But Domont starts the film with them, and uses the absence of them later on as a way to denote how much Luke and Emily have drifted from each other.

It’s understandable why Domont set the film in a hedge fund, given the disparity between men and women in the field. But the scenes in which the employees, led by boss Campbell (Eddie Marsan), talk about the intricacies of their work just don’t pop, mostly because the dense terminology feels like the characters are speaking a foreign language.

Ehrenreich and Dynevor (best known for Bridgerton) each start off great, but as the film goes along and they’re required to get increasingly histrionic, they both become less believable. Domont saves most of the drama for the film’s final act; if the film was more balanced in its ups and downs, the two leads might have been able to even out their performances as well.

Still, the film has a propulsion to it that keeps it interesting, and the intensity of the final sequence is sufficient to forgive any earlier missteps. And, unfortunately yet again for Ehrenreich, it’s Dynevor who leaves the bigger impression, making a case that she should get many more lead roles in the future.


Fair Play is now playing in select theaters; it debuts on Netflix on October 6.

Alden Ehrenreich and Phoebe Dynevor in Fair Play

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Alden Ehrenreich and Phoebe Dynevor in Fair Play.

Kendra Scott teams up with Texan style influencer for milestone breast cancer awareness collection

Wear for a cure

Kendra Scott is already a Texas charity champion, but for a new collection the lifestyle brand is kicking its philanthropy up a notch. This will be the first time an entire collection will give back, and the focus is turned to an indisputably important cause: breast cancer research.

Kendra Scott — who loves a Texas connection — is joining native Houston fashion influencer Nasreen Shahi (@heynasreen), for a limited-edition jewelry collection. It will include two necklaces, two pairs of earrings, and a bracelet, all named after Shahi's mother.

Although Shahi's mother is the muse, it is her own experience with breast cancer that ties the collection to the cause. The fashion maven was diagnosed in 2021, and it's the outpouring of community support that the collection celebrates.

"This is a difficult month for most survivors because you reflect on so much of your own journey," wrote Shahi on Instagram on October 1, commemorating the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The pieces are gold (with some silver options) and very simple, setting stones in abstract patterns meant to be layered. The centerpiece is an emerald eye of protection, a classic Middle Eastern motif. A release states that avoiding pink was intentional, but does not share why. From a wearer's perspective, it may feel refreshing to wear a breast cancer collection that isn't so literal, and doesn't invite questions about the wearer's intent or connection.

Kendra Scott x Nasreen Shahi from @heynasreen collection necklacePhoto courtesy of Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott and Shahi have been "close partners" in previous years (the influencer has been featured on the Kendra Scott blog), but this is the first collaborative collection. All pieces will result in a 20 percent donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

The Kendra Scott x Nasreen Shahi from @heynasreen collection ($55-85) is available at kendrascott.com and in Kendra Scott retail stores.