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STYLE FILE Worldly Goods FORMER NEIMAN MARCUS STYLISTS JOSEPH STEFF EN AND DAN RODRIGUEZ TEAM UP TO LAUNCH DAN AND JOSEPH . For seven years, Joseph Steffen and Dan Rodriguez have been the go-to fashion guards at Neiman Marcus, styling and refining the wardrobes of Dallas’ fashion elite. Now, the duo is taking their esteemed style savvy up a notch with the launch of their brand and lifestyle development group Dan and Joseph (danandjoseph.com). After all, “there are many different ways to make people look and feel good besides selling them amazing clothes,” says Steffen, who will helm the venture’s brand development division while Rodriguez takes the reins of lifestyle development. Successful careers as stylists urged the collaborators to turn their branding ideas into a reality, and, already, the two work with Angela Scott and brands Traffic, TenOverSix and FortyFiveTen. “In our lifestyle segment, we work with individuals intimately to meet their personal needs,” shares Steffen. This includes wardrobe editing, art curation, interior guidance, event planning and hosting help. And with a style self-described as “cool opulence,” the tastemaking twosome isn’t hanging up their stylists’ hats (look for styling services filed under the brand’s lifestyle division), just expanding their clientele. “The most common mistake we see is what we call ‘the search.’ A person or brand can spend countless time in search of the perfect thing,” Steffen explains. “We are here to help.” EAST MEETS WEST Equine Divine It’s bound to be a lucky year for Ralph Lauren. In Chinese culture, the Year of the Horse begins Jan. 31, and the designer’s equestrian heritage couldn’t be more on point. In celebration, the brand is launching an exclusive collection of iconic menswear, womenswear, accessories and fine jewelry in the traditional palette of the Chinese New Year, brilliant reds and gold. Our charm of choice? This stunning crocodile cuff bracelet with a full pavé diamond horsehead. Ralph Lauren, 58 Highland Park Village, 214. 522.5270, ralphlauren.com –Isaiah Freeman-Schub DINING OUT SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY By Kim pierce Consilient Hospitality—overseer of some of North Texas’ most of-the-moment restaurants (AF + B in Fort Worth) and creator of stellar makeovers (out with Charlie Palmer, in with CBD Provisions at The Joule)— has taken its talent for foretelling to new heights. Says head honcho Tristan Simon, “What Consilient’s restaurants try to do is extrapolate existing dining demand and serve what we think is coming next.” Here, the stable’s shakers: AF + B Set to open this month in Fort Worth’s trendy West 7th District, this neighborhood tavern boasts chefdriven American vittles from Harris and ex-Craft pastry chef Laurel Wimberg. 2869 Crockett St., 817. 916.5300, afandbfortworth. Com CBD Provisions This place is simply a great urban Texas hangout, with snout-to-tail sensibilities. We love the way ’nduja kicks up humble pimento cheese. The Joule, 1530 Main St., 214. 261.4500, cbdprovisions.com The Front Room Chef team Tim Bevins and Michael Ehlert with pastry queen Alison Morse are turning the dinner menu upside down to draw more destination dining with clean, fresh fare. A remodel, which will close the place briefly, is to come. Lumen Hotel, 6101 Hillcrest Ave., 214. 219.8282, frontroomdallas.com Hibiscus Co-exec chefs Jason Ferraro and ex-Central 214 honeybee man Graham Dodds are quietly tuning up locavore deliciousness— Ferraro’s the meat man and Dodds adds veggie depth. 2927 N. Henderson Ave., 214. 827.2927, hibiscusdallas.com FAB 5 HOT TODDY! KEEP TOASTY AND SNUG THIS WINTER WITH THE CITY’S STEAMIEST SIPS. –courtney Bowers 1. Tree top toddy The Mansion’s take on the hot toddy is made for sitting fireside, with its Zirbenz stone pine liqueur, fresh lemon juice and Grade A maple syrup—all topped with cinnamon maple foam. 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd., 214. 443.4747, rosewoodhotels.com 2. The Cafe Pierre Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano’s frothy signature Cafe Pierre—think brandy, Kahlua, amaretto liqueur and coffee—is poured tableside, and then erupts into a sparkling blaze when set on fire. 4912 Cole Ave., 214. 521.4211, javiers.net 3. Hot Bourbon apple Cider The Standard Pour serves their cider piping hot and topped with spice honey cream and sage for a drink with seasonal allure. 2900 Mckinney Ave., 214. 935.1370, tspdallas.com 4. Bourbon milk Punch Although this Whiskey Cake icon isn’t served warm, the Eagle Rare bourbon, vanilla extract, milk and nutmeg will have you feeling cozy in no time. 3601 Dallas Parkway, Plano, 972.993.2253, whiskey-cake.com 5. The whiskey winter warmer The wintry tastes in Lark on the Park’s sipper are thanks to its perfect mix of whiskey, cinnamon, nutmeg and an assortment of other fall spices. 2015 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, 214.855.5275, larkonthepark.com TRENDWATCH NEW HEIGHTS DOWNTOWN’S NEWEST COCKTAIL BAR GOES OLD-SCHOOL IN BOTH INTERIORS AND COCKTAILS. By Jenn thornton When The Woolworth, a new restaurant and cocktail bar headed by owner Brandon Luke, mixologist Mike Hernandez and chef Ronald Von Hatten, opened in the historic F.W. Woolworth building downtown, the handcrafted cocktails were flowing and the sharable small plates passing within exposed environs touting a moody mix of wood floors salvaged from the original space and a 40-foot granite-topped bar. Now, the newcomer is looking to elevate the nightlife scene even higher with the addition of a second-floor balcony, which is currently steaming its way through the approval process. (“Hoping for an opening date in May!” says Luke.) Until then, make your way to The Woolworth for dinner and drinks—Luke likes the classic cocktails Smoke and Spice and The Suit. We like it all. 1520 Elm St., 214.814.0588, thewoolworthdallas.com CURRENT CRAVE Sweet spot Chocolate aficionados, rejoice. The cult-favorite purveyor of rich, dark confections— Dude, Sweet Chocolate—has set roots in a new, permanent storefront on Greenville Avenue. Chocolatier Katherine Clapner has been luring Dallasites to the Bishop Arts District since 2008 with seasonal, madefrom- scratch sweets, like Crack in a Box, a South American dark chocolate bark with candied hazelnuts, almonds and macadamia—now available sans the drive. That’s really a treat. 1925 Greenville Ave., 469.334.0125, dudesweetchocolate.com –KM LIQUID ASSET Fresh Squeeze! If anyone knows how to put down roots, it’s Brent Rodgers. After all, the owner of Roots Juices—purveyor of fresh pressed juice, shots, smoothies and raw food made from all-natural, locally farmed produce (not to mention a whole assortment of kits and cleanses)—has just opened an outpost on Oak Lawn Avenue, with another sibling headed for Houston this February. Rodgers credits a quality product for Dallas’ vigorous embrace of pressed juicing, and plans to open seven more Roots, all while continuing to mix it up with new products and fresh flavors at current locales. “I’m really excited about experimenting and bringing unique flavors to our menu that will take your taste buds on a thrilling ride,” says Rodgers, rattling off basil, persimmons, Swiss chard and sweet potatoes as likely candidates. Whatever keeps the juices flowing. 3527 Oak Lawn Ave., rootspressedjuices.com –JT ARCHITECTURE BEACON OF LIGHT Six years in the making, the much-anticipated Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum is finally open and a masterpiece in its own right. Piano, the venue’s Pritzker Prize-winning architect, was the ideal candidate to helm the expansion, being an avid admirer of the late Louis Kahn, an acknowledged mentor. As uniquely beautiful as its sister structures, the Kimbell’s original Kahn b uilding and Piano Pavilion establish an empathic dialogue, and seem to hold hands across the 65- yard green expanse between them. The pavilion is fashioned of concrete, glass and wood, with 29 pairs of 100-foot-long fir roof beams overhead. And renowned as the Kimbell’s always been for its extraordinary presence of light, Piano may have done Kahn one better in that department, enlisting present-day technologies to bring in natural light with state-of-the-art sustainability throughout. The Piano Pavilion puts the space through its paces in a most delightful way, showcasing highlights from the museum’s permanent collection—not surprisingly, in a new light. Through mid-January, the South Gallery will show European works, from late-medieval times through the Enlightenment, while the West Gallery previews the best of the Kimbell’s Asian holdings and the North Gallery becomes the permanent home for pre- Columbian and African art. All told, Piano’s a player in Dallas. Kimbellart.org –Steve Carter IN THE BAG Swing Vote Season after season, e Row’s brand of understated luxury takes shape in new exotic materials and relaxed shapes. For their resort collection, designers Mary- Kate and Ashley Olsen rendered their hobo style in sumptuous camel-colored ostrich leather. Covetable “it” bags will always have their place, but we’ll be starting off the year with a quietly chic statement. $6,900 at Neiman Marcus –IFS PUBLIC ART All For Art, Art For All TWO AUDACIOUS NEW PUBLIC SCULPTURES BRING ART TO THE STREETS. Public art is a great democratizer—free of charge and looming large, it brings uplift, fresh perspective and the occasional head-scratch to all passersby, regardless of station or status. The good news is that the Metroplexites just got culturally richer, with recent installations of two phenomenal public sculptures: Chicago artist Tony Tasset’s monumental “Eye,” situated across from downtown’s The Joule Hotel, and Londonbased Anish Kapoor’s equally colossal “Sky Mirror,” now permanently adorning the East Plaza at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Tasset’s “Eye” is a surreal traffic-stopper. The threestory- tall sphere, fashioned of fiberglass, resin, paint and steel, is modeled after the artist’s own eye, replete with veins spidering toward the blue iris. Big Brother, anyone? Kapoor’s “Sky Mirror” is the first piece of outdoor art in the acclaimed Cowboys Stadium collection. With its 35-foot diameter, the concave mirror reflects the sky on one side, and Cowboys fans on the other. –SC
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