Five Best Affordable Women's Clothing Boutiques in Dallas

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Catherine Downes
Mimosas while you shop
Rio Ritz
2722 Routh St.
A well-run boutique needs a welcoming atmosphere, trendy clothes, and pristine changing rooms. Oh, and booze. Rio Ritz has all of this in spades. Earlier this year, Thais Moses opened the doors of her well-curated shop to the benefit of closets throughout Dallas. The store stocks all the latest trends, straight from Los Angeles at prices that rarely exceed $50. Plus, upon entering the door, you're greeted with a mimosa. Shopping doesn't get much better.

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Follow Dallas Designer Emmanuel Tobias' Journey On Project Runway

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Courtesy of the designer
Project Runway struts its way back onto the television Thursday night for season 13. It's your classic reality competition show that narrows contestants down with each episode until there is a grand prize winner.

It's a favorite among fashion lovers or aspiring designers, and anyone else who just loves watching Heidi Klum. Every once in a while, a local designer lands a spot on the show and this season we've got three Texans. Dallas-based Emmanuel Tobias will be taking on the competition, which includes Samantha Palencia from San Antonio and Emily Payne who's from Temple, Texas.

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Party Under the Influence of Art Thursday Night

Categories: Events, Fashion

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Courtesy Elissa Stafford
Pick your poison...

Since its official launch in May, the Fashion Art Network has thrown "curated parties." They tempt partygoers with a fresh vibe, cheap tickets, and booze, then treat them to an evening of design, performance, and visual art - typically featuring artists represented by the part event-planning, part marketing company. On the one hand, it's a sneaky way to present art without allowing for value judgment; on the other, who can say no to music, booze, and art?

"It's a great time. It's a real creative time," says Dwayne Williams, co-founder of FAN. "We've thrown events with fashion presentations from different designers, allowing the designer to present different looks to the audience with art shows simulataneously, with artwork spanning from traditional art to new media."

Thursday's event breaks the mold of previous parties, because FAN invited Darryl Ratcliff to curate a party called, "A City Under the Influence." He's invited music acts Sudie and Ronnie Heart to provide the jams; Elissa Stafford will present video and performance art; Patrick Romeo created an installation piece; and Fred Villanueva teamed up with Cupcake Wars competitor Lauren Lee to create edible art.

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Our Five Favorite Pictures from the Austere Inferno Fashion Show

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Scott Mitchell

I'm not sure how you spent your Friday night, but we sent our photographer Scott Mitchell into the nine circles of hell, which apparently look like a fashion show, meets performance art meets a zombie cocktail party. The hybrid art collective and digital publication, Austere Mag's event featuring the work of designers from DFW, Austin, New Orleans, or Portland. The event bore this warning: "violence and hypersexuality." If you weren't in attendance, not to worry, we're here to indulge your inner voyeur.

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Designer Tendai Tawonezvi Taps into Handmade African Fabrics to Celebrate You

Categories: Fashion

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Danielle Georgiou
Tendai Tawonezvi in her studio.
Your summer wardrobe just got a little cooler thanks to up-and-coming line, NeoBantu. Blending together classic feminine shapes with vibrant African prints, designer Tendai Tawonezvi is producing pieces that reflect and celebrate your individuality.

She sources handmade African fabrics to inspire and fabricate her designs, all of which are done either out of a showroom in the Underground of South Side on Lamar or at a space in East Dallas. Each piece created is as unique as the print it embodies. "We are not all alike, and our clothes should allow us to express [that], Tawonezvi says.

If you are like me and have a fear of patterns and colors, that can be a bit scary, but this line might just change my mind. As I flipped through the racks at their showroom, I found myself attracted to many of the fabrics that Tawonezvi has selected as they cleverly combine a heavy base, like navy, with bright oranges and pinks, or integrate a cross-hatching pattern of yellow and blue with black outlines.

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Circuit 12 Contemporary Blends Fashion and Art with New Designer in Residence Program

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Dustin Orlando

Often at museum gift shops, there are scarves colored with patterns from a Monet or a Renoir. Visitors can then wear the art they've seen; they adorn themselves with the work of an artist. But where art ends and fashion begins is more complicated than whether or not a famous painter designed the pattern on your t-shirt. The way a dress drapes the shoulders, a corset hugs a torso, or the design of a new hat should also be seen as a form of art. In the past decade, curatorial choices at major museums reflect this sentiment, giving huge exhibitions to the designs of Jean Paul Gaultier or the photography of Mario Testino. Then, of course, there's Karl Lagerfeld: Parallel Contrasts exhibition/fashion show in Germany.

Here in Dallas, a few galleries are blurring the lines between art and fashion with design-centric parties or runway shows. At the forefront is Circuit 12 Contemporary, which recently launched a Designer-in-Residence program.

"I've always had an internal battle between my love and devotion to fine art and painting and also my obsession with high fashion," says Gina Orlando, who co-owns Circuit 12 with her husband, Dustin. "I'm interested in discovering where high fashion and fine art intersect and in what modes in the future they can potentially intersect."


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Shastra Home Is Now Open in the Design District

Categories: Fashion, Shopping

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Photos by Catherine Downes
The Design District welcomed its latest decor store, Shastra Home, a few weeks ago. The mid-sized boutique specializes in fair-trade artisan goods created in India.

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Rio Ritz Boutique is Now Open (Photos)

Categories: Fashion

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Photos by Catherine Downes
Uptown welcomed trendy and affordable women's boutique, Rio Ritz, this past weekend. The shop, which is located at 2722 Routh, was created by retail and fashion enthusiast, Thais Moses.

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Henderson Avenue's Suit Showroom Knot Standard is Now Open

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Catherine Downes

In the last year, the shopping options for stylish Dallas dudes grew exponentially. If you want to drink while you shop, West Village's Rye 51 liquors up its customers while they browse. If you want someone to help you choose your clothes, the business model of Henderson Ave.'s Trunk Club might be the right fit for you. But if you're looking for a more hands on approach and want a look that's uniquely yours, the newest store Knot Standard might suit your fancy.


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Seven Ways Sex and the City Would've Been Different in Dallas

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Sarah Jessica Parker will be in Dallas on March 9 to promote her shoe line and probably make Nordstrom's in NorthPark a giant nightmare of starstruck women of all ages. The department store won't be safe to go near for an entire afternoon.
SJP is best known as her New York-based character Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. To celebrate her upcoming arrival, here are seven ways the HBO series would have been different if it was set in Dallas.

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