This month, our SAA team hits the birthplace of iconic retailer Neiman Marcus (founded in 1907), now home to a thriving art scene and a downtown urban renaissance, and finds chic locals putting a fresh spin on the larger-than-life Texas ethos. Here, their guide to shopping the city.
“When I moved here five years ago, there were rules of style—that’s changing,” says Russian transplant Nasiba Adilova. “Women are wearing furry slippers and gravitating from cocktail dresses to separates from new designers.”
Jeweler Sue Gragg “embodies Dallas.” Adilova got one of her delicate gold nameplate necklaces when her son was born; now “I give one to all my friends when they have babies.”
When fashion folk flew in for Chanel’s western-themed Métiers d’Art show in 2014, “they went crazy!” at East Dallas vintage emporium Dolly Python. Designer pal Mary Katrantzou found printed circle skirts there that served as inspiration for her next collection.
Deep Ellum—”the Brooklyn of Dallas”—has an emerging foodie scene just east of downtown.
Crepe trench coat, Prabal Gurung, price on request, similar styles at prabalgurung.com. Her own Gucci pumps.
“Despite the popular stereotype of big hair and boots, Dallas women aren’t afraid to experiment,” says Taylor Tomasi Hill, a Texas-bred former fashion editor. Known for her fiery red hair and madcap layering, she moved home this summer to work at Forty Five Ten (newly relocated to a 37,000-square-foot compound downtown). Tomasi Hill also launched a smaller concept store in outdoor shopping center Highland Park Village, TTH Forty Five Ten, which stocks emerging designers plus luxury brands “I believe in,” such as Harvey Faircloth, Jacquemus, Palmer// Harding, Unfortunate Portrait, and Sacai.
Also on her must-see list: “I love Tenoversix“—an arty shop in the Joule hotel stocked with woven recycled-plastic Truss bags and Polka Dot Club stuffed toys—for “the best gifts.”
On weekends, “I live in the Design District,” scouring vintage showrooms White Elephant, Antiques Moderne, and Scout for French country and midcentury-modern bits to decorate her new home.