After a Fashion

An open letter to Sandra Bullock, and a Bad Customer Service (BCS) Report redux.

DEAR SANDRA BULLOCK Austin has such an exciting lineup of fashion events coming up, and while we know that you don't particularly consider yourself a fashion maven, your support of the fashion industry here would be invaluable. We offered last week to find you something fabulous (and local) to wear. If you'd like, we'll even send a taxi for you, or even pick you up ourselves -- maybe we could swing by Sandy's Hamburgers on Barton Springs on the way. Don't you think that would be fun? If Bob has any problems getting you on the guest list, we'd be happy to all chip in and buy a ticket for you. Please come! Please!

Sincerely, The Style Avatar.

IT'S SHOWTIME The Good, the Bad & the Beautiful, Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Austin Music Hall (complete info at, is not to be missed, and kicks off what will be the most spectacular fall fashion season in Austin history. Guilded, Thursday, Oct. 12, the initial offering from the Designers' Guild of Austin, promises a variety of looks from local designers (call IDoL Gallery/Boutique, 445-5678, for info). Fashion/Fantasy at Atomic Cafe, Thursday, Oct. 19, will be the second production by Neil Diaz featuring a more alternative approach to local fashion. And then, last but certainly not least, Club DeVille's Fall Fashion Extravaganza falls on Wednesday, Oct. 25 -- and, as usual, expect the unexpected.

THE PINK PARTY was a very nice little fundraiser for the Designers' Guild a week ago Sunday. Hostesses Brooke Carter and Bonnie Barton threw a surprisingly fun affair at Pink Salon -- we were surprised, anyway, and couldn't believe we stayed until 2am (it went on until 4am!). All the usual suspects from the Guild were there -- surely you've memorized all their names by now -- along with other assorted fashionistas and their admirers. Provided with the list of attendees was a note from one of the hostesses stating that "We don't use last names." We had to laugh, remembering a long-ago episode of Family Affair in which Cissy runs away from home to become a hippie. Quizzed by Uncle Bill about who these people were that she was hanging out with -- what were their last names? -- Cissy replies, "We don't use last names! We don't need them!" So, without further delay (and without last names), a sampling of the guests included musicians Jason and Conrad from ... the Trail of Dead; Shane from Moloko Vellocette; Tom (okay, I do know his last name: Palmer), Jonathan, Roberto, and Erica from Band X; Beth from Black Lipstick; Eyad and Kelly from the Process; and Kiki from Rhythm of Black Lines. Also attending were models Sylvie and Michelle, director Joanna, Melanie from Fragment of i, and Katie of Baby du Monde. Then, of course (you can thank me later, Bonnie), there was "the fabulous Mitch in the python pants."

THE WRITE STUFF Seems like you can hardly smear anyone in print anymore without someone getting upset! After our Bad Customer Service (BCS) report of last week, the response was hot and heavy. Notably, Reader X took time out of her busy schedule to write us to say, "Although you and I see eye to eye on lots of things, there are those areas in which we don't." She admits to having had horrendous problems with Sears Auto Center (which is specifically the issue we addressed), but heartily praises the Hancock Sears for the helpful and friendly service in both the boys' department and computer department, as well as flooring, hardware, and shoes. Good enough. As I said, it was the treatment at the auto center that was inexcusable. Then Reader X practically lapses into dementia in praising Public Storage, saying the 41st Street location is "a bit like going to the fabled Cheers -- if you're a regular, everybody knows your name or at least acts like they do." Obviously, that was not our experience with them -- we dealt with their pickup and delivery service (and a series of smarmy, insulting attitudes on the telephone). But like all businesses with many outlets, some can be better than others. Reader X also gives kudos to the U-Haul outlet by Fiesta on N. I-35 (we also had good service there), as well as Bank of America. Regarding B of A, let us reiterate -- it was the downtown branch that had an attitude problem. The Oltorf branch is great, as is the 39th Street branch at I-35. Gee, you'd think that since Reader X and we seem to hang out at all the same places, we could start carpooling!

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