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Our Style Avatar discovers J-Rock at Momoko, just in time for their upcoming Summer Fashion Show.
NEW NEW BOHEMIA This SoCo fixture is undergoing serious reorganization as owner Alexandra Renwick is moving to Portland, Oregon, and turning the store management over to Brendan Bicksler, formerly of Uncommon Objects. The store is still in the throes of transition, but is working new vendors into their lineup. With an eye toward diversification, Bicksler projects numerous events throughout the fall with new promotions and ads. The vendors themselves will be taking more of a hand in the operation, each one producing festivities for SoCo's First Thursdays. One of the new vendors is the infamous Ruby Lamb (consort of the equally infamous photographer Bob Sherman), who will be selling her own particular brand of kitsch -- pictures, accessories, vintage clothing, as well as her own original designs, such as the self-explanatory Poodle Bra. Okay, maybe it's not self-explanatory, but you must see it to understand. Drop by: Say goodbye to Alex, and say hello to an exciting new venture.
IF THE SHOE FITS Saturday, July 14, is the opening date for Goody Two Shoes on the glam SoCo strip. Christine Ann, the owner, has an innovative approach -- trendy shoes that need not be expensive. Offering dozens and dozens of styles of shoes that are not exactly what you'd call "investment shoes," the store runs the gamut from bright, springy styles to the kind of shoes that -- well, let's just say they're not meant for walking. With a lengthy history in shoe biz, Christine knows her market and is providing enormous style at sensible prices. Goody Two Shoes will also carry an assortment of jewelry, and some casualwear, as well as possibly venturing into men's shoes. Yippee!
SWIMMING POOLS AND MOVIE STARS Local photography legend Andrew Shapter is moving his base of operations to L.A. His internationally acclaimed work for such companies as RCA, Arista, Sony Music, Mercedes Benz, Kodak, Isuzu, Bliss Magazine UK, Miller Brewing Company, Anheuser Busch, Town & Country magazine, and Massimo & Storm, London has raised the bar for fashion photography in Austin. Constant traveling made a family life difficult, so Shapter has decided to make himself more accessible to those who hire him. But he's hardly leaving quietly. Saturday, July 14 through Monday, August 6, the Austin Modern Art Gallery (830 W. Third, #1134) presents The Last Picture Show: Andrew Shapter Goes to Hollywood. It will be a retrospective of his past achievements, as well as current work, and encapsulates the drama and style that Shapter brings to his work. Though the bulk of his work will be now be produced elsewhere, he will keep the studio that he has here, and promises to return in a couple of years. Congrats, Andrew, on your show, and best of luck in your future endeavors.