After a Fashion

Stephen rubs and rubs and can't make it smudge! No, we're not talking about the Louisiana coastline.

Richie Rich captures the glamour of a 1930s movie star with every move.
Richie Rich captures the glamour of a 1930s movie star with every move. (Photo by Seabrook Jones/

EARLIER Tuesday, June 15, was Beyond Tradition's debut of its men's clothing collection on the sidewalks of the 2nd Street District. With smart, contemporary styles (and Beyond Tradition's always gorgeous jewelry and accessories), the crowd of 200 or so was enthusiastic, and the cash registers kept ringing all night. That pretty much spells out a successful show in my book. The crowd wolfed down the delicious treats from the Belmont, and the models looked great with makeup by Evie Evan. (Note to aesthetician types: There's going to be a makeup casting call/pool party July 7 from 5 to 8pm at the fifth-floor pool area of the AMLI, 421 W. Third, to hire makeup artists for Evie Evan's soon-to-be-open salon on Congress.)

LATER In addition to viewing Beyond Tradition's new collection, my friend Sunny Haralson and I walked out in head-to-toe gorgeous jewelry that was on loan to us to wear to Saturday night's Worldwide Maniac (microlending for disaster relief and green housing – fashion show, which featured Maggie Norris Couture (, the name behind the gown Nicole Kidman wore on a recent Vanity Fair cover); Carson Couture (; and Richie Rich's new collection, developed with Pamela Anderson(!). As you know, Richie was one of the original Club Kids from a more golden era in New York, as well as a partner in the formerly fabulous Heatherette duo. I was the only reporter allowed to interview Richie on Friday before Saturday's big show. Richie and I had met before, so we had a bit of history behind us. I posted the audio and some photos from the interview on the Chronicle's Chronique style blog ("Rich Dish," Chronique, June 18, Charming, friendly, and very down-to-earth, Richie is also glamorous, accomplished, and oh so pretty. We chatted and laughed the afternoon away like old girlfriends, and indeed, Richie has that quality of being able to make you feel like a very close confidante when he's telling his stories. I had front row VIP tickets and chose to bring my partner-in-fashion-crimes Jacki-OH from Skirts on Hypersonic Radio at 101X. Sunny was with us, as well as video artist Nico and photographer Jay Woods. Next to us was the beautiful Larissa Ness and her press secretary Neil Diaz, among so many of Austin's most fun and stylish citizens. The show started with Maggie Norris. Maggie is a seasoned professional and showed edgy military-inspired jackets paired with voluminous chiffon skirts as well as many other combinations of disciplined lines matched with luxuriously soft fabrics. She was followed by a performance from Blue Lapis Light. Stunning. As always. Then we saw the collection from Carson Case of Carson Couture – a very Miami-like collection of colorful resort wear and evening gowns. Richie Rich followed her for the finale. It doesn't matter what Richie shows; it's always about how Richie shows it. With glamazon females and droolingly handsome male models, Richie might as well have been showing towels, since very few people were focusing on the clothes. What Richie understands very well is that a fashion show is entertainment, and he knows exactly how to entertain. Divinely.

Backstage at the Austin Music Hall, Richie's male models – simple and stunning
Backstage at the Austin Music Hall, Richie's male models – simple and stunning (Photo by Seabrook Jones/

OMG The best mascara ever is the no-smudge, rinse-off mascara from Beauty for Real. I swear. My sister and I both tried it. Thick and glossy, we rubbed our eyes forcefully, and there were no smudges. Period. Then we rinsed it off with warm water, and there was no residue. With a mirror embedded on the side of the tube, Beauty for Real's Miracle Mascara is a real miracle and is available for you at Julian Gold, Y & I, and Spa Django. Faaaabulous... July 3 is Stag's inaugural Freedom Ain't Free Flea Market & Sale (10am-6pm, 1423 S. Congress). Stag is a men's apparel and lifestyle shop for contemporary fashion with classic roots, gifts that are inspired and unique, and furniture and other essentials for living the life of a modern gentleman.

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