On The Road With Hester, Part II
This is Hester’s Tasha Green and Mauricio Quezada again—howdy from Texas! We kicked off our tour of the Lone Star State with a birthday party for Mo in his hometown of El Paso. There was dinner and booze and a brief moment on a saddle—as they say, “When in Rome…” From there we drove through a torrential rainstorm to get to Austin’s By George. Matthew and Katy Culmo, the visionary husband-and-wife team behind the boutique (they have one of the best selections of Lanvin we’ve ever seen, and we’ve done nothing but hike from store to store these last few weeks) invited us for a trunk show and meet-and-greet with the local press. Check it out here. Our draped georgette cocktail number and draped corset top in faille were major hits. One client told us she’d wear the latter “with blue jeans and Chanel ballet flats for a night of music with my husband.” Perfect! After Austin, it was off to Dallas’ V.O.D.—co-owners and party girls Jackie Bolin, Liz Thompson, and Elizabeth O’Mahony named that shop after Valley of the Dolls—where we met nineties runway model Jan Strimple and an SMU student named Hester Hodde (pronounced “hottie”—yes, best name ever). Now it’s back to New York City with all the knowledge that we’ve gained from you, fashion-loving America. We’ll have y’all in mind—yes, we say y’all now—as we design our future collections.