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February 13, 2017

By Michael Barnes, American-Statesman Staff Style

HEALTH: Loyal to the man, the team, the school, the cause. Few letters spell out loyalty like DRK. Coach Darrell K. Royal died in 2012, but grown men and women will set aside all other pressing concerns to pause and honor the late Longhorns leader. They are especially generous to the DKR Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease. Coach’s widow, Edith Royal, was the steadfast calm at the center of the social storm during the Fund’s Links & Lyrics benefit at ACL...

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October 18, 2016

By Amber Elliott

(Photo: Rob Giardinelli, Carolyn Farb and Lance Avery Morgan)

Fashion X Houston recognized local design talent and "it" philanthropists last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The first time fete named Caroline Knapp, twin sisters Hannah McNair and Joanna Hartland Marks, and Lucinda Loya "Style Setters" for their individual style and dedication to serving the Houston community.

In addition to the Neil Hamil models who models looks from the honorees' own closet, designers Abi Ferrin, Amanda Valentine, Arrogantly Elegant, Becky Hollands, Chavon Shree, Erica Dawn Woodmore, Flawless Honey, Gunnar Deatherage, Shalon B, Chloe Dao, Alantude, Bentley & Lace, Deanna Santiago, VICREN, MANA, Michelle Lesniak, Caycee Black, Korto Momolu, Sonjia Williams, Inclan, TropiCouture, Miles David, Jimmy Burner, SixChel: Sexy Chic Cool...

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October 13, 2016

by Beth Muecke !

Photos by Angie Fanelli

Location: Silver Street Studios

(Photo: Lance Avery Morgan and Carolyn Farb, Matt Swinney on the Fashion X runway)

The first night of the 3-night Fashion X Houston started out with a view of beautiful Cadillac cars, then led into a room filled with fashions everywhere! Hundreds of Houstonians came to the first ever Fashion X Houston and we were not disappointed. The evening started out with galleries from stores and designers where you could shop on the spot. There were several photo-backdrop opportunities and lots of food and drink. This all led up to the huge runway event that included Miles David, Jimmy Burner, Sixchel, This is Sloane, Rask and capsule collections by Carlos Castillo, Shehla Rana, Daniel Esquivel and Sean Kelly. Popular lifestyle blogger Caroline Harper Knapp, of House of Harper, was the “Style Setter” of the evening. We even got to see some excerpts from...

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The Cool Kids: By Michael & Matthew:

(Photo: Fashion X Runway and Carolyn Farb & Lance Avery Morgan)

Bringing its successful fashion show franchise to Houston for the first time, founder Matt Swinney introduced the Bayou City to a different kind of show at Silver Street Studios. There seemed to be something for everyone at the opening night of Fashion X Houston (said as Fashion By Houston…not the letter X). From avant grade to elegant, the designers who showcased their collections left no one wanting.

The star of the night was Nicholas Nguyen of Mysterious by N.P.N, who closed out the show to a well-deserved standing O. He designs for both women and men, and I don’t think there was a single menswear item in his collection that I didn’t want. The women were equally “wowing,” with each piece looking more stunning than the last, especially the...

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January 28, 2017

By Kevin Smothers

This past Saturday the Spring 2017 gala season was kicked off in fine fashion as Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation held its Believe Gala, benefiting Dell Children’s Medical Center. The annual event, held at the Austin Convention Center, raised close to $1.5 million dollars.

Chaired by Emily and Joe Price, the evening began with a grand cocktail party on the ground floor that transitioned into an enormous dinner upstairs. The program, as always, focused on families who have been personally affected by health issues and how Dell Children’s has become such a vital part of our healthcare community.

Among the highlights of the evening was the announcement of the Grace Grego Maxwell Mental Health Unit, which will provide...

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December 22, 2016

By Susan Scovill

On Wednesday, December 21, 2016 Ella’s Grove, an eclectic women’s clothing store in Haverford Square, hosted its annual Men’s Night shopping event. Attendees stopped by with lists of ”naughty or nice” gift items and made their choices. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served. Owner Fran D’Ambrosio brings a love of design and a passion for beauty to Ella’s Grove. For almost 30 years, Fran has played many roles in the world of fashion, most notably as proprietor of acclaimed boutiques in both Connecticut and The Hamptons and now on the Main Line in Haverford Square.

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February 25, 2017

(Photo: Bryan Mays and Lance Avery Morgan at ABC/KVUE) By Jake Gaines

The Society Diaries Editor-In-Chief Lance Avery Morgan was on hand once again this year to share some of the post-Academy Awards runway fashion re-cap with noon anchor Bryan Mays.

The hits? The misses? There were plenty of both and with all the festivities happening before, during and after the awards - who could forget? According to Morgan and the latest issue of The Society Diaries, the dresses were on trend and in style.

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March 10, 2017

Shirley MacLaine, Kendra Scott, Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez and more fete Texas Film Awards

By Amber Elliott

Shirley MacLaine thinks that the city of Austin should build a wall. Not necessarily to keep people out, but to protect the artists who live within the city limits from themselves.She pleaded her case before a sold-out crowd at the 17th annual Texas Film Awards.

"Art is probably man's attempt to preserve his imagination against time," she said upon receiving both the Star of Texas Award for the film "Terms of Endearment" and a lifetime achievement award presented by famed filmmaker Richard Linklater."Shirley, we consider you an honorary Texan," Linklater said of MacLaine's three highly acclaimed Texas-filmed projects. Memories of Fort Worth native Bill Paxton, who passed away last month, were another...

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February 23, 2017

By Michael Barnes

I could have chilled all night. And still have chilled some more.

These days, I’m looking for the exit earlier and earlier at Austin affairs. Chalk it up to social supersaturation.

Not this night. Or nights, if you include the preview party, and I do.

The Texas Medal of the Arts started and ended with big doses of luminous glamour. Dance great Debbie Allen hosted. Singer Vikki Carr was among the celebrities who introduced the honorees on the Bass Concert Hall stage.

RELATED: A-List: Texas Medal of Arts awards red carpet at Bass Concert Hall.

Although singer-songwriter Kenny Rogers — serenaded with his own songs by a scrum of fantastic musicians — took home the Lifetime Achievement...

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(PHOTO: Lance Avery Morgan, Gray Hawn and Eric Copper)

The Hilton Austin sparkled with sequins, bright baubles and the spirit of fun as the glam, generous guests for the night’s Dancing With the Stars benefit for Austin’s Center for Child Protection gathered there Sunday night.

As gala goers, among them Lance Avery Morgan, Gray Hawn, Eric Copper, Todd Dugas, Lorraine and Stan Jackson, Sheila Bostich, Jan and Mitchell Kalogridis, Amanda Pope, Ryann Danford, Erin Jolly and Danielle Kress, transitioned from the outside chill into the warm glow of the festivities and doffed their bundled outwear, the shiny, sparkly and stunning gowns of the winter party season were revealed in their glory.

They had come to enjoy themselves for a cause — and that, on both fronts, they did; at evening’s end, they had donated a record-setting $1 million-plus to the center.

Event chairs Alex Winkleman and Carol...

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Austin Fashion Week Awards 2013 »

By Michael Barnes, Austin American Statesman

Austin Fashion Week wrapped with a bigger and, once again, better Austin Fashion Awards ceremony. The Austin Music Hall looked uncharacteristically classy with white-against-black classical allusions and -- necessary for this venue -- giant screens for those who could not see action easily.

Emcee and radio personality Sandy McIlree landed some fine jokes, mostly at his own expense. That was classy.

(As was his Twitter nudge to say that I had mistaken him for on-air partner J.B. Hager. Not cool, Michael.)

More than 40 mash-up teams of designer, stylists, photographers, models and other creative types competed to compose the most compelling images.

The models also walked the runway -- good idea -- before the winners were announced: EON won Critics Choice while Vintage Deity copped the People's Choice.

Wisely, the number of awards has decreased. Leaders put the emphasis on Rising Stars (Daniel Esquivel, Jennifer Martinson, Sandra Anton, Priscilla Barroso) and Trailblazers (Cheryl Conley Bemis, Kendra...

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DIFFA Dallas Appoints Lance Avery Morgan to Style Council »

February 1, 2013

Our very own Lance Avery Morgan has been appointed to the 2013 DIFFA Dallas Style Council. He was recently seen in FDLuxe magazine in this two-page spread…

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Wall Street Journal »

High-End Brands Expand, and Austin Gets a Make-Over... as Brilliant's Lance Avery Morgan weighs in...

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November 1, 2012


Lance Avery Morgan has a few strict rules for living well.

BY DOROTHY HARRIGAN Photography by Michael Thad Carter

For Lance Avery Morgan, presentation is everything. As a child, he was often reminded by his impeccably dressed mother, Carolyn Montgomery, to always be presentable and prepared to receive a guest. During our interview, Morgan talked about a few boyhood photos that really tell the story. “Have you ever seen a six-year-old child in a white dinner jacket?” he said with a boisterous laugh.

If you haven’t heard of Morgan, you may need to check your standing among the society set in Austin, Dallas or Houston. He is the co-founder and former editorial director of Brilliant magazine, as well as the former editor of The Elegant Texan, Verve, Cigar Lifestyles and Austin Monthly. His current editorial passion is The Society Diaries, a magazine and media platform that, in his words, focuses on the dynamic region of Austin, San Antonio, South Texas and Mexico. He also keeps very busy with his social...

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HOUSTON CHRONICLE: Austin Preparing For Racing Hoopla »

November 16, 2012

HOUSTON CHRONICLE: Austin Preparing For Racing Hoopla

By Michael Quintanilla Friday, November 16, 2012

PHOTO: “Grey’s Anatomy” star and racing enthusiast Patrick Dempsey (right, with driver Charles Espenlaub) is expected in Austin this weekend. Photo: File Photo, Getty Images / 2011 Getty Images

Celebrity watchers, start your engines.

The race is on this weekend for a brush with fame when the glitterati will make the party rounds as Austin welcomes the much-anticipated Formula One United States Grand Prix.

It's the first U.S. date on the international Formula One season in five years, following stops in such glitzy locales as Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Kuala Lumpur and Abu Dhabi. Sunday's race, before 120,000 fans at the new 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas track, also could determine this year's world champion — favorites are...

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SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS: Austin Preparing For Racing Hoopla »

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS: Austin Preparing For Racing Hoopla

By Michael Quintanilla Friday, November 16, 2012

PHOTO: “Grey’s Anatomy” star and racing enthusiast Patrick Dempsey (right, with driver Charles Espenlaub) is expected in Austin this weekend. Photo: File Photo, Getty Images / 2011 Getty Images

Celebrity watchers, start your engines.

The race is on this weekend for a brush with fame when the glitterati will make the party rounds as Austin welcomes the much-anticipated Formula One United States Grand Prix.

It's the first U.S. date on the international Formula One season in five years, following stops in such glitzy locales as Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Kuala Lumpur and Abu Dhabi. Sunday's race, before 120,000 fans at the new 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas track, also could determine this year's world champion — favorites are...

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Eleven : Eleven – Made In Heaven Fashion Show Feature Hometown Talent »

November 15, 2012

By Cheryl Bemis Photographer: Gregg Cestaro

The stage was set at the Driskill Hotel Sunday night for a much anticipated fashion show by a well-known Austin fashion face, Stephen MacMillan Moser. While his name is connected with the Austin Chronicle for his After a Fashion weekly column, this night Stephen replaced his writing talents for his more creative design side. Gail Chovan, the long-time, eclectic and very artistic designer and owner of South Congress’ Blackmail Boutique showed a stunning capsule collection (a recap of her Collection 15 is coming from her Tuesday night show) and Tina Johnson and Roosevelt Cevallos (shoes) also showed pieces to make it a wonderful local foursome of fashion collections that walked the runway.

The energy at the Driskill show was much like some of the shows I covered in the old days, circa the crazy Club de Ville fashion show days…fast-forward a decade and I felt that same energy Sunday night but everyone was better dressed...

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New York Post »

Legendary Texan Liz Smith reports on Brilliant's launch quoting Houstonian Carolyn Farb...



When people talk about the winners and losers on Oscar night, the discussion often centers not on the movies, but on what the stars wore.

Brilliant Magazine’s Lance Morgan spoke to ABC's KVUE and discussed the biggest trends on the red carpet this year…

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Houston Chronicle »

Brilliant's Lance Avery Morgan, along with Houston super socialite Lynn Wyatt, hosts a party for Candy Spelling in from Beverly Hills...

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Austin American Statesman »

The Society Diplomat is duly launched. Lance Avery Morgan’s new platform for various endeavors — digital publication, book, events, etc. about Texas high life — received a suitable inauguration on the windy W Terrace on Friday.

At one point during the sharply catered party, novelist Sarah Bird asked me: “Who are the guests?” I suggested that the slim, lightly dressed mob belonged to the fashion, media, interactive and related tribes. Bird said (and I’m paraphrasing): “Fashion? I don’t see anyone wearing anything wild.” I responded: “Well, that’s Austin. Even in the style set, the look is casual, rarely showy.”

Singer Larissa Ness and DJ Johnny Bravvo fought the wind to whip up the crowd. Big names on the Austin social scene mixed with visitors from Houston, Dallas and California. Even those of us promised to other events, lingered, so tempting was the conversation.

At one point, the wind gusted, crashing two tall tables of glassware. People screamed and scattered. Miraculously, nobody happened to be standing nearby....


Your News Now's Fashionably 8 TV Segment »

By: Veronica Castelo

Austin Fashion Week is coming up in August and preparation is already well underway. About 30 teams of models, photographers and designers are hard at work creating what they hope will be the most standout photographs at the event. Publisher and Editorial Director Lance Avery Morgan met up with the Organic Hipsters during their shoot for Austin Fashion Week.

Team Leader Sandra Richards, creator of Couture Cottons, talked to Lance about the work it takes to create the perfect photo.

The public will get to see and vote for their favorite photos online starting Aug. 2. The photos will be auctioned off at the official Austin Fashion Week kick-off event on Aug. 14. Proceeds from the event benefit Dress for Success.


Houston Chronicle »

Houston's fashionable socialite Becca Cason Thrash celebrated her induction into the French Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, joined by philanthropists, beauties and tycoons from London to L.A. …

 It was an early summer's night dream for Becca Cason Thrash when 220 of her nearest and dearest friends celebrated her induction to the French Chevalier of the Legion of Honor at a home in River Oaks. Richard Flowers orchestrated the elaborate fete; black and white wide-striped linens and pink peonies set a poolside stage with a Beverly Hills-meets-San Miguel sensibility. For once, Cason Thrash had not one inkling of the bash's details. She was simply told when to show up.


Austin 360 »

I had so many questions about the Settlement Home Garage Sale. Volunteer leaders Marilyn Willson, Margaret Scott and Michele Brocatoanswered many of them during the preview party at the Palmer Events Center. Then Andrea Ball's American-Statesman story on Nov. 4 answered the rest of them.

Just one look at the hundreds of thousands of items for resale in the vast center was enough to convince me that this fundraiser is a yearlong effort. As Ball reported, the Garage Sale, which will return next year, brings in more than 15,000 people and up to $500,000 a year to fund the treatment center for abused, neglected and emotionally troubled girls. Volunteers are collecting, cleaning, organizing and moving the massive trove of cast-offs every month of the year.

I surveyed what seemed like acres of clothing, shoes, furniture, books, DVDs, posters, toys, hunting gear and even some high-end-looking silver and china. Familiar Austinites — Ann Showers Butler, Lance Avery Morgan, Denise Gamino, Pat Brown, David Stark, Dick Rathgeber, for instance — were waiting around every...

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Camille Styles - The Society Diplomat »

A few weeks ago we had the privilege of planning a spectacular Palm Springs-themed party at W Austin for our dear friend, Lance Avery Morgan. To celebrate the launch of The Society Diplomat, guests donned their brightest garb and danced the night away in what was truly a fabulous affair of who’s-who’s. So excited to give you a peak at some of our favorite details of the night, including beautiful centerpieces from Mandarin Floral, tunes by DJ Johnny Bravvo & Larissa Ness, and champagne from Veuve, to name a few. Follow the jump to see the event perfectly captured by Chris Caselli.

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Westlake Picayune »

Age and place of birth: Over 29, and holding. Born in Austin, TX as a fifth generation of the Central Texas Area.

Immediate family members and what they do: Older brothers Rod Morgan and Larry Morgan, both in Austin real estate. My longtime Austin resident parents retired to Fredericksburg.

Education: Austin High School, University of Texas

Occupation: Media Maven

What’s your career ambition? I’m so fortunate that I’ve pursued all my career ambitions in television, PR and publishing.

Civic or other nonprofit activities: Make A Wish Foundation, Human Rights Campaign Fund, UNICEF, DIFFA, and countless others on ranging from local to international levels.

What is the latest project in which you are involved? I am thrilled with the debut in September of the new The Society Diaries bi-monthly magazine I created that is devoted to high performers in Austin, San Antonio, South Texas and into Mexico. Next up is to become a best-selling author beginning with my new book, The Society Diplomat, available on Amazon and at...


Culture Map Houston »

By Shelby Hodge

Diplomats, divas and dandies rally in praise of Becca Cason Thrash and her French Legion of Honor

Earning title to the French Legion of Honor is no small feat. So, fittingly, it was no small soirée on Wednesday night that celebrated that remarkable accomplishment by Becca Cason Thrash.

More than two dozen FOBs (Friends of Becca) — individuals and couples — joined forces to host the grand evening in her honor at one of River Oaks' most spectacular homes, in a garden setting that could have been straight from — where else? — the South of France.

Like a scene from a Hollywood movie, the glamorous and the powerful poured in to pay tribute to the woman whom France...

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Austin Social Planner »

The brainchild of bRILLIANT magazine co-founder and all-around bon vivant Lance Avery Morgan, chose the perfect location to host its “Palm Springs meets Texas” soirée on a recent wind-swept evening.

Not only did the Gods smile on the weather, but also on the sun-kissed attendees who showed up in their spring best to celebrate the site’s launch and the highly-anticipated publication of Morgan’s tome about the legendary Texas social scene, aptly titled “The Society Diplomat.”

Scores of friends and admirers enjoyed a Champagne bar hosted by Veuve Cliquot and cocktails from Belvedere, all while mingling on the upstairs balcony at the W Austin in a desert oasis produced by “it girl” event designer Camille Styles Moore.

Local songstress (and accomplished musician) Larissa Ness performed a high-energy set for the crowd before DJ Johnny Bravvo took over the decks as the sun set over City Hall and the hills to the west. More than one conversation about plans for summer escapes to Aspen, Nantucket and Santa Barbara were overheard, lending a chic touch to an already...


Culture Map Houston »

Lucky 11's

It was a swell turnout Tuesday night at Montblanc in the Galleria, when Becca Cason Thrash hosted a cocktail shopping spree for one of her fave charities — Best Buddies International. The luxury goods purveyor has partnered with the non-profit for 11 days of giving 11 percent of proceeds from purchases made in 11 Montblanc stores. It's a Montblanc North America initiative with Best Buddies founder Anthony Kennedy Shriver signing on in New York, Cason Thrash in Houston and Katherine Schwarzenegger (the oldest of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger's four children) at the Rodeo Drive store in LA. While sipping champagne and wine and nibbling on dainty hors d'oeuvres were John Thrash, Candice and Lonnie Schiller, Lance Avery Morgan, Valerie Sarofim, Monsour Taghdisi, Dan Dubrowski, Rosemarie Johnson, Nancy Marcus Golden, Sarah Bray and Neal Hamil. Montblanc boutique manager Jason Bickel proudly showed them all the seven-star diamond necklace and earrings suite specially flown in for the week. Proceeds from all stores...

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The Daily Texan »

Lance Avery Morgan, the founder of Brilliant magazine, is working to redefine the image of Texas.

After six years of Brilliant, Morgan has definitely made his mark.

By Jenn Zwillenberg

Cowboys, southern drawls, the Wild West are just some of the things Texas evokes. Since the beginning of its statehood in 1845, the Lone Star State has always had an identity of its own. At one time, it was its own country, so that helped shaped its personality, too. Everything is bigger in this country-sized state, from football to barbeque; Texas has a special style of doing things. While this is all “well and good” for some, others find this reputation and image inaccurate and a tad outdated. With more than 24 million residents, Texas is a place of great diversity and variety. With thriving cities like Dallas, Houston and Austin becoming more metropolitan than ever, it may be time to reconsider the Wranglers and cowboy boots scenario.

Enter Brilliant magazine and Lance Avery Morgan, who are working hard to redraw this image. “Our state is...

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Tribeza Highlights Launch »

The Society Diplomat book by Brilliant's Lance Avery Morgan launched in fine, glam form at the new W Hotel in Austin...

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Dallas' Social Whirl »

Brilliant's Lance Avery Morgan has a new book called The Society Diplomat featured in THE go-to online resource for the best of the best of Dallas, founded by Sharon Adams...

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Wall Street Journal Focuses on Austin »

Marques Harper reports on the WSJ article that highlights local style mavens like Brilliant's Lance Avery Morgan

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AOL's Stylshaker »

The much loved style blog, Styleshaker on AOL get's up close and personal with Brilliant's Lance Avery Morgan, "every socialite's greatest accessory"...