It's been a banner year for retail in Dallas, with fashionable imports, coveted national brands and homegrown boutiques enhancing the local shopping landscape.
Designers flock here to get a piece of the pie because everyone knows that shopping is our favorite pastime. And we have the threads to show for it.
These are the top store openings of 2013.
Los Angeles import TenOverSix is a jewel at the Joule hotel, and it's really two stores under a single roof. On one side you can find modern womenswear and accessories from lines such as Araks, Vena Cava and Apiece Apart. The other is a twist on a hotel gift shop, with covetable home decor, jewelry and trinkets that anyone would love to receive.
The carefully curated store feels more like a gallery than a retail space, complementing the new lobby, which TenOverSix co-owners Kristen Lee and Brady Cunningham designed. The duo also opened Weekend Coffee across the way from the shop, so you can grab a latte and pastry post-shopping spree.
Sara and Michael Moldovan brought hip West Coast style to Dallas with Traffic LA — men's, women's and Play — located on the premises of the newly renovated Joule hotel.
The store, which has reached cult status in its native Los Angeles, offers brands such as Rick Owens, Comme des Garcons, Paul Smith and Dolce & Gabbana for men and Rick Owens, Isabel Marant and Iro for women. Edgy, modern looks are the focus, but downtown denizens can also shop here for everyday needs, including the all-important denim.
When it opened this past summer at the Plaza at Preston Center, the Dallas social set flocked to the U.S. flagship store of the Russian designer, which features elegant dresses, divine tops and bottoms, and a small selection of accessories from Plastinina's two lines.
Plastinina calls her brand feminine, daring and savvy — which describes Dallas women perfectly, if you ask us.
The man himself welcomed Dallas shoppers to his new Highland Park Village boutique, where he offers his full line of casual yet fashion-forward apparel, including those awesome everyday tees. Even though we Dallas girls love our stilettos, sometimes we just want to kick back and relax — and look good doing it.
This is also the brand’s first store in Texas to carry the full seasonal collections for men and women as well as James Perse Furniture, surfboards and bicycles.
This ultra-masculine, clubby shop at the Crescent operates by appointment only, and it is the perfect place to find everything from shirts and sport coats to custom suits for a groom and his wedding party.
The 3D body scanning technology, which scans the body in 30 seconds, creating a digital avatar for each client, ensuring the best fit every time.
Alexander McQueen in Dallas wasn't a matter of "if" but "when." And the 1,800-square-foot jewel at Highland Park Village — a new store concept conceived by creative director Sarah Burton — doesn't disappoint its elite clientele, who shop here for exquisite special occasion, ready-to-wear and accessories.
The environs suit the fashions within: smashed and reassembled marble floors; molded plaster panels with wings, shells, cactus flowers, mushroom gills, seahorse tails and tangled leaves; mirrors gilded with silver and gold; and wood shelving suspended from brass chains.
The Highland Park Village boutique is a reflection of the brand itself: an effortless blend of modern elements and timeless elegance. There are four salons devoted to one of Dior’s product categories, and lucky ladies shop here for ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, sunglasses, scarves, small leather goods, and fine jewelry and timepieces.
The opening, hosted by Art Ball 2013 co-chairs Jennifer Karol and Catherine Rose — dressed in Dior, naturally — was an affair to remember.
Edo Popken — the Swiss designer known for color and impeccable construction — chose the Dallas Design District to open his first U.S. menswear shop. Popken constructs his own fabric with breathable and luxurious materials and even creates his own colors twice a year.
Custom button-down shirts start at less than $200; suits start at $2,200. Popken also makes ties, leather bags, outerwear, jeans, belts and polo shirts to complement the array of custom clothing. “We’re not just selling clothes,” he says. “It’s a lifestyle.”
Merry Vose, who also owns Cabana, knows what her Park Cities clients want. Her second boutique is as homey as her first, thanks to its bold color scheme (including pops of yellow, of course), elegant art and chic yet cozy furnishings.
As for the clothes, shop for fashions by up-and-coming designers such as Nilli Lotan, The Row x Linda Farrow, Each X Other and Crippen.
Britain's grooviest clothing line finally landed in Dallas, inside Nordstrom at NorthPark Center. (A Topman suit department also opened at Galleria Dallas.)
The leader in the fast-casual fashion trend aimed at young adults, the new Dallas Topshop makes it possible for budding stylesetters to add trendy pieces — like an $85 moto jacket — to their wardrobes without breaking their piggy banks.