The latest from Austin Way's Editor-in-Chief, Kathy Blackwell.
From left: With Fox 7’s Good Day Austin co-anchor Lauren Petrowski, one of our 2016 Drivers of Style; sharing a laugh with designer Katie Kime before the preview of her fall collection; introducing the Drivers of Style at the Art of Fashion runway show with Neiman Marcus VP Chris Hendel.
“So many social engagements ... so little time.” Remember this scene in the classic Raising Arizona where John Goodman, who plays an escaped convict, says this line to a dazed Nicolas Cage? My husband texted me this clip after I told him I was feeling overwhelmed by my Google calendar. Not only did his response make me laugh, it reminded me that this is a good problem to have. Between the big festivals, the glamorous galas, and the delightful store celebrations, we Austinites are in for a full fall.
My desk is covered in beautiful invitations that are just a hint at what’s to come (a special shout-out to publicist Sara Hussey, whose client invites are too pretty not to RSVP to). And as I write this, in early September, I have already been to two of the biggest events of the year: the Drivers of Style/Art of Fashion runway show that we hosted with partners Neiman Marcus and Lexus of Austin & Lakeway, plus the big after-party at The Kenzie; and the over-the-top, blowout debut of the gorgeous and massive RH Austin, the Gallery at the Domain Northside (look for photos of this talker in our next issue).
I am especially excited about this year’s Formula One at Circuit of the Americas. Like many Austinites, I was new to the sport when it arrived here five years ago but have become a huge fan. So you can picture my happy dance when we landed the amazing reigning world champion, Lewis Hamilton, as our cover star for this year’s Men’s Issue. In her fascinating interview with the global superstar, local writer Jardine Libaire (whose next novel, White Fur, comes out next spring) expertly taps into his cultural appeal and explores whether he could be the key to making F1 a bigger deal Stateside.
On a personal note, I’m thrilled that the Texas Book and Austin Film Festivals aren’t happening at the same time as in years past. In this issue, I talk with charming director Paul Feig as well as new TBF literary director Julie Wernersbach about three of my current author obsessions. Having days set aside on my calendar to celebrate the written word makes me one happy editor.