Woman Who Doesn’t Believe in Development or Climate Modification Might Impact Texas Textbooks
Texas is not understood for its especially well balanced instructional system, which in the recent past has actually approved disputed history books and curriculum that doesn't really believe in separation of church and state. Mary Lou Bruner, a 68-year-old retired schoolteacher who is running to be the Republican prospect for a Texas State Board of Education seat, might be primed making it even less accurate.
The Texas State Board of Education has a fairly heavy influence on the material of the state's books, altering standards for subjects that then impact how education products for the state are composed. Bruner's campaign has asserted that she will "promote conservative curriculum standards lined up with Texas values." She's presently taken part in a run-off campaign for the Republican election for the board seat. Bruner cannot secure the nomination outright by raking in just 48 of the needed 50 percent of the vote.
That near-miss might be due to her practice of airing her rather extreme views on social networks, which were just recently gathered and publicized by watchdog group Texas Freedom Network. Bruner's Facebook publishing history has actually been less than outstanding with posts about how evolution is atheist propaganda; climate change is not genuine; slavery was not a significant cause of the Civil War; and a suspect of and dislike for Islam (which she had actually revealed in previous years to the school board as a worried citizen). TFN also kept in mind an entire host of conspiracy theories that might have a less instant effect on school curriculum (President Obama is privately gay, Democrats killed JFK).
While the light shone on Bruner's viewpoints could have adversely impacted her campaign (Bruner certainly believes so, as she informed the Washington Post), she's still preferred to win the run-off. And the Houston Chronicle reports that the Republican is anticipated to win the seat in the basic election.
Style Houston founder says the program will go on despite current split
Could there be two fashion extravaganzas in Houston's future?
In a special CultureMap report, Fashion Houston partner Vivian Wise revealed that she and creator Jared Lang have actually parted methods and that she is planning a new series of runway reveals showcasing the Houston style scene in November under a new name and at a new location. Legendary design Carmen Dell'Orefice will be bestowed the very first Legacy Award and Wise plans to honor a Houston charity each night.
Lang tells CultureMap that he prepares to continue Fashion Houston on the initial Nov. 17 -20 dates at the Wortham Theater Center, where it has actually been held since it was launched in 2010. The annual series of runway shows features top-name designers and local skill showcasing the Houston style scene.
In a declaration launched specifically to CultureMap, Lang wrote:
With assistance, since 2010 I have actually actively pursued a vision for Houston to become a fashion empire. Every year, the Fashion Houston Week remains to grow, establish, and dynamically change for the much better. Style Houston has actually dealt with our neighborhood partners to supply chances for emerging designers from both The Art Institute of Houston and Houston Community College. In addition over 100 internships for style students, professional photographers and film students were offered throughout FH5 alone. We have actually worked with numerous non-profits such as Dress for Success and I have personally supported several nonprofit organizations and initiatives. We intend to remain to support the Houston community on an ongoing basis. Vivian Wise has actually been among my closest buddies and I wish her nothing but the very best in her future undertakings.
My prepare for the yearly Fashion Houston show haven't altered, I intend on providing a varied and imaginative platform for the Bayou City to enjoy and treasure for years to come.".
In a follow-up phone call, Lang said it was a "total surprise" when he learned of Wise's strategies from the CultureMap short article. Houston has been extremely helpful.
"I've put all of my heart and soul into it," he said. "It's not going away.".
Reached by e-mail, Wise, who is on vacation out-of-the nation, said, "I have no remark at this time.".
Haute couture comes to River Oaks
The cravings for runway fashion expand every day, each season.
As style weeks from New York to Milan send out choreographed collections down the catwalk, and fashion writers and bloggers share those images on social networks, clients are often on the edge of their seats waiting and desiring.
High fashion comes quickly, and it now shows up in your area at the brand-new River Oaks District, the 650,000-square-foot high-end shopping and mixed-use, development between Highland Village and the Galleria.
Houston's variation of Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive showcases all things fashion.
"We knew luxury sellers were clamoring to come to the city, and they needed the best experience," stated Greg Watson, managing director of advancement for OliverMcMillian, which developed the district. "Houston is currently a shopping, dining and residential investment location for local and international tourists, and we added to the synergy of what was already here in a manner that is fresh and relevant.".
More than 90 percent of its retail renters are brand-new to the city, consisting of Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana and Van Cleef & Arpels. Cartier has moved from the Galleria, and Herm s and Dior have opened flagship stores in the city's newest shopping district.
For the discerning customer who longs for luxury, it suggests Dolce & Gabbana's colorful vintage-inspired spring ready-to-wear is within reach - without jetting off to New York or Europe. Its Sicilian passion is right in the house in the fancy confines of the district.
Designer Tom Ford, a Texas native, has an outpost here, his very first in the city. And Stella McCartney, the renowned designer and animal-rights activist, has actually equipped her first Houston store with women's ready-to-wear direct from the runway, along with accessories, lingerie, spectacles, scent and a children's collection.
Etro's lively palette of rich, happy prints are likewise available with colors and styles making you swoon.
As the River Oaks District reveals brand-new stations, like Akris, Harry Winston, NARS and Saint Bernard, the luxury world continues to take a brand-new form, according to Kit Yarrow, author of "Decoding the New Consumer Mind," (Wiley, 2014).
"At one time luxury had to do with status and build-up. Today luxury is so different," she stated. "In no way are people purchasing luxury for individuals to appreciate them. They desire the quality and want to pay for it."
Yarrow, a teacher at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, said traditional brick-and-mortar shops are a tremendous branding opportunity for luxury business planning to get in touch with wise consumers lured with endless alternatives.
"People go to search, to dream, to go shopping, and a high-end store functions as a method to interact and connect. You have to have a physical connection and experience to really get why high-end is worth it."
Watson agreed, stating luxury shoppers desire the in-store experience and client service that they can't get online.
"No longer do Houstonians have to travel to shop the streets of New York, Aspen or Paris for high-end," he stated. "Now it's simpler to obtain that sought after Dior or Tom Ford purse in Houston."
At the district's opening celebration, philanthropist and couture lover Lynn Wyatt, applauded the development.
"This location is so gorgeous and inviting - Houston needs something like this."