In August, we held our second-ever fashion photo shoot at a beautiful upscale brownstone in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Deep Deuce district. Though of a smaller scale than our 2016 photo shoot at the Montford Inn, we drew on several of our previous participants, including Cayman’s Clothiers, who supplied three complete outfits complete with boots/shoes and handbags, and Huntington Fine Jewelry, who supplied an eye-catching selection of necklaces, earrings and rings. We even called back one of the models from last time. It’s hard to believe that Taylor Concialdi Witte—a pre-K teacher at McKinley Elementary School in Norman—isn’t a professional model. However, we’re equally sure her students are glad she is keeping her “day job”!

This year, we asked Salon AUDACE to perform the hair styling for the model. The look they achieved was flattering and elegant—and it remained in place even during the photo-taking on the third-floor outdoors terrace on a hot and humid day in August. No mean feat! We’d also like to thank Norman make-up artist Terah Devine, who volunteered her services.

Finally, a big thanks goes to our hosts, homeowners Anthony McDermid and Brenda McDermid. Anthony McDermid, AIA, RIBA, principal at TAP Architecture, collaborated with custom home builder Alan Cheshier, owner of Muirfield Homes, in designing the modern home, which served as an awesome venue for this fashion photo session.

Also in this issue, Benvenuti’s Ristorante Chef Anthony Compagni shares his recipe for Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Berry Coulis, truly a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds. Other stories focus on the Assistance League Norman’s Operation School Bell and a new cultural nonprofit whose goal is to bring music to every corner of America—starting with Oklahoma.

Before closing, I’d like to wish everyone a “Happy Autumn” as we head into my favorite season!