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Men of Style
Steve Carter | Photo: Steven Visneau | March 27, 2014
On the clock or after hours; Uptown, Downtown or just kicking around; these Men of Style know how to dress with a seemingly effortless panache that suits any occasion.
Hot-trending interior designer Doniphan Moore hails from Kentucky, and even after years in Dallas, he’s retained vestiges of the Southern gentleman—the drawl, the demeanor, swirled together with a modest self-deprecation. And style? “Schizophrenic might be a really good adjective,” he says with a laugh. “I dress casually, but I can be something of an eccentric at times. It’s a mix of things.” While he’s not a label loyalist, he does acknowledge some favorites in Rick Owens, Michael Bastian, Thom Browne, Tom Ford bow ties, Alexander McQueen and a pair of Birkenstocks that are summer essentials. Moore’s fond of reinterpreting the classics, and his look is influenced by music and art, texture and color. A favorite accessory is his Cartier Santos watch, and he finds a metaphor there: “It represents my style so well because the band is worn out, but then it’s got a beautiful shiny face. There’s always a disheveled element in the way I dress, just slightly off-kilter—I don’t like to do things too perfect. I’m never really on a trend because they’re fleeting. I look at the way I dress the same way I’d look at style from an interior standpoint—there are things that just work.”
“For me there’s a huge difference between style and fashion—fashion goes out of style, but style is always in fashion.” Touché, and score one for Alex DiJulio, the 24-year-old installation artist who’s called Dallas home for the last two-plus years. He and fellow artist Samantha McCurdy have reintroduced the notion of salon society to Dallas, and That That, their Expo Park residence-studio-exhibition space is a hub for the like-minded. The Philadelphia native takes some fashion cues from family, noting his dad’s inveterate suit-wearing and class. “It’s very much like my artwork, where I like to have elements of old and new in there,” he explains. “I might take a designer jacket and mix that with something vintage, passed down to me by my grandfather or my dad. I think style makes sense when you can make it your own.” The mashup mindset that informs his art and style pervades his afterhours as well—That That serves as a casual cauldron for socializing that brings together artists, musicians, fashionistas and assorted people from outside all those worlds. And when he’s in his zone, working on his art, DiJulio’s apt to listen to old 78s, especially ballroom evergreens from the '20s. Who knew?
It’s a busy time for restaurateur Kyle Noonan—his FreeRange Concepts, which he co-founded with Josh Sepkowitz only 18 months ago, has opened three restaurants (Bowl & Barrel, Mutts Canine Cantina and The Rustic) and started a TV show (KTXA’s Local Fare). In doing all of the above, he’s created 586 jobs. He expects that number to double during the next year. Noonan considers himself a bit of an anomaly, citing his SMU hitch as a sculpture major; his fluency in Spanish; his guitar playing; and the fact that he’s a jock, ex-frat boy and sommelier. His look is a pragmatic response to balancing a multifaceted life: “I want to be able to go from the boardroom to the bar to the baseball game and look appropriate in all venues,” he says. “I always want to look like I’m dressed for where I am.” He favors comfortable classics and hugs the middle of the road on lapel and tie widths. And at 6 feet 4 inches, he’s not an off-the-rack guy—a well-tailored fit is essential. He loves to hang at FreeRange’s latest concept, The Rustic, a 2,000-person concert venue, and full restaurant and bar, now doing land-office business in Uptown.
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is a game changer, both on and off the field. His new DeMarco Murray Foundation is already playing a huge role in the lives of DFW school kids, providing educational support for the underprivileged, with a goal of helping more than 55,000 by 2016. Postgame in civilian life, his well-tailored style is unmistakable. Murray’s suits and sport coats are made by David August in Los Angeles, and he wears them with an effortless, enviable élan. “I think you’ve just got to dress for the moment,” he says. “I don’t spend hours and hours thinking about what I’m going to wear. But whatever I’m doing, whether it’s business-casual or street-casual, my clothes are fitted for certain aspects of my life so that I can feel comfortable at all times—dress the part, but not stand out in a bad way.” The 26-year-old likes to relax in jeans, henleys and boots, and you’ll find lots of tees in his closet. His finishing touch for a night out is a
dash of Armani Black Code—“not too strong, just enough to make me feel good.”
You may know Steve Noviello in his role as the six-time Emmy Award-winning consumer advocate reporter for Fox News—he’s nationwide. The Long Island native has been based in Dallas for the past decade, and being a television journalist dictates that a suit and tie are the order of his workday. A notorious bargain hunter, he says, “My style mantra is the three C’s: classic, clearance and coupons… but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be on-trend.” A current fave classic is a black-and-white pair of Adidas high-tops, which, he notes, he found on sale and bought with a coupon. Noviello says that getting dressed for work is like getting ready for the prom, so he especially enjoys a respite from that protocol. “When I’m on vacation, the biggest treat for me is not shaving and not wearing a tie,” he admits, “so I really enjoy casual clothes, things that are comfortable.” A great pair of jeans and a polo shirt are ideal, and for summers he pronounces flip flops, tank tops and shorts to be “fantastic.” Twice a year, you’ll find him pitching in at Night of Superstars, an event that honors medically challenged children and their accomplishments. And this fall will find him marrying his partner in Central Park. Congratulations!
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen? Not possible for Omar Flores, the hot chef of 2014, holding court at Driftwood in Oak Cliff and the recently opened Casa Rubia at Trinity Groves. Food is in Flores’ DNA, with a chef father and a mom who was also a great cook. Raised in El Paso, he’s now been a Dallasite for seven years, initially arriving here when he accepted a position at Abacus. His renown as executive chef at Driftwood is legendary, with upscale foodies raving about his char-grilled octopus and sea urchin. “I try to keep ahead of the times and see what’s trending in food, but I try to stick to my own style,” he says. “I do simple food, but I present it well.” Flores considers his style to be pretty straightforward, appreciating casual staples such as jeans, tees, pearl-snap shirts and Lucchese boots. “I’m kind of a boot snob right now,” he acknowledges with a laugh. “But being stuck in a kitchen, I don’t really get a chance to wear that stuff that often.” Flores is also known for his ubiquitous ball cap, which changed its stripes in recent years from Red Sox to Rangers. When in Rome…
Trust us—when it comes to men’s lifestyle products, you can rely on Matt Alexander and his Need lifestyle brand. A British/American who was raised just outside London, (his mum is a Texan), Alexander moved to Dallas in 2006 to attend SMU. He launched his Need website (needlifestyle.com) just over a year ago, and its service of “curated shopping for men” is a godsend for busy upscale males looking for the very best in clothing, coffee, literature and accessories. “The whole idea is to find the signal among the noise,” he says. Sartorially speaking, Alexander’s fond of casual, and the Need website is a clear reflection of his taste. You’re apt to find him in Noble denim or Nudie jeans, and his beloved Grenson brogues. His style is influenced by independent designers and writers more than by brand, and he takes cues from European publications such as Cereal magazine and Offscreen. Once a practitioner of extreme sports, nowadays he’s bicycling around Dallas first thing in the morning, off the grids of cellphone and computer. Chanel Allure Sport cologne, interesting watches and “crazy socks,” (“a fairly European thing”), are his accessories of choice.
Grooming by Rocio Vielma
Styling by Nadia Dabbakeh
Shot on location at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek