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F1 Up on the Roof

Luxe kicks off Austin's F1 weekend with fabulous rooftop party at The Contemporary

Luxe kicks off F1 weekend with fabulous rooftop party

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Kelly Chhikara, Mary Anne McMahon, Wendy Ward, Aimee Petty, Zelina Serna Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Jordan Godboulz, David McKay, Dianne Colton, Sandra Dahdah Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Jill Fanette, Emily Waldmann, Lauren Vesser, Amy Silcox Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Ali Spurgeon, Kristen Malone, Molly Kuchar Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Laura Davidson, Janice Soderberg Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Sandra Rescon Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Michael King, Katie King, William Jackson Photo by Shelley Neuman
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The Contemporary Austin went Luxe Thursday night. Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Marilyn Monroe's necklace from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Heart of the Ocean from Titanic were on display. Photo by Shelley Neuman
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The Heart of the Ocean from Titanic. Photo by Shelley Neuman
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The Heart of the Ocean from Titanic. Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Marilyn Monroe's necklace from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Marilyn Monroe's necklace from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Some of New Beauty magazine's many guest gifts Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Some of New Beauty's gifts for guests Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Guests getting beauty gifts Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Dutchman Family Wine Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Dulce Vida Tequila Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Guest grabbing cocktails from Dulce Vida Tequila and Dripping Springs Vodka Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Anna Leigh Martino, John Martino Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Food from Sway Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Food from La V Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Food from Foreign & Domestic Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Food provided by Sway, LaV and Foreign & Domestic Photo by Shelley Neuman
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JD DiFabbio, Libby Tilley Photo by Shelley Neuman
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The Contemporary Austin's Jones Center rooftop Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Chris Chuinard, Josh Concannon Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Karen Forner, Jason Shulick, Julia McCurley Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Kim Bates, Quinn Bates Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Rick Bennett, Claudia Bennett, Todd Clarke Poindexter Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Scott Gordon, Jennifer Gordon. Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Gail Chovan, Evan Voyles, Jerri Kunz, John McCollough Photo by Shelley Neuman
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Lana Jacobs, John Read, Karen Kelly, Shelby Walters Photo by Shelley Neuman
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To call the space atop The Contemporary Austin’s Jones Center a “deck” would be a disservice. Part of the museum’s Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis-designed renovation and expansion unveiled in 2010, the artfully lighted, open-air roof area is nestled among its fellow Congress Avenue residents — all a stone’s throw from the state Capitol — and feels cosmopolitan and intimate. It’s so inviting that guests often seem to linger as long as possible at events held there.

Thursday night’s Luxe party was no exception. Festooned with photographers’ umbrellas, the floor’s strips of subtly lit glass and  old-fashioned overhead fixtures under a tent, the space glowed and sparkled. Any fears of an uncomfortable chill caused by the oh-so-frigid low-50s temperatures proved unfounded, as guests filled the space with warmth both literal and in spirit.

Festooned with photographers’ umbrellas, the floor’s strips of subtly lit glass and overhead fixtures under a tent, The Contemporary Austin's roof glowed and sparkled. 

After stopping by the beauty bar hosted by New Beauty, one of Luxe’s sister magazines at Sandow, to load up on products (“a beauty enthusiast’s dream,” said the mag’s Catherine Kucher) and a bag full of goodies from Jack Ryan Jewelers, Posh Properties and Austin Food and Wine Festival, among others, guests ascended to the roof, where they were greeted by a hubbub of accents and languages floating above the international crowd.

Along with their lively conversation, guests enjoyed food and drinks provided by Dulce Vida Organic Tequila, Duchman Family Winery, Dripping Springs Vodka, Foreign & Domestic, LaV and Sway, who served up an exquisite and cleverly presented curry.

Many of the guests, who included Laura Davidson, Janice Soderberg, Michael and Katie King and Anna Leigh and John Martino, took time out to marvel at the Motostalgia slideshow and at two displays, presented by Something More, near the entrance — elegantly framed fine jewelry with a past: Marilyn Monroe's necklace from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Heart of the Ocean from Titanic.

The chatty crowd included Lana Jacobs, John Read, Karen Kelly and Shelby Walters and was a mix of visitors in town for the Circuit of the Americas race and equally excited Austinites who are longtime fixtures on the social and arts scenes. Sandra Rescon and William Jackson, always in a festive mood, were great fun, as were the Canadian, British and French imports here for business and pleasure. Luxe publisher and host Tim Sack seemed pleased with the night’s success and said he looked forward to enjoying more festivities throughout the weekend.

Toward the end of the evening, a small group that included the talented and always charming Gail Chovan, her husband, the artist Evan Voyles, and lovely designer Jerri Kunz gathered with what looked like the vague intention of gamboling out. But the conversation was lively, and we lingered for a while, always reluctant to leave the intimate glow of great company in one of Austin’s unique and welcoming public spaces.