Q: What do I wear to a Contemporary-Mexican Themed Party? A: To better your chances of survival, go all out

There's something in the San Antonio water that gets you dreamin' and schemin' of all the vibrant and festive Tex-Mex-themed ensembles you can whip together. I liken it to a type of human mimicry, which (for those fungus-among-us who didn't overdose on Animal Planet as undergrads) is the term for the resemblance of one organism to another or to an object in its surroundings for concealment or protection from predators. Here, the better and brighter and more jovial the outfit, the better your chances of ensuring your Marg is always refilled, the Mariachis play yo' song, and your queso bowl never goes empty - aka survival in Texas. 

The next Alamo City shin-dig on the agenda is Artpace's annual party, The Happening, a yearly gala celebrating San Antonio's "laboratory of dreams," a nonprofit art gallery that doubles as an art lab and community center for contemporary artists. This year's theme is "Contemporary Art of Mexico City," which aims to honor the strong presence of artists and architects from Mexico who have passed through Artpace’s programs (more info below). I look forward to this event every year because the magic of gathering a bunch of artsy-fartsy Texans together to par-tay is not lost on me: the conversation, the clothing, and the consumption (these are a few of my favorite things) is just that much more wild and colorful. Which brings me back to the dreamin' and schemin'...

Cactus Purse - Charlotte Olympia// Off the Shoulder Dress - Del Pozo// Pink Earrings - Ranjana Kahn// Green Shoes - Aquazzura// Flower Headband - Etsy// Black Eyelet Romper - Nightcap Clothing// Red Clutch - Cleobella// Pom Pom Bag - Serpui// Mexican Slides - Schutz// Neon Cactus Earrings - Etsy// Strapless Dress - Del Pozo// Silver Pom Pom Clutch - Loeffler Randall// Cactus Wedges - Charlotte Olympia

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To purchase tickets to the event, click here