Archive - July 2015

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The Big Sizzle: Poolside Grilling Competition and Sizzling Fashion Show
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HCC Students Create 'Splendid' Fashions Based on Hapsburg Dynasty
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Caftans are for Posh Hotel Pool Days

The Big Sizzle: Poolside Grilling Competition and Sizzling Fashion Show

The Monogram Apartment Collection‘s MUSE at Museum District recently hosted “The Big Sizzle: Poolside Grill Competition and Fashion Show.” The day was hot and sunny, which were the perfect elements for a poolside bash at one of Houston’s hottest new apartment complexes. The event took place out at the lush community pool, where several local vendors were set up and DJs from Hot 95.7 FM were spinning the latest tunes. Five teams from other Monogram Apartment communities put their cooking and grilling skills to the test, while local celebrity judges tasted and scored their favorites. The celebrity panel of judges included: Ricky Cruz- Executive Chef at Grotto, Ebony Niicole- Miss Central Texas USA, Natasha Barrett & Katherine Whaley- KTRK ABC 13, William Gilchriest- Executive Chef at Brooklyn Athletic Club, Mike Chabala- Veteran Houston Dynamo Soccer Player and Keola Lui-Kwan from Hot 95.7 FM.

Guests were welcome to enter raffles, nosh on bites by El Tiempo and more! The event concluded with a sizzling fashion show, featuring a myriad of summer ready-to-wear looks by Danny Nguyen.

The Muse team ended up winning the grilling competition. Proceeds from this event benefitted The Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance.

HCC Students Create 'Splendid' Fashions Based on Hapsburg Dynasty

In conjunction with the opening of the Hapsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections, a selection of fashion design students from Houston Community College were chosen to design an outfit or two based on this era. The Hapsburg Dynasty began in Austria in the late Middle Ages and concluded in the early 20th Century. Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts is currently housing more than 90 works of art, including arms and armor, sculpture, Greek and Roman antiquities, court costumes, carriages, decorative-art objects, and paintings by Caravaggio, Correggio, Giorgione, Rubens, Tintoretto, Titian, and Velázquez.

The evening’s fashion presentation- “Fashion Fusion”- was where 20 garments went down the runway, blending edgy, yet contemporary views taken from the costumes and fabrics from the exhibition. The show was styled by Tamara Klosz Bonar, while the mile-high Marie Antoinette-inspired updos were fashioned by the talented Edward Sanchez and make-up was provided by Tre Spa.

Christian Le, Teresa Rangel, Samira Craig, Alfredo Saucedo, Judi Hallenback, Violet Navarro, Bridget Fizer were among the chosen designers to showcase their ‘splendid’ designs, ranging from ‘Gothic-esque Royalty’ to ‘a day at the races à la Ralph Lauren’ and ending with a magnificent finale of ball gowns.

The panel of judges, which included Fady Armanious, creative fashion director of Tootsies; Helga Aurisch, curator of European art; and Clifford Pugh, editor-in-chief of CultureMap unanimously crowned Christian Le 1st and 3rd place, while Teresa Rangel took home 2nd place.

Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections exhibition will continue to be around until September 13th. For tickets and more information, go HERE.

Caftans are for Posh Hotel Pool Days

(Vintage Caftan from Refreshed Couture, Vintage Sandals- thrifted, Vintage Turban from Top Vintage LLC, Vintage Bamboo Handbag from Big Bertha’s Paradise, ‘Sabine’ Sunglasses c/o Darylynn Eyewear.)

Thank you Madeline Pena for the photos!

Being in a posh hotel pool environment literally SCREAMED ‘vintage caftan’…. and it was the perfect time to wear my latest one from Refreshed Couture. I chose my vintage bamboo handbag, white turban and oversizes shades as my jazzy poolside accessories. The photos were shot at the Houstonian Hotel pool.

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