The Heart of Fashion closed on a high note, with such notable designers as Peter Cohen, Houston’s own Inclán, Abi Ferrin and Ungaro.
Zimbabwean-born and now Los Angeles-based Peter Cohen has been designing for over twenty-five years. His luxurious, yet simplistic designs are in the closets of some of Hollywood leading ladies, including Angela Bassett and Ann Heche. Cohen is known for not making a huge fuss in regards to being in spotlight, nor will you see logos or signatures in/on his clothing. He dedicates his time to sourcing the highest quality of fabrics, such as four ply silks from Korea, Italian organza and French taffeta. The looks that were highlighted on the runway were simple and timeless, with light embellishment. He chose longtime friend and the legendary supermodel Carmen Dell’ Orefice to close the runway presentation. She graced the runway in a midst of a roaring applause from the audience.
Inclán Studio’s Paola Contraras was the only Houston designer to present her S/S16 work during the Heart of Fashion festivities.The designer stuck by her signature color/fabric blocking and chose a neutral palette, with bits of yellow popping up here-and-there. Her collection seems ideal for a summery island or warm getaway, with breezy, lightweight fabrics. Anorak-style jackets, tunics, capri pants and easy dresses trended the brand’s runway showcase. Find Inclán Studio HERE.
Dallas-based designer Abi Ferrin presented her latest collection that seemed to have a bohemian inspired vibe. The brand, who’s motto is Fashion with Freedom and Purpose showcased designs that were relaxed yet sophisticated, while also catering to women of all body types. The models were accessorized with southwestern shoulder bags, hairpieces made of bouncy pom-poms and feathers and airy printed shawls. The brand is manufactured in the USA. For more information on Abi and The Freedom Project, go HERE.
Ungaro – Presented by Sloan Hall
Ungaro’s reigning designer- Fausto Puglisi wasn’t able to attend the show, however he did make an ‘appearance’ and addressed the audience via video. His very 60’s Mod “Flower Power” (along with basket weave and plaid prints)- inspired collection also celebrated femininity and the female form. Puglisi emphasized structured collared blouses with 3-D flowers and mesh ruffled details, chic capes and jackets and flirty dresses and skirts. He used striking pinks, blues and white as his standard palette, but added black as a useful accent to make some clothing details pop. While most of the collection remained subtle for a broad range of clientele, he also incorporated hints of edginess with patent leather pieces and midsection-baring crop tops with harnesses and dresses/skirts with harness-esque leg-baring stripes running down the sides. Check out Ungaro HERE.