Oh gosh, where do I start on this one…. Well, for starters, I’ve always wanted to shoot at the famous MIDTOWN sign in Bagby Park near Downtown Houston. Now that I have my perfect photographer, I had to figure out what to wear for the shoot. After days of wracking my brain, deciding what to wear; it hit it me the night before the shoot.
I had saved up and purchased my FIRST vintage Chanel dress from Cheeky Vintage. I can’t find much about the dress, only that it was made in the 1980’s when Karl Lagerfeld had taken over as designer. I love how it has a 1920s silhouette and tiered skirt. I paired it with a vintage fan-shaped evening clutch I had found at a community garage sale last year and my favorite (and highest) black heels- my H by Halston for Bakers heels.
When my friend Elyse, who owns Bark & Beam, let me borrow a crystal Grecian wreath for my LA trip, I knew I had found the right headpiece for this look I was going for. You see, Elyse’s super-bohemian crowns have been on my radar ever since I caught a glimpse of them during a Kaleidoscope Houston meeting. As it turns out, Elyse started the company with her brother as an outlet for them to sell things they like to make (Her: floral crowns, macrame and refurbished furniture. Him: metal work). What started out as a fun hobby, making crowns for her Renaissance costumes, turned out to be a pretty genius business idea. She eventually teamed up with Em of Of Myth and Muse and created custom designs for her spring line. Those designs, along with other pieces (including new designs with succulents), are available on her Etsy.
One of Houston’s emerging designers- Chester Paul Roberts, held his first fashion show “Alchemy” at the MATCH Theaters recently. I’ve been following Chester’s work for a while, and have especially admired his Wild Poppies mens shirt (which I still want to totally rock) and the Auda(city) skirt. I was excited to finally see his work come to fruition on the runway.
The evening began with an energetic dance performance by James Peachtree (Pitre). Check out a portion of his performance on my Instagram. Chester’s eye-catching menswear collection followed immediately after. The collection was in collaboration with local painter Johnathon Michael Espinoza. Roberts goes on to further explain, “The menswear was especially inspired by Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. He was the mastermind behind an unorthodox movement, but he was good at getting artists to collaborate for a good cause. That’s my focus- to continue to collaborate with different artists from different genres each collection.” The bright collared, button-down, stretch cotton shirts were detailed with patches that were drawn by Espinoza and inspired by the Ballets Russes. The shorts, constructed with stretch denim/denim sateen and cotton/linen-blend faille, were equally uniquely designed.
The short intermission was another dance performance, titled “Brand New Me,” and featured ballet dancer- Zoe Wallace, wearing a dress designed by Roberts and hand-painted by Espinoza. Check out a snippet of the performance on my Instagram.
Following that performance was the womenswear collection presentation. Roberts thought that since the 1970’s era is a huge trend right now (and that it’s also one of his favorite eras), it would be the perfect time to experiment with the idea. A tank featuring the CPR Brand logo in red sequins and a silver grey satin skirt opened the presentation. Further looks were modest and carried a 70s vibe. Roberts used a variety of materials to execute the collection, including: stretch denim, cotton, velvet; as well as sequin and grommet accents. My favorite look was the gold metallic caftan, with its long sleeves and long pussy bow tie- very Studio 54.
For more on Chester Paul Roberts, go HERE and HERE.
Kaleidoscope Houston concluded with Imaginarium- held at the very cool Vivaldi Stone Boutique. Wikipedia defines imaginarium as a reference “to a place devoted to the imagination. There are various types of imaginaria- centers largely devoted to stimulating and cultivating the imagination, towards scientific, artistic, commercial, recreational, or spiritual ends.” The event was exactly that… a destination into one’s imagination. The artists that showcased that evening (including myself) helped transform the showroom into a inspiring showcase. The art gallery-esque lighted stone sample walls created a unique backdrop for the runway. Shawn Flowers and Yung Chris HK (founder of Son Kiss’d) were the fabulous hosts of the evening.
Now, because I spend the good first half of the show behind-the-scenes, I wasn’t able to see most of the performances, which included: Fenyx Aerial, Stella Marie Manalo- (whose voice I heard during rehearsal, and the girl can SING!); Toki Singh and Son Kiss’d.
I showcased a curated vintage collection with pieces from my shop- Lone Star Vintage. I also included accessories that I have made throughout the years. It was a great experience for me to showcase my talent to the large audience.
Local bridal designer Natalie Harris of Damsel White Label had a low-key presentation, that of which I wasn’t able to fully see. However, I was able to catch a glimpse of the designer with two of her models after the program. She was showcasing select gowns, one of which is one of my faves. To the unforeseen eye, it’s a gorgeous white wedding gown, BUT if you look closely under the white overlay, you can see a beautiful print of a Texas bluebonnet field. The prints are basically why I’m going to get my (eventual) wedding dress done by her. Harris likes to incorporate edgy and memorable details into the gowns, thus giving the bride-to-be a non-traditional approach to her beautiful day.
The last half of the evening (and the half that I was able to watch) continued with the debut of Of Myth + Muse’s first collection. The brand’s designer- Em Natalicchio also collaborated with Elyse Herman of Bark & Beam, a brand that does bohemian flower and crystal crowns. Natalicchio’s designs were feminine and romantic. I loved the black leather romper with lace top, the bralettes and skirts.The Of Myth + Muse website is live, however the collection will not be available until spring.
The last runway presentation belonged to André Redou on apparel, Damari & CO. on gloves, and Shopnonhuman on jewelry. Fashion designer- André Redou is also a furniture designer. His collection was sexy and clever. High-waisted shorts (my fave), pencil skirts, tops and jackets were in materials such as: vinyl, mesh and nylon. Damari Rubio- glove designer-extraordinaire at Damari & CO.,created a collection of short and long gloves for Kaleidoscope that I feel represented each of her collections: Be Chic, Be Fit, Be Free, Be Playful and Be Romantic. Michelle Yue is the brains behind Shopnonhuman– a jewelry brand that focuses on minimalistic-meets-futuristic designs that are mostly created from high-quality lucite. I especially love the ‘knot choker’ and the ‘bangle bundle.’
I want to thank Pamela of Ubertina Productions for putting on this amazing event where local artists and creatives can come together and do amazing things. I also want to thank the entire Kaleidoscope team- you guys worked extremely hard and rocked it! Let’s see what Kaleidoscope Houston 2017 brings!