Archive - May 2016

"Shear Dimensions" HCC Student Fashion Show
Murals of Austin
New Mexico Fashion Week 2016 – Night Two

"Shear Dimensions" HCC Student Fashion Show

Houston Community College recently presented its Spring Fashion Show – “Shear Dimensions” and I was so excited to have witnessed it. The show featured twenty student designers, with each student showcasing at least five garments in their collection. These students truly exceeded my expectations, from their collection concepts to their craftsmanship. This show even surpasses some of the fashion shows I’ve been to…

Now, let’s hear it for the designers:

* Kristen Hanks presented “Swinging London,” a delightful collection of 1960s-inspired shift dresses with vibrant geometric shapes and zig zag patterning. Hanks was largely inspired by her grandmother and photos of her style back in the late 50s and early 60s. “I’ve always loved the 60s mod look. The mod movement known as Swinging London was also a big influence when creating my collection. I also used different textiles such as vinyls and suedes for the geometric shape accents on my dresses to give texture and add mixed media. The geometric shapes came from the art movement known as constructivism, which I have always loved, and helps add a more modern aesthetic,” Kristen further explained. Any inquiries for custom pieces or buying information can be directed to or (281)736-0532.

* Haylee Cater presented “Cashmere”- another seemingly vintage-inspired collection, which was a combination of multi-brown and white checkered-print skirt, dress, and jacket ensembles.

* Constance Franklin presented “Le Smoking.” It was very “Mad Hatter,” with whimsical tailcoats, veiled millinery and eye-catching patterns.

* Linda Padilla presented “Marina Collections,” a collection with a “nautical-meets-sailor” sort of theme.

* Cecilia Rojas presented an all-white collection, adequately titled: “Angels.”

* David Valdez presented “Havana Melody,” a print-heavy plus-size collection with awesome fringe detail and uber-cute top and skirt ensembles.

* Lara Faussat created “Exotics,” a collection with an assortment of separates, with two things in common: lovely scalloped hems and unique blend of multi-blue with prints fabrics.

* Lauren Battistini’s inspiration for her “Sculpted 70s” collection was Stevie Nicks’ style in the early to mid 70s. “I took note of her low necklines and wide leg pants, along with details such as: pendant necklaces and aviator sunglasses. I looked at the fabrics she wore, such as: suede, leather, and silks; combined in one outfit. Though I appreciate the bohemian, flowy aesthetic in her wardrobe, I personally aimed to design more fitted pieces. What you saw in my collection is essentially tailored or fitted. I narrowed the wide-leg pant a bit, minimized the volume in the bishop sleeve of the cobalt blue blouse and ‘sculpted’ the garments to the body,” Battistini further explained.

* Kemi Alao presented “Drive,” a collection that looked to have been inspired by a little bit of race car driving and ‘romanticized driving.’

* Annie Chyr presented an all black and white collection, titled “Dissociate.” I LOVED how she paired dresses with edgy structured capes.

* Erica Medrano presented “La Adelita Collection,” that I feel was inspired by Frida Kahlo. Bright flower crowns adorned the models heads. From the Matador-inspired jacket and shorts ensemble to the white finale gown with dramatic cape-like train in the back; that collection’s seemingly Hispanic influence really caught my eye.

* Maria Hammond’s “Resilience” collection had a more laid back 60s feel, with clean-cut sleeveless dresses that, when seen from the back, had a lovely bow design detail.

* Jessica Guardiola’s attention to sculptured shoulders and lines in her “En Garde” collection was really impressive. All her designs hugged the body’s curves, yet flowed when needed.

* Kitty Dupas’ “La Rapture,” focused on leather and black and white patterns, namely chevron and polka dots. I can imagine myself twirling happily, wearing the mini dress with long leather fringe.

* “La Vie en Rose,” by Claudia Covarrubias focused on sweet silk shantung-like cocktail dresses and one gorgeous ballgown.

* Katya Blakey’s “Black Swan” collection looks to have been inspired by the movie Black Swan. Each model wore a black gown with fitted bodice and full tulle skirt in a variety of lengths and had ribbon that was wound around one arm, which seemed to mimic the ribbon ties of ballet slippers.

* Monika Pham’s “Femme Fatale” collection was the essence of the femme fatale, but without overdoing it. Dresses that hugged the body or showed some leg with a slit were trendy details in the collection.

* Student designer Nhan Doan took the collection’s name “Walking Flowers” literally, in that the models that were walking, had flowers somewhere on their garment. The garments were subtle, allowing for the flowers to take center stage as either a statement belt or the awesome finale cape collar.

* Criseyda Arriaza’s “Eclipse” collection showcased beautifully tailored gowns that all had a black and red color palette.

* The last student designer was Alan Gonzalez, who presented “Glacier.” He chose a white and periwinkle color palette for his mixture of garments, ranging from cool pants with striped cut-outs at the bottom, a ruffled dress that reminded me of Rhianna’s pink Giambattista Valli Grammy dress; to the finale gown that needed a pint-sized escort to help carry the long train. Be sure to check out his website!

I want to personally thank Andrea Bonner, the rest of the faculty of HCC, the folks that helped create such a great show, models, designers, and makeup artists.

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(Vintage Jams World Dress- Purple Pink Rhino (Albuquerque), Vintage Necklaces- thrifted, Sunglasses- ZeroUV, Sandals- Cobb Hill Shoes.)

The boy and I were in Austin recently, just to have a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of Houston. Before the getaway, I had also done some research (mainly Instagram) on some cool murals located around the city. The large “Willie Nelson” mural was done by Wiley Ross, and is located on 7th and Neches in downtown. The “You’re My Butter Half” mural is located on E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Alamo St. The “Smile” and smaller “Willie Nelson” murals are located on South Congress by Hey Cupcake!.

New Mexico Fashion Week 2016 – Night Two

The second and final night of New Mexico Fashion Week promised six more designers: Destinista Fashions, Enlightened Designs, Guadalupe Ramirez, Monista Arts, Montecristi Custom Hat Works, and Westerngrace. During the intermission, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by the lovely Gabrielle Torrez. The short interview included how I got my start in blogging, what my blog is about, and also about my unique vintage style.

The evening started out with the Santa Fe Community College student designers presenting their collections (as they did on the first night, which you can read about it HERE).

The first designer presenting was Guadalupe Ramirez. The Santa Fe Community College alum presented some pieces from his past collections and gave us a tease of his 2017 collection- “La Catrina.” Guadalupe explained to me that the aqua and red dresses were a part of his “Simple Economy Triangles” collection from 2010. “This was back in 2010, the year when the economy of USA was in jeopardy, so my inspiration was the triangle behind our American currency — behind our dollar bill — we have a triangle with an eye in the middle. So every garment I included a triangle representing our current news about the economy.” The black dress was a part of his 2011 collection- “Yin/Yan Swan,” where all the garments were in black and white. He drew his inspiration from the movie, Black Swan. “As you can see, I really get inspired from current news, movies, and history.” He presented three garments from his “La Catrina” collection, which is set to officially debut in December. That inspiration was based on La Calavera Catrina, which was a zinc sketch image of a female skeleton dressed only in an upper-class hat, by famed Mexican printmaker, cartoon illustrator and lithographer- José Guadalupe Posada.

Next up, was Monista Arts. Monista Arts was founded by Monica Duran- an artist and designer, who is battling a terminal form of cancer. Monica “feels that life is a huge canvas just waiting to create wonders and beauty. Her art tells a story about her life, and the suffering of losing hope of all the dreams she had. Monica started working nights on images that reflected how she felt or how she wished her life could be. Through revelation, God gave her this gift to share with other women who are lost and lives that have been taken by illness.” This season, she showcased lambskin clutches, handbags and clever leather ponchos with fur trim. The collection took on an essence of Native American culture, while also having a Southwest flair.

Designer Jesse “Grace” Call presented several of her western-influenced designs from her brand, Westerngrace. Westerngrace embodies the timeless spirit of the west, as well as the culture of cowboys and cowgirls. Notable garments that I enjoyed seeing walk the runway were: dresses, a jacket, and skirt with a leather tooled yoke/trim; diagonal ruffled maxi skirts; and a gingham print dress and blouse.

New Mexico Fashion Week veteran- Destini Duran of Destinista Fashions presented her signature abstract print, wearable collection. The Santa Fe Community College alum lets the designs tell the story, while allowing the fabric to be the “cover.”

Another NMFW vet, Sharidynn Denetchiley of Enlightened Designs, showcased her jewelry collection. She proudly represents the Diné (Navajo) Nation, is a notary public, contributes to political activism, and advocates on leadership committees for social justice for urban Indians in Albuquerque. Patrick “Cloudface” Burnham‬ also collaborated with Sharidynn, by creating unique Native American mediums on the models, while complementing Denetchiley’s designs.

The last design house of the evening was Monticristi Hat Works. The Santa Fe-based hat company was founded in 1978 and has been a staple when it comes to Panama-style and fur felt hats. We were treated to a variety of styles that evening, many of which were worn by NMFW team members.

I would like to take the time to thank the New Mexico Fashion Week team, namely: Melissa, Nick, Manny and Elizabeth, for having me!

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