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Fashion Woodlands Makes Its Inaugural Debut
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Chasing Thrift Event with Stacks on Racks was #OnFleek
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Chloe Dao Spring 2015 Trunk Show
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Damsel White Label Creates Buzz for Alternative Brides
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‘Fashionably Illustrated’ with Langford Market x Rongrong Devoe
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Rongrong Devoe – Fashion Illustrator
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Fashion Houston is for the Bees….

Fashion Woodlands Makes Its Inaugural Debut

Crave Luxury Auto played host to the inaugural Fashion Woodlands “New York Style” fashion event earlier in the week, which benefitted the Greater Woodlands Public Art Foundation (maintains the sculptures located throughout The Woodlands) and The Way Home Project. The event was founded by Theresa Roemer- Houston entrepreneur, clothing designer and owner of the country’s largest closet. It featured six of Houston’s “top” designers- Chloe Dao, Jonathan Blake, David Peck USA, Amir Taghi, Lucho and Theresa Roemer. Guests were treated to a red carpet entrance and VIP pre-party full of exotic cars, luxury jewelry vendors, a bar and light bites.

The show opened with remarks by abc13‘s (and emcee) Sonia Azad, followed by a performance by hip-hop artist Rocko Stedy. He, along with models Thaddeus and Leslie; got the audience pumped up for the show. We were also treated by a celebrity appearance by Real Housewives of Atlanta ‘s Porsha Williams. She had been personally invited by Theresa and actually had two outfit changes (wearing Theresa’s brand). Porsha explained to me (earlier in the evening) that she ‘loves how [Theresa’s] clothing looks on women with curves. The shape, lines and fabric are flawless and comfortable.’

The show began with Chloe Dao, who’s collection of printed, color-blocked, easy-breezy dresses were a crowd-pleaser. It took her a mere week and a half to complete the collection. The prints resembled thick brush strokes that take on the dawn of perfectly angled geometric lines. We move on to view the latest trends in menswear from Lucho- a menswear shop located in upscale Uptown Park. I must say, the men in this segment were VERY easy on the eyes…just saying…Jonathan Blake and Amir Taghi showcased their beautiful collections that were also on the Fashion Houston 5 runways (read more about their collections HERE and HERE). Theresa Roemer presented her Spring/Summer 2015 collection for her True & Real brand, that focused on basic blacks and whites (which are staple pieces that should be in every women’s wardrobe), while accenting the line with blues and yellows. Roemer’s line is easily interchangeable, in that it can be taken from day to evening. The knit heavy line highlighted the point that the average woman-on-the-go now has a go-to brand that is comfortable and figure-flattering. The last brand to walk the runway was David Peck USA. His Spring/Summer 2015 collection is a continuation of Fall and reminiscent of David’s upbringing in New Mexico. It also paid homage to his Grandmother, who had recently passed away. The 70’s inspired gowns were colorful in hue, yet simple in silhouette. The ruffle detail and draping added extra femininity. Overall, each designer brought their own unique personalities to the table for The Woodlands first (and certainly not the last) major fashion event.

Fashion Woodlands will be held in the Fall every year. There will also be a second annual fashion show in October (2015).

Chasing Thrift Event with Stacks on Racks was #OnFleek

Local sustainable fashion start-up Stacks on Racks recently collaborated with Chasing Houston- a website that was created by locals to help residents and visitors explore the various neighborhoods of the city. The inaugural thrifting-theme party was held at Fill In The Blank Studio. Guests were able to not only shop sustainable threads that were hand-picked by the guys of SOR- Mazen and Lanre, but also learn more about Chasing Houston. With every purchase over $50, Stacks on Racks included one of their Thrift Tees. The Thrift Tees are their latest endeavor and feature recycled tees with fun slogans screen-printed on them, such as: “Thrift Squad,” “Thrift Game on Fleek” and “Do you even thrift.”

Along with loads of photo opportunities, guests also enjoyed bites by Mi Luna. For every item that was purchased, another was donated to various charities.

I went home with a buttery L.L. Bean vintage leather handbag…all for a mere $10, a small price to pay for amazingly delicious, high-quality recycled clothing and accessories. As far as Stacks on Racks is concerned, nothing is over $50.

Chloe Dao Spring 2015 Trunk Show

Local Houston designer, Chloe Dao held her Spring 2015 trunk show at her namesake boutique recently. Friends, family and fashionistas flocked to the intimate, yet packed event. Guests enjoyed mingling, shopping the collection, cocktails by Deep Eddy Vodka and sweet treats by Dolce Delights. There was also some informal modeling amongst the colorful butterflies.

Damsel White Label Creates Buzz for Alternative Brides

The cold weather didn’t stop prospective brides-to-be and their friends from going out to Silver Street Studios Events open house this past week. The inaugural event, organized by Piper & Muse, was titled “The Creative Heart of Houston” and showcased several creative wedding professionals; including Cafe Natalie, Swift + Company and Flora Eventi. The event seemed to be quite interactive, ranging from mingling with industry experts, tasty food and cake sampling, a fun photo booth and a DIY station provided by Pop Shop.

The main reason I was there was to support friend and local bridal designer- Natalie Harris of the Damsel White Label, who hosted a runway show showcasing her latest creations. I would describe Damsel White Label, which launched in 2013, as ‘couture for the alternative bride,’ as her designs aren’t for the typical cookie-cutter bride. The rebellious yet sophisticated gowns feature unexpected details; such as killer stripes, edgy silhouettes, laces and bursts of color. The looks that evening also boasted bouquets constructed out of brooches and bits of fabric. Harris states that she designs for the Montrose/Heights/Austin-type gal in mind and creates styles that stay true to the wearer’s personality. She offers her client “Haute Custom Service,” where she takes her passion for design to the next level. She works one-on-one with the client, starting from the initial consultation and works with the bride to customize and make sure the dress is PERFECT for the big day. The entire collection that was showcased is customizable, from the hem length, a sleeve addition and even down to the fabric substitution. Harris showcased a floral print gown, where the print was actually designed by Harris herself, which that too, is also customizable. Harris goes on to explain, “Brides may order a custom print as a sentimental touch used as a print lining. Past clients have chosen everything from punk rock concert posters to a memoriam with a father’s army stripes or grandmother’s favorite flower. From the inside out, Damsel White Label strives to make gowns that make everyone say, “Oh, that’s so [insert amazing client’s name here]!”

If you are currently on the hunt for a fun yet edgy gown for your big day and want to break away from the tradition- definitely check out Damsel White Label.

‘Fashionably Illustrated’ with Langford Market x Rongrong Devoe

My lovely friend and fashion illustrator- Rongrong Devoe hosted the ‘Fashionably Illustrated’ meet-the-artist event at Langford Market in Rice Village last night. Her presentation of her wares: prints, cards, totes and cell phone cases complemented Langford Market’s boho esthetic. Large framed prints hung all around the store. It was chance to shop, have light bites, champagne and mingle with the artist; who also did live sketching with an in-store purchase.

While there, I also met another fashion illustrator- Eva Duplan, who recently relocated to Houston from Dallas. She is (now) a mutual friend of Rongrong and I’s. I do hope that there are more events that enable local artists like Rongrong and Eva to showcase their talents to the community. These ladies are incredibly talented and their illustrations embody different traits that are special and unique. Basically, my point being… everyone has their own way of perceiving things and these ladies show that through their illustrating.

Before I took my leave, I had the chance to see Rongrong in action, sketching the cutest customer, wearing a hot pink knit sweater and billowy floral skirt. I was impressed to see that it probably took Rongrong maybe ten minutes to sketch her. The illustration (in color I might add) turned out exceptional and the girl was just ecstatic with joy.

Keep up the great work Rongrong!

Rongrong Devoe – Fashion Illustrator

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved to draw. However nowadays, my focus has changed…but I do admire folks who are talented in the art of illustration…in all industries. I recently heard about Rongrong Devoe- a local Houston fashion illustrator- via Popshop and of course, instagram. She has the gift of taking images of models, celebrities and bloggers and creating remarkable likenesses of them on paper. I had the opportunity to not only sit down with her to discuss her blossoming career as an illustrator, but also watch her draw a model in the latest Elie Saab collection.

LAFS: Tell me a little about your background in the fashion industry?

Rongrong: I moved to NYC to pursue my Master’s degree of Illustration at Fashion Institute of Technology six years ago. While I was in school, I worked as a part time design assistant at a women’s apparel company for a year, while freelancing as a fashion illustrator as the same time. After I graduated, I worked as a full time CAD designer for a private label company for three years. I mainly use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to design intimate apparel and sleepwear.

LAFS: What got you started in illustration?

Rongrong: I have loved drawing ever since I was a child. I fell in love with fashion when my Mom bought me the first fashion magazine- ELLE China since I was 15. I spent so much time drawing beautiful models and clothing during my teens. After college I realized there is a career called fashion illustration, so I decided to apply to FIT to study fashion illustration.

LAFS: Why “fashion”?

Rongrong: I have always loved drawing beautiful things. Models, gowns and street style are my major inspirations. Can you imagine without fashion, how boring the world will be?

LAFS: Do you have any mentors/favorite illustrators or designers you look up to for inspiration?

Rongrong: Yes. A lot of people inspire me, such as: David Downton, William Bil Donovan and Jennifer Lilya.

LAFS: What is your working environment like?

Rongrong: I work at home most time, though sometimes in coffee shops. There is one spare room in my apartment that I use as my studio.

LAFS: What mediums do you use?

Rongrong: I use pencil, watercolor and Japanese brush. But I am always looking for new mediums to experiment.

LAFS: Three words that describe your work?

Rongrong: Playful, Detailed and Colorful.

LAFS: Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a career in fashion illustrating?

Rongrong: I think you have to ask yourself how much you love fashion illustration? If you decide to pursue this career, you need a lot of practice and need to have social media accounts to share your work and to connect with your audience, which is essential!

LAFS: Where can we find you to see your work and connect with you?

Rongrong: I have a website and I am also on Instagram and Etsy.

In summary, Rongrong and her incredible talent are a huge asset to Houston’s fashion industry. I’m so happy she chose this city to call home and I’m excited to see what she does next!

** Thank you for the illustration of me! **

Rongrong from Heather on Vimeo.

Fashion Houston is for the Bees….

** Photos by Nicole Kestenbaum Photography, Quy Tran Photography and KTRK.

I believe this was “day 2″ of Fashion Houston 2014.

I’m wearing a Vintage Oscar de la Renta dress bought from the reNew reDux Fashion event, a Vintage Bee Keeper Hat c/o Big Bertha’s Paradise in Austin, Heels from Topshop, Vintage Handbag from my shop.

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