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Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta Exhibit in Houston
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MsIndependent Hosts GNO Houston Strong Event
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A Market Off Mill Celebrates Grand Opening

Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta Exhibit in Houston

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.

– Oscar de la Renta

Houston has recently celebrated the legendary designer’s clothing exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, through various small events, such as a discussion of the designer between Culturemap’s editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh, and former Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley. I attended the discussion and was just so enthralled hearing what Talley had to say regarding curating the exhibit, as well as his personal friendship with the designer, which spanned over the course of fifty years.

Oscar de la Renta, Clifford Pugh, Andre Leon Talley, MFAH, Houston

It was said that Diana Vreeland created a standard for fashion exhibitions. Mr. Talley used that memory, along with his years of experience spent working with her and other fashion notables on various projects, to help with building this exhibit, which took over a year to plan. He wanted to have certain pieces tell a story. Such stories could tell the tale of that of a flamenco dancer in a total frenzy, or duchesses and grandees of Spain going to Good Friday ceremonies at the Grand Cathedral. These grandees would go on foot in their best black clothes, black suits, and high jewels, mantillas, and combs. He noted that he saw it in 1987, as well as witnessed the bullfighters, and how they dressed.

One of the things that Mr. Talley recalled, was that Oscar like to interact with people, instead of just sitting and sketching. Also, that fabric was the most important, and that it, along with textures, spoke to him. The designer loved exuberant color, and was often inspired by the colors of Spain- the sunshine, the outdoors, flowers. Oscar’s vision was usually simple silhouettes that paired with opulent, almost Rococo fabrics. Lastly, his wife Annette was his muse.

The exhibit is beautifully curated and features over 70 of the designer’s iconic pieces, including Amal Clooney’s wedding dress from 2014 (and the last wedding dress Oscar designed before he passed). Other pieces were sourced from the company’s corporate and personal archives, the Pierre Balmain archives, other private lenders, and the museum’s archives.

The rooms are also divided into sections, which highlighted his greatest influences: Spain, the Far East, Icons, and the Garden. The ‘Spain’ room offered gowns in rich reds, white, black; paired with the mantillas, combs, flowers, and decadent jewelry. The ‘Far East’ room had influences of Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, and War and Peace. The ‘Garden’ room featured gowns with floral print, a dress with the same print as Marie Antoinette’s bedchambers at Versailles, as well as iconic wedding dresses. The wedding dress portion of the exhibit features the dress worn by Oscar’s stepdaughter Eliza Reed in her marriage to Alex Bolen (now CEO of the company), Amal Clooney’s dress, and a dress that was never worn but was inspired by Jennifer Jones in Madame Bovary. The ‘Icons’ room paid homage to Oscar’s long list of iconic clients, such as: Kirsten Dunst, Beyoncé, Lynn Wyatt, Yvonne Cormier, Rose Cullen, Annette de la Renta, Karlie Kloss, former First Lady- Laura Bush, Penelope Cruz, Anna Wintour, Eliza Bolen, and Taylor Swift.

I currently own three vintage Oscar de la Renta dresses, and having attended this exhibit, now have a even greater appreciation for them. I won’t be parting with them anytime soon.

The exhibit goes until January 28th, 2018. Purchase tickets HERE.

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

MsIndependent Hosts GNO Houston Strong Event

MsIndependent founder and Houston influencer- Erin Creeks, recently hosted her fourth installment of a dessert-themed  #GirlsNightOut event at the luxury apartment complex, Marq 31. Erin originally launched the event in hopes of building a collaborative community among women influencers, business owners, creatives, etc., while also providing entertainment for the guests, and supporting local women businesses. Though due to Hurricane Harvey, she turned this event into a fundraiser and donation drive for deserving families that were affected by the flooding. The event ended up raising $2,500, while donated surplus items went to the Houston Food Bank, Houston SPCA, and Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

I was happy to have been able to have volunteered that evening. I worked the card signing table, along with a few other Houston influencers. We helped with greeting guests and made sure they were able to sign Thank You cards (sponsored by Postable) for first responders.

Guests were able to shop local women-owned small businesses, such as: Hotel Ylem, Luca Love, Hollywood Hippie Cosmetics, Rodan + Fields, La Verte, Burdlife, Thinking Boutique by Alicia, Shop Stevie Apparel, and eSBe Designs; grab some light bites that were provided by Ultimate Creations and Designs Catering (the pasta was delish), and have dessert at the dessert bar. Now I may be biased, but that dessert bar was so visually appealing to me. Plus, I finally had the chance to taste treats from Sweets by Belen, whom I’ve been following on IG for some time. I also sampled goodies from Cocktails & Cupcakes, LLC, Legally Sweet Treats & Confections, Sugarmomo HTX, Today She Loves, and Brookies N’ More. Kroger also sponsored a DIY ice cream bar, which featured Low Cow Lite ice cream. I also had my eyebrows touched up, thanks to Waxing the City, and a quick chair massage from WWAM Massage.

For more information on the participants of the event, go HERE. For additional images during the event, check out Si Creative Photography.

Scroll down for more of my photos from the event.

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

#HoustonStrong #GNO Girls Night Out, Houston, Houston event

 

A Market Off Mill Celebrates Grand Opening

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market Off Mill (or AMOM) held their Grand Opening celebration a couple months ago. It is a shared space concept that was created by Shanel Smith. Smith originally had a traveling and online boutique called Obsessed, which she started 2.5 years ago. It was a creative outlet for her to sell her repurposed vintage tees, along with other clothing from up-and-coming designers from around the country.

After doing that for some time, she felt that she wanted to plant some roots in the community. She explains further, “I knew that I needed to settle down and begin creating a solid foundation for myself, and I knew I couldn’t have done that with the traveling boutique so I begin exploring options for a retail space. To be honest, I was a little scared of pursuing that on my own, so my sister gave me the idea of having other small business owners join me and making it a shared space.  And so AMOM was born on a Sunday night sitting around the dinner table.”

She found a quaint space off Mill Avenue, and enlisted the help of several local makers to join her in the venture. Along with selling her Obsessed brand, the other makers include: Slather Botanicals, Emerge, Keep It Wild Co., Southwest Leggings, Adam Rabbit Jewelry, Bearded Lads, BÄRA, Knee Deep Denim, Iconic Cocktail Co., and Burn Candle Company. “As a small business owner, it is hard to work with other people because you feel like a lot of the people who are “helping” do it with intentions of benefitting themselves.  Sometimes it’s hard to find people who really want to help small businesses grow….well I wanted to change that.  With AMOM I wanted my fellow small business owners to know that this truly is about them, it is about helping them grow and bringing more attention to their brand and awareness to the community about small companies who previously were online only or a pop-up-shop.  This is not a business venture for myself, but a business venture for all small businesses in Arizona.  I want this to be a place they can come and grow,” Smith explained.

The Grand Opening celebration was well-attended. It was so great seeing such a welcoming community that supports small businesses. Guests were treated to cocktails (and mocktails) by Matt and Kaylee- the duo behind the famous-all-over-Phoenix Iconic Cocktail Co. Passed bites were served by Honey Bears BBQ, which unfortunately I wasn’t able to savor due to diet restrictions; however, I could tell that guests enjoyed them, as plates were empty in a matter of minutes. For dessert, there were beautifully decorated cactus cookies, succulent cupcakes, and small cakes in a cup- created by Lisa’s Boxed Kakery. Those little cake cups pack so much flavor in such a small bite!

Follow A Market Off Mill on Facebook and Instagram to check out when their workshops are, as well as other announcements.

Scroll down to see more photos from the event.

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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