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“Over the Top” Art Institute Senior Fashion Show
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Fashion Houston Finale: Bling, Menswear, Ocean Blues and Visions of Marfa
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Venexiana – NYFW September 2014
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4th Annual “Catwalk on Citywalk” @ Sugar Land Town Square
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5th Annual Women’s Home reNew and reDux Fashion Show 2014
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Cynique Evoule “Doctors on the Runway” Fashion Show
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“Everything Ice” Fashion Show

“Over the Top” Art Institute Senior Fashion Show

The Art Institute of Houston’s senior class showcased their capsule collections during a high energy “Over the Top” fashion event at Proof Rooftop Lounge. The show featured designers: Yoselin Hernandez, Phuong Thao Le, Nhi Nguyen and Cheryl Vick.

Yoselin Hernandez was the only designer who did menswear. She was inspired by contemporary and urban concepts that were mixed with a business-casual vibe. Simple tees with skull prints paired with clean, contemporary blazers and pants created a unique twist to everyday, run-of-the-mill menswear. Check out Yoselin’s INSTAGRAM.

Phuong Thao Le presented her collection- “The Debut of Belle.” Belle is the nickname that her Grandmother gave her when she was born. ‘Belle’ is also French for ‘beautiful’ and her Grandmother wanted her to own the beauty inside and out. Phuong further explains, “I wanted it to present the beauty of the women. The inspiration for this collection was the combination of the tradition and the modern. Because I was born and grew up in Vietnam, the tradition and the culture are always a part of my life. Specially, the traditional dress gave me so much inspired. I think a woman look her best when she’s in that dress. So i took that look and made it in modern way, so everyone can wear it. I wanted to bring out the elegance and the feminineness of the woman.One of the special things about my collection is the fabric. Most of the fabrics that I used are natural fibers such as: silk charmeuse, silk organza, and linen. When I went to LA to search for the fabric, I found them in several stores in fashion district. After that, i sent my fabric to The company in Vietnam to get them pleated. It was a long process and took few weeks to get it done. But at the end, I feel so happy that the fabric came out perfectly the way I wanted to be. The second thing about this collection that I wanted people to know that all the beading work was done by hand because I wanted the embroidery and the beads in just some placements. Some little things bring the uniqueness to my collection.” Bright orange contrasted with neutral gray and white. I thought the pleating was a delightful touch to the Asian-inspired silhouettes. I loved the flared jumpsuit and show-stopping headpiece during the finale.

Nhi Nguyen, also of Vietnamese descent, left home at seventeen and traveled to America to pursue her career in fashion. She recently won 3rd place during the “Fashion My Future 2015″ conference. Nhi Nguyen’s collection was inspired by geometric forms and futuristic elements, which she feels represent the strong and independent image of a woman. She also featured the three garments that were featured in “Fashion My Future 2015.” I loved her use of shapes, lines, cut-outs and structure.

The last designer of the evening was Cheryl Vick, who took a nod to her Nordic roots that leaned toward the Valkyrie. She originally wanted to use red fabric, but since that didn’t work out too well, she opted for the raspberry silk dupioni. Thus her ‘hot pink and black collection’ was born. Nordic turned ‘Glam Rock’ with black leather and vinyl. “I wanted to use a vibrant color as the finale piece and came up with a head to toe hot pink two piece ball gown. The top is fuchsia cow hide and the bottom raspberry silk dupioni. I chose Emileigh Meloy- who is 6’2 to wear the dress. She made the dress come to life on the runway, along with the wind and I felt like it was a perfect end to our show,” Cheryl explained. Her dresses seems to have also taken on a “hidden silhouette” so to speak, as it showed in either the trim or contrasting fabric. Of course, my favorite was definitely the finale dress because apparently I love anything with drama! Stay tuned for the launch for her website.

The students put on a wonderful show and I’m excited to see what they do next! Congratulations (now) graduates!

Fashion Houston Finale: Bling, Menswear, Ocean Blues and Visions of Marfa

Lebanese designer- Rami Salamoun introduced his collection of luxurious couture evening wear for men and women. Gowns were heavy in beading and sparkle, as were the detailing in the mens suits and tuxedos. The gorgeous gowns basically wore the models, in the fact that there were lines that curved and hugged the body in the right places, while tastefully showing just the right amount of skin. The finale was a man wearing what seemed to be traditional Middle Eastern garb, with the highlight being the large cape, bearing the Lebanese flag, which sparkled under the spotlights.

Miami-based menswear designer Fabrice Tardieu launched his namesake brand in 2013. He is known for blending classic street style with couture structuring. He gathers much of his inspiration through the street style culture of Wynwood Arts District in Miami. That Wynwood flair showed in his Spring/Summer 2015 collection, through the form of floral printed blazers, textured leather jackets, Ben Franklin screen-printed tees and red and black track pants with tapered legs. Thanks to Tardieu, men have a fresh outlet for letting their creative styling juices flow.

Local Houston designer- Amir Taghi joined us once again for the final night of FH5. This time, we had a chance to peek into two collections- one that was available for immediate buying and the other that was available for pre-order for Spring. For Fall, Amir looked to Iran’s past and present. “The past is known for intricate patterns and designs, but the present is known for the dictatorship ruling the country at this point in time. My job was to show the struggle of the ancient and the modern,” he explained. However, for Spring, he was inspired by Bianca Jagger and Carine Roitfeld- two powerful women were are fierce, bold and empowered. Overall, the collections were minimal in shape, yet compelling when it came to a small detail. I must say that I enjoyed the Fall collection a tad better, as I was a fan of the pop of red against a nude, print or light pink. I loved the draped bow in the back of a strapless nude dress. It was somewhat awkward…yet….somehow, it just WORKED. Then there were two more looks, an exaggerated off-the-shoulder light pink top paired with a red pencil skirt, a printed top with red maxi skirt that were my favorites as well. So simple…and yet dramatically good. The Spring collection was lovely, with a pastel palette and wearable separates. I appreciated the cigarette pants and halter tops with quirky embellished collars. The Spring/Summer 2015 collection is currently available for pre-order here.

New York City luxury ready-to-wear and jewelry designer- Valentina Kova presented her Spring 2015 collection- “Aequorea,” which was mainly inspired by her love of the sea, scuba diving and surfing. The color palette was rich with a mix of dark and pastel hues, hinting at the marvelous colors of the sea and the kaleidoscopic creatures that reside in it. The looks were breezy and could take one from a day at the beach to a night on the town. Valentina is also known for intertwining masculine with feminine, which was evident in the finely tailored jackets and trench coats. The fluidity of the chiffon and silk blouses and slip-like dresses were inspired by jellyfish. She also sent out a bodysuit tucked under a flowy silk trench coat that resembled a scuba suit. I feel that Valentina captured the essence of the sea beautifully through fashion.

Last but certainly not least, Houston designer David Peck‘s impeccable collection took to the runway. This Fall/Winter Resort season, he was inspired by a road trip to his hometown of Santa Fe, NM last Fall. He also went to Roswell, Taos and Marfa. He designed prints that were inspired by those cities, as well as the colors and textures that reside in the area. There was one notable print he used, a picture of a vintage trailer parked in a desert landscape; he explained to me that he took that print from a photograph he took while at the El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa. The collection featured his signature easy separates, finely-tuned career wear, stunning cocktail and eveningwear and lastly- the debut of his faux-fur vest collection. David additionally added statement accessories, such as handwoven clutches, belts and jewelry- all bearing resemblance to the Southwest. Just when you thought the presentation was over, there was one surprise after another. There was one segment when the models marched down the runway in two versions of David’s faux fur vests. Just when you thought, ‘oh this can’t get any better…’ well my friend, it does. The light dimmed and we were mesmerized by dancers from the Houston Ballet. The finale of the show had models mixed with the dancers, who were sporting exotic masquerade masks. Congrats to another successful collection David! I want one of everything in my closet… please… and thank you!

Venexiana – NYFW September 2014

Venexiana by Kati Stern was one of THE shows I wanted to see while at NYFW. The ‘fashion gods’ were on my side, as I received an invitation to their Spring/Summer 2015 showing a few days shy of the presentation at Lincoln Center. I was lucky to get a great spot in the press pit and it just so happened that I was next to one of my media buddies from Austin- Cheryl of Fashionably Austin. She was also VERY KIND enough to let me borrow one of her Nikon lenses, the 24/120…and let me tell you folks… that lens, along with a few helpful tips she provided… changed my life in terms of shooting runway. So dear Cheryl, a thousand air-kisses and ‘thank-yous.’ I am forever grateful.

Hungarian-born Kati Stern, an all-around creative gal who dabbles in architecture, piano and fashion design, launched Venexiana in 2003. Her eveningwear designs are known for their rock-n-roll edge that compliment their otherwise haute couture gentility. Kati’s runway presentation was amazing, as I knew it would be. The gowns were elegant and feminine. The silhouettes were structured and lavishly tailored, with rhinestone trim on some of the gowns that gave them an added rocker edge. Kati credits that her inspiration ‘comes from the season and it’s lightness. Also, the lightness of the design and lightness of the spirit.’ One-shoulder and sleeveless, along with flowy fabrics and easy colors were trends that stole the spotlight. Just when you thought a dress was ‘too simple’ in front, there was always an eye-catching detail in back; whether it be the drape of the fabric or the cut of the dress.

When Kati did her finale walk, she was just so energetic and very passionate. Kati- if you are reading this- I wish I could’ve met you. Sending air-hugs from Texas!

4th Annual “Catwalk on Citywalk” @ Sugar Land Town Square

The Sugar Land Marriott Town Square hosted the 4th Annual “Catwalk on Citywalk” fashion show recently. The event featured booths and a fashion show that showcased looks from various boutiques in the square and a cupcake and champagne after-party (sponsored by The Sweet Boutique). The show benefitted Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Pretty in Pink Cancer Fund.

Fierce models strutted their stuff on the runway, including children and dogs too. The boutiques featured were: Em & Lee/Willa Boutique, Eye Trends/Luggage & Leather, Revolution Studio, Anything Bling, Mann Eye Institute/The Vintage Pearl, Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, Twenty Two Fifty Interiors, Sweet & Sassy, Charming Charlie, JoAnn’s, A Dog’s Life, Wardrobe The Boutique and La Reve Bridal Couture/House of Blooms.

For more information and to follow up on more events, check out sugarlandtownsquare.com.

5th Annual Women’s Home reNew and reDux Fashion Show 2014

I really love the idea of seeing local thrift shops host a fashion show, especially one as high caliber as the one The Women’s Home at The Cottage Shop put on recently. It was their fifth annual show and held in the Grand Foyer of the Wortham Center in downtown Houston. The event featured vendors, silent auction, light bites, the ever-popular Cottage Shop pop-up boutique and the fashion presentation.

Before the show, I checked out the pop-up boutique. It was filled with designer and vintage clothing and accessories. I also browsed the outfits that were on display (and available for purchase) from the closets of some of Houston’s notable style icons: Mandy Kao, Yasmine Haddad, Joanne King Herring, Phyllis Williams and Duyen Huynh. Seasons 52 Fresh Grill had a delectable sampling of treats and light appetizers that could satisfy any discerning palate. The folks at Kendra Scott were on hand, having a jewelry pull for guests. For $100, guests could pick a box, where inside the box was a piece of jewelry valued at $100-300. But the catch was that they couldn’t peek. Needless to say, I’m sure they weren’t disappointed, as the Kendra Scott brand is very popular. There was a section of vendors that showcased their services that evening, which were SoK Salon on Kirby, W by Worth and Q the Salon.

The fashion show was emceed by Fox26 news anchor- Rita Garcia and was distributed into eight ‘scenes.’

Scene One was “Berry Nice,” where they featured all black clothing, but with pops of orchid, fuchsia, berry and rouge. Designer labels included: Christian Dior, Valentino, Tory Burch and Kay Unger.

Scene Two was “Autumn Sonata” and highlighted Fall-like colors, textures and layering. Coats (both newer and vintage), tights and color/print mixing were key trends for this scene. I loved how knits and woolens were paired together to create a cozy yet chic outfit. Designer labels included: Peck & Peck, Clements Ribeiro, Jason Wu, Etro, Burberry and Marc Jacobs.

Scene Three was “Haute Stuff” and displayed show-stopping cocktail dresses paired with a swanky leather jacket or a statement accessory. Designer labels included: Roberto Cavalli, Donna Karan, Gucci, Missoni and Halston.

Scene Four was “Gray Expectations” and spotlighted neutrals such as black and gray, which were anything but “gray.” Solids mixed with metallics or sequins to create looks that were office friendly yet could take the wearer straight to happy hour. Designer labels included: Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Chaiken and Piazza Sempione.

Scene Five was “The Art of the Dress” and brought attention to dresses that were simple, yet had a small detail that just “made” the dress; such as the trim, a fabric manipulation or print. Designer labels included: Lela Rose, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta and Marchesa.

Scene Six was “Call of the Wild” and stressed looks that involved animal print. Leopard print took center stage as either the main garment or accessory. As not to be overdone, the looks were completed with a solid neutral print or color. This was also a good time for vintage furs to finally get noticed. Designer labels included: Fendi, Chloe, Valentino, Michael Kors, Sue Wong, BCBG and Versace.

Scene Seven was “Color of the Night” and emphasized formal statement-worthy gowns that were ready for the dance floor. Designer labels included: Chanel, See by Chloe, Nicole Miller, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and Monique Lhuillier.

Scene Eight was “Fade to Black” and underlined lovely black cocktail and evening wear. Most of these looks were paired with stunning feather pieces and pearls. Designer labels included: Jenny Han, Tocca, Sonia Rykiel, Valentino, Monique Lhuillier, Armani, Vera Wang and Tadashi.

After the show, guests waiting anxiously for the runway looks to become available at the pop-up boutique. During that time, it was literally a feeding frenzy as people grabbed the coveted items from the racks. I ended up scoring the Oscar de la Renta scarlet silk and sculptured dress, which I’m just itching to wear to the appropriate event. All proceeds from the event went to help The Women’s Home.

Cynique Evoule “Doctors on the Runway” Fashion Show

The Laura Rathe Fine Art Gallery was the setting for the Houston edition of Cynique Evoule Runway Series. Felicia Mosley launched the company in 2011 in hopes of bridging designers and models with some of the nation’s top influencers. According to Mosley, “The event is an opportunity for designers from coast to coast who have garnered attention from the general population of consumers and the media, to relay their aesthetic and their ideas through an inspired collection of garments and accessories. Since fashion has no borders, Cynique Evoule also sets out to serve as opportunity for talented designers from outside the country to introduce themselves in the Midwest fashion industry and grow their brands. The premise for this showcase is to bring the support of the city and other like cities to the governing bodies, gather the community under one roof to finally be able to appreciate design talent. What started out as hope for something ‘bigger and better’ for the city will now come to fruition throughout the country!”

The “Doctors on the Runway” series is part of Cynique Evoule’s community program. A portion of the proceeds benefit children’s hospitals in the cities where the the runway shows are held. This event’s portion of the proceeds went to Texas Children’s Hospital. Thirteen of Houston’s finest female doctors were transformed into models and sashayed down the runway, wearing Caché‘s Spring 2014 collection. The event also featured local designer Angelic Reese (a.k.a. Lisa Reed) and shoes by Luichiny.

The “Doctor’s on the Runway” series’s next stop is Chicago on April 27th, followed by Atlanta, Miami and finally New York.

**Dr. Heather Brown, Dr. Monica Gray, Dr. Terriya Richmond, Dr. Daisy Ayim, Dr. Nwanyieze Amajoh, Dr. Tamecka Knight, Dr. Kidada Lewis, Dr. Monique Mckight, Dr. Connie Nguyen, Dr. Lily Zhang, Dr. Vicki Carr, Dr. Tamyra Comeaux and Dr. Jonnae Atkinson — you ladies werked that runway! Congratulations and please keep doing what you do!**

“Everything Ice” Fashion Show

Local Houston stylist Jazzlin Raquel is now delving into fashion design and is currently enrolled at Houston Community College and is on her way to graduating. Fashion design has always been a desire, but she was always being told that it takes money or that you have to come from money in order to be successful in the industry. She decided to break out and put on a small runway show to showcase her designing, sewing and styling talents and prove people wrong. The show was held at Elite Hair Salon in Pearland, Texas and was hosted by The Fresh Prince of ATX , with performances by Lana Fame and Mystro. Jazzlin named the show “Everything Ice” and pulled inventory from my shop- Lone Star Vintage and also pulled from her closet and designs. She felt her inspiration came from being at odds with everything…to be different…to wear something that you might not be comfortable wearing everyday. Since Jazzlin was one of the few key players in the show, her meaning of ‘everything ice’ goes from anything flashy and shiny, to confidence and that women who can walk into a room and be THAT woman (while everyone is whispering ‘YES’). The hair stylist- Brandi Parks’s ‘ice’ was “I’m sexy, I’m flashy…I’m whatever I want to be because I’m ice.” When Jazzlin asked the models what their ‘ice’ is, they had their own scenarios, such as what you feel, what you are, etc. Jazzlin felt that by asking all involved in the show, she felt that it was a great way to get everyone’s input. Since she loves everything sequins and flashy, she wanted to utilize those aspects and have them coincide with the models confidence and their personalities. This was no ordinary t-shirt and jeans fashion show, the models ‘werked’ the runway, exuding that confidence that Jazzlin so dearly wanted. One girl was wearing a vintage sequin dress-turned-blouse-and-skirt, other looks included vintage metallic dresses, chic jackets and vintage sequin tops paired tastefully with spanx and bras. The ladies rocked the clothes and their unique personalities shone through their dance-and-pose performance at the finale. Jazzlin made her entrance at the end of the show wearing a handmade black net headpiece, a signature sequin top, black pants and killer heels. It was her night and she did a great job showing her talents.

Congratulations Jazzlin! Looking forward to new designs and stylings!

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