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Curated Cotton
“The Art of Dressing” Through Tziporah Salamon
Tootsies Kicks Off National Ovarian Cancer Month with Chic Cocktail Party
HCC Students Create ‘Splendid’ Fashions Based on Hapsburg Dynasty
“Over the Top” Art Institute Senior Fashion Show
Gap x Birchbox Arrives in Houston
Elaine Turner Launches Her Spring 2015 Apparel Collection

Curated Cotton

Curated Cotton came through my radar via Houston Tidbits. I checked out the website and loved the tees (especially the cactus print tees), which are made locally in Houston. I learned that they were going to have a trunk show at Saint Cloud in Rice Village, so clearly I had to go check it out. During the event, I was able to meet with Shelly, one of the co-founders of the brand and also picked up a tee for myself.

Curated Cotton was officially founded June 2015 by Shelly Bishop and Paige Thompson- who are both working in the creative industries. Shelly started sewing and crafting in high school. She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. Since then, she has held an extensive career is just about every aspect of the fashion industry. She is currently a fashion stylist by day and co-founder of Curated Cotton by night. Paige- also a Baylor grad, majored in Studio Art and Graphic Design. While there, she explored multiple mediums in the art world, which included designing t-shirts. She then moved on to study at Chicago Portfolio School. After graduating, she worked for an advertising agency, before eventually moving on to Nashville, where she is currently based. She is an Art Director by day, and freelance designer, fine artist, and Co-Founder of Curated Cotton by night.

November 2014, Shelly picked up a copy of Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS and finished it in two sittings. This helped ignite the concept for Curated Cotton. She further explains, “There are a few different points she made in the book that really resonated with me, and sparked the idea to design and sell tees. Right away I knew I wanted to ask Paige to help me execute designs, as we’ve worked together on projects in the past, and I love what she does. The timing was right for Paige, as she had also been thinking about starting something on the side. We each shifted our vision a little, and the result is Curated Cotton. Even though I first had the idea for Curated Cotton last November, our site didn’t officially launch until June. There is so much that goes into everything, and we really wanted to take the time do it right. We are based out of Houston and Nashville. Our tees are hand-pulled at Black Swan Screen Printing in the Heights, and shipped out from Houston, but we sell them on our website. I am a night person, and as I was winding down for bed, the name Curated Cotton came to me. I’m a huge sucker for alliteration, so that was a big plus, but I also love the meaning when you break it down. Originally, a curator was someone who was responsible for artfully and meticulously piecing together the best of the best to bring together a fantastic art or museum collection. The term curate is now much more commonly used, especially in the fashion world, to describe something that is thoughtfully and stylishly put together. Using what we’ve learned in school, along with our own experience, Paige and I place so much attention on detail and every decision we make to “curate” our brand. On the other end of the spectrum is cotton, which is casual, organic, effortless…We don’t ever want to take ourselves too seriously, so we thought about how funny it actually was to say that you ‘curate cotton…’ something so simple being so scrutinized.. But it’s actually the perfect way to describe and sum up who we are and what we do.”

Shelly credits her styling background to helping build the brand’s chic ‘west coast’ vibe. “Probably because I grew up in San Diego, I feel best in jeans and a white tee. My personal style is sporty, relaxed, and a little retro. I love mixing high and low pieces to achieve that cool-girl look. Styling for Curated Cotton is very personal for me, since it’s working with our own designs. I think a tee is a super versatile piece. I love to dress mine up and wear them out to events. I like that it’s ironic to wear a tee for evening. Each design we have kinda takes on a personality of it’s own. I like to envision the personality of that tee as an actual girl, and style it from there…how I would picture her wearing it..”

What sets Curated Cotton apart? “I’m a big fan of vintage, and the thrill of the hunt – the feeling you get when you take the time to find those special pieces that no one else has. Paige and I put a lot of effort into researching tees, and selecting the best fit and style out there. We then spend even more time on the design process, going back and forth making adjustments until we are 110% in love with the design. Once the perfect tee and design are in place, our screen printers hand-pull each shirt. When you buy a Curated Cotton tee, you know not a single detail has gone overlooked,” Shelly explained.

The tees range from $40-$55, depending on how many colors and screens are used to make them. Each tee is screen printed by hand on soft, high-quality shirts made of 100% cotton.

Be sure to also visit their Facebook and Instagram for future happenings!

“The Art of Dressing” Through Tziporah Salamon

Dressing creatively is one of life’s greatest pleasures – Tziporah Salamon

So, you want to elevate your style to the next level?! Well, Tziporah Salamon and her highly exceptional eye for style and genius way of dressing, may just be your answer. Tziporah (pronounced ziporah) is one of New York City’s most stylish women over 60. She is widely known for being featured regularly on Advanced Style, being Bill Cunningham’s muse and having been chosen for Lanvin’s Fall 2012 campaign.

Tziporah’s life has always been surrounded by fashion, with her Father being a tailor and her Mother- a seamstress. Her parents are of Hungarian Jewish descent and both survived the Holocaust. Her Father managed to survive the labor camps by sewing the Nazis uniforms. Throughout her childhood in Israel, her parents would always make her clothing. Her Father made little boys clothes, while her Mother made little girls clothes. “I would literally wake up in the morning and there’d be a pile of clothes for me to play with. Sometimes I was a little boy…Sometimes I was a little girl and I was equally comfortable always with both,” she recalls.

Eventually, her family packed up and moved to New York. She went off to Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D in pyschology, but later realized that it wasn’t for her. She moved back to New York to be closer to a world that has always held a special place in her heart- fashion. Throughout the years, she’s had several jobs, ranging from a hat check girl to a saleswoman at Bergdorf’s (where she was told to not outshine the clientele) to a waitress and hostess. She currently teaches part-time and has her two famed classes- The Art of Dressing and her one woman show- The Fabric of My Life. She also does guest lectures, personal styling and closet consultations.

Throughout her lifetime, Tziporah has amassed quite a collection of mainly vintage and antiques finds, while also mixing in current pieces (her favorite designer is Comme des Garcons). She dresses daily, her outfits always taking on a persona of a painting. Sometimes it takes her a year or more to plan out one outfit. Her way of dressing is literally an art form.

I had the privilege to sit in on her Art of Dressing seminar in Los Angeles recently. I was so excited that our LA trip coincided with the time of her seminar. I felt like it was fate. Ever since hearing and reading about the Advanced Style ladies, I immediately was entranced by their style. It was creative and not “normal.” I started following Tziporah on Instagram and just fell in love with her use of vintage and mixing patterns, textures and color. She also always is never seen without a hat. So after hearing that she was in LA when I was, I had to attend. The seminar took place at a beautiful “Old Hollywood” style home in the hills of Los Feliz and spanned the course of a two-hour session of getting to know your body and learning how to dress creatively. During that time, myself, along with 19 or so other stylish women sat on the edge of our seats as Tziporah taught us tricks on how to elevate our way of dressing and to not be afraid to experiment. Fashion Illustrator- Justine Limpus Parish was also in the audience, sketching Tziporah in her different looks. Tziporah would start out with a classic base piece and just when we thought the outfit was complete, she would layer on more…and that made the the outfit look even more fantastic! She played with pieces that ranged from a 1910s lace jacket to chunky bakelite, lucite and amber bangles; lovely 1930s Pongi silk Japanese pajama sets and vintage denim. No outfit was complete without a statement hat, a funky pair of glasses and clever shoes (I died over the Prada Japanese style platforms). It was just so intriguing to be in the presence of this artist, as she was working her magic with only a small closet of clothing and a table of accessories. Her pleasant and captivating personality shone as she explained the “method to her madness” with detail or an amusing story. The evening ended with networking, photos and dress-up. I of course, left feeling INSPIRED!

Some takeaways from Tziporah:

I cannot wear what other people wear..because I’ve always had clothes specially made for me. I love vintage for that reason…With vintage, somehow you get more for your bucks. And it lasts longer and its great. (She credits her favorite vintage shop in LA – Golyester.)

When it comes to dressing, you have to think about proportion, silhouette, color, texture..all of that goes into consideration.

Always buy good shoes… You can’t scrimp on shoes.

You have to figure out what suits you.

Don’t wear obvious labels or logos. (Putting emphasis on the “double C’s”)

Always buy quality of quantity!

When women hire me, I don’t want them dependent on me, I teach them so that I can leave them and they can be masters of their wardrobe.

If you’d like more information on Tziporah, to contact or book her services and find out more on her seminar- go HERE. You can also check out the articles on her on Advanced Style.

Tootsies Kicks Off National Ovarian Cancer Month with Chic Cocktail Party

On Wednesday September 16th, Houston’s foremost luxurious retailer- Tootsies– is kicking off National Ovarian Cancer Month by hosting a chic cocktail party.

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Tootsies along with Megan Silianoff is hosting a cocktail party to celebrate the launch of the “Susan Scarf”, designed by Manoosh in collaboration with Susan Poorman Blackie Ovarian Cancer Foundation. The beautiful teal scarf (the national ovarian cancer color) features a painting by Houston-based abstract artist, Marilyn Biles, and was created in honor of SPB’s namesake and founder who passed away last year. After Susan lost her hair during chemotherapy, she wore colorful, artfully designed scarves that became a source of beauty and
strength through the rigors of cancer treatment. All proceeds from the sale of the Susan Scarf support ovarian cancer awareness and research and benefit the Susan Poorman Blackie Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Anna Wilson of Manoosh and Kathy Bracewell of Agate Ranch + Marfa will also be in attendance to present their Fall 2015 collections with host Megan Silianoff selling signed copies of her book. Kathy will create a “build your own” agate jewelry station where shoppers can add teal pieces to create one-of-kind necklaces. Guests can mix and mingle as they enjoy light bites and wine while
being live sketched by local fashion illustrator, Rongrong DeVoe. Shop for a cause as a percentage of the evening’s sales will be donated to the cause.

The event will take place from 5:30-7:30pm.

Tootsies is located at 2601 Westheimer (at Kirby)… Houston, TX 77098.

RSVP info is on the flyer.

HCC Students Create ‘Splendid’ Fashions Based on Hapsburg Dynasty

In conjunction with the opening of the Hapsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections, a selection of fashion design students from Houston Community College were chosen to design an outfit or two based on this era. The Hapsburg Dynasty began in Austria in the late Middle Ages and concluded in the early 20th Century. Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts is currently housing more than 90 works of art, including arms and armor, sculpture, Greek and Roman antiquities, court costumes, carriages, decorative-art objects, and paintings by Caravaggio, Correggio, Giorgione, Rubens, Tintoretto, Titian, and Velázquez.

The evening’s fashion presentation- “Fashion Fusion”- was where 20 garments went down the runway, blending edgy, yet contemporary views taken from the costumes and fabrics from the exhibition. The show was styled by Tamara Klosz Bonar, while the mile-high Marie Antoinette-inspired updos were fashioned by the talented Edward Sanchez and make-up was provided by Tre Spa.

Christian Le, Teresa Rangel, Samira Craig, Alfredo Saucedo, Judi Hallenback, Violet Navarro, Bridget Fizer were among the chosen designers to showcase their ‘splendid’ designs, ranging from ‘Gothic-esque Royalty’ to ‘a day at the races à la Ralph Lauren’ and ending with a magnificent finale of ball gowns.

The panel of judges, which included Fady Armanious, creative fashion director of Tootsies; Helga Aurisch, curator of European art; and Clifford Pugh, editor-in-chief of CultureMap unanimously crowned Christian Le 1st and 3rd place, while Teresa Rangel took home 2nd place.

Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections exhibition will continue to be around until September 13th. For tickets and more information, go HERE.

“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!

Gap x Birchbox Arrives in Houston

Leading beauty and grooming retailer- Birchbox, has recently teamed up with the classic apparel brand- Gap and launched summer beauty shops within select Gap stores around the country. The eight week experience kicked off June 5th and will run through the end of July at flagship locations in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston.

I attended the Gap x Birchbox launch event at Gap in the Houston Galleria. Guests were invited to experience Try Bars- where shoppers could get hands-on experience with hair, makeup, nail, body, fragrance and skincare. There were makeup artists also on hand for guests to get touch-ups. I got my makeup refreshed by local artist- Heather Nixon, who gave me a natural look. Dallas blogger-Courtney Kerr made a special appearance, meeting-and-greeting fans, while sharing her favorites from the collaboration. She looked “All-American Chic,” wearing a chambray denim cami and black high-waisted distressed skinny jeans, all from Gap. Her makeup of the evening included: Cynthia Rowley Lip Stain in “Poppy,” Parlor Sea Salt Spray and Cargo Bronzer.

Courtney shared her other favorites from Birchbox: Laqa & Co. Lipstick, Klorane Dry Shampoo, Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream and Benefit “They’re Real” Mascara.

Customers can go HERE to find out more information on the Gap x Birchbox collaboration.

Elaine Turner Launches Her Spring 2015 Apparel Collection

Houston-based Elaine Turner, best known for her luxury accessories, recently launched her Spring 2015 apparel collection at her Rice Village store. The event was hosted by not only Elaine, but also Nancy Levicki, Co-Founder and President of Dress for Success Houston. The designer, whose classic shoe and handbag designs grace the likes of stylish women all over Texas, premiered easy-to-wear separates in bright, tropical hues. Chic silhouettes include: lounge pants, a short caftan-inspired dress, cami dresses and tunic tops.

As Elaine explains, “The three main reasons why I designed this collection were, number one: I wanted to bring you those classic, essential pieces that could take you through all facets of your lifestyle. Second, I really wanted to appeal to all body types, so I designed loose-fitting, relaxed silhouettes, but they still have a refinement and a polished edge to them…They can go from cross-generational, from all body types, so there’s not that insecurity of ‘should I try this on?’ I wanted people to feel an accessibility about the pieces. Lastly, I wanted to communicate my message of color and print. I wanted the collection to make you smile.”

The evening consisted of shopping (20% of the proceeds went to Dress for Success), mingling and eating light bites catered by Phoenicia Specialty Foods (I’d like to chat about that Tiara cookie…so delish). Elaine also presented the looks, modeled by Paige Branam, Lisa Dawn, Roseann Rogers and Clare Sullivan Jackson. While I was browsing the store, I have come to learn that I’m IN LOVE with the Renata Cork Heel and the Bo Fringe Clutch in all color ways.

When I first walked into the event, I signed up to win the Sabine Tote…and WON!! The tote is my first ever Elaine Turner piece and I’m quite excited to have it.

Be sure to subscribe to Elaine’s YouTube channel to catch up on episodes of “Elaine’s Big Life” and more!

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