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Ladylike Brunching
Simon Fashion Now Fashion Events @ The Galleria- Houston

Ladylike Brunching

** Photos by Nicole Kestenbaum (edited by me) **

(Vintage Skirt- Arbor Antiques estate sale, Vintage Hat- Citywide Garage Sale, Vintage GUESS Knit Top- thrifted, Shawl- Ann Taylor, Shoes- c/o Cobb Hill Shoes, Fendi Handbag- thrifted, Wrap Bracelet- c/o Alden Rae Jewelry via Brunette Showroom.)

Despite it being a dreary day, I still wanted to add a tad bit of color to my outfit for brunch with the girls. I opted for a fun vintage Americana crinkled skirt and paired it with my knit sleeveless vintage Guess top. I knew I’d be chilly (as there was a slight chill to the air and despite 60/70 degree weather, restaurants and shops always seem to crank up the A/C) so instead of the usual jacket option, I decided to grab my incredibly soft crochet shawl I bought at Ann Taylor when I worked there several years ago. Not wanting to put my feet through torture on the last day of the weekend, I chose to wear my vintage style low-heeled pump by Cobb Hill Shoes (New Balance’s stylish sister company) and my feet were comforted by the cushiony insoles. The boy and I even took a stroll in our neighborhood park and the shoes did really well on the uneven ground. I thought the shoes and the hat played a huge part of my “ladylike brunch” outfit.

Simon Fashion Now Fashion Events @ The Galleria- Houston

The beginning of September marked the start of New York Fashion Week. While I wasn’t able to get to New York this year, I felt that a bit of it reigned down on Houston for a few days during the Simon Fashion Now events at the Galleria. I was able to attend two of the umpteen lot of events happening that week, which were the Press Preview and Luxury Runway events. Both events showcased the latest Fall 2013 trends from local mall shops. The ice rink on the Galleria’s lower level was transformed into a posh runway event venue, complete with live mannequins, passed light bites and an open bar. The Luxury Runway event was presented by Cadillac and offered shoppers a chance to purchase their favorite looks straight from the runway. The designer line-up that evening was: Saks, Max Mara, Tiffany & Co, Jimmy Choo, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, CH Carolina Herrera, Ferragamo and Neiman Marcus. Now I’m not sure what the Houston Fall/Winter weather is like, but a few of the looks (while chic) looked quite uncomfortably warm for our weather but would be great for LA or New York. Expect to see a lot of black and white on apparel, shoes and accessories; as well as a variety of red hues. Fendi was the favorite of the evening for me, with rich colors, loads of texture and very “uptown” silhouettes. Those sculpted heels though….major! What stood out for me regarding the menswear category was a tailored floral brocade blazer paired with solid black vest, pants and silver bow tie. Overall, the show was high-energy, the models did a great job strutting down the T-shaped runway and twenty-something age crooners that serenaded the audience during the opening of the show with Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back” wasn’t bad either.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Same Sky CEO- Francine LeFrak, who also spoke at the very beginning of the show. Same Sky is an initiative that empowers women of war-torn Rwanda by providing them with jobs to help lift them out of poverty. These women are trained as artisans to crochet hand-blown glass beads into necklaces, bracelets, etc. for 15 to 20 times the average Sub Saharan wage. 100% of the net proceeds from the sales are then reinvested back to train and employ the women. For more information and to shop the collection, go to www.samesky.com.

To stay up-to-date with Simon Fashion Now events, please go to www.simon.com.

heathermarie_033's Simon Now Preview album on Photobucket

** Simon Fashion Now Press Preview Party **

heathermarie_033's Simon Fashion Now show album on Photobucket

** Simon Fashion Now Luxury Runway Show **

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