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Kaleidoscope: Urbanity
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Kaleidoscope Houston 2016
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Heart of Fashion Closing Night

Kaleidoscope: Urbanity

Kaleidoscope Houston kicked off its inaugural three-night event not long ago. The first and second nights were held at a sprawling mansion in the Northside district of Houston. The event boasted music, art and fashion.

Night one was aptly named “Urbanity” and featured ‘urban-themed’ art and fashion, with sounds by DJ Nando 1. Proceeds from the first night benefitted Team GINI. That evening’s host was Omar Castillo.

Designers on deck for night one of Kaleidoscope were Swinn, Kooth Brand and a collection by a group of Art Institute students. There was also local entertainment in between the fashion sets, which included: The Mad Men Crew– a Hip Hop group that debuted a Houston-themed anthem that night, Femme Fatale Cru, Tobe Nwigwe- one of Team GINI’s founders, Brenden Winkfield- tap dancer extraordinaire, and Raj the Rapper– Hip Hop and R&B musician.

Swinn is an alternative athletic-wear brand from Austin and specializes in cheeky sports bras and other active wear that are made in the U.S.A. Texas Bgirl group- Femme Fatale Cru joined the models during the Swinn runway. Each girl busted out in their own hip-hop number at the end of the runway, creating an upbeat mood for the audience. Kooth Brand is based (and manufactured) in Houston. CEO and designer (and fellow FIDM alum) Shayne Salinas has spend a lot of time around farms, ranches and industrial plants and believes in timeless American-made workwear for the working class man. He draws most of his inspiration from the aesthetic of 1930s-60s blue-collar workers’ garments and used modern fabrics that mirrored the fabrics from the 30s. After seeing the brand in person and listening to Salinas talk about his mission statement, I’m hoping that he will make a womens division soon. But for now, I can totally see myself carrying the canvas and leather tool bag. The last designer showcase of the evening was collection created by an amazing group of students from the Art Institute of Houston: Wilbert, Keosha, and Kim. The trio created a collection comprised of denim with mesh accents, which truly had that urban edge.

Stay tuned for Kaleidoscope: Jet Set….

** The Mad Men Crew **

** Femme Fatale Cru **

** Tobe Nwigwe **

** Brenden Winkfield **

** Raj the Rapper **

Kaleidoscope Houston 2016

Kaleidoscope Houston 2016 Fashion Music Art

Kaleidoscope Houston 2016 Fashion Music Art

Kaleidoscope Houston 2016 Fashion, Music ,Art,

(Images and text below VIA Kaleidoscope.com)

KALEIDOSCOPE HOUSTON 2016 is a 3-day Fashion, Art, Music and Film experience presented by a creative collective of partners. The inspiration for creating Kaleidoscope is simple; bring the creative collective that is Houston and surrounding cities, then connect their talents to produce a show that is themed, multi-faceted, and within the city of Houston which will in turn help to boast Houston’s creative economy.

This inspiration led to the creation of Kaleidoscope which highlights and enhances the visibility of Texas established and emerging talent in the Fashion, Art, Music and Film industries.

As one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, Houston is the perfect blend of ambassador for arts & culture. Texas has emerged as an innovative and progressive cultural kaleidoscope.

Kaleidoscope focuses on the expansion of this culture by spotlighting the economic increase of fashion design, clothing merchandising, music influence, visual and performing art, photographic and cinematic film, and a variety of other art and entertainment.

Texas boasts a community of art and cultural assets that create a dynamic economic development in a multitude of national and international markets. Kaleidoscope connects the arts and culture sectors by bridging local firms to the community of artists, musicians, designers, performers, and film industry.

Bringing all of these dynamics under the umbrella that is Kaleidoscope is a step in paving the way to extraordinary through heavy local support. Please join the movement in the new revolution of creative. Kaleidoscope is an alternative consciousness of creative genius. 

For additional information on schedule, designers, etc… please go to Kaleidoscope.com.

To purchase tickets, go HERE.

Kaleidoscope Houston 2016 Fashion, music, art

Heart of Fashion Closing Night

The Heart of Fashion closed on a high note, with such notable designers as Peter Cohen, Houston’s own Inclán, Abi Ferrin and Ungaro.

Peter Cohen

Zimbabwean-born and now Los Angeles-based Peter Cohen has been designing for over twenty-five years. His luxurious, yet simplistic designs are in the closets of some of Hollywood leading ladies, including Angela Bassett and Ann Heche. Cohen is known for not making a huge fuss in regards to being in spotlight, nor will you see logos or signatures in/on his clothing. He dedicates his time to sourcing the highest quality of fabrics, such as four ply silks from Korea, Italian organza and French taffeta. The looks that were highlighted on the runway were simple and timeless, with light embellishment. He chose longtime friend and the legendary supermodel Carmen Dell’ Orefice to close the runway presentation. She graced the runway in a midst of a roaring applause from the audience.

Inclán Studio

Inclán Studio’s Paola Contraras was the only Houston designer to present her S/S16 work during the Heart of Fashion festivities.The designer stuck by her signature color/fabric blocking and chose a neutral palette, with bits of yellow popping up here-and-there. Her collection seems ideal for a summery island or warm getaway, with breezy, lightweight fabrics. Anorak-style jackets, tunics, capri pants and easy dresses trended the brand’s runway showcase. Find Inclán Studio HERE.

Abi Ferrin

Dallas-based designer Abi Ferrin presented her latest collection that seemed to have a bohemian inspired vibe. The brand, who’s motto is Fashion with Freedom and Purpose showcased designs that were relaxed yet sophisticated, while also catering to women of all body types. The models were accessorized with southwestern shoulder bags, hairpieces made of bouncy pom-poms and feathers and airy printed shawls. The brand is manufactured in the USA. For more information on Abi and The Freedom Project, go HERE.

Ungaro – Presented by Sloan Hall

Ungaro’s reigning designer- Fausto Puglisi wasn’t able to attend the show, however he did make an ‘appearance’ and addressed the audience via video. His very 60’s Mod “Flower Power” (along with basket weave and plaid prints)- inspired collection also celebrated femininity and the female form. Puglisi emphasized structured collared blouses with 3-D flowers and mesh ruffled details, chic capes and jackets and flirty dresses and skirts. He used striking pinks, blues and white as his standard palette, but added black as a useful accent to make some clothing details pop. While most of the collection remained subtle for a broad range of clientele, he also incorporated hints of edginess with patent leather pieces and midsection-baring crop tops with harnesses and dresses/skirts with harness-esque leg-baring stripes running down the sides. Check out Ungaro HERE.

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