Tag - Houston

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Flea Style is Coming to HOUSTON- May 7th
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Fun at the Sugar & Cloth Color Wall
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Cesar Galindo Fall 2016 Live Lookbook Presentation
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“Alchemy” at the MATCH: Featuring Chester Paul Roberts
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Kaleidoscope: Imaginarium
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Kaleidoscope: Jet Set
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Kaleidoscope: Urbanity

Flea Style is Coming to HOUSTON- May 7th

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Flea Style HOUSTON- May 7th

Flea Style (formerly The Dallas Flea) is taking its popular one-day market on the road this spring and setting up shop at Houston’s Silver Street Studios on May 7th. The event plans to have two shows a year in Houston (the second is slated for November 19th). Flea Style selected Houston as its first sister city location for its vibrant art scene and enthusiastic shoppers who have made their passionate demands heard for this curated marketplace hawking handmade, vintage and one-of-a-kind items to come to town. Attendees can expect 100-plus booths manned by artists, collectors, thrifters, junkers, pickers, painters, calligraphers, designers, potters and more. Vendors are traveling from all over Texas, and as far away as Oregon to showcase their wares. The incredibly talented lineup includes Tyler’s AAVintedge (vintage women’s clothing), Dallas’s Cowgirl Cuties (vintage cowboy boots), Portland, Oregon’s Ladies of Paradise (boho jewelry) as well as Houston darlings Manready Mercantile (gorgeous goods for guys and the home), Sunchild (beautiful handmade objects), Lynne Goode Vintage (retro/mid-century furniture) and Bole and Buck (rustic kitchen/home goods).

“We are ecstatic to bring our beloved show to Houston,” says Flea Style founder Brittany Cobb. “We know this hip and sophisticated city will love our unique market, where attendees can not only shop rare goods, but also meet the inspiring makers behind each item.”

Flea Style carefully curates its vendors to highlight unique, handmade, vintage and one-of-a-kind lifestyle wares, including: clothing, jewelry, art, furniture, décor, lighting, dog gear and children’s items. In addition to booths brimming with exceptional finds, shoppers can expect fun activities including The Shutterbus Photo Booth, a DIY floral crown station, live music and giveaways. And because even the most eager of shoppers needs to rest and refuel, there will be food trucks providing sustenance and a bar slinging drinks.

Flea Style takes place Saturday, May 7th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Silver Street Studios, which is located at 2000 Edwards St. The first 100 shoppers will score a free canvas tote goodie bag. Tickets are just $5 cash at the door, or skip the entrance line by purchasing pre-sale tickets HERE. Kids 12 and under get in free.

For more information, please visit the WEBSITE, and to keep up with the latest developments, check out the BLOG.

*All information via the press release.*

Fun at the Sugar & Cloth Color Wall

Sugar and Cloth Color Wall, blogger, outfit, houston, vintage

Sugar and Cloth Color Wall, blogger, outfit, houston, vintage

Sugar and Cloth Color Wall, blogger, outfit, houston, vintage

Sugar and Cloth Color Wall, blogger, outfit, houston, vintage

Sugar and Cloth Color Wall, blogger, outfit, houston, vintage

Sugar and Cloth Color Wall, blogger, outfit, houston, vintage

Sugar and Cloth Color Wall, blogger, outfit, houston, vintage

Sugar and Cloth Color Wall, blogger, outfit, houston, vintage

(Vintage Skirt- thrifted at Cottage Shop, Vintage Blouse- thrifted, Vintage Bow Heels- via Born Again Vintage, “Siren Sabine” Sunglasses- c/o Darylynn Eyewear, Vintage Necklace- bought on EBTH, Vintage Handbag- thrifted.)

** Photos of me by Brandy G. (Thank you lady!) **

Last night, I attended the launch party of a new addition to Houston’s art scene in Eado- the Sugar & Cloth Color Wall (and partial sidewalk). The wall is located at Headquarters (opening soon)- at 3302 Canal Street, you CAN’T miss it!

In case you didn’t know- Sugar & Cloth is a highly-regarded DIY/lifestyle blog by Ashley Rose, that is based in Houston, TX. I am really excited that she brought this fab color wall to the city, so that people can capture memories with friends and family. The party last night did just that… I saw families, mothers and daughters, bloggers, artists and photographers- take unique and fun photos, and just enjoying being in the moment. Of course, no party can be without a DJ and the peeps at Deep Eddy Vodka. Treats and bites were on-hand from local food trucks- El Tiempo (yummers veggie torta) and Frosted Betty.

If you do venture over to the wall, be sure to tag your photos: #sugarandclothcolorwall

Sugar & Cloth Color Wall, Houston, art

Cesar Galindo Fall 2016 Live Lookbook Presentation

Cesar Galindo Fall 2016

Cesar Galindo– New York-based designer, by way of Houston- decided to do something different when presenting his Fall 2016 collection to a small group of fashion insiders one sunny day recently. Instead of a typical runway presentation, he decided to do a live lookbook photoshoot for his “Starry Starry Nights!” collection.

He did not show this past season of New York Fashion Week, however he did build a collection; as he is focusing on the business aspect of his company. The collection harkens back to what he started out doing- clothing for the ‘after five’ market. He joked that him being born on New Year’s was the root of his love of that time of day.

The glitzy collection featured laser-cut fringe crepe dresses, repurposed mink jacket, tank and apron halter top, a fuchsia/silver glittered canvas coat and silver sequined caftan-style dress (that I’m still going gaga over), fluid jumpsuits, t-shirt dresses and layering pieces. He incorporated stretch leather arm accessories that were “like spanx for your arms.” He added sporty touches to a couple of the dresses, which included foiled and active mesh sleeve and hem details. He wanted the silhouettes to be relaxed, yet have a “Walk of Shame glam” feel.

I enjoyed seeing this concept in action and in an intimate setting. The models came out one at a time and lined up, while Cesar adjusted and re-styled the garment to his liking. Once on the platform, the the photographer and model seemed to work in tandem, as the shooting and posing went so fast; but also went effortlessly seamless. And of course, the CLOTHES… I could see several of the pieces in my closet.

Huge thanks: BLINC by Bambi Lynn (for the invite and helping to flawlessly put on a great show), Select Studios (venue), Page Parkes (models), Metromorphis Design, Jane Hruska Accessories, Tre Spa Salon, Arched Beauty Architechs and Avalon Diner (yummy treats and lite bites).

“Alchemy” at the MATCH: Featuring Chester Paul Roberts

One of Houston’s emerging designers- Chester Paul Roberts, held his first fashion show “Alchemy” at the MATCH Theaters recently. I’ve been following Chester’s work for a while, and have especially admired his Wild Poppies mens shirt (which I still want to totally rock) and the Auda(city) skirt. I was excited to finally see his work come to fruition on the runway.

The evening began with an energetic dance performance by James Peachtree (Pitre). Check out a portion of his performance on my Instagram. Chester’s eye-catching menswear collection followed immediately after. The collection was in collaboration with local painter Johnathon Michael Espinoza. Roberts goes on to further explain, “The menswear was especially inspired by Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. He was the mastermind behind an unorthodox movement, but he was good at getting artists to collaborate for a good cause. That’s my focus- to continue to collaborate with different artists from different genres each collection.” The bright collared, button-down, stretch cotton shirts were detailed with patches that were drawn by Espinoza and inspired by the Ballets Russes. The shorts, constructed with stretch denim/denim sateen and cotton/linen-blend faille, were equally uniquely designed.

The short intermission was another dance performance, titled “Brand New Me,” and featured ballet dancer- Zoe Wallace, wearing a dress designed by Roberts and hand-painted by Espinoza. Check out a snippet of the performance on my Instagram.

Following that performance was the womenswear collection presentation. Roberts thought that since the 1970’s era is a huge trend right now (and that it’s also one of his favorite eras), it would be the perfect time to experiment with the idea. A tank featuring the CPR Brand logo in red sequins and a silver grey satin skirt opened the presentation. Further looks were modest and carried a 70s vibe. Roberts used a variety of materials to execute the collection, including: stretch denim, cotton, velvet; as well as sequin and grommet accents. My favorite look was the gold metallic caftan, with its long sleeves and long pussy bow tie- very Studio 54.

For more on Chester Paul Roberts, go HERE and HERE.

Kaleidoscope: Imaginarium

Kaleidoscope Houston concluded with Imaginarium- held at the very cool Vivaldi Stone Boutique. Wikipedia defines imaginarium as a reference “to a place devoted to the imagination. There are various types of imaginaria- centers largely devoted to stimulating and cultivating the imagination, towards scientific, artistic, commercial, recreational, or spiritual ends.” The event was exactly that… a destination into one’s imagination. The artists that showcased that evening (including myself) helped transform the showroom into a inspiring showcase. The art gallery-esque lighted stone sample walls created a unique backdrop for the runway. Shawn Flowers and Yung Chris HK (founder of Son Kiss’d) were the fabulous hosts of the evening.

Now, because I spend the good first half of the show behind-the-scenes, I wasn’t able to see most of the performances, which included: Fenyx Aerial, Stella Marie Manalo– (whose voice I heard during rehearsal, and the girl can SING!); Toki Singh and Son Kiss’d.

I showcased a curated vintage collection with pieces from my shop- Lone Star Vintage. I also included accessories that I have made throughout the years. It was a great experience for me to showcase my talent to the large audience.

Local bridal designer Natalie Harris of Damsel White Label had a low-key presentation, that of which I wasn’t able to fully see. However, I was able to catch a glimpse of the designer with two of her models after the program. She was showcasing select gowns, one of which is one of my faves. To the unforeseen eye, it’s a gorgeous white wedding gown, BUT if you look closely under the white overlay, you can see a beautiful print of a Texas bluebonnet field. The prints are basically why I’m going to get my (eventual) wedding dress done by her. Harris likes to incorporate edgy and memorable details into the gowns, thus giving the bride-to-be a non-traditional approach to her beautiful day.

The last half of the evening (and the half that I was able to watch) continued with the debut of Of Myth + Muse’s first collection. The brand’s designer- Em Natalicchio also collaborated with Elyse Herman of Bark & Beam, a brand that does bohemian flower and crystal crowns. Natalicchio’s designs were feminine and romantic. I loved the black leather romper with lace top, the bralettes and skirts.The Of Myth + Muse website is live, however the collection will not be available until spring.

The last runway presentation belonged to André Redou on apparel, Damari & CO. on gloves, and Shopnonhuman on jewelry. Fashion designer- André Redou is also a furniture designer. His collection was sexy and clever. High-waisted shorts (my fave), pencil skirts, tops and jackets were in materials such as: vinyl, mesh and nylon. Damari Rubio- glove designer-extraordinaire at Damari & CO.,created a collection of short and long gloves for Kaleidoscope that I feel represented each of her collections: Be Chic, Be Fit, Be Free, Be Playful and Be Romantic. Michelle Yue is the brains behind Shopnonhuman– a jewelry brand that focuses on minimalistic-meets-futuristic designs that are mostly created from high-quality lucite. I especially love the ‘knot choker‘ and the ‘bangle bundle.’

I want to thank Pamela of Ubertina Productions for putting on this amazing event where local artists and creatives can come together and do amazing things. I also want to thank the entire Kaleidoscope team- you guys worked extremely hard and rocked it! Let’s see what Kaleidoscope Houston 2017 brings!

** Toki Singh **

Photo by Ubertina Productions

** Lone Star Vintage collection photo courtesy of Ubertina Productions **

Kaleidoscope: Jet Set

Night two of Kaleidoscope Houston was titled – Jet Set, and was also held at the sprawling mansion in the Northside district of Houston. The evening’s designers were: Steve Guthrie, Jessica Lombana, and Meru Merus. The lovely hosts of the evening were: former Miss Houston 2015- Chyna Wheatley and model/actor- John Newinn. The entertainment between the fashion shows were: Saturn Hoops- who wowed the audience with their performance with light-up hola hoops and fire; dancers from the Son Kiss’d Dance Theater and Culturally Yours left the audience feeling energized and inspired.

Steve Guthrie took a cue from the ‘Jet Set’ theme and had his “jet-setting models” being led out to the runway by the “ground crew.” His vintage-inspired womenswear collection takes a nod to photos of Brigitte Bardot, while in Italy in the 1960’s. Guthrie also explained that the era represents his favorite characteristics: the timeless cuts, the texture of the fabrics and also the elegance that’s obtainable for every woman. He also wanted the the simplicity of the clothing to ensure that his goal of designing and manufacturing locally from start to finish, could be realized. Local jewelry designer Tiffany Recio of Recio Designs had several of her contemporary and minimal pieces to help accessorize Guthrie’s collection. Both designers complemented each other well in achieving a subtly-chic ‘jet-setting vibe.’

LOMBANA by Jessica Lombana was the next brand to walk the runway. Designer Jessica Lombana presented to the Kaleidoscope audience, her S/S16 collection titled ‘Native’ and inspired by her ethnicity and roots. The collection consisted of elegant swimwear, cover-ups and flowy dresses (and one insanely bad-ass mirror fragmented mini-dress); all seemingly having a “tropical-meets-ethnic” theme going. Almost every garment was accessorized with Lombana’s colorful coordinating jewelry collection.

Umair Khan’s brand- Meru Merus‘ collection of cocktail and evening dresses closed the evening’s festivities. The collection was inspired by Arizona’s barrel cacti, which accounts for his heavy use of sequined, textured fabrics. The collection also had small influences of his Pakistani roots.

Stay tuned for Kaleidoscope: Imaginarium!

** Saturn Hoops **

** Son Kiss’d **

** Culturally Yours **

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 **

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