Tag - Kaleidoscope Houston 2016

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Kaleidoscope: Imaginarium
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Kaleidoscope: Jet Set
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Kaleidoscope: Urbanity

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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