Tag - The Galleria

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Giuseppe Zanotti's Rare Texas Visit
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Simon Fashion Now Fashion Events @ The Galleria- Houston
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Macy's and HSM "Trendspotter" Kick-Off Event

Giuseppe Zanotti's Rare Texas Visit

I had the pleasure of experiencing a rare occurrence- shoe designer to the stars (like Beyonc√©, Rhianna, Lady Gaga and Kanye) – Giuseppe Zanotti made a rare appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue at Houston’s upscale Galleria mall. The event consisted of a Q&A session with the designer and Joy Sewing, passed champagne and light bites and a glimpse of the latest collection. The event benefited Recipe for Success Foundation– which was launched in 2005 by Gracie Cavnar. This charity caters to helping to fight childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food; as well as educating and mobilizing the community to provide a healthier diet for children all over the city of Houston.

There was a large audience in attendance to hear the Italian designer speak with Houston Chronicle reporter-Joy Sewing. It was such a joy to hear the “master shoe designer” himself speaking about how he got started in the business and his perspective on his brand, etc. He was very down-to-earth and had some great advice. We were even introduced to one of his sons- Ricardo, who was looking dapper in a sneaker from his father’s menswear collection. Here are some highlights from the Q&A session:

*His love of shoes and fashion (which started at a young age) comes in second prior to his love of music.

*He still has his first pair of shoes from his Mother, which he acquired when he was around 7 or 8 years old.

*He was a radio DJ in Italy before his rise to fame as shoe designer.

*He owns over 17,000 pair of shoes. Those of which are from his brand and also shoes he buys from all over the world.

*He designed the shoes for the ‘Mrs. Carter World Tour.’

*He designs 800 shoes every six months.

*Twenty years ago during his first season, he sold 700 pairs of shoes. Now he sells over 500,000 pairs per year.

*When asked about making mistakes as a designer, Mr. Zanotti replied, “I don’t want to follow what the other designers are doing…If you follow everybody else, you can lose that direction. It’s better to be passionate. Sometimes you need to do something wrong to learn…”

*His suggestion to young designers: “Be passionate, learn and then dream. Think. Fly very far with your mind. Pick something and take a risk. Take your risk and follow yourself {not everyone else}.”

*He designs for beauty and not so much comfort.

*When asked if his shoes had a song, he replied, “ABC by the Jackson-5.”

*He doesn’t have just one muse. “When I close my eyes, I have to think ‘woman and wardrobe.’ {I have to have a shoe for every occasion}. I get excited when I see something cool…like an outfit or in the street. Or a great tattoo or expression or personality. Also, beautiful vintage jewels or a super-chic classic dress with a nice cut…all is inspiration…”

It was great listening to this amazing and very humble designer speak about some of his life and design experiences. I also had the extreme honor (and the equivalent of star-struck, but in the fashion sense) of meeting him. Total highlight of my week!

Thank you Saks and Recipe for Success for allowing me to attend!

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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.

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** Simon Fashion Now Press Preview Party **

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** Simon Fashion Now Luxury Runway Show **

Macy's and HSM "Trendspotter" Kick-Off Event

The creme-de-la-creme of Houston’s fashionable 20-somethings gathered at Macy’s Sage at one of Houston’s most exclusive malls- The Galleria for an evening of light appetizers/beverages, music, networking, styling tips and an opportunity to support local community organizations. The event was hosted by Houston Style Magazine, Macy’s, Houston Fashion Bloggers and the Houston Dynamo soccer team. This event is the kicker for a series of “Trendspotter” events that will be held throughout the summer at the Macy’s Sage Galleria location. Along with networking with some really trendy Houstonians, meeting the gorgeous (hey I ain’t gonna lie) members of the Dynamo team; we were introduced to Team Gini- an organization that engages with youth by using creative methods (remixes of popular songs rewritten with positive messages, theatrical performances, community support by hosting donation drives for other organizations) and enriches them to discover their purpose through educational entertainment. There was also a small runway show that showcased the latest trends that have recently hit Macy’s racks (I’d love to get my hands on the BarIII floral print palazzo pants). I’m really excited to see how the other monthly events pan out, as there was quite a huge turn-out for this first one.

Mark your calenders for: June 25, July 23 and August 27. Hope to see you there!

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