It was a packed house on night three of Fashion Houston. While everyone was excited to see the presentations from Rolando Santana and Yigal Azrouel, the night belonged to the hometown favorites Chloe Dao and David Peck.
First up was Rolando Santana collection, which was described as a perfect match for the Houston women. So true. The collection was both fun and flirty, but meant business. Loved the first look, a pure white skirt suit with exposed zipper and utility belt closures, the pops of yellow in his fun mini dresses and the floral printed cigarette pants. Fave of the night: lace dress with flounce hem, but with lining because I am a lady.
The crowd erupted in applause when Chloe Dao was introduced. When women are looking for girly dresses and sexy strappy dresses, they think Chloe. Her collection last night had plenty of that, but the perspective was a lot more downtown hip. The color palette was a lot more punchy with reds, yellows, navies and greens taking over for her usual pinks and cobalt blues. Rib-drift tops and flowy maxi skirts showing lots of leg were more sexy than cute. The hair was messy top bun with sharp faux bangs and the accessories were just plain cool, like the five finger ring that said "Cool" and the lips necklaces. It looks like the "Rich Bitch" from last year took the 6 Train south for some downtown inspiration.
Fave of the night: all of the rib-drift tops. All of them.
David Peck showed a mixture of his current fall collection already in stores, his upcoming spring collection and his bridal collection. The fall collection was inspired by classic cinema. I immediately thought Hitchcock blond when I saw the classic suits, luxe blouses and Jackie O sunglasses. The spring collection was inspired by the vacation Peck wishes he could take. The mix of blues, yellows and reds of varying shades put us all in a vacay frame of mind. Lastly, a bridal vignet complete with the cutest flower girl ever! Peck has not been doing bridal for long, but you would never know it from the gorgeous gowns to the cute bridesmaids dresses you could actually wear again. No joke. Peck closed the show in memorable fashion by including his entire team decked out in "Made Here" atelier coats to take the final walk with him.
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Fave of the night: off the shoulder circle skirt dress in red and blue. It makes me want to be in St. Barts with a cocktail.
The night concluded with Yigal Azrouël's eponymous collection. Much like the Cut 25 collection shown the previous night, the Yigal Azrouël Resort 2014 collection used dark colors paired with brights to bring elegance to the runway. His girl is a tough chic and isn't afraid of leather or sheers.
Fave of the night: a leather corset styled with white cigarette pants and black leather killer heels. Not as flashy as the other pieces, but clean, luxe and tough, which I think sums up this collection.
Tonight's designer line up includes, evening and bridal wear wonder from down under Johanna Johnson, menswear designer Zachary Prell, vintage inspired line Haute Hippie and emerging designer Wes Gordon. Excited to see their shows, but sad to see Fashion Houston end.