We Houstonians have a myriad of festivals, shows, and performances to pick from on any given weekend, but there are a handful of events that are must sees and Fashion Houston is now one of those few.
The premier fashion event, now in its fifth year, kicked off last night with five designer shows, two red carpet media personalities, hundreds of guests, every major media outlet, and a partridge in a pear tree.
If the Fashion Houston team's aim was to showcase more diverse voices, then they made a huge leap forward last night. From red carpet gowns, to South Asian bridal, to urban gone modern, it was a veritable cornucopia of tastes. (I'm in the holiday mood, can't you tell.)
Talk about start the night with a bang, Alexis Monsanto's show came complete with beautiful gowns, half naked servant men, a mad king, and headdresses. The designer is known for his flair for the dramatic, but the crowd was not ready for this show.
Inspired by the Byzantine Empire and the HBO hit Game of Thrones, Monsanto's pieces looked as though they were made from Roman armor and dragon scales. The jewel toned fabrics matched with large statement jewelry were fit for a queen - maybe Queens Cersei herself.
Favorite look of the night: a fire red flowing gown with metallic gold belt. So hot right now.
Cool, crisp, and clean is all I have to say about the Tibi show. Designer Amy Smilovic is known for her modern take on the powerful woman's wardrobe and her presentation last night was all about the bold female.
From the opening looks, including a must have blue pant suit, to last, one got the message that in the Tibi world a woman does not have to trade confidence for femininity.
Favorite look of the night: this navy pant suit, can't get enough of it.
Everyone has been a buzz about Jonathan Blake and its designer Jonathan Tinkle ever since its premier a few short years ago. His sophisticated line of gowns and dresses has been on everyone's list, including ours. Last night he presented his newest line and it was impressive, as always.
The green color palette was a bit of a surprise, but the treatment kept it streamlined and high brow. Who knew highlighter green could be opera ready?!
Favorite look of the night: A blue, red, and gold patterned summer dress. Can't wait for spring.
The audience sat in awe of the collection presented by Sameera Faridi in her Fashion Houston debut. Faridi has been a part of the Houston scene for ten years now and last night she had her chance to shine.
Faridi's fabrics are sourced from Pakistan via frequent trips abroad and the handmade embroidery and beading is completely customizable to fit her client's tastes.
Favorite look of the night: The bridal gown, of course, which took over three months to complete.
I would say Grungy Gentleman was the biggest step outside the box last night. Known as the streetwear gods in New York City and fresh off their hugely successful New York Fashion week premier, the lifestyle brand turned fashion upstarts were a perfect choice for a little urban infusion.
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The Grungy line was big on swag, but not lacking in design. The pieces were a nod to the more tailored streetwear other designers are just now discovering, but is something that comes naturally to the GG.
Favorite look of the night: The burgundy coat every man should own, in my humble opinion.