Causes In Effect: Houston Fashion Week, Day Two

See photos of the Lauren Pierce show and more.

The beginning of day two at Houston Fashion Week brought causes to the main stage. David Peck's diffusion line CrOp is a cooperative collaboration with Jamie Collier, a Houston photographer who works with the Baylor International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative (BIPAI). Her images of humanitarian work in Uganda were so inspirational to Peck that he took those images, manipulated and tweaked them, and then digitally printed the images on organic silks and cottons. With individual color-splashes of bright teals and corals in the hair, as well as color blocks on the garments, there was a definite sense of Peck creating his very own tribe. The silhouettes bounced back and forth between structured and flowing, asymmetrical and symmetrical, short and long. Each piece felt organic in design and combined geometric elements with a bit of draping. Completing the look were the accessories provided by Houston's own accessory-mecca Elaine Turner.

As the CEO of FEED Projects and an honarary spokesperson for the World Food Program, Lauren Bush is definitely doing some good while showing off her designing chops. She started FEED Bags as a way to raise money for the WFP's School Feeding Program, and each bag's proceeds supplies food to countries in need. Lauren Pierce Atelier is her design house that focuses on sourcing fabric that's handmade by artisans around the world, as well as eco-friendly fabrics. In this particular collection she used hand-woven silk from women in Cambodia.

She displayed each of her garments against a blank canvas of white muslin in simple dresses cinched-in with a belt, plain white t-shirts and pleated schoolgirl skirts. The real pieces of artwork were the hand-dyed, hand-woven silks (sarongs, scarves and wrap-around dresses) in rich colors with intricate detailing. The designs were simple but the effect and message was not. What a stand out!

Not only did Peck and Bush bring causes to the forefront of fashion, but they also dominated the pattern battle of this fashion week.

Lela Rose loves a little game of peek-a-boo with her cut-outs that let the imagination wander, but still in a completely and totally classy way. (We are in the South!) Rose presented dark greens, blacks and navies all the way to bright reds and pinks--not to miss out on someone's favorite color. The multi-layered, raw chiffon skirt that graduated from deep-fuchsia to beige-taupe, paired with a slouchy, gray-knit tank definitely struck a chord for those non-traditional Houston fashionistas.

Net-a-porter.com, a high-end online retailer (on every designer's dream-online-retail list), brought out some big guns for the finale. Some of the most influential designers of today were on the runway, almost as if they were actually in attendance to our very first fashion week. There was the late Alexander McQueen, Vionnet, Alberta Ferretti, Donna Karan, Jason Wu and Rick Owens just to name a few.

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