The rain would not deter the Fashion Houston crowd Friday night as the annual event came to a close. The cloudy weather cleared up just in time for the red carpet as the crowd filed into the theater to grab their seat and get ready for the runway action.
Rami Salamoun If you were looking for sparkle, then you were waiting for Rami Salamoun's collection. The evening wear designer is known for show stopping pieces covered in all manner of feathers, Swarovski crystals, laces, and sequins. A trademark of Salamoun's is the use of illusion fabric to bring a little sexy to his pieces.
Favorite of the night: A gold mermaid dream covered in intricate beading.
Fabrice Tardieu Menswear is having a moment, especially streetwear, and Fabrice Tardieu brought a dose of tailored street to the runway. When asked about the new rise in male-focused fashion, Tardieu has this to say, "For so many years, man have been closed off into this section of fashion, but I think what lead to this is what is happening in the hip hop industry. When you see brand like Louis Vuitton having Kanye West design sneakers ... it changes the whole perception of what high fashion can be for men" The men in Tardieu's collection looked cool, but still well put together and stylish. A great combo.
Favorite of the night: This white suit, which looks good together, but break it apart for multiple looks.
Amir Taghi I do believe Taghi is the youngest designer to show at Fashion Houston and is definitely one of the youngest designers in the country to be so successful after only a few years. You would never imagine a teenager was responsible for the beautifully crafted pieces that graced the runway. Creamy nudes paired with punches of color made the collection a joy to watch.
Favorite of the night: The hot pink suit is not for the bashful.
Valentina Kova Russian born clothing and jewelry designer Valentina Kova is on a mission to create the best clothes with the best materials. Her entire collection was produced stateside in New York City, which allows Kova to ensure her customers are getting high quality products. Kova's collection was chock full of flowy dresses that made me want to go to the beach and leather jackets that made me want a motorcycle. Either way, I think Kova is on to what the modern woman wants in her closet.
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Favorite of the night: The blue leather jacket that made my heart stop.
David Peck David Pecks collection was less a show and more a three part performance, including a cameo by members of the Houston Ballet.
As for the clothing, the audience was enamored of the Southwest-inspired pieces created after a deeply personal road trip to Peck's native Santa Fe. The designer says he has grown his craft and gotten to know his customer better over the past few years and his clothes show it.
Favorite of the night: Hello midnight blue velvet with gold chain accent.