Cesar Galindo is definitely a local boy. His models strutted down the catwalk beneath sky-high frizzed pompadours pinned into edgy feminine faux-hawks, a look we have unintentionally sported many a day due to oppressive summer humidity. The Houston native kicked off the first night of Houston Fashion Week with plunging backlines, silky prints, muted metallics for evening, and skinny pantsuits.
New Yorker Lyn Devon followed with a parade of clean, classic sportswear that felt more Hamptons than NYC. When asked about her below-the-knee hemlines and high-buttoned tops, she described the timeless, understated sensuality of showing just enough skin beneath a playful bow at the neckline. After discovering this was her first trip to the Bayou City, we wondered if the designer had any comments on fashion in Houston. Devon, who is as fresh and down-to-earth as her spring line, responded, "Although I haven't been in town very long, I get the impression that women take more risks with bold color and prints than what you see in New York." Oh Lyn, you can just come out and say it. Southern fashion is LOUD.
We took the "fashion in Houston" question to the crowd between shows, busy sipping champagne cocktails as a string quartet performed hits by Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Kanye West. Our favorite comment came from a handsome, extremely well-outfitted gentleman who had this to say of Houston women: "I've never seen this many animal prints in one location before. That includes the zoo."
Christian Siriano lived up to the hype as the highlight of the evening. His exquisitely draped chiffon dresses in bold patterns of turquoise and tan seemed to float down the runway. The show concluded with a decadent gown so delicately layered it might have been made of spun sugar. The young designer shyly peeked out at the close of his segment and was met with rowdy, well-deserved applause.
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Tonight's lineup shouldn't disappoint with collections by David Peck/Elaine Turner, Lauren Bush, Lela Rose, and Net-A-Porter.com. For this event its recommended you arrive "Fashionably on Time". Doors at 5pm, show at 7pm. For additional information visit www.fashionhouston.net.