A member of the International Best-Dressed-List Hall of Fame, Lynn Wyatt allowed the audience at Houston Fashion Week a glimpse into her closet--one full of haute couture designs by Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfield, Chanel, Givenchy, and many more, down the runway one after the other. Wyatt's first couture purchase was the same YSL jacket she wore for the evening. Over 300 hours of work went into the embroidered and sequined jacket, which she was able to convince her husband to buy because she "wants to be buried in it." Wyatt is Houston's style icon, of course she has an Elton John-and-Lady Gaga story. Upon meeting Gaga and staying up late at Elton John's benefit AIDS Foundation, she turned to the performer and said, "Gaga, I have got to go, it is so late," and Gaga in return said, "I want to be Lynn Wyatt when I grow up," to which Lynn responded, "Well now you've really given me indigestion."
Neiman Marcus presented a collection of Emilio Pucci designs. Pucci built his fashion house based on geometric prints in a kaleidoscope of colors. Today the Pucci collections are designed by Peter Dundas, and he has definitely kept the spirit of Pucci alive with the bright-swirl, '60s-era prints, but he keeps the garments valid for today with modern cuts, form-fitting jersey and fur accents.
Marc Bouwer already presented his brand new 2011 spring/summer collection, and last night he showed his currently-in-stores 2010 fall/winter collection. Opening with a shiny bronze swimsuit with a cut-out around the belly button set the tone for the remaining 20 looks. The color-story easily moved from bronze to brown to black, with lush fabrics such as velvets, silk taffeta and heavily sequined silks. And though his women were more Dynasty than tribal, he still accessorized with chunky bracelets and necklaces that reinforced a tribal warrior. Just as Bouwer opened with a bang, he ended with one as well--a shiny silver-lame full length with a fish tail train.
Eileen Ford was presented with Fashion Houston's first Lifetime Achievement award. Can you imagine a world without Carmen, Twiggy, Lauren Hutton, Christie Brinkley, Jerry Hall, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Amber Valetta, and Shalom Harlow? Well, you can thank Ford for signing those models, making them superstars gracing the covers of countless magazines.
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Ford and her husband Jerry revolutionized the modeling world by developing a voucher system, residuals on print and exclusive contracts between models and brands. Ford is said to be a mother hen of all sorts, inviting models to move into her home, watching over them and schooling them on appropriate model behavior.