See photos of Houston Fashion Week Day 1 in our slideshow.
The first night of Houston's very own fashion week kicked off with our city's own Cesar Galindo. His collection was mostly rich in texture and color, but interspersed with some mod-era pinks and reds. The silhouettes were very traditional evening-wear with kooky tailored details and geometric references. The crowd-pleaser was definitely the red number at the end when the model threw the five-foot train across the runway. Houston is definitely a sucker for drama! When Galindo came out to take a bow, he announced that he had just finished filming Bravo's The Fashion Show. Way to go Cesar! Can't wait to watch and root for a Houstonian on a national platform.
Lyn Devon had a distinctively different view of fashion than her two runway companions. If garments are able to show emotion and tell a story, then hers were the happiest (and the most interesting). The fable started with black-and-white color blocks of classic button-downs, shift dresses and big, floppy bows, and continued to take us into Technicolor red, yellow and green with air-filter pleats, and finally the climax with a butterfly print and long ethereal gowns. It didn't hurt that everything went down the runway in flats ... now that's a way to keep a model happy!
Christian Siriano was definitely the big star of the night. Ever since his Project Runway win, he's had a presence in New York Fashion Week, and this year he graced us with his fashion power. His collection ranged from day-wear safari to evening wear for a party on Pluto. The earthy-colored-print beginnings, mixed with stark whites and blues, set the tone for the more wearable garments, while the bright red-oranges jumped off the runway and into every fashionista's heart. Siriano's showstopper was his shoes! The audience (audibly) could not get over the unique bright-florescent geometric and organic heels, snakeskin cut-outs and height.
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For designers, it must be an awesome feeling to hear an audience "ooh" and "ahh" as the garments they've worked so hard on come down the runway, and the Houston crowd definitely did not disappoint.