Many events come and go, but once an event makes it's 4th birthday it can really say it is here to stay. Fashion Houston made four this year and did with....style. The largest fashion event in the city has cemented its place as the event national and international brands showcase their collections to the Houston market. With their continued and ever growing list of partners, including practically every major Houston retailer hosting trunk shows in coordination with designer shows, it is obvious that they will be leading the charge as Houston asserts itself on the national fashion stage.
Now onto the fashion! Ladies first...
The Fashion Houston audience had the honor of seeing Johanna Johnson's Red Carpet Collection premier last night. Once the show was over, the pieces would be on their way to stylists like Rachel Zoe to be worn by celebs from LA to Sydney. The collection was all about 1920 glam. As the hit "Royals" by Lorde thumped through the speakers, "OMG" gowns of satin, velvet and shiny lamé graced the runway complete with head pieces Daisy Buchanan would be proud to wear.
Fave of the night: A gown with a gold lamé corset top and black velvet skirt. Hope to see it on the red carpet during award season.
Another first of the night was the first official runway collection from Haute Hippie fearlessly lead by Oklahoma native turned NYC design powerhouse Trish Wescoat Pound. The collection was a perfect mix of casual dresses and tops with show stopping gowns and jewelry. Inspired by the Greek tale of Persephone, the color palette paired both bright reds and oranges with moody blacks and grays. Wescoat Pound hinted at a possible HH store in the future. God does answer prayers.
Fave of the night: Black jacket with beaded wing applique and beaded cigarette pants. So chic.
Wes Gordon provided a good contrast to the rest of the evenings opulent women's wear. The Fashion Group International 2012 Rising Star Award winner presented clean and feminine silhouettes in a variety of peach, yellow, blue sorbet shades. His use of lace and sheer layers along with a plastic boot pump shoe (yes) kept me interested until the end. I really loved his use of black and a chainmail like fabric, which added some depth to an otherwise saccharin sweet color palette.
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Fave of the night: A long sleeved cream jacket with the sleeves pushed up Miami Vice style and a silver mini skirt. Oh yeah.
Zachary Prell had the distinction of being the only menswear designer presenting last night. His pieces are exactly what every man's girlfriend will say he needs in his closet. The collection was all American casual for the man who still wants to look well put together. Think college professor, but less Dead Poets Society Robin Williams and more the hot teacher Kelly dated on Saved By the Bell College Years.
My husband's fave of the night: A red and blue casual combo with brown loafers. My husband also wants to own a yacht.
Good times Fashion Houston. See you next year!