The season’s new neutral–yellow is optimistic, happy, terribly flirty and a great way to usher in Spring. The shade is available in a variety of colors that can and will appeal to all skin tones, from pale pastels to neon brights. Yellow is guaranteed to change your mood and brighten your day. Read the rest of this entry »
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The return to prominence of Tuxedo Dressing has been one of those Fall Trends, while popular all season, is very much a NOW look whose time it is to shine. There is nothing with greater style for Holiday parties or New Year’s Eve dressing than to borrow from the boys, the tuxedo with a feminine twist. One of the newest approaches to the look for this season has been the dominance of White as an alternative to the traditional black tux that I have loved for so many seasons. Rachel Zoe, stylist and designer of the Stars has done the same tuxedo (shown above) in both colors. The white has literally been a sell-out, as reported to me by an L.A. shopper and by Tootsies Buyer, Jennifer Cunningham. Read the rest of this entry »
Houston was treated last week with a visit by two well-dressed, darling ladies here in town from NYC to taunt their newest chic concept to hit the streets, Rent The Runway, that ensures that gals can be “best dressed” for a fun party night in great haute style without breaking the bank! The two PR gals, AJ Nichols and Ashley Savage were spreading the good cheer at Gift, a pop up shop for the holidays run by Michael Mandola and Peel Gallery. The perfect setting for all of the holiday goers to learn about this new concept of dressing that can make their holidays merry and bright! Read the rest of this entry »
It’s official, Thanksgiving is over, and starting this week, holiday party season has begun! Everyone brings out their glitz and glam for this time of year and for many, too much just isn’t quite enough! Read the rest of this entry »
So you may ask if I have my seasons mixed up? On a day when Texas weather is feeling a little more like summer, do I dare talk about the color of snow?! Well, I’ve always been a fan of White and now that the “never wear white after Labor Day” taboo has been lifted, it must be noted that one of the hottest (no pun intended) ideas from the Holiday/Resort Runways, arriving in stores now, was the presence of White as the non-color, color choice as a chic approach to holiday dressing. In fact, my memory takes me back to a visit here by Michael Kors (one of my faves, whose chic style is always so apparent) and when he dressed to accompany me to interviews, wore white pants and a black cashmere turtleneck sweater, in late October, specifically to make this point. It was a few years ago, he was ahead of his time and in fact, his outfit was a point of discussion with all of his interviewers!!! Read the rest of this entry »
Maybe you’ve had dreams of becoming a “Valli” girl. Or perhaps, you’ve already started looking for this year’s perfect holiday outfit. Well, look no further because we’ve got news on some chic winter trends for all of you “Impulse” shoppers. This collection will surely allow your “Valli” girl dreams to come true. Read the rest of this entry »
My final Fashion Houston interview was with a personal favorite of mine, Robert Rodriquez, who I feel that I have watched grow from his earliest days in his tiny booth at Coterie, the huge International NYC Contemporary Designer Show, immediately following Fashion Week. He is now in most upscale stores and boutiques around the globe, including Neiman’s, Saks, and Tootsies, locally, as well as Bergdorf’s, Fred Segal, Harrod’s and Holt Renfrew to name a few. Read the rest of this entry »
Another cool front is due to arrive in Texas tonight and the timing is just right to talk to one of Fashion’s biggest trends for Fall. Nothing has more glam-appeal as an add-on to your wardrobe than Fur, either real or faux, and the designers have gone for this trend in a big way for this Fall Season! The approach this season is new and is being used either as complete garments or as touches to convert traditional pieces into something fantastical! Read the rest of this entry »
Dress designer, Barbara Tfank, recent guest designer at Fashion Houston, had a clear point of view when she paraded her stylish, couture-inspired collection down the runways of the recent Fashion Houston shows. As a designer who was intrigued and often inspired by other great designers, artists and movies, dedicated her Spring 2012 collection to a fresh and modern interpretation of film icon, Elizabeth Taylor, a personal favorite of hers not only for her beauty but also for her generosity and strength. She left no stone unturned in her designs, her model choices (all Liz-look a-likes), even down to the brunette wigs that all of the girls wore, coifed ala Liz and the exquisite Bulgari serpenti watch, an exact replica of the one given to Ms. Taylor by Richard Burton while filming Cleopatra. It was a strongly themed collection that drew attention to the early Liz Taylor with garments fitted to that hour-glass figure that was her trademark. I was so impressed with the quality of her design and beautiful use of fabrics that a follow-up chat with her at Neiman Marcus was a must for me, to learn more about this designer that I had knowledge of sparingly and wanted to learn about and see more of.
Fabiola Arias, a recent graduate Parsons began her creative focus in one direction….the Fine Arts. Her passion was to be a great artist, and painting continues to be very much a part of her life. However, after being awarded a Japanese scholarship, then given to only four young designers, her artistic passions shifted to fashion design. Fabiola, only in the business for a couple of years now, has created a unique limited collection of daytime and evening dresses that are built on her love of painting. The texture of her brush strokes are apparent in her designs. Her concept, while mastered now by her team and manufactured in New York City, sounds simple but must take great expertise and craftsmanship to execute. She buys yardage of beautiful organza in bold colors and then cuts it all up into various sized petal-like pieces to make her designs. She says the secret is a masterful template that her makers can follow. All the principles of creating a great canvas are translated into her creations of exquisite dresses that really must be seen to be appreciated.
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