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Fashion Houston 2012

Zac Posen dress
Photography by
Keith Luter of Jaxon Entertainment and
Caroline Downing Berg of Caroline Downing Photography
click on photo to see gallery

Fashion insiders are aware of the frenzy that ensues at the onset of the official fashion week calendar. Each February and September, from New York to Paris, designers, editors, models and other fashion enthusiasts plan for the marathon of fashion presentations set to occur over the course of a few short weeks. In its third season, Fashion Houston, presented by Audi at the Wortham Center, has further advanced Houston in its position to become a fashion industry powerhouse. Showcasing up-and-coming, as well as established designers, the event’s founder and co-creator, Jared Lang, has used his business savvy to pull together a team of local talent to produce this stellar event. On November 12-15, Executive Producer Jeanne Ruberti, coordinated a well executed parade of the design elite including Houston’s beloved Chloe Dao, David Peck and Jerri Moore, as well as the Tardieu brothers from Bogosse, Lubov Azria from BCBG Max Azria and Herve Leger, Georges Chakra and the imitable, Zac Posen. Other designers who made their debut this year included sought after celebrity couturier, Kevan Hall, as well as Laurel Berman of Black Halo, Rabih Kayrouz of Maison Rabih Kayrouz, Fotini, Gemma Kahng and Monique Lhuilllier. A talented team of models, make up artists, hairstylists and volunteers worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make for a seamless event for all in attendance. , Neal Hamil,Fashion Houston Creative Director, greeted the audience each night to give a glowing overview of what was in store for the evening. Unlike fashion week in New York, where highly sought after tickets go to a select few press, celebrities, buyers and prestigious clientele, Fashion Houston has allowed the general public an opportunity to see the next season’s trends, first hand. Also different from other cities, is the opportunity to meet the designers. Neiman Marcus hosted personal appearances and trunk shows for several designers as did Elizabeth Anthony Esther Wolf. Many designers were also spotted in the audience each night, supporting their fellow colleagues. As with year’s past, the week culminated with the presentation of the Style Icon award. This year’s recipient was couture clad socialite, Diane Lokey Farb. New York, London, Milan, Paris...Houston. I think Fashion Houston has officially taken its place on the international fashion week scene. After this year’s line up, the anticipation for next year’s showcase has already begun.

By Andrea Bonner HHH contributing writer and stylist

From the Front Row...

Wednesday, November 14th was the third night of Fashion Houston, and it was an excellent evening featuring four very talented designers. The event took place in the foyer of the Wortham Center. It began with the designs of Houston local and Project Runway winner, Chloe Dao. Her Fall/ Winter 2012 collection included 28 stunning looks. These looks ranging from dresses to evening gowns were accented by Nine West shoes and Vintage Contessa and Flaming Hearts accessories. A noticeable feature in a number of the items in this collection were the beautiful hand placed embroidered flowers along with other floral accents. The second designer of the night was Kevan Hall. His collection included a lot of bright colors and lace accents. Following Hall’s gorgeous collection, there was a half hour intermission. During this time, a number of guests took pictures with the three Houston Texans players who were sitting front row at the show. The players: Connor Barwin, Brooks Reed, and Bryan Brahman happily took pictures with a number of fans prior to the show resuming. The third designer was another Houston local, Rubin Singer, whose Spring/Summer 2013 collection was titled “The Death of Ophelia” based on the play by William Shakespeare. Singer’s collection included a number of looks with high slits and neon colors. To complement the looks, Singer paired his designs with fabulous Stuart Weitzman shoes. The final collection of the evening was the highly anticipated Pre-Spring 2013 Herve Leger by Max Azria. The collection had a very modern and fun feel as the models all wore aviator sunglasses with their looks and high slicked-back ponytails. Color blocking on the signature bandage dresses of Herve Leger had the audience applauding in approval. The Pre-Spring 2013 collection also included bandage swimsuits that looked incredible and very unique ranging from one-piece cutouts to bikinis. Overall, the entire evening was a huge success and demonstrated that even though Houston may not be known for fashion as much as Paris or New York, Houston definitely has style and keeps the city trendy and fashion forward.

by Ali Valach HHH intern

Tired of Turkey

Texas burger and Amber Ale

In collaboration with Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Smashburger launches new burger and craft beer pairings today, available at all twelve Houston Smashburger locations. These new malted matches, which start at $8.68 each, are part of the company’s localization initiative and push towards burger and beer pairings in larger markets across the U.S. Currently, Colorado and New York boast similar menus, with local brewers in each state. Smashburger founder Tom Ryan and Saint Arnold founder/president Brock Wagner have expertly matched these burger and craft beer pairings according to aroma, texture and taste preferences.


Sparkle Plenty

Inspired by the popular British tradition, Jouer introduces their version of a holiday cracker with Sparkle & Pop. Dressed in a beautiful pale pink box with festive gold confetti and a chic hangtag for personalization, Jouer’s Sparkle & Pop makes the perfect stocking stuffer or holiday party favor. This seasonal goodie contains five fun surprises including a special Jouer treat: Party horn, Chic cocktail ring (*varying styles), Beauty fortune (*varying messages),Mini Champagne Bubbles, and one of three Jouer deluxe samples (Body Butter, Essential Lip Enhancer and Glisten Moisturizing Lip Gloss, Perfect for a stocking stuffer, or party favor. $12. Available at Nordstrom and online at Jouercosmetics.com and Nordstrom.com.

Houston Philanthropy

SBEF Hosts Second Annual Style Show

High Heels and High Hopes Style Show & Luncheon benefits
2013 Crystal Awards Gala

Co-Chairs Missy Balleza, Melissa DeAyala

Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) hosted its second annual fashion event, High Heels and High Hopes, co-chaired by Missy Balleza and Melissa DeAyala. The luncheon had a fashion show with 11 SBISD Moms modeling clothing and accessories from Dimensions. The sellout event , with more than 300 attendees at the Lakeside Country Club, raised $20,000 which will benefit the 2013 Crystal Awards Gala on Feb. 8, 2013 – An Evening Celebrating Teachers with High Hopes.


These are a few of the events
on the HHH calendar...

November 26
Elaine Turner Cyber Monday deals

November 29 -December 20
Nolan-Rankin Galleries
Exhibition of German Informalist Artist Lianne Anna Schaefer
opening night

December 4
Atrium Holiday Tea
4 - 7 pm
Event hosts Kathy Bracewell, Minnie Baird, and Nicole Fertitta will be showcasing their personal
endeavors with jewelry from Bracewell’s Agate Ranch + Marfa, luxury handbags by Baird & Baird, and a selection of skin care products by Rodan + Fields.