David Peck Fashion Show

Made in Houston: David Peck's first fashion show in new studio has sexy homegrown attitude

Made in Houston: David Peck fashion show has sexy homegrown attitude

David Peck and models at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
David Peck poses with models in his colorful designs. Photo by Scott McCombs
Model on the runway at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
David Peck Polilla gown, rose gold silk and cotton sateen full length gown with open back, $1,495. Photo by Scott McCombs
33 Donae Chramosta, from left, Lauren Biggs and Jennifer Pierce at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
Donae Chramosta, from left, Lauren Biggs and Jennifer Pierce. Photo by Quy Tran/Quy Tran Photography
80 Model on the runway at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
David Peck magenta charmeuse sleeveless jumpsuit with ankle tie closure, $375, worn with Thom Browne butterfly shaped sunglasses, $650 at Eye Gallery. Photo by Quy Tran/Quy Tran Photography
7301 Dana White, from left, Anika Jackson, Dena Winkler and Misti Pace-Krahl at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
Dana White, from left, Anika Jackson, Dena Winkler and Misti Pace-Krahl. Photo by Scott McCombs
Guests at table at David Peck's first runway fashion show in new space
Guests at David Peck's first runway show in his new studio sat at one long table facing the runway and dined on locally-sourced food from Dig & Serve. Photo by Scott McCombs
137 Model on the runway at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
David Peck daiquiri ice button-up blouse ($270), wool draped pencil skirt (4285) and blazer with contrasting collar ($495), worn with Chanel glasses, $450, at Eye Gallery Photo by Quy Tran/Quy Tran Photography
7303 Amy Dunn, left, and  Elena Pedenat the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
Amy Dunn, left, and Elena Peden. Photo by Scott McCombs
Model on the runway at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
David Peck Oslo dress, navy and pink plaid handwoven sleeveless pleated shoulder shirtdress, $225. Photo by Quy Tran/Quy Tran Photography
51 Kerri Lynn Inglesby, left, and Dena Winkler at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
Kerri Lynn Inglesby, left, and Dena Winkler. Photo by Quy Tran/Quy Tran Photography
David Peck vegan skirt and georgette blouse
David Peck faux leather miniskirt, $295, with chiffon button-up blouse with faux leather collar, $$295, accessorized with Salt Cynthia eyeglasses, $350 at Eye Gallery. Photo by Quy Tran/Quy Tran Photography
2 Courtney Zavala, from left, Rose Chen and Fatema Naqvi at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
Courtney Zavala, from left, Rose Chen and Fatema Naqvi. Photo by Quy Tran/Quy Tran Photography
David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
The venue at the new David Peck showroom. Photo by Scott McCombs
David Peck colorblocked sheath from spring 2015 collection
David Peck Amarilla navy herringbone wool sheath dress with asymmetric ruching and contrasting white faux-leather trim, $425, wore with Chanel glasses, $450, at Eye Gallery.   Photo by Quy Tran/Quy Tran Photography
Model on the runway at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
David Peck Pueblo  linen short sleeve shirtdress with contrasting tender faux leather stripe, $295, accesorized with Thierry Lasry sunglasses, $500 at Eye Gallery. Photo by Scott McCombs
35 Lisa Powers, left, and Becca Kolker at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
Lisa Powers, left, and Becca Kolker. Photo by Quy Tran/Quy Tran Photography
David Peck and models at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
Model on the runway at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
33 Donae Chramosta, from left, Lauren Biggs and Jennifer Pierce at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
80 Model on the runway at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
7301 Dana White, from left, Anika Jackson, Dena Winkler and Misti Pace-Krahl at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
Guests at table at David Peck's first runway fashion show in new space
137 Model on the runway at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
7303 Amy Dunn, left, and  Elena Pedenat the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
Model on the runway at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
51 Kerri Lynn Inglesby, left, and Dena Winkler at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
David Peck vegan skirt and georgette blouse
2 Courtney Zavala, from left, Rose Chen and Fatema Naqvi at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
David Peck colorblocked sheath from spring 2015 collection
Model on the runway at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015
35 Lisa Powers, left, and Becca Kolker at the David Peck spring summer 2015 fashion show March 2015

With an attractive new studio to showcase his designs, David Peck debuted his spring collection for some of this best clients at a luncheon that featured a locally-grown lunch, classic pop tunes and a runway featuring bright colors, light and breezy fabrics designed for the normally warm Houston climate and such sensible details as pockets.

"We had so many big shows in the fall," Peck said referring to full-scale presentations at Fashion Houston and at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown, "that we really kind of wanted to do something intimate and showcase the space because we're really excited about what it's transformed to."

 "The creative industry in Houston is larger than the medical industry, which is crazy when you think about it.  It bodes well for Houston's future." 

Peck created a catwalk along the concrete floor that runs the length of his Montrose studio, while about 50 guests, sitting at a long table, dined on a salad largely homegrown at the Mandell Community Garden and roasted chicken, pasta and vegetables from such locally sourced vendors as Tavola Artisan Pasta, Tejas Tropical Meats & Poultry and Atkinson Farms while DJ Little Martin spun tunes from classic shows like Gossip Girl and reinterpretations of current hits.

The lunch was catered by David Peck chief financial officer Brandon Gregoire and chef German Mosquera, who have teamed together to form a catering service called Dig & Serve featuring locally sourced food.

Peck's fashions are just as homegrown, as they are all produced in a factory next to the studio. His team has come up with the hashtag #madeHERE to tout the H-Town connection.

"I feel like Houston is really exciting right now. I keep repeating that over and over. There are so many different groups doing different things and people being very entrepreneurial in the creative industries. It's really cool," Peck said.

"Obviously everyone is really concerned about what will happen to the economy, but the creative industry in Houston is larger than the medical industry, which is crazy when you think about it. It bodes well for Houston's future that we have such a vibrant industry that's only growing in visibility. I can see where it will take us."

Spring collection

In the fashion show, Peck featured 56 looks, ranging from tailored sheath dresses in colorblock patterns that perennially sell well to a kicky new fiesta print inspired by an old tin that his grandmother had found in Mexico.

 "It's really easy and fun and not too serious," Peck says about the collection. "Spring is that opportunity to just be happy." 

The collection also includes draped gowns in eye-catching shades of yellow, orange and blue, sleeveless halter tops and jumpsuits with a kicky '70s glam feeling, a vegan leather A-line skirt with georgette blouse, and menswear tailored slacks and jackets.

Most looks were accessorized with Christina Greene jewelry and cutting-edge eyewear from The Eye Gallery, a next-door neighbor.

Peck knows his Houston customer wants to feel as good as she looks in our often variable climate, so he features fabrics such as 4-ply crepe and ponte knits that travel well and move with the body, includes elastic waistbands in some skirts so "if you eat a little too much, that's OK," and easy silhouettes that work in hot weather.

"It's really easy and fun and not too serious," Peck says about the collection. "Spring is that opportunity to just be happy."

Peck is already working on his fall collection and he says it's influenced a big moment in this life — his wife Michelle is due to give birth to their baby next month.

"The fall collection is all about new beginnings and birth, a little astronomy, it's very much inspired by having a baby," he said. "I feel like we've given birth to the space, too. It's just been an era of new beginnings."