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Carolina Herrera to make rare Houston appearance at Catwalk for a Cure

Carolina Herrera to make rare Houston appearance at Catwalk for a Cure

Catwalk for a Cure organizers are thrilled that top designer Carolina Herrera will make a rare Houston appearance at the luncheon and fashion show benefitting the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation Nov. 4 at the Westin Oaks hotel.

A favorite of actresses Renée Zellweger and Amy Adams, Herrera is known for classic designs using luxurious materials. But she appears at the end of every runway show in a simple, crisp white shirt and dark pants.

In conjunction with Saks Fifth Avenue, Herrera will present her spring 2011 collection directly from the New York fashion week runway. 

In the past few years, Saks has secured up-and-coming designers like Naeem Khan and Angel Sanchez for the event. Their glitzy designs have won a large following among Houston's social set. For this year's event, which is returning to a daytime format after several years at night, they went with the more established Herrera.

She has just been named the featured designer at the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to be held for the first time at Lincoln Center. The Venezuelan-born designer is among a select group to receive the award which recognizes unique style and innovative design. Past winners include Ralph Rucci, Narciso Rodriguez and the design duo Mark Badgley and James Mischka.

"Her collection never goes out of style," said luncheon organizer Leigh Williams. "It's timeless and it appeals to everybody, from the late 20s on up. You can't go wrong with Herrera."

Kara Kinder Howes and Melissa Mithoff will chair the event. For tickets, contact

Herrera was last in Houston in 2005 to unveil a new accessories collection at her namesake Galleria store, CH Carolina Herrera.

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