Well-known names and some new faces pop up in September’s places to shop, plus there’s some swoon-worthy pieces to fall for as well. Oh, and what would fashion be without beauty? One local stylist has the exclusive on a hair trend making big waves.
Take a look at the ears of practically any well-dressed Houstonian and they likely will have at least one piece of Kendra Scott’s color-driven jewelry on. Little wonder then, the Austin-based designer is opening not one, but two stores in Houston. Look for her first store in Rice Village snuggled between Sephora and MAC and her second in CityCentre close to Anthropologie.
Splendid has long been a staple at boutiques across Houston and now the line is making a home for itself in Highland Village. Look for the store between Lucky Brand Jeans and Lululemon.
I love when there’s something new to report on the retail scene and the addition of KB Kasuals in River Oaks Shopping Center is no exception. Owner and native Houstonian Krista Burks seeks out fresh designers to introduce to Houston’s savvy shoppers in a relaxed space at affordable prices. Look for Peace Love World, Black Orchid Denim and other labels at the new boutique.
While we are on the subject of boutiques, the style-setters at area shops are welcoming fall pieces that are just what our summer-weary wardrobes need.
Coquette Boutique’s selection of Sass & Bide is among the best in the city and the art deco-influenced pieces streaming in the store are not to be missed. The silk We Are Stronger dress is stunning, sparkly and sophisticated.
“Cashmere is uncomfortable and itchy,” said no one — ever. To prove that point, Enticingly Chic in River Oaks Shopping Center is a local spot for the contemporary and oh-so-soft and luxurious Autumn Cashmere line of knitwear. We won’t need coats for a long while, but a cashmere sweater? That’s sounds just right.
Every time I pass by L.K. Bennett in The Galleria, I check my posture and crave afternoon tea. I can’t help that I immediately think of the Duchess of Cambridge and all her modern, ladylike charm. The fall collection is indeed made for a modern-day princess, which means those hopping from benefit luncheons to cocktail party kickoffs with have plenty of options this season. Crepe shirt dresses, form-fitting tailored dresses and sleek pumps are just what we need for fall.
Even before the Sartorialist, true fashionistas have drawn inspiration from the style scene parading down the street. Urban Outfitter celebrates this method of fashion anthropology with the limited edition launch of FaceHunter, a six-piece capsule based on the pictures taken by photographer Yvan Rodic of Facehunter.org for Urban Outfitters.
Perm used to be a four-letter word among those of us who suffered through tiny rollers and holding onto those tissue paper squares seemingly for hours. Fast forward 20 or so years and now we have the American Wave, a trademarked method from the Arrojo Salon in New York (remember Nick Arrojo from What Not To Wear?) that gives a perm with options like soft curls and beach waves. David Michael is the exclusive Houston stylist trained in the method after learning the process in New York. The new wave perm is $300.
One of the most exciting Houston store openings in recent memory recently took place at Memorial City Mall where American Girl set up shot. The new 16,000-square-foot store is a wonderland awash in pink and purple, complete with all those famous American Girl dolls, along with the Doll Hair Salon, Creativi-tees boutique, The Bistro and dolls, doll clothes, doll accessories and doll furniture.
Another retailer, Soft Surroundings, has chosen The Woodlands Mall as its first Houston location. The store is all about comfort in a luxurious setting and based on the concept that women can do something special for themselves everyday by wearing clothing that is comfortable and stylish, by sleeping on soft bedding and by using the latest timesaving skincare products. The new store is located on the lower level near JC Penney. (Note: A Woodlands Mall representative say the store will open soon.)