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Poignant family memories: David Peck fall designs strut the runway with panache and elegance

David Peck's fall runway show relies on poignant family memories

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David Peck midnight and pickle ponte longsleeve faux wrap dress. Photo courtesy of © Cody Bess Photography
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Among David Peck's looks for evening is a gold sequined draped top and bias cut skirt. Photo courtesy of © Cody Bess Photography
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A striking look from the David Peck fall collection. Photo courtesy of © Cody Bess Photography
David Peck fashion show October 2014 moth print
David Peck featured a print based on a moth he found on his grandmother's front porch. Photo courtesy of © Cody Bess Photography
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David Peck green handwoven tailored coat. Photo courtesy of © Cody Bess Photography
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David Peck plaid skirt and jacket with contrasting collar. Photo courtesy of © Cody Bess Photography
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David Peck opened his fall collection with a snow leopard faus fox fur vest, granite wool wide-legged pants and vintage blue abstract ikat collared blouse. Photo courtesy of © Cody Bess Photography
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David Peck green wrap dress. Photo courtesy of © Cody Bess Photography
David Peck fashion show October 2014 moth print
David Peck moth charmeuse open-back halter gown with beaded neckline. Photo courtesy of © Cody Bess Photography
David Peck fashion show model on runway October 2014
David Peck rust short-sleeved blouse and pencil skirt dress. Photo courtesy of © Cody Bess Photography
2 David Peck fashion show October 2014 model on runway
2 David Peck fashion show gowns October 2014
5 David Peck fashion show October 2014 model on runway
David Peck fashion show October 2014 moth print
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3 David Peck fashion show October 2014 model on runway
1 David Peck fashion show October 2014 model on runway
1 David Peck fashion show gowns October 2014
David Peck fashion show October 2014 moth print
David Peck fashion show model on runway October 2014

David Peck conjured up something special for the more than 750 guests that packed into the JW Marriott Houston Downtown hotel Monday night: Two runway shows in one.

His fall collection, unveiled in the new hotel's art gallery/meeting space, was a tribute to his grandmother, who passed away earlier this year.

"One of the prints is especially meaningful because it is of a beautiful moth that I found on her screen porch," Peck says. "So it brought extra significance to the memory that I have of her."

 "One of the prints is especially meaningful because it is of a beautiful moth that I found on her screen porch. So it brought extra significance to the memory that I have of her."

 The unusual print appeared in an open-back halter gown, a colorblock wedge dress and long-sleeve blouse. Peck also looked to shades of the American Southwest — dusty yellows, oranges and rust colors— along with variations of greens and blues for the eclectic collection that combined vintage looks with modern styles.

"The whole idea was this road trip that I took last September for my grandfather's 80th birthday," Peck says. "I visited a lot of places where I grew up — Santa Fe, Taos, Roswell, and then went to Marfa. So it was very much inspired by the color palette and the textures of that whole area."

As usual, Peck showcased a lot of wearable separates, ranging from snow leopard faux fur vests to chiffon blouses and asymmetrical pencil skirts, along with classic sheaths in colorblock patterns and draped charmeuse dresses.

For evening, looks ranged from velvet gowns in rich colors of sapphire, plum and retro-green to Hollywood-style gowns dripping in gold sequins or platinum and navy lace. Among the best evening looks was a glittery green sequined ball skirt with a black chiffon blouse that struck the balance between elegant and "take-a-look-at-me" panache.

Before presenting his fall collection, Peck opened the runway show with two models in bold-toned looks— one in a magenta dress and the other in a green top and blue print slacks. The models were wheeled down the runway on a luggage cart to inaugurate the David Peck for JW Marriott collection.

Peck then showcased 19 mix-and-match outfits made for employees at the new downtown Houston hotel. Many of the styles on the runway models looked good enough to wear even if you don't work in the hospitality business.

"It's fun to see how the employees can style the looks and really feel they are just as glamorous as the hotel," he says.
 
See the video below for a glimpse of the collections and a talk with Peck: