Fashion Houston 2013

Fashion Houston brings out furs on the red carpet, hot looks on the runway

Fashion Houston brings out furs on red carpet, hot looks on runway

Catherine Deane, Fashion Houston
Catherine Deane is becoming known for the intricate back detail of her gowns. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Todd Ramos, Jeff Shell, Fashion Houston
Todd Ramos, left in fur, and Jeff Shell. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.comhto
Marios Schwab, Fashion Houston
Marios Schwab's sheer look. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Viet Kent Nguyen, Amir Taghi, Jo'se Reyes
From left, emerging designers Viet Kent Nguyen, Amir Taghi and Jo'se Reyes acknowledge applause. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Viet Kent Nguyen, Fashion Houston
Viet Kent Nguyen incorporated 3-D looks into his designs. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Shannon Hall, Marios Schwab
Shannon Hall, left, Marios Schwab Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Talbot Runhof, Fashion Houston
Talbot Runhoff collection featured dresses with capes. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Amir Taghi, Maryam Afshari, David Peck, Fashion Houston
Amir Taghi, Maryam Afshari, David Peck Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Talbot Runhof, Fashion Houston
Talbot Runhoff featured stretch fabric and a sheer look. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Jo'se Reyes, Fashion Houston
Jo'se Reyes suit. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Marios Schwab, Fashion Houston
Back detail of Marios Schwab gown Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Catherine Deane, Fashion Houston
Catherine Deane. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.comhto
Catherine Deane, Fashion Houston
A look from the Catherine Deane spring 2014 collection. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Catherine Deane, Fashion Houston
Catherine Deane gown Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Amir Taghi, Fashion Houston
Amir Tabghi closed his collection with a dress Sarah Jessica Parker would love. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Anne De Leon, Hasti Taghi, Fashion Houston
From left, Anne De Leon, Hasti Taghi Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Viet Kent Nguyen, Fashion Houston
Viet Kent Nguyen's 3-D look. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Fashion Houston, Isabelle Victoria, Kalon McMahon, Magen Pastor, Gabriel Rafael
From left, Isabelle Victoria, Kalon McMahon, Magen Pastor, Gabriel Rafael Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.comhto
Amir Taghi, Fashion Houston
Amir Taghi lace shorts and peplum top. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Jo'se Reyes, Fashion Houston
Jo'se Reyes evening gown. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Marios Schwab, Fashion Houston
Marios Schwab evening gowns Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Talbot Runhof, Fashion Houston
Talbot Runhof sequined minidress with cape of contrasting lining. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Talbot Runhof, Fashion Houston
Talbot Runhof jacquard evening gown. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Catherine Deane, Fashion Houston
Todd Ramos, Jeff Shell, Fashion Houston
Marios Schwab, Fashion Houston
Viet Kent Nguyen, Amir Taghi, Jo'se Reyes
Viet Kent Nguyen, Fashion Houston
Shannon Hall, Marios Schwab
Talbot Runhof, Fashion Houston
Amir Taghi, Maryam Afshari, David Peck, Fashion Houston
Talbot Runhof, Fashion Houston
Jo'se Reyes, Fashion Houston
Marios Schwab, Fashion Houston
Catherine Deane, Fashion Houston
Catherine Deane, Fashion Houston
Catherine Deane, Fashion Houston
Amir Taghi, Fashion Houston
Anne De Leon, Hasti Taghi, Fashion Houston
Viet Kent Nguyen, Fashion Houston
Fashion Houston, Isabelle Victoria, Kalon McMahon, Magen Pastor, Gabriel Rafael
Amir Taghi, Fashion Houston
Jo'se Reyes, Fashion Houston
Marios Schwab, Fashion Houston
Talbot Runhof, Fashion Houston
Talbot Runhof, Fashion Houston

With the temperature falling below 40 degrees for the first time this fall, the fur was flyin' on the first night of Fashion Houston. "It's cold out," said Tootsies creative director Fady Armanious, who was swathed in a Plein Sud green fur jacket, Givenchy slacks and Prada loafers. "If you can't wear (a fur) now, you're not going to wear it."

The red carpet on Fish Plaza leading up to the entrance to the Wortham Center Tuesday night was filled with stylish fur (and faux fur)-clad fashionistas, including Todd Ramos in a jacket trimmed in a gray fur, Ruchi Mukerjee in an Alice + Oliva rabbit vest, Chris Goins in a Rebecca Taylor faux fur ombre jacket, and Joyce Echols in a black fur jacket. "I'm so happy," Echols marveled at the cooler weather. "I hope it's cold inside, so I don't have to take it off."

Houston's fourth annual fashion extravaganza provided the opportunity for supporters to strut their stuff. Amid the fur-clad crowd, Yasmine Haddad braved the cold in a glittery pair of gold slacks and blouse from Houston designer Jonathan Blake. "This event gives us the opportunity to support our local designers," she said.

Haddad said Fashion Houston "brings attention to our city. It proves that we don't just have the medical center and great restaurants, we have an appreciation of art and a sense of style that reflects on the international sensibility of our city."

 While it was cold outside, on the runway the looks were aimed at warmer weather, with resort and spring 2014 collections that exuded a cutting-edge sensibility.

While it was chilly outside, the looks on the runway were aimed at warmer weather, with resort and spring 2014 collections that exuded a cutting-edge sensibility. London-based designer Marios Schwab kicked the evening off with an edgy collection that featured body hugging dresses in airbrush patterns or shredded with indigo-dyed denim, sheer gowns with sequin underlays, and a series of striking white gowns with semi-precious stones cascading down the back.

Schawab, who will make a personal appearance at Sloan/Hall Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m., said he enjoys mixing soft looks with a harder edge. And he's also sensible — he sent models out in thick sandals, which showed he's not a masochist like many designers, who make their models wobble in sky-high stilettos.

South African-born designer Catherine Deane followed with a collection that showed a return to her roots. A recent move from Hong Kong to London, where she had studied fashion design and started the collection, resulted in a more feminine lineup featuring subdued colors with intricate beading. "It was a feeling like I was coming home to a familiar place," she said.

Each model's hair was swept aside to show glittery back detail of gowns and dresses, a growing hallmark of a Deane design. One gown, with rhinestone back detail worn by Houston model Yuan Yuan Zhang, drew applause from the audience.

"We are getting such a good response to putting that special love and attention on the back of the dress," said Deane, who will make a personal appearance at Tootsies on Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m.

The design duo of Johnny Talbot and Adrian Runhof closed the evening with a strong collection of black and white geometric prints (they call it "white and black"), sometimes mixed with jacquards, tweeds with hologram foil flowers, dresses with capes lined in contrasting colors, and a Catwoman-like black stretch leather gown that will have everyone purring. While the gowns were edgy, they were also practical, as most had pockets.

"Men have pockets," Talbot said. "Why not women?"

The duo, whose celebrity clientele ranges from Carrie Underwood to Oprah Winfrey, make a personal appearance for their Talbot Runhof collection at Neiman Marcus Wednesday from 1 - 3 p.m.

While the established designers all said they enjoyed taking part in Fashion Houston, no one was as thrilled as three young designers who showed their collections for the first time in such a large arena. Emerging designers Viet Kent Nguyen, Amir Taghi and Jo'se Reyes each unveiled about 15 looks and received warm applause.

"It's really exciting because this is my first time for the big, big show," said Nguyen, who showed a collection featuring pop-up 3-D swirls on shoulders of jackets and in strategic places on dresses. "Hopefully, everybody liked it."

Also spotted in the crowd were Sonia Azad, Edward Sanchez, George Lancaster, Karina Barbieri, Kay King, Mary Ann and David McKeithan, Kalon McMahon, Monsour Taghdisi and Henry Richardson, Suzette Brimmer, Roland Maldonado and Jeff Shell.

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