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Fotini launches first-ever runway show at Fashion Houston with a name for every gown

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Fotini named this pink chiffon wisteria print gown "Emmanuelle." Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
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The show closed with a white gown made of iridescent lamé. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
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Fotini opened her runway show with a short pink toga dress with beaded waistband. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
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The collection features ladylike suits.... Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
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....and sheer blouses Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
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Wisteria is a theme throughout the collection. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
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Wisteria print skirt and silk tank. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
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Pastel shades are a theme of the Fotini spring collection.  Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
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A taupe dress with ruffled bodice contrasted with the pastel shades. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
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Greek-born designer Fotini feels right at home in Houston. Her clothes are for women who love luxurious fabrics, body-hugging designs and don't want to be understated and she believes there are plenty of them here.

"Houston women like the classics but they want to look sexy. They embrace being a woman. To me the DNA of the brand is that," said the designer, who unveiled her first-ever runway show at Fashion Houston Tuesday night.

 "Houston women like the classics but they want to look sexy. They embrace being a woman."  

"It's wonderful to have done it here. This is my woman," said Fotini, who has featured her collections in presentations at New York fashion week but never a full-scale runway show. "When you have a runway and you see (the clothes) on the body, the movement shows so much more, especially when you have light chiffons and beautiful details, like embroidery."

She opened the show with a short pink toga dress with a jeweled waistband of beaded rosettes and closed it with a sculpted white gown of iridescent lamé. "It looks like it's heavy but it's as light as a feather," she said.

A wisteria theme occurs throughout the collection on sheer blouses and day dresses (an belted organza dress with a wisteria print is a standout).

Also among the 34 looks for spring 2013: Ladylike brocade suits, a form-fitting white corset that is laced at the back (corsetry is her specialty), a flowing pink gown with a wisteria print, which she calls "Emmanuelle," and a taupe cocktail dress with a ruffled bodice, which she labels "Amarette."

Naming her gowns has become a tradition for each collection. "They are very personal," she said. "They're my girls."

In a mission to find her "girls" suitable homes, Fotini will make a personal appearance at Elizabeth Anthony-Esther Wolf Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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