Now I know why young models look a little nervous at a big runway show. As the co-emcee of Fashion Houston Wednesday night, I was quaking in my John Lobb's as I helped FH CEO Jared Lang introduced a stellar lineup of designers who specialize in glamour on the second night of the city's big fashion extravaganza.
Seeing style trendsetters like Diane Lokey Farb as well as excited friends of Art Institute of Houston students, I realized everyone was there because they love fashion.
But looking out at the eclectic crowd calmed my jangled nerves. Seeing style trendsetters Diane Lokey Farb, Beth Muecke and Becca Cason Thrash as well as excited friends of Art Institute of Houston students who were showcasing their designs for the first time on the 80-foot-long fashion Houston runway, I realized everyone was there because they love fashion.
The highlight of the evening was Naeem Khan's sparkling spring collection. Khan's many Houston fans in the audience were rewarded with a stylish show that combined his intricate evening gowns with glamorous sportswear.
But there were plenty of other beautiful styles to see, including those from Rubin Singer, who debuted his pre-fall 2015 collection, Rene Ruiz, another Houston favorite for his figure-hugging gowns, and jewelry designer Matthew Campbell Laurenza who displayed his collection in a unique runway show.
Perhaps the most excited designers in attendance were the four students from the Art Institute of Houston. Even after the evening ended, Breccia Demartini, Paola Contreras, Clarence T Lee and Lee O Yates were milling around with big smiles after each having their big moment. Good for them. Who knows, one day, one of them may be a fashion star?
In the video above, Khan, Singer and Ruiz talk about their designs, with some wonderful runway shots from ace CultureMap videographer Joel Luks. Look for a full review of the evening's activities later today from CultureMap contributor Heather Staible.