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Meet Miles David: Designer introduces new collection just in time for the holidays

Meet Miles David: Peck introduces new collection in time for holidays

Miles David Michelle gown with Love print
Miles David "Michelle" gown with Love print. Photo by Quy Tran
Terri Roth, Tammy Lahourcade Collins, Cara Crafton at Miles David fashion show
Terri Roth, Tammy Lahourcade Collins, Cara Crafton. Photo by Quy Tran
Miles David Lexi gown and Addison jacket
Miles David "Lexi" gown. Photo by Quy Tran
Leisa Holland Nelson, Karina Barberi, Donae Chramosta at Miles David fashion show
Leisa Holland Nelson, Karina Barbieri, Donae Chramosta. Photo by Quy Tran
David Peck with models at Miles David fashion show
David Peck, with models in his Miles David Atelier creations. Photo by Quy Tran
Farida Abjani, Andrea Bonner at Miles David fashion show
Farida Abjani, Andrea Bonner. Photo by Quy Tran
Emily Schreiber, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl, Sandra Manela at Miles David fashion show
Emily Schreiber, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl, Sandra Manela. Photo by Quy Tran
Miles David Finch top and Hughes skirt
Miles David "Finch" sequined top and "Hughes" skirt. Photo by Quy Tran
Michelle Phillips, Monica Garza, Heather McLeskey Conerly at Miles David fashion show
Michelle Phillips, Monica Garza, Heather McLeskey Conerly. Photo by Quy Tran
David Peck, Valerie Palmquist Dieterich at Miles David fashion show
David Peck, Valerie Palmquist-Dieterich. Photo by Quy Tran
Cynthia Xue, Rose Chen at Miles David fashion show
Cynthia Xue, Rose Chen. Photo by Quy Tran
Ashley Seippel and Jacquel Andrews at Miles David fashion show
Ahsley Seipper, Jacquel Andrews. Photo by Quy Tran
Monica Garza, Heather McLeskey Conerly at Miles David fashion show
Monica Garza and Heather McLeskey peruse the new MIles David Atelier collection, Photo by Quy Tran
Miles David Michelle gown with Love print
Terri Roth, Tammy Lahourcade Collins, Cara Crafton at Miles David fashion show
Miles David Lexi gown and Addison jacket
Leisa Holland Nelson, Karina Barberi, Donae Chramosta at Miles David fashion show
David Peck with models at Miles David fashion show
Farida Abjani, Andrea Bonner at Miles David fashion show
Emily Schreiber, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl, Sandra Manela at Miles David fashion show
Miles David Finch top and Hughes skirt
Michelle Phillips, Monica Garza, Heather McLeskey Conerly at Miles David fashion show
David Peck, Valerie Palmquist Dieterich at Miles David fashion show
Cynthia Xue, Rose Chen at Miles David fashion show
Ashley Seippel and Jacquel Andrews at Miles David fashion show
Monica Garza, Heather McLeskey Conerly at Miles David fashion show

Before an admiring group of friends and customers, David Peck introduced his new Miles David Atelier collection at his revamped Montrose studio.

While guests dinned on a light luncheon salad and a guitarist played flamenco tunes, Peck presented 35 looks from the new line, which features glittery gowns, sparkly blouses and dresses in comfortable ponte knit fabric that doesn't wrinkle when you sit in a car, as Houstonians often do, he explained.

Since filing for bankruptcy in late September and reorganizing a new company with a new investor, Peck has spent a chunk of his time searching out new fabrics in southern California and elsewhere — and it shows in the collection, which is marked with richer-looking detail and bright colors.

One of Peck's favorite dresses in the new collection is named the "Michelle," for his wife, using a colorful fabric that spells out the word, "Love." The audience erupted in a unison "Ahhhh" when Peck told the story. 

They also applauded when the designer said he promised himself not to get emotional, as his voice cracked and tears came to his eyes when he introduced the collection. "We love you David," one admirer shouted.

"This has been a lot of work by a lot of people to get this done in a really short amount of time, and the reason you are here is you are very important to me," Peck explained. 

Selections range from a vintage-striped skirt ($285) and charcoal top ($95) to a closing showstopper aubergine and metallic lace princess gown ($2,995). Others favorites include a black fringe "Nashville" jacket (named for the Texas town, not Tennessee; $485), the slinky "Lexi" gown in orange and red sequins ($1,895), and the chiffon "Jesse" top, in reversible jewel-tone colors ($275).

Several of the looks are one-of-a-kind, which reflects Peck's new vision of offering unique limited-edition clothing, along with updating his classic silhouettes, such as basic dresses with pockets, in shiny new fabrics and prints.

Afterwards, guests made a beeline for the creations, with 20 percent of sales going to Houston Grand Opera. Among the shoppers were Karina Barbieri, who picked out a leopard lamé blouse and orange/red sequined skirt, and Laura Max Rose, who went for a kicky black faux fur hat.

Seen in the crowd were Valerie Palmquist-Dieterich, Anika Jackson, Cara Crafton, whose Craft Salon did the models' hair, Dena Winkler, Donae Chramosta, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Monica Hartland Blaisdell, Jo Furr, Staci Henderson, Chris Goins, Nancy Levicki and Lauren Levicki Courville, Tammy Tran Nguyen, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl, Varda Dror, Michelle Phillips, Lisa Powers, Rose Chen and Andrea Bonner.