Typically,Yasmine Haddad doesn't dress in ethnic attire, but she stepped out in this embroidered blue silk tunic by Pakistani designer Deepak Perwani in support of the evening's Akshaya Patra benefit that raised funds for school programs in India.
"I fell in love with the blue tunic dress because of its amazing gold embroidery and unique color combination . . . Only a superior designer can mix these colors together in such harmony," she told CultureMap. For the bejeweled accessories, Yasmine visited Poshak Fashion & Style on Hillcroft where store owner Sameeera Faridi picked out appropriate headpiece, rings and bracelets. "It was an amazing, unique and super fun shopping experience."
For the record, Yasmine received her DDS from the University of Texas School of Dentistry, a Ph.D. in oral cancer from UT M.D. Anderson and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cancer biology at Baylor College of Medicine. She works as an assistant professor at the UT School of Dentistry.
— SHELBY HODGE
Even among the artful crowd of 3,000 packing Reliant Center for the Houston Fine Art Fair preview party, Aly Berry easily caught our eye. The youthful apparel merchandiser for Anthropologie in Highland Village took a hipster/sophisticate approach, putting that degree in fashion design from the University of North Texas to good work.
For this night of perusing art, Aly wore "my favorite vintage boy's blazer, origin unknown at this point" with a Forever 21 tank top and a kicky Jack for BB Dakota skirt that she picked up at Urban Outfitters. The necklace is by Madewell and the floral-print shoes, which we love, are Urban Outfitters.
Aly explained, "I was rushed for time to be dressed for the event and after seven outfit changes, I ended up with that. The blazer has been my fall go-to since college (she graduated in 2008) and the shoes are a favorite. I actually have them in two prints, I love them so much."
— SHELBY HODGE
When Janice and Bob McNair requested that guests to their suite for the Houston Texans/Miami Dolphins game wear white, momentary shudders ran down the spines of devoted fashionistas. It was, after all, a week after Labor Day. The dead season for white.
Not so for Texans fan Lynn Wyatt who waltzed around the seasonal taboo by donning an off-white paper-thin leather top by Cavalli and matching Cavalli jeans. Both purchased at the Cavalli store in New York.
“It’s not easy because we wore white all summer long,” she admitted.
Despite the urge to dress up in the swank owner’s suite, Lynn exlained, “I wanted something to be real casual. You have to remember this is a football game.”
A bit of swell gold jewelry and sexy Prada mules completed the look that was stunning and just right in the rarified environs of the Reliant Stadium owner’s suite.
A Saturday night ensemble often needs to work for several different occasions. So when Aida Ali planned to hit several art openings, ending the evening with drinks with friends on one recent weekend night, she chose this dress that has a bit of a rocker feel and was hip enough to stand out at the opening of the Patrick Renner exhibition at Avis Frank Gallery.
Ali said she bought the dress at a huge Zara store located in the Xanadu shopping complex in Madrid while traveling overseas this summer, and picked up the Steve Madden multi-colored pumps at a nearby store in the mall.
She likes the design of the dress but also the fact that the light fabric works well in the Houston heat. "When it's hot and stuffy, it keeps me cool," she said. "It's great for a cocktail party outdoors." Or a crowded art opening when the temperatures are high.
— CLIFFORD PUGH
Four Seasons Hotel
The St. Regis Hotel
Hotel Sorella, CityCentre
Westin Houston Memorial City
Sugarbaby's Cupcake Boutique
Ooh La La Dessert Boutique
Ninfa's on Navigation
Market Square Park
Danny Jackson Family Dog Park
Congressman Bill Archer Dog Park
Millie Bush Dog Park
Ervan Chew Dog Park
River Oaks Theatre
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Brown Auditorium
Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park
Rice Media Center
AMC Studio 30
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
Vic & Anthony’s
Yao's Restaurant and Bar at Houston Pavillions (closed)
Gallery M Squared
Hiram Butler Gallery
18 Hands Gallery
Alto Pizzeria (Closed)
Brennan's of Houston
The Bar at La Colombe d’Or Hotel
Line and Lariat
The Menil Collection
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Children's Museum of Houston
Holocaust Museum Houston
Blaffer Art Museum
Goode's Armadillo Palace
Hotel ZaZa Houston
House of Blues Houston
La Colombe d'Or
Lucky Strike Lanes
Greenway Coffee Co.
Black Hole Café
The Coffee Groundz
Reserve Supply Company
BB's Cajun Café
House of Pies
Smith & Wollensky
Taqueria La Tapatia
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Beer Can House
National Museum of Funeral History
Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
River Oaks Theatre
Rice Museum building
MAM's House of Ice
Lawndale Art Center
Houston City Hall
JPMorgan Chase Building
University of Houston — Downtown
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
McElroy's and Molly's
25 | may at 11:00 am
|First Annual City of Friendswood Crawfish Festival|
25 | may at 1:00 pm
|Art opening reception & lecture: "Morning Coffee"|
|Community Artists' Collective|
25 | may at 1:30 pm
|Photography in the Gardens at Bayou Bend|
|Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens|
25 | may at 2:00 pm
|Theatre Under The Stars presents Spamalot|
|Hobby Center for the Performing Arts|