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Editor's Note: As the fall fashion season approaches, we look at some of the hot looks that will soon be in stores as shown on the runways of New York Fashion Week.

Designer Thakoon Panichgul is right on trend for fall with a boheminan vibe that incorporates rich prints and textured fabrics like tapestry velvet, nubby wools, crinkly chiffon and shiny sequins.

If next winter is as cold as the last one, Thakoon's multi-layered approach should come in handy for staying warm.

The Thai-born, Nebraska-raised designer, who is a favorite of the fashion crowd for his namesake Thakoon line, told reporters backstage after the New York Fashion Week show that he had taken his cues from such 19-century dandies as Oscar Wilde, along with romantic fantasies like the 1985 Tom Cruise movie, Legend, to create a moody collection with a touch of whimsy.

The look is long and lean, with mid-calf skirts and floaty floor-touching dresses with plunging V-necks that also have a bit of a 1920s flapper feel to them. The designer, who over the years has been a favorite of first lady Michelle Obama, works with a dark palette offset with accents of terracotta, red and magenta, although one of the collection's highlights is a crisp, long-sleeved white shirt knotted below the waist.

The collection has a tactile feel, with cozy patchwork ombré wool coats, boucle-striped turtlenecks and shirts, and shearling sashes that run diagonally across the upper body like a Girl Scout medal holder. If next winter is as cold as the last one across most of the country, Thakoon's multi-layered approach should come in handy for staying warm.

Thakoon places a shearling sash over multicolored dress and white blouse.

Photo by © Dan and Corina Lecca
Thakoon places a shearling sash over multicolored dress and white blouse.
Photo by © Dan and Corina Lecca

Alexander Wang goes to the dark side with black collection — and it shines

Fall Fashion Preview

Editor's Note: As the fall fashion season approaches, we look at some of the hot looks that will soon be in stores as shown on the runways of New York Fashion Week.

Known as a designer with a lot of street smarts, Alexander Wang has really gone to the dark side for fall. His collection is nearly entirely black, with a few red plaid accented coats and a couple of white studded sweaters with faded denim jeans that really stand out.
But the designer, who recently announced his departure from Balenciaga to concentrate exclusively on his namesake line, proves black doesn't have to boring.
By the end, it seems clear that black can be the most interesting shade of all.
Wang certainly was a master showman during New York Fashion Week, when he presented the collection in a pitch black tunnel as stone-faced faces models with stringy hair stomped down the length of the runway in studded platform combat boots like extras in The Walking Dead.
But Wang really doesn't need such theatrics because his looks are anything but dull. Dresses, textured tuxedo jackets and long quilted coats are lined in studded ball bearings that sometimes wrap around the neck like a choker or make a bib outline around the bodice. Oversized sweaters are also outlined in studded V-neck patterns or in vertical metal lines.
As the collection progresses, the studs morph into see-through chain metal dresses, skirts with silver fringe along the hemline (worn with fitted velvet crop tops) and crinkly black and metallic gold puffy bomber jackets. By the end, it seems clear that black can be the most interesting shade of all.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of his label, Wang recently released 10 best-selling looks — voted by social media fans from 25 possibilities. The winners, available by pre-order online, are all black — naturally.

Alexander Wang chain metal transparent dress.

Photo by © Dan and Corina Lecca
Alexander Wang chain metal transparent dress.
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Lacoste looks to the future by reinventing its past with fun fall clothes

Fall Fashion Preview

Editor's Note: As the fall fashion season approaches, we look at some of the hot looks that will soon be in stores as shown on the runways of New York Fashion Week.

Designers of venerable brands always have the difficult task of creating fresh looks while staying true to what made the brand successful in the first place. That's particularly true at Lacoste, which has an illustrious history of classic tennis togs and sportswear with the famed alligator logo.

For fall, Lacoste designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista acknowledged the issue head on, stamping a red track suit and grey sweater with the words, "René did it first," in tribute to founder René Lacoste's classic styles along with a bit of a '70s reference in a John McEnroe-style headband.

But then Baptista playfully took some Lacoste looks and turned them on their ear in fresh new ways. He showed tennis dresses with scarf hems worn under blazers, long overcoats trimmed in contrasting piping in the shapes of circles and squares, tight sweater dresses in cable knit patterns resembling tennis stripes and coats with cape-like sleeves that can be unfastened.

And who can resist a checkerboard-patterned tracksuit with a faux-fur cape?

Lacoste cape coat, tennis-style dress and sweater.

Photo courtesy of © Lacoste
Lacoste cape coat, tennis-style dress and sweater.
Photo courtesy of Nanette Lepore

Before Houston visit, Nanette Lepore shows her rebel side in secret girls club collection

Fall Fashion Preview

NEW YORK — Nanette Lepore is a rebel at heart.

For fall, she channeled "my unapologetic muse — the posh rebel — to create a vision of a secret girls club unified around the rallying cry 'Rebelle Society,' " she said in her program notes.

Lepore's girls club exudes a military/boho attitude with navy suits and sailor pants with rows of brass buttons, brocade dresses, velvet lace tops and crocheted sweaters. There's a bit of a '60s feeling too, with sassy mini-skirts and platforms. (Lepore dedicated the show in memory of '60s songstress Lesley Gore.)

There's a bit of a '60s feeling too, with sassy mini-skirts and platforms. (Lepore dedicated the show in memory of '60s songstress Lesley Gore.)

And a series of black diamond-pattered lace pieces that close the show have a psychedelic vibe.

Compared to many fall collections, this one is much more colorful with a bright magenta midi dress, teal slacks paired with a salmon-colored satin blouse, a pink and blue print shirtdress and "marsala" orange slacks and long jacket among the offerings.

Lepore is a rebel with a cause, as a strong advocate of made in the USA clothing and a leader in the fight to protect New York City's Garment Center. Most of her collection is manufactured in New York and her shoes are made in Los Angeles.

Houstonians will get a chance to see the collection up close when Lepore and her 17-year-old daughter, Violet Savage, are featured guests at the Fashion Gene Awards Show & Dinner, honoring some of Houston's top mother/daughter duos, on May 6 at Tootsies. The event benefits Recipe for Success.

A budding model, Violet, walked the catwalk in the mother's show for the second time. She appeared in a runway show last September to showcase Lepore's spring collection, in stores now.

Nanette Lepore marsala wool cape, blue print tunic and blue print pants.

Photo courtesy of Nanette Lepore
Nanette Lepore marsala wool cape, blue print tunic and blue print pants.
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Carolina Herrera chases waterfalls with liquid collection that really flows

Fall Fashion Preview

NEW YORK — Carolina Herrera has gone back to nature. Her lovely spring collection, in stores now, was a colorful salute to flowers based on a single tulip. For fall, she is turning her attention to an interpretation of water is its many forms.

In her last runway show at Lincoln Center before fashion week moves to a new location, Herrera opened with supermodel Karlie Kloss in a long-sleeve jacquard cocktail dress in a water print pattern of swirling blue, black and silver. Kloss also closed the show in an evening gown of similar colors in a cloud pattern with a deep ocean blue off-the-shoulder top.

I t's a thoroughly modern look, showing that at age 76, Herrera certainly isn't wedded to her past but keeps experimenting.

While both of these looks were literally faithful to her water theme, Herrera also featured more abstract touches, in an ivory sleeveless column gown with a single squiggly wave print in deep red and pastel blue cascading from collar to hemline and an "illusion blue" felt day dress with alligator applique that looks like a bend in the river.

The wavy styles also include an unadorned pastel blue gown with layers of ruffles that cascade as the model moves, a heavily embellished gown in fluttery tulle, an organza skirt and top in a muddy ripple pattern and a white gown in a jacquard fabric that resembles water bubbles.

While Herrera features her trademark ball gowns nipped at the waist with a big skirt, my favorite from this collection is a completely different look and one cut much closer to the body — it's a sleeveless ivory techno jersey top and long pastel blue and silver skirt with a single ruffle along the side (No. 3 photo shown above).

It's a thoroughly modern look, showing that at age 76, Herrera certainly isn't wedded to her past but keeps experimenting. Isn't the fashion world still lucky to have her?

Carolina Herrera silk cloud jacquard gown with deep ocean silk faille top.

Photo courtesy of © ZeTakahashi Photography
Carolina Herrera silk cloud jacquard gown with deep ocean silk faille top.
Photo by Jennifer Graylock

Pamella Roland defines sexy '70s glamour — and the right fit — in stylish new collection

Fall Fashion Preview

NEW YORK — Travel and art almost always figure into Pamella Roland's collections. She based her spring line on recollections of living in Japan and for fall, she is concentrating on the glamorous world of 1970s style icons in Paris as described in Alicia Drake's The Beautiful Fall.

“I’ve been in London quite a bit recently, and Paris. So I'm kind of looking at '70s Paris for fall," Roland explained when in Houston a few months ago for an appearance at Elizabeth Anthony. "I'm on the board of the Whitney (Museum of American Art) and I minored in art history in college. So I kind of go back and forth (between art and travel)."

Roland's fall collection salutes the era with beaded jumpsuits, cape tuxedo jackets with flared slacks, mini-skirts and coats with beaded collars.

Her fall collection, unveiled during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, salutes the era with beaded jumpsuits, cape tuxedo jackets with flared slacks, mini-skirts and dresses embroidered with velvet sequins. And the art angle comes in with bold oversized prints and abstract florals in deep shades of midnight navy, burgundy, plum and olive — the colors of the upcoming fall season.

It also features a lot of stylish separates — beaded sweaters, wide-legged pants, suede crop tops and skirts in a variety of styles in addition to Roland's trademark jacquard dresses with matching coats. Gowns with thigh-high slits and cutouts that expose the back lend a sexy attitude and beaded detail adds a touch of sparkle.

"I personally like a gown that has a beaded trim rather than a whole beaded gown," Roland explained, although she concedes "there are many women who love beading all over."

So what makes a person feel glamorous?

"I think definitely feeling great in your dress," Roland said. "And I am very big on fit. Alterations are really important. Everything I have is altered. Sure you can buy it off the rack, but nine times out of 10 it doesn't fit your right. Every body is different.

"And I always say no matter what, if you have confidence and a smile on your face, you can feel so good about yourself."

Pamella Roland burgundy silk satin chiffon dress with fringe beading.

Photo by Jennifer Graylock
Pamella Roland burgundy silk satin chiffon dress with fringe beading.
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2 local booming 'burbs rank as top destination for movers, plus, why Houston isn't a great place to visit

this week's hot headlines

Editor's note: It's time to recap the top stories on CultureMap from this past week.

1. 2 Houston suburbs roll onto top-15 spots on U-Haul’s list of growing cities. They're the 13th and 19th most popular destinations for movers.

2. 2 smokin' Houston-area barbecue names fire up new restaurants in bustling 'burbs. Both restaurants are ranked among the state's 50 best barbecue joints by Texas Monthly.

3. Ken Hoffman chides New York Times' Houston travel guide and explains why our city isn't a great place to visit. Our columnist explains why 36 hours doesn't do Houston justice.

4. 10 Houston restaurants score coveted James Beard Award nominations. Perhaps one of them will follow up Julep's big win last year.

5. Houston Olympic superstar Simone Biles shares new Wheaties box cover with her legion of fans. It's the second time Biles has been featured on the cereal box.

Wildly popular Nashville hot chicken chain cancels plans for first Houston location

No Hattie B's for now

Looks like Houstonians will have to wait a little longer than expected to try one of the most famous suppliers of Nashville hot chicken. Hattie B’s has canceled its plans to open a location in the Heights, a representative tells CultureMap.

The representative cited “construction costs for the ground-up build and other issues with this particular site” as reasons for the decision not to move forward. An eagle-eyed user on the Houston Architecture Info forum spotted a leasing notice for the property at 1808 N. Shepherd Dr. that had been scheduled for Hattie B’s.

In response to CultureMap’s request for comment about the property being for lease, Hattie B’s supplied a statement from co-founder Nick Bishop, Jr.

“While we have made the very difficult decision not to move forward with the project in the Heights, our commitment to finding a home in Houston remains strong. We love this city and have always imagined a Hattie B's here.”

First announced in 2021, Hattie B’s intended to open a 3,800-square-foot restaurant designed by Texas’s acclaimed Michael Hsu Office of Architecture that would have had seating for 175 people. Potentially, the design could be utilized for a new location.

Founded in Nashville in 2012, Hattie B’s serves tenders, sandwiches, and bone-in chicken at five different spice levels: Southern (no heat), mild, medium, hot, and the signature Shut the Cluck Up. The restaurant has four locations in Nashville along with locations in Atlanta, Birmingham, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Memphis. It has plans to open in Austin next year.

Texas-based Cinemark theater chain hosts Oscars-themed movie marathon

big-screen moves

The Cinemark movie chain is giving movie buffs an opportunity to brush up on the Oscars.

Plano-based Cinemark Holdings, Inc. will host its annual Oscar Movie Week festival, this year running from Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 12, in anticipation of the 95th Oscars ceremony, which airs on March 12 on ABC.

The theater chain will air all of this year’s Best Picture and Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees, at more than 120 participating Cinemark theaters nationwide.

According to a release, passes are now on sale now at Cinemark.com/movieweek.

A full Digital Festival Pass is $40 and includes showings for all Best Picture and Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees. There's a perk! If you purchase a festival pass, you get 50 percent off any size popcorn during Oscar Movie Week.

Individual showtime tickets will be available starting January 27 at standard pricing, with showtimes beginning March 6.

All Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees are bundled into one viewing for just $10 from March 10-12.

For other brushing up, take a look back at what CultureMap’s film critic, Alex Bentley, had to say about each of the nominees (listed in alphabetical order) when they were originally released.

Cinemark has been hosting other similar marathon events such its collaboration with ESPN to bring college football games to the big screen.

The event takes place at these theaters across the U.S., including the following locations in Texas:

  • Houston: Cinemark Memorial City
  • The Woodlands: Cinemark 17
  • Austin: Cinemark Southpark Meadows
  • Denton: Cinemark 14
  • Fort Worth: Ridgmar Mall
  • Grapevine: Cinemark Tinseltown
  • Plano: Cinemark Legacy
  • Plano: Cinemark West Plano
  • San Antonio: Cinemark San Antonio 16