Nigel Barker Presenting Models of Influence at Brazos Bookstore

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Photo via brazosbookstore.com
Nigel Barker presents "Models of Influence" at Brazos Bookstore on Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m.
A photographer, television personality (The Face, America's Next Top Model), and former model himself, Nigel Barker is a man who understands the fashion industry. It's his insider's point-of-view and keen eye that make his new book, Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion so absorbing. You'll meet models you've never heard of, and learn about some of the most famous faces in fashion--all between the same two covers. Barker will be presenting Models of Influence on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. at Brazos Bookstore--an incredible opportunity for model-watchers and fashion fans alike.

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New Store Cariloha Brings Island Life to Rice Village

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Photo by Cherise Luter
First time store owners Linda Whittington and Tracy Young may have happened on to the best kept secret of the islands... Cariloha Bamboo. The company takes the fibrous plant and, through a unique process, transforms it into sheets that feel 1,000 thread count, socks that don't stink, and the softest and coolest tees - 3 degrees cooler than cotton, to be specific.

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Breast Cancer Survivors Stomp the Runway at Houston Ladies Classic

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Photos by Cherise Luter
Houston Ladies Classic Models (left to right): Cindy Haskett, Molly Bobrow, Rossana Wharton, Evy Knight (Owner of LaVevee), Julia Wright, Lo Lyons, and Myra Hill
Susan G Komen Houston and Sam Houston Race Park teamed up for the Houston Ladies Classic this past weekend. The night of racing and style didn't just serve up entertainment, but also a runway full of inspiration.

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New Logo, New Charity, the Face of Fashion Houston Is Changing

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Photo by Fashion Houston via Instagram
Fashion Houston rolled out a redesigned logo and a new charity this week. Newly minted partner Vivian Wise hinted at the addition of a charitable component late last year, and this what we now know...

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Houston Ladies Classic Coming to Sam Houston Race Park and Benefiting Komen Houston

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Photo by Coady Photography courtesy of Houston Ladies Classic
When we think of fashion at the races, the Kentucky Derby immediately comes to mind. But, Houston women need not book a flight to Louisville in order to strut their stuff at the track. Sam Houston Race Park plays host to the Houston Ladies Classic on January 24 and the biggest race day of the season will donate $1 of every ticket sold to Susan G Komen Houston.

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Fashion Lovers, This Is What You'll Be Buzzing About in 2015

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Photo by Eva Rinaldi from Sydney Australia via Wikimedia Commons
Now that 2014 is all but a memory, it is time to think forward to 2015. Here are the fashionable movies, trends, books, and stylish statements we will all be buzzing about during the coming year. Make a mental note, so you don't miss out.

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Fashion Houston Makes a Wise Decision for Its Future With New Partnership

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Photo by Fashion Houston and courtesy of Vivian Wise
Fashion Houston is officially past its infancy and, like all toddlers, may be searching for its footing as it moves into the next stage of its growth. The team's recent announcement of a new partnership with Houston fashion heavy hitter Vivian Wise, may be their first step toward improvement. Wise is known to have an eye for style and heart for community, so she may be just what Fashion Houston needs.

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"Gone With the Wind" Exhibition Gives Visitors a Glimpse Into Old Hollywood

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Photo by Chris Lane
Scarlet O'Hara's famous curtain dress is amazing up close.

During the hectic holidays, it's easy to miss out on cool things that are going on around town, and even easier to to miss out on interesting events that are happening outside of our immediate area, but for classic movie buffs who don't mind a short road trip, there is currently a treat waiting for them on the University of Texas campus in Austin.

The "Making of Gone With the Wind" exhibit is on display until January 4, 2015 at the Harry Ransom Center, and is well worth a day trip to Austin.

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Phot by Chris Lane
These 75-year-old storyboards look like they were drawn yesterday.

I collect movie props as a hobby, and although only a casual fan of "Gone With the Wind," I was blown away at the exhibition, which consists of many dresses worn by Vivian Leigh, which have not been displayed in 25 years, as well as production storyboards, costume designs, scripts, and fan mail. Some of the more interesting items were the sometimes angry correspondences between the various people responsible for bringing the movie to the screen, and those offer an eye opening glimpse into the inner workings of the studio system in late 1930s Hollywood. There was an ongoing controversy even before the film was shot - a balancing act by producer David O. Selznick, who wanted to make the film historically accurate, and the desire by the public who expected to be wowed by the sheer spectacle of the film.

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Fashion Houston Finale Full of Glitz, Glamour and Surprises

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Photos by Cherise Luter
The rain would not deter the Fashion Houston crowd Friday night as the annual event came to a close. The cloudy weather cleared up just in time for the red carpet as the crowd filed into the theater to grab their seat and get ready for the runway action.

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Rock Star Fashion Designer Tod Waters Scouting a Houston Home for Junker Designs

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Photo by Tas Limur
Tod Waters - Photo by Tas Limur

The name Tod Waters is a familiar one to nearly everyone who had any involvement in Houston's explosive and legendary music scene in the '80s and '90s. Popular for his notorious, insane, and sometimes dangerous theatrical antics with area punk bands such as Spunk - infamous for their over-the-top theatrics, pyrotechnics, explosions and gore, gained Tod both notoriety and local fame as he dominated the Houston music scene along with many of H-town's hardest-hitting bands of the era.

Passionate and influential, Tod also left his mark on almost every aspect of Houston's underground creative community at that time. Working as a visual artist and fabricator, including modifying, designing, and enhancing his own clothes and for many years living among a small and exclusive group of working artists; Tod was easily identifiable as a member of Houston's creative class - always active doing something unique and interesting.

Houston is a cultural patchwork of a city, a huge metropolis where many different types of people make their homes, where beauty is sometimes found in unexpected places. It's also a city where the twisted metal and cast off debris of construction and industry are sometimes the palette that creative individuals have used to fulfill their artistic vision. Tod Waters is one such artist, a person who sees potential in many different materials, and who has mastered many techniques in his quest to create interesting things. At heart he is a talented collage artist - Taking often abandoned materials and discarded junk and shaping them into new forms. That philosophy of regeneration and reuse has been a long running theme in Tod's work, and it seems right at home in Houston.

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