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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Fashion Houston Five Begins With a Bang, and Boys

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Photos by Cherise Luter
Best entrance ever courtesy of Alexis Monsanto!
We Houstonians have a myriad of festivals, shows, and performances to pick from on any given weekend, but there are a handful of events that are must sees and Fashion Houston is now one of those few.

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Up and Coming Fashion Designers Present Their Newest at 2015 Artopia

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Photo by Violet Peacock via Etsy
For the fashion fanatic who wants to get out and experience other forms of creative arts, may I present to you our seventh annual Artopia night at Winter Street Studios. Don't let the name fool you, the night is dedicated to all things creative - culture, art, music, food, and fashion. Our 2015 event will play host to shows from a new crop of apparel and accessories designers who add a punch of personality to their client's closets.

And if this gets your engines running, then take advantage of our early presale of tickets that starts Tuesday, November 18:

Starts: November 18 @ 10 a.m.
Ends: November 21 @ 10 a.m.
Promo Code: ARTATTACK


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Big-Name Designers Say They Flock to Houston Because of Our Art Scene, Unique Style & the Weather Is Good

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Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Anthony
New York City and Los Angeles are the understood hubs of American fashion. Being that Houston is way below the Mason Dixon Line and on the wrong side of the Rocky Mountains, you would think we are not on the radar of those en vogue, but I would have to disagree.

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9 Thanksgiving Weekend Sales at Houston Stores, Avoid the Stampedes & Shop Local

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Photo by nertzy via Wikimedia Commons
Now that Halloween is out of the way, we can concentrate on the best holiday of the year, Thanksgiving. Turkey day is the best holiday because it wraps all of my favorite things, pecan pie, family time, pecan pie, TV marathons, and, of course pecan pie, into one cranberry laced package. Then, if the holiday wasn't a blessing in and of itself, the following day is all about shopping. How could anything be better than that?!

I personally stay as far away from the super stores on Black Friday, mainly because I fear for my life, and take that weekend to shop local. Here is a roundup of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and holiday sales from Houston stores, because you don't want a get a black eye on your holiday.

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Fashion Houston Is a Go, Let Houston's Fashion Season Begin

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Photo by Keith Luter, Jr.
The rest of the fashion world is recuperating from September a.k.a. Fashion Month, but Houston is just getting revved up. Just this past week, the team at Fashion Houston hosted its official launch party at JW Marriott Houston Downtown. Local Houston designers, professionals, media, and fans gathered to celebrate the start of Houston's fashion season and the fifth birthday of Houston's most popular show.

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Megamalls Are Allegedly Dying, But Simon Isn't Going Down Without a Fight

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Photos by Keith Luter, Jr.
Hilary Williams and Andi Valentine of Settlement Goods (two left) with Refinery29 crew.
Not sure if you have heard, but the megamall is in dire straits. Articles penned by USA Today, The New Yorker, and Business Insider have all prophesied the end of the shopping center as we know it. Blaming the economy, changing culture, and a population shift from the suburbs to the city for the decline, many industry insiders say the beginning of the end is near so get your food court fix in now! Usually when so called insiders herald the end of an era, many of us take it with a grain of salt and maybe an eye roll or two. But, a recent rebranding effort by one of the country's largest mall property owners may make you think otherwise.

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