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.
Photo by Coady Photography courtesy of Houston Ladies Classic
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.
Photo by Eva Rinaldi from Sydney Australia via Wikimedia Commons
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.
Photo by Fashion Houston and courtesy of Vivian Wise
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.
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.!--break-->More »
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.
Photos by Cherise Luter
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.!--break-->More »
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.
Photos by Cherise Luter Best entrance ever courtesy of Alexis Monsanto!
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.
Photo by Violet Peacock via Etsy
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
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.
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Anthony