As a local fashion reporter, I get to speak with a lot of designers and artists -- perks of the job. Being invested in the success of Houston's emerging designer community bleeds into my daily life as well, and I find myself frequenting shops that support local talent; maybe it's penance for my H&M addiction, too.
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Texas has in its ranks some of the most talented artisans and I appreciate those shop owners looking to showcase their wares. Here are a few Houston boutiques that make it a point to give some Texas love.More »
For Houston image expert Sarah Shah, style happens from the inside out. "I help people bring out what's inside them, rather than just putting something on to them," Shah recently explained over coffee at Down House. "Most people in this business tell people what they should wear, and then get mad when [the clients] don't like it. My job is to figure out a person's natural style, their own innate sense of what they should wear, and I take that and go from there. I guess I go a little backwards!"
Now Shah is poised to make a splash with yet another makeover, and this time it's a big one. She's making over the entire runway on July 31 at the first-ever Smashin' Fashion™ Show--Houston's Best Stylist Competition, at The Art Institute of Houston.More »
As the summer barrels on, the idea of throwing caution to the wind, gassing up the car and hitting the road sounds more and more appealing. The great thing is, Houston is within driving distance of numerous charming small towns, many of which have great shopping perfect for a fashionable day trip.More »
When would-be designers imagine their success story, most see a life changing fashion show, followed by overwhelming press buzz, mountains of garment orders, and a cliff house in Fiji overlooking a private yacht harbor. But, the reality is quite different and when some are faced with the rough road, they head for the exit. So when I have the chance to speak with an emerging designer who has faced the giant and succeeded, I am left both amazed and inspired.
Photo by Keith Luter, Jr. Karissa Lindsay, founder and lead designer of A Leap of Style
So it was when I meet with Karissa Lindsay founder and lead designer for clothing line A Leap of Style. Even after a beyond successful Kickstarter campaign, some serious media attention, and placement in her ideal boutique, she is still incredibly humble, thankful and fully aware there is much more left to do.More »