Fashion Returns to Houston with a Bang!
It’s been a while since Houston has had a full blown fashion week. With the absence of Fashion Houston, fashion lovers have had to get by with only a few pop-up events here and there. That all ended this past week when Matt and Kara Swinney of Fashion X launched the first ever FashionXHouston. The power couple based in Austin have made themselves trailblazers in the Texas fashion world by hosting events in Austin, Dallas, and now Houston. With its inaugural Houston launch, the first night drew hundreds to a packed Silver Street Studio warehouse to showcase runway looks from favorite Project Runway designers to state and local favorites.
Opening Night All Stars
Thursday night was a success, drawing hundreds to showcase the talents of designers Miles David, Jimmy Burner, SixChel: Sexy Chic Cool Chick, This is Sloane, Rask, Carlos Castillo, Shehla Rana, Daniel Esquivel, Sean Kelly, Mysterious by NPN, and a personal collection showcase from Caroline Knapp, who was one of this year’s Style Setters. The collections from Thursday night were the strongest with a well rounded range of streetwear to high fashion looks, as well as menswear presentations from Jimmy Burner, This is Sloane, and Rask.
Best New Comer: Jimmy Burner
One of our favorites of the evening was young designer Jimmy Burner and his SS17 collection. The collection showed a modern approach to menswear with influences of street style mixed with patterns and his signature lightning bolts. Our personal favorites included the denim jeans etched with lightning bolts and a tan track suit.
Most Creative: This is Sloane
By far, the most fun and creative of the night was This is Sloane. Sloane dazzled the crowd again with an encore of her pieces from Collection 4, which we saw at FashionXDallas. Her edgy designs use interesting fabrics and embroidered patchwork to create a unique collection that’s perfect for the bold woman to convey her sense of style and personality.
Best in Show: Mysterious by N.P.N
The most cohesive and stunning collection was presented by Nicholas Nguyen of Mysterious by N.P.N. Nguyen showcased both menswear and womenswear looks that were inspired by Vietnam and the clever use of the letters from the word “MYSTERIOUS”. The menswear was stunning, as we saw intricate use of fabrics to create high fashion suits with hand-detailed embroidery, laced shirts, and a unique use of the leaf hat, the conical hats seen throughout Southeast Asia. The women’s portion also stunned the crowd with elaborate gowns that draped across the runway. Each gown was unique, symbolizing the letters of his trademark name, along with embroidery, glistening fabrics, and intricate trains. We were treated to a grand finale with the mother of all wedding gowns, which was a laced and layered dress with a train that took up almost all of the runway. Truly a designer to keep an eye on.
Friday Night Runway
Friday’s show was another hit with showcases from Project Runway contestants such as Amanda Valentine and Gunnar Deatherage. The show’s alumni wowed the crowd with their collections showcasing their take on womenswear with Gunnar taking a vintage twist to his collection. Hometown showstoppers were Shalon B and Becky Hollands, who both premiered their modern styles for their women’s collections.
The Grand Finale
FxHouston ended with a bang with almost 800 guests in attendance. The show kicked of with collections by Michelle Lesniak, Sonjia Williams, Korto Momolu, locals Inclan Studio and Chloe Dao, along with FashionX favorite Bentley & Lace. Although it was another night heavy on womenswear, the shows did not disappoint. Most intricate was our favorite Bentley & Lace, who we saw in Dallas last month with her line of children’s and teen collections of elaborate dresses. Korto Momolu was another favorite with her FW16 pieces that proved to be just as strong as her presentation in Dallas for SS17. If you ever go to one of her shows, be ready to dance!
With a strong debut, FashionX managed to take the crown for Houston fashion week. The events and staff executed the production well and managed to pull off bringing together a strong arsenal of designers from across the country. I am definitely looking forward to next year! Until then, ciao!