Trendsetters and fashionistas take note: Fashion Houston 2013 is featuring some of the world’s most influential international designers as it roars into Houston’s Wortham Theater Center November 12-15, 2013. Aiming to secure the Bayou City’s position as a world-class destination for fashion, organizers have secured more than a dozen top name designers and emerging talents for the whirlwind week of fashion activities.
“After surprising and delighting audiences in Houston the last three years, we are absolutely thrilled to continue raising the bar with our stellar 2013 lineup,” said Jared Lang, founder, president and CEO of Fashion Houston. Nicole Miller, fresh off recent her recent visit to Houston supporting Dress for Success, will return to close Wednesday night’s shows. Miller, an iconic American designer with truly international reach, received the FGI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, boasting more than 30 years in the fashion industry. During her tenure Miller’s fashion empire has stretched from her first boutique on Madison Avenue to JC Penney with her line Nicole by Nicole Miller to her most recent boutique opening in São Paulo, Brazil. Notable celebrity clients include Angelina Jolie, Halle Barry, Joss Stone, Jordin Sparks and Felicity Huffman.
Direct from the runways around the world, the collection of Nashville native Johnny Talbot and Mainz, Germany native Adrian Runhof will highlight Fashion Houston 2012. Talbot and Runhof’s popular collection for Spring 2014, featuring women’s resort and sportswear in bright hues and whimsical patterns, will close the first night of Fashion Houston on Nov. 12.
Bibhu Mohapatra and Catherine Deane will showcase their latest collections on the runway. Mohapatra is known for designing elegant and vibrant couture cocktail dresses, evening gowns and furs, deriving inspiration from the sumptuous fabrics and intricate designs of his native India. Deane is a rising star in evening gown and bridal couture. Her designs can be seen on red carpets the world over, and she’s widely known as a go-to designer for celebrities, including Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift and Pippa Middleton. Deane’s bridal collection is quickly gaining momentum with the opening of her London boutique, and introduction of a best-selling collection for BHLDN.
Continuing the trend of designers new to Fashion Houston are designers Marios Schwab, who burst on the scene with his London-based label in 2005, with designs reflecting influence from everything from tattoos to mythical symbols; Yigal Arwouel will show both his ready to wear line, Cut 25, a contemporary concept combining fashion with simplicity, sensibility, individuality and creativity, as well as his couture collection; Zachary Prell, the Wall Street investment banker turned menswear designer; Rebecca Taylor, best known for unconventional color combinations and prints married with flattering cuts and unique embellishments; Sophie Theallet, whose decidedly French couture collections have received critical and media acclaim; Chris Knott for Peter Millar, a distinctive menswear collection evocative of classic American style; and emerging designer and Houston native Amir Taghi.
Returning to Fashion Houston this year are local designers David Peck and Chloe Dao. Peck has worked for renowned fashion houses such as Paco Rabanne, Junichi Hakamaki, and Robert Normand in Paris before moving back to Houston to start his collection, CrOp; Dao is the Project Runway Season 2 Champion, who recently rebranded her Lot 8 store name with Dao Chloe Dao, the label sewn into all of her designs.
Tickets for Fashion Houston 2013, $24 – $274, go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 6. VIP ticket upgrades are also available. Visit FashionHouston.net to purchase tickets and for more information.
Information provided by Nick Scurfield, On The Mark Communications.