Mr. Larkin designs
On probably the last gorgeous day Houston will see until mid-October (if that), I hit up the fashion market, The FIND, at Boheme. It was the perfect venue, too: designers and their booths snaked around the cafe and bar’s back yard and patio area, drinking cocktails in the sun and chatting with customers and curious parties from inside. Here’s the best of what I found, and who I’ll be featuring in the coming months:
Thanks to my friend Andrea Bonner for this tip: the BCBG store at the downtown Houston Pavilions loves Bingo.
Wednesday, May 25, you can pop into the store for lite bites, cocktails and bingo. The first of three games starts at 6:30p.m. Do yourself a favor and take it seriously: winners get prizes from BCBGMAXAZRIA.
I’m hoping this is a regular, or semi-regular event?
One last plug for this week’s The Find fashion market: hit up Boheme all day Saturday (9a.m. – 6p.m.) for sangria, cappuccino, live music, and oh, yes, one of the best edited collections of fashion and accessories designers from which to shop and with whom to chat. Leave your attitude at home: it’s probably going to be crowded and hot, but neither the quirky bartenders at Boheme nor these cool designers have time for anything but curious, eager shoppers.
Oh, and Austin chicks: a Find fashion market is headed your way soon.
Buy your tickets on their website ($10; link is above), and if you bring a pal, take advantage of this 2 for 1 Groupon special.
When you go: Boheme’s in Montrose, at 307 Fairview, Houston, TX 77006
Tuesday night at new Houston boutique Atrium — adjacent to owner Luvi Wheelock’s bridal couture shop Casa de Novia — Prabal Gurung met with Houston’s perkiest fashionistas. And while I didn’t get a blowout or wear my Louboutins for the event, I still got two questions in with the Singapore-born, Nepalese-raised designer. In a raised atrium with the late evening spring sun shining down onto his Fall 2011 collection — cocktail dresses, blouses and gowns in cream, black, hot pink and deliciously overly saturated lava and crimson (including the dress at left), I pulled Prabal away from his cooing flock, and he graciously sat down for a quick chat:
FSML: You’ve become a real, leading figure in the American fashion industry and in terms of American style — sort of a darling for the CFDA and Vogue — but how does your very international background continue to inspire you?
PG: Subconsciously, it’s always there. From living in Singapore, Nepal, London, India and everywhere. And I hope the “darling” part is always because of my work? (he got pretty sheepish here, raising his eyebrows)
FSML: Of course! That’s what I meant. Okay, today I was playing around on your website and saw the video in which you talk about how your inspirations always change when it comes to mood, colors, maybe a picture you’ve seen, but that you always design for “your girl.” Who is she?
PG: I always say that she’s a thinking man’s sexy woman, and what I mean by that is that she loves fashion but also loves other issues. She’s smart, aware, excited about getting dressed but is more of the world than just clothes. She knows the issues.
I’d promised Prabal just two questions so that he could back to his clients, so the interview ended there. Thanks to the lovely Priscilla (with me and Prabal at right) for the pictures!
Photo Source: CultureMap.com
Last fall, I posted the good news that Houston bridal boutique Casa de Novia planned to open a couture boutique next door, called Atrium. As excited as I was to attend the store opening next Tuesday just to see the new merchandise and visit again with the spectacularly sweet Luvi Wheelock, I’m looking forward to it even more, now that I know Prabal Gurung will also be at the event. One of the most elite of the new Vogue and CFDA darlings, Gurung has dressed Michelle Obama, is a master draper, and looks pretty good in a v-neck undershirt, too. My camera is still broken, but I promise to find a way to post pics.
Damn, I’m already beaming like a fool.
When you go: The grand opening party is next Tuesday, April 19, from 6pm-9pm; 3331 D’Amico, Houston, TX; Phone: 713.599.1271.
I’ll admit it: I’m an “inside the loop” snob. Mostly out of laziness, I stick around inside 610, and ever since moving out of the Galleria and Highland Village bubble and into Midtown, I’m even less likely to venture outside either Houston loop unless it’s for work.
But since the impressive, large-scale remodel of the Beltway at I-10, City Centre has been tempting me to make the trafficked trek “out yonder.” And Elaine Turner has just opened another Palm Springs-themed boutique in the shopping and dining plaza, and will host a Grand Opening party and charity event tomorrow evening, Wednesday, March 30, from 5-8p.m.
Eddie V’s seafood will cater the event, and custom Elainer Turner pillows will be available for purchase for $75. For each pillow sold, a second pillow will be donated to Dec My Room, a nonprofit group that decorates the hospital rooms of children staying 3 weeks or longer.
My current favorite at elaineturner.com
I can’t make it — my pretty pink camera just broke so I wouldn’t be able to take any pictures anyway — but I’m planning to tour the store in the next few weeks when I have a replacement. And that’s when my bank account (hopefully) starts to recover, because nobody makes me yearn for a glammed-up, poolside summer evening like Elaine Turner. (Except maybe DVD nights of The O.C., but shhh).
When you go: Elaine Turner City Centre is located at 800 Town & Country Blvd, 77024
Houston’s underground fashion market The FIND is camping out in Boheme’s backyard for its spring showcase this year, and recently announced a new date: Saturday, May 14 (moved from April 16).
The mini-festival will last all day, from 9am – 6pm, and tickets will be sold at the door for $10.
For a preview of what you might “find” there, check back at my trip two Octobers ago. I’m guessing it’s only gotten better. My camera just broke, and now I have a new deadline for getting a replacement. See you there!
When you go: Boheme is located at 307 Fairview, Houston, TX 77006. Visit thefindhouston.blogspot.com for updated info.