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Oscar de la Renta trunk show at Casa de Novia, Houston

Luvi Wheelock’s bridal couture boutique Casa de Novia is hosting an Oscar de la Renta trunk show today and tomorrow from 11am-6pm, and Saturday from 11am-5pm.

You should go, because:

  • You can see Jenna Bush’s wedding dress (not the custom-made one, but the retail version, which is just as gorgeous).
  • Oscar de la Renta makes the best bridal gowns and shoes, period. Sorry, Vera.
  • You can wear at least half these gowns and cocktail frocks even if you’re not getting married: seriously, Luvi told me so.
  • The people at Casa de Novia are among the nicest, chicest, most genuine people in Houston’s fashion and retail industry, and this is now one of my favorite stores in the city, even though I’m not engaged.
  • See dresses below (click on each thumbnail for a larger image). Stupid beautiful.

When you go: Currently, only Oscar de la Renta dresses and shoes are at the store. Casa de Novia is located at 3331 D’Amico, Houston, TX 77019. Call 713.523.9090 to make an appointment.

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Missoni for Converse

Photo Source: Mama's a Rolling Stone

Missoni hearts the 70s, and though the Italian brand is usually dedicated to perfecting clingy knits and retro glam gowns, its next project makes perfect sense.

Angela Missoni‘s spring collaboration with Converse (release date is scheduled for April) includes two pairs of classic high-top tennis shoes and will be called the Premium Chuck Hi Missoni collection. Zig-zag patterned shoes in primarily blue and a primarily peach versions have been released and “hark[en] back to Missoni’s Fall/Winter 2010 menswear collection,” notes Bryna on her blog, Mama’s a Rolling Stone.

In 2008, Margherita Missoni (Angela’s socialite daughter) worked with Damon Dash on a shoe line for ProKeds, benefiting the Orphanaid Africa project. Missoni for Converse isn’t for a charity, but it will give your poor motorcylce-boot-clad feet a nice little rest when spring kicks around.

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Jimmy Choo for H&M

Nitrolicious has more preview ads for the Jimmy Choo for H&M launch (plus a video), happening November 14.

Photo by Terry Richardson for H&M, via Nitrolicious

Photo by Terry Richardson for H&M, via Nitrolicious

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What you’ll find at The FIND Houston = the best stuff of your life.

Ancestor Vintage pumps

Ancestor Vintage pumps

If you live in Houston and are looking for something different to do this weekend, you should take yourself on a little treasure hunt through the Warehouse District to the underground shopping and fashion “experience,” The FIND. It’s basically located next to the train tracks in a very gutted looking warehouse, but on the inside, you’ll find tables and racks filled with the city’s most unique and exciting jewelry, accessories and clothing items. It only happens a couple times a year, and it’s worth the $8 ticket ($10 at the door).

Like H-E-B, the girls at The FIND must have a grueling interview and screening process, because only the most talented, delightfully innovative and friendly designers and shopkeepers are let in to show off their stuff, which makes it even more fun. I stopped by when they opened this morning, and every designer or representative I talked to seemed to have a more fascinating background than the previous one. Here’s what you won’t find: folksy crap, Texas-themed junk, or snot-nosed sales girls. Make sure to stop by the following tables especially: Continue reading

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TOMS’ mysterious collaboration

Photo Source: SlowMotionShop.com

Photo Source: SlowMotionShop.com

What is it with the fashion world using Twitter to drop hints about new deals?

Well, whatever. This one could be cool:

@TOMSshoes another unique collaboration coming up this fall. Hint: it’s not with an artist, not with a musician… but you guys will dig it. 🙂

So, what? An actress? Who loves helping kids in poor countries? Who has “designed” shoes before? Scarlett Johansson, is that you?

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Hunters get the Manolo treatment

It’s Monday, BG blasted my inbox this morning, it’s 90+ degrees outside, and I wish it felt like fall. It’s a shoe day.

Photo Source: Fabsugar.com

Photo Source: Fabsugar.com

Remember back when, and Carrie Bradshaw paid $400 a pop for Manolos? And now, after hours (or years) of play shopping online, you’ve realized that $400 actually seems like a good deal for Manolos? SATC made Manolos so popular, the price was almost immediately inflated, and if you want to land yourself a pair of those “urban legend” patent Mary Jane Manolos, you’re for sure going to be out a good $645.

And so it seems Hunters are getting the Manolo treatment, though prices haven’t been inflated too badly just yet. Last year, a basic pair of tall Hunter wellingtons ran for $98 at Nordstrom, while today they’re retailing for $115 at Nordstrom, Bergdorf’s and seemingly everywhere else.

Photo Source: Sam Turner & Sons

Photo Source: Sam Turner & Sons

The “original short” version is just 1o bucks less, and you’ll pay $395 for the embossed Jimmy Choo version. Is it global warming, or has SJP been spotted in a pair while filming SATC2?

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Strapped in: The 2 Bandits line keeps your boots up

2banditsTruth: it takes me about 2 months to read 1 months’ worth of magazine subscriptions. W takes the longest, since I flip through each editorial about 6 times each. So let’s just say I’m still going over Kate’s cover issue, and while her Mossiness’ spread is exquisite, I can’t get Lara Stone’s rowboat adventure out of my head.

Part of the reason is because Lara Stone is disturbingly brilliant, but it’s mostly because I’m kind of obsessed with Prada’s new thigh-high boots, topped with garter-like straps, hooks and belts. You know I’m a huge fan of underwear as outerwear (or at least the reference), and of course boots, and the whole strapped-in look is very appealing right now. And since I can’t afford the Prada boots (or the over-the-knee Rodarte ones that made Miley look cool), I may have found a reasonable alternative.

The 2 Bandits is a unique accessories line founded by California native Erica Chan and Texas native Tamar Wider (big time boots-loving states), who have designed a line of non-slip decorative bands to keep your boots standing at attention, no matter what size your calves are. The bands are more colorful and less bawdy than Prada’s fetish style, but they add interest nonetheless. Styles like Cherokee and Santa Fe are more boho, while Marrakesh Express (left) is slightly more suggestive.

Prices are pretty varied: from $40-$150.

Shop online here or see if The 2 Bandits is sold in a boutique in your city.

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