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Best of: Fashion Houston



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Chloe Dao S/S 2014. All images courtesy of Far Away Images.

Two local designers joined Haute Hippie as our favorite picks from the latest Fashion Houston.

Houston designers David Peck and Chloe Dao are putting the Houston fashion scene on the map, and their collections at Fashion Houston are living up to the hype. Our third pick–Haute Hippie, the U.S. born and internationally-acclaimed brand led by Trish Wescoat Pound–wowed the audience with her collection of daring yet casual creations for free spirits and socialites alike.

We begin with Dao.

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Chloe Dao S/S 2014

Dao’s collection of colorful maxis, chiffons and crop tops featured contemporary patterns and bow details that brought to mind the bright, carefree playfulness of the 1960s. If you’re not a fan of the maxi dress, there’s a good chance you’ll become one after seeing Dao’s take on it. Dao’s feel for color, movement and selective hints of skin breathed fresh life into the maxi dress with designs that were both feminine and fun.

While playfulness set the mood, Dao’s designs were both chic and elegant. Her fabric patterns closely complemented the cut of each design. Checkered patterns brought sophistication to playful bodies like the green dress above, while more vibrant, multi-hued patterns emphasized movement in the maxis, making them appear to flow even when still.

Dao’s attention to detail and skillful, innovative patterns stood out to us in much the same way that our second pick–David Peck–set himself apart.

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David Peck S/S 2014

Peck’s take on spring was innovative and smart, with a collection focusing on crisp tailoring and modern details. He infused new life into florals and colorful plaids with asymmetrical details that balanced sweetness with edge.

Peck marvelously paired a My Fair Lady sophistication with demure sex appeal. Peck’s tailoring was superb–multiple layers with intricate cuts were reflective of his made-to-measure pieces–but the fabrics that he sourced were perfectly matched and took our breath away.

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David Peck S/S 2014

After his show, Peck  proudly led his team onto the runway in matching lab coats. With his team in tow, Peck reinforces his local roots. In an age where sweatshops and mass production are standard in the fashion industry, Peck rebels by designing and producing locally–and his style emanates the passion and sophistication that it surely requires to pull off such a beautiful result.

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Haute Hippie S/S 2014

Our final pick, while not local, was Trish Wescoat Pound of Haute Hippie. The collection was heavily inspired by the recent release of The Great Gatsby. Her dresses showcased the dropped waists and delicate beading of the 1920s. But the brand was careful to reinvent flapper in a way we’d never seen before. Who knew you could pair a plaid duster from the grunge era with a beaded cocktail dress from the jazz age to create something completely unique? This modern take on flapper dresses was a great success. Haute Hippie is one of the most exciting brands in department stores today– Pound doesn’t hold imagination back from her designs, and for that we thank her.

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Haute Hippie S/S 2014

 

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