The weekend consisted of pop colors, wavy hair styles, and living art as Etro and Studio A Salon hosted Couture For a Cause with accomplished designer Mondo Guerra benefiting The Montrose Center. Etro Lounge is a Houston staple so I was excited to check out the new downtown location on Main and catching some dynamic fashion at the same time. Fortunately for me I got way more than I expected, In a good way.
Let me start out by saying I have to be honest and say that at one point this might have been a venue that might have hosted a few events called “Summer A La Mode” a while back but that’s another story. The reason I said that is because this time around the runway production team did something different from what we did in the past and I really appreciated it. Normally designers like to do the standard runway routine where the model goes to the end and back or might even cover the entire room. The thing I liked about this particular showcase was the fact that the garments were displayed as a live installation where the models simply posed as mannequins. The aesthetic really created a unique experience that let the viewers observe the garments up close and without the model walking away too soon.
The runway looks were the creation of designer Mondo Guerra a Project Runway winner, and a lot of the looks consisted of assembled textiles, denim, and tops with intricate hardware that served as nice embellishments similar to early 2000’s Moschino, Marc Jacobs, or even the more current Blonds New York. I felt like it had a repurposed vibe but with a ready to wear quality or longevity. I also felt some popular 80’s-90’s street wear inspirations comparable to Cross Colors, Girbaud, and Coogi.
Great vibes and beautiful faces mingled as some of Houston’s finest came together for a good cause. And the vibrant mix of personalities, creatives, and fashion insiders made this event a really fun mingle and a great way to have some good one-on-one dialogues with Houston’s creative community. I’m really excited to see what direction fashion goes into as we approach 2019. With the emergence of more dynamic color pallets, unique models, and risk taking embellishments, Houston’s fashion scene seems to be getting the inspiration its been looking for.
Here’s a little more info about the participants.