The Republiq put on a fashion show February 27th that rivaled those of New York and put Houston on the map when it comes to talented designers and productions. With the upscale setting at Groove’s in Houston, being able to sit front row was a treat I won’t soon forget as designers; Pardun-My-Fashion, Samo Dinero, Gideons Boutique by Abbie, Third, New Yawk, and Liv Culture, graced the runway with their lines to inspire any artist, stylist, and fashionista alike.
The evening started out with a bold colors and patterns with an Afrocentric theme that took inspiration from styles of the 60’s and 70’s blended with today’s 90’s trends and topped it off with abstract art integrated into the pieces that could rival the art in the nearby museum district. A sense of pride was felt and could be seen throughout the collection. We then were presented with how to style the everyday man, by combining otherwise ordinary looking pieces, an entire outfit to turn heads was created and defiantly gave me ideas on how to piece together different pieces I already have in my closet. The styling was the envy of the audience. As the next designer showcased their collection, a sense of free flowing and soft fabrics came on stage with pops of bold orange, black and white, the draping effect flowed flawlessly in the breeze created by walking. A more daring and pushing the limits of gender neutrality in fashion then appeared challenging our perceptions on who can wear what. Taking inspiration from the long shirt trend currently on the streets, the designer created skirts from long plaid shirts, as well as a long dress inspired piece with high slits and placed them on men. Reminding me of the Jayden Smith movement with Louis Vuitton, this collection is for those who set the trends and don’t follow them. Next we were graced with fabulous fabrics and textures that sparkled in the light, dresses of pearls and animal prints took a softer side for the woman who likes to be unique in her style while still being feminine. To top it all off, we were also presented with the bold colors of black, white, gold and even a pop of red in a combination of bold pattern and statement pieces that pushes fashion to what it is known for.
Let us not forget the talented and flawless makeup contribution by Touch Make-Up Academy and Faces by Priya. They had the models looking exquisite and on point. Hairstylist Adrienne Goodman also had hair for the gods as she incorporated all the latest trends in a runway ready fashion.
And to compliment all this fashion was an intermission of culture and performing arts that made you forget there was even intermission going on. A beautiful performance by violinist Mary-Ann Willis complimented with dance by mime Cedric of Soul Street Dance Company followed by Ballerina Corrine Miller of City Dance gracefully dancing to harpist Echo Shen allowed the arts echoed by the nearby museum district to grace our senses.
Overall the Moda Show presented by The Republiq showed the talent and the market Houston has when it comes to fashion and the arts. You don’t need to travel up north for all your fashion needs, there is plenty of equally established talent right here locally and I’m excited to see what more Houston can bring to the scene.