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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK: Reem Acra Shines and Sparkles for Spring 2015

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - by Shalanda Turner · - 0 Comments

Aaaahhhh I love this lady!!! Every season Reem Acra sends a splendid collection down the runway. Her name is fabulous too! I feel that with a name like Reem Acra, you were meant to be a designer, because her name sounds like a fabric! I loved everything in her collection. There were modest dresses, and sexy dresses. Lots of cut-outs and sheer fabrics. Lots of sparkle and pizazz. Most of the silhouettes fell at the knee or just below the knee, with the evening gowns being full length of course. I would again, wear everything in this collection. Even the wrapped-chest, stomach-showing, looks! Haha! Let me go to the gym first...Congrats Reem on another successful runway collection!



Monday, September 15, 2014

EVENT ALERT: Celebrate The David Peck USA for JW Marriott Houston Downtown Hotel Collection

Monday, September 15, 2014 - by Shalanda Turner · - 0 Comments

Many of you know that I'm a big fan of David Peck. I have featured David, his fashion shows, his clothes, #ootds wearing his clothes, his events and more on my blog.  As a big supporter of David and the brand David Peck USA, I wanted to share with you their latest collaboration with JW Marriott Houston Downtown Hotel. JW Marriott picked David Peck to design the uniforms for the associates at the hotel! How awesome is that? Can I work for the hotel please? Y'all know I'm a hotel snob, and love luxury! But that's not all! To celebrate the launch of the high fashion uniform collection, David Peck and JW Marriott Houston Downtown are throwing a party/fashion show on September 29th at the hotel! The event is open to the public, but RSVP is required as seats are limited! Don't miss this event! RSVP here:! For more information on the collaboration, watch the video below and read the press release! Congrats to David and his team! 

Watch the video below or HERE on YouTube:

On August 20, 2014, JW Marriott Houston Downtown and David Peck USA unveiled the new uniform collection for hotel associates. The collaboration between Peck, a renowned Houston fashion designer, and the luxury hotel, scheduled to open mid-September is the first of its kind in Houston.

"JW Marriott Houston Downtown is set to become a destination for travelers and locals alike, not only thanks to its luxurious amenities but also the attentive, intuitive service provided by our associates," said Natalie Wiseman, JW Marriott Houston Downtown director of sales and marketing. "David Peck's custom designs artfully reflect the sophisticated yet unpretentious nature of the hotel and allow us to celebrate the individuality of our associates."

While the collection was inspired by the historic past of the hotel, housed in the 104-year old Samuel F. Carter Building, the colors, patterns and textures reflect current trends. The silhouettes are classic--elongated pencil skirts, jackets with defined shoulders, sheath dresses and blouses with neckties and chiffon panels. A custom print inspired by a photograph of the building from 1910 was incorporated into several of the blouse designs. The warm, neutral tones of menswear pieces are punctuated with splashes of brilliant blue and peridot. Custom, hand-woven, fair-trade tweed was used in several dresses and skirts. 

"Traditional uniforms can mask individuality so we wanted the JW Marriot Houston Downtown associates to stand out and feel confident," explained Peck. "The fashionable designs we've created empower the associates, both as individuals and as a team, to provide the guests with a quality of service that has become synonymous with the JW Marriott brand around the world."

The Houston-based fashion house designed, styled and provided the creative vision for the JW Marriott Houston Downtown wardrobe program. Known for women's wear, David Peck USA has locally manufactured and custom tailored the women's line. Peck also curated the men's line for the hotel, which features garments from the local shirt-maker Hamilton Shirt Company and menswear manufacturer SuitSupply. By utilizing local design talent and artisan craftsmanship, David Peck USA blends high fashion and functionality to provide a wardrobe that pays homage to the new design and art-focused hotel.

"The inspiration for the wardrobe program came from the building itself and its rich heritage," said Peck. "I love that it was Houston's first skyscraper and that it's being brought back to it's original splendor. The hotel's thoughtfully curated art program, its iconic architectural design and decor and its exquisite attention to detail inspired us to create wardrobe program that the associates could have in their own closets and make personal, but still remain put-togeter, stylish and appropriate for a luxury hotel."

The designer and hotel plan to celebrate their collaboration with an onsite fashion show shortly after the hotel opens!

David Peck for JW Marriott Houston Downtown and David Peck Fall/Winter 2014 Debute
September 29th, 2014
7pm - 10pm
JW Marriot Houston Downtown
806 Main Street, Houston, Texas 7702

About JW Marriott Houston Downtown
Housed in the beautiful historic landmark Samuel F. Carter building, the JW Marriott Houston Downtown is the brand's first adaptive reuse project in Texas, celebrating the flavor of the city with refined design, intuitive service and thoughtful amenitites that have become synonymous with the brand worldwide. Guests will enjoy a one-of-a-kind stay in an artfully crafted environment with their every need met graciously and authentically. Located at 806 Main St., the hotel will feature  328 guest rooms, more than 16,000 square feet of meeting space, a restaurant and full-service bar, a spa, health club, and an executive lounge. See

About David Peck USA
David Peck USA is a full scale American Fashion House, based in Houston, Texas, specializing in clothing design, manufacturing, and fashion brand development. The skilled team of over 25 individuals design, manufacture, market, and sell David Peck's signature lines as well as manufacture the designs of other regional and national women's wear and children's wear brands. David Peck USA is equally dedicated to helping emerging designers grow and develop by providing education in areas of collection development, sample creation and offering graphic design services, and photo/video production. Alongside the few fashion houses producing in New York and California, David Peck USA is a catalyst for local design and domestic manufacturing. Visit or watch company video #madehere

*Press Release and Images provided by David Peck USA for distribution

MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK: Dennis Basso Dedicates Spring 2015 Collection to Joan Rivers

- by Shalanda Turner · - 0 Comments

Just before the start of his Spring 2015 Runway presentation, Dennis Basso dedicated his collection to the late Joan Rivers who passed away during the peak of Fashion Week. They were apparently friends. It's always nice to see the friendship in the Fashion Industry! Dennis Basso's collection of course featured fur, making his collection always controversial for the Animal Activists in the world. His collection featured A-line coat silhouettes, fur vests, pant looks, and evening gowns.  Dennis featured greys, white, tans and metallics. He also featured pops of yellow which was a popular color choice amongst designers as the days of fashion week passed. Check out his entire collection for Spring 2015 below! 

Spotted at the Dennis Basso Show, Andre Leon Talley heading to his front row seat
Fashion Designer, Nicole Miller sitting front row at Dennis Basso! It must be nice to actually sit back and enjoy a show, without worrying about producing your own! Nicole Miller presented her Spring 2015 Collection earlier in the week.



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