Tucked in between Tom Ford and Dolce & Gabbana in River Oaks District, Fashion X Houston brought together local designers, emerging talent and Project Runway alums last weekend to benefit Hurricane Harvey recovery and the Rebuild Texas Fund in a fashion-forward way.
“Just from a pure psychological standpoint it felt like the show must go on,” said Fashion X Founder Matt Swinney. “Houston is resilient. We all know that. But to talk about that resiliency versus actually showing it onstage are two different things. We wanted to really put it on display and hopefully inspire everyone to really get out and move forward.”
The three-night event kicked off Thursday with CleRenda McGrady as the emcee for the evening. McGrady told Houston’s most fashionable to turn to their neighbor and tell them, “you look good.” Retailers from River Oaks District, including Vilebrequin, Joie, ERES, BAANOU, COS, de Boulle, Chopard, Vince, Les Copains, Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet and Roberto Cavalli, showcased fall looks and exquisite jewels. Part of the proceeds from Fashion X Houston went to McGrady’s foundation, Project P.U.S.H.
Dallas-based designer Abi Ferrin and Project Runway alumni Gunnar Deatherage, Sonjia Williams and Melissa Fleis were among the talent who showed their designs Friday evening. Local designer and Project Runway Season 2 winner Chloe Dao closed out the evening with her sexy, sultry collection.
Alan Gonzalez of Alantude also showcased his Fall/Winter collection, “Eclipse,” that evening. Gonzalez said he was inspired by witchcraft and the beauty of fall with models opening and closing the show carrying sage.
“Witchcraft is looked down upon because of a lack of understanding towards the craft. But when you take the time to understand the beliefs behind it, you come to find beauty in the energy of light versus darkness,” he said.
The young designer was the recipient of the Bernina Houston Fashion Fund and took home a sewing machine from the Swiss brand.
“It’s something I’m most proud of, honestly," Swinney said. "Young designers just need a chance at the end of the day and we hope that we can help them give them that break."
Fashion X Houston concluded Saturday evening with more local designers, including stand-out Mysterious by N.P.N. and Miles David, nha khanh, Bentley+Lace by Elizabeth Copeland, Brittany Nicole, Tieler James, Daniel Esquivel, Amanda Valentine and Project Runway Junior season 2 featured designer Allie Joy.
Fashion X Houston and River Oaks District donated a majority of proceeds to the Rebuild Texas Fund. Led by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, they aim to raise $100 million to support those Texas residents and communities displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Proceeds also benefited Dress for Success and Camp Say.