"The good life ... it feel like Miami." – Kanye West
Even if the lyrics weren't printed on a floral bracelet, there'd be no mistaking the geographical inspiration behind LHD, the upper contemporary, ready-to-wear debut collection from The Webster founder and CEO Laure Heriard Dubreuil.
Fashionable Houstonians got a first look at the label last week at The Webster, where LHD herself hosted a reception with Becca Cason Thrash that saw socialites and style-setters sip champagne and admire the colorful new apparel displayed both on clothing racks and lanky models gliding around the showroom.
Heriard Dubreuil, who hails from Paris, opened The Webster's flagship store in Miami's South Beach in 2009. The luxury boutique quickly became known for its exclusive brand partnerships and Heriard Dubreuil's expertly curated collections, which include fashion institutions like Chanel and Dior alongside street-style favorites like Vetements and Yeezy.
Heriard Dubreuil opened the second Webster in Bal Harbour, Florida in 2013, and Houston's Galleria outpost followed in 2016. The freestanding boutique at 5045 Westheimer, termed "the jewel box," features 5,000 square-feet of retail space filled with women's and men's apparel and accessories. Now, Heriard Dubreuil's pieces grace the racks, too—exclusively at The Webster's five locations (the two most recent additions are in Costa Mesa, California and, as of last November, New York City).
LHD is full of tropical, global-inspired pieces for the jet-setting fashionista. Playful ruffles, vintage silhouettes, sherbet-colored textiles, and cheeky prints—think lots of florals, alligators, seashells, and starfish—would be equally at home in '60s South Beach or today's high-end vintage shops. Dresses, jumpsuits, rompers, and bikinis have names like "Coconut Grove," "Key Biscayne," "Surf Club," and "Sunny Isles." Heriard Dubreuil took inspiration from her most-loved destinations–starting with Miami, The Webster's home base–and her own personal clothing collection amassed from an international lifestyle.
Jewelry, shoes, bags, graphic tees, bodysuits, blouses, crop tops, skirts, shorts, and cashmere sweaters (Cason Thrash donned the pink "North Shore" for the occasion) can also be found among LHD's offerings, which carries price points from $45 to $895. Much like The Webster, the label also features exclusive collaborations with Aurelie Bidermann, Ensoie, Eres, Heimat Atlantica, Linda Frrow, Maison Michel, and Pierre Hardy.
Though a rainy chill dampened Houston last Wednesday night, you'd never know it inside The Webster, where Heriard Dubreuil flitted from guest to guest, clad in her own LHD Glades midi dress—an electric orange, floral number in a vintage silhouette with oversized buttons and a charming waist-tie—and sculptural green Vera earrings, a collaboration with Aurelie Bidermann that, if larger, could be envisioned as an Art Basel installation.
Between the warmth of the tropical-esque clothes and the free-flowing champagne, you'd almost think you were in Miami.