Designer Hunter Bell at Cakewalk Style Shop in Houston Nov. 12.

Though it lasted two seasons on primetime NBC, reality competition show Fashion Star never really made an impact. 

Not so for season two winner and designer-on-the-rise Hunter Bell. Bell is a New-York-via-South-Carolina girl who had the good sense to marry a Houstonian, so when she stopped in at Cakewalk Style Shop for a trunk show last week, she had her husband and aunt in tow as well as easy, stylish party dresses, cropped jackets and pantsuits from the holiday and spring collections of her eponymous line. 

Her clothes have the boho-chic ease of a the city, but the eye-catching attention to detail—a subtle midriff cutout here, a flared skirt there—shows her Southern roots.

"Southern girls, they like to dress up, they like to be put together," said Bell.

Bell says that prints inspire her, and her fall collection is full of abstract patterns that call to mind watercolors, marble, even fish scales, in everything from gauzy bouses to thick, curve-hugging neoprene dresses. 

"For holiday we brought in some sequins," said Bell, adding that the new spring collection, with its bright pops of yellow and teal, was inspired by Paris, specifically the Tuileries Garden. "I don't know how you can not be happy wearing it."



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