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5 Fashionable Reasons to Hit Runway Houston

This fashion show has everything: local designers, Project Runway alums, fanciful art installations, supermodel shout-outs and more.

By Sarah Rufca Nielsen April 4, 2016

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Inclán's Fall/Winter 2016 collection will be on the catwalk at Runway Houston April 7.

There's a entire season's worth of fashion events this month that deserve your attention, from the inaugural Bayou Bend Fashion Show and Luncheon featuring The Webster today to IIDA's creatively inspiring Product Runway on April 22, not to mention a slew of trunk shows and shopping parties in between. But Runway Houston—taking place April 7 at the Citadel on Kirby—is not one to miss (and we're not just saying that because Houstonia is the presenting sponsor). Please, allow us to elaborate.

1. Houston design represents—and then some.

The five creative forces showing their fashion collections on the runway span the fashion spectrum. Among the trio of Houston-based brands are Inclán by Paola Contreras, which plays with color and texture to create tailored looks for women that like to stand out and the futuristic-metallic musings of Nhi Nguyen, fresh off showing her collection at New York Fashion Week. We're also pysched for the return of Aries Milan, who owned Coquette boutique in Montrose and now designs her own line, Kate Kills Pretty, out of Los Angeles, whose never-before seen "Fair Verona" collection will be paired with the exuberant, thoroughly Texan shoes by local socialite-turned-designer Joyce Echols.

Plus it seems fitting to have a Project Runway alum on the catwalk, considering how much love the show has in Houston since launching Chloe Dao to fame, so we'll be looking forward to the House of Ccuoco 'Deflowered' presentation by Candice Cuoco.

2. Art isn't just on the models.

You know that feeling at fashion shows when you're waiting for something to happen and there's nothing to do or even to look at? That's not happening at Runway Houston, which will display art installations from five Houston-based artists: Fariba Abedin, Kelley Devine, Isrel Fonseca, Joubair Joubert and Taft McWhorter, making this event a feast for the senses even between shows.

3. A hostess with the mostess.

What has the always-charming designer Hunter Bell been up to since winning season two of Fashion Star? You know, just building a successful clothing line, having a baby, moving to Houston and now hosting Runway Houston. As you do.

4. Charity is always in fashion. 

Have fun and feel good about it, as this year Runway Houston supports Houston Children Give Back and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

5. Strike a pose.

Even the ticket categories pay homage to some of our favorite fashion queens—the supermodels, that is. So now you just have to decide if you're a Crawford, a Naomi, an Iman, a Delevingne or a Gisele.

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