Spring Has Sprung

This Weekend in Design: Spring Fashion, Party Stores, and Pop-Up Vintage

What's popping up in our city this weekend?

By Abby Ledoux March 21, 2019

It's officially spring, and it's time to celebrate accordingly. With everything from fashion shows to pop-up markets to dance classes for charity, there's no shortage of ways to do just that.

Spring Trunk Show

When: Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23; 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: à bientôt, 2501 River Oaks Blvd.
What: à bientôt favorites Brooke Wright and Julie Vos present their new spring/summer collections—think classic, cotton pieces in whimsical colors and patterns from Wright and candy-colored, semi-precious stone jewelry from Vos. Wright, a Fort Worth-based designer, will be in-store for the trunk show.

Emerson Sloan 2.0 Grand Opening Celebration

When: Saturday, March 23; noon–3 p.m.
Where: Emerson Sloan, 1319 S. Voss
What: The quirky local party store celebrates the grand opening of its second location in Tanglewood with—what else?—a party. Face painting, balloon art, and a cotton candy bar are all on deck, and 10 percent of proceeds from opening weekend sales will benefit The Faris Foundation, a new Houston organization working to improve the lives of children with cancer.

Party at BLVD Place

When: Saturday, March 23; 1–4 p.m.
Where: BLVD Place, Post Oak and San Felipe
What: The uptown development home to shops, spas, and restaurants celebrates the debut of a new mural with a party on the lawn. From 1–2 p.m., Dance House Fitness will host a donation-based class to benefit Women of Wardrobe, the volunteer branch of Dress for Success Houston; after that, the party continues with a live DJ and complimentary cocktails from Treaty Oak Distilling, and other BLVD Place tenants will offer day-of specials.

Depop Houston Market

When: Saturday, March 23; 1–6 p.m.
Where: ARKA Art, 4715 Main St.
What: Online shopping app Depop hosts its first IRL pop-up shop with seven Houston-based sellers to promote sustainable fashion. Participating shops include Real Life As Liv, Y2K Relics, Ugly Face, Namas Vintage, Trust Fund Goth, Girls Only, and Nope Fiend Vintage; styles range from upcycled streetwear and retro '90s pieces to high-end designer vintage. A DIY workshop, digital and Polaroid portrait photo studio, and live DJ music round out the inaugural market.

ELOQUII x Jason Wu Launch

When: Sunday, March 24; noon–4 p.m.
ELOQUII, upper level of the Galleria near Orange Garage entrance
The popular women's fashion e-tailer for sizes 14-28 debuted its first Texas brick-and-mortar in the Galleria last summer. Now, it's launching a new collaboration with Jason Wu—famously bolstered by "The Michelle Obama Effect," when the former FLOTUS tapped the then-emerging designer for her first Inauguration Ball gown in 2009 and donned other Wu designs for high-profile appearances over the next eight years—that's full of feminine sundresses and sleek separates alike, all under $150. The 26-piece collection is available now, but Houston's ELOQUII will celebrate this weekend with an in-store garden party dubbed as an afternoon of "sipping and sampling." RSVP online.

Macy's Spring Fashion with Ashley Kahn

When: Sunday, March 24; 2 p.m.
Where: Macy's Memorial City, 900 Gessner Rd.
What: Macy's Memorial City celebrates the season with Ashley Kahn, a local wardrobe stylist and personal shopper, and a fashion show featuring springtime looks from Macy's curated It List. The event also promises snacks, drinks, music, and a special treat from I.N.C. If you're a Macy's cardholder, receive a complimentary floral bouquet if you're one of the first 50 to flash your plastic.

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