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In its fifth year of existence, Fashion Houston pulled out all the stops as the 4-day long event, filled with fashion shows and parties continues to transition Houston from the energy to the fashion capital. Each year, creative visionary Jared Lang solidifies the events purpose showcasing a new crop of emerging designers mixed with some of the hottest names in the fashion sphere. Not to be confused with Houston Fashion Week which takes place in early October, Fashion Houston exemplifies a homegrown spirit with an international flair.

The luxurious event nested at the Wortham Theater Center and sponsored by Audi offered guest a little bit of everything as a mix of street wear, ready-to-wear, and couture designs hit the runway. The elite members of Houston’s fashion world were in attendance each night as the tight knit community of designers, stylist, buyers, and bloggers got to witness the special moments that made Fashion Houston’s #FH5 one to remember. Celebrating 5 years is kind-of-a big deal and after processing all the fabulousness from this past week I’ve managed to choose the top 5 fashion forward moments that make Fashion Houston the leader among premier fashion shows.

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1. Fashion Houston kicked-off with a bang as the sophisticated ready-to-wear men’s label Grungy Gentlemen sent some serious eye candy down the runway highlighting a collection of slim fit blazers, quilted joggers, wool coats and pieces from their latest collaboration with Mitchell and Ness. Having recently just debuted their Spring 2015 collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, the label had to do something special for their showing at #FH5 with the help of America’s next top model alums Don Benjamin and Will Jardell walking the runway. The New York based label even featured a performance from Jadakiss and Styles P of the Lox one of hip-hops most highly acclaimed groups. Jadakiss was sporting the Grungy Gentleman and Mitchell and Ness collab black leather varsity jacket while Styles P wore the “Art of Game” t-shirt from the collection.

2. As night 2 progressed, all eyes were set on Rubin Singer’s collection as it graced the runway. Most notable for creating the lace and leather bodysuit Beyonce wore for her Super Bowl performance in 2013, Rubin’s mix of couture gowns and ready to wear pieces are bold yet feminine. Easily one of #FH5’s standout shows Rubin’s collection of black and white prints, touch of sheer, leather, and a pop of pink dazzled onlookers as more than 20 pieces were unveiled. Just as you expected the show to continue on with more asymmetrical leather gowns and corset mini dresses the twist of a pink and black leather mini dress prepped us for the sculptural strapless hot pink evening gown that took the audiences breath away as it complimented the models radiant skin perfectly. Master of geometric prints and asymmetrical lines Rubin’s 2015 collection is best labeled a classic.

3. One of the best things about Fashion Houston is it’s long standing partnership with the Art Institute of Houston. Each year a selected group of graduates get an once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase their collection at Fashion Houston. This year 4 emerging designers of AIH, Brecia Demartini, Lee Yates, Paola Contreraras, and Clarence Lee all presented 5 looks for the special occasion. While all of the collections were fresh and uniquely themed Lee’s DAL and Yates’ line 228 were among my favorites. Each collections’ simplicity in design helped focus on the beauty of each garments detail. DAL’s all-white collection added a touch of gray to it’s opening and ending pieces while 228’s color combination of red and charcoal gray enamored with gold hardware aped up the glamour. It’s going to be exciting to see what’s next to come from these young talents.

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4. While most of the collections from designers showcased their versatility Miami based designer Rene Ruiz’ rocked the runway with one design and a hot performance from Latin singer Manuel Noe. The model featured a beautiful red leather gown that moved to the rhythm of the sweet sounds showcasing the movement in the dress effortlessly. The blend of glamour and It was refreshing to see something exciting and lively happen on the runway outside of the norm. The model and Rene’s chemistry on stage lit the catwalk on fire as the flirty routine changed the dynamic on night 2 of Fashion Houston.

5. Fashion designer David Peck has been a staple in the local fashion community in recent years. Creating some of the most elegant wedding and couture designs Peck’s design aesthetic is appreciated by Houston fashionistas and brides-to-be. Recently opening a second showroom in the city Peck’s growth as a iconic designer was displayed at Fashion Houston’s #FH5. Set as the finale for day 4, Peck’s collection provided a bit of mystery and drama as his form-fitting dresses were paired with beaded masks that Peck also designed. Faux furs, wrap dresses, and printed gowns from Peck’s 2015 collection were heavily applauded by the sold-out crowd. The stellar collection even featured a surprise performance from some of the Houston Ballet dancers midway through as Peck distinguished himself as the leader of the pack.

Fashion Houston’s #FH5 was much about the fashion but, it also proved that Houston is a city that embraces its local talents and provides them with a platform to become successful. As the fashion extravaganza closed #FH5 left us with several unforgettable moments featuring one-of-a-kind designs and non-traditional performances. Fashion Houston’s #FH5 has helped to bridge the gap between Texas and the fashion mecca of New York.

All photos shot by Jenna J / @lolalissaa