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Fight Cancer with Fashion: Couture for the Cause

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My family has been personally touched by cancer. My mother was a breast cancer survivor, and my grandfather had prostate cancer. I truly understand how devastating cancer is for the individual who is suffering and the family. I support many charities: however, charities that raise money for cancer patients are very near and dear to my heart.

On September 24th, 2015, I attended a VIP kick-off party for Couture for the Cause, which was generously sponsored by Toni and Mike Baches, and hosted at Veritas restaurant in Sugar Land. This is the sixth annual event for this fabulous cause. This event is going to be amazing this year and is —“A White Haute Affair!”

What is Couture for the Cause?: The money raised for Couture for the Cause helps the American Cancer Society fund programs and services for cancer patients and their families, as well as cancer research. Couture for the Cause raised $255,000 for the American Cancer Society last year. The money makes a real difference to thousands of people in our community, and even more in the greater Houston area and the nation.

Who: The American Cancer Society and Wealth Design Group have joined together for this year’s 6th Annual Couture for the Cause.

When & Where: “A White Haute Affair” on Saturday, October 17, 2015 will be held at the home of Randy and Brenda Bartley.

The Event: The Couture for the Cause “A White Haute Affair” is a do not miss event. This will be a fabulous, fun and chic fashion show held over a swimming pool, which will be configured by The Phoenix Design Group. Lenny Matuszewski, who is a nationally renowned fashion show choreographer and producer returns as the runway show producer. Haute couture fashions from Dillard’s Post Oak will adorn models who have been touched by cancer. My favorite Salon, Milagro Salon, owned by Marc Anthony has generously offered to style the models.

Dress Code: Sizzling “white hot”–all white attire!

Sponsorship & Tickets: A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available–please call for details. And, tickets sell quickly…don’t wait until the last minute and miss this fabulous event! For information or to learn about available sponsorship opportunities, contact Valerie Marun at (713) 706-5684 or valerie.marun@cancer.org. or visit the website at http://golf.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=69916&pg=entry#.VgyUFvlVikq

A BIG Texas Thank You to Top Sponsors: Johnson Development Corporation- Tori Torres, Smile Texas – Rick Kline & Jennifer Dvorak, Host Home-Randy & Brenda Bartley, Toni & Mike Baches, Amy West – Event Co-Chair, Wealth Design Group – PRESENTING SPONSOR – Tara & Rick Ray, Methodist Hospital, Sugar Land – Amy Saenz & Diane Chambers , Julissa Duran – Event Co-Chair, Valerie Martinak – ACS Staff Partner

Mysterious by NPN-Eastern Traditions Fused with Western Modernity

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Nicholas Nguyen who is a Houston designer who showed his collection last night at Houston Fashion Week-Red Dress Gala. Nicholas was born in Vietnam, and moved to Houston at 15. While attending UHD and studying International Business, Nicholas began pursuing his true passion—fashion. After graduating two years ago, he launched Mysterious by N.P.N. The collection fuses Vietnamese traditions with a Western modern twist. Nicholas describes his collection, “My designs are very sophisticated and romantic. I want the person wearing the garment to feel sexy, strong, and radiate confidence. A little eastern; a little western, and voila, c’est Mysterious by NPN!”

Nicholas was nominated for the 2013 F.A.C.E. awards, and won! He also made the cover of AbOut Magazine. Nicholas has had the honor of showing those designs in Austin, and Dallas, fashion week 2014, and as a result he was featured in Dallas Fab Magazine. Nicholas’s line only launched two years ago, and he has already showed at Houston Artopia, and New York Fashion week. 2015 has brought exciting opportunities for Mysterious by NPN. Recently, Nicholas won the Critic Choice Mash Up Award from AFW 2015-spring show. I love how Nicholas Nguyen fuses eastern traditions with western modernity, which creates a unique style. Mysterious by NPN is in the process of launching an on-line store, which will be ready in a couple of months. Designs can be ordered on his website at mysteriousbynpn.com

How Does the Largest Closet in America Help Women?

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On April 16, 2015, Theresa Roemer who has the largest closet in America invited women into her home and closet to raise money for The Women’s Home. For over 50 years, The Women’s Home has been helping women who have experienced homelessness because of mental illness, abuse, or addiction. The Women’s Home provides residential treatment and transitional housing. Over 90% of women who participate in this program for six months or longer leave with income and housing.

Women brought their gently used high end and designer items to Theresa’s home to donate them for a runway show and shopping event that benefits The Women’s Home. This event is the 6th annual renew and reDo fashion show, which will be held on August 19, 2015 at the Wortham Grand Foyer. Mark your calendars this is an amazing opportunity to purchase fabulous designer clothes at deep discounts for a great cause. This awesome event is all about women helping women. Chau Nguyen is the Manager of Community Involvement at the Women’s Home and the event chairs are Sneha Merchant and Mandy Kao, and Theresa Roemer is recognized as the Fashion Icon.

Not only did Theresa open up her home and closet to help this cause, but she also geneously donated a $10,000 Oscar de la Renta gown, and 10% of her collection’s proceeds, True and Real, to benefit the cause. The Women’s Home is truly a great charity and this event at Theresa’s beautiful home will help many women who are struggling with homelessness, mental illness, abuse, and addiction. You can learn more about The Women’s Home at www.thewomenshome.com and check out Theresa Roemer’s fashion line at www.true-and-real.com .

Sexy and You Know It–Jio’Zei Collection: Interview with Jio’Zei

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I had the pleasure of viewing Jio’Zei Reyes collection at Omar Marcos’s—Runway For the Cure Houston on April 9, 2015. I absolutely love Jio’Zei’s suits, and I do not even wear suits. However, I would purchase suits from the Jio’Zei collection because they are sexy, sophisticated, and modern. They truly could be worn at a cocktail party, women’s luncheon, or at the office, which is a rare combination. In addition to gorgeous suits, Jio’Zei’s collection consists of beautiful dresses in striking colors, which present a modern feel. I am impressed with Jio’Zei’s unique, ability to create a stylish image with the use of color and fit.

After viewing the collection, I scheduled an interview with designer—Jio’Zei Reyes. I discovered that he was born in Hawaii, and he comes from an interesting background—Brazilian, and Japanese. He learned to sew from his mother who taught him how to create countless stiches with intricate design detail. In addition to inspiration from his mother, Jio’Zei Reyes’ has been inspired by various designers, which include Dior and Haider Ackerman. According to Jio’Zei, “I like to accentuate a women’s feminity with a modern twist.” Although, this is a difficult challenge, I believe that Jio’Zei has achieved this unique balance.

Jio’Zei is an accomplished designer: he received a Paris American Scholarship and studied Haute Couture in Paris. In addition, Jio’Zei is also an accomplished academic: he graduated from Rice University with a Toxicology and Environmental Science degree, and also has a Ph.D. in Pharmacology. For a brief time, Jio’Zei worked in pharmacology. However, he quickly chose to pursue his true passion—fashion.

Most importantly for the cost-conscious woman who loves beautiful, sexy pieces, Jio’Zei’s designs are custom and price points are reasonable—separate’s range from $175-$350, cocktail dresses range from $350-$700, evening gowns from $1000-$3500. For collection information, please contact jiozei reyes@gmail.com .

Incredible Demartini Collection-Interview with Breccia Demartini

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I had the opportunity to view the beautiful Demartini collection at the Runway for a Cure Houston on April 9, 2015. I loved the collection’s vibrant colors, and the very wearable, but also sophisticated-look. The Demartini Collection is versatile because separates can be easily mixed, and matched. In addition, Demartini’s collection also offers resort sophistication as well as designs for the working-woman with a modern twist. After viewing this amazing collection, I really wanted to get to know the designer—Breccia Demartini personally.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Breccia Demartini. She shared her personal background information with me, and the inspiration for her collection. Breccia Demartini’s passion for fashion began as a small child. Breccia grew up in the vibrant city of Houston, and has a strong Italian family support system that inspired her love for colors, and textiles.

Breccia’s love for fashion fueled her desire to move to Australia when she was 23 years old. While living in Australia, Breccia attended the School of Fashion and Textiles – RMIT University in Melbourne. In addition to her training at school, Nasia Vlassopoulos trained Breccia to become proficient in threading a needle without even looking, pattern making, and sewing with confidence.

In 2012, Breccia Demartini returned to Houston and decided to further her design education at the Art Institute of Houston where she is currently studying Fashion Design, and Fashion and Retail Management. This September was an incredible turning point for Demartini—Breccia showed her debut collection during New York Fashion Week. Shortly thereafter, Demartini and 3 other student designers from the Art Institute of Houston were showcased at the Wortham Theater Center. Because of all this publicity, Demartini’s beautiful creations have shown on many runways, and are adored by Houston fashion lovers.

I asked Breccia’s what her inspiration was for the Spring/Summer collection. She explained that during her travels to the Canary Islands: the beautiful water, architecture, people, and fabrics influenced this collection. According to Demartini, “I want to market to the everyday entrepreneurial woman, by taking masculine menswear, restyling it, making it sexy, and sophisticated without being boxy.” Demartini’s cultural influences throughout the years have greatly influenced artistic beauty in her designs. Demartini explained, “fashion is not about the cloths, it is about the journey the cloths create.”

I love Demartini’s personal philosophy, and style. Price points are affordable from $89-$1300. This makes her a great designer for the cost-conscious woman. Mark you calendars April 25th from 4:00-8:00 pm there will be a Demartini meet and greet and trunk show at Azuz’s boutique, 2401 Rice Boulevard. The Demartini Collection is also available at Rice Village’s Azuz’s boutique www.azuzboutique , and https://www.demartinifashion.com/.