Houston Fashion Designers Archive

Keeping It True & Real with Theresa Roemer

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Theresa Roemer who launched her True and Real clothing line in October of 2014. Theresa describes her clothing line as a cross between Donna Karan and Michael Kors with a very California chic feel. Her collection consists of pieces that pack, and wear well because she travels frequently. I asked her why she chose the name True and Real for her collection and Theresa explained, “Because that is who I am. I am very true and very real. What you see is what you get. I’m not a phony, there are no ‘smoke and mirrors.’ Just Real!”

I love her collection because this is an easy-wear collection, which encompasses figure flattering materials like Ponte knit with ideal pieces—like the perfect go-to pants and skirts. The simple line is designed for women to add their own embellishments to an uncongested canvas with statement jewelry and fashion add-ons to make each outfit pop. True & Real Fashion features interchangeable basic pieces, which act as building blocks within a wardrobe to help women dress for day to evening. The line is comprised of simple tones of solid black, grey, and brown.

Theresa stays very busy with her collection, but she also stays very busy with helping many people though philanthropy. She is a supporter of many local, national, and international charities. Theresa is a board member for Child Legacy International. She has made frequent trips to Malawi to build sustainable programs for children teaching them how solar and wind create electricity, and installing clean water filtration systems. She is also a member of the Circle of Red for the America Heart Association, and raises hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. Theresa has been an ambassador for the Texas Children’s Hospital since 2008. She also supports Child Legacy International, American Heart Association, Kids Need More, Dress for Success, and The Women’s Home.

Theresa has also raised a significant amount of money for various charities by hosting charity events in her amazing 3,000 square foot closet. Not only does she host charity events in her closet, but Theresa also donates items out of her closet, which are used as silent auction charity items. Recently, Theresa donated a $10,000 Oscar de la Renta evening gown to benefit The Women’s Home. You have the opportunity to purchase this gown on August 19th, 2015, at the Wortham Center at the 6th annual reNew and reDo fashion show where Theresa will be recognized as a fashion icon for more information please visit www.thewomenshome.org/ .

Theresa attributes her success to her belief in God, and her perseverance, and never giving up. I asked Theresa what advice she would give other women entrepreneurs. She advises women who are trying to become successful entrepreneurs to find their goal(s), stay focused, be persistent, and know that the only person standing in the way of your success is yourself.

Theresa’s collection True & Real is sold online at true-and-real.com and at Serente in Uptown Park in Houston at serentespa.com . Prices range from about $250-350 for separates and about $350 for dresses. Theresa loves fitness and she will be launching a fitness wear collection in the near future. You can also find out more information about Theresa at www.theresaroemer.com .

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

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/.

Inclan Interview with the Amazing Designer-Paola

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On April 1, 2015, I attended an amazing fashion show “Pragmatic Posterity.” I loved everything that was shown on the runway. You will definitely see me wearing some of these pieces. I met the designer, Paola Contreras backstage after her fabulous fall/winter ready to wear, Inclan, fashion show. Paola is definitely an up and coming Houston fashion designer to watch. After the show, I did an interview with Paola. I am very excited to share with you information about Paola the designer who created these beautiful pieces on the runway.

Paola studied International Business at Merrimack College in Massachusetts. Then, she decided to follow her heart back to Houston and began attending fashion school at the Houston Art Institute in 2011. At the Houston Art institute, she was awarded 3rd place in the Houston “Little Black Dress Designer” competition. Paola says that the Inclan line has a “sporty-vibe for women on the go.” I love Houston and fashion and I was so impressed to discover that Paola wants to stay in Houston and help promote Houston as a fashion mecca. Go to www.inclanstudio.com to view her collection and purchase.