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The Editors | Photo: Kelli Elizabeth, Morris Malakoff, Debora Smail & Julie Soefer | December 29, 2013
Boutiques and bars are booming. The art world is revving up, and hot chefs are cooking up a storm. Welcome to ’14 in the most fascinating city in America!
Tatiana Massey strikes a modest pose in her hot Laboratoria (2803 Westheimer Rd., 832.407.2832) boutique. Both her background as a runway model and her interest in art inform the space; works from Texas artists like Angelbert Metoyer and Susan Plum entwine with uniquely outfitted mannequins in the River Oaks shop. “I’ve always wanted to create a multidimensional spot,” says Massey, noting how different “inspirations and vibes” come together to create style. For 2014, look for fresh fashions like Daniele Carlotta eveningwear, and new looks by the British Fashion Council’s Emerging Designer of the Year, Simone Rochas. Also expect the local store’s international profile to keep rising, as it was just featured in Brazilian Vogue.
After David Peck’s “Made Here” presentation at fall’s Fashion Houston—his gowns hit the runway and a film covered his new bespoke services—the designer got a standing-o; he knew then that his shift from the traditional wholesale calendar to a “buy-now, wear-now” basis was a hit. “Tremendous response,” says Peck, who’s moved into a Kirby showroom, where two dozen specialists manufacture Peck’s garments—and those of other designers like Jonathan Blake and Amir Taghi. “Fashion that is... created in Houston... has transformative power.”
Atlanta’s Sid and Ann Mashburn opened their eponymous his-and-hers stores (3272 Westheimer Rd.) in River Oaks in the fall, the first foray outside of the Big Peach for the private fashion labels and retail shops. For spring, the duo is touting a well-edited selection of Rodeo-ready apparel and accessories, with the Mashburn brand’s signature preppy touch. Think funky belt buckles, leather cuffs and box-pleat skirts for women, and classic Lucchese boots, handsome hankies and Western shirts for guys.
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