Meet the Kaleidoscope 2016 Fashion Designers
URBANITY - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2016
Michelle Yue is a designer based out of Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston in 2014 with a degree in Art History. Her studies combined with her relentless need to create paved the way for her accessories collection.
After experimenting with various materials, Yue eventually chose to work with plexiglas because of its beauty as well as its durability. These pieces, unlike traditional jewelry materials (silver, copper, gold, etc.) can be worn anywhere and everywhere. They are water-proof, sweat-proof, and hypo-allergenic - all qualities that are very important to her.
The name Shopnonhuman comes from Michelle Yue's former fashion blog Missnonhuman.
Damari & Co.
Damari Rubio grew up with many fashion influences. Her mother, who grew up in El Salvador, came to the United States and was quickly infused by 80’s fashion and still added her own Spanish flare. Damari’s aunts taught her to always be self- confident and that it is okay to take risks with fashion. While working at Victoria’s Secret, Damari realized her eye for fashion and enjoyed helping women feel beautiful. A few years later, Damari was given the opportunity to work for a hotel marketing firm were she got to travel and represent extraordinary hotels. Damari strongly believes that nothing happens by chance. So she has been able to combine both of her passions, fashion and travel into one. She is now the Creative Director of her fashion glove line DAMARI, all influenced by her travels.
Born on June 3, 1983, in Houston, Texas, designer Damari Rubio is one of the few glove designers and makers in the United States and in the fashion industry. She is the middle child of Jacob and Ana Isabel Rubio. Damari has two siblings, her older sister, Cindy Rubio who is a Financial Advisor and her younger sister, Jamileth Froste who is an Educator.
Damari’s love for gloves sparked during her travels. She gained inspiration as she walked through the antique stores in beautiful Buenos Aires and the street markets boasting in rich culture in Central America. For Damari, “there is something about gloves that brings out femininity and reminds us how far along women have come.”
Karachi, Pakistan is the birthplace of the designer Umair Khan. Steeped in the rich culture of his homeland, his mother's graceful taste, and his father's ingenuity - Umair Khan was born to design.
Umair is heavily-influenced by the art and fashion of Europe. He has traveled the world, finding inspiration in nature, fine fabrics, high fashion, and the richness that is couture. He has started in fashion industry as a model for local Houston designers as well as Liz Claiborne, Nautica, Jones New York and countless others.
While earning his degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising, he was called to New York. In the ever-changing fashion mecca, Umair visited for inspiration at Cesar Gallindo and fashion house of Maggie Norris. Umair returned to Houston and graduated from Houston Community College. More importantly, he had a vision of seeing his dream as a respected designer manifest. His work was showcased in the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. And that, was just the beginning.
As a designer, Umair's vision is to call forth inner beauty and confidence. His garments are a testimony to his vision. They require imagination and exude truth and creativity. Couture is where his passion lies. Couture requires a keen sense of detail and a patient hand made for creative expression. He understands the subtleties of a woman’s body. He tries to reveal their flawless curves by donning them in the flowing silhouettes of his textured dresses. Umair Khan commands every stitch of fabric he touches.
Umair lives and designs in Houston, TX with his daughter Manha by his side. Every design he creates is a gift he calls forth. He is presently designing for other projects and working on his own line Meru Merus.
Steve Guthrie is a local fashion designer with an eye for sophisticated, quality constructed garments that speak to an American sensibility and social responsibility. This season he ventures into his first independent contemporary womenwear collection that embodies clean lines from the 1950’s and 60’s, while incorporating fabrics that are feminine and modern.
Inspired by the women in his family who worked as seamstresses, costume makers and boutique owners, Steve began constructing his own designs at an early age. He later went on to study Fashion Design at Houston Community College, where he is now a professor in the Lifestyles, Arts and Design department. He has continued his design and construction education as an MFA Fashion Design graduate student at the Academy of Art University.
Steve Guthrie made his debut as a fashion designer in 2009. Under the name 4thWard, he created custom cocktail and formal attire for local and national clients. His use of alternative and renewable fabrics produced looks that were not only one-of-a-kind art pieces, but also practical and wearable.
In 2014, Steve worked as an assistant designer for Mansoor Scott, a contemporary womenswear line based in San Francisco. The manufactured garment industry made an impression on him and as a result, his focus has turned to reproducing a similar venture here in Houston. His goal is to produce well-made, classic garments using local resources that will continue to grow the fashion industry in Houston, Texas.
Three key principles guide the Steve Guthrie brand:
First and foremost, the clothes are staples of any wardrobe. Short-lived trends are not a concern for the Steve Guthrie customer. The Steve Guthrie woman instead looks for silhouettes and textiles that will stand the test of time.
Secondly, quality constructed garments are the rule. Steve Guthrie apparel is made of quality fabrics, and superior construction that is part of an investment and personal style.
Lastly, Steve Guthrie is conceived and produced locally. These wears are not only the expression of the Steve Guthrie brand, but include the work of local artisans that make up the garment industry in Houston. The final merchandise contributes to Houston’s economy while giving back to the same community that supports local fashion designers and the services necessary to make it viable.
Damsel White Label
To pioneer bold originals in bridal and occasion apparel.
To juxtapose edge with classic elegance while mindful of the needs of modern brides.
To provide principle-based service, as if doing business with an old friend.
The Natalie Harris Design collections are a reflection of a design philosophy that meshes an appreciation for the dramatic with classic sensibility. Her diverse designs accentuate the best features of each woman, instilling a confident glow sure to shine through in every picture. Inspirational cues are drawn from such concepts as classical art, florals, popular requests from years in custom design, and her muse, the bold, offbeat, creative American bride.
Whether pinpointing the first spark of passion for design in youth 4-H sewing or creating her own Prom gown, one cannot argue that the creative bug bit early.
After graduating from Purdue University's Apparel Design & Technology program, Natalie moved from her familiar Indiana farm to bustling, diverse Houston. Five years experience in bridal retail, custom bridal design, and bridal manufacturing built a knowledge foundation of the needs and desires of modern brides and retailers.
Of Myth + Muse
Of Myth & Muse is a new clothing line full of romantic silhouettes and modern details.
Follow Designer and Owner, Emelia Natalicchio, on social media for behind-the-scenes previews and updates on OM+M!
Emerging Designer - Student at the Art Institute of Houston
My name is Keosha Jenkins and I am an aspiring fashion designer. I discovered my passion while being self taught how to sew and design clothes. I have always had an eye for fashion and style, but I never realized I would pursue this field until I started attending the Art Institute of Houston. What drives me is my love for clothes and how they can make one feel. I have already started the path of building my own brand by creating an online clothing line catering to the woman. My goals are to continue to enhance my craft and broaden my knowledge of the fashion industry, as I move towards obtaining my Bachelors degree in Fashion Design. As I embark upon a career in fashion, I look to expand my online presence and my brand into a successful fashion house!
Emerging Designer - Student at the Art Institute of Houston
My name is Kim Nguyen. I’m currently a fashion student at the Art Institute of Houston.
I came here to the United States about eight years ago with my family. We were refugees from Vietnam.
I did not know how to speak English nor fit in the new culture when I first came. I desperately missed home. Everything changed when I started high school. I learned how to speak the new language, make friends in the new school environment, and ready to build a new life with my family. I graduated high school with a GPA of 3.7. Not what I expected but I was so proud of myself. I got accepted to University of Houston. I decided to major in Math and pursuing a teaching certificate. After a year, I realized I did not like what I was doing. I wanted to do something that I always passionate about, so “fashion design” came to my mind.
I transferred to the Art Institute after many research. I found my passion here in this campus. I realized that I love to draw, design, sew, and made all the creations come to life. With all the hard work I have done, I’m currently an honor student at the Art Institute of Houston.
When I think about designing something, I first think about polka dots. There is something about polka dots that give me an obsession. It is somewhat vintage and feminine. I love to design clothes in contrast color such as black versus white. My fashion drawing usually in bright colors, because I believe they look attractive that way.
When choosing which fabrics to sew, I like soft touch and light weight fabrics like organza, chiffon, and silk for instance. I design women dresses or than anything else. My inspiration for design is famous fashion designer like Elie Sabb, Valentino. I also get inspired by the vintage fashion from the 50’s and 60’s.