FH5: Lebanese Elegance and Walking with Dem Boyz

The final night of Fashion Houston started off with a little help from the NFL. Houston Texans running back Jonathan Grimes played piano and sang back-up vocals on the slick, white runway for Taylor Crowley, who gave her own jazzy renditions of songs like Sia’s “Chandelier.”

Houston Texans running back Jonathan Grimes showing his musical skills off the gridiron
Houston Texans running back Jonathan Grimes showing his musical skills off the gridiron

With that, the first collection swept the catwalk with some of the most gorgeous gowns I’ve ever seen. They were from Lebanese designer Rami Salamoun. His work featured dresses that were lacy, daring (thanks to the high slits, low cuts and conveniently placed details over certain body parts)  and literally sparkled on the models. His bridal gowns almost made me wish I was getting married. Almost.

Salamoun also played up his pride for Lebanon — the lights went down and came up again to reveal a model wearing a robe of the Lebanese flag. Lebanon’s national anthem rang out during the display, which garnered applause from the audience.

Someone else who used music to send a message through his show was Haitian designer Fabrice Tardieu.

685During my interview with him, he gushed about his love for Houston — so much so that he’d consider moving here! FH5 also wasn’t his first rodeo (had to put that in there!). He showed in 2012 as co-owner of the brand Bogosse, which was a business he shared with his brother. This time around, he brought along his line of luxury jogging suits (think sets blended with leather and Japanese denim) floral prints and shirts with a print of Benjamin Franklin. He also dropped a hint to me during our chat: pay close attention to the music. It comes from artists who have worn his eponymous brand.

So, what tune helped give models their swagger during his show? Wiz Khalifa’s “We Dem Boyz.” And it looks like the models were taught well — Tardieu did his bow or should I say, dance,  to the song, too.

While the crowd bounced to the beat (myself included), the musical hint reminded me of something a friend of mine used to tell me all the time: miss a moment, miss a lot.

Stay stylish!

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Dynamo Girl Auditions

Over 100 women tried out for the opportunity to join the Dynamo Girls, the only dance team in the MLS.

Led by director Marilu Amador-Harman, the Dynamo Girls held their 8th annual auditions on Sunday, January 26 at the Jesse H. Jones student life center on the University of Houston’s downtown campus from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Women with all levels of experience tried out. I talked to one who used to dance for the Houston Aeros before the team moved to Iowa, another who was returning to try out for a third time, and one man (well, actually the only man) who came back to audition a second time. He advanced to the second round the first time he auditioned before being eliminated.

Judges included Sarah Pepper, Ivan Trujillo and PK from HOT 95.7 and Comcast Sportsnet Houston’s Sara Eckert.

I decided to get involved just to see what it’s like trying to keep up with the eight counts while dancing to Pitbull’s “Timber.” Check out my attempt at learning the moves with one of the DG hopefuls (she ended up making it to the second round of auditions, by the way!) in the pics above!

The next round of auditions is this weekend where the finalists have one more chance to show they belong on the squad.

To learn more about the Dynamo Girls, visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HoustonDynamoGirls or go to http://www.houstondynamo.com/dynamogirls.

Here’s the package on the tryouts: