By Zeb Mamsa

October 3, 2013, Houston, TX:  This year’s Houston Fashion Week kickoff was hosted at Alex Rodriguez Mercedes Benz showroom in League City. It was a very fashionable evening with beautiful cars and beautiful people as the local and international designers showcased designs inspired by futuristic and new wave elements. Victor Quinteros, Brand Development Director of Houston Fashion Week hand picked the Houston designers, H. Harloquin, TeKay Designs, Queen of the Bride and Tezaria’s High Couture Jewelry to showcase their 2014 collections for the Houston socialites.

The highlight of the evening was the launch of Tezaria’s High Couture Jewelry and their pop up jewelry boutique. The brilliantly custom designed silver jewelry is  manufactured in India by Seema Zaria, co-founder, and includes semi precious gem stones and pearls. The ramp collection included an array of styles for every fashionista. Afsheen Tejani, designer and co-founder of Tezaria’s High Couture Jewelry, said “Houston Fashion Week is a wonderful platform for the new designers who want to launch themselves on an international level.”

Queen of the Brides unveiled their bridal gowns and dresses themed after queens from world history. On the runway were gowns labeled Mumtaz Mahal and Cleopatra. The gowns were based on women of power throughout history; and are infused with cultural elements representative of a distinct time. TeKay Designs displayed an ensemble of bridal, formal, and ethnic wear and accessories. The Bridal collection consisted of ethnic, modern and maternity gowns which reflected the African, Asian, North and South American, and European cultures.

As the guests mixed and mingled they sipped on sugar cane juice cocktails and nibbled on gourmet bites from Calabash After Dark Restaurant and Catering . Artist, Ange Hillz, speed painted an American eagle in about ten minutes and wowed the crowed while Ms. America 2013, Chiniqua Pettaway, greeted the guests.

Photo Credit: Ta'Von Jackson, Kaotic Paradise Productions
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