Houston, TX –
Fashionistas can indulge their passion for fashion during the Italian Fashion Exchange, a fashion competition which brings together the fashions of Italy and the United States at Italian Expo. A group of emerging local designers will showcase their current collections during fashion runway shows and compete for the first place prize of a fashion trip to Italy.
The fashion competition will take place during Italian Expo in the form of three fashion show blocks on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Sunday, the designers will be judged by a select panel of judges, which includes Chloe Dao, Designer of DAO Chloe DAO; David Peck, Designer of CrOp by David Peck; Jeff Gremillion, Editor of Houston Magazine; and Josephine Gough, Regional Director of Fashion Group International. The Italian Fashion Exchange competition winner will be announced and honored on Sunday, June 5 at 6 pm. The winner is awarded a trip to Milan, Italy for February 2012 Fashion Week.
Besides the fashion competition, Houston-area fashionistas will be given other opportunities to indulge their passion with fashion shows, including special shows from two of the Italian Fashion Exchange competition’s judges, renowned Houston designers Chloe Dao and David Peck.
The three-day Italian Expo hosts over 21,000 attendees and 150 Italian and American exhibitors. In addition to the fashion competition and fashion shows, this showcase of Italian excellence features food and wine importers, handcrafted goods, Houston’s finest Italian restaurants, luxury car and motorbike displays, travel and tour operators, various artists, and musical and dance performers.
Italian Expo tickets are $15 at the door, but are available for pre-sale online at www.italianexpo.us for just $10 until June 2 only. Italian Expo will be open from 4:00 pm – 10:30 pm on Friday, 12:00 pm – 10:30 pm on Saturday, and 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Sunday.
Participating Italian Fashion Exchange Competition Designers
Abi Ferrin, Abi Ferrin
Kuteka Hill, TikiGlam
James Martinez, Barron & J.
Shawn Kingsley, ODK Couture
Chioma Ikoku and Uche Osamor, Elani Blu
Shirin Askari, Shirin Askari Designs LLC
Danny Nguyen, Danny Nguyen Couture
Simran Rihal, Elan Couture