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March 2018- Houston

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76 RARE BIRD SHELBY HODGE CHANNELS PARIS. PHOTOGRAPHY JOHNNY THAN. T he design crowd fell hard for collector Maxime de Laurentis' vintage and archival avant- garde fashion offerings with a fervor that's surprising for such a sophisticated clutch. If not for the inherent politesse of Houstonians, there might have been fisticuffs over the mu- seum-worthy fashion ensembles from Maison Martin Margiela, Jil Sander, and Ann Demeulemeester, to drop a few names. M. Naeve proprietor Margaret Naeve Parker and collaborator Matt Johns have long been fans of de Laurentis, one of France's preeminent dealers of couture and archival fashion whose shop, De Laurentis Antiquities, is tucked away in the Marche Paul Bert; alongside his fashion offerings there, he carries rare fashion books and magazines and 20th-century decorative furniture. "I travel all over the world," he said of his sources. "I have a network of celebrities, people who work in fashion, and editors that guide me." He packed 70 stunning and rare pieces for the trip — "la crème de la crème … an exclusive selection for Houston." As for how he curates the vast world of vintage couture and specialized fashion, de Laurentis said, "I select things that I love. It's not about the brand. When I fall in love, I take it." WHO: Kris Parker, Catherine Giuffre, Matt Johns, Jill Egan, Duyen and Marc Nguyen, Chris Goins, Oliver Halkowich, Lisa and Matt Kornhauser, Brandon Fontena, Sarah Tringhese, Stacy and John Andell, David Armendariz, Meg Lonergan, Natalie Varnum, Kobe Naeve, Margaret Naeve Parker, Carol Piper, Nick Lovett, and Hillary Higgins. See more Shelby Hodge at A DASHING FRENCHMAN DROPS IN AND WINS THE HEARTS OF THE FASHION TRIBE. Matt Johns' ethereal flowers Leah Little Hale Janet Goins Aaron Laine, Jill Egan, Mindy Martin Carol Piper A fashion treasure Lauren Haskett, Jennifer Ellzey Sarah Tringhese Ruth Davis, Stacy Andell Doug Naeve, Hillary Higgins Patricia Restrepo Sarah Darro Dutch Small, Chad Graci Catherine Giuffre, Matt Johns Margaret Naeve Parker Matt & Lisa Kornhauser David Armendariz Jesse Gudino Chad Graci, Brandon Fontenot Matt Johns, Natalie Varnum Maxime de Laurentis Duyen Huynh Julia Zamora

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