Guest Post: Eye Candy: Houston (CityCentre) TX Anthropologie winter fashion show by Ana

Hello from Texas, fellow Anthro lovers. I had the privilege of attending my home store’s Winter Fashion Show last Thursday night and had a fantastic time. Upon entering the store, faux snow covered logs and a cute beaver chiseled out of wood greeted customers at the front of the store. Since my store located in City Centre is fairly large, the runway was set up in the middle of the back of the store. Glass jars with glowing lighted faux candles lined the runway and foldout chairs held gift bags for the attendees. At the end of the runway, snow covered evergreens framed a large cutout panel of woodland creatures. There were three tables spaced around the store with food, drinks, and goodies. I could feel everyone’s excitement and anticipation for the show, eager to see the latest outfits for the winter and holiday dress season.

Upon sitting we eagerly peeked inside our gift bags which contained: an Anthro hairpin (a different one in each bag), peppermint chocolate wrapped with a sequined Anthro hair band, some skin product samples, and various information from vendors located around the store.

The show started with the two managers and the visual manager welcoming everyone to the show and announcing that this was the first ever fashion show within this store. They also shared that a team of stylist and personal shoppers were there to help anyone after the show. The music started as the models meandered their way from the dressing room area around the lounge section and then straight down the runway.

The first set of outfits featured daywear including tops, sweaters, pants, and skirts then segued into dresses for the holiday season. I loved the energy of the models, which made the experience a fun one and it was wonderful to see different ages and sizes represented. I was also excited to see some styling ideas for the Ide Lace Skirt ($98, roxy’s review), the Snoa Motocardi ($158, roxy’s review),  the Flora-Spliced Chambray Buttondown ($88) and of course the styling for all the holiday dresses. Big hits of the night were the Blomma Cross-Stitched Skirt ($128, roxy’s review),  the Accordion Midi Dress ($104 through Sunday!), the Chrysanthemum Tea Dress ($148 through Sunday!), and the Coined Silk Shift ($141 through Sunday!).

Some slight misses for me were the Lupita Fringed Vest ($148) which I can’t help thinking that it looks like big looped pieces of carpet. I kept wondering if it would have worked better in Mohair. And I don’t know if I would pair brown riding boots with the Glinted Sunset Shift ($171 through Sunday!).

My mom and I had such a wonderful time at the show and I couldn’t leave without trying some items on. I included some reviews towards the end of this post. My measurements are: 5’5″, 34D, 28″ waist, 35 1/2″ hips.

I hope you all enjoy the show through my eyes.

Anthropologie City Centre Houston (Outside Store)

Winter Fashion Show runway
The Houston CityCentre store managers and visual design manager introduce the show.

Rani Flats ($98).
Glinted Sunset Shift ($171 through Sunday!); Lateral Zip Riding Boots ($268).
Coined Silk Shift ($141 through Sunday!); Sparked Agate Collar ($58); Sheer Polka Dot Tights ($18).
Sasonger Tulle Dress ($126 through Sunday, roxy’s review); Sheer Polka Dot Tights  ($18); 
Fanned Shine Boots ($168).
Mariposa Lace Dress ($186 through Sunday, roxy’s review); Bowline Belt ($48); 
Cabochon Suede Pumps ($178).
Noisette Lace Dress ($224 through Sunday!); Rinah Boucle Jacket ($128); 
Gift-Trimmed Pumps (now $80).
Chrysanthemum Tea Dress ($148 through Sunday!); Saturnalia Wedges ($168).
Misted Windowpane Sweater ($148), style #25826157, Size Small, TTS

Since I love all things Black, this sweater was calling my name. Once I put this on, I noticed how warm it was (I started to sweat in the dressing room). Since it has wool in it, it did seem a little bit itchy but it didn’t bother me that much. The lace in the front was very pretty and the windowpane panel gorgeous. I was ecstatic when I noticed that you could wear a black bra easily. But yowsa, that price was really steep when you could equally buy a really nice sweater, jacket, or something cashmere near the same price. On second cut, I would consider purchasing.

Duo Colorblocked Top ($48), style #26084111, Size Small, TTS (slightly oversized)

Since seeing this top on the website and on Roxy, it has been on the top of my wishlist and I was ecstatic that I finally got to try it on. I was debating showing a review of this since we have seen it before, but wanted the community to see this new colorway that is not on the website. This is the reverse of Roxy’s top. The black is on the top and the gray is on the bottom. I like that you can’t see through this one on top and can wear just a bra with it. You could size up if you want a slouchier chic vibe. I would like to go back and see the difference between the small and the medium. I wrote Santa and told him that this is at the top of my wishlist.

Snoa Motocardi ($158), style #26009175, Size Small, May want to size up for curvier figures

This is a really comfortable warm and cozy Motorcycle jacket + Cardigan combo. I found that I could easily pair this with a lot of different things in my closet. I also liked that you could zip it all the way up to keep your neck warm. In the small, the sleeves were a little long and since I am in between sizes I found it tighter in the bust area, so I might want to try a larger size depending on if I want to layer underneath. I ‘m a little worried that if I sized up, that the sleeves would have to be adjusted and it might be big in the back. I would have liked it to be a little bit longer but overall, this is a really nice jacket, although I would wait for it to go on sale. Wishlisted.

Vermeil Threads Cardigan ($88), style #25626946, Size Small, TTS

I grabbed this cardigan on the way to the dressing room. I was drawn to the way the design in the front created a slenderizing effect and I liked the sweater detail in the back. I wish I would have tried this on with something else underneath, because the top I had on, had bat sleeves and was too bulky. The sweater was nice and soft. I was a little concerned that the sweater would have to be handled with care because the open knit parts could get damaged and I hate to dry clean or hand wash. I would reconsider this one later.

Here’s how the cardigan looked from the side view.

Paneled Brushstroke Crops ($128), style #25885963, Size 6, TTS

I saw these crops in the catalogue and was drawn to the pattern. Loved these as soon as I put them on. They create a slimming effect with the black fabric on the sides and in the back. I tried on my usual size 6 and they felt very comfortable. The only thing that had me pause was how they wrinkled around the crotch area. I thought about sizing up, but the waist was already a little big around the back. I did the sit test and they passed. Maybe if I slim down my hips they will fit perfect. All in all, love these and want to purchase when they go on sale.

Coined Silk Shift ($141 through Sunday!), style #26111427, Size 8 (needed a Size 6), TTS

The ladies loved this in the fashion show and I knew I had to try it on. So glad I did. All of the sizes were practically gone and the smallest they had was an 8. I just loved this the minute I put it on. The polka-dots shimmer and are a lot more vibrant than on the website. The sleeve length was perfect (long sleeves at last), I could wear a bra, the hem length was fantastic for my 5’5″ frame, and it was comfortable. I could really see wearing this for many years to come and envisioned wearing the top part with another skirt, wearing a blazer or motorcycle jacket over it, wearing it belted or as a shift with opaque hose and with a bib necklace. Wow!

Coined Silk Shift ($141 through Sunday!)

Here’s one more shot of the shift. This one is a winner. I would size down to a six, but want to see the hem length. The only draw back I see, is if you are tall, this might be too short as a dress, but could be a fantastic tunic. Wishlisted!

Accordion Midi Dress ($104 through Sunday!), style #25942061, Size Small, (Can Size Down)

I loved this one when I saw it in the fashion show. Once in the dressing room it took me 3 tries to get this on. There is a knit layer underneath and I just couldn’t find the skirt part and then the top part, but once on, it felt fantastic and was slimming and comfortable. This one could be worn to work with a blazer for day and then accessorized for a dressed up look at night. It will also look good on a variety of shapes and sizes. You can size down due to the stretchiness. I tried on the small, but would go back and compare an XS to see the difference.

Accordion Midi Dress ($104 through Sunday!)

Here’s the side view. Overall, I love this dress. Wishlisted.

Flocked Sable Dress ($126 through Sunday!), style# 25896002, Size M, Size Up for curvier figures

What a fantastic, comfortable, flattering dress. The top part is a sweater material that is oh so cozy, the back is a see-through polka-dot print, and the skirt is a mix of layered material under tulle. I found that I sized up due to my chest size (34D). This is really an investment piece that could be worn for years to come and I loved how they styled it in the catalogue. Wishlisted!

Ruched Stripes Column Dress ($111 through Sunday!), style #25641119, Size Small, Size Down

This dress caught my eye from across the room and I love the black and white combination. I also find the Bordeaux brand to be so comfortable and own many tops that I love. After slipping this on, the comfort was really there. The large black stripes were placed to create a slimming effect where I wanted it, and the white stripes also helped minimize the hip area which I found flattering. The neckline was slanted on the front and back giving it an interesting touch. The side of the dress perplexed me.

Ruched Stripes Column Dress ($111 through Sunday!)

While I liked that it was really slimming, I couldn’t help but notice mismatched patterns at the seams. I couldn’t figure out if this was intentional or not. I found that you could size down in this because of the stretch. I might reconsider this one on sale. Wishlisted.

My Outfit of the Day: Oblong Orbs Top, Ursa Major Necklace, AG Stevie Ankle in sulfur black.

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