Fashion / Shopping

Houston’s Hottest New Openings

Luxe Gym, River Oaks Stores Galore and a Showy New Event Venue

BY // 11.17.15

Now Open
Nina McLemore has opened her first Houston store, at 1965 West Gray in River Oaks Shopping Center. Expect well-tailored, power dressing for women. After all, McLemore’s clients include Hillary Clinton, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and former New Jersey governor Christine Todd. The store, her 15th, celebrates its arrival on Wednesday, December 2, with an opening party from 4 to 7 pm.

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The city’s newest event venue for weddings, corporate events, and grand galas — the Citadel. (Photo by Pixel Studio Productions)

Houston’s newest event venue, Citadel on Kirby, is now open at 12130 Kirby Dr. The 20,000-square-foot space rests on a six-acre estate and boasts design features like 26-foot ceilings, a 24-foot-tall indoor waterfall and handmade wooden doors. In addition to the custom designs, the Citadel boasts an elegant ballroom complete with stunning chandeliers, state-of-the-art audio/video equipment and a fully loaded outdoor event space — making it the perfect setting for hosting distinguished weddings, corporate events, and grand galas. Private tours are available by appointment. Call 832.986.1714 or email sales@citadelonkirby.com. 

Coming Soon
Joining Cartier, Roberto Cavalli, Tom Ford and more, St. Tropez-born label Vilebrequin opens its first Houston store this fall in River Oaks District at 4444 Westheimer Road. The 600-square-foot boutique embodies the Mediterranean theme, with a summer-driven palette and a full scope of signature men’s, children’s and women’s swimsuits and casual resort togs.

Peek into Vilebrequin's new River Oaks District Store.
Peek into Vilebrequin’s new River Oaks District Store. (Photo courtesy Vilebrequin)

Luxury fitness and lifestyle club Equinox opens its first Houston location on Thursday, December 3. The 33,000-square-foot gym marks yet another addition to River Oaks District. Club members can expect five fitness studios designated for cycling, regular and hot yoga, Pilates, Equinox’s new barre program and group fitness classes led by Equinox’s fitness and nutrition instructors. Guests (members and nonmembers) can also take advantage of The Spa at Equinox, which features a full spa menu of services including facials and the E Quissage, a signature massage service custom-tailored to your body. Presale rate through December 3, no initiation fee, $149 monthly for one year. After opening, $300 initiation fee, $154 monthly.

A rendering of the forthcoming Equinox fitness and lifestyle club in River Oaks District.
A rendering of the forthcoming Equinox fitness and lifestyle club in River Oaks District. (Photo courtesy Equinox)

A grand new Tenenbaum & Co. store is on the horizon. After 10 years at its current location — 1801 Post Oak Boulevard — the jeweler is building a stunning new store at 4310 Westheimer Road, next to River Oaks District. At more than 6,000 square feet in size, the two-level store will be double the size of the Post Oak Boulevard location. Look for a summer 2016 opening.

Known for its eco-conscious philosophy, accessory and lifestyle brand Alex and Ani opens its first two Texas locations later this month at The Woodlands Market (9595 Six Pines Dr.) and the newly renovated Baybrook Mall (500 Baybrook Mall). The stores will make their debut just in time for the holiday season and feature the full gamut of Alex and Ani’s jewelry and accessories collection as well as Holiday 2015 selections. Fans of the brand include power players like Beyoncé, Kerry Washington, Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow and Christy Turlington.

Alex and Ani debuts its first two Houston retail locations this month.
Alex and Ani plans to open two retail locations in Houston this month. (Photo courtesy Alex and Ani)

Don’t miss these upcoming trunk shows and personal appearances:

Elizabeth Anthony 
adds evening-wear designer Angel Sanchez to its inventory. The Spring 2016 collection will be on display at a store trunk show on Thursday, November 19, from 10 am to 5 pm. Dana Rebecca of Dana Rebecca Fine Jewelry also makes a personal appearance for her trunk show on November 19 from 10 am to 5 pm. Edie Parker handbags and Maison Common spring 2016 designer sportswear will also be displayed during the shows.

Neiman Marcus is gearing up for a busy month, starting with a Sydney Evan jewelry trunk show on Wednesday, November 18, in addition to a Tamara Comolli jewelry trunk show on November 18 and 19. November 19 also brings two personal appearances — Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti of John Hardy and Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs. Steven LagosGiambattista Valli and Armenta deliver trunk shows on Friday, November 20. An Oscar de la Renta trunk show rounds out the month on Monday, November 23 through Wednesday, November 25. 

Last but not least, Shop David Yurman‘s signature cable jewelry at a Saks Fifth Avenue‘s trunk show on Thursday, November 19.


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