A watch collector’s paradise, a celeb-approved makeup artist and everything in between keep Houston a fashion and beauty destination.
Louis Vuitton’s cruise 2020 LV Moon Alma bag, $3,400, available in the Galleria store
(Ceron Hair Studio, Uptown Park)
No stranger to Houston magazine’s “best of” lists, Ceron is the go-to hairstylist for area A-listers. An eye for trends and attention to each client’s facial structure are evident in his edgy chops. Though he has two salons in town, his original, at Uptown Park, is arguably the most exclusive.
Insider tip Ceron Hair Studios is one of two salons in Houston to carry Parisian line Iles Formula. The master stylist recommends the brand’s Haute Performance hair mask for all of his famous manes.
(Bella Rinova, River Oaks District)
Bella Rinova’s esthetician, Deborah Michelson, is widely known for her hands-on (expect some light slapping and depuffing massages) and often freezing-cold (she soaks her towels in an ice bath) custom facials. Parisian beauty brand Biologique Recherche is carried exclusively at the River Oaks District salon and spa—a feather in the cap of any beauty pro, as the brand is notoriously picky about its practitioners.
Insider tip Facials book up to 60 days in advance; get a spot on the waitlist in case of potential cancellations.
Jordan Alexander’s 18K gold and diamond half-pavé double leaf ring, $6,100, and 18K gold and diamond box chain bracelet, $18,900
(4400 Post Oak Parkway, Ste. 180)
With loyal fans like Katy Perry, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama, it’s no wonder Houstonians have taken a liking to luxury jeweler Jordan Alexander. Its swanky new pink-hued atelier on Post Oak is the brand’s first location outside of Birmingham, Ala. Founder and designer Theresa Bruno’s pieces include rarities such as Australian opals, chrysoprase, peridot and more, alongside contemporary designs of gold and pearls.
Insider tip Be on the lookout for the brand’s regular VIP events, the latest of which included a personal appearance by designer Christian Siriano.
Definitively the most sought-after makeup artist in the city, Tonya Riner has a client list that includes Annie Leibovitz, Kate Upton, Heidi Klum and JJ Watt. Au naturel is her thing, and clients often comment on her ability to enhance, not cover up, the face.
Insider tip Riner always does a mixture of warm and cool tones on the eyes of her makeup clients to keep things interesting, she says. “And a little warmth is the most universally flattering thing I know of.”
Browse all of Versace’s color-splashed pieces at the designer’s outpost in the Galleria.
(5085 Westheimer Road)
If there’s one destination in Houston worth suffering through traffic, it’s the Galleria. Hate it or love it, there’s no denying the retail epicenter is more relevant and luxurious than ever. The still-stunning 2017 renovation and extension of its luxury wing boasts the likes of Nobu and Fig & Olive alongside a trove of high-end fashion and beauty outposts (Jo Malone London, Tom Ford, Panerai, Versace).
Insider tip Soon to open is Musaafer by The Spice Route Company, an elaborately decorated resto that will specialize in underrated flavors of northeast and western India.
(2132 Bissonnet St., Ste. 200)
Austin’s go-to center for the beauty-conscious recently opened a sleek 6,700-square-foot clinic in Houston,designed by Texas architecture darling Michael Hsu.
Insider tip Westlake Dermatology specializes in combining various therapies for a comprehensive approach. One such service is Ultrapulse Eyelid Tightening, which utilizes ablative laser therapy to produce blepharoplastylike results without surgery—no general anesthesia, no bruising and only two days of downtime.
(Post Oak Plaza)
The seventh-generation family-owned company is certainly a purveyor of fine jewelry, diamond engagement rings and estate pieces. But if you’re a watch guy (or girl), Zadok is your mecca. From contemporary brands like Panerai and Shinola to heritage watchmakers such as Breguet and Audemars Piguet, Zadok’s selection is unmatched.
Insider tip Collectors, take note: This spring, the jeweler will be receiving the sought-after Vacheron Constantin Overseas perpetual calendar ultrathin men’s watch.
Evidence of a chic collaboration between The Avenue and Raleigh, N.C.-based artist Caroline Boykin
Since The Avenue’s launch last spring, lovers of Lele Sadoughi headbands, kitschy cocktail napkins and feminine Sleeper dresses have a one-stop shop in this fashion blogger’s latest e-commerce venture.
Insider tip If you’re local, Zorich and her team offer same-day hand delivery, complete with wrapping and handwritten note.
(Tootsies, Shops at Arrive)
“I only shop with Craig!” is not an uncommon phrase heard among Houston fashion girls. You’ll find the Craig to whom they refer at Tootsies, where’s he’s been a personal stylist for nearly 30 years and whose client list includes a who’s who of best-dressed Houstonians (about whom he is tight-lipped). Fashion is in his blood: He grew up working in his father’s Dallas store, the famed Lou Lattimore.
Insider tip Never skip an alteration, advises Lidji, and, luckily, Tootsies does all alterations in-house.
Photography by: From top: courtesy of Louis Vuitton; by Jett Walker; courtesy of Versace; by Eve Hobgood, Petite Simone Photography