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Texas teenager makes polished premiere at New York Fashion Week

Texas teenager makes polished premiere at New York Fashion Week

Amir Taghi and model backstage at New York runway show
Houston designer Amir Taghi and model in the first look of his show. By Monica Schipper/Getty Images
Amir Taghi runway show in New York Sept 2014
Amir Taghi's spring 2015 collection includes a fuchsia tuxedo along with looks in pastel shades. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Amir Taghi runway show in New York Sept 2014
Amir Taghi's collection features crop tops in pastel shades and belted dresses. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Carrie Colbert at Amir Taghi New York fashion week show
Carrie Colbert wore an Amir Taghi design to his runway show and accessoried it with a clutch bearing her name. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Iraj and Farida Taghi at Amir Taghi fashion show
Iraj and Fariba Taghi were proud of their son's Fashion Week debut. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Amir Taghi takes a bow at New York Fashion Week
Amir Taghi takes a quick bow at the end of his New York Fashion Week show. Photo by John Dascoulias
Amir Taghi and model backstage at New York runway show
Amir Taghi runway show in New York Sept 2014
Amir Taghi runway show in New York Sept 2014
Carrie Colbert at Amir Taghi New York fashion week show
Iraj and Farida Taghi at Amir Taghi fashion show
Amir Taghi takes a bow at New York Fashion Week

While his classmates at Houston's Episcopal High School were starting their senior year, Amir Taghi was prepping for one of the most important moments in his young life: presenting a collection at New York Fashion Week.

At the Helen Mills Event Space, a small studio in New York's Garment District, the 18-year-old designer made his national fashion debut with a polished collection in mostly pastel shades, although a fuchsia tuxedo jacket with a plunging neckline and cigarette pants really stood out among the lighter tones. Taghi described his collection as "very minimalist and fierce and sexy at the same time," with references to Bianca Jagger's tuxedo look of the late '70s, long before he was born. 

"It's a new direction for me," he said.

The collection was dotted with short shorts in metallic satin or lace, crops tops, and dresses with banded gold belts or nifty crystal embellishment along the back. The closing number featured an ivory jumpsuit with lace pants that bordered between intriguing and puzzling.

All in all, it was a nice first effort on the big stage, although the show was marred by inept organizers who left many standing in a long line in the broiling sun and, once inside, were told to stand in the back while the front row remained empty until seconds before the show started.

Taghi, an emerging designer who showed a collection at Fashion Houston last fall, said he didn't expect make his New York Fashion Week debut so early in his career, but he changed his mind when a producer asked him to participate. "It's a dream come true," Taghi said.

Coming from Houston to lend their support were Taghi's proud parents, Iraj and Farbi Taghi; his cousin, Maryam Afshari, and her boyfriend, James Khreibani; Episcopal classmate Sassy Smith and her mother, Mary Stanton Smith; and Roz Pactor, Yolanda Washington, Bee Mandelberg and Joshua Styles. Carrie Colbert received kudos for her red Taghi-designed skirt and beaded top, which she accessorized with an eye-catching clutch bearing her name.