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Samira Salman, owner of Salman Solutions, a luxury-oriented, advisory firm, planned her NYFW wardrobe in Paris (ooh la la!), is checking shows with a local connection and has a certain Mario Batali restaurant on her list.

Of all the pre-Fashion Week stories making the rounds, my personal favorites detail how editors and models survive the whirlwind. Mickey Boardman, Paper’s editorial director, sends his Lacoste shirts to a laundry where he picks them up still wet and Teen Vogue’s beauty director Eva Chen makes it through thanks to the magic powers of polish changes, ending the week with Deborah Lippman’s sparkly Happy Birthday polish.

Houston has its own coterie of Fashion Week-bound style seekers set for their time along the runway. From who to wear and where to eat, these women are prepped and ready for fashion’s big party.

Samira Salman: From Paris to New York

Samira  Salman, owner of Salman Solutions, a luxury-oriented, advisory firm, planned her NYFW wardrobe in Paris (ooh la la!), is checking shows with a local connection and has a certain Mario Batali restaurant on her list.

CultureMap: How did you plan your wardrobe?

Samira Salman: I planned my wardrobe shopping in Paris – when I went for New Year’s Eve. I bought pieces at Le Bon Marche, Sandro, Pablo, and Maje. Accessories are Chanel, Hermès and Cecile et Jeanne — one of my favorite French jewelry lines! Also, lots of cashmere from Neiman’s and scarves from a business trip to Shanghai in 2009 where I racked up, and Paul Smith.

CM: How many suitcases are you taking?

SS: Just one, and my amazing Mary Nichols carry-on. I travel a ton, so I have a great system, and can efficiently pack in 30 minutes.

CM: What shows are you seeing?

SS: I am going to hit a few shows as my schedule allows. Right now, I have the Kahri show on Friday, and the Kate Kills Pretty, Czar by Cesar Galindo, Rich Kim Lillian, Onyx Noyz, and Purple Label show/brunch on Sunday, in my calendar. I may add a few more, if time permits.

CM: What one bar/restaurant/store is a must?

SS: There are SO many! My favorite restaurant right now is: The Dutch, managed by my friend Chad Walsh, who is Connor Walsh’s brother. Connor is a principal at the Houston Ballet if his name didn’t ring a bell. I will definitely go there. I also want to try Stanton Social. I’ve heard it’s delicious! And, if time permits, I must stop by Eataly, Mario Batali’s place for the pasta and wine all the way in the back.

CM: What are your NYFW survival tips?

SS: I take at least 30 minutes each day to sit in a coffee shop, journal, reflect, and be still. I also try to schedule at least one beauty/spa treatment during my stay, just to relax and unwind, a blowout, massage, etc. I always make a point to see and visit with non-fashion friends and clients, to keep me balanced, and in perspective.

And I always make sure to dress warmly. It’s hard to smile when you are freezing.

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