Hot List 2006!
Fashionable brides won’t walk down the aisle in just anything. The pine for artful gowns like the ones at Casa de Novia Bridal Couture (3331 D’Amico St, 713.523.9090) Owner Luvi Wheelock, once a banker, saw the need for a couture shop after her wedding last year. “It’s all about the bride here,” Wheelock notes. “I don’t carry bridesmaid dresses, shoes or anything else than can distract.” The new 2,000-square-foot, gleaming boutique carries everything from elegant chiffon to sophisticated body-conscious slip dresses and haute couture duchess silk creation from designers such as Junko Yoshioka, Elie Saab, and Palazzo Bridal (priced from $2,500 to $14,000). By appointment only, darlings. – DH