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Hot beefcake bodies and bold looks are showcased at West Ave fashion show

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A model at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Beefcake mixed in with the spring styles at Fashion on the Avenue. Photo by © Jack Opatrany
Dominique Sachse and Nick Florescu at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Dominique Sachse and Nick Florescu. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Models on the runway at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Bold colors (Nicole Miller fuschia jersey gown) and well-positioned cut-outs (Badgley Mischka indigo crepe gown) are in for spring. These looks fro from Tootsies Photo by © Jack Opatrany
Patti and Don Murphy at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Patti and Don Murphy. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
A model at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Dress with floral print bodice, available at Langford Market. Photo by © Jack Opatrany
Aleia Minyon, left, and Mauri Oliver at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Aleia Minyon, left, and Mauri Oliver. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
A model at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
A model at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue. Photo by © Jack Opatrany
Michael Chabala, from left, Jared Lang and Amber N. Willis at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Michael Chabala, from left, Jared Lang and Amber N. Willis. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Models on the runway at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Nito Lotan fatigue silk charmeuse bias-cut slip dress, available at Sam and Lilli. Photo by © Jack Opatrany
Terrie and Mike Turner at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Terrie and Mike Turner. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Rebecca Spera at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Rebecca Spera. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Models at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Models on the runway at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
The scene at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
The scene at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
A model at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Dominique Sachse and Nick Florescu at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Models on the runway at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Patti and Don Murphy at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
A model at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Aleia Minyon, left, and Mauri Oliver at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
A model at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Michael Chabala, from left, Jared Lang and Amber N. Willis at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Models on the runway at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Terrie and Mike Turner at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Rebecca Spera at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
Models at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014
The scene at West Ave Fashion on the Avenue March 2014

Since opening three years ago, West Ave has gradually added a mix of fashion retailers, so owners of the complex at Kirby and Westheimer decided it was time to show off what their stores have to offer. They erected a huge tent in the center in the middle of the center for a stylish runway show called "Fashion On the Avenue" and invited some of Houston's top trendsetters to catch a glimpse of what's in store for spring.

Mirror/Mirror host Rebecca Spera emceed the show that featured selections from Tootsies, Ivannia Boutique, Ivory Bridal Atelier, Langford Market, Q Clothier, Rye 51, SAM and lilli, St. Nicola, Stash Co. and Suitsupply. The catwalk was filled with bold neon colors and swirly prints, with styles ranging from paisley linen blazers for men to lace rompers for women. 

Also featured were embroidered ivory lace wedding gowns, leather cross bags dripping in fringe, a ruched sundress with jeweled straps, pastel loafers and leather moto jackets with skinny pants. Some of the looks were accessorized with Ziio necklaces earrings and bracelets that combine silver, gold, semi-precious stones and Murano glass. The line is repped by Houstonian Terrie Turner, who was on hand, along with husband Mike.

Since some of the retailers concentrate exclusively on accessories, fashion show organizer Lenny Matuszewski got creative, sending models in jeans and T-shirts laden with handbags and shoes. And what's a fashion show without a little beefcake?

To showcase vintage bags from Stash Co., a couple of male models appeared in leather aprons and not much else.

Seen in the throng were Vivian Wise and Sergio Morales, Mauri Oliver, Yasmine Haddad, Beth Wolfe, Jane Page Crump, Jared Lang,  Kim Padgett,  ElMatha Wilder, Dominique Sachse and Nick Florescu, Patti and Don Murphy, Michael Chabala, Dr. Roland  Maldonado, Tena Faust, Elizabeth Stein, Al Trullenque, and Dr. Cecil Yeung.

When the show ended, guests headed for after-party hosted by Ligne Roset in its West Ave store, with tunes by DJ Little Martin.

The evening, which benefited CancerForward, was an in-house affair as West Ave salons Azur West and Edward Sanchez Vanity Lounge, did the hair and makeup for the models and Eddie V’s, Del Frisco’s Grille, Cru, Nara, Saint Genevieve and Trenza provided light bites for the crowd.

Organizers said they planned to make "Fashion on the Avenue" an annual affair.

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