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Mother-daughter duos and Nanette Lepore rock the runway at Fashion Gene Awards

Mother-daughter duos & Lepore rock the runway at Fashion Gene Awards

Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Ruth McNair Smith, Holly Smith
Ruth McNair Smith, left, and Holly Smith. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Susan Hansen, Brittany Cassin
Susan Hansen, left, and Brittany Cassin. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Honorees
The 2015 honorees of the Fashion Gene Awards pose for a group photo with Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar and others. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Laura Max Rose, Ben Rose
Laura Max Rose and Ben Rose. Courtesy of Recipe for Success
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Debbie Pakzaban, Ashley Pakzaban, Lexy Pakzaban
Ashley Pakzaban, from left, Debbie Pakzaban and Lexy Pakzaban. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Gracie Cavnar
Gracie Cavnar welcomes the crowd Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Violet Savage, Nanette Lepore
Violet Savage, left, and Nanette Lepore. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Mary Tere, Tessa Perusquia
Mary Tere, left, and Tessa Perusquia. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Nina Delano and Carrie Colebrt.
Nina Delano, left, and Carrie Colbert. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Kari and Alyssa Parsons
Kari Parsons, left and Alyssa Parsons. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Nanette Lepore's Spring Collection
A look from Nanette Lepore's Spring 2015 Collection. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Teressa Byrne-Dodge, Taylor Byrne Dodge
Teresa Byrne-Dodge, left, and Taylor Byrne Dodge. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Jeff Shell, Hanh Tran
Jeff Shell and Hanh Tran. Courtesy of Recipe for Success
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Ruth McNair Smith, Holly Smith
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Susan Hansen, Brittany Cassin
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Honorees
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Laura Max Rose, Ben Rose
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Debbie Pakzaban, Ashley Pakzaban, Lexy Pakzaban
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Gracie Cavnar
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Violet Savage, Nanette Lepore
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Mary Tere, Tessa Perusquia
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Nina Delano and Carrie Colebrt.
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Kari and Alyssa Parsons
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Nanette Lepore's Spring Collection
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Teressa Byrne-Dodge, Taylor Byrne Dodge
Recipe for Success Fashion Gene Awards, May 2015, Jeff Shell, Hanh Tran

The adorable mother/daughter duos walking the runway at the Recipe for Success Foundation Fashion Gene Awards Wednesday proved beauty and generosity are indeed hereditary traits. Add a fun fizzy fashion show by designer Nanette Lepore and the evening at Tootsies was the perfect way to get Mother’s Day celebrations rolling early.

 Lepore’s bright collection paired with her selection of platform sandals and chunky platform heels were a breath of fresh air as Houston women start to contemplate the summer temps coming soon. 

The 20 women chosen for the awards were a mix of grandmothers, mothers, daughters, mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law and all were dressed in their springy best from Tootsies. CultureMap editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh introduced the women as they hit the runway, sharing their style secrets and funny fashion mistakes.

Ashley, Debbie and Lexy Pakzaban started the show which also included Holly Smith and Ruth McNair Smith, Taylor Byrne Dodge and Teresa Byrne-Dodge, Alex Blair and Alice Phipps, Kathy Fountain Boss and Kelly Boss Shields, Mary Tere and Tessa Perusquia, Kathy Mann and Carolyn Mann, Alyssa Parsons and Kari Parsons, and Susan Arnoldy Hansen and Brittany Hansen Cassin. Each stylish set had their own take on the runway, strutting their stuff, blowing kisses, holding hands and even showing off dance moves.

Lepore and her daughter Violet Savage, both in from New York, were also honored with the Fashion Gene Award during the evening. Lepore’s bright collection paired with her selection of platform sandals and chunky platform heels were a breath of fresh air as Houston women start to contemplate the summer temps coming soon.

The evening was also a bit of a reunion for Lepore and Tootsies owner Mickey Rosmarin. Their first connection dates back to the late 80’s where Lepore says they first met in the Moschino showroom. “It was so fun to catch up with Mickey. We first met in Europe and we were working for two different companies. I just love seeing him,” Lepore said.

After the runway show, guests who love Lepore headed to gorgeous blue-and-white tablescape for a sit-down dinner by chef Barbara McKnight

Seen in the crowd were co-chairs Leisa Holland-Nelson and Laura Max Rose, Patty Murphy, Ben Rose, Diane Lokey Farb, Carrie Cowen, Nina Delano, Bob Cavnar, Jessica Rossman, Miya Shay, Jana Arnoldy, Lindley Arnoldy, Yvonne Cormier, Jeff Shell, Kim Padgett, Michael Pearce and Hanh Tran.

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