Fashion X Houston

Gorgeous clothes, beautiful women, and lots of drama on — and off — the runway at Fashion X Houston


Fashion X little girls on runway in Bentley & Lace
Photo by Leah Wilson
Fashion X Chloe Dao
Photo by Carlos Barron
Fashion X Matt Swinney, Lucinda Loya
Photo by Todd White
Gunnar Deatherage Fashion X Houston
Photo by Treva Wygle
Fashion X Lucinda Loya closet
Photo by Carlos Barron
Fashion X Houston Jacqueline Kekos, Kylie Bollwitt
Photo by Todd White
Hannah McNair Fashion X Houston closet
Photo by Todd White
Fashion X Houston Joanna Hartland Marks
Photo by Todd White
Fashion X Houston Inclan Studio Paola Contreas
Photo by Todd White
Fashion X Houston Adam Elara, Brian Albiter, Ralph Macabitas
Photo by Leah Wilson
Amanda Valentine Fashion X Houston
Photo by Carlos Barron
Fashion X Houston Alantude
Photo by Carlos Barron
Lucinda Loya, Javier Loya Fashion X Houston
Photo by Leah Wilson
Chloe Dao Fashion X Houston
Photo by Carlos Barron
Korto Momolu Fashion X Houston
Photo by Carlos Barron
Fashion X Houston Gunnar Deatherage
Photo by Treva Wygle
Fashion X Houston Gunnar Deatherage
Photo by Treva Wygle
Fashion X Houston, Joanna Marks, Hannah McNair, Matt Swinney
Photo by Treva Wygle
Fashion X Houston Chavon Shree
Photo by Treva Wygle
Fashion X Houston Chavon Shree
Photo by Treva Wygle
Fashion X Houston Chavon Shree
Photo by Treva Wygle

What would fashion be without a little drama? There was a hint of intrigue Saturday night at Fashion X Houston when Project Runway designer Michelle Lesniak did not appear as originally planned.

It seems like Lesniak, who was on the front row Friday night, was observed loudly dissin' Style Setter honorees Hannah McNair and Joanna Hartland Marks during a runway show that featured looks from the twin sisters' closets.

When Fashion X founder Matt Swinney found out, he promptly canceled Lesniak's appearance. "I didn't see how we could allow Michelle to show on Saturday. To me that would be endorsing her behavior," Swinney explained. "These women (McNair and Marks) are gracious philanthropists with a capital P. The fact that this happened to them, of all people, broke my heart."

There was still plenty of great fashion for the standing-room audience to see on Saturday night, as there was on the previous two nights, and Swinney says he was blown away by the Houston audience's response to the first Fashion X shows in the Bayou City.

He's already hoping to return next spring with another edition of the fashion extravaganza. Until then, we are left with these memories.

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Above, the youngest models stole the show during the Bentley & Lace runway show.

Chloe Dao's breezy collection led off Saturday night's runway shows.

On Saturday night, Lucinda Loya, shown on the runway with Fashion X Houston founder Matt Swinney, was honored as a Style Setter. The finale night included runway shows from Chloe Dao, Alantude, Bentley & Lace, Deanna Santiago, VICREN, MANA, Caycee Black, Korto Momolu, Sonjia Williams, Inclan, and a special collection curated from Loya’s closet. A portion of proceeds from Saturday night were donated to Loya's designated charity, Children’s Assessment Center.

Project Runway designer Gunnar Detherage looks like he's in pure bliss at the end of his Fashion X Houston runway show on Friday night. Other designers who showed their collections that night included Abi Ferrin, Amanda Valentine, Arrogantly Elegant, Becky Hollands, Chavon Shree, Erica Dawn Woodmore, Flawless Honey, Shalon B, and TropiCouture.

A showing of looks from Style Setter Lucinda Loya's closet included this magical mask.

Fashionably forward attendees Jacqueline Kekos and Kylie Bollwitt.

A look from Style Setter Hannah McNair's closet. McNair and her sister, Joanna Hartland Marks, were honored for their influential style and untiring devotion to non-profit organizations. A portion of Friday night ticket sales tickets were donated to their designated charity,The Periwinkle Foundation.


 

A look from Joanna Hartland Marks' closet. Marks and her twin sister Hannah McNair were honored as Style Setters on Friday night.

Houston designer Paola Contreras showed her Inclán Studio collection on Saturday night.

Stylish dressers Adam Elara, Brian Albiter, and Ralph Macabitas at Fashion X Houston.

Project Runway favorite Amanda Valentine's collection was into stripes.

Up-and-coming Houston designer Alan Gongalez showed his Alantude collection, including this billowly white dress.

Lucinda and Javier Loya strike a pose on the Fashion X Houston red carpet.

The Chloe Dao collection featured this eye-catching red cold-shoulder evening gown.

Project Runway designer Korto Momoulu delighted the audience with a collection that included crocheted overlays.

Gunner Deatherage silk slip dress.

Gunner Deatherage's collection had a thrift shop vibe.

Joanna Marks and Hannah McNair were honored as Style Setters. Here they greet the Fashion X Houston audience with founder Matt Swinney.

Emerging deisgner Chavon Shree acknowledges the warm applause from the audience at Fashion X Houston.

Chavon Shree showed a collection of colorful prints.

Chavon Shree mutli-colored patchwork print long dress.

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For an account of opening night of Fashion X Houston, check out this CultureMap story.

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