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Scandalous 'Back in Black' Masquerade Ball gets 2017 off to a sizzling start

'Back in Black' Masquerade Ball gets 2017 off to a sizzling start

Unidentified couple at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Tim Kano, Olly Bakke.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball Vivian Wise
Vivian Wise addresses the crowd at midnight. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Manolo Elias, Naureen Malik at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Manolo Elias, Naureen Malik. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball Bay Berger
Bay Berger Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball models
The tableau at Rich's seemed like something from Eyes Wide Shut. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Shannon Hall, Marcus Sloan at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Shannon Hall, Marcus Sloan. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
 Elodie Ngouansavanh, Anthony Aguilar at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Elodie Ngouansavanh, Anthony Aguilar. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Vivian Wise, Fady Armanious at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Vivian Wise, Fady Armanious. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Mona Khan, Stephanie Alias, Jessica Hatch at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Mona Khan, Stephanie Alias, Jessica Hatch. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Delise Ward, Craig Lidji at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Delise Ward, Craig Lidji. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball model
A model looks at the camera as part of the tableau above the stage at Rich's. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball Joubaier Joubert, Nicole Lassiter
Joubaier Joubert, Nicole Lassiter. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Ken Hauser, Page Parkes, Landa Hauser at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Ken Hauser, Page Parkes, Landa Hauser. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball Gabriel Gooley
Gabriel Gooley. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Hank Fasthoff, Maya Fasthoff at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Hank Fastoff, Maya Fasthoff. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball Scott Harrison, Karolyne Ashley
Scott Harrison, Karolyne Ashley.
Paul Brown, Pam Brown at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Paul Brown, Pam Brown. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
 V Hernandez and James Napier at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
V Hernandez, James Napier. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball Vivian Wise, Beth Muecke
Vivan Wise, Beth Muecke. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Unidentified couple at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball Vivian Wise
Manolo Elias, Naureen Malik at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball Bay Berger
Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball models
Shannon Hall, Marcus Sloan at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
 Elodie Ngouansavanh, Anthony Aguilar at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Vivian Wise, Fady Armanious at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Mona Khan, Stephanie Alias, Jessica Hatch at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Delise Ward, Craig Lidji at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball model
Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball Joubaier Joubert, Nicole Lassiter
Ken Hauser, Page Parkes, Landa Hauser at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball Gabriel Gooley
Hank Fasthoff, Maya Fasthoff at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball Scott Harrison, Karolyne Ashley
Paul Brown, Pam Brown at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
 V Hernandez and James Napier at Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball
Heart of Fashion Masquerade Ball Vivian Wise, Beth Muecke

Leave it to Vivian Wise to start the New Year off with a bang.

Like a lot of people, the Heart of Fashion founder found 2016 to be a less than stellar year. So she decided to turn the page with her first "Back in Black" Masquerade Ball and picked the date of 1/7/17 to say goodbye to the past. "What better than to celebrate the New Year than in the New Year?" she said.

Several hundred guests filled the second floor of Rich's in masks of all shapes and sizes as the Moet flowed and the eye candy was impressive. Spotted in the masked crowd were Page Parkes, Bubba McNeely and Michael Johnson, Amir Taghi, Shannon Hall and Marcus Sloan, Christian Miranda, Maya and Hank Fastoff, Fady Armanious, Delise Ward and Craig Lidji,  and John Evatz.

Also joining in the fun were Pam and Paul Brown, Tamara Klosz Bonar and James BonarNicole Lassiter, JJ Smith, Todd Ramos, Milton Townsend, Becky Hollands, Jeremy and Jaquel Andrews, Chris and Abby Vanegas, Joubaier Joubert, Myrtle Jones, and Beth Muecke.

Just around midnight, on the downstairs dance floor, a Lady Gaga impersonator performed "Born This Way," and afterwards Wise appeared above the stage surrounded by scanticly-clad models of both sexes in a tableau that looked like a scene out of Eyes Wide Shut. Several of the female models showcased designer clothes from Wise's closet, including the Nina Ricci dress she wore when she canceled her wedding, along with some of the looks from the Marchesa fall collection.

"Everybody is (like) everybody else. We're all the same, every single last one of us," said Wise, who donated the proceeds from the evening to the Human Rights Campaign. "Take away the masks, take away the clothes, take away all of it, we're all still human. And that's what it's about."

Wise also revealed to CultureMap that she plans another big fashion bash in May, featuring Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, who will make a personal appearance in Houston. We can't wait.

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