High-Flyin' Fashion

High-flyin' fashion: Aerial dancers soar while leather looks heat up the runway at steamy benefit

High-flyin' fashion: Dancers soar while leather looks heat up runway

435 The artists performing at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
 Vault dancers, attached to swaths of white fabric, swirled overhead to rock music. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
714 Amy Ell and Jose Sanchez at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
Amy Ell and Jose Sanchez. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
606 Artists performing at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
Houston Ballet's Nao Kusuzaki and Zecheng Liang modeled Jose Sanchez' styles while performing beautifully seductive dance moves. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
368 One of the artists at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
Models showcased leather fashions designed by José Sanchez of Houston and Mexico City.  Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
228 Theresa Roemer and Luigi Santos at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
Theresa Roemer and Luigi Santos. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
162 Irma Brindis, left, and Raquel Vazquez at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
Irma Brindis, left, and Raquel Vazquez. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
378 One of the artists at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
Models showcased leather fashions designed by José Sanchez of Houston and Mexico City.  Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
129 Ken Christie and Elina Htun at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
Ken Christie and Elina Htun. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
69 Aymeric Martinola, from left, Rae Fairfield, Consulate General of France Sujiro and Jane Seam at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
Aymeric Martinola, from left, Rae Fairfield, Consulate General of France Sujiro and Jane Seam. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
323 One of the artists at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
Models showcased leather fashions designed by José Sanchez of Houston and Mexico City.  Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
38 Edward Sanchez and Beth Muecke at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
Edward Sanchez and Beth Muecke. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
83 Carmina Zamorano and Rafael Chavez at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
Carmina Zamorano and Rafael Chavez. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
54 Jose Sanchez and Rae Fairfield at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
Jose Sanchez and Rae Fairfield. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
435 The artists performing at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
714 Amy Ell and Jose Sanchez at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
606 Artists performing at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
368 One of the artists at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
228 Theresa Roemer and Luigi Santos at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
162 Irma Brindis, left, and Raquel Vazquez at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
378 One of the artists at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
129 Ken Christie and Elina Htun at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
69 Aymeric Martinola, from left, Rae Fairfield, Consulate General of France Sujiro and Jane Seam at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
323 One of the artists at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
38 Edward Sanchez and Beth Muecke at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
83 Carmina Zamorano and Rafael Chavez at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015
54 Jose Sanchez and Rae Fairfield at the Vault Light as Air fashion show January 2015

The intriguing mash-up of aerial dance and a steamy fashion presentation brought a Cirque du Soleil vibe to Vault headquarters in the Spring Street warehouse district Saturday night. The sellout fundraiser challenged traditional notions of fashions on the catwalk.

Through several performances choreographed by Amy Ell, 14 Vault dancers, attached to swaths of white fabric, swirled overhead to rock music, their daring acrobatics interspersed with parades of sashaying models in fab leather fashions designed by José Sanchez of Houston and Mexico City. Organizers, including chair Rae Fairfield, aptly dubbed the evening "Light as Air, Aerial Fashion Show." 

 The sellout fundraiser challenged traditional notions of fashions on the catwalk. 

Adding further drama to the presentation were Houston Ballet's Nao Kusuzaki and Zecheng Liang, who modeled Sanchez' styles while performing beautifully seductive dance moves. In one segment, soloist Nao crossed the full length of the runway en pointe, earning huge applause from the appreciative audience.

Guests warmed up for the evening over Hennessy cognac cocktails and lite bites served during the cocktail hour. Moet Hennessy's Rhonda McDonald was in from Dallas for the spectacular event.

Among those giving standing ovations to both the dancers and the designer were French Consul General Sujiro Seam and wife Jane, Luigi Santos, Carmina Zamorano and Rafael Chavez, Theresa Roemer, Beatrice Zarco, Michael Pearce, Lori Freese, Fred Welling, Marie Carmen Montiel, Beth Muecke, Dr. Roland Maldonado and Edward Sanchez, whose Edward Sanchez Cosmetics provided hair and make-up.

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