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Mardi Gras roars off to an early start with a sexy fashion preview: Got beads?

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3 Dr. Crystal Wright, from left, Ting Bresnahan and Katie Flaherty at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
Dr. Crystal Wright, from left, Ting Bresnahan and Katie Flaherty at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview. Photo by Omar Mejia
1 Colleen Fenton, left, and Cindy Castaneda at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
Colleen Fenton, left, and Cindy Castaneda at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview. Photo by Omar Mejia
22 Nancy Levicki, from left, Sylvia Forsythe and Lauren Levicki at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
Nancy Levicki, from left, Sylvia Forsythe and Lauren Levicki at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview. Photo by Omar Mejia
17 Model at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
A model walks the runway at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview. Photo by Omar Mejia
13 Michael Pearson and Parissa Mohajer at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
Michael Pearson and Parissa Mohajer at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview. Photo by Omar Mejia
24 Sarah Ngo, left, and Danielle Rios at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
Sarah Ngo, left, and Danielle Rios at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview. Photo by Omar Mejia
7 Karla Gutierrez, left, and Islara Rodriguez at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
Karla Gutierrez, left, and Islara Rodriguez at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview. Photo by Omar Mejia
6 Jenny Berry, from left, Amy Dixon and Allie Danziger at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
Jenny Berry, from left, Amy Dixon and Allie Danziger at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview. Photo by Omar Mejia
5 Hollie Wells, from left, Karen Lix and Emily Cotton at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
Hollie Wells, from left, Karen Lix and Emily Cotton at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview. Photo by Omar Mejia
2 Dee Brown, left, and Tijuana Harvey at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
Dee Brown, left, and Tijuana Harvey at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview. Photo by Omar Mejia
12 Meg Winchester, from left, Ivette Wilhelm, Christine Hopkins and Melody Smith at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
Meg Winchester, from left, Ivette Wilhelm, Christine Hopkins and Melody Smith at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview. Photo by Omar Mejia
15 Model at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
A model walks the runway at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview. Photo by Omar Mejia
3 Dr. Crystal Wright, from left, Ting Bresnahan and Katie Flaherty at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
1 Colleen Fenton, left, and Cindy Castaneda at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
22 Nancy Levicki, from left, Sylvia Forsythe and Lauren Levicki at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
17 Model at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
13 Michael Pearson and Parissa Mohajer at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
24 Sarah Ngo, left, and Danielle Rios at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
7 Karla Gutierrez, left, and Islara Rodriguez at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
6 Jenny Berry, from left, Amy Dixon and Allie Danziger at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
5 Hollie Wells, from left, Karen Lix and Emily Cotton at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
2 Dee Brown, left, and Tijuana Harvey at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
12 Meg Winchester, from left, Ivette Wilhelm, Christine Hopkins and Melody Smith at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014
15 Model at the Galveston Mardi Gras gown preview January 2014

You can never be too rich or too thin or wear too many bangles and beads at a Mardi Gras ball. Just ask the lively contingent that rolls down I-45 each winter for the bevy of galas, some private events of the various krewes and others wide open for ticket purchasers. With those lavish nights-out looming on Google Calendars, the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau took over the couture area of Saks Fifth Avenue for a fashion preview.

The retailer sent a variety of black-tie looks down the catwalk, a nod to the younger crowd in the gathering, supporters of Women of Wardrobe which was beneficiary of the evening. Designer gowns tempting the credit cards included those by Naeem Khan (we can dream, can't we), Badgley Mischka, BCBG (friendly price points), David Meister and Carolina Herrera. Fashion writer Joy Sewing provided commentary on the various gowns.

Heading the guest list were Dress for Success exec Nancy Levicki and Lauren Levicki and rapper Willie D. The fashionable crowd included Ting Bresnahan, Katie Flaherty, Karla Gutierrez, Ivette Wilhelm, Christine Hopkins, Leah Cast, Dee Brown, Hollie Wells and Jeff Shell of Neal Hamil Modeling Agency.

Any of the selections would be appropriate for The Tremont House 30th annual Mardi Gras Ball, this year themed "Pearls and Prohibition" on March 1 or Tilman Fertitta'San Luis Salute, which promises to rock the boardwalk on Feb. 28. 

Mardi Gras Galveston kicks off Feb. 21 with festivities continuing through March 4.

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