Naughty Fashion Show

Beefcake galore! Near naked cowboys, naughty angels and sexy chefs rock this Houston crowd's socks off

Beefcake galore! Near naked cowboys, naughty angels and sexy chefs

17 Models wearing VK Nagrani socks at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
These models on the runway look ready to cook up some trouble. Photo by Jason Mortel
9 Laura Max Nelson, left, and Leisa Holland Nelson at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
Laura Max Nelson, left, and Leisa Holland Nelson chaired the event. Photo by Jason Mortel
4 Gracie Cavnar and Scott A. Bayley at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar and Scott A. Bayley. Photo by Jason Mortel
12 A model at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
A model on the runway displays his abs. Photo by Jason Mortel
6 Jeff Shell at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
Jeff Shell was one of the celebrity models. Photo by Jason Mortel
5 Models at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
Models on the runway showcase underwear and socks. Photo by Jason Mortel
Bob Cavnar at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
Bob Cavnar, in his trademark kilt, rushed in just as the show was about to begin. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Karen and Murry Penner at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
Karen and Murry Penner wanted to liven up the evening. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
15 Scott A. Bayley at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
Scott A. Bayley had a James Bond vibe. Photo by Jason Mortel
16 Vivek Nagrani, left, and M Penner employee at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
Designer Vivek Nagrani, left. Photo by Jason Mortel
11 Matt Burrus, son, Michael Pearce & Daughter Estelle at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
Matt Burrus, left, and Michael Pearce with their children. Photo by Jason Mortel
1 Alex and Astley Blair at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
Alex and Astley Blair. Photo by Jason Mortel
13 Parissa Mohajer and Javier Aceves at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
Parissa Mohajer and Javier Aceves. Photo by Jason Mortel
2 Beto Cardenas at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
Beto Cardenas. Photo by Jason Mortel
14 Rany and Sue Sim, from left, and J.C. and August Al-Uqdah at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
Rany and Sue Sim, from left, and J.C. and August Al-Uqdah. Photo by Jason Mortel
10 Laura Max Nelson, from left, Kim Padgett and Leisa Holland Nelson at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
Laura Max Nelson, from left, Kim Padgett and Leisa Holland Nelson. Photo by Jason Mortel
17 Models wearing VK Nagrani socks at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
9 Laura Max Nelson, left, and Leisa Holland Nelson at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
4 Gracie Cavnar and Scott A. Bayley at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
12 A model at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
6 Jeff Shell at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
5 Models at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
Bob Cavnar at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
Karen and Murry Penner at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
15 Scott A. Bayley at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
16 Vivek Nagrani, left, and M Penner employee at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
11 Matt Burrus, son, Michael Pearce & Daughter Estelle at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
1 Alex and Astley Blair at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
13 Parissa Mohajer and Javier Aceves at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
2 Beto Cardenas at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
14 Rany and Sue Sim, from left, and J.C. and August Al-Uqdah at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015
10 Laura Max Nelson, from left, Kim Padgett and Leisa Holland Nelson at M Penner Recipe for Success February 2015

Men’s fashion shows sure are getting a lot more fun in H-Town. The second annual “Rock Your Socks Off” runway presentation at M Penner Tuesday night engaged an enthusiastic audience with lots of beefcake, including bare-chested cowboys, chefs and angels with black wings, along with cutting-edge menswear looks modeled by some of Houston’s stylish men.

Scott Bayley, Alberto Cardenas, Dr. Stephen Chen, Charles Clark, Ben Harwood Rose, John Guess Jr., Michael Pearce, Jeff Shell and Randy Sim rocked the catwalk with finesse and fun. Pearce pulled out his iPhone and shot a selfie while Guess put on a pair of nifty sunglasses and posed for photographs.

 Bob Cavnar came attired in a motorcycle jacket and kilt, provoking some guests to remark that he had the best looking legs in the room. 

The show featured looks from John Varvatos, Orlebar Brown and cutting-edge designer Vivek Nagrani, who has branched out from designing eye-catching socks into a full menswear line featuring luxurious fabrics in classic styles.

"To me this is what clothing should be," Nagrani said backstage after the show. "It should be low maintenance, sexy, elegant, but still easy to wear so that you’re not confused. We engineered it so that every piece is a go-to piece. We just set our own pace. And do things we feel are right for the customer."

Nagrani also designed special socks with the heart-shaped Recipe for Success logo, for sale at the store for $40, with half of all sales going to the non-profit that was the evening's beneficiary. Also for sale in a silent auction were a couple of pairs of Nagrani-designed socks signed by former president George H.W. Bush, a noted socks aficionado.

Store owners Murry and Karen Penner said they were looking for a more fun show than last year and catwalk coordinators Lenny Matuszewski and Tamara Klosz-Bonar complied by producing a dazzling presentation featuring buff male models in little more than underwear and socks.  They even included a Recipe for Success theme when a male and female model came out in chef's attire, looking reading to cook something up.

Afterwards, guests adjourned to the nearby Tasting Room in Uptown Park for dinner. Seen in the crowd were the evening's hosts Leisa Holland-Nelson and Laura Max Nelson, Yvonne Cormier, Melanie Lawson, Bobbie Nau, Sandra Porter, Franelle Rogers, Summar Salah, Neal Hamil, Dr. Franklin Rose, and Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar, with husband Bob Cavnar, attired in a motorcycle jacket and kilt, provoking some guests to remark that he had the best looking legs in the room.

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