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Spicing up the Little Black Dress: 10 of Houston's most fashionable women give the contest a sexy boost

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2. Model serving wine at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
A human Holly Golightly served wine in an unusual setup. Photo by © Chris Brown/The PR Boutique
24. Holly Waltrip, from left, Judy Nyquist, Theresa Roemer, Yasmine Haddad, Fady Armanious, Beth Muecke, Jeff Shell, Jessica Rossman, Roseann Rogers, Ursaline Hamilton, Lucinda Loya and Donae Chramosta
Fady Armanious and Jeff Shell, center, pose with muses, from left, Holly Waltrip, Judy Nyquist, Theresa Roemer, Yasmine Haddad, Beth Muecke, Jessica Rossman, Roseann Rogers, Ursaline Hamilton, Lucinda Loya and Donae Chramosta. Photo by © Chris Brown/The PR Boutique
Model at Little Black Dress March 2014
Azzedine Alaia little black dress available at Tootsies.  

 

Photo by © Chris Brown/The PR Boutique
11. Vivian Wise, left, and Debbie Pakzaban at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
Vivian Wise, left, and Debbie Pakzaban. Photo by © Chris Brown/The PR Boutique
21. Roseann Rogers, left, and Jacquie Baly at Little Black Dress designer kickoff party and fashion show
Roseann Rogers, left, and Jacquie Baly. Photo by © Chris Brown/The PR Boutique
19. Jennifer Brown, from left, Beth Muecke and Gracie Cavnar at Little Black Dress March 2014
Jennifer Brown, from left, Beth Muecke and Gracie Cavnar. Photo by © Chris Brown/The PR Boutique
3. Alain Arango, from left, Steven Clark, Brad Bell and James Fletty at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
Alain Arango, from left, Steven Clark, Brad Bell and James Fletty. Photo by © Chris Brown/The PR Boutique
22. Angela Johnson, left, and Christine Kearns at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
Angela Johnson, left, and Christine Kearns. Photo by © Chris Brown/The PR Boutique
8. Shelby Kibodeaux, from left, Jessica Rossman, Bruce Padilla and Hershey Grace at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
Shelby Kibodeaux, from left, Jessica Rossman, Bruce Padilla and Hershey Grace. Photo by © Chris Brown/The PR Boutique
20. Naomi Barker, left, and Melissa Montana at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
Naomi Barker, left, and Melissa Montana. Photo by © Chris Brown/The PR Boutique
23. Theresa Roemer at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
Theresa Roemer. Photo by © Chris Brown/The PR Boutique
48 Model at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
Black Halo little black dress with Alexander McQueen belt available at Tootsies. Photo by © Chris Brown/The PR Boutique
55 Model at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
BCBG little black dress available at Tootsies. Photo by © Chris Brown/The PR Boutique
42 Model at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
Lela Rose little black dress available at Tootsies. Photo by © Chris Brown/The PR Boutique
60 at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
Jovani little black dress available at Tootsies. Photo by © Chris Brown/The PR Boutique
2. Model serving wine at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
24. Holly Waltrip, from left, Judy Nyquist, Theresa Roemer, Yasmine Haddad, Fady Armanious, Beth Muecke, Jeff Shell, Jessica Rossman, Roseann Rogers, Ursaline Hamilton, Lucinda Loya and Donae Chramosta
Model at Little Black Dress March 2014
11. Vivian Wise, left, and Debbie Pakzaban at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
21. Roseann Rogers, left, and Jacquie Baly at Little Black Dress designer kickoff party and fashion show
19. Jennifer Brown, from left, Beth Muecke and Gracie Cavnar at Little Black Dress March 2014
3. Alain Arango, from left, Steven Clark, Brad Bell and James Fletty at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
22. Angela Johnson, left, and Christine Kearns at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
8. Shelby Kibodeaux, from left, Jessica Rossman, Bruce Padilla and Hershey Grace at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
20. Naomi Barker, left, and Melissa Montana at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
23. Theresa Roemer at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
48 Model at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
55 Model at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
42 Model at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014
60 at the Little Black Dress designer kick-off party and fashion show March 2014

Jeff Shell is always thinking of new ways to freshen up the iconic little black dress. In advance of the latest edition of the Little Black Dress Designer Competition, which Shell created six years ago, the Neal Hamil Agency director unveiled the names of 10 stylish Houston women who will serve as muses for the young fashion designers in advance of this year's contest.

Before a packed gathering of Houston's fashion faithful at Tootsies Wednesday night, Yasmine Haddad, Ursaline Hamilton, Lucinda Loya, Beth Muecke, Judy Nyquist, Theresa Roemer, Roseann Rogers, Jessica Rossman, Holly Waltrip and Donae Chramosta took runway bows to big applause.

Also joining in the fun were Jared Lang, general manager of Audi Central Houston, which sponsored the event, Tootsies owner Mickey RosmarinMaryam Afshari, Vivian Wise, Jeanne and James Ruberti, Karina Barbieri, Gracie and Bob Cavnar, Hallie VanderhiderSuzette Brimmer, Kay King, Todd Ramos, Monica Abney, Deborah Elias and Hershey Grace. Guests sampled hors d'oeuvres from Pondicheri and Corner Table and stopped by an unusual wine bar with a human Holly Golightly look-alike rising from the center of a round table.

The event also featured a runway show showcasing the season's hautest little black dresses from Azzedine Alaia, Lela Rose, BCBG and other top designers, assembled by Toosties fashion director Fady Armanious and available at the store.

A panel of celebrity judges will choose the 10 Texas designers who will create little black dresses for their muses. The fashion icons will select their favorite designs at a high tea party at Saks Fifth Avenue on April 2.

The Little Black Dress Designer Competition will take place at House of Blues on May 21, with $30,000 in scholarships awarded to the winners.

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