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Cool clothes — and a wolf — rule the Jonathan Blake runway, but tiger is a no-show

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5 3750 A model with a wolf at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014 Miss Texas 2013 Ali Nugent wearing mink and leather bolero over satin gown with wolf
Miss Texas 2013 Ali Nugent wearing mink and leather bolero over satin gown with a leashed wolf at the Johnthan Blake fashion show. Photo by © Arthur Garcia/Select Studios
21 78 Theresa Roemer, left, and Yasmine Haddad at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
Theresa Roemer, left, and Yasmine Haddad. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
7 3767 Models on the runway at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
Models on the runway at the Jonathan Blake fashion show. Photo by © Arthur Garcia/Select Studios
20 47 Mandy Tinkle and Jonathan Tinkle at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
Mandy Tinkle and designer Jonathan Tinkle. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
10 1714 Leslie Hassen, left, and Karina Barbieri at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
Leslie Hassen, left, and Karina Barbieri. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
18 28 Shula Pannick, from left, Cody Soutar  and Naomi Smart the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
Shula Pannick, from left, Cody Soutar and Naomi Smart. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
14 1906 Parissa Mohajer, from left, Mahzad Mohajer and Melanie Campbell at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
Parissa Mohajer, from left, Mahzad Mohajer and Melanie Campbell. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
19 35 Sharron Melton, left, and Holly Thompson at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
Sharron Melton, left, and Holly Thompson. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
13 1867 Tama Lundquist, left, and Tena Lundquist Faust at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
Tama Lundquist, left, and Tena Lundquist Faust. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
12 1804 Sandra Winters, left, and Maryalice Haest at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
Sandra Winters, left, and Maryalice Haest. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
11 1752 Alan and Roz Pactor, from left, and Victor and Jerry Ann Costa at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
Alan and Roz Pactor, from left, and Victor and Jerry Ann Costa. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
9 1633 Jennifer Stein, from left, Kirk Longmire and Kristy Phillips at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
Jennifer Stein, from left, Kirk Longmire and Kristy Phillips. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
8 1627 at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014 Tara Muller, from left, Cammie Kennedy and Karen Klucznik
Tara Muller, from left, Cammie Kennedy and Karen Klucznik. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
3 3576 A model on the runway at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
A model on the runway at the Jonathan Blake fashion show. Photo by © Arthur Garcia/Select Studios
22 129 Andrea Nita, from left, Saira Ali and Joan Turley at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
Andrea Nita, from left, Saira Ali and Joan Turley. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
5 3750 A model with a wolf at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014 Miss Texas 2013 Ali Nugent wearing mink and leather bolero over satin gown with wolf
21 78 Theresa Roemer, left, and Yasmine Haddad at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
7 3767 Models on the runway at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
20 47 Mandy Tinkle and Jonathan Tinkle at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
10 1714 Leslie Hassen, left, and Karina Barbieri at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
18 28 Shula Pannick, from left, Cody Soutar  and Naomi Smart the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
14 1906 Parissa Mohajer, from left, Mahzad Mohajer and Melanie Campbell at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
19 35 Sharron Melton, left, and Holly Thompson at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
13 1867 Tama Lundquist, left, and Tena Lundquist Faust at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
12 1804 Sandra Winters, left, and Maryalice Haest at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
11 1752 Alan and Roz Pactor, from left, and Victor and Jerry Ann Costa at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
9 1633 Jennifer Stein, from left, Kirk Longmire and Kristy Phillips at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
8 1627 at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014 Tara Muller, from left, Cammie Kennedy and Karen Klucznik
3 3576 A model on the runway at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014
22 129 Andrea Nita, from left, Saira Ali and Joan Turley at the Jonathan Blake fashion party April 2014

It's somewhat incongruous that Houston-based designer Jonathan Tinkle could be so painfully shy while his designs are bold and forward-thinking. Case in point, his recent fall fashion extravaganza at the Omni Houston Hotel where the finale featured a model, not in a bridal gown but in all black evening wear walking with a wolf on leash. Trés dramatic.

Backstage, Tinkle at the last minute decided that he simply could not stride the catwalk, as had been planned, with the four-month-old tiger cub hired especially for the event. Instead, he barely peeked around the corner to resounding applause from the seriously fashion-conscious crowd.

Creating under the Jonathan Blake label, Tinkle presented a winter collection rich with leathers, furs and handbags in various animal skins. The leather touches on evening wear seemed to please the adoring crowd which eagerly applauded the young (only 22-years-old) designer. The show included 28 looks such as the mink and handmade Italian embroidery jacket with palazzo pants and the lamb suede and Nile crocodile zip jacket worn over a silk/wool gown.

The evening began with a lavish cocktail reception attended by several hundred fashionistas in the hotel lounge and moved to the ballroom for the fashion presentation.

Applauding the beautifully made ensembles was Houston-based designer David Peck, whose company manufactures the Blake label. Add to the stellar audience Lucinda Loya, Theresa Roemer, Yasmin Haddad, Parissa Mohajer, Mahzad Mohajer, Melanie Campbell, Edward Sanchez, Jennifer Brown, Debbie Festari, Peter Remington, Roz and Alan Pactor, Jerry Ann and Victor Costa and Alex Martinez. 

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