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Booze, babes and cigars: Now this is football! Texans' white-out begins early at posh swankienda

Booze, babes and cigars: Now this is football! Texans' white-out rocks

7 Sue and Lester Smith, from left, and Lucinda and Javier Loya at the Texans White Party September 2014
Sue and Lester Smith, left, with Lucinda and Javier Loya. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
25 Mario Elie, from left, Gina Gaston and Chester Pitts at the Texans White Party September 2014
Mario and Gina Gaston Elie with Chester Pitts. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
2 Michael Garfield, from left, Deborah Elias and Michael Holthouse at the Texans White Party September 2014
Michael Garfield, left, Deborah Elias and Michael Holthouse. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
6 Houston Texans Cheerleader (HTC) Gelesann, HTC Ashley, Gary Petersen, HTC Antonieta at the Texans White Party September 2014.
Gary Petersen with Houston Texans cheerleaders Gelesann, from left, Ashley and Antonieta. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
5 Caroline and Gregg Tyson at the Texans White Party September 2014
Caroline and Gregg Tyson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
11 Ursaline Hamilton and Marcel Bakker at the Texans White Party September 2014.
Ursaline Hamilton and Marcel Bakker. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
13 Mark and Yuliia Faist at the Texans White Party September 2014
Mark and Yuliia Faist. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
15 Janwa Sikhtian, left, and Fay Zakhem at the Texans White Party September 2014
Janwa Sikhtian, left, and Fay Zakhem. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
16 Ericka Bagwell, from left, Joshua Ralby and Tara Treleaven at the Texans White Party September 2014
Ericka Bagwell, from left, Joshua Ralby and Tara Treleaven. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
17 Julie Motino, from left, Alex Pleczko and Alex Turano at the Texans White Party September 2014
Julie Motino, from left, Alex Pleczko and Alex Turano. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
26 Kelly and Bruce Smith, from left, Ryan McGrath and Alex Hatfield at the Texans White Party September 2014
Kelly and Bruce Smith, left, with Ryan McGrath and Alex Hatfield. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
24 Rosemarie and Matt Johnson at the Texans White Party September 2014
Rosemarie and Matt Johnson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
18 Jenee and Nick Stefanakis, from left, with Lori Shellist at the Texans White Party September 2014
Jenee and Nick Stefanakis, left, with Lori Shellist. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
30 Johnny McCormack and Kristi Wells at the Texans White Party September 2014
Johnny McCormack and Kristi Wells. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
23 Toby Hamilton, left, and Justin Smith at the Texans White Party September 2014
Toby Hamilton, left, and Justin Smith. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Texans White Out party, Sept. 2014
Shafik Rifaat takes advantage of the outdoor smoking area. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup
22 Washington Pig at the Texans White Party September 2014
The roasted "Washington hog" centerpiece of the Texans party buffet. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
7 Sue and Lester Smith, from left, and Lucinda and Javier Loya at the Texans White Party September 2014
25 Mario Elie, from left, Gina Gaston and Chester Pitts at the Texans White Party September 2014
2 Michael Garfield, from left, Deborah Elias and Michael Holthouse at the Texans White Party September 2014
6 Houston Texans Cheerleader (HTC) Gelesann, HTC Ashley, Gary Petersen, HTC Antonieta at the Texans White Party September 2014.
5 Caroline and Gregg Tyson at the Texans White Party September 2014
11 Ursaline Hamilton and Marcel Bakker at the Texans White Party September 2014.
13 Mark and Yuliia Faist at the Texans White Party September 2014
15 Janwa Sikhtian, left, and Fay Zakhem at the Texans White Party September 2014
16 Ericka Bagwell, from left, Joshua Ralby and Tara Treleaven at the Texans White Party September 2014
17 Julie Motino, from left, Alex Pleczko and Alex Turano at the Texans White Party September 2014
26 Kelly and Bruce Smith, from left, Ryan McGrath and Alex Hatfield at the Texans White Party September 2014
24 Rosemarie and Matt Johnson at the Texans White Party September 2014
18 Jenee and Nick Stefanakis, from left, with Lori Shellist at the Texans White Party September 2014
30 Johnny McCormack and Kristi Wells at the Texans White Party September 2014
23 Toby Hamilton, left, and Justin Smith at the Texans White Party September 2014
News, Shelby, Texans White Out party, Sept. 2014
22 Washington Pig at the Texans White Party September 2014

The Houston Texans wild white-out weekend began on Saturday night exactly 16 hours before kickoff at NRG Stadium on Sunday. The inspired partying kicked off at Lucinda and Javier Loya's Memorial area swankienda where close to 200 fans descended to party in team white.

And we mean all white. Revelers dressed to the hilt in white, ranging from Lucinda's high fashion white lace togs by Alexis to party guests in white jeans and white Texans jerseys. The dashing Javier, minority owner of the Houston Texans, dressed in a white linen suit. The Loyas even had much of the furniture removed from their living room to import all white sofas and chairs for the evening.

 "When everyone's wearing white, it's hard to figure out who's who." 

"This is the start of the football season and we're celebrating the Houston Texans," Javier said. "We're celebrating with a tailgate party. And we decided to do a white-out because we're going to be wearing our white liberty jerseys on Sunday. So here we are at the start of another great season, hopefully."

If the Loyas' party is indication of the season at hand, expect big things. The couple brought in event planner Deborah Elias to orchestrate the high-octane party that included the sounds of 17-year-old DJ Alex Pleczko aka DJ Statik, the music of DiscoExpressions (famed heart surgeon Dr. Billy Cohen plays trombone), a disco dance-off emceed by the High Tech Texan Michael Garfield and loads of food and drink, the bar set off by a Houston Texans ice sculpture.

The crowd was a mixture of old friends and new with a good number of pals from Javier's youth in El Paso. As he surveyed the all-white tableau of gusty partygoers, he noted, "When everyone's wearing white, it's hard to figure out who's who."

Well, maybe not so hard. We spotted Gary Petersen, counting down the days until his wedding in New York on Saturday; Raquel Segal, just back from summering in Los Angeles; makeup and skincare entrepreneur Sunday Riley; and Vanity Lounge owners Diane and Michael Caplan.

By all counts, it was a glam crowd with loads of eye candy. As one gent observed, "So many babe, it's unbelievable. Cute babes!"

The merry throng overflowed from the swank contemporary interiors of the Loya home into the backyard where the pool was covered in acrylic for dancing, a Houston Texans logo centering the space. An open tent, hung with white glowing orbs, provided additional space where many of the gents with a taste for cigars puffed away. The University of Texas and Brigham Young game (disaster) was projected life-sized on an upper wall of the all-white exterior.

The party crowd included Mo's owner Johnny Vassallo and his bride Kristine, Ericka Bagwell, Gina Gaston Elie and Mario Elie, Liz and Tom Glanville, Chester Pitts, Stephanie Cockrell, Sue and Lester Smith, Caroline and Gregg Tyson, Jenee and Nick Stefanakis and Lori Shellist.