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High-fashion Dallas boutique celebrates expansion to Houston with a big party

Luxe Dallas boutique celebrates expansion to Houston with big party

Forty Five Ten Houston opening, store view interior
A large balloon "red lips' sculpture hovered over the new Forty Five Ten boutique as artist Donald Robertson, center, did his trademark custom sketching on candles. Photo by Jenny Antill
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Sverre Brandesberg-Dahl, Judy Nyquist, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl
Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl, Judy Nyquist, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl. Photo by Jenny Antill
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Brian Bolke, Lucy Wrubel
Brian Bolke, Lucy Wrubel. Photo by Jenny Antill
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Ting Bresnaham, Carolyn Dorros
Tina Brenshaham, Carolyn Dorros. Photo by Jenny Antill
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Saba Jawda, Jenny Webber, Sarah Jawda
Saba Jawda, Jenny Webber, Sarah Jawda. Photo by Jenny Antill
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Vivian Wise, Kalyn Oden, Beth Muecke
Vivian Wise, Kalyn Oden, Beth Muecke. Photo by Jenny Antill
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Antigone Vastakis, Kira Smith, Chiara Casiraghi-Brody
Antigone Vastakis, Kira Smith, Chiara Casiraghi-Brody. Photo by Jenny Antill
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Lilly Cullen, Erica Dixon
Lilly Cullen, Erica Dixon. Photo by Jenny Antill
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Ali Carlson
Ali Carlson. Photo by Jenny Antill
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Sarah Bloom, Jessica Laird
Sarah Bloom, Jessica Laird. Photo by Jenny Antill
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Elin Jackson, Hunter Martin
Elis Jackson, Hunter Martin. Photo by Jenny Antill
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Suzanne Droese, David Droese
Suzanne Droese, David Droese. Photo by Jenny Antill
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Mark Wehring, Heidi Wehring
Mark Wehring, Heidi Wehring. Photo by Jenny Antill
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Melissa McWilliams, Chris Goins, Goldie Rose
Melissa McWilliams, Chris Goins, Goldie Rose. Photo by Jenny Antill
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, interior store view
A large crow of Houstonians turned out to see the new Forty Five Ten boutique in River Oaks District. Photo by Jenny Antill
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, store view interior
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Sverre Brandesberg-Dahl, Judy Nyquist, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Brian Bolke, Lucy Wrubel
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Ting Bresnaham, Carolyn Dorros
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Saba Jawda, Jenny Webber, Sarah Jawda
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Vivian Wise, Kalyn Oden, Beth Muecke
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Antigone Vastakis, Kira Smith, Chiara Casiraghi-Brody
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Lilly Cullen, Erica Dixon
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Ali Carlson
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Sarah Bloom, Jessica Laird
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Elin Jackson, Hunter Martin
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Suzanne Droese, David Droese
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Mark Wehring, Heidi Wehring
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, Melissa McWilliams, Chris Goins, Goldie Rose
Forty Five Ten Houston opening, interior store view

What: Opening of Forty Five Ten.

Where: River Oaks District.

The scoop: The chic Dallas store that is a favorite of the fashion world celebrated the opening of a new 3,300-square-foot Houston boutique with a big party that drew much of the city's stylish trendsetters. Forty Five Ten's president and co-founder Brian Bolke, along with women's fashion director Tomasi Hill and men's fashion director Nick Wooster, welcomed the Houston crowd, while artist Donald Robertson, who has been labeled "Instagram's Andy Warhol," sketched his cheeky illustrations on candles from The Starling Project, available exclusively at the store. Proceeds go to UNICEF to provide sustainable solar energy to communities in need around the world.

A large red balloon sculpture in the shape of a pair of lips hovered above the central part of the store, which seems as tall as it is wide. The ultra-modern boutique, designed by Dallas architect David Droese, who attended the opening with his wife, Dallas publicist Suzanne Droese, has a clean look, with cubicles and cubbyholes featuring luxe womenswear and accessories, menswear, a gift and home department, an Assouline book department, and a room featuring Forty Five Ten’s exclusive Rare Beauty concept.

Upon entering the store, guests were offered flutes of Casa Dragones Joven, a limited-edition sipping tequila, while waiters passed hors d'oeuvres by Lombardi Family Concepts. Owner Alberto Lombardi was in from Dallas to oversee the operation, as his Taverna restaurant is directly across the street from Forty Five Ten in the luxe Houston shopping center, and Toulouse is close by.

Dallas DJ Lucy Wrubel, looking like a pink lady in Grease, kept the energy level high with an array of tunes.

Who: The crowd was a mix of seasoned Houston fashion vets and up-and comers. Among those spotted were Sarah Jawda and Saba Jawda, Vivian Wise, Beth Muecke, Chiara Casiraghi-Brody, Courtney Hopson, Becca Cason Thrash, Diane Lokey Farb, Judy Nyquist, Sverre and Carrie Brandberg Dahl, Fady Armanious, Lilly Cullen, Erica Dixon, Caroline Starry LeBlanc, Ceron, and Susie Criner and Annie Criner.

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