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Houston Texan Andre Johnson, in bespoke Burberry, parties with Bun B, GQ and cute young things

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16, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Bun B, Jason Cohen, Andre Johnson
Bun B, Jason Cohen, Andre Johnson Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
15, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Evan Wetmore, Sarah Pullin
Evan Wetmore, Sarah Pullin Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
07, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Bari Medgaus, Reggie Saunders, Deb Lee
Bari Medgaus, Reggie Saunders, Deb Lee Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
14, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Josette Edwards, Monica Pope
Josette Edwards, Monica Pope Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
13, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Chris Williams, Jillian Seerden, Ralph Manginello
Chris Williams, Jillian Seerden, Ralph Manginello Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
19, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Salih Hankins, David Edwards
Salih Hankins, David Edwards Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
12, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Tim Maloney, Claudia Solis
Tim Maloney, Claudia Solis Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
08, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Greg McEldowney, Suzanne Flynn
Greg McEldowney, Suzanne Flynn Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
06, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Andre Johnson, Misti Garcia, Brett Fahlgren
Andre Johnson, Misti Garcia, Brett Fahlgren Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
17, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Kim Mineo, Erin Hicks, Adam Kliberg
Kim Mineo, Erin Hicks, Adam Klibert Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
05, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Jayme Lamm, Hot Heather Hughes
Jayme Lamm, Heather Hughes Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
04, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Paul Pettie, A.J. Mistretta
Paul Pettie, A.J. Mistretta Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
02, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Scott Delone, Lou Delone, Philippe Schmit
Scott Delone, Lou Delone, Philippe Schmit Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
16, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Bun B, Jason Cohen, Andre Johnson
15, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Evan Wetmore, Sarah Pullin
07, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Bari Medgaus, Reggie Saunders, Deb Lee
14, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Josette Edwards, Monica Pope
13, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Chris Williams, Jillian Seerden, Ralph Manginello
19, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Salih Hankins, David Edwards
12, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Tim Maloney, Claudia Solis
08, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Greg McEldowney, Suzanne Flynn
06, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Andre Johnson, Misti Garcia, Brett Fahlgren
17, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Kim Mineo, Erin Hicks, Adam Kliberg
05, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Jayme Lamm, Hot Heather Hughes
04, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Paul Pettie, A.J. Mistretta
02, Andre Johnson/Burberry, December 2012, Scott Delone, Lou Delone, Philippe Schmit

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson boyishly confesses that his favorite form of dress is T-shirts and shorts. But in the swank party scene at Burberry, he admits that his trés chic custom made suit is the ticket.

"Some of our most savvy and fashionable men are in Houston and in Texas," Fahlgren said. 

"I'm real comfortable in a suit right now," he said, actually not looking that at ease in the fashionable crowd of adoring fans. "This is my first time in a Burberry suit and I like it."

(The Texans do usually wear suits when they travel, so the experience wasn't completely foreign to Johnson.)

The 6-foot-2 speedster, weighing in at 225, was the celebrity guest at the Burberry/GQ party for which a select group of male peacocks and female fashionistas received the coveted invitation. As GQ's executive stylist Brett Fahlgren allowed, GQ partners with Burberry each year in a city that is key to the market of both entities. 

"Some of our most savvy and fashionable men are in Houston and in Texas," Fahlgren said. "They have a little of the dandy but pay attention to detail . . .  they wear their pocket squares in a creative way. They understand the fine edge between conservatism and really owning the look."

"Andre is one the best players— very handsome, very GQ." 

Andre Johnson, he continued, was the perfect choice to star at the party. "Houston loves the Texans. Andre is one the best players— very handsome, very GQ." And Johnson's lean build (never mind the vastly broad shoulders) didn't hurt. "He's a wide receiver, not a linebacker," Fahlgren explained.

For Johnson, while he is considering ordering another of those custom-made Burberry suits, the fashion concern of the moment is getting a better-fitting team jacket, the new letterman jacket that caused such a sensation last weekend in Foxborough, Mass. His jacket was too small. So for $250, he's placed an order for one in his size. And that, he said, will be the best investment he's ever made, considering how much the original jacket would bring at a charity auction. 

It was a mixed bag of guests that turned out to party in the expanded Burberry store where the Veuve Clicquot flowed and Jackson and Co. staff swirled through with trays of dainty appetizers.

Weaving between the squadron of sales associates, each carrying an iPad in this new era of Wi-Fi retailing, were guests that included rapper Bun B, chef Monica Pope and gal pal Josette Edwards, cookbook author Erin Hicks, chef Philippe Schmit, Fleming's Sam Governale, Brand Jordan's Reggie Saunders, architect Sanford Steinberg, Brittany Zucker, Tim Moloney, Claudia Solis, Paul Pettie, Jayme Lamm and Burberry store manager Misti Garcia.

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