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.
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.