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Hip European fashion magazine focuses on Houston — and Lynn Wyatt's just the beginning

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Alexia Niedzielski, from left, Lynn Wyatt and Elizabeth von Gutten at the reception at the Meni House. Photo by George Hixson
10 Janet and Paul Hobby, from left, Sara Dodd and Greg Fourticq at the Lynn Wyatt reception at Menil House December 2013 NO GREG
Janet and Paul Hobby, from left, with Sara Dodd at the  reception at the Menil House. Photo by George Hixson
7 Becca Thrash and Josef Helfenstein at the Lynn Wyatt reception at Menil House December 2013
Becca CasonThrash and Josef Helfenstein at the reception at the Menil House. Photo by George Hixson
3 Danny and Isabel David, from left, with Steve Wyatt at the Lynn Wyatt reception at Menil House December 2013
Danny and Isabel David, from left, with Steve Wyatt at the  reception at the Menil House. Photo by George Hixson
4 Elizabeth von Guttman, from left, Lady Amanda Harlech and Alexia Niedzielski at the Lynn Wyatt reception at Menil House December 2013
Elizabeth von Guttman, from left, Lady Amanda Harlech and Alexia Niedzielski at the reception at the Menil House. Photo by George Hixson
2 Jerry Stafford and Lynn Wyatt at the Lynn Wyatt reception at Menil House December 2013
Jerry Stafford and Lynn Wyatt at the reception at the Menil House. Photo by George Hixson
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10 Janet and Paul Hobby, from left, Sara Dodd and Greg Fourticq at the Lynn Wyatt reception at Menil House December 2013 NO GREG
7 Becca Thrash and Josef Helfenstein at the Lynn Wyatt reception at Menil House December 2013
3 Danny and Isabel David, from left, with Steve Wyatt at the Lynn Wyatt reception at Menil House December 2013
4 Elizabeth von Guttman, from left, Lady Amanda Harlech and Alexia Niedzielski at the Lynn Wyatt reception at Menil House December 2013
2 Jerry Stafford and Lynn Wyatt at the Lynn Wyatt reception at Menil House December 2013

The tone was a rich mix of Euro chic and H-Town sophistication when the Menil Collection rolled out the red carpet for System magazine co-founders Alexia Niedzielski and Elizabeth von Guttman at a recent cocktail evening that also saluted Lynn Wyatt for her cultural contributions to the city.

In only the second issue of the biannual publication, Houston takes the lead, presenting a lengthy interview with Wyatt and featuring William Middleton's Q&A with Menil Collection curator Susan Sutton.  Middleton and Sutton dish on the relationship between American couturier Charles James and his patron and client Dominique de Menil. The retrospective "Charles James: A Thin Wall of Air" opens at the Menil in May. 

It was fitting then that when Niedzielski and von Guttman swept through town, Menil director Josef Helfenstein opened the doors to the Menil House in River Oaks for the cocktail fete. Designed by Philip Johnson for Dominique and John de Menil in 1949, the modernest landmark today is owned by the Menil Collection and is furnished with pieces designed by James.

The buzz was on among those present and eager to meet the co-founders of what the Daily Beast calls "the coolest new fashion magazine" and what the New York Times describes as "a deep-thoughts magazine about the fashion industry." System is based in London and Paris.

Surely impressing the European duo was a stellar mix of Houstonians including Steve Wyatt, Janet and Paul Hobby, Patrick Summers, Franci Crane, Marcy Taub Wessel and Tom Wessel, Harry Pinson, Susanne and William Pritchard, Sara Dodd, Gregory Fourticq, Jerry Jeanmard and Cliff Helmcamp, Mickey Rosmarin, Chris Goins and John and Becca Cason Thrash.

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