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Ask a talented interior designer to describe his personal sense of style and if the subject is Randy Powers, sit back. He's going to fill you in — completely. We've always observed Randy as a fashion standout for his classic good taste and on a recent evening at a River Oaks garden party, he was particularly dapper.

For the dinner evening saluting Becca Cason Thrash for her receipt of the French Legion of Honor, Randy wore a Belgian linen sport coat, made-to-measure for him at Ralph Lauren in New York. His shirt by Charvet was custom as well, ordered from Stanley Korshak in Dallas. The polka dot pocket square was vintage from his grandfather's collection.  In a down-to-earth turn, his trousers were J. Crew. But his loafers —  a step into the fashion stratosphere — were classic baby alligator loafers from Gucci. The specs were Tom Ford sunglasses that he had transformed into frames for prescription lenses.

Explaining his choices, "As the party was outside and it was a super hot day, I opted for cooler fabrics that were soft and comfortable and would breathe. I wanted to insure that I would not be tugging at a tie or ditching a sport coat within 30 minutes if I got too hot."

And now for the question of personal style: "I do not follow trends. Ever. So my personal style comes from putting on things that I truly enjoy wearing."

"Great style is not about the label or the designer. When I'm choosing something to wear, it's about the fit. So I mix a lot of brands and do not shop by designer. I am totally comfortable wearing pants from The Gap, a shirt made by Hamilton, a pair of suede New Balance sneakers or Tods driving shoes with an Hermes blazer with a handkerchief by Haines from Target."

As a fashion aside, Randy says that he never wears black shoes. It's midnight blue for tuxedos or dark brown with a suit — even if it's black or gray, he says.

—SHELBY HODGE

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