Shelby's Social Diary
Robert Kardashian and Final Four friends shake up the genteel scene at thisHouston swankienda
Interior designer Lucinda Loya and her energy mogul husband Javier Loya earned honors Thursday night for the fastest, slickest party turn-around in the city.
Their swell contemporary pad saw a host of cocktail-attired supporters of the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event move through from 6 to 8 p.m.
Then at 8:30, right on cue, Robert Kardasdhian and his LA entourage arrived. Soft jazz gave way to club music on the sound system. Hors d'oeuvres from Tony's were replaced with a hefty TexMex buffet and the fashions went from frilly to edgy with yards of leather and miles of studding.
Even in a swankienda designed for partying, this was no small feat. But the Loyas succeeded with amazing grace, gently saying goodnight to the March of Dimes crew and holding off on the buffet spread until the last of the ladies and gents departed. Then, out came the Patron and the cigars and a few invited holdovers from the first party let their hair down to be in step with the later arrivals.
Star of the second act on this night was the low-key Kardashian, a 180-degree turn from his flamboyant sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe. He's in town for the Final Four and a RivalSpot.com party at Midtown's Fifth Amendment. (Look for the 24-year-old, youngest of the Kardashian clan to make the scene starting at 11:30 p.m.)
The Loyas late-night party was a welcome to Houston for Robert and his cohorts: LIVEstyle Entertainment managing partner Ryan Heil in from New York and from LA RivalSpot.com honchos Mitchell Radowitz and Isaac Cohen and LIVEstyle's veep of digital strategy Jamie Ashe.
If anyone wondered why Kardashian was wearing a buttoned-up long-sleeve shirt, Nancy Marcus Golden, helping out the RivalSpot team on their Houston visit, had the answer. It seems that he's actually rather shy and because his body is heavily tatooed with biblical scriptures, he preferred not to share that with the party guests. Robert, as he now prefers to be called, was very close to his late father, Robert Kardashian Sr., who frequently quoted scriptures to his young son. Those scriptures are among his religious tatoos. We have to take party organizers' word for it, as we did not see them.
Also in the mix was singer Rod Williams, fresh from opening Sting's concert tour in New Zealand. The Houston-area native is in town between gigs.
Gathering around the Loya table for beef and chicken fajitas, salsa from Amy Lee's kitchen and the best guacamole in the city (Lucinda's recipe) were Sarah and Ron Simon, Kara and Aaron Howes, Rachel Brown, Jon Deutser, jewelry designer Shamaine Klein, Rick Pleczko, Cindi and Dr. Franklin Rose, Lorie Elizabeth James, Stephanie Perkins, Neal Hamil, Lucinda's design team from The Red Vault and loads more.
We're not going to tell you who, basically because the hostess wouldn't share, but several of the guests partied so hard that they remained overnight. The lights finally dimmed at 2 a.m.