Fashion / Style

Houston’s Best Fashion Photos of the Year — 34 Looks That Stunned

Ballgowns Give Way to Eye-Catching Fun

BY // 12.30.19

We’re not sure what it says about the Houston economy or an evolving fashion bent or about photographers’ submissions, but a review of the fashion photos from the past year revealed a dearth of spectacular ballgowns. Thus, our year-end review of the looks that stunned morphs today into looks that were eye-catching. Some fabulous, some fun and some perhaps a little silly.

As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we leave it up to you to decide which, if any, of these categories are represented in the slideshow above and below this story.

Of course the Opera Ball, the Ballet Ball and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Grand Gala Ball all provide their moments of designer glory. But other can’t miss fashion-viewing opps include the Herman Park Conservancy’s Hats in the Park, the Kentucky Derby party benefiting Bo’s Place and the Contemporary Arts Museum’s Another Great Night.

New on the social calendar for 2019 was the Studio Menil “Paper Ball” in the Menil Collection’s Richmond Hall and it was a showstopper. The four chairwomen dressed in frocks crafted from paper, ensembles so creative and au courant they could have come straight from a Parisian runway. Guests joined the party in amazingly creative ways of dressing with paper.

Also represented in the photo gallery are images from the River Oaks tennis tournament luncheon, Lawndale Art Center’s “Kitschy Evening,” Citizens for Animal Protection Gala, and even the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball.

We mostly skipped the costume parties as those are an entity in and of themselves, perhaps worthy of a separate review. But that’s for another day.

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