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Houston Best Dressed Photo Shoot Brings a World Class Photographer to Houston — Get an Early Sneak Peek at the Stunning Looks

Excitement Builds For One of the Bayou City's Most Fashionable Events

BY // 07.03.23

A morning deluge that poured across Montrose did not phase Mexico City-based fashion photographer Ivan Aguirre. The talented artist would not be dismayed even though his plan was to photograph PaperCity‘s Philanthropy in Fashion Best Dressed honorees in the open air spaces of gallery hotspot 4411 Montrose.

What could be worse for the honorees than pouring down rain and the soaring humidity levels? A bad hair day for certain and melting makeup a possibility. Panic at 4411 Montrose. But the clouds parted and the showers brought a brief bit of cool refreshing air.

Breaking with four decades of tradition when the luncheon benefiting March of Dimes was hosted by the Houston Chronicle, PaperCity opted to photograph the honorees separately for the September issue of the print magazine. No more group shots of the honorees in ballgowns. Let each individual woman shine at her best and with a noted fashion photographer flown in for the shoot. Glamour paramount.

The PaperCity team took over the space in one of the galleries where sensational hair stylist Ceron and Mexico City-based makeup stylist Juan Peralta were at the ready to add the finishing touches as the honorees arrived individually for the photo shoot.

It was magical to watch as Ivan Aguirre and Michelle Aviña, PaperCity’s art and creative director, work with the honorees seeking just the right pose, the most glamorous angle and best positioning of the gown to capture the most alluring image.

What they wore:

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Zane Carruth: A crimson gown by Safiyaa

Julia Longoria Chen: A moss green gown embellished with white magnolias by Oscar de la Renta

Tatiana Massey: A black bouffant gown by Houston native Amir Taghi

Former model Tatianna Massey swirls for the lens of talented fashion photographer Ivan Aguirre for the PaperCity Philanthropy in Fashion Best Dressed photo shoot.
Former model Tatiana Massey swirls for the lens of talented fashion photographer Ivan Aguirre for the PaperCity Philanthropy in Fashion Best Dressed photo shoot.

Sneha Merchant: A stunning beaded gown in crimson by Andrew Gn 

Mexico City based photographer Ivan Aguirre captures a dramatic pose by PaperCity Philanthropy in Fashion Best Dressed honoree Sneha Merchant wearing Andrew Gn.
Mexico City based photographer Ivan Aguirre captures a dramatic pose by PaperCity Philanthropy in Fashion Best Dressed honoree Sneha Merchant wearing Andrew Gn.

Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell: A flowing Oscar de la Renta in a lemony orange color

Duyen Huynh Nguyen: A black Saint Laurent gown that had been in her closet for five years and never worn, earrings by Schiaparelli

Kathryn Smith: A strapless deep red gown by Rubin Singer

Hallie Vanderhider: A stunning royal blue beaded gown by Pamela Rolland, the Neiman Marcus featured designed for the Best Dressed luncheon

PaperCity Best Dressed Hall of Fame honoree Hallie Vanderhider in a Pamela Rolland gown.
PaperCity Best Dressed Hall of Fame honoree Hallie Vanderhider in a Pamela Rolland gown.

Kelli Weinzierl: A golden glittering gown from Naeem Khan

Missing from the photo shoot was honoree Kristina Somerville, who was absent due to a critical illness in her family.

Interestingly and a first, Weinzierl is not only a first time honoree but also a luncheon chair along with Kelley Lubanko and Stephanie Tsuru.

The PaperCity Philanthropy in Fashion Best Dressed Luncheon and Neiman Marcus Fashion Presentation benefiting March of Dimes with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital as presenting sponsor will take place September 21 at the Post Oak Hotel. Tickets are available here.

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