The crowd of fashionistas at Wortham Center broke into delighted gasps for some of the more showstopping gowns by Naeem Khan, who headlined and closed the second evening of Fashion Houston. Khan's spring collection added elegant outfits for daytime—assuming your 9 to 5 has a open-sequin policy—amongst the designer's famed gowns. Khan himself took a quick bow before darting out of the crowd with Becca Cason Thrash.

Earlier in the evening, a quartet of designers from the Art Institute of Houston sent capsule collections down the runway and jewelry designer Matthew Campbell Laurenza debuted Fashion Houston's first jewelry show with his M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza collection, displaying his chunky gems against a backdrop of simple black fashions.

The most expansive shows were presented by Miami's Rene Ruiz, who offered elegant eveningwear in shimmering pastels, and Ruben Singer, who used a black and white palette and the occasional jolt of color to spectacular results with patterns that hinted at the graphic work of Keith Haring. For all the girls who never got over the urge to play dress-up, it was a good night.

Text and photos by Sarah Rufca
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