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Neal Hamil model Caroline Mathis rocks the runway on the opening night of Fashion Houston, held at Downtown’s Wortham Center.


Wortham Center

The model stunned in an embroidered Catherine Deane gown at the fourth annual fashion event. “[Caroline] is one of a kind,” says fashion photographer Cody Bess. “She brings so much drama to the runway that few models can.” The photographer—who snaps pics of fashion events and has worked with local designers Chloe Dao and David Peck, both of whom also presented new pieces at the four-night spectacular—has shot two previous times at Fashion Houston. “It keeps getting better and better. Each year keeps gaining momentum and legitimizing Houston as a fashion city.”