TEMPORARY TEXAN: After two days of public appearances, photo ops and cocktail parties, Christian Louboutin ended his Houston stay in sophisticated Texas style, compliments of designer devotee and philanthropist Becca Cason Thrash.

Unlike the crowds who stood in line for hours at Saks Fifth Avenue so Louboutin could sign their red-bottomed stilettos, the scene at Thrash’s Memorial manse was downright cozy, with just 26 people invited to her Tex-Mex themed dinner. The dress code was Texas cocktail casual, which translated to boots, jeans, pearl snap Western shirts and chaps, although a few pairs of Louboutin heels were spotted in the mix.

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“Christian doesn’t get to Texas all that often, so his public appearance at Saks was supposed to end at two, but at five there was still a line of people waiting. He’s turned into a Texas rock star,” Thrash said.

Asked about the red-sole trademark dispute between Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent, he was succinct. “It’s over.”

Talking about the busy days in Houston, Louboutin was much more loquacious. “I get so much positive energy from the women who come and see me. I like it when people tell you their story. It creates a sense of community,” he said.

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