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PaperCity Houston January February 2022

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years ago, Asher blazed a trail in Dallas by going to parties in Manolo and Louboutin stilettos, feather boas, and sequins, while carrying Gucci and Dior handbags. "Gregg was a pioneer of his look — it was unheard of back then, guys wearing heels and carrying handbags," Martin says. "He didn't care what people thought. He's always been comfortable in his own skin." In 2016, around his 40th birthday, Asher chopped off his long blond locks and traded heels for more comfortable Calvin Klein cowboy boots and Miu Miu slides. He still wears an occasional Gucci or Rick Owens platform shoe, but "the days of wearing high heels all day are gone," he says. At 52, Martin has kept his sartorial edge with slightly more conservative yet head- turning Thom Browne and Gucci ensembles. As the subjects in their photographs attest, fame can be fleeting. For Asher, it has fluttered in and out of his life. In his early days as a hairstylist with José Eber, and later at Neiman Marcus, where he did hair for 21 years, he coiffed a range of celebs from Lady Gaga to the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. Appearances on reality TV shows followed, including serving as a judge on Project Runway and co- starring on Lifetime TV's Million Dollar Shoppers in 2013. Since then, he's been pursuing other opportunities. "I'd like to do a makeover show. That's my dream — something that makes people feel better about themselves," he says. Asher and Martin bought their one-bedroom Turtle Creek apartment in 2020, a gem that had already been renovated by the previous owner. The lock- and-leave ease of high-rise living is appealing — they've lost count of how many buildings along Turtle Creek they've occupied. "Gregg gets bored," Martin explains. Asher finishes the thought: "People stay in their houses too long. We do them up right, and before [the 69

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