DFW Style Daily is about to head off to one of our favorite cities (besides Dallas, of course!) on a road trip that won’t soon be forgotten. Austin Fashion Week, a combination of art events and runway shows held throughout the city from April 15 to April 23, is the largest fashion event in Texas. Read on for details on this weekend’s kick-off festivities and a few of our favorite AFW designers and follow us on social media. We’ll be covering all things AFW – live from the runway when we’re there April 22 through April 24!
The kick-off party tonight pops off the festivities at Austin’s hotspot music lounges, Speakeasy, where guests can socialize with designers, hair stylist, makeup artists, photographers and models as well as view a gallery-style 30 vivid Mash-Up Team images printed on canvas along with presentations of the models. You can still vote on your favorite images here.
This Sunday, April 17, luxury accessories designer John Hardy will host a brunch celebration at The Driskill to commemorate 130 years of fashion through a special runway show featuring Big Bertha’s Paradise, John Hardy and Alexandra Dieck of Lexicon of Style, with hair and makeup by Red Stella. Later in the week, soirees will open their doors to Austin’s boutiques, salons, spas, and gallery spaces to host designer trunk shows, mini runway, and shopping events, all of it open to the public at no cost. Check out the complete calendar of events at www.do512.com/austinfashionweek.
Tinsley Radix on the 2015 AFW runway
Next Thursday, April 21 the fashion show at JW Marriot Austin will feature collections by local designers Katie Kime, M.E. Shirley, Plenty-FM and Samantha Plasencia as well as emerging designers Masha Osoianu and Perfect Population. Gracing the occasion will be celebrities highlighted on Lifetime’s Project Runway including Daniel Esquivel, Sean Kelly, and La Miniatura by Jeffrey Sebelia.
Next Friday, April 22 we’ll roll up in our yellow Camaro to join in on the fun! Friday’s runway shows will feature collections presented by Austin-based designers Linda Asaf Design, Gail Chovan, Sally Daneshjou Collection and more. Guest can also enjoy more capsule collections by Texas-based designers DonaciVNO, Flawless Honey couture by JDeen, Nina Means, and megMORGAN. Read on for a few collections we’re really looking forward to.
Texas-based Designers Featuring their collections during AFW 2016:
WITCHxxDOCTOR – Austin, TX
Alice Geaccone, the quirky designer behind WITCHxxDOCTOR, uses futuristic materials in her collection like Vinyl and iridescent PVC. She’s obsessed with using fabrics that sparkle, those able to reflect light in interesting ways. Handmade in Austin, Texas, Geaccone’s clothing is inspired by “Japanese street wear, deep space, and Tumblr,” and the chicks that flaunt it “aren’t afraid to stand out and express themselves through clothing that is ahead of its trend. They enjoy being different.” Catch her collection on the runway Thursday, April 21.
Bentley and Lace – Dallas, TX
Dallas-based designer Bentley and Lace creates whimsical clothing that is unique and free-spirited. “I am a free-spirit, a bit of a gypsy soul,” said Bentley and Lace designer Elizabeth Copeland. Featuring a mix of unexpected elements like lace and vintage fabrics, Copeland has showcased her collection across Texas and believes that “there is so much talent in this great state.” “[I]t is exciting to see it shine on the fashion scene radar,” she stated. Catch her collection on the runway on Saturday, April 23.
Clan of Cro – Dallas, TX
Sound familiar? We recently covered the young budding designer and her pop-up shop at Dallas’ WELD Studios. Brought to life by transitional pieces that can live in a closet from season to season, each collection created by Dallas native Kendall Eckerd is run as a limited edition to preserve its unique quality. Made entirely from natural, vintage or deadstock textiles, Clan of Cro was created with a particular type of woman in mind – one who appreciates quality, innovation, and expression. “Girlhood is meant to be new and nostalgic, an ode to a woman’s youth” said the designer of her most recent Clan of Cro collection, aptly titled “Girlhood.” It will make its debut at AFW on Friday, April 22.
megMORGAN – Dallas, TX
megMORGAN‘s fashion aesthetic is a fashion nod to the South. “I chose to focus on Southern style for the Southern woman because that’s who I am,” said megMORGAN designer Megan McKinney. Defined by asymmetrical lines and rich colors and textures, her collection is full of fun and flirty dresses. “Austin is a uniquely fun and quirky market,” said the designer, “I feel like my line will fit right in.” Catch her collection on the runway on Friday, April 22.
TINSLEY RADIX– Dallas, TX
If you’re an avid reader of DFW Style Daily, you know by now that we’re pretty much obsessed with the local line Tinsley Radix. We’ve been following them during their growth in the Big D and got a sneak peek at their new Dallas boutique this March. Created by Caitlyn Mullanix and Chelsea Brogdon, Tinsley Radix will be debuting their brand new Fall/Winter 2016 Ready-to-Wear and Couture collection on the AFW runway. Subtly inspired by menswear and featuring the designers’ signature “relaxed structure” effect, the line is heavily influenced by spots the duo grew up in such as Texas, Georgia, and New Mexico. “We are always looking to grow and expand, and now that we have the means to do so, we would love to see our brand in Austin and beyond,” said Chelsea. Catch their collection on the runway on Saturday, April 23.
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