The fashion on the runway did not disappoint, but we were a tad surprised by the tame stylings of the normally quirky Austin fashion patrons. Needless to say, we had a blast and came home with a car full of vintage finds from our Sunday afternoon thrifting adventure and matching swoon-worthy bodysuits by a new Dallas-based brand we discovered. AFW mixed it up this year by putting two “Project Runway” All Stars on the line-up each night, giving green designers a chance to shine alongside fashion greats. Read on for our favorite AFW looks over the weekend, straight from the runway!
The epitome of style and grace, Miles David is a New York transplant located in Houston where he has a renowned flagship store and factory. His evening and bridal collections are artistic, timeless and consist of playful textures. We fell in love with his romantic chartreuse gown with its ruffled deep V. It transported us back into 2006 and made us reminisce of one of the best Oscars gowns of all time.
With her MFA in Fashion Design and as the professor at the Art Institute of Austin, Brittany Nicole has worked in domestic fashion production and dressed celebrities like Bon Jovi and Lady Gaga. This transparent hot pink trench made us want to party like it’s 1999.
Inspired by speech-language pathology and the fashion influences she had growing up, Amy Tabb created Harry Rex. The debut collection consists of everyday wear for women with an edge. The designer’s punk camo patched jacket above was paired perfectly with a lack of tee and high-waisted fishnets. Daria would love it.
Stitched and designed from her bedroom studio, the young Sydney Morris’ designs are inspired from her limited budget as a Texas State University student. Her designs show her passion for fashion from vibrant leatherwear to her eccentric swimwear designs. Perfectly pink, her capsule collection’s ruched velvet skirt was a match made in heaven with the designer’s sheer glittery sweater.
Created out of South Texas, this swimwear line was made to make women feel and look their best while expressing their individual style. This Austin-influenced brand was designed with the liberated woman in mind. This black number made us want to leave for Bali and never look back.
This “Project Runway” Allstars Season 4 contestant showcased his distinct eclectic compilation of apparel for the “not so everyday” woman at AFW. Deatherage has presented at S/S 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and attracts audiences with his unique womenswear and stylistic performances during his shows. We could live in this zippered black number with ruffles. So chic!
Lela Orr created the dreamy Texas-based luxury womenswear brand FERRAH and we’re in awe. Born right here in Dallas, Lela is inspired by music when she shapes her fluid designs. The sustainable high-end label was born after a stint at Parsons and years of apprenticeships at fashion houses statewide and abroad. Silk, crêpe and velvet highlighted her flowy designs.
One of the youngest designers in Season 2 of “Project Runway Junior,” Allie was just 14 when she set off on her fashion journey. Ohio-born, the designer holds Texas near to her heart as her mother’s birthplace. It’s hard to believe that this laser cut number, fresh on the heels of the dress-over-pants trend, was made by someone so young.
This look by Dallas-based collection Lizna mixed ladylike details with playful on-trend cuts. We especially loved the pom poms. The contemporary brand nails day to night looks that can be worn season after season, year after year. The line is the brainchild of designer Lizna Kabani.
25-year-old Isabela Rosales is the gal behind eclectic line CA$SHMERE MAFIIA, a line meant to be wearable and fun. We’re in love with her over-sized silhouettes and creative designs. Lavender ruffle silk pajama sets that can be worn during the day? Yes, please!
Founded in 2007 in the Live Music Capitol of the World by Mary Margaret Quadlander, a former fashion designer at FIT in NYC, the school has brought to life the first academy for young designers in Texas. The yellow and white floral dress above was designed by AFW founder Matt Swinney’s own daughter, Sadie, who modeled her own look alongside the cutest batch of kids we’ve ever seen.”
All of the looks above wowed us, but one line stood alone. We’ve saved our favorite collection for the end, Something by Sonja. Sonja’s looks were among our favs last year at AFW and again at Fashion X Dallas. New York transplant Sonija’s talent is hard to miss and landed her a spot on the 10th season of “Project Runway.” To be honest, we couldn’t choose a favorite look from this bubbly designer’s line – we loved them all!
Image 1 courtesy of LEV – VENDALS top on the left. All other images courtesy of Todd White.