Austin Fashion Week 2011

Bring on the blisters! My practical plain Jane self has far too many pairs of heels that go unworn due to my habitual waaaalking walking walking everywhere I go. I just can’t seem to justify wearing 4″ nude suede heels in any of my standard east side haunts. Fashion week is a different ballgame though. Park close, stand for hours, show them shoes off. ‘Tis how it goes.

I’m lucky enough to get to fully cover the week’s events for work, so I’ll leave the precise journalistic coverage of the showcases there, however, I feel it necessary to document a few of my personal observations here.

Betsey Johnson Party at Blo –

If you like pink, this was the event for you. Candy sprinkled throughout and poofy Betsey dresses everywhere…cupcake bar too. That’s right.

Night 1: Fashion Week Kick Offs

Photo via David Weaver

Saturday night was the Style, Speed and Glory kick-off for the third annual Austin Fashion Week and it was quite a sight to behold. Held in the Cowboy Harley Davidson Showroom in South Austin, the usual hog house had been rearranged to hold a runway, stage, vendor booths, multiple bars, and an upstairs area full of treats. Sponsors provided lovely goodies such as delectable salmon tapas from Cantina Laredo, Suga Plump Pastries cake balls, and Cornucopia popcorn snacks. Cocktail sips were provided to us by Rebecca Creek Whiskey, Tito’s Vodka and Corzo Tequila, who led a DIY margarita stand upstairs. Needless to say, we had a divine time far before the show had even begun!

Bre Williams Photography

Never mind you, GQ. After a bit of a diss from the popular men’s magazine earlier this year stating that Austin was higher up on their list of worst dressed cities in America, Austin Fashion Week rallied up just in time to say, “uh, not if we can help it.” Out came the feather and flower hair accessories, the sky high heels, the harem pants and beaded bustiers, classic vintage dresses and modern Betsey Johnson frocks mingling along with one-of-a-kind fashions from Austin’s own array of designers to fight back.

We just took GQ’s list and kicked it in the kneecaps with a fabulous 5-inch-Betsey heel.

Monday – Apparel & Accessories Showcase & The Heist aka…my evening off

Tuesday: Jewelry Showcase Featured Participants:

Dean Frederick – Austin’s own heist host, builds custom pieces for each individual customer and is notorious for using colored diamonds.

F. is for Frank was a personal favorite of mine and their smooth, unique pieces, brushed pewter fox head rings and clean rustic display subtly wowed. With square bangles, practical everyday pieces and unique architectural designs, this line would work on everyone from your attention commanding glam queen to your plain Jane work-a-day gal.

Raven + Lily was another big favorite of mine. Based here in Austin in a studio above Dean Frederick, the designers take former bullet cases and have them crafted into jewelry to aid HIV impoverished women in Ethopia. The presenter for the line ended her speech with “what was once meant for hard now brings hope and life.”

Photo Credit: Dagny Piasecki
www.dagnushka.com

Wednesday: Swimwear & Resort Wear aka my night off, however, I heard things on the runway got a liiiittle hairy. Eew sorry.

Thursday: Edgy & Eclectic

This was easily without a doubt my favorite show of all of fashion week. Between Boudoir Queens (the more gorgeous line I’ve seen in a very long while) and the cutest lil League of Rebels men wearing suits and riding bikes down the runway, Thursday made my week. Pictures from this evening coming soon.

Friday – Couture

The man who I was told makes the hats for the Queen of England was there. He was, in fact, having a runway show that really did consist of a heck of a lot of fantastic head wear. So very very interesting. Pictures to come.

Saturday – Austin Fashion Awards

Hannah from America's Next Top Model in 81 Poppies - Picture via David Weaver for Austin 360

I was pooped by this point but had the pleasure of meeting Theresa from Tess Dress in the audience along with many others and found her delightful. I have to say too, the announcer was grating on my very last nerve so seeing smiles next to me certainly helped. You can see her line and my favorite from the final runway show, 81 Poppies.

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