Austin Fashion Weeks Celebrates Regional Style
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Gregg Cestaro, Cheryl Conley Bemis, Gerry Hanan, Rita Quinn and Steve Wampler
THE SCENE: Austin Fashion Week recently showcased a week’s worth of events held throughout the city, highlighting the immense talent in local fashion and style. Truly an up-and-coming mecca for new and established talent to highlight their greatest creations, this year’s showcase of innovative fashion had something to be desired for every fashion palate.
Whether it was the kickoff vintage style show inspired by decades of the 20th century or the marvelous collections of the hit show Project Runway, audiences were captivated by the haute couture. Culminating in an award show showcase, Austin Fashion Week came to a celebratory close with the presentation of the Rising Star and Fashion Trailblazer awards to the most talented in Austin’s fashion scene.
THE VIBE: The creative and collaborative vibe was on full display throughout the week and highlighted by the annual “Mash Up” where over 30 teams of stylists, make-up artists and photographers collaborated to create sensational looks combining the entries’ many talents, with team Mysterious taking home the coveted award.
THE CAUSE: Proceeds from Austin’s Fashion Week benefit the Austin Fashion Week Fashion Fund, created by Austin Fashion Week founder Matt Swinney, which honors top talent in the city’s burgeoning social style scene.