THE GIVING DYNAMIC

Camila McConaughey and Badgley Mischka Were On Hand At Neiman Marcus To Share Stylish Insights with Lance Avery Morgan.

The joint fundraising effort of actor Matthew McConaughey, recording artist Jack Ingram, and Texas coaching legend Mack Brown brought preeminent American designers, Mark Badgley and James Mischka to Austin recently for a runway show of the designers’ work at Neiman Marcus. The event, hosted by Sally Brown, Amy Ingram and Camila Alves McConaughey, showcased the collection and star appeal and we also caught up with the Oscar winner wife’s own star appeal about her charitable side, as well as some fashion, too.

We all know that Mark Badgley and James Mischka have been hailed as the darlings of the Hollywood set with their take on glamorous, stylish and wearable eveningwear and accessories, captivating the fashion press and prominent retailers around the world with their sophisticated style that caters to a younger, more modern couture customer, without forsaking women of any age. Who loves them? Try Madonna, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kate Winslet , and Sarah Jessica Parker to name a few. So when they came to Austin I caught up with them and Camila Alves McConaughey to learn more about why they are giving back with funds raised that support The Rise School of Austin, just keep livin Foundation, HeartGift, CureDuchenne, and Grounded in Music.

The just keep livin Foundation is dedicated to empowering high school students to lead active lives and make healthy choices to become great men and women.“I could go on and on about the program of what we do,” Camila McConaughey told me about the foundation when we met. “The beauty of it really is that the kids are taking so much from it by just exercising and transforming their lives in so many ways. We have the numbers and science behind it so we know its working.” She explains that her Latin background has much to do with her approach to giving. “I grew up doing charity myself as a teenager in Brazil. Being from South America you always help even if you don’t have it yourself.”

As the event’s focus turned more to fashion, I caught up with the designers into to present their latest collection. “The Texas woman loves clothing and we both know that from experience, says Mark Badgley of the duo. “She loves things that are embellished, loves colors, loves quality, and loves beautiful fabrication. He goes on to share, “I think what is unique is that life has become so industrial. A lot of women run around by day in wardrobes and I think the Texas woman loves to come home, and take a minute for herself, and when she gets dressed, she will indulge herself. Texas has always been a very inspirational state for us.”