Going into its fifth year, Austin Fashion Week’s 2013 kickoff event exuded a sophistication that comes with hitting that half-a-decade mark. Incorporating a seated dinner between runway shows and requesting attendees wear all black eliminated some of the more chaotic foot traffic and distractions from former years.
Walking in to the fairly new Brazos Hall, the first eye catching glimpse of candlelight flitting from Lucite candlesticks against the natural wooden interior of the venue already suggested the additions this year were going to be good ones. Ghost chairs lined tables filled with amazing looking food from the chefs behind Olive & June, Parkside and the Backspace. We were wearing black dresses and heels so we felt classsssy – otherwise we would have been tempted to stick our finger in one of the plates and try a lil somethin somethin.
While all of the guests in attendance were asked to wear black, all of the designers showed all white. When the lights dimmed and various ensembles emerged from the shadows, the avante garde hairstyles and severe, Victorian-goth makeup gave the show a bit of an Eyes Wide Shut feel that was totally working.
Collections that contributed to the walks included:
Parrott by Sarah Parrott
Pearl Southern Couture
Made in Heaven by Stephen Moser
Teddies for Bettys
It’s not too late to get in on the Fashion Week action. Running until May 11, you can see a full listing of Austin Fashion Week events you can check out on your own.
Also, if the Austin Fashion Awards follow Noir’s example, you should definitely purchase tickets and get to Austin Music Hall to cheer on your local, chic week talent.
Now, please pardon us as we practice our model walks…