Events: Austin Fashion Week Runway and Marketplace




AUSTIN FASHION WEEK SEASON-LESS SPRING SHOWCASE
 Written By: Heather Petrey


Austin’s fifth annual Fashion Week (AFW) consisted of three glamorous days of runway shows and a pop-up marketplace. The shows were held at the La Zona Rosa, located in the Warehouse District in downtown Austin. Unfortunately, this year I was only able to attend one night (and the Awards show) which culminated all the Austin designer's especially those who participated in NBC’s Fashion Star and Project Runway, plus local Austinite faves.


Upon entering the venue, guests were able to browse the pop-up shop marketplace provided by Gilt City. This year's vendors included: my favorite Austin jewelry designer- Jeannie VianneyCynthia Bloom JewelryCrystal4UAndrea Montgomery DesignsCindy Schulze Jewelry and Hari Mari.


The Runway Showcase designers consisted of the following designers and boutiques:

Crowned Bird


Crowned Bird
Crowned Bird



Opening the night, were the whimsical and retro-inspired fun looks of Crowned Bird.  Launched in fall  2012, Crowned Bird is the brainchild of designer Priscilla Barroso.

after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Barroso likes of think of her collection as a cross between if Zooey Deschanel and Audrey Hepburn. 



Crowned Bird
Crowned Bird
Crowned Bird


Crowned Bird is manufactured entirely in Dallas using sustainable or deadstock materials that Barroso finds throughout the world. Making everything in limited quantities, she takes pride in giving customers a sense of exclusivity. “Crowned Bird is a trans-seasonal brand that can transcend beyond trends and continue to make a statement in any era, any country, and season," Barroso explains, "I wanted to make clothes that you can wear forever. It’s a brand that you will never find on the racks of Buffalo Exchange. And I’m proud of that.”


Crowned Bird
Crowned Bird
Crowned Bird

Austin Fashion Week was Barroso's first runway show since participating in NBC’s Fashion Star  which made this evening symbolic. The collection showcased looks like the ‘trout skirt’(which was a fan favorite), then transitioned to spring and finally presented highlights from the F/W 2013 “Dream Pop” collection. I enjoyed seeing the whimsical novelty prints and bold colors. Even though I would love to have one of everything in my closet, I especially LOVED the plaid suit and the orange slice two-piece ensemble (I mean who WOULDN’T want to wear orange slice printed pants or top?!)!

Crowned Bird

The collection screamed spring, hints of vintage influence and strong versatility and wearability that can be transitioned from season to season. If you want to own a piece of Crowned Bird history, I promise it  won’t break the bank with prices ranging from $60 to $250.

Three07


Three07
Three07
Three07


Designers April Moore, Melissa Grimes, and Courtni Tyre are three friends who share a similar passion for fashion and southern values. With combined creative talent, they launched the flirty and feminine Alabama based label, Three07, in 2010.

“We each have our individual styles, but Three07 is our outlet to create pieces that we otherwise would not have created on our own,” April said, about becoming a design team, “Together we create an easy ‘look’ that many women can wear. Three heads are better than one!”

Their S/S 2013 titled “Bohemian Romance,” featured flowy silhouettes, cute prints and crochet textures all which played a significant role to create an effortless and fresh vibe. Elements of white and orange were included in looks – a nod to their “Fall Game Day” collection in honor of local UT fans. My favorite looks were the asymmetrical shoulder maxi dress and printed shorts and pants-which I think are a MUST in upcoming hot summer months.

Three07 is light on the wallet with prices ranging from $40 for tops and up to $80 for dresses. For more information and a list of Three07 retailers go to Three07.com or check out their online boutique at Obaz.com.

Pearl Southern Couture


Pearl Southern Couture
Pearl Southern Couture
Pearl Southern Couture

Pearl Southern Couture

There was another southern-based brand in the house that evening: Pearl Southern Couture. The ‘proudly made in the USA’ brand was launched in 2008 by Amber Perley. Inspired by the charm and culture of the deep south and wanted to create a line to convey that lifestyle. Perley explained that every collection tells a story and is inspired by a different southern city or person. The inspiration for her S/S 2013 collection was everything sweet, along with Bow Wow Wow’s 1982 hit “I Want Candy." 

The sweet combination of the catchy upbeat music and the parade of perky models wearing darling dresses, flaunting sunglasses and gaint lollipops made for a great show.

Pearl Southern Couture is perfect for the gal wanting to look chic but doesn’t want to break the bank, with prices ranging from $50-230 retail.

Vian Hunter

Vian Hunter
Vian Hunter

I first saw Fashion Star's Lisa Vian Hunter’s collection during last year's AFW and have been a fan ever since. Consisting of 50s and 60s inspired dresses, tops and skirts, Hunter's S/S 2013 collection was blast from the past. Top looks from the collection were the techno and green print ‘Ava’ dresses (inspired by 1958) and the plaid ‘Suzy’ dresses with their chic silhouette and vintage timelessness. 
Scouring the world (notably Belgium and Italy) for modern and fun fabrics, Hunter creates beautiful and effortless pieces that women will want to wear season after season in her boutique- Vian Hunter House of Fashion- located in Seattle. The line is proudly made in the USA. Hunter will be debuting her bridal collection later this year, so stay tuned! 

Average price points for the collection range from $195-395. Check out VianHunter.com for additional information.

RVN
RVN
RVN


Following a short intermission, guests had the pleasure of being introduced to RVN. Currently sold at Young and Fabulous in the Hill Country Galleria, RVN was launched in 2011 by designer Ted Kim.  Inspired by the creative and pulsating art, music and fashion vibes of New York City, Kim then translates this energy into collections that  “are the street art to the backdrop of an urban landscape sizzling with creativity: where dreams are made, stars are born, and where rules are made to be broken.” 

The black/white striped flared dress was a hit with this blogger as the cut is perfect and flattering. I can pair it with a bright blazer or bold statement necklace with a basic heel OR dressed down with a simple flat or sandal. The designs are classic yet have an artistic, edgy vibe. The patterns (both printed and cut-out) create a energetic story on their canvases while radiating a positive artistic flow. 

Prices range from $175-475 and you can follow their latest looks on the  RVN Facebook page.

Ross Bennett 

Ross Bennett
Ross Bennett

Ross Bennett

Telling the story of a woman who's day began at the office, to a lunch out with friends, to end a red carpet event, Bennett's S/S 2013 collection maintained a general cohesiveness - staying in tune with neutrals with additional bold highlights, such as rose and gold.  I am a fan the black/gold hi/low dress and the gold (very Studio 54-inspired in my opinion) strapless dress. "Forward enough for a college woman but conservative enough for a mom," Bennett strives to maintain an aesthetic that is classic and yet youthful. 

Titled, “The Classical Chaos”  designer Ross Bennett was inspired by his wife’s fast-paced lifestyle.“The creative drive that as an artist I need to be able to hone into came from the juxtapositions of wanting a calm environment but having a “hustle and bustle” of a life," Bennett tells The Stylist Handbook, "I drew comfort knowing that great designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent created some of their best work when their lives were utterly turned up-side-down. I wanted to move away from the traditional Ross Bennett Collection look of pretty and everyday to a more sensuous and daring look.”

Launching his collection in 2008 by with wife Erin, Bennett has set out to create classic, custom tailored garments that fit into the modern woman's lifestyle, while also maintaining a Southern influence. As Bennett states, “As the business grows, my team and I are adamant about providing a personalized experience for each and every client. We believe clothing should be recognized as a piece of art, with each piece having its own story to tell. Providing our clients with classic, versatile sense of style that can be worn for decades we are building the next great American fashion empire, ‘getting things done, one stitch at a time.’” 

Often seen wearing his signature tailored suit, gloves and bow tie, this Fashion Star alum is quickly becoming and Austin favorite. Stylish clients include, Kara Swinney, wife of AFW founder Matt Swinney - who donned a stunning custom Ross Bennett dress.

Prices range from $300 for skirts for $3,000 for an evening gown. Ross Bennett also offers custom bridal gowns and couture pieces. Bennett is also working with Blue Avocado, designing their mens 2013 American Designer Series which will be available on Amazon.com. For additional information and to shop the collection, go to RossBennettCollection.com.

Lilly Lorraine


Lilly Lorraine
Lilly Lorraine
Lilly Lorraine


Austin-based Lilly Lorraine was launched in March 2012 by Christi Craven during Style X at SxSW, where she received rave reviews for two garments that she designed and created a textile for, called BAMBLI. Craven explains that “this unique textile utilizes both the soft texture and breath-ability of bamboo, and the warmth of wool to make wonderfully comfortable and stylish winter ensembles.” The technique she used still has a patent pending and the name BAMBLI is in the process of being trademarked.

Lilly Lorraine
Lilly Lorraine
Lilly Lorraine

The Fall 2013 collection is called “Rendezvous in the Moonlight” and is inspired by “the neutral tones and textures revealed by the moonlight upon the beauty of the earth’s natural architecture. Surprises revealed by the cast of a moonbeam or gust of wind reveals color, texture and flowing movement that awakening the sense of romance beyond the night’s shadows.” 

All I really have to say is that this blogger is a fan of everythinnggggg in the collection! Lilly Lorraine has since been worn on Grammy Winner Esperanza Spalding, The Bachelor’s Kacie Boguskie, singer Teresa Williams and Susan Walker. They have also been featured in numerous local and national publications. For more information and to pre-order garments (prices range from $150-1,200), please go to LillyLorraineinc.com.

Daniel Esquivel


Daniel Esquivel
Daniel Esquivel
Daniel Esquivel

The finale show for the evening was awarded to Daniel Esquivel- whom you may know from watching season 11 of Project Runway. Daniel’s passion for fashion started at an early age and has since blossomed into a burgeoning career, as he’s been designing Austin’s elite for several years now. His inspiration for the AFW collection came from when he was dancing to “Double Dutchess”- a fabulous group that is based in San Francisco. The collection was comprised of womenswear and a few menswear looks that were all about being happy and free. My favorite looks from the show were the voluminous black/white polka-dot gown, the yellow/black romper, the short red flare dress and the light pink/silver tiered flowy dress. I’m excited to see what Mr. Esquivel has in store for the future, though I just hope it doesn’t involve a tee paired with a bikini. You can ‘fan’ Daniel on his Facebook Fan Page and stay up to date with any news and happenings.

Daniel Esquivel

Thanks for the fun evening Austin! To stay up-to-date on further Austin Fashion Week events and such, please go HERE.

Fashionably, 

Heather Petrey of LAFashionSnob with Designer Daniel Esquivel
Fashion Contributor




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