Fashion enthusiasts braved the dreary Austin weather to attend Thursday night’s Runways and Marketplace event for Austin Fashion Week. The afternoon had gripped the city with sweltering humidity and threats of rain, but it didn’t keep the elite AFW crowd from La Zona Rosa.
Austin Style, now versed on the itinerary of the evening, surveyed the crowd and spotted a few Jeffrey Campbell platform booties, a few embellished chemise shifts, and a whole lot of skin. See-through and cutout is definitely in this spring, as confirmed by the number of female attendees rocking transparent skirts and hot pants. The look is very forward and edgy with a touch of femininity in the delicate fabrics.
On the docket for the second night of Runways and Marketplace: six designers and a few underwear models. The crowd drank it all in with an insatiable lustre that left every single guest ravenous for Friday.
KHG by Krystle Holnes
Krystle Holnes launched the evening’s event with her culturally inspired resort wear. Growing up in Latin America has inspired the designer to infuse culture and color into her collections. KHG favored prints, monochromatic statement pieces, and mismatched patterns. Her runway line featured greens, yellow, and a few pops of red. The mix and match of print and color is fun; KHG brought unique latin flavor to the runway, setting the mood for summer. You can shop the showcase here.
Megan Summerville’s showcase was jaw dropping – and not just because she sent male underwear models down the runway. (That was a nice treat) The Austin lingerie designer creates a look of genuine femininity; her line of undergarments is designed with a woman in mind. A woman with curves, a woman with allure, and a woman that feels confident in her skin. Summerville featured lots of high waist, high cut panties adorned in bows and jewels and a retro-inspired silk lingerie set that sent most onlookers into a unified murmer of approval. The men’s line showcased snug briefs, in a variety of bold-colored prints and design. The overall vibe was confident, sexy, and stylish – a definite favorite of the evening. Shop Megan Summerville here.
New York creator, Sheaffa, brought a free-spirited energy to her showcase on Thursday night. The architect-turned-designer lit up the runway in bold neon fabrics accented with mismatched prints. The line featured lots of tailored jackets and brightly colored resort / beachwear. The designer’s outgoing personality creates a collection that speaks to the uninhibited. She is risky, daring, and takes chances with her fabrics and print combinations. You can view and shop her current merchandise here.
Reese+Riley (Young & Fabulous)
Young & Fabulous has a look: the Y&F woman is no-nonsense and fashionably chic. She packs her wardrobe with pieces that easily transition from day to night, with the help of a blazer or blouse change. Reese+Riley, a new line created by two New York sisters, featured lots of sharp looks with clean lines and monochromatic color schemes. Button-down blouses tucked into high-waist skinnies, loosely fitted tops paired with leggings – the look is timeless, elegant, and emulates the style of women on the go. Shop the collection here.
Chantelle (Styled by Teddies for Bettys)
French lingerie designer, Chantelle, emits a fragrant allure of classical seduction. Teddies for Bettys owner, Ashley Kelsch, captured the elegance that has branded Chantelle by pairing thigh-highs with garter belts and lace. As models sauntered down the runway, Iron & Wine lulled the audience into a dreamworld trance. TfB is a timeless favorite, for a multitude of reasons. Kelsch styles lingerie in a sexy, but not too-over-the-top fashion that retains effortless candor and class. You can shop the current Chantelle collection here, or Teddies for Bettys here.
Again (Young & Fabulous)
The second Young & Fabulous designer to walk Thursday evening, Again, took the runway to feature swim, beach, and ready to wear. The collection exudes the style that Y&F has branded for themselves; skinnies paired with jackets in single color or print, and a few tastefully designed peplum pieces. The peplum was petite and chic in a pencil silhouette, and was followed by a silk romper in champagne – which was an immediate favorite of the evening. You can shop Y&F designers in store or online, here.
Thursday night came to an end as the rain stopped, and the patrons cleared the building. Austin Fashion Week was halfway over, but the subsequent nights would bear work from the biggest and brightest names in fashion. Friday night’s queue of designers will set the standard and expectation for year to follow. In the meantime, the excitement of lingerie, swimwear, and men in their underwear has satisfied the palate of AFW attendees – for now.
© Lindsay Watson
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