Fashion Week in New York not only has shows that take place in the Tents at Lincoln Center but there are other shows at various locations around the city during the week. The GreenShows Eco Fashion Week was one of those featured events. The GreenShows helps promote sustainable trends in the fashion industry and support designers, manufacturers and retailers who are eco-friendly. The Milliners Guild show was one of the scheduled fashion shows and brought together 21 hat designers from all over the country to share with the press the art of hat making and their historic beauty.
Laura Del Villaggio is an Austin-based hat designer who took part in the Milliners Guild show back in September during Fashion Week. l was lucky to be at the end of the runway to shoot the show and captured her designs in the video below. Each model wore a simple black dress and the name of the designer was boldly displayed on a hat box. The hats featured in the show ranged from simple to elaborate.
Laura founded her business Milli Starr in 1999. She creates her hats with the finest materials she can find from straws to wools and incorporates vintage sequins, feathers and other materials to make sure each hat is meticulously handcrafted and unique.
Laura is a UT Austin graduate with a double major in History and Apparel Designer. She continued her education and attended the graduate program in Museum Studies: Costume and Textiles at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She continued her education and completed the Millinery Certificate Program.
Most recently Laura has opened up a space at the new Cypress Vanguard. It is local fashion house/co-op that offers personalized services for those who want a one-of-a-kind Austin fashion experience.
Participating Milliners Guild Fashion Show participants.
Abigail Aldridge Millinery, Barbara J Volker Millinery, Cigmond Millinery
Cha Cha’s House of Ill Repute Millinery, Dale Patrick Designs, David Steele N.Y.C., Edith and Ivy Millinery, Ellen Christine Millinery, Guy Carsone Millinery, Harlem’s Heaven Millinery, Jacqueline Lamont Millinery, Hats By Kat Millinery, Kitty Andrews Millinery. Linda Ashton Millinery, Lisa Shaub Fine Millinery, Lopeti Etu Millinery, Michael McCants Originale, Millli Starr Millinery, Monika Fine Millinery, Wearable Art By Nora Navarro, Rosebud NY Millinery.
Many thanks to the Art Institute for supporting us at fashion week.
Austin certainly does not have a shortage of fashion events and just when you think the holiday season will slow things down, bam!…there’s one last one…but this one was well worth the wait.
This show was more of a launch party for hair stylist Ron King’s new self named salon that opened back in August and located on the stylish corner of the Four Seasons Hotel and residence property.
While the Fashionably Austin photographers were getting camera ready at the end of the runway, show producer Melissa d’Atillio of Fly Productions did the model run thru and then it would soon be lights up, music and show time!
Ron King addressed the crowd and expressed that the event was more than just a fashion show. Ron awarded a cosmetology student, Briana Flores, with a scholarship provided by Youth Works.
The first fashion show featured a L’Oreal hair fashion show. The models wore nude body suits and strutted down the catwalk with hair sculptured in ways you never thought was possible.
Fashion designer Thuy (pronoucned “twee”) Diep’s made a special Austin appearance and gave the Austin audience a taste of her Spring 2011 collection. The line was a mix of casual chic with understated “romantic sophistication.” There was also a burst of sparkle seen on many of the pieces embellished with brightly colored large disk sequins. Each model also donned strappy high heels with a dazzling clutch in hand. Kahki, orange, blue, and floral motifs were also sent down the runway…colors and prints you won’t want to be without for the upcoming season.
After the show the celebration continued with a post party at the new Ron King Salon and then the party moved to a beautifully decorated space in the residences accessorized with Andy Warhol art.
You may be in for more upscale fashion productions as Ron is committed to bringing more named fashion designers to Austin. To find out more about Ron’s salons, click here.
Thank you to Fashionably Austin photographer Gregg Cestaro for covering the event. Enjoy the pictures.
In gratitude for a fantastic year, Deborah Main Designs is having a Holiday Studio Sale featuring over 50 one-of-a-kind designer pillows for you to choose from. The perfect gift for the women on your list – especially if you’re looking for something unique you’ll never find anywhere else.
Just call the studio at (512) 447-9807 to let them know you’re on your way and if you bring one friend to the studio and both purchase a “Bathtub Bargain” designer pillow, you’ll get a FREE collectible one-of-a-kind vintage button ornament for you to keep or give as a gift.
Sale prices from 25 -75% off retail at our South Austin Studio, so please call ahead as there are no set hours. Call (512)447-9807 to be sure we’re there to assist you in your selection!
Just because the economy is in a slump doesn’t mean you have to look like a slouch! Finding a great deal might be just what you need to take the edge off a tight clothing budget! And when you can find a great deal in Austin at a new boutique, it will make you feel even better!
The women of Feather’s Boutique opened their newest addition, MOSS Designer Consignment on December 9th to help you find the latest designer fashions at a reasonable savings.
Owners Masha Harmeier and Emily Hoover’s fashionable store offers more than fifty designer labels at up to 75% off retail prices. “We hand select fresh and current pieces from covetable lines like Marc Jacobs, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Chloe, Gucci and Prada,” notes Harmeier.
MOSS also offers a large selection of party dresses, silk blouses, casual separates, cocktail/evening wear, shoes and handbags.
MOSS Designer Consignment is open from Monday through Thursday 11a.m. – 7p.m., Friday and Saturday 11a.m.-8p.m., and Sunday 11a.m.-6p.m. and is located at 705 B South Lamar. Parking lot and street parking available.
One of the most anticipated collections to see during fashion week is the Isaac Mizrahi show. Not only is he a talented designer, but he also seems to have a good pulse on business. He continues to broaden his branding opportunities to keep his name on various products and projects. His collections are always wearable, feminine and the Spring 2011 collection did not disappoint. Like many designers, the collection was divided into very distinct sections. The floral pieces were certainly my favorite and of course the the gowns were real show stoppers. Those pieces were very “80′s”, but very classic.
The details on the collection included embellished gowns, sequined collars and matching wristlets. The fabric on many pieces looked like images made from a copy machine, thus the name of his collection IM Xerox. Florals appeared in long and short, which was a big trend in not only Isaac’s collection but for nearly every one this season.
You’ve heard about the “messy bun” trend…well for this show it was total messy hair look. Make up by Shiseido products was applied sparingly with the accent on a very coral lip.
Enjoy the video and pictures from the end of the runway.
Also, many thanks to Bon Bon by Micah Yancey who supported us at New York Fashion Week and wearing the Bon Bon jewelry was scrumptious! Get to know a little more about Micah in the video we did before Austin Fashion Week.
At Lovely Austin we’ve re-defined traditional consignment shopping by developing a boutique style experience that caters to local designers, artists and fashionistas alike. Come explore the unexpected treasures at Lovely Austin!
We believe that our shop should be a reflection of the lovely people who live in this unique city. There are many things that are important to us; living elegantly and simply, doing our part to be green, and providing a space where women can come together to buy, sell and trade wonderful goods.
Our collections are a reflection of these beliefs and we offer a variety of gently used fashions, eclectic jewelry and contemporary lines designed by talented local designers. It is our mission to redefine the expectations of consignment.
The themed runway shows by Anna Sui are always a delight and for her Spring 2011 collection the midwest prairie painted mural was the backdrop and inspiration for a collection that had pattern, pattern, and more pattern. The updated flowy fabrics were accented with soft ruffled siloutettes, with touches of velvet. The black eyelet pieces were layered, but I was intrigued with the pants that were cinched at the knees and flowed out with large bell bottoms. The whimsical headdresses were detailed with straw and flowers and reminded me of woodstock minus the music. In fact, one pair of shorts were crocheted like an afghan my grandmother made. Now that is vintage! The models in this show were beautifully styled and the most stunning I saw during fashion week.
This collection was a celebration of Anna’s 20th anniversary and she celebrated in true Anna style.
We also wish to thank Micah Yancey of Bon Bon from Austin for supporting us at fashion week. The beautiful bobbles she gave me to wear during the week were worn with Austin pride! You can also find out more about Micah and her jewelry collection from the video I shot before Austin Fashion Week. Enjoy!
Designer Yoana Baraschi made her first fashion week appearance by holding a presentation style showing of her Spring 2011 collection. AND, to help her make her first showing a success she chose Austin’s Melissa d’Atillio of Fly Productions to create a fun, whimsical and flity atmosphere for the international press to capture the images. A presentation is where the models are standing and “modeling” the clothes like mannequins…not a typical runway show. The excitement of a runway show does have its merit, but the presentation can let a photographers shoot the clothes from many different angles and shoot a lot more pictures as well.
Her inspiration was “A Woman Fierce In Spirit”. It was very apparent with the soft details, floral prints accented by pill box hats with netting and lace bobbie socks. Some looks, with the dropped waist detailing looked very similar to vintage ’20′s flapper looks.
The mix and match of fabrics seems to be a little off then you first look at the collection but it was very cohesive and will appeal to several age groups. The four areas of her collection were very different from a collection with animal prints, which she told me she does on a regular basis, soft whites, florals and a nautical splash of looks.
Lead makeup artist was Diane Kendal and the team used MAC, Kryolan and, Bobbi Brown products. Hair was provided by the Redken/Cutler hair team.
Many thanks to Dress Shop in Austin, TX who helped support us at Fashion Week in New York. Owner Leslie Gandy is a big Yoana Baraschi fan and stocks many of her pieces in her store. And yes, you will be able to buy many of her pieces from the collection this spring.
Dress Shop is located at 315 Congress.
Many thanks to Fashionably Austin photographer Ashley Andreano for shooting the pictures at the event.
Former Klub Kidd, Valeri Abrego Liszewski (Jinxy) had teenage aspirations to create an recycled art non-gender specific clothing line to serve the needs of the eclectic and fashionably creative. Three years ago, it became a dream come true after a roller derby themed fashion show. With the help of her friends from TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls and Red 7, her altered costume looks created a “runway” for the Jinxedaposed label.
Jinxedaposed Clothing offers womens, men, and transgender custom demi-couture and ready-to-wear clothing and accessories.
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Gabrielle Ledesma shaped her company around a motto in hopes that the “genius” would sprout from that. So she coined the phrase “Unique But Never Stuffy”. She want the handbags she designed to be elegant, fun, chic, and affordable. “I loved the idea that people could carry a designer original without having to take a second mortgage out on their house” says Gabrielle.
As a lover of handbags herself, she considers herself a student; of the art of designing and hand-making handbags. Making handbags is a journey for her – from fledgling concept to finished product, she says that she lives within the stitches of each bag she creates.
Support Austin designer Gabrielle Ledesma and shop at her online store at www.gabsbags.net.
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