Jewelry Showcase at The Driskill
On Tuesday night, designers from around Texas and the Unites States came together to show off their designs at the beautiful Driskill Hotel; and our Fashion Reporter Rebecca Gonzalez had the privilege of talking to some of these amazing jewelry designers. Designers from Austin, Houston, Laredo, Dallas, and even New York and San Francisco presented gorgeous creations made from brass, silver, and gold ranging in such unique items as stingray skin, guitar strings and nylon-coated stainless steel.
Tracy Tenpenny showed us her edgy side with designs inspired by her very own name! Models strutted down the runway wearing a shawl, belt, anklets all made out of tenpenny weight nails. A very unexpected and delightful concept for the evening’s runway show.
New York designer Meghan Patrice Riley’s showcased works inspired by the flexibility and strength of nylon- coated stainless steel to weave and crochet bracelets and necklaces with a lightweight voluminous feel. She said, “I love the volume and bold look of these pieces, but they are so lightweight and airy!” Also creating jewelry from metal wire is Dallas designer Abbie Chesney for Eye on the Sparrow Designs. She uses guitar strings to create funky and bold jewelry. She uses the reclaimed strings to create a “restoration” piece as a way to connect music lovers to musicians.
Creating bold and daring pieces is Laredo designer Patricia de Leon for Leonatti. She has spent much of her time learning and getting inspiration from Jewelry Capitol San Miguel deAllende, Mexico. And although her pieces are bold and chunky, her use of pearls and ribbons keeps them young, fresh and feminine. Another bold, daring designer is Austin-based Leighelena. Her use of exotic skins like stingray, anaconda, and python make some very unique and exciting accessories!
Photography By Dark Flame Studios
La Belle Vie Soiree
Mirror Mirror Salon created a French Carnivale inspired Austin Fashion Week event that was a visual and sensual delight. The soiree featured headpieces and accessories by Megan Pinto Designs and bridal fashions by CiarlaBridal. The evening featured fabulous entertainment with carnival games, adult Italian icees, a balloon artist, and photo booth.
Musical entertainment was provided by Ava Arenella, drinks from Cinco Vodka, Waialua & Dos XX, food from Kurant Catering and Sarabelles, fun and fashion including the latest styles from CiarlaBridal,
Hill Country Galleria Events
On Tuesday, Austin Fashion Week circled the wagons around the Hill Country Galleria with all but three events focused in the beautiful shopping destination. Fashion Reporter Soloni Behl hit the pedestrian-friendly upscale fashion boutiques and share’s her Austin Fashion Week evening on the town.
Thanks to Gregg Cestaro Photography for providing event coverage of the Hill Country Galleria events.
Runway Ready by Milk & Honey
” The Hill Country Galleria events were creative, amazing, and a lot of fun. The first showcase I attended was “Briolette Jewelry” hosted by Milk + Honey Salon with food provided by Sugar Pop Sweet Shop. It was an intimate affair that was semi casual it felt like a dessert party! Guests got a chance to look at the newest jewelry designs by Nicole Martinez and Jayne Malasko. The designers were best friends who started their business in 2009 and have quickly began to expand their business. The jewelry is made in Austin and Los Angeles the pieces were trendy, whimsical, and unique.”
Francesca’s – Little Bit of Glitz and Glam
“The second event I attended was hosted by Francesca’s Collections featuring “Jewelry by Ally” designed by Allison Schwaba which was handcrafted jewelry and hair accessories. The afternoon started off with sparkling champagne, beautiful clothing, and trendy accessories. The event gave off a stylish, and youthful vibe. The clothes were fun, on trend, and the accessories were colorful with bit of a vintage vibe. Ally was a 24 year old designer who started out making earrings as a hobby then had requests from tons of friends and eventually she turned it into a business. “Jewelry by Ally” created beautiful colorful earrings, feather hair extensions, it was very playful, and hipster looking jewelry perfect for the younger generations!”
“Apricot Lane was the third event I attended which was promoted “Gabs Bags” designed by the talented Gabrielle Ledesma. Gabrielle designed new bags and even took old vintage bags and adding new materials, and twists here and there to create all new handbags! Gabrielle does custom orders and sells her bags on etsy.com”
Toni & Guy
“Last but not least, I attended the Toni & Guy showcase, a runway show featuring intricate hair designs, and elaborate makeup on the models. Store manager Sara Fuentes gave us a tour of the gorgeous and modern salon and gave away generous swag bags containing hair products and coupons! Lucky me!”