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Austin’s record heat was no match for the heat generated at Wednesday’s Austin Fashion Week Resort & Swimwear fashion show at the Driskill!

The evening brought out Austin’s fashionistas for their first taste of the Driskill’s runway shows and fun events all over the city like Kendra Scott’s Girl’s Night Out, East Side Cycle Soiree, Bella Bridesmaid, Moss Designer Consignment and more.

Austin Fashion Week Day 5 Video Recap

Swim & Resort Collections at the Driskill

The third night of Austin Fashion Week was all about looking fabulous under the sun with Resort and Swimwear presentations from La Perla, James Tudor, Everything But Water, and Tikini Hut. Hannah Jones from America’s Next Top Model Cycle 16 strutted down the runway along with other models from the Wilhelmina Brown Agency. Our Fashion Reporter shares all the details in her report from the runway on

Video Provided by Sheridan Butler

Photography Provided By Gregg Cestaro Photography

Girl’s Night Out at Kendra Scott Jewelry

A fashionable crowd turned out to celebrate Austin Fashion Week at Kendra Scott Jewelry. Kendra has created a very successful business from her days of walking Austin’s streets selling her designs store to store. Now Kendra’s designs can be seen on celebrities, in magazine layouts, and on TV shows such as Rachel Ray. Kendra recently opened a boutique in Beverly Hills – so you must stop in her Austin boutique to see her glamourous collection sold coast to coast.

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East Side Cycle Soiree

Artists, musicians, and fashionistas joined together to support the Austin Cyclists Association at Wednesday’s Austin Fashion Week event. The event featured clothing designs by John Castro of Kastro Kills, jewelry by Green Goat Designs and hair and makeup by Method Hair.

Drinks were furnished by Treaty Oak Distilling Co. and food was provided by Freebirds World Burrito. Entertainment for the evening was provided by DJ Lord Pyro and Best Best Best Friends Band.

Photography Provided By Ed Lehmann

Bella Bridesmaid Hosts Lana Chu & CiarlaBride

Fashion Reporter Soloni Behl stopped by Bella Bridesmaid, owned by Caycee Harris and Kim Spardelin, who hosted a beautiful Austin Fashion Week event complete with champagne, a band, and featuring bridal designer Jessica Ciarla of Ciarla Bride and hat designer Lana Chu of Lana Chu Designs.

Ciarla has a bridal showroom in Austin in addition to her collection at Bella Bridesmaid. Ciarla offers brides a custom design service for the woman who wants a one-of-a-kind creation for their wedding day.

Millner Lana Chu showed off an impressive hat collection featuring the finest materials that she sources herself from exotic places such as Paris and India. Lana Chu is sold at Bella Bridesmaid and takes custom made orders.

Photography Provided by Andrea Wong

Moss Designer Consignment Features New Designers Petrecia & Monique

Soloni also attended an event at MOSS Designer Consignment on South Lamar Street.  It was held in their boutique and hosted Petrecia & Monique Fashion Designs who started designing in February and were showcasing their first collection. Petrecia & Monique are based in San Antonio and are now selling their designs which are inspired by military and rocker bands.

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Designer Beth McElhaney Shows New Collection at Austin Fashion Week

Beth McElhaney is a very inspirational, artistic woman.  From her hard work ethic to her flamboyant personality, she was the first person in a crowded room that our Fashion Reporter Elizabeth Butler wanted to strike up an insightful conversation with.  Beth is the owner and creator of her own company, Personal Adornments and she has designed a line of carefully crafted fine silver, sterling silver, and gold-filled accents in a sophisticated creation.
Ms. McElhaney often uses gemstones, freshwater pearls, as well as vintage and contemporary glass in her jewelry designs from materials all over the world.  Beth has recently created a new line called HautewIre structured in what she describes as an “organic” design. HautewIre is a design which includes very thin silver strands, almost like fishing line, which ties in stones onto the silver base in which she creates her pieces.  Another line which seemed to spark the interest of many was the ethnic line which were comprised of large beads from all over the world, strung together and fastened to cuffs, chains, etc.

Austin Fashion Week Sale at Dress Shop

The Dress Shop boutique at 315 Congress Avenue had a great accessories sale throughout the day on Wednesday. Shiny necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, handbags and more were buy one, get one 1/2 off!  Great opportunity to complete your fall looks with this once-a-year event! Fashion Reporter Noemi Ortiz stopped by to see what goodies owner Leslie Gandy had on hand.

UT Inspired Make-up and Fashion

Dolce Salon hosted an evening filled with makeovers by Joelle Maryn, makeup artist and owner of Cattiva Cosmetics, fashion by Jodi Sehwaben, designer of Bolsita Bebe, and jewelry by Gretchen Grimm of Black & Bluebird Studios. The evening presented a lovely compact palette from Cattiva Cosmetics that was inspired by University of Texas colors, appropriately titled “Game Time”. Stylist Nikki Hodgkins covered the evening’s event for Fashionably Austin, click here for her full article at the University of Texas inspired cosmetic color palette by Cattiva.

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