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On the breezy rooftop of The Belmont, Luxe PR & Promotions hosted its first Fashion Talks Austin on Friday evening. Fashion Talks Austin is a series of fashion networking events aimed at providing opportunities for the Austin fashion community to mix, mingle, connect, and network with professional and established fashion industry personnel from larger markets. The event’s sponsors were Celestino Couture, Ron King Salon, Austin Lifestyle Magazine, and Austintatious Deals.

The night’s special guest was NYC Fashion Designer Sergio Guadarrama of Celestino Couture, who has worked with top models, photographers and professionals in fashion industries all over the world. Sergio spoke about his fashion journey and attendees had an opportunity to ask questions. Sergio believes that fashion is an art and wants to bring back the sense of dressing. His inspiration are the women themselves, and he uses each woman’s unique qualities and persona into the designs he creates.

Several students who showcased their designs at the UT Fashion Show also attended the event, and one of the design students, Britni Whittington, will be interning with Celestino Couture in New York. Overall, the event had a great turnout, giving professionals from various backgrounds and industries an opportunity to network, drink champagne and enjoy seeing the latest designs. We look forward to the next Fashion Talks Austin!

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Skulls, snakes, bats, knives and guns–along with soft, classic stones–made up the strikingly rich jewelry display at Malverde on Thursday evening. Hosted by Joanna Latham in downtown Austin, fashion mavens got a chance to try on interesting and exquisite jewelry. Turkish-born Alp Sagnak, a designer based in New York, warmly welcomed guests and shared about his creative work.

Sagnak fuses classic Ottoman Empire jewelry with edgier designs. Each unique piece is crafted by hand; no two pieces are the same. Inspired by the duality of the human psyche, some of his pieces embody a magical, gothic air while others emanate refinement and beauty. One cannot help but want to wear any one of Sagnak’s pieces, whether it’d be a mermaid or a delicate stone, for they will not go unnoticed. Sagnak’s boutique is located on Spring Street in SoHo, New York.

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Fashionably Austin is excited to offer the official DVD of the 2011 University of Texas Fashion Show, “Innovation”. The video, filmed and produced by Fashionably Austin will feature backstage preparations, highlights from the end of the runway, the Orange Runway  and the exhibition.  Also featured will be the exciting individual student collections and the winners of each fashion competition from the graduating fashion design class.

Order your official University of Texas “INNOVATION” Fashion Show DVD Online NOW!

A portion of the proceeds benefit the UT Fashion Group. Shipment in 2 – 3 weeks.

ONLY $25

Thank you to our sponsor: UNIVERSITY CO-OP

Here’s a look at the University of Texas designers in their finale walk.

Meet the 2011 University of Texas Fashion Designers

Sophia AlBanna

Hometown: Houston, TX

Major: Textiles and Apparel Design

Collection: cOUture ARchiTecture

My passion for mixing various textures of fabric inspired my collection. My collection focuses on movement and the specific placement of pieces through the use of chain, lace, and the natural fibers from silk and leather. Silk chiffon, dupioni silk, silk crepe and two shades of silk burlap are all incorporated. I worked with three thicknesses of leather, all of which are part of the neutral family. Additionally, the beaded lace I used adds a sheer and ornate touch when the garments are seen from the runway.

Recognition: One of the winners of “most creative design” for the Co-Op dress design competition.

Internship: After graduation I will be an assistant designer for an interior decorator here in Austin, TX for the months of June and July. Then, in the fall, I plan to live in New York for a semester and intern in the fields of either styling or fashion design. After getting experience in these two fields of design I will hopefully begin my career in the one I am most passionate about!

Favorite Desigenrs: Elie Saab, Marchesa, L.A.M.B., and Christian Louboutin

Christopher Pham

Hometown: Plano,TX

Major: Textile and Apparel Design

Collection: At the Races

I’m a rower at the University of Texas at Austin and my inspiration was the prestigious rowing regatta, The Henley Royal Regatta, held in Henley England. I also was inspired by traditional English Bespoke Tailoring. For my collection, i tried to use the highest quality of fabrics that include a great silk/wool blend, a fine washed white linen and a beautiful navy striped twill wool. My collection is for the man that is sophisticated, athletic, and respects tradition and hard work.

Recognition: First Place at theNeiman Marcus Fashion Illustration Competition at the Dallas Career Day Fashion Symposium, 2010

Internship: Ralph Lauren – Men’s Purple Label, Black Label, Polo Tailored Clothing

Favorite Designers: Ralph Lauren, Thom Brown, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Michael Bastian

Dhanny Indrakusuma

Major: Textiles & Apparel Design

Collection: Pepperland

My collection was inspired by the South Korean ceremonial dress, the Hanbok. I incorporated several design elements from Hanbok into my garments; such as the fullness of the skirt and the asymmetrical bow to produce a fresh and unique design that is also marketable. In my collection, I combined my pieces with military-inspired outerwear to give it a modern look. I dyed the fabrics with sun-blocker coating to protect both the garments and the wearer from the harmful effects of the UV Rays.

Internship: Stephanie Merzon / Austin, TX; Jessica Ciarla / Austin, TX; Working at Texas Performing Arts’ Costume Shop

Favorite Designers: Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Christophe Decarnin and Vera Wang.

Gillian Courtney

Hometown: Detroit

Major: Textiles and Apparel Design

Collection: Ensō “Ensō

The name of my collection is
a Japanese word meaning circle. This collection was an exercise in creating designs through various interpretations and manipulations of the circle.
Favorite Designers: Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, Ann Demeulemeester

Jessica Bird

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Major: Textiles and Apparel Design

Collection: Modern Gem

I took inspiration from lingerie and gemology, which is evident in the muted jewel tone color palette and design lines delineated by contrasting piping and binding. I used brushed silk charmeuse, 3-ply silk, leather, poly crepe, and cotton monks cloth. The result is a modern twist on current silhouettes for the feminine, sophisticated, independent woman.

Internship: Vogue Stylist/Contributing Editor Tabitha Simmons and Joey Showroom / New York City ; Chloe Dao / Houston, TX

Favorite Designers: Max Azria, Alexander Wang, Elie Saab, Helmut Lang

Angela Saenz

Hometown: Austin, TX

Major: Austin Textiles and Apparel

Collection: Apparel Design Electronica

The inspiration for my collection began with the concept of wanting to design clothing not just for a woman of today, but for a woman of tomorrow. I was very interested in exploring uses of new technologies in fashion, including digital printing and incorporating electroluminescent lighting in garments. Using these ideas, my collection became very futuristic and geometric in nature. I also enjoyed juxtaposing structure with softness, vivid colors with dark colors, and woven fabrics with knitted fabrics. My fabrics, which include silk charmeuses and crepe de chines, silk/wool blends, and a modal/cupra knit which I ordered from Japan, were very key in helping me achieve the looks I desired.

Recognition: 2nd Place in the Bridal Competition at Dallas Career Day 2011; One of four student designers awarded Most Creative in the University CO-OP Private Label project – Fall 2011

Internship: Linda Asaf Design / Austin, TX

Favorite Designers: Rodarte, Elie Saab, Vera Wang, Hussein Chalayan, Haider Ackermann

Crystal Colmenero

Hometown: El Paso, TX

Major: Textiles and Apparel

Collection: When Love Takes Over

I was inspired by romantic silhouettes that had a dreamy and ultra feminine look to them. I wanted to create a collection that was elegant but at the same time soft and playful. I used mostly cotton and polyester blends that were easy to drape and created both structured tops and flowing bottoms. When I picture the type of woman that would wear my collection I picture a woman who is sophisticated but at the same time very young and fun. The woman that usually came to mind was someone like Country music star Taylor Swift.

Internship: Linda Asaf Design / Austin, TX and Stephanie Merzo / Austin, TX

Favorite Designers: Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, and Hannah MacGibbon from Chloe

Megan Mehl

Hometown: El Paso, TX

Major: Marketing and Apparel Design

Collection: Retrospective

My collection is a series of colorful dresses inspired by the bold fashions of the late 60s and early 70s. The theme of the fashion show is “innovation”, so I decided that I wanted to work with transformative garments–each dress changes form with the use of tiny magnets in order to be worn in at least two different ways. Throughout the process, my collection evolved as I also became inspired by the beautiful silk and wool fabrics that I found and by the transformative nature of the garments. This is my first chance to put my clothes on a runway, so it was important to me to make the clothing fun and dynamic. My collection was designed with a modern Edie Sedgwick in mind as my muse. She is young, charismatic, fun-loving, and fearless. Selected as part of a small group of students to participate in a pilot honors course program in New York this May, during which we will attend seminars with industry professionals and collaborate on a special project.

Internship: Design & PR with local designer

Favorite Designer: Galliano

Lindsey Wetesnik

Hometown: San Antonio

Major: Textile and Apparel Design

Collection: Birds of a Feather

My collection is inspired by my time in London and Kate Middleton’s classic style using chiffon, ruffles and feathers with an internal corset.

Internship: La Petie Salope / London, England

Favorite Designers: Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, and Giorgio Armani

Noelle Alyssa Garcia

Hometown: Katy, TX

Major: Textiles and Apparel Design

Collection: Lolita

Lolita is about bold colors and a feminine look. I used silk crepe de chine and silk chiffon and digitally printed my own fabric for my collection. The ideal woman for my collection likes classic pieces but still looks young and feminie.

Recognition: Private label scholarship from UT Co-op to create a Game Day dress.

Internship: Miguelina / New York City and Herff Christiansen / Austin,Tx

Favorite Designers: Diane von Furstenburg, Gucci, BCBG Max Azria, Robert Rodriguez

Kalgari Ferris

Hometown: Conroe, TX

Major: Textiles & Apparel Desig

Collection: Steampunk Panache

My collection is all about steampunk-inspired couture. Each of my fabrics are of exceptional quality and include silks, leathers and cottons. All garments are lined with high-quality bemberg lining to maintain breathability. Each piece was designed as a statement of pride and empowerment. The woman who would wear this garment would be proud of herself, her accomplishments, her individuality, and her own appeal. She would be strong and confident and she would know just exactly who she is and what she wants. These garments would be an outward expression of her own inner strength.

Recognition: Creativity Award for the University Co-op Game Day Dress Design Competition;

Up and Coming Designer in Tribeza Magazine

Internship: Linda Asaf Design / Austin, TX

Favorite Designers: John Galliano, Betsey Johnson, and Vera Wang

Britni Whittington

Hometown: Longview, TX

Major: Textiles and Apparel Design

Collection: Today’s Vintage

I am inspired by past fashion eras and wanted to design something that would have the look and feel of vintage clothing, but could be worn by today’s woman. The first fabric that inspired me was an off-white netting with a vintage look and is in every piece of my collection. The kind of woman who would wear my collection is someone who likes to go out after work and needs a versatile outfit that can dressed up or down with accessories. So whether she’s going to a job or just attending a casual lunch with some close friends, my customer would feel fashionable and comfortable.

Internship: Celestino / New York City

Favorite Designers: Chloe, Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Chanel

Heidi Mashaka

Hometown: Austin, TX

Major: Textiles and Apparel Design

Collection: The Honeymoon Collection

My collection was inspired by late 1950′s Hawaiian Resort Wear. I want to go into the bridal industry after graduation and wanted to find a way to promote my collection to brides after their big day. I was inspired by the swimwear of the era which can be seen in both sundresses as well as the high waisted shorts. The collection is vintage inspired with modern relevance and appeal.

Recognition: Honorable Mention in the University Co-Op Dress Competition, Fall 2010

Internship: Erica Angeline Bridal / Atlanta, GA

Favorite Designers: Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta

Briana Gardner

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Major: Textiles and Apparel Design

Collection: Ethnic Eclectic
For my collection I chose to work with a variety of denims from chambray to bull denim and stretch denim. I also designed my own print on a lightweight cotton voile which serves as the focus of my collection. The type of guys and gals who would wear my collection are free-spirited and easygoing and love to mix fashion with fun. I was deeply inspired by ethnic fashion and folklore meshed with eccentric cuts and shapes. The print I designed was inspired by the Japanese lantern flower which represents good fortune and blessing.

Internship:  Michael Faircloth / Dallas, TX

Favorite Designers:  Marc Jacobs, Dries Van Noten, Band of Outsiders, Thom Browne and Alexander McQueen

Rachel Brady

Hometown: Liberty, TX

Major: Textiles and Apparel Design

Collection: Texturize Your Closet

I was inspired by textures well as how they can be contrasted with an opposite texture. My collection is designed like a wardrobe with each piece working together in such a way that a lady can effortelssly wear any bottom and pair it with any top. I found a slubby tweed like fabric and wanted to contrast it will a soft silk along side a gold sequin fabric, creating interesting looks that a person might not normally wear together.

Internship: Linda Asaf and Stephanie Merzon / Austin, TX ; Assistant with Chicka~d / Austin, TX

Favorite Designers: Marc Jacobs, Prada, Lisa Bruemmer for Anthropologie, Miu Miu, Lanvin and Moschino

Daniel Guinn

Hometown: Tyler, TX

Major: Texas Apparel Design

Collection: Rio Bravo

My collection was insprired by classic movies and famous actors from the past. I used a yellow crepe wool in all three of my designs, which ended up presenting a few challenges but came out well. All three of my designs incorporate hidden pockets. The two menswear designs have what I call the “girlfriend pocket”, it’s a pocket in the back of the jacket with a zipper that is only accessible by someone else besides the wearer, i.e. your date. Everytime I go to a formal event my date hands me three items; a cell phone, an I.D. or credit card, and some kind of make-up product. This “girlfriend pocket” allows her to put her stuff in a pocket that she can access without having to ask the wearer of the jacket and keeps the man, who usually has already planned his pocket allocations, from having overstuffed pockets, which can be uncomfortable and just looks bad. The womenswear design has a hiden pocket in the bottom of the jacket that is for shoes to allow a woman to carry the shoes after a formal event while wearing more comfortable shoes.

Elise Romero

Hometown: Austin, TX

Major: Textiles and Apparel Design

Collection: Through the Forest

My inspiration came from vintage photos and was inspired by all the things nature has to offer. I designed my collection for a whimsical type of girl who’s not afraid of an adventure. In a few of my pieces I dyed my own fabric as well as gave it a surface design known as “”burn-out”". It gives the fabric a contrasting texture of sheer or silky spots.

Recognition: UT Co-op Dress Competition Winner

Favorite Designers: Rodarte, Rachel Roy, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren

Abigail Rodriguez

Hometown: Austin, TX

Major: Textiles and Apparel Design

Collection: Field of Love

I took my inspiration from a quote I heard in church, a few months ago – “Love is like a fire running free in a field, you cannot stop it.” My Spring collection is designed for women in their late 20′s to mid 40′s and is classic and traditional with a country vibe. I used different types of suedes with a lot of silk fabrics as well. My collection has eco-friendly aspects including the use of non-toxic paints and fabric dyed with tea.

Recognition: Fashion Group International Dallas Career Day – Dress designed for Little Red Dress Competition was featured in Fashion Show

Internships: Worked with various fashion shows dressing models, welcoming and seating guests, and creating stage design and production.

Favorite Designers: Jason Wu, Ralph Lauren, Dolce&Gabbana, Nina Ricci, Derek Lam, Oscar de la Renta

Miranda Ward

Hometown: San Antonio

Major: Textiles and Apparel Design

Collection: Wine Country Fashion

My inspiration for my collection was wine country and classic silhouettes like the tunic and and polo. I used the colors of wine (red, pink, and yellow) and increased the saturation for the fabrics in my collection. I used color blocking as an interpretation of the popular wine flavors like merlot, pinot grigio, and rose. I chose to use silk charmeuse for my main fabric in all my pieces because I wanted my garments to be classic and wearable, but also be feminine and make a woman feel pretty.

Internship: Moody Mamas and Nordstroms / Los Angeles

Favorite Designers: Max Azria, Diane Von Furstenberg

Meghan McCabe

Hometown: Richmond, TX

Major: Apparel Design

Collection: Wild At Heart

My collection is a blend of italian knits and recycled crochet pieces, designed for the Fall. Every piece can be dressed up or worn as is. It is comfortable, yet has a girly flair. I was influenced by Missoni (Italian knitwear designer) and brands like Anthropologie and Free People.

Recognition: The University Co-op Private Label Competition – Most Marketable Design

Monica Salem

Hometown: Pflugerville, TX

Major: Apparel Design

Collection: Icing

My designs are all about the female, and to me the word feminine brings to mind soft colors, most importantly pink, delicate and soft looking fabric, for example the stretch lace, micro suede, fur, and stretch velvet. Also, the form of the female body, which I have accentuated using darts, padding, and figure conforming patterns.

Favorite Designer: Jeremy Scott

Colton Gerard

Hometown: Pflugerville

Major: Apparal Design

Collection: Heritage

The inspiration for my collection came from the need to create a collection for a man by a man. I wanted to design something incredibly masculine because I’m a man in a women’s industry, and I am very proud of that. I drew a lot of inspiration from World War 2 uniforms and bags. The heavy use of leather and top stitching used during that period are greatly incorporated within my designs. I took those elements and added a touch of the outdoors and a bit of hunting to give a more current feel to the collection. I looked at Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones as a muse because I wanted to design for a man that was adventurous and daring, but was also charming at the same time. I used fabrics and materials that reflected the outdoors such as duck cloth, wool, buffalo nickels, jute roping, deer antler, and dock rope to create garments that had an inherit American feel to them, hence the title “HERITAGE”.

Favorite Designer: Tom Ford

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To find the latest Spring fashions trends you might turn to the latest issue of your favorite magazine, ask a friend or go window shopping. To make things easy for the fashion challenged or for the fashion diva, The Domain presented their annual Simon Fashion Now event. Food vendors provided sampling, salon booths, artists sketched and a prom dress charity drive was sponsored by Project Princess.

The warm and windy spring weather got shoppers in the mood to shop for all the hot fashion spring trends. The white tent set up right in the middle of the center let attendees see how they can put together great and affordable looks for Spring. Clothing and jewelry were provided by the following retailers:

Dillard’s, Macy’s, Meiman Marcus, Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Anne Fontaine, Banana Republic, bebe, Betsey Johnson, Buckle, Cache, Calypso St. Barth, Charming Charlie, Cole Haan, Forever 21, Lilly Pulitzer, Lucky Brand Luxe Apothetique, Metropark, Michael Kors, Shasa, Southern Thread, Stuart Weitzman, Tommy Bahama, Vans and White House I Black Market.

Here are some of the looks from the end of the runway from Dillard’s and Forever 21.

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Last month Cheryl Bemis of Fashionably Austin got a chance to meet Michael Kors during Paris Fashion Week.  She was on her way to an appointment when she found herself lost in the streets of Paris.  But her disorientation led to a fortunate encounter with the famous designer.  He was gracious in taking a photo, and Cheryl invited him to stop by Austin sometime.  “Oh yes,” Kors replied, “We have a store in the Domain in Austin!”

Michael Kors, a mega designer and one of the judges on Project Runway, was in Paris for his 30th year in business celebration and the opening of his new Rue Saint-Honore store.

When Project Runway moved from Bravo to Lifetime with Season 6 and 7, its audience numbers seemed to decline.  However, Season 8 surpassed four million viewers, breaking ratings record.  And now Project Runway is casting for Season 9! We’ve had many talented designers from Texas and yet to have one from Austin!

Click here to apply to be on Project Runway.

Fashionably Austin was at the last runway show during New York Fashion Week last fall.  Here is coverage of NYFW Spring and Summer 2011 Collections and Project Runway’s Final Four of Season 8. Sponsored by the Art Institute of Austin.

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Five different local brands had an opportunity to showcase their merchandise at Molotov Lounge on Wednesday evening.  TIKKR Watches, Criquet Shirts, StripedShirt, 5th & Lamar, and Helm Boots displayed their items in a laid-back setting while visitors grabbed a drink, hung out, and enjoyed exclusive discounts on watches, polos, tshirts, dress shirts, and boots. TIKKR Watches offers durable watches with a twist of customization; Criquet shirts are made out of organic cotton; StripedShirt provides well-fitted shirts that allow women and children to support their home teams; 5th & Lamar’s mission is to make super slim-fit shirts for men who want to look great; and Helm Boots products are the result of design inspiration and expert leather craftsmanship.

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Tikini Hut and fashion designer Christina will be making a splash tomorrow at their fashion show featuring the hottest looks for spring and summer. Christina’s swimwear was just featured in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and you’ll see her swimwear collection on the runway  Sunday, April 3 at The Phoenix in Austin. Join us to celebrate Christina’s exciting achievement with an afternoon of jazz, shopping and runway shows by Tikini and four more great designers.

The afternoon event will feature music by jazz musicians Pamela Hart and Courtney Sanchez, two of Austin’s most popular vocalists with frequent appearances in Austin’s music scene. Pamela Hart is has toured Europe and performed tribute concerts to Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Courtney Sanchez frequently appears in many of Austin’s longest running musicals and will be appearing in Ain’t Misbehavin’, opening in April 2011.

You’ll also see collections from designers Dina Chavez and World on a String, as well as emerging designers Megan Mehl, Briana Gardner on the runway this Sunday.  Fashionably Austin’s Cheryl Bemis will also be hosting the event.

Shop spring and summer fashions with pop-up shops by Peacock Plum and Electric Frenchie. Peacock Plume is an Austin based online boutique that specializes in unique, affordable clothing and accessories for women. Austin’s Electric Frenchie just got back from the WWDMagic tradeshow in Las Vegas with the hottest trends for spring and summer straight from top designers.

Mimosa Sunday Fashion Show with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Designer Tikini

Sunday, April 3, 2011
3:00 to 7:00 PM

Tickets: VIP and General Admission tickets can be purchased online for $15 – $35 at

Club Phoenix map
409 B Colorado St.
Austin, TX 78701

See the :10 sec event spot featured on YNN!

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Positive energy filled the runway as Alpha Chi Omega presented its 4th annual AXO Fashion show on Friday, April 1st, to benefit SafePlace.  Male and female college students playfully modeled fashions from Banana Republic, C. Jane, Francesca’s Collections, and The Texas Clothier.  Hair provided by Russ and Company Salon and makeup by Rae Cosmetics.  The show was held at the AT&T Conference Center, where guests enjoyed cocktails and got to browse through items for the Silent Auction.  Auctioned items came from various vendors like Kendra Scott Jewelry, Polkadots Cupcake Factory, P. Terry’s, Whole Earth Provision Co., and many more.

The ladies of Alpha Chi Omega are regarded as one of the strongest chapters on the UT campus, striving to excel in values such as Friendship, Leadership, Learning and Service.  Since 2002, SafePlace has partnered with Alpha Chi Omega in helping men, women, and children to confront crisis, overcome difficult situations and build skills necessary to improve their lives.

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You might call it beginner’s luck. But isn’t luck only opportunity you take advantage of? For Austin swimwear designer Christina of Tikini Hut, it didn’t matter that she had never submitted any of her swimsuits for the illustrious annual swimsuit issue for Sports Illustrated before, it only mattered that she was ready for the opportunity.

Christina followed through with a recommendation from a friend who thought her swimwear was magazine quality and ready to grace the pages of Sports Illustrated. And what better way to promote your brand than with a beautiful model photographed by a top photographer on a far away island…for a chance to be in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

After sending Sports Illustrated several of her swimwear designs to consider for the magazine, she contacted and asked to send additional suits. As the deadline for the final selections drew closer, Christina received several of the swimsuits back from the magazine…except for two and on January 31, SI confirmed that those two designs were going to included in the magazine, modeled by Alyssa Miller, and two other designs featured in Sports Illustrated on-line magazine.

When I interviewed Christina at her studio in Austin, I could immediately see that she is passionate about what she creates. While she can design just about anything, swimwear design is what keeps her creative juices flowing. Her focus on the quality of her swimwear designs, colorful and unique fabric choices, and first-class customer service is evidence of her success as a designer and owner of Tikini Hut.

Christina’s collection of Tikini Hut swimsuits are available off the rack and as a custom-designed swimsuit for your body type. The Tikini Hut girl has a shapely figure and is perfect for any age of woman. Tikini swimwear is uniquely designed and embellished with ornaments and jewels, with underwire and comfortable straps making the swimwear collection exceptionally wearable.

The Tikini collections start at $130 are available on the Tikini Hut website. Plans are underway to open a retail store location as well.

Tikini Hut and designer Christina will be making a Fashionably Austin style splash this weekend, Sunday, April 3, at The Phoenix in Austin. Enjoy music by jazz musicians Pamela Hart and Courtney Sanchez and as you see Tikini Hut’s newest spring and summer swimwear collection strut down the runway at the Mimosa Sunday Fashion Show. You’ll also see collections from designers Dina Chavez, Megan Mehl and Briana Gardner.

Mimosa Sunday at Club Phoenix
Sunday, April 3, 2011
3:00 to 7:00 PM

Kick-off the summer fashion season with a fashion show by Tikini Hut Swimwear featured in Sports Illustrated as well as the collections of Dina Chavez, Megan Mehl and Briana Gardner. Enjoy an afternoon of jazz by musicians Pameal Hart and Courtney Sanchez  and shop Electric Frenchie’s cutest spring dresses and swimwear coverups.

Tickets: VIP and General Admission tickets can be purchased online for $15 – $35 at

Club Phoenix map
409 B Colorado St.
Austin, TX 78701

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The one thing that has made this trip so enjoyable has been the weather. It is unusually sunny for this time of year and while it is cold we are still able to enjoy all the sites and events. I was going to walk to the interview I had scheduled but to make sure I arrived promptly I decided to “cab” it and get there. THEN afterwards I knew I would be able to walk back and enjoy some sights and the sunshine.

I traveled to the showroom of Anne Valerie (pronounced in French Val lay) Hash. Anne’s public relations person Claire was most gracious and accommodating. The showroom was an amazing space with the interior decorated in traditional french motifs mixed with ultra modern accents. The actual fashion show was presented the day before the interview so Claire popped in a DVD to show me the collection. A very polite butler asked if I would like something to drink and I was presented with sparkling water in a beautiful glass that was sitting on a white square plate with a napkin. There is just something about the Parisan presentation that makes water taste just a little better.

Anne was running a bit late, so Claire asked if I would be interested in seeing their workroom. I thought this would be a great opportunity to get some video of some of behind-the-scenes action. What I learned was that the Anne Valerie Hash fashion house is one of only eleven haute couture workrooms in the world. Haute Couture is the highest level of custom-made fashion in the industry and you must be approved by the governing board to use the haute couture name on the collection. Anne told me It is a very expensive endeavor and time-consuming since most pieces in a haute couture collection are hand-made with about 15 pieces in an average collection. What a thrill to be standing in the room and feel the energy of a REAL Parisian fashion house.

Anne was very gracious and her interview went very well. Her collection has a very strong Asian presence. Her pieces have a casual, loose and comfortable look with asyymetrical accents. The fabrics she used for the Fall collection are of the highest quality in cashmere and cottons. While I was looking at the collection I immediately knew the fabrics were amazing. You can feel the quality and know they are ultra luxurious. Anne also added some prints to her collection which were inspired by an Asian artist. Adding prints and even color is something new for the designer…her previous collections were all black.

I decided to walk back to the apartment. It was a long walk but it is such a great way to see the people and get the true flavor of the city. With map in hand I was off. I ended up finding a great little sidewalk sale and bought the cutest dress for a STEAL. Then I landed in the middle of the garment and textile district. Ah, yes another great find! There were row after row of fabric stores and shops with great accessories. I took a couple of wrong turns but finally made my way back to the apartment.

When I arrived at the apartment Melissa and Robin were not there…I waited…still not showing up…. I started feeling a little worried. Finally they arrived with a somewhat distraught and slightly “tipsy” Melissa. You have to understand there is always one event that happens to Melissa that makes our “most memorable” fashion week list. Unfortunatly, while in one of most expensive stores in the world, Louis Vuitton, Melissa got pick-pocketed. Quick action was taken to secure all her credit cards and the thief only got a small amount of money. So Robin took her out for Cosmos at The Plaza Athenee, the hotel where Carrie stayed during her brief trip to Paris in the first Sex and the City movie, and that made everything all bette

This was also the night of the Spring Frost Paris Fashion Week preview party in Austin so Melissa had to quickly pull herself together as we had to finish up the video editing for all our fashion week content to date and setup for viewing at the event. Despite Melissa’s tipsy condition we went into dual edit mode to finish up the project. DONE!!

It was memorable day in Paris and the fashion gods lead me on several special fashion journeys. Despite the bad incident for Melissa, the pick-pocketer didn’t get her Chanel sunglasses or the Chanel lipstick…not surprised, they don’t have any taste.

Anne Valerie Hash – Tour of Haute Couture Workshop

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