Austin Fashion Week 2016 Kicks Off at Speakeasy

A fashionable Austin crowd packed the downtown Speakeasy space enjoying drinks, music and celebrating the kick off of Austin Fashion Week.  Most of the crowd who attended were members of the many mashup teams competing for the popular Golden Boot award for Critics Choice and People’s Choice Award

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Cheryl Bemis, Kara Swinney, Dani Austin, Michelle Zuzek, Lyda Hampton and Ariella Montenegro.

The Mash Up teams comprised of a designer, make up artist, hair artist and photographer put together some fashionable and creative looks for a final image printed out on canvas.  Each of the final prints were displayed at the venue with each of the models dressed in their mash up photo attire.  Most of the night was filled with social media posting, and taking photos of all the teams and talk of the Golden Boot winners.
An intimate post Kick Off Party with some of Austin’s most noted fashion bloggers was hosted by Sullivan’s and the Austin Fashion Week founders Matt and Kara Swinney.   Attendees included: Jessi Afshin from The Darling Detail (2014 Golden Boot Winner – Rising Star),  Mandy Mayekawa, PomPR, Paola Reyes, Dani Austin, The Dani Austin, Photographer Lyda Hampton and PomPR founder Kristen Chin.  I also got to meet blogger Kayley Beery and we chatted over wine and it was an honor to be the guest of blogger Michelle Kuta Zuzek of The Style Beacon.
Jessi Afshin, Paola Reyes, Mandy Mayekawa

I am looking forward to more fun events this week and hope to see you all at the end of the runway during the runway shows at the JW Marriott starting on Thursday.  Happy Fashion Week everyone!
unnamed (2)Critics Choice award went to tea, Le Generateur.  Mash Up team members include:
Photographer: Kurt Lawson
Hair Stylist: Kari Larson
Makeup Artist: Mandy Bustamante
Model: Jenna Bracewell
Apparel: Danny Nguyen
unnamed (3)People’s Choice award went to team Synergy.  Mash Up team members include:
Photographer: Twinty Photography
Hair Stylist: Ashley Sweeney
Makeup Artist: Ashley Sweeney
Model: Riley Fowler
Apparel: Shavanthe
Jewelry: Dale Ellison

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