By: Bri Thomas
Fashionable attendees flocked back to Vault Space for night two of Fashion X’s Austin Fashion Week. Friday’s runways honored 2018 Style Setter Kirstin Ross, an influential and stylish mother and working woman from ATX who while is ready to deliver a baby any day, she was was a vision in an amazing maternity dress to help celebrate her style. She curated looks from her own closet, which were shown on the runway, and a portion of ticket sales went to the charity of her choice, Dell Children’s Medical Center.
So many great looks were seen on night two, on that 92-foot runway, the longest to date for AFW. (and we didn’t mind from the end of the runway!)
Fans saw Dan Richters’ sleek and futuristic looks, Miles David’s feminine and effortless clothes, Maison Jolie’s bold graphic printed swimwear and Chavon Shree’s bold colors.
In keeping with AFW tradition, three-piece capsule collections from Texas designers. Malen Reyes Couture’s garments were made for fairy princesses. Amberleaf created coats that belong in any and all closets. Cissner/Zuverza’s resort wear made us want a vacation. And Ellis Bell showed ready-to-wear pieces with pockets.
The night ended with full collections from Jimmy Burner. His silky items looked effortless yet edgy, and League of Rebels’ were crisp, with pops of color.
Gunnar Deatherage, who was on “Project Runway” Seasons 9 and 10 and on “Project Runway All-Stars” Season 4, also joined the AFW lineup of showing designers. Since his “Project Runway” days, he has been creating designs for films, for bands and for this new collection, “LEELOO”, which features utilitarian pieces.
“I was really inspired by the fifth element and really inspired by the idea of a utilitarian style, so everything’s adjustable, and this idea of an underground Berlin sex club,” he said. “I mixed them all together to create this very androgynous, easy-to-wear collection.”
And Austin’s own Katie Kime wrapped up the evening, as “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” played and she gave the crowd a glimpse at her new pieces, which were full of life, color and adorable prints. Certainly a crowd favorite.