Fashion X Austin's ~ Austin Fashion Week – New Events include Style Queen's Premiere and Moda X Mexico

It’s that time of year in our fashionable city!  This weekend starts several days of in-store parties, get together’s that will feature all that the Austin fashion scene has to offer.  The event is now going into the 9th year, and while many things have changed,  some are still very familiar.  The runway shows are always crowd pleasers and they seem to get better every year.  From up-and-coming designers, to celebrity status Project Runway names, you won’t be disappointed.  Don’t forget to get your tickets to the runway shows!!
Moda  X Mexico, a black tie affair, is the first-ever Austin Fashion Week event of its kind.  All attendees will enjoy front row seating, featuring full collections presented by Mexico’s most influential designers Abel LópezAmor & RosasBenito SantosOlmos & Flores, and Paco Mayorga while indulging in Mexican-inspired food and drinks.

Abel Lopez

In addition to these full collections, meet and shop acclaimed accessory designers Ambaria GaleríaArte JoyasLørdag & SøndagMarina Gutiérrez Jewelry, and Smile & Shine. View a special installation by Mandarin Design Lab. The event will benefit the Hispanic Alliance.
And to kick off the week-long fun, the first-night will feature a unique event with the premiere of Style Queens, Episode 1 – Taylor Swift.  The already sold out event will get the week started off in style with a fun night of fashion and film and a will be fun to reconnect with old fashion friends.
STAX Entertainment in association with Future Sight Entertainment has chosen Austin as the premiere city fo Style Queens an hour-long show centered on celebrity fashion icons and their unique style. Distributed by Content Entertainment, Style Queens is currently airing on NBC Style Network in Australia and Discovery Channel in the Middle East. U.S.A. and European broadcast will be announced soon. Episode 1 features Taylor Swift and her signature style evolution throughout her career. Style Queens provides a glimpse into Swift’s trendsetting looks and passion for her two fur babies, Olivia and Meredith, her Scottish Fold cats.
Episode 1 stars some of Austin, Texas’ most fashion-forward including celebrity stylist Holly Mills-Garner, Heather Campbell-Green, Ricky Hodge, Anne Hudson, and Christian Ramirez, who discuss what trends Swift has created, reviews about her red carpet looks, and how her style has developed.
The event is invite-only (currently sold out) and will officially open Fashion X Austin’s Austin Fashion Week and will be held in the heart of downtown Austin at 800 Congress providing a modern glam backdrop for the event, just a few blocks from the State Capitol. Guests will enjoy Dripping Springs Vodka, Salsa Crilolla, and swag from local media darling Fashionably Austin.
Austin is my hometown and I was mentored by Austinites early in my career. I couldn’t think of a better place to premiere the first episode of our program.  Not only does our city exude its own, unique sense of style but our contributors along with Austin Fashion Week are worldwide trendsetters in the fashion industry,” noted Tara Pirnia, Director/ Executive Producer, Style Queens.
Click Here to See the Style Queens Show Trailer!
Additionally, the event has partnered with Marco’s Fund, dedicated in the name of former UT student, Marco A. Baillargeon, assisting first and second generation immigrants who need guidance and support while on their path to becoming successful leaders. One deserving The University of Texas at Austin senior in the Division of Textiles and Apparel will be awarded the Marco A. Baillargeon Scholarship at the premiere.
“It is a great honor for us and Marco’s memory to help a UT Student find their way towards a successful career in this industry. If we could just help one person realize their dream, then our time and work was well spent,“ Marie-Ginette Baillargeon, Co-Chairman, The Marco A. Baillargeon Fund
The Premiere is made possible with support from:  Fashion X Austin’s Austin Fashion Week, Content Entertainment, POM PR, Fashionably Austin, Dripping Springs Vodka, Sway Water, 800 Congress,  KIND Bar, Twin Liquors, Future Sight Entertainment, Marcos Fund.
About the Filmmakers:

Cheryl is a veteran in the Austin fashion scene.  Austin’s first fashion reporter, she featured local fashion designers and events for more than five years for the 24-hour news station, New 8 Austin and then launched Fashionably in 2009.  She continues to write, photograph and document the local fashion events, trends and designer news for her online magazine.  She is a credentialed member of the New York Fashion Week Press Corps.   Cheryl also received an Austin Fashion Week Trailblazer Award in 2013.
Tara Pirnia – Executive Producer/Director Former UT Student, Tara started as a local Austin entertainment reporter for the former News 8 Austin.  She went on to California to produce/direct many well-noted films, network specials, and documentaries.  Eva Longoria’s Versus series (2016), Cristiano Ronaldo: World at HIs Feet featuring Benedict Cumberbatch (2014) One Direction: The Only Way is UP (2012) and Steve Jobs: iGenius (2012) are a few of her credits.  Most recently she has added the Style Queens series to her list.  The six-part episode show features the lifestyles and fashion choices of the most notable worldwide names, including, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and Kate Middleton. The program currently airs on NBC Style Network and Discovery Channel in certain territories worldwide and will be announced for a USA network broadcast soon.

About the Cast:

Holly Mills-Gardner – TV personality/Host
A former Miss Texas USA, Holly Mills-Gardner has had a very successful career in the TV, Film and Radio industries.  A familiar face in Austin, Holly hosts many charity events and hosts for ESPN/Longhorn Network and she is on the football sidelines as the LIVE “GameDay” host for the Texas Longhorns.  Holly has quite a long list of reporting and hosting experience, reporting for more than 150 show and events including co-hosting the Emmy Award-winning Miss Texas USA Pageant, LIVE on NBC; as well as shows on CBS, E!, ESPN, CMT, Versus and TNT to name a few.  Garner has also many featured roles in top-named movies such as Miss Congeniality and CBS’s Nash Bridges.  She is the go-to personality as an expert for fashion, beauty, and style related productions.
Heather Campbell-Green – Style Expert/Social Media Influencer
Heather frequently contributes to online and print features, as well as consults on television and movie sets. Heather’s love of celeb style was contagious and style editors flocked to her website for her fresh content. Heather’s site has been featured as one of the top 10 “must visit” websites by People StyleWatch and she has been mentioned on ABC News and in magazines like US Weekly and InStyle.   What a stylish Austinite!
Ricky Hodge – Celebrity Hair Stylist
Ricky has collaborated with some of the most notable names in the Austin fashion community to create amazing editorial layouts to styling the hair of Miss Universe and Miss USA to look their best. He was the hair stylist on set for the national jewelry ad campaigns for nationally-known Austin jewelry designer Kendra Scott for many years.  He was recognized by Austin Fashion Week as a Golden Boot recipient and is well-known for being the best blonde colorist. Ricky is an avid bicyclist and is very easy to spot in a crowd wearing his signature bow tie.
Anne Hudson – Radio and Television Personality
A syndicated television and radio personality, Anne is one of Austin’s darling media personalities. Hudson is a former Lifestyle reporter for Time Warner Cable News Austin & San Antonio. Hudson won the Alliance for Women in Media ‘Best TV Personality’ award in 2014. Anne is the morning show co-host on 96.7 KISS-FM’s The Billy The Kidd Show and you can hear her voice middays on KASE 101. She brings an expert opinion to the Taylor Swift show as she has met and interviewed the Style Queen!
Christian Ramirez –  Style Expert/TV Personality
Founder of CRStyles, Christian is well-known and a face on the Austin fashion scene. A noted wardrobe stylist to the stars and national TV fashion commentator, Christian has taken the Latin world by storm with his styling expertise. His large clientele, including Adamaris Lopez, Alejandra Espinoza, and Maite Perroni to name a few.  His hand at styling has been seen on the red carpets of the Latin Billboards, Latin Grammy’s, Latin American Music Awards. He has also styled for magazine editorials including People en Espanol, Hola Magazine Vanidades and more.
Steve Frank: Scottish Fold Cat Breeder – Based in Austin, Texas Brits and Folds specializes in breeding and placing adorable British Shorthair and Scottish Fold breeds. Steve is a cat expert and makes sure his animals are bred in only the best and humane standards. He brings an insightful and informative background about Taylor Swift’s breed of choice.  In fact, Taylor has two Scottish Fold cats named after two of her favorite television characters, Olivia Benson from Law and Order and Meridith Gray from Gray’s Anatomy.
 Dr. Audrey Wystrach – Veterinarian – She grew up on a working cattle ranch with her five siblings in southern Arizona. She has spent nineteen years in companion animal private practice and two years in corporate veterinary practice. Over her career, she has developed, administered and owned veterinary hospitals. She received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1994. As the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of ZippiVet, Dr. Wystrach is committed to client education, premium customer service, and excellent veterinary care. As a working mother of three, she understands the challenges of a busy life and strives to bring convenience and affordability to veterinary medicine.  Dr. Wystrach shares information in the Taylor Swift Style Queen episode about the health and fun facts about the breed.

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