It’s been a busy week full of models, make up artists and fashion designers, all strutting their stuff at the Driskill Runways & Marketplace events. As ecclectic as Austin itself, I witnessed enviable designs for men, women, plus-size and children, with the designers mirroring their fabulous creations. Highlights from these three days include Austin’s very own IsabellaRose Fashion by 10 year-old designer Isabella Taylor, Parrott by Sarah Parrot and Nikki Poulos.
Sparkle and shine were not only on the runway, but also in the Driskill Marketplace, where boutiques set up shop to offer stylish guests jewelry, handbags, shoes and more. I was amazed by Crystal 4U, who will bedazzle any pair of shoes you have, giving them a new lease on life. From sneakers to stilettos, Crystal4U can transform your shoes from boring to bling! I also stopped by Raven + Lily, a “socially responsible brand dedicated to empowering women through design partnerships and sustainable economic opportunities.” This brand offers jewelry and accessories created by women in Ethiopia, India and Cambodia, who are employed through fair trade standards. 100% of the net proceeds support Raven + Lily’s mission to empower women. I love fashion you can feel good about!
Special shout out to 2012 CW Star Winner Mic Trotty, who I had the pleasure of chatting up between runway shows. He shares my love of fashion, media and nerdiness, also being a fellow comic book collector and Batman fan. Mic will continue to cover entertainment events around Austin as the reigning CW Star, so please show him some love and go ‘Like’ his Facebook Page. Congrats Mic!
Scroll down to see the collection of fabulous runway shows at the historic Driskill Hotel and don’t forget that tonight is the Austin Fashion Awards Presented by CW Austin at Austin Music Hall. Red carpet starts at 6:30PM and the show at 7:30PM. You can view a complete list of nominees here and purchase tickets here. Happy Fashion Week!