Top Picks for Austin Fashion Week

The 7th annual Austin Fashion Week has returned with an all new lineup. There will be three different runway shows: DISCOVER, STARS, and FINALE. The DISCOVER show features designers from all over the US, STARS features Project Runway designers and FINALE features local designers and Mash Ups. BERNINA has partnered with the Austin Fashion Fund to help sponsor local emerging designers and you can too. Snag a ticket to one of AFWs runway shows or show your support buy stopping by one of the many free events around town.


1. AUSTIN FASHION WEEK KICKOFF

Friday, April 10 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Tickets $20 at Speakeasy

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Kick off AFW 2015 with a night of vintage beauty at Speakeasy. Austin stylists will be showing off their hair and make-up skills in a 20th century decade-themed style show. View the Mash Up competition images in full color on life sized canvases. Cocktails will be served while you mingle with the stylists who made the looks possible.


2. “RETAIL ON RAINEY” SOIREE

Saturday, April 11 2:00PM – 7:00PM

Free at Drafting Room

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L’Estelle House & Drafting Room are pairing up for a day of retail therapy. The French inspired comfort food bistro and local beer and wine tap room share an outdoor space which will be home to local retail shops selling clothing, jewelry, purses and home decor! L’Estelle will be giving away free bites while drinks will be available for purchase at Drafting Room.


3. “RHODE RESORT & SUZANNA DAI” SOIREE

Tuesday, April 14 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Free at Found Austin

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Stylist Ashley Hargrove hosts RHODE RESORT and SUZANNA DAI with FOUND Austin! Designers Phoebe Vickers and Purna Khatau of Rhode Resort along with Suzie Gallehugh of Suzanna Dai are going to be there. There will be nibbles, cocktails and a raffle for an outfit from the featured brands. The first twenty arrivals will receive a goodie from GertieGlam.


4. “STELLA AND THE HOUNDS” SOIREE

Thursday, April 16 6:30PM – 9:00PM

FREE with RSVP at Red Stella

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Red Stella’s annual Austin fashion week event will showcase hair and makeup looks, clothes from Once Bitten and the Greyhounds will be on the catwalk!There will also be Acrobats, DJ Cheekbones, a photo booth, open bar, raffle and more.
• Please RSVP on Facebook to keep the bar flowing.


5. AUSTIN FASHION WEEK: FINALE

Saturday, April 18 6:00pm (Gallery & VIP Open), 8:00pm (Runway Shows)

TICKETS: $20 – $195 at Austin Music Hall

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FINALE, formerly the Austin Fashion Awards, will feature an awards ceremony along with some of Austin’s favorite designers showing collections on the runway. The Mash Ups will also be featured live on the catwalk. In addition, the Gallery will be showcasing over forty stunning jewelry and accessories lines for viewing all night. Samantha Plasencia, Nine Muses, Ross Bennett, Gail Chovan, Sally Daneshjou, Rare Trends, This is Sloane, LaRue Designs will be on the runway.

Bonus: FINALE AFTER PARTY

Saturday, April 18 | The Madison

10:00pm or Immediately Following Finale

The official Austin Fashion Week FINALE After Party is going down at The Madison on West Fifth. FINALE ticket-holders are all invited to attend, but if you didn’t make it to the show you can try one of the unofficial afterparties.


Click here for tickets and the full schedule of Austin Fashion Week events.


Written by: Katelyn Orlowski
Images Courtesy of:
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