Wednesday night was a resounding kick off to Austin Fashion Week’s Runways and Marketplace. Throughout the night, the collection that stuck with me the most was Isabella Rose Taylor’s. Aside from being phenomenally accomplished at just 12 years old, this tween was able to present a cohesive collection of modern, wearable clothes for girls in a manner that was unparalleled by any other show that night. Additionally, a few phrases from graphic tees in this show held a lasting influence and were used throughout the week by the likes of Matt Swinney.
Katherine Michael put on a great show. Although her pieces would be a bit more difficult to sport in an everyday scenario, they were beautifully designed and put together and interesting to watch on the runway.
Libellule was a very elegant collection, with quite a few pieces I could see myself wearing. However, there weren’t any unifying design elements or themes that made the collection stand out to me. The show, nonetheless was very enjoyable and well put together.
Catherine Carter Hite was one of my favorite shows of the evening. This collection mastered the balance between unique styles and wearability with a unifying color palette and consistent themes. I absolutely fell in love with the short black coat with the red belt at the end.
The L.A.M.B show was nice, but, like the other “presented by Young and Fabulous” shows throughout the week, I think was a little confusing to the audience. These collections were well designed, but not presented by the actual designers, rather, they were presented and styled by Young and Fabulous.
Ragg Dahl presented a very elegant and sophisticated show with just enough modern influence. The distinct colors and detailed tied the show together and made the looks a bit more fun.
Rare Trends always puts on a great show, with their uniquely stylish looks that are also surprisingly wearable. This was the perfect end to the evening, leaving the audience in eager prospect of the nights to come.