Last Saturday a sophisticated crowd dressed in black heralded the arrival of Austin Fashion Week at Noir. But in the sea of dark elegance, the runway was illuminated as Austin’s most prestigious designers sent a refreshing spectrum of white down the runway. This city has no shortage of stylish design, but the looks that cascaded down the runway on Saturday night were an extraordinary preview of what this fashion week and this year has in store.
Each year, UT’s fashion design students send their best work down the runway as as a grand debut into the fashion world. This year, as a nationally televised event, the show gained even more recognition and attention, on a much larger scale. Although there are always a few pieces that stand out, for their unique concepts or impecable production, every designer’s work shows their diligence and creativity in creating the looks. This mix of skills: from those who just learned to sew a few years ago to those who are polishing their firmly intact talents, represents the eclectic harmony of styles that Austin has cultivated and disperses around the world. This is what they’ve created this year.