“Young lady, I’ve been watching you. You’re not pretty, and you’ll never be pretty. But, it doesn’t matter. You have something much better. You have style.” This is what Frieda Loehmann, owner of the now closed Loehmann’s, once told a young Iris Apfel.
Iris (in her iconic oversized black rimmed glasses of course) retells this story in the new documentary about her life, “Iris.” The film follows around the 93 year old style icon as she shows off her insane personal fashion collection inside her whimsically packed Park Avenue apartment, haggles with thrift shop clerks and flea market street vendors, and works with high fashion magazines and stores to tout her unique style.
What I liked most about this film was how inspiring it was to see someone at Iris’s age with still such a youthful and playful outlook on life. Iris obviously has style, but more importantly, she has intelligence and she hast heart.
The documentary is playing at Violet Crown Cinema from til Thursday, so if you have a chance to go see it I definitely recommend it. Oh and also, some of the University of Texas fashion students make a cameo in this film! Check out the trailer:
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When it comes to Austin music festivals, Austin Psych Fest is still considered to be one of the smaller ones. But this year marked its 8 year run and drew in the biggest crowd the fest has seen yet. Despite the muddy conditions and sticky humidity caused by rain, the weekend was still beautiful and so were the attendees. Austin Psych Fest has always brought out a specific fashion sense; one that is directly reflected in the music and the entire vibe of the festival. 1960s and 1970s psych rock influences can be found in everything from round frame circle sunglasses, fringe, lace, and colorful kimonos. These are things that seem pretty typical for music festival fashion, but at Psych Fest this style is taken to another level, and the fashion looks much more authentic than what you might find at other more mainstream fests. The people who attend Psych Fest, including the artists, are very much into creating looks that are a nod to the past and unique for today.
This year though, the fest became a little less about pscyh rock as the Flaming Lips headlined the lineup and the fest was referred to as “Levitation.” I think this slight change in the music could be seen in the fashion choices as there were more trendy looks on display. Overall though, vintage fashion is always king at Austin Psych Fest, and I think this is one of the reasons why the style is always so killer at this music fest and why it is one of my favorites to photograph.
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Under most circumstances, if I heard someone comparing a runway show to a ”student fashion show”, I’d probably assume they were throwing shade like a Real Housewife of Atlanta. But here in Austin, the annual UT fashion show is one of the best fashion shows, if not THE best fashion show that happens all year long. It’s not that there aren’t occasionally some fit issues or some threads hanging from the student’s designs, it’s that overall as a whole, the show is always incredibly impressive and a breath of fresh air for those in the Austin fashion scene.
This year’s show was titled “Fusion,” and took place just after Austin Fashion Week had ended. The proximity of these events to one another this year makes it impossible for me to not compare the two. And in my opinion, the UT show wins out. Not only is the production value of the show unmatched, but there’s just something incredibly special about seeing the work of new emerging talent in its very early stage. It makes me smile to view the talent that these kids already have, and to think about how much time they have ahead of them to grow and develop as designers.
There are of course always a few students and a few designs that stand out to me in particular. This year one of my favorite three piece collections was from Courtney Gilmore. Her collection was consistent in color and pattern, and yet she was able to show 3 different silhouettes. I particularly loved the little black wrap dress which I thought was super chic but also very marketable. The whole collection also looked very well constructed.
I try to stay behind the camera most of the time, but the Austin Fashion Week finale is one of the few events which happens in Austin that I feel a need/desire to actually get dressed up for and get my photo snapped. My friend Waytao Shing was kind enough to come and take some photos of me last Sunday acting all fashion bloggery, which is something that still honestly feels weird to me. But, who cares! This outfit deserved to be documented. Garment Modern loaned me a badass clutch by Finell which added some modern edge to my sweet and sophisticated Once Bitten dress (obviously I had to represent my new online boutique). And I was particularly happy to finally have a reason to wear the fanciest pair of shoes I own, my Isabel Marant suede heels, actually out of the house.
Austin Fashion Week is fast approaching (kickoff is April 10th), and with this comes one of the most fun and crowd-involving aspects of AFW… the Mash-Up Team photos! The photos were just released to the public today and are now open for you to vote on your fave, although it might be hard to choose a winner amongst such a great array of stylish photography. I mean, how does one pick between “woman dressed as Cruella Deville lies on floor gorging on sugar cookies?” and “caddie in visor sunhat hybrid prepares for battle with deranged woman with handbag” ??? How do you choose?!?…
What do y’all think of the photos? Are they a good representation of the Austin “fashion scene”?
This SXSW was totally insane. I attended as many SXStyle panels and Interactive parties as I could, hosted my first ever event during SX for my new shop Once Bitten (thank you to Tito’s Vodka and Gus’s Fried Chicken for sponsoring!!), spent some time taking street style photos for Reissued, and also played host to one of my best friends who came into town all the way from China to visit. But, I survived another year of SXSW and here are all my street style photos to prove it…
Big news y’all! One of our favorite local East side shops for scoring inexpensive rad vintage clothing, Charm School Vintage, is moving. I’m slightly sad that the shop will no longer be located in the sweet charming old house that I fell in love with a few years ago when I first discovered this little gem. However, the new space sounds like it will be in a bigger and brighter space in a more accessible area on E.11th Street, so this is undoubtedly great news.
To celebrate the move, Charm School Vintage is having a yard sale at the new location during SXSW from Mar.18-20 from 2-6pm. There will be tons of dirt cheap vintage and cocktails from Dripping Springs Vodka.
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As a kid, my family would spend almost every holiday vacation in Austin. Although I grew up in Ft.Worth (which by the way is not the same city as Dallas as some people who have never visited Ft.Worth believe), I always felt like Austin was my second home. My Mom grew up in Austin and loved her weird little (at the time, simple) hometown. At that point in my life I just loved abandoning my daily school-life routine to spend time with my cousins and be a lazy kid laying on the floor playing video games, and I could have been doing that in any city. The only reason I moved to Austin when I got older was because I wanted to go to school at UT. The reason I never left Austin after graduating, however, is a different story. I’ve been living in this town for over a decade now and although it has its downsides for sure (hello traffic, hi allergies) it’s a town that encourages community, a place full of friendly people who love to collaborate, a city that makes you feel like you are capable of doing anything you want.
Once Bitten is my new online boutique that has just launched. Owning my own store is a dream that I am very happy to be making a reality. With Once Bitten I am bringing together all my favorite clothing and accessory finds from brands and designers around the globe, but will also be collaborating with the best local designers here in Austin to create unique pieces that are a perfect combination of both sweet and edgy, classic but playful. This week I am giving away this customized “I Love Austin” ring by Coordinates Collection which is a super sleek and simple rose gold band engraved with the geographical coordinates of Austin, Texas. Keep reading to find out how to enter to win one of my favorite items I have up on the Once Bitten shop right now…
Look at your makeup drawer right now. If there’s anything inside there that looks like it could have been stuck in the corner for the last decade or so, then it’s time for you to re-evaluate things.
Every few months I suggest doing a makeover on your makeup. If you’re anything like me, then cleaning your makeup brushes, throwing out old stuff, and buying new fresh products will make you feel more satisfied with your life. It sound silly, but trust me. Everything around you could totally be going to shit, but if your makeup is fresh and clean then you really will feel like you having everything under control. Plus, who doesn’t love a trip to Sephora to browse and find new products to test out? A trip to Sephora was one of my first public outings I made after recently having major surgery, and it made me feel like a normal person again. (Btw, if you’re completely at a loss for Christmas present ideas for your niece, cousin, sister, etc. then I suggest giving them a gift card to Sephora. I know gift cards can seem kind of lame, but this is one that I really think most girls would love to get.)
So after my recent makeup overhaul, here are the 5 products I am really digging right now: