Tag: UT fashion show

Back in September when I first met UT fashion design student Tilde Snyder, she was wearing a skirt made from an XXL hamburger printed shirt she got at Walmart and was discussing her desire to create a Tex-Mex inspired fashion collection.  Obviously this was enough to get me excited about seeing the final collections from this year's batch of fashion design students even months before the annual Spring show. Even if I hadn't met Tilde though, my enthusiasm for the UT Fashion Show still would have been high because it's the one show in Austin that never disappoints.  Each year brings a different crop of unique students with their own visions, so design-wise you never know specifically what you are going to see.  However, what you can always expect from the event is a well-produced runway show with energy, creativity, and innovation. Continued
Let's be honest, Austin does not have the best reputation when it comes to fashion.  So what is to be expected about an event which is centered around a topic that its city is specifically not praised for?  It should come as no surprise that Austin Fashion Week has had its ups and downs, and weird moments.  Remember when Tiffany (yes the 80s pop star) sang at the Austin Fashion Week Kick Off a few years ago? Remember when the runway shows took place at La Zona Rosa and it rained through the leaky ceiling onto the runway?  And, frankly the results of the Mash Up Team photo competition this year left me a little confused as the majority of the photos looked like they shared some sort of weird "fairytale princess" theme.  Sometimes Austin Fashion Week feels kinda like your awkward kid sister who's still growing up and trying to figure out who she is and where she belongs, and at times I just want to allow her to spend a day with my friend Virginia and let her smoke weed and listen to Bongzilla. Regardless of the questionable aspects of Austin Fashion Week, at the center of it all is a group of creative individuals who are trying to make something of the fashion scene in Austin.  Whether or not Austin Fashion Week is helping to shape the public opinion of the fashion scene in Austin in a positive way is debatable.  But regardless of your opinions of the event, the fact that anyone is talking about the fashion scene in Austin at all is a really good thing for the growing community of us in this town who have decided to make fashion a part of our lives. Here's why I'm excited about Austin Fashion Week this time around: Continued
It is easily one of the most anticipated fashion shows of the year in Austin.  The UT senior fashion design students showed their final collections Thursday night to a crowd full of friends, family, and supporters including not one but two current reality tv fashion stars- Daniel Esquivel of "Project Runway", and Cameron Silver of "Dukes of Melrose".  This year the show was broadcast live from The Frank Erwin Center (for the 2 people I know who actually have the Longhorn Network).  But in spite of the painful tv announcers and awkward commercial breaks, the show was just as fun and exciting as years past. Along with the hits, there are always some misses in a student fashion show, but overall I am always impressed at the outcome of the UT show, and this year was no exception.  It's truly amazing to think that some of these students have just learned to sew.  The pieces that walk down the runway are the result of a lot of hard work on top of other schoolwork, which is sometimes combined with real world jobs as well. The show was broken down into 3 sections- Active Sportswear, 3 Piece collections, and Evening and Bridal Gowns.  I was happily surprised at the creativity that some designers used in the active sportswear category by choosing less mainstream sports to design for, including fencing and fly fishing.  Although, I think we were all a little concerned when designer Lilia Beaman roller skated out on stage and almost fell down receiving her Honorable Mention award for Best Overall Collection (luckily the fashion show director Eve Nicols was there to grab her.)  Designers Mehgan McKinney and Kinni Song tied for the most wins of the night with Mehgan winning Best Cotton Sportswear, Best Technical Design, and the coveted award for Best Overall Collection.  Kinni Song walked away with Best Cotton Collection, Most Marketable Collection, and Best Bridal Gown.  But while I agree that Mehgan and Kinni stood out, I do feel like there are certain designers who were overlooked. Hannah Kim's 3 piece collection inspired by metallic brocades and simple silhouettes was one of my favorite collections of the night, and somehow walked away with zero awards.  And while Bang Nguyen received an Honorable Mention for Best Technical Design, his 3 piece collection inspired by The Great Gatsby and the Roaring 20s grabbed zero actual wins.  Bang's black glitter men's suit reminded me a little bit of Michael Jackson circa 1983 in the best way possible, and all I'm saying is that if he made me a female version, I would gladly go on stage and attempt my best "Billie Jean." Who were your favorites of the night? Continued
In college, one of the questions I constantly get asked by peers is "When are you showing your collection?"  in reference to the annual UT Fashion Show. Unfortunately, I won't ever be showing a collection, because 1) I'm not an apparel design major and 2) I don't possess the raw creativity and courage it takes to be an apparel design major at UT. The amount of blood, sweat and tears (don't forget lack of sleep!) that goes into designing a collection for the UT Fashion Show each year is overwhelming to think about, yet inspiring. Not only do the senior designers focus on their collection—they balance work and school, which includes every apparel design major's favorite class, chemistry. one of senior designer Briana Johnson's sketches for her collection which will show at Transcend After four years of involvement with University Fashion Group's annual senior fashion show production, you begin to gain insight of how a large scale event like the UT Fashion Show progresses from start to finish. Joanna insisted I write the blog post for Transcend and I couldn't be more excited to express how much finesse the fashion show will have this year.  I joined University Fashion Group my second semester at UT (Spring 2010) and was initially taken aback at how organized and effective—yet creative and fun—the organization was.  President Angeli Aguilera and myself met dressing backstage at a fashion show downtown that spring semester and I immediately knew upon meeting her that somehow fate would bring us closer, and it did—we're now the head leaders behind the organization and the show date is looming over our head. This year's show is called Transcend.  When asked what the word means in terms of the show, Aguilera said, "The word [Transcend] encapsulates everything we want our show to be: strong, bold and inspiring. I think it's about transcending barriers and making this production bigger and better. Transcend does our criteria justice." Briana Johnson, a senior designer, tells me that her interest in design all began with an online Barbie Fashion Designer game when she was 7 years old. By the time she was 11, she began drawing croquis in Microsoft Paint in order to make outfits for all of her Barbie dolls. Now she's moved past Barbies and says her inspiration behind her collection are "Egyptian kings and queens," wanting to relate back to her heritage in Africa. "My clothes are heavily draped which none of the other designers are doing," she continues. While Briana was inspired by her heritage, senior designer Kinni Song has a different back story and inspiration for her collection. Inspired to design by watching Project Runway, Kinni tells me that her collection is inspired by collars and that she puts an emphasis on the back of her garments. The senior designers are currently putting the finishing touches on their collections which will show at Transcend in a week. Continued