Austin Fashion Week: Driskill Runways – Night Two

17 Aug
Night two of the Driskill Runways was, by far, my favorite night.  There were so many amazing collections!
Runway collections by: Boudoir Queen (Smithville, TX), Allo Martinez Presented by Rare Trends (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Rare Trends (Argentina), House of KRIMSON (San Antonio, TX), House of Victoria (Lagos, Nigeria), Sarah Eileen (Austin, TX), and Savannah Red (Austin, TX).
photography by Rita Quinn
I wore a Bebe black leather belted jumpsuit (similar here), Michael Kors T-strap sandals, and Kenneth Jay Lane bangle.
The highlight of the night?  – the amazingly talented Boudoir Queen (Dawn Younger-Smith).  Her designs are inspired by her love of 1920′s textiles.  The last Austin Fashion Week collection was featured in the Nine West Karen Elson ad for September Vogue 2011.  This years Boudoir Queen Collection was even more breathtaking.
The Bridal Collection from Sarah Eileen was stunning.  I almost wish that I could go back in time, to choose one of her wedding dresses.   One of her gorgeous designs converted into a cocktail dress (pictured above)!  It was the cutest, most unique, and smartest wedding dress that I have ever seen.
Shopping in the marketplace, between shows, I stumbled upon these beautiful designs by Cynthia Bloom (local Austinite).  She calls her jewelery collection “a wearable art gallery.”  I’ll have to agree that it truly is!
I was also partial to the Rare Trends collections from Argentina.  Although the designers are South American, there was a clear European influence (which is one of my favorite types of style…particularly because of the tailoring).   I LOVE shopping in Argentina and own quite a few pieces from Argentinian designers.  Little known secret: they have the BEST deals on fur and leather!  Nevertheless, both of the Rare Trends collections were a home run.

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