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Austin Fashion Week: Driskill Runways – Night One

16 Aug
From the 10-year old Austin local designer, IsabellaRose, to the Ontario based swimwear designer, Ashley Zaba…the first night of Austin Fashion Week’s Driskill Runways was a blast! Sitting on the front row (maybe someday I’ll be doing this at New York fashion week) provided an intimate experience to check out the designs, up close.
Runway designs by: Lisa Kaminski (Jacksonville, FL), Ashley Zaba (Barrie, Ontario), Isabella Rose Fashion (Austin, TX), BOBBYK Design (Gainesville, FL), and Tess Designs (Austin, TX).

photography by Rita Quinn
On the red carpet with Tina Downton, of The Diva’s Closet. She is wearing a Marciano leather dress and Christian Louboutin pumps. I’m wearing a Jill Stuart corset dress (similar here), Nina sequin pumps, Banana Republic necklace, and Michael Kors watch.
Arriving in style, in our Gucci Fiat!
My fab mani c/o Salon O, in the lounge. Navy nails with pistachio on the ring finger (if you haven’t tried the latest trend of painting your ring finger a different color, get on the bandwagon)!

With Ross Bennett at the VIP pre-party at Parkside, where I got an up close and personal look at his newest addition to his line: these RBC Perf Gloves. I tried them on and they are super soft, high quality (manufactured by Hermes), look great, and are touch screen compatible!
Ross Bennett’s wife, Erin, modeling the RBC Perf Gloves with their Gucci Fiat (we had matching cars that week!). I’ll be doing a special feature on these amazing gloves, next month.
With Theresa Kopecky of Tess Designs, after her amazing runway show.
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Austin Fashion Week: Shift Into Style Kickoff Event

11 Aug
What is sexier than the fusion of high fashion and the world’s premeir motor sport association, Formula One? Nothing (well…maybe Magic Mike). Austin Fashion Week kicked off with an event at the Bob Bullock Museum that represented both high fashion and the Circuit of The Americas – F1’s newest venue in Austin, TX (US Grand Prix, Nov. 16-18, 2012).
Here are some of the highlights from opening night:
On the A-list red carpet wearing a Maria Vasquez dress (similar here), Kendra Scott Earrings, and Semilla pumps (similar here).
Formula One cars from (back to front): Lotus-Pirelli (black and gold), Ferrari (red): Michael Schumacher’s world championship car, and Williams-Renault (blue and white). Note an awesome Lotus-Caterham 7 roadster between the Ferrari and Williams F1 cars.
The Diva’s Closet owner, Tina Downton being interviewed by the CW Austin. She is wearing a Betsey Johnson Dress (similar here) and Christian Louboutin pumps.
A beautiful kickoff at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum!
Talking with Ross Bennett, Austin’s own Fashion Star contestant. Check out his fabulous leather gloves. Hermès is producing them for his new collection…coming soon!
Gorgeously decorated main lobby of Bob Bullock Museum, complete with party-goers – looks like an impressionist painting!!
Designs featured: menswear from Keepers, sportswear from Ferrari, evening-apparel from The Danes Collection, race wear from Linda Asaf, and a first look at the COTA Girls (the F1 Circuit’s signature brand ambassadors) Collection by Ross Bennett.
Top-ranked American F1 test driver, Alexander Rossi being interviewed by Jonathan Green (leading F1 motorsports broadcaster) and Holly Mills-Gardner (TV personality and former Miss Texas)
With Miss Texas! Love her dress and earrings!
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