Last weekend, I had the privilege of attending the Lone Star Fashion Show. Hosted by Austin Fashion Week/Fashion X Austin, this show served as a sort of pre-kickoff to the official Austin Fashion Week, which is held every year in April. I sort of freaked out when I got the invite – my first official fashion show as a blogger (humble brag)!
The show def didn’t disappoint, from the models to the attendees, I was surrounded by Texas’ best in fashion. The show featured three of Texas’ best designers, from 3 of Texas’ greatest cities – Mysterious by NPN from Houston, Nha Khanh from Dallas, and Gail Chovan from Austin. See below for my fave looks from each designer, and a little more on each designer’s concepts from the show.
The talent behind Mysterious by NPN’s designs is a man named Nicholas, who came to America from Vietnam when he was just 15, with dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Safe to say, that dream’s now a reality with his current line that debuted last weekend. Mysterious by NPN kicked off the show with an eclectic mix of mini and maxi dresses, featuring gold, silver and pastel tones that had me DYING over each look. The embellishments added to each piece, along with the dance club beats that the models strutted down the runway to. NPN brought out the NY club scene vibes that paired perfectly with this line.
Nha implies “light and elegance” in Vietnamese, and Khan stands for “victory and celebration.” Nha Khanh combines these feminine and masculine tones to reveal effortlessly chic and modern looks. Each look was so classic, but at the same time, up to trend. The collection featured mainly darker tones of black, purple and silver, composed of pantsuits and dresses.
Ok, we need to talk about Gail Chovan for a minute. She’s the genius behind the line of the same name, and has been one of the most well-known artists in Austin for over 20 years. She’s also the owner of Blackmail boutique, an Austin staple, where, appropriately enough, each piece of clothing that is sold is black. The moody and eccentric minimalism from Blackmail boutique translates over to Chovan’s newest line. Gail Chovan closed out the show, and set the mood by paying tribute to Dolores O’Riordan, strictly playing The Cranberries as each model strutted down the runway, at times barefoot. The line featured mainly bohemian looks, with long, flowy and shaggy pieces. My favorite looks were the cream-colored, linen dresses, that I wish I could have purchased as soon as the show ended. (A girl can dream, am I right??)
Photos by Fashion X Austin