Although the website did not provide an exact address in the 75 acre Victory Park, one could tell there was a fashion commotion at Avalon Salon last night. Sushi, cucumber and pomegranate sake-tinis provided by Ty-Ku calmed the crowd where everyone patiently waited for the show to begin. Swaying to the beat of DJ’s and live indie rock performers, the ladies wore ensembles in the summers’ trends of nudes, bright pinks, yellows and oranges alongside the infamous LBD’s without batting an eye. Men were also dressed in the latest fashion reemergence of wingtips, both in the classic burnished brown and more audacious black and white. Pink pants (there were multiple), and brightly colored gingham dress shirts and pants were played down with black seperates. A fair share of finger pointing and hushed conversations were heard through out the room but, in this crowd, it was a genuine appreciation of the unabashed fashion sense. The smattering of photographers covering the event completed the scene, snapping away for publications like the Dallas Morning News and Womens Wear Daily.
The event started with an interpretive dance performance designed by Texas’ own Project Runway winner Elisa Jimenez. A story about a traveler entranced the crowd as a group danced around the stage creating a mystical journey that transported the audience to a far away imaginary land.
After the interpretive dance, Bret McKinney, a board member of TNTD, gave a short speech thanking the crowd and congratulating all participants of the Texas Next Top Designer 2009 contestants. And then the show began . . .
The proud winner of the night was Austin’s own intimate designer Megan Summerville of Sew Sisters! I have some great footage I’m in the process of editing that I will post as soon as I can!! This is such a fantastic experience that provides great exposure for the up and coming talented fashion designers of Texas. Congratulations to all of the participants of the 2009 Texas Next Top Designer.