Austin was busting at the seams with talent during the final weekend of Austin Fashion Week. One of the annual affair's most anticipated events, Stars, featured eight Project Runway alums showing off new collections to a fashion-hungry crowd.
CultureMap was on the scene to chat with a few favorites from the popular fashion show — Michelle Lesniak, Daniel Esquivel and Amanda Valentine — about their latest collections and inspiration.
"When I'm designing a collection, I like to go internal. For me it's very emotional," Michelle Lesniak explains of her collection that incorporates a hot air balloon motif. Amanda Valentine took a much more relaxed approach for her latest collection, "focus[ing] on what real women want to wear."
Watch the video above for more runway looks and designer tidbits.