Austin Fashion Week is a rather inclusive span of events that invites the public to join in on boutique parties, trunk shows and a few ticketed dinners and runway shows, all of which make the elusive fashion industry more accessible. We've selected a handful of parties that we recommend you check out according to certain tastes.
For the jewelry fanatic
Shaesby Trunk Show & Happy Hour, Friday May 3, 5 p.m.
Shaesby Scott's beginnings as a sculptor and furniture designer have resulted in a unique line of handworked metals and jewels that can be dressed either up or down for a unique look. Browse the collection during an extended happy hour in the Second Street District.
AFW Fashion Fiesta, Sunday May 5, 6:30 p.m.
26 Doors Shopping
Hosts Rae, Urban Betty & Adelante invite fashionistas/os to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style while perusing BonBon by Micah Yancey's colorful jewels and benefiting Austin Pets Alive.
Kendra Scott Celebrates AFW, Monday May 6, 5 p.m.
Kendra Scott Flagship
DJ Nabiya de Grace promises to keep the shopping atmosphere upbeat while Kendra-fanatics peruse the designer's summer-inspired Island Escape collection.
For the mom
A Fashionista's Champagne and High Tea Evening, Sunday May 5, 6 p.m.
Millie & Mox
Millie & Mox features international childrens clothing brands for ages 0-12, like Little Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney from New York to Petit Bateau. The boutique will serve tea, champagne and international desserts while showing the spring collections.
For the dude
League of Rebels + The Burboun Experience, Friday May 3, 6 p.m.
League of Rebels will show its sharp suits during an interactive Burboun tasting session. If the suits don't inspire confidence in the men who wear them, the burboun will.
For the big spenders
New for 2013, Austin Fashion Week brings a three-pronged evening of food, fashion and style. All-black attire required for a sultry event, featuring 3-course seated dinner presented by Chefs Shawn Cirkiel & Steven Cak of Olive & June, Parkside, The Backspace. An all-white fashion show featuring looks by the likes of Lilly Loraine, Crowned Bird, Gail Chovan, and many more will serve as an alluring juxtaposition to the darkly dressed audience.
La Zona Rosa Courtyard
Austin Fashion Awards & After Party, Saturday May 11, 6 p.m.
Austin Music Hall
Awards will be given out to influential members of the fashion and beauty community, hosted Sandy McIlree of the JB & Sandy Morning Show. Mash Up Teams will battle on the runway for best creative collaboration and after the ceremony and show is said and done, dance the night away at the After Party.
Batty for beauty
Runway Beauty transformed into Everyday Beauty, Tuesday May 7, call for appointment
Barton Creek Mall
Schedule an appointment with Bobbi Brown in Nordstrom for special beauty preview party. Take a stab at wearing the beauty trends created by FaceKandy before they are seen on the LaZona Rosa runways later in the week.
milk + honey Peel Party, Tuesday May 7, 6 p.m.
Try an antioxidant peel at the hands of the lovely aestheticians at milk + honey's newest downtown location. Regularly $90, the spa is offering a one-time discount of $50.
Stay tuned for our AFW designer picks next week.