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Austin Fashion Week ditches the runway for totally interactive experience

Austin Fashion Week ditches the runway for interactive experience

FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Models
Models pose in the Speakeasy elevator. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy 1970s Look Michelle Washington
A look inspired by the 1970s by Michelle Washington. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy 1960s Look by Joanna Wilkinson Keep Austin Stylish Once Bitten
A look inspired by the 1960s by Joanna Wilkinson. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy 1940s Look by Edie Henry
A look inspired by the 1940s by Edie Henry. Photo by Shelley Neuman
My Closet Life
A look inspired by the 1980s by Kaley Beery. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy 1920s Look Elizabeth Lestina by Ashley Hargrove DTK Austin Styling
A look inspired by the 1920s by Ashley Hargrove. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy 1990s Look by Courtney Shields of B.Y.O. Beauty
A look inspired by the 1990s by Courtney Shields. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy 1950s Look by Thea Wood
A look inspired by the 1950s by Thea Wood. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy 1930s Look by Adriana Morfitt
A look inspired by the 1930s by Adriana Morfitt. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Kara Swinney Matt Swinney
Kara Swinney and founder of Austin Fashion Week, Matt Swinney. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Adriana Morfitt The Gold Atlas
Stylist Adriana Morfitt of The Gold Atlas. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Don Cooper Chrissy Ryan
Don Cooper, Chrissy Ryan. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Toni Barnes Raquel Montano
Toni Barnes, Raquel Montano. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Jessi Reindel Emma Arnett
Jessi Reindel, Emma Arnett. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy 2000s Look by Genaro "Gigi" Maldonado
A look inspired by the 2000s by Genaro "Gigi" Maldonado. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Courtney Shields Ashley Hargrove
Stylists Courtney Shields of B.Y.O. Beauty and Ashley Hargrove of DTK Austin Styling. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Genaro "Gigi" Maldonado
Stylist Genaro "Gigi" Maldonado. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Brooke Decker Anna Nygaard Anna Lee Jewelry Sonya Medel
Brooke Decker, Anna Nygaard, Sonya Medel. Photo by Shelley Neuman
My Closet Life
Stylist Kaley Beery of My Closet Life. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Haley Thompson Lara Simon
Haley Thompson, Lara Simon. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy 2000s Umbreen Ahmed Asma The Haute Muslimah Aimen Ansari
Umbreen Ahmed, fashion blogger Asma of The Haute Muslimah, Aimen Ansari. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Edie Henry
Stylist Edie Henry. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Joanna Wilkinson Keep Austin Stylish Once Bitten
Stylist Joana Wilkinson of Keep Austin Stylish and Once Bitten. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Gabriela Mago Jessie Rojas
Gabriela Mago, Jessie Rojas. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Team Synergy
Austin Fashion Week Mash-up team "Synergy."  Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Paige Swanson
Paige Swanson. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Christopher Summers Erin Breitenbach
Christopher Summers, Erin Breitenbach. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Kimberley Burke Erin Bradley Dani Austin
Kimberley Burke, Erin Bradley, Dani Austin. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Amanda Donley Riane Conde
Monica Giacoman, Sandy Almanza. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Maria Souza Emanuelle Cardoso
Maria Souza, Emanuelle Cardoso. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Models
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy 1970s Look Michelle Washington
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy 1960s Look by Joanna Wilkinson Keep Austin Stylish Once Bitten
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy 1940s Look by Edie Henry
My Closet Life
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy 1920s Look Elizabeth Lestina by Ashley Hargrove DTK Austin Styling
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy 1990s Look by Courtney Shields of B.Y.O. Beauty
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy 1950s Look by Thea Wood
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy 1930s Look by Adriana Morfitt
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Kara Swinney Matt Swinney
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Adriana Morfitt The Gold Atlas
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Don Cooper Chrissy Ryan
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Toni Barnes Raquel Montano
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Jessi Reindel Emma Arnett
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy 2000s Look by Genaro "Gigi" Maldonado
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Courtney Shields Ashley Hargrove
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Genaro "Gigi" Maldonado
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Brooke Decker Anna Nygaard Anna Lee Jewelry Sonya Medel
My Closet Life
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Haley Thompson Lara Simon
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy 2000s Umbreen Ahmed Asma The Haute Muslimah Aimen Ansari
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Edie Henry
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Joanna Wilkinson Keep Austin Stylish Once Bitten
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Gabriela Mago Jessie Rojas
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Team Synergy
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Paige Swanson
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Christopher Summers Erin Breitenbach
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Kimberley Burke Erin Bradley Dani Austin
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Amanda Donley Riane Conde
FashionXAustin Austin Fashion Week Kickoff 2015 at Speakeasy Maria Souza Emanuelle Cardoso

What: Austin Fashion Week Kickoff

Where: Speakeasy

The lowdown: This year, Austin Fashion Week kicked off the annual event with something less over-the-top — and more social. The kickoff show highlighted looks inspired by decades of the 20th century, as created by top local stylists. Instead of strolling the catwalk, models moved freely about the massive space, mingling with guests.

The totally interactive event granted guests close-ups of each look throughout the night instead of a quick glimpse on the runway. Stylists were sprinkled in the crowd, along with other members of Austin's growing fashion community. Austin Fashion Week continues through next week with soirees thrown by local salons and boutiques and a series of runway shows.

Who: Adriana MorfittKara Swinney, Matt SwinneyToni Barnes, Raquel MontanoCourtney Shields, Ashley Hargrove, Joana Wilkinson