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If everything is bigger in Texas, then Austin is certainly living up to the tale — and we’re not talking about gun-slingin’, boot-wearin’ (well maybe), and horse-ridin’ cliches. Taking the lead and drawing a larger-than-life attraction to the world of fashion in Texas, the crew at Fashion X Austin continues expansion of its empire, bringing the biggest, baddest, and boldest edition of Austin Fashion Week strutting to a runway near you this spring.
Garnering national attention and successfully entering into its eighth year, Austin Fashion Week is set to return April 15th through April 23rd, with even more boutique soirees, events, mash-ups, and designer showings added to its action-packed roster.
Of note, Austin Fashion Week recently announced its newest installment to the Fashion Week line-up called Style Setters — honoring four local influencers who are making waves within the community, and of course — with style.
In conjunction with this newly added component, “Style Setter” ticket levels are now offered for Austin Fashion Week, dishing up irresistible perks and giving a portion of proceeds back to non-profit organizations designated by the 2016 honorees.
But let’s dive into a little about each of the Style Setter Honorees…
Aida G. Deck — a board member for the American Heart Association, Capital Area division, Aida Deck has devoted her time and efforts to continuous education and advocacy surrounding key health issues and concerns. As an integral leader in the community, Austin Fashion Week will honor Deck with a special “Style Setter” brunch on Sunday, April 17th at 1:00 p.m. at The Driskill, featuring 130 years of fashion. A portion of proceeds from brunch tickets will benefit the American Heart Association, Capital Area Division.
Laura Craddick — a longtime supporter of Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, Laura Craddick has selflessly devoted her time to benefit the Medical Center in addition to founding the “Kendra Scott for Kids” jewelry line that also benefits Dell Children’s. In addition to being on the Dell Children’s Council, Craddick has also served on the Elizabeth Ann Seton Board, and was a committee member for Seton’s Celebration of Life Luncheon benefitting Seton Breast Care Center.
Craddick will showcase the best gala looks straight from her closet — from Project Runway’s Daniel Esquivel (design pictured left) to Katie Kime — for a not-to-be-missed runway presentation, Runways & Gallery, on April 21st at JW Marriott Austin. A portion of “Style Setter” ticket proceeds from this event will benefit Dell Children’s.
Bobbi Topfer — a veteran in the event planning industry, turned her focus and efforts to more philanthropic endeavors after 15 years, to raise over $18 million in funding, support the Zach Theatre, and unveil the Topfer Theatre in 2012. Austin Fashion Week is proud to have Topfer as a 2016 Style Setter and will allow guests to peek a glimpse into Topfer’s wardrobe at the Runways & Gallery event on April 22nd . A portion of ticket proceeds for this event will benefit Zach Theater.
Andrea McWilliams — an Austin lobbyist, political strategist, and national political commentator, works to support various legislative goals on behalf of her clients. While serving in an essential role to the Capitol, McWilliams has committed her time and resources to being a board member for Ballet Austin, Texas Lyceum, Preservation Austin, Mexic–Arte Museum, Arthouse, and the Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital, among others.
Austin Fashion Week will proudly honor McWilliams by highlighting her most fashion-forward looks ranging from the elegant designs of Oscar de la Renta to Carolina Herrera at Runways & Gallery on April 23rd. A portion of ticket proceeds for this event will benefit Ballet Austin.
For more information on Austin Fashion Week’s “Style Setter” honorees and ticket prices, visit: http://afw.fashionxaustin.com/tickets/style-setters/. Style Setter Tickets to Brunch can be purchased for $300, and Runways & Gallery including one front row seat, VIP lounge with open bar and gifting suite for $500.
Photo Credits: Gregg Cestaro of Fashionably Austin