The Horn's Andrea Kurth recaps this past Friday's Fashion Freakout 5.
Fashionable Austinites from all walks of life flocked to Red River Street Friday night for Fashion Freakout 5.
The fashion show at the Mohawk featured vintage attire from three local clothing shops. Models donning pieces from Charm School Vintage, Prototype Vintage Design, and Buffalo Exchange strutted down a catwalk protruding from the outside stage while rock and roll music blared and onlookers cheered.
Charm School Vintage’s line featured women’s pieces from the 40s and 50s era. The models insinuated sex as they flirted with the crowd, dressed in classically erotic ensembles.
The Charm School girls, crowned in sexy curls by Avant Salon, flaunted flapper-like pieces such as flowy floor-length gowns, feminine bustiers, ripped fishnet tights, sumptuous fur, sexy gloves and long strands of classy pearls.
Standout outfits from the night included a 1930s-era silk gown topped in a red flowery headpiece with dangling loops of pearls, a sheer sequined leotard paired with ripped thigh-highs and elbow-length emerald gloves, and an ensemble featuring high-waisted shorts, a white tuxedo blazer and an untied bowtie, complete with black top hat.
Prototype Vintage Design’s line featured leather, fringes, and neon colors reminiscent of the rock and roll scene of the 70s and 80s. Prototype also included outfits for men. Among the pieces were flowy sheer skirts, suspenders, patterned dresses and menswear shirts, denim everything, studs, and skin-tight leather.
Memorable moments from PVD included leather shorts paired with a music note-printed button up and leather studded wedge booties, a tight black dress with long fringes and neon-orange tights, and a male model with stick-straight hair clothed in a polka-dot shirt, tight black jeans, and a black leather jacket.
The show was closed by Buffalo Exchange, which presented outfits for men and women. Buffalo exchange featured the widest ranging set of pieces, but focused mainly on 60s and 70s inspired outfits. Their collection included wide-legged pants for women, chunky platform heels, and printed jumpers.
Buffalo Exchange’s show-stopping finale featured a shirtless male model in a white jacket with feathered shoulders and sleeves fashioned to resemble wings.
Each store presented 20 looks total, but the show was split into two collections each. Local band A Giant Dog performed during the intermission, keeping in touch with the rock-and-roll vibe of the show. Front woman Sabrina Ellis wore a floor-length 1930s gown and intricate feather headpiece chosen by Shari Gerstenberger, owner of Charm School Vintage.
Fashion Freakout showcased two of the things that are synonymous with Austin — music and fashion. It brought people together to do what Austinites most like to do ... have a good time.