The Horn's Audrea Diaz recaps the second round of the Top Austin Model competition, narrowing contestants down from 15 to 10.
Mustard yellows and brick reds emphasize the walls of 219 West, evoking the warmer months that lie ahead. Here, the women of Top Austin Model showcased spring and summer fashions from four local boutiques on Sunday evening, March 25.
The second phase of ButterFly Entertainment’s competition meant an opportunity for contestants to practice their runway skills, and gave attendees some insight into various popular trends for the changing seasons.
Courtesy of Russ and Company Salon, braided hairstyles and brightly colored make-up palates amplified a youthful essence, while simultaneously accenting the vibrant statement jewelry made by Gay “Sugar” Isber that accompanied each look.
Outfits of vintage florals and lace, combined with the effortless style of quintessential maxi dresses and loose fitting blouses, helped the online boutique Electric Frenchie make a fresh entrance with timeless classics from the 1960’s era as form-fitting bandage dresses alluded to modern interpretations of the color-blocking trend.
Frenchie’s effervescent pieces provided an appropriate transition for the muted color choices presented by Italian-made Cotone. The small boutique located on Guadalupe Street opted to display clothes for every day casual wear, including sheer and layered looks.
In sequence, the versatile styling of Filín conveyed both patterned and solid variations of vivid dresses or skirts suitable for work and leisure respectively. Furthermore, the boutique with a retail concept offered the comfortable yet elegant options of jump and pant suiting.
Closing the show were the edgy selections of Spring Frost, which presented elements of shine with leggings balanced by understated tops. Overall, Frost seemed to embrace the “rocker chic” trend inspired by iconic artists Joan Jett of the Runaways and Blondie’s Debbie Harry.
Featuring over 50 looks, the event aims to illuminate the city’s talent, both behind the scenes and in front.
Local fashion guru Leonardo D’ Almagro styled fellow on-site judges, Britany Walker (2011 competition winner) and Brianna Fleet (ButterFly Entertainment CEO/2011 “Industry Choice Best Model” recipient for Austin Fashion Week.
Guest judges included: Radio/television personality, Anne Hudson of YNN Austin and host of Mosser & Hudson Mornings on 98.1 KVET; along with Ross Bennet, Austin-based designer and contestant on NBC’s Fashion Star currently airing Tuesdays at 10/9 central.
The evening’s group of 15 is now narrowed down to 10 models competing in the finale on Sunday, April 22 at the Great Outdoors from 7-10 p.m.
For tickets and information please visit the official Top Austin Model by ButterFly Entertainment website, or the event’s Facebook page.