Fashion, drinks, and shopping— three of my favorite things combined into one fabulous event. On Saturday, September 12 I attended the second annual Fashion X Dallas. Having never been to Dallas before, I was totally stoked to attend the Finale show of the three night event. I did not know exactly what to expect as I walked into the Fashion Industry Gallery, but the excitement rushing through my veins was almost overbearing. A crowd of well-dressed women waited patiently to show off their ensemble on the Fashion X Dallas red carpet. This was my first major fashion event to attend as a blogger instead of working behind the scenes. As you could imagine there was pressure to choose the perfect outfit. Hence, I chose to sport a simple black tent dress from Zara, lace up chunky heel combat boots, and my favorite necklace from Mirina Collections. I carried all of my essentials in my red pony hair wristlet from Frankie’s Handbags, a local designer here in Austin.
I spent my free time before the show browsing through all of the incredible vendor booths and making new friends. I managed to snag some great bangles from BudahGirl, which I must post about soon!
Before I headed to Dallas I suppose you could say I was doing my “research” AKA Insta-stalking people who attended the previous nights of the event. KJ Moody immediately drew my attention with his iconic flower crown.
With the lights dimmed and the bass of the music pounding, I was getting wired. The Finale featured emerging and new designers from the Dallas area, including 11 year old designer Destinee Duncan. Needless to say, there was quite a bit of talent in one building. Of the many talented designers I could not help but swoon over Smith II, Nine Muses, Stephen Goudeau, and Tinsley Radix.
Contemporary, artistic, and crisp— this is how I would sum up Smith II’ s collection for Fashion X Dallas. The classic color combination of black and white with hints of leather gave his collection an edgy, urban vibe. His S2 line had a very European aesthetic, as if it was a collection I would see featured at Topshop. Charles Smith II was the winner of the Dallas Fashion Fund Award, and it was clear to see why. His well crafted garments had me mind-blown and screaming, “YAS!” as the models strutted down the runway.
Me photographed with designer Smith II
Vintage Martini showcased a special runway presentation of ‘100 Years of Fashion.’ As Dallas’ premier designer vintage shop, there is no one better than Vintage Martini to showcase a fashion timeline on the runway. Of the many great looks, I could not help but admire the black and white textured frock and the structured cape dress. The black and white long sleeve dress absolutely hypnotized me with its unique mixture of patterns and textures.
Can I have this Tinsley Radix collection hanging in my closet now please?! Designers Caitlyn Mullanix and Chelsea Brogdon incorporated whimsical watercolor patterns into their S/S 16′ collection beautifully. My blurry photos do not do the line justice for how gorgeous these garments truly are. This collection was very fresh, young, and clean. The flirtatious and colorful patterns had me in between beachy and springtime vibes. I simply adored the accordion pleated top with open back! Their pieces were very versatile and I could see them going from daytime chic to nighttime glam in a snap.
Nine Muses came and delivered. Their collection was effortlessly sexy and sophisticated. From sheer garments to slits Nine Muses had me swooning over their entire collection. Each piece was tailored to perfection.
Sail me away! Stephen Goudeau’s S/S 16′ collection consisting of clean lines, sophisticated silhouettes, and sex appeal took me to another world. The combination of classic blue and white made everything feel and look fresh. His aesthetic was contemporary and a bit futuristic with the structured and well-tailored garments. I must point out I enjoyed the fact he had all of the models wear the same silver metallic stilettos, which coordinated well with his metal metallic belts. (Side note: I was totally obsessing over the belts!)
Batch No. 8
All in all, Fashion X Dallas was a fantastic event! There were so many talented designers and incredible vendors, and I only attended one night of the event. I really hope to attend the entire Fashion X Austin event, especially since it will be in Austin.
Too fab for words Stephen MacMillan Moser
My new friends Emma Thorpe, Phillip White, and me with model Jonathan Bullock