This past weekend I have the privilege of attending Fashion X Dallas, which featured women's fashion, menswear, jewelry and accessories from local designers - mostly from Dallas and Austin. Thursday and Friday evening showcased emerging fashion designers and Saturday night featured designers from Project Runway, including 3 winners!
I attended Friday night's show with Andi of Our Beau Monde, which featured designers like Emily Daccarett, Nine Muses, S.T.E.F, Red Paisley's, M.E. Shirley, Cecilia Motwani, and one of my favorite Dallas designers - Ese Azenabor. The night started off with a sneak peek at some of the designer's 2014 Fall/Winter and 2015 Spring/Summer lines. As a fashion blogger, it was so inspiring to see the different designer's interpretation of current fashion trends and the upcoming 2015 trends. Meeting the designers always adds a certain level of depth to their work as you learn more about their personality and what inspires them. The evening concluded with a runway show featuring the emerging designers and their newest lines full of color, florals, leather, fur, and neutrals (stay tuned for an evening post featuring some of my favorite runway looks!).
Today I am sharing with you some of my favorite local artists from Fashion X Dallas and why I resonated with their work.
What were some of your favorite designers? Did you have a favorite runway look?
In one word: detail. Ese is hands-down one of my favorite local designers. She draws her inspiration from vintage style and Nigerian culture, and the most stunning part about her clothing is that she hand-sews each and every bead. Her pieces are so intricate and elegant. I was drawn to her Spring/Summer pieces that consisted of pearls, beads, and neutral colors - classic, elegant, and feminine.
This LA-based brother-sister duo specializes in jewelry and handbags made from exotic skins. Although their cuffs are what they are known for, I could not get over their handbags. The exotic skins that are so incredibly soft to the touch, the reversible quality of each bag, the versatility of carrying them as a clutch or a crossbody with the hidden strap, and the colors. My eye was instantly drawn to the navy bag pictured below.
This Dallas-based designer creates fine jewelry from rocks, minerals, and fossils. Each piece is "one of its own kind" as the designer likes to say, and tells it's own story.
These handcrafted bow ties form Charleston, SC, are a wardrobe necessity for your southern gentleman. No two bow ties are exactly alike; each one is a work of art featuring the feathers of different birds!
This Dallas designer is just as precious and beautiful as the jewelry she makes. Her jewelry is simple, elegant, and dainty. I wanted to walk away wearing every piece of her line, and I know you will feel the same way!
Oh my word. Every girl needs one of these oversized clutches. Besides the fact that they are so incredibly soft, they are the most versatile clutch you will come across. Fold it, roll it, or carry it as is, this clutch would quickly become your go-to bag.
xo - anna