In its sixth year, Austin Fashion Week capped off two successful weeks of runway shows and parties with the 2014 Austin Fashion Awards at Austin Music Hall. Explore the full list of winners below to learn more about the people making strides this year in Austin’s fashion scene.
CRITIC’S CHOICE MASH UP WINNER: Chrysalis Evolution
Fashion photography comes to life in the popular Mash Up Team competition. The judges’ favorite for the Mash Up Team competition was Chrysalis Evolution. The collaboration included photographer Jody Zung, hair stylist Mariana Meredith, makeup artist Priscilla Gallardo, model Kaylee Gillaspie, and apparel designer Adrienne Yunger.
MASH UP TEAM: PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER: Saint Cathena
The winner of the public vote was team Saint Cathena, consisting of photographer Gray Hawn; hair stylist Vincent Eddings; makeup artist John Pierce; model Danielle Daneshjou; apparel designers Sally Daneshjou and Alexa Bolin; and jewelry designers and brothers Demian and Alex Vazquez. Hawn perhaps is best known for her portrait of Princess Grace of Monaco, which was Grace Kelly’s last formal portrait before her untimely death.
Custom women’s apparel designer Linda Asaf studied her craft at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, in addition to earning an MBA from Columbia University, so it’s no wonder she’s found the key to creating a thriving business.
Intimate apparel designer Megan Summerville creates custom fine lingerie for all shapes and sizes, right from her hometown of Austin.
TRAILBLAZER WINNER: Elizabeth Gibson
Elizabeth Gibson is the owner of jewelry mecca Eliza Page, the belle of the Second Street District with the creations of more than 30 jewelry designers in store.
TRAILBLAZER WINNER: Eve Nicols
Eve Nicols leads aspiring fashion designers at UT’s School of Human Ecology, directing the school’s apparel design program. Nicols earned her degrees in Fashion and Textile Design from London’s St. Martin’s College of Art, and designed in Milan, Italy, London, and Hong Kong before making her way stateside.
For the past three years, hairstylist Martha Lynn Kale has gained momentum and a following, first by opening her girly-glam salon in North Austin, Mirror Mirror. A year later, she officially became a columnist for CamilleStyles.com, and this year she launched a lifestyle blog of her own: marthalynnkale.com.
Wardrobe stylist Cristina Facundo attended UT before heading off to New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Back in Austin, she has amassed quite a client list, including 12-year-old designer Isabella Rose Taylor, musician Norah Jones, and Kendra Scott Jewelry.
AFW PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR: Chelle Morrison
Hairstylist Chelle Morrison, owner of Urban Betty Salon, regularly donates gifts and services to The Seton Fund, in addition to participating in Movember, Breast Cancer Awareness, and Austin SafePlace. Her salon is a permanent drop-off location for The Princess Project, a nonprofit that helps teenage girls attend their prom in style.
RECIPIENTS OF THE AUSTIN FASHION FUND: Mallory Curlee, Lindsey Creel, Adrienne Yunger
Three emerging Austin designers—Curlee Bikini’s Mallory Curlee, M.E. Shirley’s Lindsey Creel, and Adrienne Yunger—were awarded the Austin Fashion Fund to help them and their businesses reach success. The prize package included products, services, and press from Bernina of America, Caplan Miller, ESProductions, Meldeen, Cain & Skarnulis LLP, Mirror Mirror Salon, Peter Tung Photography, Butterfly Entertainment, and Fashionably Austin.