Last night’s Austin Fashion Week Kickoff event marks the beginning of a week of fashion shows and events highlighting the talents and efforts of those dedicated to art of fashion. Created Woman team members, Aysa Province and Julie Fox, joined hundreds of other fabulously dressed individuals from all areas of the industry.
As part of last night’s event, Mash Up Teams were invited to share their photos and celebrate their work. The teams consist of photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists, models, stylists and designers who come together to create one artistic look. There were numerous entries this year and by people’s choice voting, only ten teams were chosen as AFW Mash Up Finalists.
One of the finalists we met last night was Shavanthe of team “Synergy.” Shavanthe is a local clothing designer. The look she created was African inspired. Her goal in designing is to bring other cultures together with different prints and patterns. This is Shavanthe’s first time participating in AFW and she is thrilled to be a part of it.
Mandy Hernandez is the makeup genius behind Mash Up Team “Aura.” When asked about what she loves about her job, Mandy said “I love meeting new faces and challenges. I love taking looks from design concepts and turning them into reality.” Mandy is also the lead makeup artist for this year’s Top Austin Model competition. Be sure to see Mandy’s and Julie’s work at the Top Austin Model finale on Monday, April 13th.
The other part of last night’s event included a showcase of looks through the decades. Stylists were chosen and given a decade to portray in one look. Urban Betty Salon was on site to do hair and FaceKandy provided makeup. Once the models were put together, they spent the evening showing off their looks throughout the party.
Adriana Morfitt, of The Gold Atlas, was one of the stylists chosen to style a look. Her decade was 1930’s and was put together with clothing from the Austin Antique Mall. The accessories were provided by local jewelry designer, Suzanna Dai. Adriana mentioned “Styling for me started with being obsessed with fashion. One day I decided to start a blog. I had been working so much that I needed an outlet.” Adriana loves music, festivals and claims to “be all over the place.” She tries to bring all of her loves together as inspiration for her looks. She was so excited to part of AFW this year!
What a fantastic evening! Looking forward to the upcoming events and all the amazing fashion!
Post by #CWFamily:
By Aysa Province: (Right Side)
Created Woman Stylist & Style Speaks Mobile Coordinator
Photos by Julie Fox: (Left Side)
Wife, Mom, and Texas State University graduate Julie Fox is a rare combination of Glam and Nerd. She holds a degree in Computer Science and spends her days running her web development business and coding websites in her pajamas. But watch out world…There’s so much more to Mrs. Fox! Julie loves anything sparkly and has an underlying creativity that causes her to see the world from a very special point of view. Everywhere she looks she is getting creative inspiration for website designs, marketing strategies, fashion statements, photo ops, model poses, fashion shoot settings, and of course…. makeup ideas!
Julie came on board with Created Magazine as an assistant MUA but has evolved into playing many roles including: makeup artist and backstage photographer during Editorial Photoshoots, to helping with marketing materials, and even working on CW’s digital magazine. She has a passion for inspiring confidence in women and teen girls, specifically through teaching about makeup and skin-care. She loves working with the Youth Group at her church and volunteering her makeup artistry services to organizations such as Austin Fairy Godmother. Julie is incredibly grateful that God has led her to the amazing circle of women involved in the Created Woman Foundation.