Contour: UT Fashion Show Recap, Austin Texas

The following photos were taken by me in between live-blogging with an ipad. This is one of my favorite looks from the show by Kaidon Ho. I adore the architectural shoulders juxtaposed with the flowing sheer skirt. MORE PHOTOS
I was lucky to be let backstage before the show as the official exclusive blogger. I loved the sleek ponytails and makeup and got to witness and  got to live-blog some of the last minute frenzy. Some familiar model faces from my styling gigs and from producing the Marie Claire show. Some of the detail shots I managed to capture in between juggling a DSLR and an iPad for live-blogging. I noticed a lot of really great detailing on garments' backs that didn't show up on the official runway photos. Additional pictures can be found at THIS Facebook album. 
Following collages were made from pictures by Peter Tung.

Personal highlights of the show: innovative prints and creative usage of ruffles. Ethereal whites perfect for summertime. I absolutely love the peplum top in the center. That lace... Leather detailing. The student designers really showcased the adaptability of leather, cutting it into sculptural power shoulders, deconstructed shift dresses, tailored trousers, and flowy gowns.  My favorites from the bridal gown collections.

I rarely post runway or event coverage on this blog because there are so many local fashion publications that already do a great job of it but I always make an exception for the UT Fashion Show because it's my favorite fashion event in Texas. Between 3,000-5,000 people convened on the Frank Erwin Center to watch CONTOUR.  The show was aptly named as the focus on this year was on tailoring and silhouettes more so than the previous years.  Each student designer had to come up with a miniature ready-to-wear collection as well as an evening and a bridal gown.
The entire event felt a bit more personal to me this year compared to my two previous UT shows because not only did I know half of the senior design students and so many of the models/ other contributing University Fashion Group members from their help with the Marie Claire show. I felt so proud as some of my friends' collections came down the runway to applause. One can only imagine the stress associated with having to design and construct these pieces while following the usual curriculum for all natural science majors.
Thanks UFG and Karen for the opportunity to be the exclusive blogger for this event!
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  1. What great captures! Looks like a phenomenal show -- how fun to have backstage access.

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  2. I love all these pieces! I didn't know UT had a fashion show... definitely going next time

    1. I feel the exact same way! I'm so close, I would have definitely went.

      Thanks for sharing.


  3. That leather collection has got to be HANDS DOWN my fave of the bunch...I'd DIE to rock that first dress...almost like a deconstructed haute and chic! Impressive!

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  4. Woow! So nice post, great shots:)
    xx Ilka