If Fashion Freakout has a general style, it’s definitely rock ‘n’ roll. The annual Red River runway event provided looks from Charm School Vintage, Prototype Vintage Design and Buffalo Exchange this year.
We had live music from A Giant Dog and The Fleshlights, a host in Seth Cockfield and a passionate audience with a craving for theatrics. Fashion Freakout—which turned 5 years old March 2—always delivers, and this year was no exception.
Charm School Vintage was all about sex appeal. The girls strutted down the runway with ‘20s style hair and bold make-up, wearing mostly lingerie with military inspired accents. The stylists behind Charm School obviously love the sassy, sexy essence of the ‘20s. They sent their models out with tuxedo jackets and red lips, cigarette in hand and confidence high. Prototype Vintage had fun mixing eras—the girls wore sweet, ‘60s dresses with ‘80s punk touches here and there, like a Bowie T-shirt or studded jacket. For men, Prototype offered a James Dean look and another preppier mix of khaki shorts and a pastel, short-sleeved shirt, finishing off the look with a bow tie. Their second set of looks included lots of neon and knee-high socks, with the highest heels a lady can stumble on. Buffalo Exchange definitely got the loudest cheers from the crowd. The looks were all worn by Buffalo employees, the “real” people of the night. Their first set of looks centered around black and white looks with red pops—belts, shoes, jackets—all of the girls with a red lip and a strong, black brow. Their second looks included heavy jewelry and lots of leather, but more importantly, it was clear the Buffalo models were having the most fun.
Austin garage-rock band A Giant Dog took the stage between the first and second sets of looks. Their frontwoman, Sabrina, wore a 1940s white dress from Charm School Vintage that came off after their third song. She danced through the rest of the set in pink underwear and a pink-and-white polka-dotted cropped sweater—also, she told us, from Charm School Vintage. Unfortunately the crowd thinned out during the set, but they played well, Sabrina’s voice and fuck-you attitude perfectly fitting with the music and the event.
The runway ended with a final walk from all of the models, and the stylists and producers—including new mom Audrie San Miguel looking happy and modest—also came out to the loud applause. The event went on with a live performance from The Fleshlights inside The Hawk, where drinks were poured and the music and chatter of the night buzzed on for hours.
If anything, Fashion Freakout is a testament to the massive growth of Austin’s fashion industry during the past few years. With so many management companies, modeling contests and fashion events popping up, the Freakout stays ahead of the curve with its unique vision and loyal guests which look forward to the event all year long. Fashion Freakout is, at its core, a party, and Austinites love a good party.
All photos by Kristie Bocanegra.