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Oooh, the fall fashion doin's are doin', what with the Austin appearance of national fashionista Leon Hall, Club DeVille's Fall Fashion Extravaganza, and The Austin Chronicle's own upcoming Drag Ball. Whooo!
THE DRAG NET In its never-ending quest for sponsoring entertaining and eye-opening events, The Austin Chronicle is proud to present Come As You Aren't, a major drag ball. With a stellar guest-list including every conceivable gender ... even yours. The sensational Club Casanova featuring Mo B. Dick and friends will appear, and DJ J-Switch & Organic will commandeer the music. There will be free food, a cash bar, and fabulous prizes from Forbidden Fruit, among others, will be awarded for categories such as Best Drag Queen, Best Drag King, Best Gender Obfuscator, and more. Happens Saturday, Oct. 13, 9pm-1am at the cool new Le Privilege, 10th & Red River. Tickets are $10, and proceeds will benefit LGRL & Project Transitions. Call 454-5765 x269 for more info and updates. Be there ... and be Cher!
CATWALKING It's that time, boys and girls, for Club DeVille's fabulous Fall Fashion Extravaganza. The inimitable and vivacious Emily Fawcett will be hostessing, along with Joel Mozersky. Featuring an unprecedented nine boutiques, including Under the Sun, Shiki, and Chimera, the show is one of the longest running, best loved, most entertaining spectacles Austin has to offer. The always-dramatic Blackmail will present a dazzling vintage couture presentation. And thank god for the return of By George to the runway after a short absence: We'll see beautiful men's clothes again. We'll also be seeing new collections from Legs Diamond, New Bohemia, and Therapy. Benefiting Wildlife Rescue, the show is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17, 8pm. Tickets are $30, VIP (doors open at 6:30pm); $10, general admission (doors open at 7:30pm). Tickets may be purchased at any participating boutique or Club DeVille. For more info contact Emily Fawcett at 323-5699.
THE BIG EVENT Local fashionistas were abuzz with the news of the St. Thomas charity/fashion event A Look ... For Love, benefiting the Austin Children's Shelter (a wonderful charity: see them at www.austinchildrenshelter.org). St. Thomas, as I'm sure you know, is the only boutique in town that carries the drop-dead glamorous, high-style evening gowns that we admire in the fashion magazines and on some of the world's most gorgeous women. St. Thomas' location at the Arboretum is a virtual clubhouse for the local Ladies Who Lunch, and owners Tomas Esteban and Riley Silva have worked tirelessly to create an atmosphere of rarefied luxury to cater to those ladies. So when it was announced that they'd be staging a fashion show starring the designs of NY designers Badgley-Mischka, Austin's fashion elite snapped to attention and shelled out $500 apiece to attend. Needless to say, in my own way, I was desperate to attend. News 8's Cheryl Bishop, vivacious hostess of Fashionably 8, performed magic and procured tickets for me. It began with a cocktail party at St. Thomas on Friday, Sept. 2 -- a meet-and-greet preview at which Badgley-Mischka would be present, along with event guest-host, Leon Hall, of E! Television's Fashion Emergency. Escorted by Designers' Guild coordinator Neil Diaz, we had a great time hobnobbing with local luminaries, the generous and attentive St. Thomas retinue, the press, and of course, the visiting royalty themselves. As Joan Rivers' cohort on her E! fashion reviews, Leon Hall often tempers Rivers' caustic remarks with his own brand of fashion-savvy, but it was a guess as to what he'd be like in person. No need to worry. He was completely charming: gracious, personable, and very down-to-earth. "You're my hero, Mr. Hall," I gushed. He replied, "Mr. Hall was my father. I'm Leon," and immediately complied with our request for photos. I was totally smitten when he said, "How brave of the Chronicle to hire a male fashion editor. I was one of the first male fashion editors in the country, and at the time, everyone said, 'A man?' but I showed them! Keep up the good work." What a sweetheart. Badgley-Mischka were pleasant enough, but seemed a little glazed from all the attention ... but I imagine they get a lot of that. Dressing movie stars and socialites across the globe, they are masters of the game, creating incredible confections of beads, embroidery, and luxurious fabrics. The Academy Awards are practically a private trunk show for them; they usually have more dresses in attendance than any other designer, so it was fun to preview their fall collection at the cocktail party. Suffice to say, the party was very nice. And we won't talk about being at the Red Fez afterward ... we'll just say we had a great time there. Then, the big event itself -- dinner, dancing, and fashion show at the Four Seasons -- was Saturday night. I brought my personal fashion icon, Blackmail owner Gail Chovan, with me representing the local design scene -- she, decked out in a stripped-down, deconstructed creation from her last collection. Like entering a blinding snowstorm of sparkling sequins and beads, the Four Seasons ballroom was brimming with local high rollers and socialites. The fashion show was pretty glam: gorgeous evening and daywear. We were disappointed that there was little representation of local models, hair, and make-up, but this show wasn't really about Austin; it was about bringing international glamour to Austin. Even without our local fashionistas, the show was beautiful. Everywhere in the audience and on the runway, was fabulous jewelry by the "Best of Austin" award-winning Anthony-Nak. These guys are like the Energizer Bunny: They just keep going and going and going. We are fortunate to have them among us. What a great night it was, and St. Thomas is to be commended for their vision.