After a Fashion

STYLE WITH A CAPITAL "C" Here's a rundown of upcoming events ... Last year was the first Style Cup competition, a hairstyling fundraiser for Project Transitions. Full of pageantry and drama, it was one of the best shows I've seen in Austin, and it's baaack. Called the Hair Affair, eight salons (Salon 505, Aziz, Bella, Avalon, Catena's, Innu, Maximum FX, and Avant) will compete for prizes in four categories, with an overall Best Collection being awarded as well. Other attractions will include a silent auction and raffle, fire dancing, and an exhibition by Paul Mitchell Hair Academy. The Hair Affair takes place on Sunday, April 6, 8pm, at Element nightclub (301 W. Fifth). Tickets ($15 general, $30 VIP) are available at all participating salons, or through Project Transitions (454-8646), as well as at the door... Thursday, April 24, brings us the eagerly anticipated UT Fashion Show. Last year's was the best one yet. It is a high-powered show with enviable production values that presents, in theory, the fashion stars of tomorrow. It takes place at 8pm at the Erwin Center. Admission is free... The book Zack Carr is a tour de force making the rounds of fashionable society. It is about the man primarily responsible for creating the Calvin Klein "look" over a period of 30 years, who played a key role in establishing CK as a fashion powerhouse (you only thought that Calvin did it!). Carr, a UT graduate from Kerrville, continued to work and sketch even after he was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer, which led to his death in December 2000. Carr's fascinating life and work is lovingly chronicled by his brother, George Carr, who is appearing at a booksigning hosted by F8 Fine Art Gallery (1137 W. Sixth), Friday, April 25, 6-9pm. Call 480-0242 for more info... It's that time again! The semiannual feast of retail fashion from Club DeVille, the Spring Fashion Extravaganza is Wednesday, April 30, at Club DeVille and, in my humble opinion, presents the best cross section of Austin fashion. Hosted by the irrepressible Emily Fawcett and the shockingly depraved Joel Mozersky, the CDV shows are not only legendary but an excellent value for your fashion dollar.

BRU-U-U-CE I know it happened a few weeks back (even before SXSW, but it was pretty cute, so I'll tell you anyway). The sweet little new-in-town receptionist at Pink Salon, Jennifer Gaidosh, was at the Mercury seeing Johnny Goudie and others. Settling in with a drink, Jennifer turned her head to look at her neighbor ... who happened to be the inimitable Little Steven Van Zandt in his signature bandana. Responding with the fairly typical, "Omigod, you're Steven Van Zandt," she struck up a conversation, telling him that she had grown up with Bruce Springsteen's music, how much she loved his work, and would love to go to the upcoming show. Van Zandt was very nice, very gentlemanly, and took her number. Next morning there was a call from Van Zandt's people offering Jennifer two tickets and backstage passes for the show that night. She was deeply touched, and enjoyed the show thoroughly, noting that she stood in line at will call with Troy Aikman, and once inside, her seats were much better than Sandra Bullock's.

TONIGHT, TONIGHT! Omigod, I can't believe I've been nominated for an Eddy Award! It's true -- in the category of Austin Civic Personality of the Year, in the awards given out by the legendary Uranium Savages. Also nominated in that disparate category are Lance Armstrong, Max Nofziger, Tish Hinojosa, and Celeste Beard, among others. Sounds like tough competition. Also notably, my sister Margaret Moser will be given an award for Lifetime Achievement in service to the music community, along with Steve Wertheimer. The awards will be held at the Continental Club on Thursday, April 3. For ticket information, call 441-2444.

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