he stage was set at the Driskill Hotel Sunday night for a much anticipated fashion show by a well-known Austin fashion face, Stephen MacMillan Moser. While his name is connected with the Austin Chronicle for his After a Fashion weekly column, this night Stephen replaced his writing talents for his more creative design side. Gail Chovan, the long-time, eclectic and very artistic designer and owner of South Congress’ Blackmail Boutique showed a stunning capsule collection (a recap of her Collection 15 is coming from her Tuesday night show) and Tina Johnson and Roosevelt Cevallos (shoes) also showed pieces to make it a wonderful local foursome of fashion collections that walked the runway.
The energy at the Driskill show was much like some of the shows I covered in the old days, circa the crazy Club de Ville fashion show days…fast-forward a decade and I felt that same energy Sunday night but everyone was better dressed and the dressing rooms weren’t outside. The well-mannered people you typically see at a fashion show came unglued during Stephen’s set and the fashion party ignited! It was fun, loud, and the models cut loose on the runway with the crowd getting louder with each piece making its appearance. Super fun to see the front row with Ross Bennett, Matt Swinney and celebrity game show host Chuck Woolery cutting it up and having just about as much fun as the models!
Austin celebrities strutted their stuff in Stephen’s creations with Editor Kevin Benz wearing tight gold spandex pants and a black embellished shirt and news anchor Tyler Sieswerda squeezed into straight paisley printed jeans and the models kept coming…State Representative Mark Strama, The Society Diaries Editor Lance Avery Morgan, Greg Boyd, Adam Curry to name a few.