Decode Austin Fashion Week: ORANGE Style’s Top 5 Events

Austin Fashion Week will be kicking off next Thursday, Apr. 24. After class, hop over to these enchanting evening events that will excite your inner fashion critic. You can attend as VIP, find the free shows or follow along on Twitter. The ORANGE Style department compiled a list of the top five events you should keep your eye on during AFW.

Story by Sarah Montgomery

Photo courtesy of Austin Fashion Week

Photo courtesy of Austin Fashion Week

UFG Kick Off with Spectrum

When: Thursday, Apr. 24 @ 7:15 p.m. | Doors @ 5:30 p.m.

Where: Frank Erwin Center

What: More than 120 original designs by students of the University Fashion Group will be on display. This is a free show and an awesome way to see what your peers are producing. Get a head start on knowing the next biggest names in fashion. The UT Fashion show, known as “Spectrum,” will feature designs from a “spectrum” of mediums, textures and styles, from sportswear to art pieces.


When: Saturday, Apr. 26 | 7:15 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Where: The Art Institute of Austin

What: This is a secret event held by the Art Institute of Austin — all activities will be announced at the event. There is something very thrilling about a late night soirée combining fashion and mystery. We plan to follow this one closely. Enter for a chance to win tickets at



SHOP 787

When: Monday, Apr. 28 | 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Austin Music Hall

What: This is Austin Fashion Week’s first-ever shopping event. Featuring between 40  and 60 retailers from Austin, this event provides the perfect opportunity to support your favorite local designer or discover new ones. The cost of entry is $10, but each attendee will receive a $10 gift card to any vendor. With this deal, Shop 787 is completely free if you plan to shop (which is totally okay by us).

The Men’s Event

When: Tuesday, Apr. 29 | 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Where: Austin Music Hall

What: This event is for anyone who wants to learn about the top national and local brands for men. This talk covers skincare, lifestyle, fashion and more, in regards to the male population. Men are encouraged to learn a set of invaluable style skills, such as the importance of a straight shave and how to get a set of accurate measurements. Alcohol, cigars and some of the best male-marketed products are all up for grabs at this gathering. The event is $25 and open to everyone.

Designer All Stars Presented by Bernina Tickets

When: Friday, May 2 @ 8:30 p.m. | Doors @ 6:30 p.m.

Where: Austin Music Hall

What: For Austin Fashion Week, Designer All Stars is the big shebang. These are the “all-stars” of fashion, and all of the biggest players are coming out, including six designers that were featured on Project Runway. Tickets range from $15 to $435, depending on your preference, and the show is accessible to anyone. Break out your most fashionable outfit for this one; you never know what big names will be there.

For more information on these and other events, or to purchase tickets to Austin Fashion Week, check their website at or follow along on twitter @atxfashionweek. Be sure to check out our Instagram coverage @orange_magazine.

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