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EVENT PREVIEW: Moda x Mexico

Presented by Fashion x Austin

We’re coming in hot & heavy as we careen toward the end of the spring social season and boy is this week packed with goodies. Consider this: for the next three days, Texas Women for the Arts welcomes their members to Austin for their statewide meeting. Then on the Barton Springs Conservancy celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Barton Springs Bathouse with a big bash at the Driskill. Friday is opening night for Ballet Austin‘s Alice (in Wonderland) and Austin Fashion Week hits the apex on Saturday evening with Moda x Mexico, a unique and exclusive peek at fashion from our neighbors to the south.

We had a chance to chat with Matt Swinney, founder of Austin Fashion Week, about this rare opportunity to support our local fashion community while witnessing an amazing runway show from some of Mexico’s top designers.

Austin Social Planner: 
Hey Matt. Thanks for carving out time in the lead up to Austin Fashion Week. We know it’s a busy time for you, however we thought our readers would appreciate hearing more about this exciting collaboration between these notable Mexican designers and Austin Fashion Week, which seems like something we can’t experience everyday.

Matt Swinney: You’re right, Kevin. Moda X Mexico will be the very first time (in recent memory) that a complete delegation of fashion designers from a foreign country shows in Texas.

ASP: So tell us a little bit about what people can expect on Saturday.
MS: Upon arrival, guests will be able to capture the creative setting by being photographed next to a 10-foot tall live model covered entirely in Monarch butterflies. The installation is being created by Mandarin Design Lab and is a celebration of this beloved creature that spans the Texas/Mexico border during its migration.
ASP: Wow. Well it certainly sounds timely and we adore the connection between creativity and politics. How close will attendees be able to get to the looks coming down the catwalk?

MS: All seats are front row, so you’ll get a clear view of each model on the runway, head to toe.

ASP: Besides the fashion show, will there be other opportunities to immerse oneself in the vibe of the evening?

MS: The Alegreea Gallery will allow you to shop for finds directly from Mexican designers, who are not carried otherwise in the United States. Think hand cast jewelry, loom weaved handbags, and modern artisanal pieces.

ASP: What else should we know about the evening? Obviously there will be libations and food. What can you tell us about that aspect?
MS: The Driskill is preparing a sumptuous menu of authentic Mexican dishes including a seafood crudo, Carne Asada Mollete, Cochonita pibil, among many other items to keep everyone in a festive mood. As you mentioned earlier, this is a chance to experience something that will transport you to another place … at least in your mind.

Moda x Mexico takes place this Saturday, May 13th at The Driskill. Tickets range from $150 to $295 and can be purchased online.

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Written by Kevin Smothers

Kevin Smothers

Co-Founder and Editorial Director,
Austin Social Planner

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