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Fall/Winter 2018 Trends to Watch According to the Designers at Austin Fashion Week 2018

I got to attend my first Austin Fashion Week this year!  This year's show, brought to you by Fashion X with presenting sponsor Roger Beasley Mazda, was a great one to attend, as it marked the 10th anniversary of Austin Fashion Week/Fashion X Austin.  

If you follow @fabeverydayblog on social media, then you know I was on a quest to wear all local Texas designers to the show.  Stay tuned for more on that soon.  Today, I am sharing more about the Fashion X Austin experience (so you know what to expect when you attend next year), and the key trends to look out for this Fall/Winter 2018 according to what the designers presented on the Austin Fashion Week runway.

Fashion X's focus is on emerging and independent designers, with a goal of connecting them to buyers and consumer through runway shows like this.  This makes the Austin Fashion Week experience more than just a runway show... in addition to the capsule collections and full collections designers showcase, there is a gallery where local designers can sell jewelry and accessories, healthy food sold by a local food truck vendor (Ranch Hand), and a chic VIP lounge with drinks and appetizers.  

The event kicked off with the BERNINA Fashion Fund Showcase, where designers with less than 3 years on their own label present 5-look runway collections in a competition for two awards.  

In addition to the competition, the opening night also featured a few full collections on the runway. Through that evening, and the collections shown each of the subsequent evenings, a few trend themes to look out for became clear.  Here are the trends to watch this fall/winter:

I saw a lot of bling on the Austin Fashion Week runways in 2018.  Here are some of the highlights.

Youthful Whimsy
A theme of youth (think bows and childlike silhouettes) was present, not only in the styles presented, but also through the youth designers Fashion X featured throughout the show this year.  

Tailored looks, and looks borrowed from your husband's wardrobe are key trends to watch for the girl boss.  

Cultural Celebration
Between the Mexicana/Latin vibes of Adrienne Yunger's presentation, the African inspiration, and even Egyptian throwbacks, many of the designers incorporated global fashion inspiration into their collections.

Ruffles and Bare Shoulders
I am personally thrilled that the trends of feminine ruffle details and bare or off-the-shoulder looks aren't going away any time soon.

Stay tuned for my feature on the local designers I wore and met at Austin Fashion Week this year, and get on the mailing list for your tickets for next year's Fashion X Austin here.

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