Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 6:30 pm | Austin American-Statesman

Tickets: $35 – $250. Purchase Tickets Here.

Back for 2019! The first night of the RUNWAYS during Austin Fashion Week, Thursday, February 21, will feature the BERNINA / Fashion X partnership to award the 2019 BERNINA Fashion Fund winner. The emerging designer that blows the crowd away the most will walk away with the coveted prize and represent both brands at events throughout 2019.

Attendees will view 5-look runway collections from more than a dozen fashion designers with less than 3 years with their fashion label. Two major awards will be handed out at the end of the night: a judges’ choice award crowning the official 2019 BERNINA Fashion Fund winner and a people’s choice award.

The judges’ choice winner will not only receive a robust prize from BERNINA and other brands to allow them to expand their label, but they will also go on to represent the BERNINA Fashion Fund at Fashion X events in 2019.

Do not miss this unique runway event where you can say “I saw them when…”

STYLE SETTER

NATASA VALOCCHI FOR BALLET AUSTIN

The BERNINA Fashion Fund Showcase will honor 2019 Style Setter NATASA VALOCCHI with a portion of proceeds benefitting BALLET AUSTIN.

Since her days of Ballet and Ice Skating, the arts have had a special place in her life. One of her favorite sayings is Art is home, because there is something magical that happens between artist and attendee that is comforting. Natasa Valocchi has been active in the Austin community for over 15 years. Shortly after arriving from Los Angeles, where she was in the fashion industry she joined The Junior League of Austin. As a League Member, Natasa held several different leadership positions including Resale Shop Chair, Financial Development Chair, and several roles in the A Christmas Affair. Natasa Co-Chaired the Young Master’s Program, a collaboration from the Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission of the Arts. She further enhances her love of the arts with her active membership of the Texas Women for the Arts. In her free moments she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and her 4 legged child.

FEATURED SHOW: ESTILO FOR PINK PILATES

In partnership with the Ballet Austin Pink Pilates program, iconic Austin boutique, Estilo, will feature current collections on models that have survived breast cancer. This incredible show was made possible by Natasa & Michael Valocchi and their amazing commitment to Ballet Austin and its programs.

Estilo is a contemporary women’s clothing boutique in the heart of Tarrytown in Casis Village in Austin Texas that focuses on delivering a curated collection of national and international brands through a trusting personalized shopping experience. Estilo literally translates to style in Spanish, and that is the focus of both the clothing and the space.

Founded in 2005 by Stephanie Coultress O’Neill, Estilo has continued to redefine itself and influence the style in Austin. Prior to opening Estilo, Stephanie received a Masters in Psychology from the University of Texas and had a private practice for child and family therapy. The core values of Estilo are deeply rooted in providing retail therapy and making customers feel confident and stylish through their attire.

FEATURED RUNWAY SHOWS

More shows being added!

COMPETING ON THE RUNWAY

These designers will be showing 5 looks each to wow the audience the judges. Who will take home the 2019 BERNINA Fashion Fund grand prizes?

Designers still being added!

IN THE GALLERY

Shop the pop up shops pre-show, during intermission and after the shows are over. More pop up shops are being added.

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