A few weekends ago was Austin’s inaugural Stargayzer Fest, a 3-day festival held at Pine Street Station, showcasing LGBTQIA performers, musicians, and artists. I was only able to make it to the festival on Saturday night and Sunday, but boy do I wish I could’ve attended more of this fest! Not only was this year’s line-up pretty stellar, but the style was unlike any I had seen at another Austin music festival. While most other festivals in Austin tend to attract the type of audience that go for the boho-inspired look (which I’m getting pretty tired of…), Stargayzer was full of wildly creative types who weren’t afraid of crazy colors and wacky prints, with some outfits falling under more of a “costume” category. It was a refreshing change of pace for me, and I can’t wait to see how this festival will likely grow and attract more people who aren’t afraid to wear more experimental fashions.
Check out this year’s styles after the jump!
In case you haven’t heard, I am now the Sound & Style Columnist for local digital magazine, Citygram. That means every month my ‘Dressing the Sound' pieces are featured in their downloadable digital magazine/app along with songs and videos from the artist that you can listen to and watch as you're reading Q&A's about their personal style!
This month’s featured artists are the undeniably cute couple Natalie Ribbons and Jason Chronis of Tele Novella. I took notice of Natalie and Jason a few years ago when the two were carving their way into the indie music world as part of two different bands. Natalie was the stylish sweet crooning lead singer of girl duo group Agent Ribbons, and Jason was tapping out bass beats as part of Voxtrot.
Their mid-century influenced garb got my attention just as much as their musical stylings, and they recently formed the dreamy psych-pop group Tele Novella with some other musically-inclined individuals after their previous bands went their separate ways. This band has just gotten started, and already they’re packing venues and wooing crowds with their spooky sweet songs and incredible stage presence.
To read the Q&A I did with Natalie and Jason and listen to some of Tele Novella’s newest tunes, download the most recent issue of Citygram here!
Last month, I had the pleasure of collaborating with a few other like-minded creatives to shoot the look book for Crowned Bird's newest collection, BAKA or “Be A Kid Again.” It’s no secret that I adore Crowned Bird clothing. The completely cute ’60s-inspired silhouettes that designer Priscilla Barroso creates always capture my heart.
BAKA, which is coincidentally also the Japanese term for “foolish” was heavily influenced by Barroso’s recent trip to Tokyo and harkens back to the whimsy we felt as imaginative children, while remaining a fashion-forward line that can span seasons. As always, unique prints and fabrics were a major part of the look and feel of Crowned Bird’s newest collection, with use of printed fleece, flocked chenille, brushed suede, colored lace, and waffled fabrics.
Check out the rest of the look book after the jump, and shop the new BAKA collection here!