In the spirit of #NYFW, Dallas experienced its own bit of fashion wonder. FASHION X DALLAS showcased some phenomenal local designers. The 3-night event was full of industry personalities, stylists, bloggers, designers, and anyone who is anyone. In essence, it was the shit. So naturally, I was a bit complacent about what to wear to the finale on Saturday. After scrounging my closets, I decided on an all-white attire (because white after Labor Day is the chic thing to do). I pieced together a white crop tank from H&M, and my favorite draped dhoti pants from Mumbai. Topped with a light trench coat from Top Shop, ASOS platforms, and statement piece from Urbanite, I was finally ready. The best outfits are the easiest ones.
I was invited to attend the event, not knowing what to expect. It was new territory for me in some ways. While I’ve attended major fashion shows & events, and even walked the ramp for some big designers, my experience in fashion has been primarily limited to the South Asian subculture, so being recognized on a larger platform is extremely exciting and humbling. That was honestly the best part: getting recognized. I live for my work, and to be among people I don’t know well, but know me for my contributions to the Dallas fashion scene is insane. There are no words. I’m not even going to pretend to be all blasé blasé, because it was surreal the amount of love I felt from strangers. But that’s Dallas for you.
Everyone killed it. My absolute favorite designer was Smith the Second, who also received the prestigious Dallas Fashion Fund award last night. I have been dying to see his collection in person and it was one of the coolest experiences ever. I mean when your entire runway showcase ends with your models doing the Shmoney Dance you know it’s insane. And it was. Each piece was crafted in away that challenged the audience. It was visual art in all senses.
Dallas has a particular style and it can be pretty obvious if you’re local or not — though that is not necessarily a bad thing. Each city has its own vibe and I think Dallas lives for its fresh, classy style. From the ambiance, to the attendees, every aspect of the event was intriguing. Meeting with influencers from around the city, talking about our passions, it was a great experience in total. I will definitely be back next year.