Salutations, fashion fiends,
On this breezy yet sunny Texan afternoon, I have a riddle for you: What do Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller, Neiman Marcus and StyleCaster have in common? Throwing a chimerical party celebrating South by Southwest, Austin fashion and collaborative conquests, of course!
At the moment, I’m recovering from a spectacular festivity thrown by CUSP by Neiman Marcus and StyleCaster last night. Cocktails, canapés with southern tang (think barbeque sliders, fried macaroni and cheese and yummy grilled cheese sandwiches) and Leandra Medine (gasp!) of The Man Repeller cozied into one venue for a memorable night.
That’s the best aspect of the 2-week long technology, film and music festival held in our little capital each year. Suddenly, downtown’s streets begin mirroring those of New York or LA. Hundreds of individuals boasting spectacular personal styles and big ideas all come together in a small area. Simply walking through the crowds satisfies the wandering soul, with or without a SXSW badge promising entry to the most respected expos and after-parties.
I had to think of putting an ensemble together that would likely leave some sort of impression on other attendees…so, of course, I donned on my ever so reliably “edgy” studded leather jacket. I thought I looked at least somewhat studly (;
After eating, sipping and conversating, there she was…one fashion blogger with celebrity status I gain inspiration from: Leandra Medine. Eventually, I garnered enough confidence to approach the self-proclaimed “man repeller” with a friend of mine, Batli, to chat a bit and take a photo without fan-girling too much. I must admit, she had some serious dance moves…some even better than my own!
Because food and decor cannot talk, taking photos of the well-groomed interior at Wanderlust Live proved much simpler. As such, I have several more photos of inanimate objects than people…Who knew a yoga studio could transform into such a perfect place for a fashion soiree? After all the food and drinks, I might have to visit the venue after SXSW to snap back into shape!
My photos may have turned out blurry and slightly indecipherable, but one thing’s for sure: Leandra sure can dance, and CUSP by Neiman Marcus and StyleCaster throw impressive gatherings. Here’s to more SXSW fashion parties and yes, complimentary food and beverages.