During the week of SXSW, an array of international music goers and artists flood Austin for one week of free shows and a high expectation to discover their newest indie obsession. The week consists of meeting native New Yorkers, British artists and winners of Australia’s Got Talent (at least that’s my rendition of SXSW), but never local Austinites. On my quest to listen to the maximum amount of new up and coming bands, I landed at the Nylon party at the Terrace located in the W Hotel. It was there that I encountered a journalism alumni from UT who has mastered the art of dressing.
This Fashionisto rocks a casual look that heeds to details. His overall ensemble pays homage to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and men’s fashion from the ’60s. There was a clear correlation between this Fashionisto’s look and the sponsor Nylon, a magazine that fuses fashion and music into one collaborative entity. From his Hawaiian button-down buttoned up to the top to his cuffed navy trousers, this Fashionisto’s outfit perfectly matched the vibe from the party. Nylon frequently spotlights musicians who are iconic in the fashion world, and I myself love it when I find someone who is not only a music lover, but a fashion one too.
This Fashionisto’s round shades and green cap deemed themselves as the ideal accessories for the heat during SXSW. Aside from their practical uses, they also set this Fashionisto apart from the masses in Ray-Bans. His Will Smith circa Fresh Prince of Bel-Air hat and tropical button-down seem like mundane items that may even seem unfashionable when placed in the wrong setting, however this Fashionisto styles these items and remixes them with a new flavor. Instead of opting for a pair of sneakers, the Fashionisto sports a pair of brown combat boots with a buckle and continues to dress up his look with a navy blazer. Not only was his taste in music spot on, as he currently digs the tracks of Haim and Chance the Rapper, but he brought my attention to the store Odin in New York which will definitely come of use for future posts. I think I would attribute SXSW as the one week where both Fashionistos and music lovers meet and come to the forefront in Austin, Texas.
Hint: Bring back the mundane and remix it up! Things such as a short-sleeve Hawaiian shirt or animal print button-down may seem tasteless when styled incorrectly, but if buttoned up all the way and paired with cuffed and colored chino pants or layered with a chambray button-down you can change a seemingly gaudy item into a fashion-forward piece.