New York Fashion Week: Brandon Maxwell At The Intersection of Texas and High Fashion

Since September 6th and through the 14th, New York Fashion Week 2018 has been crushing it and it’s always one of the highlights of my day to follow along, even if I can’t be there in person.

It’s the debut of the Spring 2019 collections of some of my favorite designers, like Tom Ford and Tory Burch.

Tom Ford

 

Tom Ford

But the designer I’ve been most excited about this season is Brandon Maxwell.

A look from Brandon Maxwell's Spring 2019 runway show. Photo: Courtesy of Brandon Maxwell

A 33-year old St. Edwards grad who rose in the fashion world as Lady Gaga’s Fashion Director, Maxwell proved you can take the man out of Texas, but not Texas out of the man with his absolutely gorgeous Spring 2019 collection.  He decicated the show to ‘Texas and my family for making me who I am.’

Texans know a thing or two about how to dress a lady.  Maxwell’s subtle Southern line staked claim on the color of the season, a range of reds and pinks from salmon to dusty rose and showcased wide-leg pleated pants, popped collars on perfect-length shift dresses and billowing ball gown skirts tamed with simple, fitted tops.

Maxwell smartly synced Texas and fashion with beautifully crafted custom red suede Lucchese boots and cowboy hats made with Gigi Burris Millinery that were carried down the runway in elegant, clear hat boxes.

His cheekier nods to Texas were still well done: spectators sat in the back of pick-up trucks, ate Shake Shack Burgers and drank sweet tea, and sipped on Shiner Bock beer  pulled from iced-down Yeti coolers (which were donated to Girl Scout troops in San Antonio after the show).  Maxwell’s entire Spring 2019 ready-to-wear collection was inspired by time he spent in Marfa, Texas.

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Marfa Photo Courtesy of artsy.net

Marfa is a beautiful West Texas town that has grown in influence and popularity over the last decade.  It first gained notoriety when the classic movie Giant, starring Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean, was filmed there.  You can read more about Giant and the making of the movie here.

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Courtesy of Hotel Paisano

The cast and crew settled into the Hotel Paisano during the making of the movie.  When it first opened its doors in June 1930, it quickly became known as the ‘most elegant hotel between El Paso and San Antonio.’   Even today it’s a classic, well-maintained, beautiful property, dog friendly, with helpful, friendly staff. It’s definitely a piece of history that’s worth staying at on your way to Big Bend or as part of the Marfa experience itself.

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Courtesy of Hotel Paisano

If you’re really wanting to indulge your inner-hippy (hey, don’t we all?) and stay in somewhat more adventurous accommodations, then El Cosmico is perfect for you.

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Courtesy of El Cosmico

Whether it’s a vintage trailer, teepee, or yurt, you’re bound to leave with a story or two and plenty of great memories from your time at El Cosmico.  A “21-acre nomadic hotel and campground,” where Manana is a state of mind.

Mañana is the anticipation that it might happen today, and it might just as likely not, and really either way it’s not that big of a deal. The key to Mañana lies somewhere in the unspecified future. It holds the great promise of hope.” -El Cosmico

With Wifi only available in the lobby and pets welcome, guests are encouraged to get friendly with their neighbor.  To encourage the communal vibe, there’s a hammock grove, outdoor kitchen, community lounge and wood-fired outdoor hot tubs.  So whether you’re in it for the glamping, the new friends or the millions of glorious stars, El Cosmico has got your back.

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And now that you’ve got two beautiful choices to settle into, you can begin your trip.  There’s hiking in the Chisos Mountains and loads of natural beauty to take in about an hour away at Big Bend National Park; Learn about the Rebecca Gale Telescope or join a Star Party at the McDonald Observatory; or visit one of the many interesting art museums and restaurants that help Marfa thrive.  Whatever type of trip you choose, Marfa will not disappoint.  And don’t forget your cowboy boots.  Lucchese, if you can.

*Runway photos courtesy of Harpers Bazaar

 

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