Spanish for “you never know…”, my family here in Austin and I have adopted this as our group catchphrase/inside joke du jour. My first experience with the Austin runway scene, this past Friday night I attended the 9th Annual TRIBEZA Fashion Show, the culminating event to TRIBEZA Style Week, and nunca sabes could not have been a more apt phrase to summarize the evening. Featuring looks styled by local boutiques c.jane, Wanderlust, The Garden Room, Estilo, Co-Star, Billy Reid, Fawn + Raven, Maya Star and heavy hitters Julian Gold and Saks Fifth Avenue, the show itself was what one would expect of a runway show: a heavily produced and stylized affair staffed with models with that brand of impossible ethereal beauty that seems to be confined to the fashion world. Truth told, however, the show itself was an afterthought to the top-notch people-watching/style scoping, cupcakes and champagne, and unexpected surprises the night held in store.
Seated down the row from me at the show was Sean Greenberg of Allens Boots, an Austin institution for cowboy boots and Western wear. Sean was wearing a special pair that night: the pair he married his new bride Lauren in not one month prior in Mexico. Amazing boots; lovely couple.
Following a late night of innocent-enough shenanigans after the show, my grandmother and I toured the Texas state capitol building the next afternoon: an experience I am so grateful we both made the time for and that I will treasure always. As we walked out the back doors of the building to head back to the car, we happened upon this scene: a bride, and a girl celebrating her quince preparing for photos around the capitol grounds. I absolutely love that I got to be there to see this moment: a timely reminder that beauty is all over the place, not just at a fashion show.
You never know who you’re going to meet, where you’ll end up next or what’s going to happen in the end. Life is great that way. Cherish every day, every moment. Relish the unexpected; be open to experience what life has to offer. Ask questions. Take opportunities. Say yes. Nunca sabes.