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Austin Fashion Week now Fashion for Good

Nicole Villalpando
nvillalpando@statesman.com
Models strut the catwalk during Austin Fashion Week's Moda X Australia show in February. The producers of fashion week have changed the name to Austin Fashion for Good. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

From Austin Fashion Week to Fashion X Austin to Fashion for Good: That's the evolution of the now-twice-a-year events that are beginning their 11th year in October.

Businessman Matt Swinney, who started Austin Fashion Week, explains that the new name Fashion for Good answers the question, "What separates you guys from a traditional fashion week?"

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"We always felt like we had a deeper community impact than just the fashion industry," Swinney says.

He says he decided to "call it what it is and really focus on what it is."

This year, Austin Fashion for Good will have events over a week in October that include a shopping event, a fashion show with dogs, a fashion show with 15 independent designers and a fashion show with models who represent local nonprofit organizations.

Between the dogs and the amateur models, Swinney says, "Who knows what is going to happen on the runway? We're not solving world peace here. We're trying to create opportunities for unique entertainment."

Austin Fashion for Good will continue to have its traditional larger fashion week in spring as well as these fall events.

Fashion for Good has now spread to Dallas and Houston and will start in San Antonio in February. If the right sponsor came along, Swinney said, they would start a Fashion for Good in other cities.

Fashion for Good will launch something new this month: an online shopping page featuring the independent designers it works with. "We're trying to aggregate some of that community in one space," he says. 

Often, independent designers don't know how to launch their own sites or market them, and Swinney's hope is that he can create a place for people to find new designers and their creations, and a place where if they see something they like at a Fashion for Good event, they can then buy it online.

Fashion for Good upcoming events

Shop for Good retail events. Oct. 19-23. Retailers at participating stores will donate a portion of proceeds to the Kindness Campaign, which focuses on bullying prevention.

Haute Dogs. 8 p.m. Oct. 24. This fashion show will include local influencers and their dogs. It all benefits Hounds for Heroes, which provides service animals to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and mobility issues. 

Runways: Designers. 8 p.m. Oct. 25. Fifteen local independent designers show their new stuff.

Runways: Redefined. 8 p.m. Oct. 26. Austin-area nonprofits will provide the models and benefit from this event with multiple designers.

The nonprofit organizations include:

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

Austin Speech Labs (provides therapy for people who have had a stroke)

Girl Scouts of Central Texas

Battle for a Cure Foundation (helping children fighting cancer)

Center for Child Protection

Central Texas Food Bank

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

The Sanctuary Project (to help people who have been trafficked)

The Other 23 (helps veterans)

Information: For more on each event and to purchase tickets, go to austin.fashionforgood.co