Everyone has a story to tell and as I writer, I enjoy uncovering that narrative. As part of that effort, I’m launching a brand new series on my blog called “Style Setter” where I will be asking designers, shop owners, and fashion enthusiasts my favorite questions on style.
My first Style Setter is with the talented Dina Chavez, designer of SixChel. The South Texan native is active in the Austin fashion scene participating in Austin Fashion Week as well as featured in several local publications.
I caught up with Dina at Cafe Medici in Lamar Union where the sweet and humble designer answered my fav fab questions.
What are you wearing?
These platforms I got from my hometown in South Texas. They are a great height! The jeans are American Eagle and the top is Target. The necklaces is the Utopia necklace from Stella & Dot. I love it because it’s one necklace that can be worn many different ways. The earrings, bracelets, and cocktail ring is also Stella & Dot.
How would you describe your style in 3 words?
Black. Comfortable. Chic.
Who is your fashion icon?
Growing up it was Oscar De La Renta. Then I grew to love Carolina Herrera. I also admire Christian Lacroix.
Where is your favorite place to show in Austin?
Maya Star off of South Congress. I’ll be having my upcoming trunk show there on Dec. 9.
What is your favorite piece in your wardrobe?
My black velvet blazer I found 15 years ago. It’s boxy and long, and has become my staple piece.
What fashion faux-pas makes you cringe?
Cowboy boots with dresses. I can’t wait until that goes away.
What is the must-have piece for the winter?
I’ve been seeing fur vests!
Where are you most likely to be seen in Austin?
I like to visit Lala’s Little Nugget or Trudy’s.
Meet Dina in person and browse SixChel on Dec. 9 between 6-8 p.m. at Maya Star. The holiday trunk show will highlight her latest collection inspired by Marie Antoinette.