Style Setter: Designer Dina Chavez

SixChel by Dina Chavez

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.


21 Takeaways from ACL

Childish Gambino at ACL

After 3 days of marvelous music, mud, and madness, my friends and I successfully survived Austin City Limits 2014. I am no festival newbie, but this was my first ACL adventure. And what an adventure it was. Here are 21 lessons learned from my first ACL excursion.

1. Austin evokes the weirdness inside us all.

2. Rain + Zilker Metropolitan Park = mud. Embrace it.

3. Toilet paper and external phone chargers double as currency.

4. You can either stay posted at one stage for a front row spot or stage hop and stand from afar. Either way, music enthusiasts find a way to get lost in the music.

5. Capital Cities = impromptu dance party.

6. The youth of America are uncomfortable with silence. I endured non-stop conversations from concert-goers 22 and younger. Most dialogue involved capturing the perfect selfie and halloween costume options.

7. Everyone has their interpretation of festival fashion. Flash Tattoos and flower crowns are often part of that interpretation.

8. Sign language interpreters can bust a flow.

9. Austin has THE best festival food selection I’ve ever seen. Peachy Green from Juice Land, yes please!

10. Eminem still has it.

11. 50,000+ people leaving Zilker Metropolitan Park at one time resembles that of a Walking Dead episode.

12. Uber was our post-concert transportation lifeline.

13. Most frequently heard phrases: “I was so close.” and “My phone is dying.”

14. Iggy Azalea is a calculated blend of Miley and Nikki with a dash of Kreayshawn. #Unfancy

15. Finding an outlet was as good as finding the golden treasure.

16. Collecting free swag took dedication, patience, and an unreasonable desire for comped goods.

17. Conversations with strangers made lingering lines tolerable.

18. Food trucks were our post-concert appetite lifeline.

19. Childish Gambino exhibits similar characteristics to that of “Crazy Eyes”…they may or may not be the same person.

20. Outkast still has it.

21. ACL is more then a lineup of diverse musical acts. ACL is about the people, spanning all ages and locations, coming together for a common love of music.