It’s not every day that you see models, music and “margs” on the Wet Deck of the W in downtown Austin – much less when the sun sets at the perfect angle to cast an extravagant glow upon culture consumers and creators alike.
Thursday evening at the Rock in Style event — hosted by Austin’s own radio station 101X – featured performances by gripping artists who took the stage through a mesmerizing vertical-horizon of a set up. Charming ladies and gents also called for the spotlight as they fiercely walked along the pool-side runway in the latest of sleek and summery fashion styled by Brandy Joy Smith. The Rock in Style proceeds went to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, an organization which helps the Capital’s self-employed musicians have access to basic health insurance.
The chic crowd of supporters looked sharp: sexy femmes sported the sheer effervescence of long and flowy skirts, all which consisted of bright show-stopping colors. Almost always paired with sexy towering stilettos or to-die-for wedges, these females “worked it” until the moon rose and nighttime struck. The foxy males also managed to beat the heat and look fashionable, button downs and jorts were a stunning successes at the sold-out show.
Opening band Roxy Roca managed a look and sound that boasted a soulful yet funky edge. Band members stuck with solids: classic white or black button-downs with a slick pair of khakis. Front man Taye Cannon made sure to incorporate eye-catching elements like his cheetah-print skinny tie (to match his cheetah-framed glasses) and timeless white and black wing tips.
DJ Kid Slyce wove in his beats throughout the actual fashion show, which showcased summer ’12 trends, courtesy of stylist Brandy Joy Smith and Wilhelmina Models. Though the sun was scorching, the models kept it cool and had a rockin’ time on the fourth floor cat walk at the W.
Not in the Face wrapped up the event with their raw and energetic performance. The duo boasted their rock n’ roll attire, drummer Wes Cargal wore jeans and a tee while guitarist/vocalist Jonathan Terrell showed off tight skinny jeans and a fitted black button-down; the singer definitely stole glances with his full-fledged mutton chops and beard. The garage/blues rock performance was filled with fervor — it was likely the rawest aspect of the event, a perfect conclusion to the night. By the end of their performance, which was seemingly a passion-infused jam session, Terrell recklessly jumped into the pool, Cargal following suit. Not in the Face took the party to the pool, prompting audience members to exhibit their best cannonball jump, finally cooling down from the travails of the Central Texas Sun.
Written by Elizabeth Hinojos
Photos by Drew Degennaro