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Tess Dress: Tess Designs makes exclusive use of Texan companies for its pattern-making, grading and marking, and manufacturing, right down to the button loops and belts. We focus our prototyping and sampling in Austin with a local manufacturer. For our large-scale collections and orders, we work with a garment factory in Dallas. Keeping it local and keeping it real, it doesn’t get much more Austin than that. Isabella Rose (at age 12, the youngest designer to show at Austin Fashion Week): I don’t really think about age anymore. I think part of my message is that we should pursue our goals, no matter how old or young. I blog about my artistic process as it relates to my paintings, fashion and poetry. I’ve been very touched by how supportive the adults who follow my adventures have been. I’m very happy by the body of work I have accumulated over the years, and I’m very excited because I’m starting to have opportunities to show my work more.

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Sarah Eileen: The most popular bridal trend at the moment has been lace. Vintage-inspired gowns with modern twists, lace, portrait backs, ball gowns and cocktail-length gowns are also trending. My favorite trends would have to be lace and color. Austin’s bride tends to step out of the box a bit and express their unique personality through small details, sassy silhouettes or touches of color, which are always fun. On the Web: More fashion talk from Austin designers Raven + Lily, Jeannie Vianney, Savannah Red and Dawn Younger Smith. Also, more runway photos and the complete list of 2012 Golden Boot winners. More from Cheryl Bemis and Fashionably Austin at and @FashionablyATX on Twitter.