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Birmingham Fashion Week 2016 

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Birmingham, Alabama may not be the fashion capital of anywhere.
Still, as someone who can’t whisk away to New York Fashion week, Birmingham Fashion Week is something I look forward to every year. And I’m sad to say, the curtain may be closing on the entire production.

For the past six years, it’s all been thanks to the founders Heidi Elnora and Jeana Lee Thompson. They have VOLUNTEERED their time to make it happen. They have put their sweat, tears, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they bled a little, to make this fashion magic happen. But putting on multiple shows ain’t cheap. So, Heidi and Jeana are looking for someone to fully sponsor it! If no one steps up, we will have to bid it adieu. In the meantime, I can just look back on another (and hopefully, not final) fabulous year!

Heidi Elnora closed out the three-day event with her gorgeous bridal collection. The show started with a Cirque du Soleil-type performance before the models started filing down the runway. Budding super model Baskin Champion was the line leader (I’m sure there’s a runway term for that, but hey, it’s the mom in me coming out!). It ended with Prince’s Purple Rain” and on the last beat of the song, the show ended with a pyrotechnics and a shower of gold streamers. It was pretty breathtaking. Heidi knows how to put on a show!


Other designers included Abbey Glass

Alice and Trixie


and Hale BobBenjamin JayCharles Ellis Sartorial.. Rails… and by Smith.

Local retailers also featured ready-to-wear looks. The world’s first super model with Down Syndrome, Madeline Stuart, actually opened the show for Pretty Wolf.

The Clothes Tree was one of my fave runway retailers!

Here are some looks from fab’rik Birmingham. Always a fun place to shop!

Other retailers include Alchemy 213, Gus Mayer and  Tom James.

A big part of what Birmingham Fashion Week is about, is recognizing young talent and giving aspiring designers an outlet to show off their creations. There are two competitions: one for emerging designers at the collegiate level and another for middle/high school designers who use unconventional materials to create high fashion looks. Winners are awarded scholarships/monetary prizes!

This was last year’s emerging designer winner:

These were a few of my favorite finalists from this year:

Another fun part of fashion week is choosing what to wear! I admit, being five months pregnant presented quite the challenge! But I’ll be posting how I tried to come up with fashion-forward maternity looks soon!

Hopefully, you can see why Birmingham Fashion Week is important to my community. It’s just another way to give us fashion lovers of all ages a way to celebrate creativity and style! I would hate for this to be my last BFW post, but if this does end up being the last year, I guess that will leave me with no choice than to make it to New York!! ;

As always, thanks for reading!

Vanessa

BFW: Grassroots (A Local Fashion Evolution)

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I already introduced you to Elizabeth Singleton, Birmingham Fashion Week’s Up and Coming Designer.

Well, there are 12 other young designers who hope to follow in her footsteps!

They were featured during the first night of BFW, which focused on amazing local talent. And let me tell you, I was impressed! I REALLY wanted several of these pieces! (side note: I was also impressed with this year’s production! It was bigger and better than last year!)

My fave of the night had to go to Auburn University student Kailey Smith. I loved her use of sheer fabrics. I have seen plenty of the sheer bottoms with boyshort/granny undies on the red carpet and have not really been a huge fan. But, for some reason, I wanted to rock these sheer looks in the worst way! Don’t know where I’d wear them exactly, but it would be awesome to be able to step out in one of these looks as a confident woman! I’m rooting for you on Saturday, Kailey!

Here are more highlights from other emerging designers:

We are in the heart of the Southeastern Conference, so it’s fitting there were “game day” appropriate looks from local designers three07.

The headlining designer was Harold&MOD with such an eclectic, bohemian, vintage vibe. Perfect for any cool girl.

Birmingham Fashion Truck also showed off the latest spring trends available for a real woman on the go!! I will feature this fabulous business in a later post! Fashion on wheels?! Awesome, right?!

Not all of the hot looks were seen on the runway! I snapped a few pics of some stylish spectators and fellow Birmingham bloggers! A few other pics from the evening are also included. I threw myself in a few of them. It wouldn’t be complete without some selfies, right? Do you have a favorite look?

 

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I wasn’t able to attend the second and third nights of shows and I hate that! I REALLY wanted to see Project Runway alums Anthony Ryan Auld and Joshua McKinley during Thursday night’s show because they killed it last year! They were both so entertaining! But so is life. I’ll be back at the tent for shows on Friday and the finale on Saturday! Can’t wait! To see a full line-up of all designers and schedules, go to Birmingham Fashion Week’s website.

Thanks for reading!! xoxoxo