Fashion forward students from across the state had the rare privilege of sharing the stage with headlining designers Tibi, Anthony Ryan Auld, Prophetik and heidi elnora. Featured designers included Joshua McKinley, Annie Griffin, Leona, Mandi Faulk, Lula Kate and Ivy & Aster. Each Spring 2013 collection showcased different looks and trends, ranging from bold colors and straight lines to neutral tones and soft patterns. Some designers and boutiques displayed ready-to-wear outfits, while others highlighted couture garments, giving attendees a full spectrum of fashion.
The Rising Design Star challenge showcased middle and high school aspiring designers who created non-traditional garments using materials such as bubble wrap, coffee filters, computer parts, comic books, and crayons glued, stapled or taped together. Winners included:
1st Place: Annie Bloomston, 16, Birmingham native, attends Mountain Brook High School
2nd Place: Preston Mills, 17, Hayden native, attends Hayden High School
3rd Place: Bradford Billingsly, 11, Vestavia native, attends Pizitz Middle School.
The Emerging Designers competition gave up-and-coming college-aged and post-graduate students the opportunity to exhibit their talent on a platform with accomplished designers. Winners included:
1st Place: Elizabeth Singleton, Birmingham native, 2012 University of Alabama graduate
2nd Place: Sarah Winford, Helena native, attends Auburn University
3rd Place: Anna Kay Winford, Helena native, attends Auburn University and Allison Mills, Birmingham native, 2012 University of Alabama graduate
Throughout the week, industry professionals judged every official BFW model for the Fresh Face of Fashion competition. Ashley Burgess Sharbel was named the 2013 Fresh Face of Fashion.
As guests entered the 40’ x 120’ beautiful white tent, they quickly forgot their surroundings as stage lights, an 80’ runway and DJ Coco’s masterful entertainment transformed the inside from a tent to a glamorous and inviting atmosphere. VIP attendees sat in elegant, white chairs lining the runway while general admission guests packed out the sides to standing room only. Celebrity guests graced the shows including country singer Sara Evans and the Style Network’s reality tv star and professional organizer Amanda LeBlanc.
"Birmingham Fashion Week has proven to be a main stay among top Alabama events,” states Heidi Elnora, cofounder of Birmingham Fashion Week. “We are so proud to have the support from the City of Birmingham and our local businesses. The sky is the limit when it comes to the caliber of designers and young talent who will participate in BFW 2014."
For more information on Birmingham Fashion Week, a complete schedule of events, and participating designers and retailers, visit www.bhamfashionweek.com.