Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fun fashion events in Birmingham this week at Belk & Gus Mayer

I trust you have all your Easter shopping completed, but if not, we have several terrific fashion events to report.

Gus Mayer is hosting the Joeffer Caoc Spring 2013 Trunk Show Thursday, Mar 28 10:00a to 5:00p. Isn't that dress beautiful!

Joeffer Caoc’s clean cut lines, lean proportions and subtle textures create illusion. Soft Structures. Signature draping, tucks, pleating and asymmetry offset crisply tailored separates in natural cottons, feather-light stretch crepe, jersey and fine silks. Each skillfully crafted garment is infused with a sense of grace and fluidity that complements the feminine form. 

Head over to Belk at the Summit this Saturday from 11-4 and meet the magnificent man himself, Donald J Pliner and thank him for designing shoes that are so absolutely beautiful and yet wearable. Maybe we'll get lucky and he'll bring his beautiful wife Lisa. (That woman exudes grace and kindness. We think it's because she's from the South, natch!)

Pliner will be showcasing his Spring 2013 collection and showing women how a shoe can yes, we said it, be sexy and comfortable to wear all at the same time.  

Light refreshments, sparkling beverages and Donald J Pliner? Now that's a great Saturday Birmingham!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Nail fashion in Birmingham, Birmingham UK that is!

We often receive fashion pitches from Birmingham, and yes, Birmingham, UK! It's always exciting to open those emails and see what fashionistas on the other side of the pond are up to.

We received an email from Jade at Totch Nails in Birmingham and thought we'd share a few of her artistic nail designs with you.

It almost seems a shame when it's time to change the polish!

Thanks for the email Jade, hope you'll be sure and send us more nail fashions from the UK as your business grows!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hello Spring! And aren't we glad...

I love winter and I especially love fall fashion, fall colors are really my best colors. But when SPRING gets her, wow, it's such a happy look. You can't help but see all the bright colors, feel the sun on your face and get invigorated!

One of our team members was in Trussville last week and saw this cute dress at South Boutique. We all felt bad that we were out of the loop about South Boutique and have not mentioned it before, because according to all reports I can find, people love this place.

That same team member stopped in at Marshall's in Trussville and saw these cute shoes for her 3 year old. We think they are too cute!

And speaking of colors, do you know what your best colors are? How would you like to find out? Noted fashion author and speaker Shari Braendel has a free service at her website. It won't take but a few minutes and I promise you'll thoroughly enjoy finding out what your best colors are.

All free and just in time for spring! Click here.

And just a reminder, we don't charge money for our blog posts and we don't solicit or accept any compensation for mentioning fashion events, places, people or things. We post about things we see that we like, or events that people are kind enough to tell us about and it's always a free service.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

We love Easter hats, don't you?

Christine Moore Trunk Show

Wednesday, Mar 20 10:00a to 5:00p
Gus Mayer

Need a new hat for Easter or the Kentucky Derby? Christine from Christine A. Moore Millinery in New York will showcase her Spring 2013 line at Gus Meyer.

If you love her Derby hats, you will love her new 2013 Spring line. You will be delighted to find that Christine has designed a totally fresh, unique collection inspired by the top colors and clothing trends for Spring 2013.

As always Christine is focused on creating wearable hat styles that push the quality of design and craftsmanship to a new level.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The good thing: Helping when you can, where you can. Kickstart Tallulah!

Sometimes in life you meet people who are so adorably and unfailing sweet and kind it restores your faith in humanity. And that persons spends hours and hours patiently teaching you everything she knows. Then she goes off to rural Mississippi to fulfill her life's calling as a teacher to at-risk kids.

Then that same wonderful person's sister is trying to get her WONDERFUL fashion design company, "Talluah," off the ground in the beautiful city of New Orleans.

It's hard out there people, for an honest person to get a break in the fashion industry. But this is an honest person who has been working hard at this dream for many years. And you could help her. I can help her. We could help her. We can kickstart this dream!

No, she isn't a starving child in Africa. But she does want to put people to work. And more people working means more people helping others, right?

And it's not a "donate and get nothing except a good feeling." It's an opportunity for you to be a part of something good. Something nice. For nice people who want to do nice things and create nice clothes.

(And there is a little something in it for you, check out the link and see the details.)

I know, you are asking, is she legit? YES! The venerable Birmingham News and several other media outlets (like the wonderful Southern Femme!) have often covered TALLULAH designer Heather Williams.

Birmingham fashion designer Heather Williams is wearing her "Kande'' dress, which is made of fabric from Africa. (The Birmingham News / Linda Stelter)

Even $1 will help. And hey, doesn't everyone want to know a famous designer? This is your chance to get in on the ground floor! Click the link, you'll be glad you did.

Birmingham Fashion Week! Kudos to you for a great event

Serious applause for everyone at Birmingham Fashion Week for a great event! And one of the best Harlem Shake videos we have ever seen.

Emerging Talent & Retail Community Shine Alongside National Brands

Birmingham, AL – After a week of runway shows, parties, spring fashion and fierce competitions, the lights have come down and the curtain has closed on the third annual Birmingham Fashion Week. The 2013 turnout proved bigger and better than ever as crowds packed out the tent to see emerging talent and local retailers light up the stage alongside internationally recognized brands. The overwhelming response in sponsor participation, regional and national media impressions and expected economic impact resulted in a record-breaking year.

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


You, yes you dear reader, can win a $500 shopping spree from The Summit, Birmingham's Fashion Address

Find out all about it over at Style Blueprint Birmingham!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

"There are no ugly women. Only lazy ones." Helena Rubinstein

Beauty queen who paid for your make-up with misery: She revolutionised cosmetics but Helena Rubinstein's success came at a terrible emotional cost

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Saturday, March 2, 2013


The team here at Birmingham fashion Blog is loving the 24 hour streaming of the best runway show ever!

ve webcast offers close-up look at the fashion, celebrity guests and other highlights; online and in-store shopping event offers discounts on cotton looks

NEW YORK (February 28, 2013) – Cotton Incorporated invites fashionistas across the country to participate in one of the year’s biggest fashion events – Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show – from their own computers or mobile devices, and gives them a chance to purchase cotton apparel and accessory items from some of their favorite brands featured in the show at 24% off. 

Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show, which takes place in South Beach from 8 p.m. EST Friday, March 1, through 8 p.m. EST Saturday, March 2, will be streamed live for the full 24 hours on The show will feature the versatility of cotton through 1,440 different looks – one per minute – inspired by regional style trends from across the U.S. It will be hosted by television personalities Giuliana Rancic of E! News and E!’s Fashion Police and Bill Rancic and feature special appearances by actress Camilla Belle, who appears in Cotton’s iconic “The Fabric of Our Lives®” advertising campaign; author, fashion designer and television personality Lauren Conrad; comedian and television personality Michael Yo; and fashion journalist and host of NBC’s Fashion Star, Louise Roe.

As part of Cotton Incorporated’s shopping event, consumers who visit can learn more about the participating brands who will be offering 24% percent off cotton apparel and accessory items in-store and/or online. The discount is available for a limited time only from March 1 – 2.  

“Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show is designed to showcase the diverse regional trends of America, so it only makes sense for this event to be available to everyone across the country,” says Marissa Barlin, Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show National Spokesperson. “Not only will people from across the nation be able to watch the show, fashionistas everywhere will be able to purchase some of their favorite looks from many of the brands seen in the runway at 24% off.”

For more information on Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show, shopping event and a full list of participating retailers, please visit: