Birmingham Fashion Week 2012: Part 2

This dress is from Thursday’s Headlining Designer, Annie Griffin.  I love this collection because the fabrics and colors are simply gorgeous.  I wish I could have bought the entire collection right then and there!  I am obsessed with everything Annie Griffin!

It’s been several days since (isn’t there a Barenaked Ladies song that starts out something like that?…) Anyway… It’s been several days since I was at BFW…Now, looking back at all of  the pictures I took and reading all the posts I can find on it…it’s hard to believe that I was actually there! I am still stoked that I was introduced to Karla Simmons, Ph.D. from Auburn University. She informed me about the Project Design Week being held at Auburn University on July 15-20…so hoping that I get to attend this amazing opportunity! Are you interested in attending the Project Design Week? If you are… here is the link that will tell you everything you need to know! http://www.auburn.edu/outreach/opce/summerexperience/projectdesignweek.htm

In this blog post, I’m sharing my favorites from Thursday’s show.  It was sooo hard narrowing down the pictures…

Without further ado…

Molly Franks, absolutely a fabulous job!
Adore. What else is there to say!:)
What a precious little black dress modeled by Molly Franks!
Awe… the Annie Griffin girls! You two girls honestly created some pretty awesome things that I am so excited that I got to see in person!
I want to give props to all the hair artists who worked so hard to make every model look fantastic!
This creative Rising Design Star made a dress out of computer wires! And yes, those are working lights at the bottom of the dress! Still amazed by this creation…
I have to give the makeup artists 5 stars…actually…6 stars because they did such a wonderful job! I wish I had a personal makeup artist….
I am still amazed at this dress…
Loved this Rising Design Star’s design! So creative!
This must have been extremely time consuming, but totally worth it! Soooo darling:)
Winner of the BFW Rising Design Star Challenge! That dress was an astounding work of art but….there is no way that dress was comfortable!
MayMay Cates.
Another magnificent design by Travis Mackey!
I am a huge fan of this color! Can I paint everything this color now?…
Dress designed by Holly Griffin Thomas, one of the Rising Design Stars! This dress is so cute and funky, truly a work of art! This dress was modeled by Holly’s sister, Anna Leigh Thomas Arsenault.

Well, there you have it readers…part 2 of the BFW coverage by the Vintage Inspired Passionista herself! I know, it is such an honor;) haha… Anyway… I wanted to let all you fashionistas know that I will be attending the New Orleans Fashion Week March 21-25! I am so pumped for spring break to get here so I can go to NOLA! Stay tuned for next time blog followers for the BIG reveal of what I will be wearing to a special event this Saturday!

To find out more about BFW, visit these websites:

http://www.facebook.com/bhamfashionweek

http://talesfromtheroad.southernliving.com/tales_from_the_road/2012/02/the-first-series-of-runways-shows-kicked-off-last-night-at-birmingham-fashion-week-under-a-much-appreciated-heated-tent-in.html

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Thanks&hugs

Abby Hathorn

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Birmingham Fashion Week 2012: Part I

On my latest adventure, I attended Birmingham Fashion Week on Thursday, February 9th.  The show was absolutely mind-blowing!  I wish I could have filled my closet with everything that was strutted down that sassy catwalk (And I do my little turn on the catwalk, yeah, on the catwalk on the catwalk yeah, I do my little turn on the catwalk…I’m too sexy for my cat…  my apologies…there I go bursting out into random song…again!)  My favorite part of the fashion show was the Rising Design Stars. These awe-inspiring clothes by these young fasionistas were totally rad.

The vibrant color choice of this dress with the simple black accent around the waist makes it extraordinary.(designed by Theresa Mince)
 
Malena Cunningham was the celebirty host of  Thursday night’s extravaganza held at Pepper Place in Birmingham, Alabama. Malena is the President and CEO of Strategic Media Relations, Inc. It was such an honor to be at an event hosted by Malena Cunnigham!
 
This dress made from old maps and clock parts. It was designed by Allie Phifer(18) one of the Rising Design Stars. The model wearing the dress was my favorite of the night! She really knew how to work the crowd and get everyone clapping and whistling! In this picture, she is pointing to the recycling sign painted on her back.
 
 
The Rising Design Stars ranged from ages 12 to 18. The girls creations were made of recyclable items such as: newspaper, trash bags, wrapping paper, aluminium siding, and many other unusual materials. These dresses were truly works of art!
 
The following pictures are some of my favorites that I took of some of the Rising Design Stars magnificent creations.
 
This dress was made out of curling ribbon. Wow, just wow. We are all thinking... "That must have taken A LOT of ribbon!"
 
This dress was designed by Jade Nipper. Why, yes, this little black dress is made out trash bags! Spectacular!
This dress was made from white feathers, peacock feathers, and pine cones! I love the creative vibe of this dress!
 
This avant-garde designer created this work of sustainable art from aluminum siding. (designed and worn by Sarah Vallin age 17 of Hoover High School, Alabama)

I hope you enjoyed these designs as much as I did! I’ll tell you guys this… the pictures do not even begin to give these girls any justice! Being able to see these outfits in person was truly amazing and inspiring! The creativity and planning that the Rising Design Stars put into their creations really paid off!

 
The masterpieces of the most memorable designer of the evening created a sublime, breathtaking collection.  I thought for a moment that I was at Paris Fashion Week. Yes, they were that innovative!
 
My favorite designer of the night, Travis Mackey!
 
I love this dress! The train of this dress definitely set it out from all the others!
The back of this dress and the hair totally made this one of my favorites! I am infatuated with this designer's outfits!

These girls were my lifesavers! When I went to find some lipstick at the Belk in Trussville, Alabama,  Michelle (on far left) gave me the best makeover ever for Birmingham Fashion Week! Optimistic Orange blush and So Vain lipstick (MAC) totally made my outfit! I am so glad I met these darling ladies! Stay tuned to my blog for a future post about a special event I will be attending Saturday, February 18th! Stay tuned readers :)

My lifesavers! I love you MAC girls:)

Part II of BFW 2012 will be posted this coming Monday…oh my goodness, I’ve got the most fabulous pictures to share with y’all :)

Thanks&hugs

Abby Hathorn

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Thrift Store Finds

"VENI VIDI VICI" (in thrift store language that's "I SAW IT, I BOUGHT IT, I'M WEARING IT LIKE A SUPERMODEL"

Are you guilty of buying something from a thrift store then getting it home and not knowing what to do with it? So you stick it in the back of your closet with all of those Christmas sweaters your grandmother made you… Go get out those thrift store finds and be prepared to be amazed with what kind of wardrobe you can create for yourself! Vintage inspired here we come!

Amberle Rogers, V.I.P. guest model, wearing an Urban Outfitters sweater, Jessica Simpson shoes, and THRIFT STORE FIND skirt.

Thrift stores, consignment shops, and vintage stores are great places to find unique things that you may not find anywhere else nowadays. If you’re a newbie to all of this, don’t worry! I will explain to you in a future blog how to go about purchasing the perfect second-hand outfit with just a little bit of cash! In the meantime…you are just going to have to trust me when I say they are great places to uncover newfangled treasures!

The skirt was found at the Salvation Army in Starkville, Mississippi. I chose this skirt because of its magnificent navy blue color, and its great vintage lines!

On my latest escapade (Come on baby let’s get away, let’s save your troubles for another day…Es-ca-pade, We’ll have a good time. Es-ca-pade, leave your worries behind, Es-ca-pade…that’s all the words I know to that Janet Jackson song…anyway…) to the Salvation Army I saw…this glorious sign…that read…BAG SALE: all you can fit, $7.00. At that exact moment, I honestly thought I was going to get “weak knees” and fall to the ground because I was so steeped with excitement. This girl knows how to pack stuff!

Amberle Rogers wearing her own jeans, Urban Outfitters shoes, Anthropologie shirt (from many years ago), and THRIFT STORE FIND cardigan.
love the colors and the patterns of this sweater.

These pictures were taken out and about in rural Mississippi. Some of my favorite places to take pictures are at old barns, decaying houses, and winding dirt roads. My dad being involved with photography inspired me to get a fancy smancy camera and try it out for myself! Now, I am voracious about the artistic stand point behind photography!

V.I.P. guest model wearing a Chicago Symphony sweatshirt discovered at the Salvation Army. The shorts are my own creation...made from old jeans and added patches cut out of fabric from the 70s.
Amberle (on left) wearing a Michigan sweatshirt found at the Salvation Army and her own jeans. Abby Hat...aka me... (on right) wearing a found sweatshirt from the same Salvation Army. In a future DIY blog, I will let you in on my secrets to creating "roughed up, rock 'n' roll" sweatshirts!

The following photos are some of my favorites from the Thrift Store Finds photoshoot with Amberle Rogers! I just had to share them with all of you because Amberle and I had such a great time taking all these pictures! Tune in next time for my blog about the Birmingham Fashion Week 2012 (BFW) that I will be attending Thursday, February 9! Can’t wait to share my experience with you all!

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Beadsoul: V.I.P. Guest

So delighted to have Lisa Hamilton, handmade jewelry artisan and owner of Beadsoul, as my first V.I.P. guest.  Santa Claus, who brought me two lovely charm necklaces, (yes, I am 16…still believing…”don’t stop believin’…hold onto that feeling…” I tend to randomly burst out into song from time to time even though I cannot sing haha) is to blame for my obssesion with Beadsoul.  Lisa creates unique, whimsical jewelry that goes with everything from jeans to the little black dress (LBD).

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Due to the fact that Lisa lives in Colorado, I had to interview her via email.  I hope you enjoy the interview below as much as I did!

  • Share with us a brief bio about yourself.

” I have lived in the Denver, Colorado area my whole life.  I have been married 25 years–my husband and I met when I was 15, and he was 19! We have 3 kids–ages 24, 22, and 20.  I have always done “crafty” stuff, but nothing held my interest until I tried making a necklace for my mom for Christmas just about 8 years ago.  I loved that there wasn’t any one thing you had to do and started trying them all–working with only beads didn’t keep my attention very long.  It has been fun exploring all the different mediums with jewelry making, but I must say that I love metalworking the best.”

  • How long have you been designing and making jewelry?

She has been making jewelry for eight years.  ” I started out using the patterns in the beading magazines, but that was just to learn techniques.”

  • What different kinds of metals do you use?

“I mostly use sterling silver, but the prices have gone terribly high for that and gold- that has gotten me to explore using what are called “base metals” such as copper, brass and nickel silver.  I love the look of copper, but I can’t wear it :(”

  • What or who inspired you?

“I can’t say a specific artist has inspired me; one of the other instructors I have taught with knows all the famous jewelry designers; I don’t know who is who- just what I like. I tend to favor simple lines that are more organic and not too fussy. I am very basic and matter-of-fact and that is reflected in my jewelry.”

  • How would you describe your style?

” I also love to do mixed media pieces with a bit of “bling” too- I guess I can’t just stay in one place, but that is good!”

  • What is the most popular thing you make?

“I would say the hand stamped guitar picks are my top sellers, although the new stacker rings and stamped cuff bracelets are moving a lot too. Pretty much anything personalized is popular these days.  It warms my heart that I can make someone’s wish come true, so to speak, by putting their words/thoughts/messages onto a keepsake!”

  • Do you listen to music while you work? If so who or what genre?

” Definitely yes on music.  I listen to many types of music; many times I put my itunes library on shuffle and laugh to myself- reggae, 80’s, The Beatles, and new stuff my kids turn me on to will come up in the same short period of time. I have to be very careful; however, I have messed up stamping a word while getting into a song.  I have found if I am enjoying the music too much I better put the hammer down!”

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Well there ya’ go readers…the totally awesome interview with the amazing jewelry designer, Lisa Hamilton (Beadsoul)!  I told you guys she has incredibly superb jewelry…not to mention her taste in music is totally rad.  Go check out her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thebeadsoul ,or find her on Twitter (@beadsoul). If you are ready to own some of her handmade treasures, visit her Etsy shop at www.beadsoul.etsy.com .

Stay tuned for the next V.I.P. blog post about how to put together outfits with thrift store finds!

Love&Hugs,

Abby Hathorn

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The Genesis of V.I.P. (I have always wanted to use that word…)

Welcome to the Vintage Inspired Passionista (V.I.P. from here on out because it’s much faster to type and say) blog.  My name is Abby Hathorn, and vintage is my fancy.  I have been highly inspired by old movies such as Pretty in Pink and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  Who doesn’t love the classics!  Music has also played a huge role in my style.  I absolutely adore vintage record covers and music icons like Madonna and Joan Jett.  What girl hasn’t danced around her room with her hairbrush microphone singing Like a Virgin and I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll?

 

My fascination with couture began at a young age.  I was always playing dress up with my mom’s clothes, jewelry, and shoes.  I loved sneaking into her makeup drawer and attempting to “glamorize” myself haha.  Yes, quite the budding Picasso!  Once I was old enough to wear “big girl” clothes, I developed a strong crush for all things vintage. These days…Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and thrift stores are some of my favorite places to shop and gather ideas.  There’s nothing better than playing  the “thrift store challenge” with my mom.  What is the thrift store challenge, you ask?  Well…it is…can’t tell you that today…stay tuned to my blog for more details :)

My mother is the owner of a upcycling art studio called The Lolly Molly.  Her passion for upcycling and repurposing things triggered my thought process…and fashion DIYs were born. Fashion DIYs (not only clothes, but also functional art) are simple, funky projects that  involve thrift finds and items discovered in the back of the closet…because we all have that one article of clothing that we love…but the sleeves are too short…yet we can’t bring ourselves to throw it out because of all the memories!  Later on, I will be blogging about my old jean jacket that I repurposed.  It will have step-by-step instructions on how you can make your own!

Please join me on my V.I.P. blogging adventure.

thanks & hugs:)

Abby Hathorn

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