VIP Interview: Melissa Grimes of Three07 on Under the Gunn Season One

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When I found out that three07 designer Melissa Grimes was going to be on Under the Gunn Season One, I nearly jumped out of my socks! I was so very excited for her, and I could not wait to attend the premiere party!

At the Under the Gunn premier party for Melissa Grimes!
At the Under the Gunn premiere party for Melissa Grimes!

During the first episode, I was sitting on the edge of my seat and falling in love with the dot-on-dot ensemble Designer Melissa created–it was so cute that I wanted to reach right through the TV to get it! Surprisingly, Melissa did not make it to the next episode; however, she stayed true to her  classy aesthetic while representing the South fabulously with her precious and drama-free attitude–that is better than winning any reality TV show in my book. 

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Now, without further ado, I present to you the VIP Interview with designer Melissa Grimes! 

VIP: Melissa, tell me a little bit about yourself.

Melissa: I am originally from Mobile, Alabama; and I moved to Birmingham two years ago to work on a clothing line that I co-own with two of my best friends from college [April Moore and Courtni Tyre]. We all attended the University of Alabama together and starting a clothing line was always something that we dreamed about in school!

VIP: What inspired you to audition for Under the Gunn?

Melissa: Auditioning for Under the Gunn was not something I ever thought that I would have the guts to do! We were contacted by someone who had seen our work, and they suggested that we try out–it was an opportunity we simply could not pass up!

VIP: Who are you as a designer?

Melissa: It can be hard to differentiate my personal aesthetic from that of our company three07–We all have a very similar sense of style with our own little tweaks that make it unique. I am very girly- I love fun prints, bright colors, full skirts–I believe fashion should be fun and make you smile!

VIP: Who or what inspired you to become a designer?

Melissa: I think I was always driven by a general love of fashion–I actually started out in interior design when I realized that it wasn’t for me. It seemed the more obvious choice was right in front of me–so I switched to apparel design!

VIP: What is it like having a clothing line with your best friends?

Melissa: It is great! We love to bounce ideas off of each other, and we each bring a different perspective to the table when deciding on fabrics and final designs. I consider myself very lucky!

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three07’s runway show at Birmingham Fashion Week 2013.

VIP: Even though you were eliminated, what was it like being able to be on the first season of Under the Gunn?

Melissa: It was an unforgettable experience! It was such an honor to be chosen, and I was able to meet so many amazing people–and of course Tim Gunn himself! I cannot say that I ever imagined myself on reality TV, but it turned out to be so much fun!

VIP: What was it like having to create an entire look in just six hours? *gasp* I totally couldn’t do that!

Melissa: So Stressful!! I really like to process everything and think things through when I work; however, there was no time for that– you know going into the competition that there will be time constraints, but it doesn’t really sink in until you are there in the moment!

VIP: The mentors did not like your dot-on-dot creation; however, I LOVED it because it was classy and wearable. Do you think had you made a more dramatic/flashy piece that the mentors would have liked it better?

Melissa: They may have, but I think that I stayed true to myself and really loved how my look turned out on the runway!

VIP: If you could go back and design something totally different, what would you do?

Melissa: I have tried not to over-think the “what if.” I would love to say that I would have sent an elaborate ballgown down the runway or something equally dramatic, but that’s not really me!

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“A reminder to everyone to continue to tune in on Thursdays @ 9/8c,” says fashion designer Melissa Grimes. “The remaining designers are so talented- I cannot wait to see what they create!”

(From left to right) April Moore, Courtni Tyre, Melissa Grimes, and the VIP at a three07 sale last summer. Oh, I just love these girls and their clothing line! So fabulous!
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April Moore, Courtni Tyre, Melissa Grimes, and the VIP–oh, I just love these girls and their clothing line! So fabulous!

To learn more about three07 and the designers behind the clothes, check out the VIP Interview here!

Shop the amazing apparel at three07 here!

Like three07 on Facebook here to see a sneak peek of their Summer 2014 collection and more! 

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Scrapbook: Hottest Moments of 2013

IMG_9966Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog! My goodness, can you believe that in just a few short hours (depending on your time zone haha) it will be 2014?! Phew! It has been a fabulous year for the VIP because I have met some amazing people and done some amazing things–and I could not have done any of it without y’all’s love and support.

Now, as we prepare to ring in the New Year, let’s take a look at the VIP’s hottest posts of 2013 (in no particular order)….and then the moment y’all have all been waiting for *drum roll* NEVER BEFORE SEEN PHOTOS. *gasp* Come on, let’s get started!

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1. VIP Interview with Extreme Home Makeover Edition’s Ty Pennington

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2. Birmingham Fashion Week 2013

(click here to visit category archives)

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3.  VIP Interview with Denim Experts Chip & Pepper Foster

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4.  Grand Haul Girl with The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Lucky 13 outfit series here. (video here)

Superb Seven outfit series here. (video here)

18 Days of Grand Haul outfit series here. (video here)

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5. VIP Interview with Project Runway Season 12’s Ken Laurence

VIP Interview post here.

VIP Interview video here.

Project Runway archives and mini interviews with Ken here.

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Now, it is time for NEVER BEFORE SEEN PHOTOS! Whoo hoo!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Fabulous Fan Mail Answered!

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Hello, hello, hello, VIP blog readers! Phew…I have finally found a bit of time to sit down and answer fan mail! To my delight, I had lots of emails requesting a blog about the outfit I sported to the Saks Fifth Avenue Emerging Designers Reveal for Birmingham Fashion Week. Thanks so much to all the sweet, encouraging messages about my style-I truly love all the compliments-but what fashionista doesn’t adore to have her style admired?

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Blouse: TJMaxx

Shorts: Target

Tights: Target

Heels: Steve Madden, Belk

Jewelry: Vintage and modern Avon

Earrings: BluKat Designs by Heather O’Cain www.blukatdesign.etsy.com

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So, fashionistas, there you have it…the ensemble you all have been requesting! Let me know what you think on my Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista OR comment on this post! The love is much appreciated:)

VIP UPCOMING COVERAGE:

  • March 13-17: Shamrocking and Shopping at the Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds, Alabama.

  • March 20: Christine Moore Trunk Show at Gus Mayer (Summit-Birmingham location)

  • March 21:  Christine Moore “The Affair of the Hat” Runway Show presented by Gus Mayer at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.

  • March 28-29: Meet the Designer-Joeffer Caoc. Event presented by and held at Gus Mayer, Birmingham

  • April 5-7: Columbus (Mississippi) Spring Pilgrimage 2013. I will also be ushering the Tennessee Williams play in front of the old Alford Drug Store on Main Street April 5 and 7.

  • April 11: Gus Mayer Day Long Pamper Event (more details to come…so, stay tuned!)

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Stay tuned to my blog, Real Story Publishing, Town and Gown Magazine, and all my social media to keep up with all the coverage of my adventures!

For more information on Gus Mayer and their upcoming events, visit www.gusmayer.com!

You can also like Gus Mayer on Facebook for all their latest trends and updates! https://www.facebook.com/gusmayerbham?fref=ts

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Want to learn more about the Vintage Inspired Passionista? Check out the See Jane Write interview! Here is the link: http://www.seejanewritebham.com/2013/03/blog-like-girl-bfw-2013-edition-abby.html

Don’t forget to see the VIP’s video coverage on community events on the Vintage Passionista YouTube page! http://www.youtube.com/user/VintagePassionista?feature=mhee

If you cannot get enough of the VIP, check out my articles in The Real Story! The Adventures of the VIP in the Lifestyle section! www.realstorypublishing.com

The VIP is also on The Real Story YouTube page! Check out the first Adventures of the VIP video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uhx3yMCDh4

Check out the latest issue of Town and Gown Magazine! You can read online @www.issuu.com/townandgownmagazine!

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista

TWITTER: www.twitter.com/abbysauce_

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Interview: Designer Mandi Faulk

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Mandi Faulk and I at the Saks Emerging Designer Reveal.

Hello, hello, hello, fashionistas!  I have a fabulous interview to share with y’all today…the interview with the darling designer, Mandi Faulk! She was the winner of the 2012 BFW Emerging Designer Competition. So, without further ado, I present to you, the interview with the fantastic Mandi Faulk!

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Heidi Elnora, co-founder of Birmingham Fashion Week, and Mandi Faulk at the Emerging Designers Reveal.
  • Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m a twenty-seven year old fashion designer from Oxford, Alabama.  I grew up with three older sisters and a huge passion for design.

I began my apparel design degree when I was nineteen at The University of Alabama.  My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer shortly after, so I moved back to Oxford when I was twenty-one to help my family.

While back in Oxford, I worked in retail management for four years and took Esthetic classes at a local college.  Once my father was able to work his consulting business again, I moved back to Tuscaloosa in April 2011 to finish my degree in apparel and textile design at UA.

  • Who inspired you to become a designer?

Growing up, my mother designed and made jewelry.  She allowed me to create whatever I wanted, and I believe that was the beginning of my apparel design obsession.

When I was about six, I would set up my bedroom like it was my clothing store instead of playing “teacher” or “tea party”.  I took clothes from my closet and displayed them all over my room for my sisters to come shopping.

In 5th grade, I began drawing my own designs.  I was a fan of the Spice Girls, and their unconventional sense of style inspired me to design new looks for them.

In 6th grade, I started redesigning my own clothes.  I would put something on and couldn’t help but imagine it looking better “like this.”  My parents were always supportive of my designs and encouraged my imagination.

  • It is hard to believe it has been a year since you won Birmingham Fashion Week Emerging Designer 2012. How has your life and designs changed since winning that competition?

Since BFW 2012, I graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in apparel and textile design.

Winning the competition boosted my design confidence, and I have visually designed too many things to get down on paper.  Since winning, I have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people in the industry and have been recognized locally. It’s very surreal and I’m so thankful for such a wonderful blessing.

Also, I am currently seeking a fashion design job and building my website.

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Heidi Elnora, co-founder of Birmingham Fashion Week, and Mandi Faulk at the Emerging Designers Reveal.
  • Tell us about your design philosophy.

My foundation for design is to be innovative and fresh by using a commixture of fashion-forward styles. I constantly seek inspiration, whether it’s obtained through architecture, nature, textures, or timeless icons. My dreams have been crucially beneficial as an element of inspiration and manifestation.

I like the idea of embracing the beauty of grunge while preserving the sexy, urban sophistication of today’s modern woman. The woman I design for is chic, trendy, and appreciates a fresh dynamic esthetic. I want my customer to feel confident, strong, and beautiful while she makes it look easily natural to others.

  • I adore your “Wanderlust” collection! What is the inspiration behind it?

Thank you!  The inspiration behind Wanderlust came from the idea of combining different styles from different locations.  When someone is asked about their style, I don’t feel they should be limited to just one.  Wanderlust is a mixture of textures and natural colors.  It’s bohemian sophistication with an edge.

  • What is the best advice for aspiring designers?

Don’t second guess yourself.  If you visualize something, draw it.  If you end up not loving it, you can determine what it is that you like about that design and incorporate that into something better.  Second guessing yourself is a good way of bruising your imagination.

To be a designer, you must be self-motivated and really live, breathe, and dream design.  If it’s there, it will only intensify.  If you’re interested more in clothes that you in see in stores rather than ones that pop into your head, you could become a stylist.  It takes just as much creativity and talent to become a stylist as it does a designer.  Some of my friends in design school said that they too had been faced with this life decision.

  • On your website, you talk about “Alabama Forever” and “Operation Prom Dress” charities. How did you become involved with these organizations, and how can the VIP readers help support them?

Alabama Forever is a charity founded by Alex Sokol and Chris Nix.  After the April 2011 tornadoes in Alabama, this charity was formed to help those communities.  I had the pleasure of meeting Alex Sokol at BFW 2012, and his passion for this charity is contagious.  The Emerging Designers from BFW 2012 were asked to design a tshirt for this charity.   This is their mission statement:  “The mission of Alabama Forever is simple-to help our communities in need. Alabama Forever was founded by tragedy, developed by necessity, and inspired by the beauty and strength of what makes Alabama special, its people. Our efforts will all be community based with the sum of the whole being far greater than its parts.” –Alabama Forever    www.alabamaforever.org/

The University of Alabama has a club called Fashion Inc.  I was the Vice-President for that club, and we got involved with Operation Prom Dress.  We wanted to do something for the high school girls in Tuscaloosa that were affected by the tornadoes, as well as those that were financially unable to buy a new prom dress.  Every girl deserves to feel beautiful on prom night, so Fashion Inc. partnered with Operation Prom Dress and we held many dress drives.  Over 170 dresses were donated to us.  I’m beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of such a humbling experience.  I’ll never forget the profound appreciation and genuine smiles of the girls when they came to pick out their dresses.  www.opdproject205.org/

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  • What are you bringing to the Birmingham Fashion Week runway this year?

This year, I will be showing new designs from my Wanderlust collection.  It is my spring line that covers different types of styles.  It’s a little more casual than my Catching Dreams collection that I showed last year.  I incorporated browns and blacks, which, for whatever reason, has gotten such a bad rap.  Rusts and burnt oranges aren’t typically what you would see for a spring collection, so I incorporated those as well.  I want to encourage people to think outside the box instead of limiting their wardrobe choices.

  • When you are not designing, what do you enjoy doing?

When I’m not designing, I try to spend as much time as possible with my family and friends.  My family is a huge part of my life and spending time with them reminds me of what’s important in life. I’m a Southern girl at heart, so I really enjoy being outdoors.  Whether it be fishing, boating, hiking, or kayaking, I’m going to love it.  As far as my guilty pleasure:  ice cream.  It could be snowing outside and ice cream would always sound like a delicious idea!

  • VIP QUESTION: What is one item in your closet you would never toss out and why?

As superficial as this might be, I refuse to throw out my “skinny” jeans.  Not skinny as in the fit, because they’re flared, but skinny as in the jeans I wore when I was at my fittest.  The knees are worn out with authentic holes and other places have been patched up like a champ, but I refuse to throw them out. They remind me that it is important to stay active and healthy.  Plus, they hold some really good memories.

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To learn more about Birmingham Fashion Week, take a gander at their website: www.bhamfashionweek.com. If you are interested in purchasing tickets for Birmingham Fashion Week, click here.

Like BFW on Facebook to keep up with the latest media coverage and runway updates! www.facebook.com/bhamfashionweek

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bhamfashionweek HASHTAG: BFW2013

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If you cannot get enough of the VIP, check out my articles in The Real Story! The Adventures of the VIP in the Lifestyle section! www.realstorypublishing.com

The VIP is also on The Real Story YouTube page! Check out the first Adventures of the VIP video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uhx3yMCDh4

Check out the latest issue of Town and Gown Magazine! You can read online @ www.issuu.com/townandgownmagazine!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

BFW 2013 Lifestyle (Mind, Body, and Soul) Runway Show

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Jeana Lee Fleming, co-founder of Birmingham Fashion Week, looking fabulous as she introduced the runway event!
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Hello, fantastic fashionistas! The VIP has been quite busy covering Birmingham Fashion Week events and working on new blog/newspaper articles. Phew! I think I need another Starbucks run!

Last night’s [February 27] event was the first annual BFW Lifestyle (Mind, Body, and Soul) runway show. The event featured three07, State Traditions, the Pants Store, Pure Barre (presenting Karma wear), Faith Skate Supply, and Luluemon Athletica Summit. Without further ado, I present to you the view of the BFW Lifestyle (Mind, Body, and Soul) runway show through the lens of a photographer.

 

 

The VIP met the lovely designers behind Three07, Melissa Grimes, April Moore, and Courtni Tyre! To get an insiders look behind three07, click here.
The VIP met the lovely designers behind three07, Melissa Grimes, April Moore, and Courtni Tyre! To get an insider’s look behind three07, click here.
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The VIP simply adored all of the three07 apparel that walked down the catwalk! Ladies, don’t you feel a shopping spree coming on!
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I do not know much about camouflage, but that pup is adorable!
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The VIP is a sucker for classy tie belts in bright colors!
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Shout out to my home state of Mississippi!
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Miss Alabama USA, Mary-Margaret McCord looking fabulous on the BFW runway! PHOTO CREDIT: ZACK CARPENTER (ZACK CARPENTER PHOTOGRAPHY)
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Love, love, love this pattern!
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Can I have a dashing man to dress like this? Please and thank you!
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BFW Model, Kristen Ashley, sporting a coral dress that is Spring Break ready!
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You cannot get much better than bright and bold prints for Spring!
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Adoring the fabulous statement necklace this model is wearing!
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What better way to look fabulous while working out!
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Awe! How adorable! PHOTO CREDIT: ZACK CARPENTER (ZACK CARPENTER PHOTOGRAPHY)
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This outfit makes me want to learn how to skateboard…while wearing my beloved heels! PHOTO CREDIT: ZACK CARPENTER (ZACK CARPENTER PHOTOGRAPHY)
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A pop of bright green gets any fashionista in the mood to work out!
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Some serious skills! Maybe I should take up yoga….
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Regarded as one of Birmingham’s top photographers, Zack Carpenter brings the world of photography and innovation together, to achieve high quality imagery, at low quality cost.

Zack Carpenter is an accomplished photographer from Trussville, Alabama.  One of his fondest memories being him taking his mother’s medium format camera and shooting shots of whatever was in front of him. Interestingly enough, not much has changed except, the technology.

With specialties in High Fashion and General Portraiture, his works are often described as “dynamic” because of his innovative use of lighting in portraiture, “esoteric” because of his uncommon techniques that make his photos truly one of a kind, and “fascinating” because of his ability to capture true emotion.

Zack’s true success came after he shot Birmingham Fashion Week in February 2012. Just days after the event, designers took notice of his images and began requesting them. Zack has had requests from fashion celebrities Lauren Leonard of the Leona collection, former Project Runway contestant Christopher Collins, and Gerard Maione (co-owner of What Goes Around Comes Around, which is one of the world’s top vendors of vintage Chanel items).

His most recent project was with designer to the stars, Heidi (Standridge) Elnora, who appeared on season two of  Project Runway.  His incredible images are in  Alabama Wedding, About Town, and B-Metro magazines.

Zack believes that anyone can take pretty pictures, but it takes a true photographer to create and capture a lasting memory.

To keep up with Zack and admire more of his works, check out the Zack Carpenter Photography page! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zack-Carpenter-Photography/211247315602691?fref=ts

Also, check out his website for more information on how you can have your photo taken by the awesomely talented Zack Carpenter! http://www.zackcarpenterphotography.com/

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn