The Local Fashion Advantage by Renowned Fashion Designer Hilton Hollis

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Renowned fashion designer Hilton Hollis, a proud Mississippi native, was born in Natchez and brought up in Carthage.  He attended elementary school at “The Old School” in Carthage.  When Hilton received word of its possible destruction, he was devastated and knew that he had to do something to help preserve it.  His connections to not only his home state, but also to his hometowns run deep.   Hollis has incorporated his Southern roots into his chicly tailored designs ever so perfectly.  “The architecture of Natchez is very Gothic, and I take a lot of inspiration from that….When I am designing, I look at [the process] like creating a garment to sit on the body…how it is structured to accentuate areas of the body—just as the wraparound porches and stained glass windows [in Natchez] compliment the structures of antebellum homes in my hometown,” explains Hilton Hollis. With his Southern accent and love of fried apple pies, Hilton joins the ranks with Mississippi’s finest stars. “I am so proud to be a Mississippian,” exclaims Hilton Hollis. “Things can get fast-paced and hectic…whether I am in New York, Paris, or Hong Kong, but a little piece of Carthage and Mississippi goes with me to each of those places.  It brings things into perspective and helps keep me grounded, which I truly appreciate,” states Hollis.

Hilton Hollis has not let his designer celebrity status and world travels go to his head.  He is totally delightful, and his passion for community and giving back is contagious.  He recently received a commending resolution from the state of Mississippi where Governor Phil Bryant awarded Hilton for his outstanding philanthropic and fashion designs. “I am really honored and amazed that the governor of Mississippi gave me this wonderful award,” says Hilton Hollis in an interview with Abby Hathorn at Gus Mayer in Birmingham, Alabama.  “Growing up in the South and coming from a small town in Mississippi, as a kid I would never in a million years imagine that I would be standing there getting an award from the state that I call home…I give a lot of my time to my philanthropic interests…I am very proud to be a Southerner and a Mississippian! So, for my home state to recognize my achievements and to give me this award is really humbling,” states Hollis.

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Hilton Hollis will be showcasing his passion for community and fashion at his “The Local Fashion Advantage” event benefiting The Leake County Foundation and The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi on July 18-20.  The Local Fashion Advantage event was arranged, in conjunction with The Leake County Advantage, to help save “The Old School” in Carthage.  Hilton’s support of The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi is a personal one.

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What is the Local Fashion Advantage?

“The Local Fashion Advantage is about the community coming together to support two very important groups, The Leake County Foundation and The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. There will be a series of events for everyone to enjoy including: a trunk show and sample sale of my ‘Ethereal Angels’ spring 2013 line, a silent auction, and the big headliner fashion show,” explains Hollis.

What inspired you to create this event and fashion show?

“My father passed away from complications due to diabetes, so I wanted to give to a group committed to bettering the lives of people with diabetes.  In addition, I wanted to give back to my community of Carthage by helping to save our old elementary school, which was almost in ruins before a group took the initiative to begin renovating it,” states fashion designer Hilton Hollis.

Hilton Hollis attended elementary school at “The Old School” and was devastated when he received word of its possible destruction. The school is such an important staple in Carthage, so Hilton took action. This event [The Local Fashion Advantage] was arranged in conjunction with The Leake County Foundation to help save the school, which is a basis for many of the fashion designer’s earliest childhood memories.

What should people expect to see at the Local Fashion Advantage event?

“High energy runway fashion paired with local talent from around Mississippi. I have models from all over the South walking in this event. Imagine New York City runway fashion in the small town of Carthage,” exclaims Hollis.

What is up next for Hilton Hollis?

“We are ALWAYS moving forward! As I speak to you, I am on a train from Newport, Rhode Island where I just had an amazing trunk show. It was my first time in Newport, and I as expand across the United States, I plan to always be doing more to bring awareness to our great state [of Mississippi] and the place I call HOME,” says Hilton Hollis.

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The Local Fashion Advantage is the event of the summer. You will not want to miss it!  Fabulous fashions for a great cause—it does not get any better than that!  “The Local Fashion Advantage event will be full of passion, excitement, energy, and caring—the vision has come together perfectly,” states Hilton Hollis.  Twenty percent of the proceeds from the trunk show and sample sale will go directly toward The Leake County Foundation and The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi.  One Hundred percent of ticket sales and silent auction proceeds will go to these two charities.  What a great way to revolutionize your wardrobe and do something proactive to give back to not only the residents in the Heart of Mississippi, but also to all the Mississippians living with and battling diabetes! 

Trunk Show and Sample Sale: July 18-19 from 12 noon to 5pm at Flaunt in Carthage, Mississippi.

Fashion Show and Silent Auction:  Saturday, July 20 models will hit the runway at 7pm at the Old Carthage Elementary School located at 500 North Van Buren Street, Carthage.

For more information about The Local Fashion Advantage and to purchase tickets, please visit www.facebook.com/thelocalfashionadvantage.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Closet Shopping: Vintage Hipster

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Hello there, fashionistas! Today on Shopping in Your Own Closet OR Closet Shopping [for short] I have channeled my inner vintage hipster in order to create a magnificent ensemble with my favorite pair of vintage high-waisted shorts!

With the warmer weather FINALLY HERE, I have begun to dress a little more spring-y…Oh, this Southern fashionista is LOVING the sunny fun days!

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Now, I know y’all are just dying to see what outfit I created this week by simply shopping in my own closet! Phew! What a penny-saving operation…or at least that is what my mom says…and my dad…and probably their pocketbooks…anyway! Let’s see what the VIP’s Closet Shopping ensemble is!

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Tank: American Eagle

Button-up: personal vintage collection

Shorts: personal vintage collection

Heels: Belk, Jessica Simpson

Belt: American Eagle

Earrings: Just Teasin’ Boutik & Salon-Louisville, Mississippi

Sunglasses: Target

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Ahhh! Readers! I am going to just explode over the awesome pictures we took on the photo shoot today! I really need to wait to share them with y’all…but I will give you one and only ONE sneak peek because I just cannot contain my excitement anymore! Check the Facebook page! Go! Go! Go! There, you will find the sneak peek!

Let’s connect! Email pictures to vintage.passionista@gmail.com (or post pictures to the Facebook page) of you sporting your favorite Closet Shopping outfit for a chance to be on the VIP blog and Facebook page! Come on, do NOT be shy! We are all fashion lovers here:)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Abby Hathorn on “Talk of Alabama” on ABC33/40!

Sara McKnight, my lovely model for the TV segment, and I all dolled up and ready for "Talk of Alabama"! We both sported amazing fashions that are available at Gus Mayer (Birmingham, AL)!
Sara McKnight, my lovely model for the TV segment, and I all dolled up and ready for “Talk of Alabama”! We both sported amazing fashions that are available at Gus Mayer (Birmingham, AL)!

What the VIP Wore:

Dress: Parker (click for link to dress), Gus Mayer (Birmingham, AL)

Hat: Christine A. Moore, Gus Mayer (Birmingham, AL)

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Gus Mayer (Birmingham, AL)

What Sara Wore:

Dress: Christian Siriano, Gus Mayer (Birmingham, AL)

Hat: Christina A. Moore, Gus Mayer (Birmingham, AL)

I am so grateful to have had Sara modeling on the show this morning! So proud of the amazing job she did! Yay for Sara and Miss VIP!

Today was a very exciting day in the Hathorn house as the VIP was on “Talk of Alabama” on ABC 33/40! I barely slept a wink last night…amazing what a little Starbucks in the morning can do for your spirit! Anyway, I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to represent good teens all over the world today as I talked about my blog, why I started the VIP, and of course, spring fashions!

Now that I have had time to calm down and think about the segment…here are ten things I wish I would have said on live TV!

10 Things I Wish I Would Have, Could Have, or Should Have Said on Live TV:

(I am pretending that David Letterman from The Late Show is reading my top ten right now…yes, I would love to be on his show.)

10.  The pretty-in-pink Parker dress I wore was buttery soft; such a dream to wear!

9.  Sara’s beautiful pastel blue dress is perfect for Easter and the Kentucky Derby!

8. I wish I would have mentioned my newly started YouTube Channel

7.  Ziva (my Giant Schnauzer) would have really appreciated a shout out, according to the wonderful welcome I received when I got home!

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6.  I wish I would have thanked all of my tremendous fans and followers!

5.  I wish I would have explained the sponsorship of my blog better…but that is usually the job of my business manager!

4.  I wish I would have had time to tell everyone where to find me…

3.  I wish I would have answered the question “Where do you see yourself in ten years” better…I cannot think that far in advance very well…BUT in 5 years, I would like to be graduating from college with a degree in mass communications…let’s just say the “10 seconds left” thing freaked me out-no pressure!

2.  I wish I could have had more time to explain my top spring 2013 fashion trends…hmm future blog post? I think yes!

1.  I definitely should have said “Stay Fabulous”!

If you live outside of Alabama, no need to fear! You can still watch the VIP on TV by clicking here!

Cardigan: Banana Republic, Shops of Grand River (Leeds, AL)Shirt: The Loft, Shops of Grand River (Leed, AL)Skirt: JCrewHeels: Nine West
Cardigan: Banana Republic, Shops of Grand River (Leeds, AL)
Shirt: The Loft, Shops of Grand River (Leeds, AL)
Skirt: JCrew
Heels: Nine West

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Christine A. Moore Millinery NYC

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Hello, and welcome to the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog! Today, I attended the Christine A. Moore Millinery NYC trunk show at Gus Mayer in Birmingham, Alabama. “The Today Show” has deemed Christine as “the milliner of The Triple Crown and the premier hat designer for The Kentucky Derby”. It was such an honor to have met and interviewed the stunningly talented milliner, Christine A. Moore. Oh, my dear readers, I cannot wait to share the interview video with y’all!

Due to my overwhelming excitement, I just had to give y’all a sneak peek of the Christine A. Moore trunk show! There will also be a sneak peek video on the Vintage Inspired Passionista Facebook page soon…so, stay tuned :)

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The VIP’s Weekly Whistle of the week is all about HATS, HATS, HATS! Phew….my hat obsession has tripled since meeting Christine A. Moore and trying on various styles of her elegant hats! I feel the need to get tickets for the Kentucky Derby! Hmm…new adventure to ask dad about!

Anyway, before I give away too much information about the interview (remember, this is only a sneak peek!), here are some pictures from the Christine A. Moore Trunk Show at Gus Mayer, Birmingham.  Grab a snack, and enjoy the parade of hats show :)

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Okay, okay…I really must be signing off now! I have to go pick out my ensemble to wear to “The Affair of the Hat” Christine A. Moore show in Huntsville, Alabama!  It is going to fabulously filled with lovely hats! Tah tah for now, lovely fashionistas!

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Stay Fabulous and wear fabulous HATS,

Abby HAThorn

Emerald Dress: Shopping in Your Own Closet

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Emerald, the 2013 Color of the Year, is “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony,” says www.pantone.com

Funny story–I bought my emerald green dress at The Fashion Barn in Columbus, Mississippi in fall of 2012 for some holiday events…Well, I guess that wasn’t a funny story…Who would have thought my darling emerald green dress would be Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year! Hmm…did I mysteriously start this trend? I guess we will never know….this reminds me of the hundreds of times I tried to find out how many licks it took to get to the center of those Tootsie Roll Pops…I guess we will never know that either…Whatever was I talking about…? Oh, yes!  My emerald dress.

When I was invited to attend the Shamrocking and Shopping down the Emerald Aisles at the Shops of Grand River in Leeds, Alabama [March 15-17], I knew exactly what I was going to wear-my extraordinary emerald green dress! Oh, it was the perfect St. Patty’s Day celebration frock!

The Shamrocking and Shopping event featured wonderful family activities to bring the “Luck of the Irish” to everyone celebrating the St. Patty’s Day Weekend! To see more of this event, check out the video here!

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Dress: The Fashion Barn, Columbus, MS

Belt: Anthropologie, Birmingham, AL

Shoes: BCBG

Necklace: Juicy Couture

Earrings: BluKat Designs by Heather O’Cain

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Whoa! I guess my emerald green dress was destined to be my go-to holiday dress…first Thanksgiving, then Christmas, and now St. Patrick’s Day! Emerald dresses are so versatile-every fashionista in the world needs one!

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Laney Sherling (Sunglass Warehouse) was super sweet helping me find some awesome new sunglasses!
Laney Sherling (Sunglass Warehouse) was super sweet helping me find some awesome new sunglasses!
Gina Sealy (co-manager at The Loft) was dressed so adorably I just had to get my picture taken with her!
Gina Sealy (co-manager at The Loft) was dressed so adorably I just had to get my picture taken with her!
Kennii Stephens (Coach Factory) and I talking fashion and purses at the Shamrocking and Shopping event! Love the scarf he was sporting!
Kennii Stephens (Coach Factory) and I talking fashion and purses at the Shamrocking and Shopping event! Love the scarf he was sporting!

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Christine Moore events at Gus Mayer, Birmingham, Alabama, Summit location. For more details, visit www.gusmayer.com

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn