So last night was the kickoff of Birmingham Fashion Week. It's the 5th year that our city has had one and my second time attending. I went in 2013, and I don't remember why I missed out last year. But this year, it's a lot better -- especially for us bloggers.
Just like with any other fashion week, bloggers get to apply for media passes and I was selected. I have absolutely no idea the criteria that is used, other than social media and blog metrics. But I'm so glad that I have the opportunity to attend and bring you all coverage of our Southern Style!
Previously when I attended, all of the bloggers and press/media/photographers were squeezed in tightly in the photo pit. Well not this year. We were seated at the end of the runway. My feet thanks the organizers.
And also, it was about 85 degrees yesterday, cooling as the sun set. But it was warm under that tent with the packed house and hot lights. So I was able to sit, sip on cold margarita and snap pictures comfortably. And I'm so glad I chose this outfit that kept me cool.
My top is New Look 6343.
I wanted a simple top. I love a cut-in shoulder, it's my favorite style of sleeveless to wear. And if I see this style in a pattern, I guarantee you that I'll buy it. And plus, I love the cropped curved hem style.
I cut the size 12 and made it straight from the envelope. I used this textured Bubble Ivory Poly Spandex that I saw in my Hancock. Even though the pattern suggested a knit, I really liked this stretch woven and I felt it had enough give to work.
I tend to default to black and white so often that I've been on a mission to add more color to my spring/summer wardrobe. Am I done with black and white? Heck no... But for this pair of pants, I went with what is sure to become a TNT pattern for me, Vogue 9032. This is a pattern that HIGHLY recommend. You get 3 views: fitted, loose fitting and loose fitting culottes. It's worth having.
My fabric is this perfect Malibu Blue Stretch Cotton Twill. Anytime a pants pattern is fitted like these, I suggest using a stretch woven. Or a good high-quality ponte or double knit would work also. The size 14 was already cut and altered with 5 inches of length added from my previous version. And I didn't have to do anything different this time. I like for my hems to be crisp, so I always interface them.
And to top off a great show, I was the winner of a fabulous pair of Salvatore Ferragamo sunglasses! Pictures from the show to come...