Southern Proper, photo courtesy © Chuck St John 2012
The first series of runway shows kicked off last night at Birmingham Fashion Week under a (much-appreciated) heated tent in our hometown’s Pepper Place enclave. Sisters Annie Griffin and Robin Gerber of Annie Griffin showed their super wearable and flowy fall collection, and much to everyone’s delight Southern Proper sent sassy boys prancing down the runway in colorful prep wear and their signature touch of haberdashery accessories, with “Son Of A Preacher Man” and “Let’s Hear it For the Boy” setting the pace.
Megan Kaple, photo courtesy © Chuck St John 2012
There were some standouts in the Emerging Design Competition like this gorgeous gown by Megan Kaple. And we loved overhearing budding designers from Auburn University’s textile program showing support for their competing classmates’ designs.
But it was the Rising Design Stars show that had the whole room in smiles as middle and high school students sent young models down the runway in outfits made out of unusual materials — trash bags, bubble wrap, maps, computer wire? Take a look at a few of our favorites.
From left: Sarah Anne, 13, made her dress out of computer wires; Allie Phifer, 18, used “things that are becoming obsolete in our world,” like old maps and copper gadgets; Jade Nipper, 18, used trash bags, rubber bands, and safety pins to make this ruffly frock.
We’re looking forward to another night of scouting up-and-coming designers, and catching headlining designer (and UA grad!) Smith Sinrod’s By Smith show tonight. Check back tomorrow to see what else we uncover at BFW!