This week kicked off the 4th annual Birmingham Fashion Week, a celebration of Southern style with a focus on Alabama talent. One Heart of Dixie designer we have followed for years is Hunter Bell. Last year the University of Alabama grad won NBC’s reality competition show Fashion Star for her flirty designs that perfectly walk the line between artsy and sweet.
Although now based in New York, Hunter will always consider her line Southern. Learn more about this on-the-rise designer as she prepares to show her fall collection at BFW on Friday, April 25.
Tell us about your brand.
I consider it Southern with a New York state of mind. I’m very influenced by the sophistication and femininity of the South—color plays a big role in each collection.
What places inspire you?
The Southern beaches are where I feel most relaxed; they help me unwind from my hectic life.
What is your favorite piece from your new collection?
The Black Peppy Coat with leather is one my best sellers from past seasons, and I brought it back for fall 2014. It’s a staple in my closet, and I cannot wear it enough.
What are you most looking forward to about presenting at Birmingham Fashion Week?
Being in the South, of course, and seeing good friends. I graduated from the University of Alabama, and while in college Birmingham was my home-away-from home. It has a special place in my heart.”
Finish this sentence: A Southern woman never leaves the house without…
Lipstick and a fabulous bag.