Anthony Ryan Auld is a Louisiana-based fashion designer who won the second season of Lifetime’s Project Runway All Stars, along with the title of Fan Favorite. He was also previously featured on the ninth season of Lifetime’s Project Runway. A Louisiana State University graduate known for his unconventional use of fabrics and raw outlook, Anthony Ryan has been recognized nationally for his award-winning designs. He has also studied design techniques in Paris, France, under the creative minds behind Vivienne Westwood, Basil Soda, Elie Saab, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Anne-Valerie Hash. A cancer survivor, Anthony Ryan is the founder of ROAR, a non-profit foundation that gives voice to those with inspiring stories of survival in the face of adversity. Why whisper when you can ROAR! With his label Anthony Ryan, Anthony Ryan Auld creates fashion to inspire the modern woman with clean lines, definitive shapes, and bold fabric selections. His innovative use of color and simple forms continues to bring forward-thinking women striking pieces that are current yet amaranthine. In conjunction with his label, Anthony Ryan has recently launched an upscale, lifestyle-concept store titled The ANTHILL by Anthony Ryan. This flagship store combines clothing, art, home décor and various accessories into one entity to create a “fashion community”. The store presents individuals with an original shopping experience, enhanced by one-on-one styling consultations in an inspiring setting. The ANTHILL by Anthony Ryan aims to embrace all individuals as just that; individuals. www.InTheAnthill.com
At the age of only 13-years-old, Bradford Billingsley already has quite a head start in the fashion industry. Sketching designs since the age of 4, the Pizitz Middle School 8th grader’s keen eye for glamorous style and passion for fashion has since then bloomed into a full-fledged career aspiration. Billingsley honed his skills for designing red-carpet worthy dresses in both the 2013 and 2014 Birmingham Fashion Week Rising Star
Design Competitions, in which he won 3rd and 2nd place, respectively. Also in 2014, Miss Teen Alabama wore a gown Billingsley created especially for her. The young designer has been featured in numerous publications, including as a Style Icon in B-Metro Magazine. The latest jewel in his crown was winning top honors on the Lifetime TV competition Project Runway: Threads.
Chad Ellis is a birmingham based designer and founder of his menswear accessory line Charles Ellis Sartorial as well his new line Charlie which launched in December of last year. Chad graduated from the University of Alabama obtaining a Bachelor of Communications in Advertising who was surprised when he found his insatiable passion for old-world tailoring while working at Shaia’s, a better menswear store in Homewood, AL. Chad is a self taught designer/ tailor who started his business selling his product door to door and who is now in two of Birmingham’s major retail stores, Shaia’s and PlainClothes, with his line Charles Ellis and has placement for his new line Charlie in The Baer’s Den in Cahaba Heights. Chad also has customers around the world, from Beijing to Hollywood. Regardless of his reach with his product, Chad has strong roots in Birmingham and looks forward to continuing to build his brand here in the city.
What’s most impressive about Chad’s designs is that they are all constructed by hand- stitching every piece, a technique that is typically only produced in Saville Row and Naples, Italy. With Chad’s recent success here in Birmingham he is now reaching out to high-fashion menswear boutiques in Atlanta, Memphis, Oxford and others around the south. Chad’s recognized by his use of classic patterns in combination with bold colors that he collects from inspirations such as paintings, travel, and reading. This season Chad draws his inspiration from famous paintings in a collection he has entitled “The Artists”.
Instagram: @charlesellisdesigns Website: www.charlesellisonline.com
As a contestant on seasons 9 & 10 of Lifetime’s Project Runway, Gunnar Deatherage’s experience on the show came to life on one of the biggest stages in the fashion industry: the tents of the Lincoln Center, where he presented his Spring/Summer 2012 collection for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. He later went on to compete on season 4 of Project Runway Allstars. Currently, Gunnar is working as creative director of Nfocus Louisville magazine where he furnishes both progressive fashion spreads and cover features every month, simultaneously providing services for private high end clients all while building his namesake brand. www.gunnardeatherage.com
Heidi Elnora knows how to inject that “Southern sparkle” into the modern girl’s wedding. From small town Alabama to Project Runway and back, Heidi has patterned her life after fashion. Since the launch of the heidi elnora brand in 2006, Heidi has dressed hundreds of brides from Los Angeles to Dubai (and everywhere in between) for their big day. For the past 4 years, Heidi has opened her doors to wholesale accounts, her “Sister Stores” if you will. Brides-to-be can now find heidi elnora gowns in 24 boutiques across the world including 14 Nordstrom locations. Her work has been featured in Brides Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Lucky Magazine, The New York Times Syndicate, Town and Country magazine, and so on.
Talent, authenticity, and personality are words used to describe the rising fashion talent Joshua McKinley. Educated at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and Florence, Italy’s Polimoda, its clear McKinley is motivated to experiment with classic cuts in innovative high-tech fabrics and dabble in aspects of the fashion world other designers would have hesitation with. The 28 year old designer is infamously known for a “more in better” aesthetic. Joshua was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to show his work to the world and rise to success as runner-up of the Emmy-nominated ninth season ofProject Runway and final four of Project Runway All-stars 2, McKinley’s flawless passion for all things that shine is unrivaled! Joshua McKinley continues to focus on his signature menswear and women’s wear collections, while collaborating on a capsule collection of dresses and gowns with Johnathan Kayne that is entirely suited for red carpet, galas, and the best pageants worldwide. Through bedazzling his brand, McKinley hopes his work helps to inspire others to follow their dreams and never give up!
Saint Louis designer Laura Kathleen Baker began working on her career in fashion when she was 8 years old. After many years of designing and constructing garments for herself she attended Western Kentucky University where she earned a bachelors degree in Design, Merchandising, and Textiles. “LK” also studied fashion design at Academia Italiana in Florence Italy. Laura Kathleen has turned the dream of being a fashion designer into a reality. Remaining based in Saint Louis Missouri, Laura Kathleen represents someone who obtains luxury. You may have caught her designs on season 9 of Project Runway as a top 5 finalist or on the runway at Mercedes Benz Fashion week. After PR season 9, Laura had the opportunity to compete on Project Runway All-Stars Season 2 where she finished in the top 6. Laura now casts the new designers on seasons 10-13 with Lifetime and has also been the commentary on the Road to the Runway. Laura Kathleen also began a fashion program at a high school in Saint Louis. Six years ago she began realizing she would be teaching much more than just fashion. Each year the program has a fashion show fundraiser where the students model their own creations. In 2012 they raised $30,000 for the school in one night. The 2013 show brought in $70,000 and continues to grow each year!
Marie Oliver, a women’s lifestyle brand, is created to curate wardrobes filled with timeless, modern, and charming pieces that are, at once, elegant and easy. Subscribing to the belief that one can never be overdressed, Marie Oliver is designed to channel a confident sensibility from day to night.
Color, pattern, and silhouette fuse to create the celebration that is Marie Oliver. Marie Oliver’s evolving collections are conceived in a tandem effort between our North Carolina design studio and our talented team in New York City. Inspired by a lifestyle of all things style: travel, art and fashion, Marie Oliver is recognized for their slightly unexpected silhouettes and custom prints that lend true artwork to fine silks. With a great emphasis on fit and flattery, Marie Oliver is artfully tailored for today’ modern woman.
Michelle Lesniak, winner of Project Runway Season 11, wowed judges and viewers alike with her strong aesthetic and quick wit. Although nearly eliminated, Michelle tenaciously fought back to reveal one of the most cohesive and distinctive collections seen on Project Runway to date. Though she studied printmaking at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Michelle couldn’t keep her hands off of textiles. Self-taught in both garment design and leather working, her love of art, print, texture, and music manifests itself through her design. Michelle is committed to staying in her hometown of Portland. Her dedication to local manufacturing and ethical business practices is playing a key role in shaping and growing the Portland Fashion Industry. www.michellelesniak.com
Tribe Kelley is our mantra, our way of life. We believe being a part of “the tribe” encourages uniqueness and individuality. Tribe Kelley is an eclectic mix of what we both have gathered and learned from all different varieties of clothing. Spending time amongst different cultures inspires me to integrate elements from all over the world into Tribe Kelley.
I have always been intrigued by fashion but never had the courage to pursue it as a career. I started my own Etsy shop when I was at the University of Georgia and secretly knew my heart was in design. I was studying for Accounting and Psychology, meanwhile in my downtime I was hand dying and altering shirt, breaking down old vintage jewelry to make new jewels, and painting quotes on old barn wood. On college breaks I would thirst for travel and ended up being fortune enough to explore Europe, Guatemala, Costa Rica and French Polynesia. I saw culture and fashion in a different light and I knew my dream was to cultivate creativity in some form.
As for the inspiration for Brian and me to start a clothing line together, that was obvious when we caught ourselves altering and cutting basically every piece of clothing we own. Both Brian and I are blessed enough to be modern day nomads, venting out to experience all walks of culture and vogue. We figured we would be missing an opportunity if we didn’t create a small capsule collection of our own, even if it didn’t sell. It is important to Brain and me that we manufacture as many of our goods in the United States as we can. Although there are some products that will require imported material, we are proud to keep manufacturing based in Los Angeles, CA. We develop and design every product you see on our website either in Nashville, TN or Los Angeles, CA. We both agree that we want to make quality clothing that our consumer will appreciate and promise to harvest a business that will cognate to make our tribe happy.
In our first collection, “Seeding the Dream,” you will find a theme of natural colors, material that has been hand picked for comfort and styles that are cultured. Tribe Kelley wants to provide pieces that are easily recognizable in a crowd of trends. This clothing is designed in the midst of treaty, playing shows, and chaos; meanwhile manufactured right here in the States in Los Angeles, CA. Our team has poured time and detail into each piece you will receive from the Tribe Kelley. Look for clandestine messages in our clothing that can give you insight to our creative minds. For example, the teepee that you find in our logo has several meanings. I am proud to say I have Native American blood passed down from my maternal lineage. Brian and I also have a real 23-foot teepee at our home in Nashville, TN that was a wedding gift from Brian’s duo partner, Tyler, and his fiancé, Hayley. The teepee is a place Brian and I shared many special and creative moments and what better image to symbolize our family, our pack, our Tribe, than a teepee.
We are eager to attract others that will appreciate the uniqueness of our pieces and build our tribe up by word of mouth. Join the tribe! We are excited to share our magic with you. www.tribekelley.com