Anthony Ryan Auld
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 bright colors and simple forms continues to bring forward-thinking women striking pieces that are current yet amaranthine.
Harold & Mod
Milo Beloved, creator of Harold&MOD, left Atlanta in 2008 to move to Birmingham. Never expecting the move to be permanent, he was surprised to find an undeniable magic that could only exist in a city like Birmingham – a unified desire among artists to see growth in culture, design, and art. Before moving to Birmingham, Beloved worked as a stylist and personal shopper in Atlanta. Never fully satisfied with a particular niche of style, Beloved began dreaming of the concept long before launching the brand. Harold&MOD presents three categories of clothing for men and women composed of a collection of discovered vintage, re-imagined and custom vintage, and freshly designed garments made with vintage materials. Much like the city of Birmingham, which he now calls home, Beloved seeks to create something beautiful and unique out of once discarded materials. Also featured will be Jewelry and accessories by Alabama Funk
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.
Hunter Bell, the designer behind Hunter Bell, is a South Carolina native with the sensibility of a New Yorker. The contemporary designer was most recently named the winner of NBC’s hit show “Fashion Star”, where she competed with thirteen other contestants to have her collection bought by Express, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Born and raised in the small town of Florence and the second of three girls, Hunter was fortunate to have parents who consistently encouraged their daughters to explore their passions. As a young girl she was involved in dance, art classes and theatre which carried over into her fascination of fashion. Determined to create unique clothes for her Barbie dolls, Hunter would sketch designs and use leftover fabric from her mother’s sewing room to create interesting pieces. Her early love of color, fashion and style would lead her toward the success she has achieved as a designer today.
While studying fashion design and studio art at the University of Alabama, Hunter yearned for the city life and left Tuscaloosa during the summers to intern for inspirational designers Nanette Lepore and Rebecca Taylor. Upon graduation in 2003, Bell was on the first plane back to New York City to further her design education at Parsons New School. She simultaneously worked as an assistant designer at Jones Apparel Group and then Vineyard Vines, while creating her own line on the side. Hunter married Paul Bell in 2009 and that same year was able to raise the capital to allow her to realize the dream of working full time on launching her own line.
Whether it is a color palette, vintage fabric or trend-setters on the streets of New York, Hunter’s southern roots, Dixie elegance and New York mentality consistently translate into her designs. She knows women want to feel feminine without being frilly and her pieces are intended to enhance who a woman is– and wants to be– while not turning her into something she isn’t.
Numerous noteworthy celebrities are passionate about the feminine flair and easy sophistication of the Hunter Dixon line and the pieces have been seen on Lake Bell, Sophia Bush, Emma Roberts, Maria Menounos and Rose Byrne, among others.
Hunter currently lives in New York with her husband.
~HUNTER BELL is available locally at Manhattan South & Marella~
~brought to you by Manhattan South
~Pop Up Shop: Thursday April 24th 2pm – 7pm @ MANHATTAN SOUTH
~Pop Up Shop: Saturday
Lauren Leonard is the creative mind behind Leona. Her entrepreneurial spirit and adoration for fashion were recognized at an early age. She had an intuitive eye for fashion trend forecasting and loved to inform her family and friends of the next big fashion movement long before it appeared in stores. At 16, she began working in luxury fashion boutiques and quickly became a women’s buyer. In college she decided to further pursue her fascination with fashion, and eventually she made the move from her deep southern roots to the bustling streets of New York City. While working in New York, her confidence in her vision grew as she excelled in the world of design.
Lauren returned to the South determined to take her experience and passion and evolve them into her very own contemporary luxury line, Leona. A true forerunner in the industry, she purposefully branded her company from within the Southeast. Leona is redefining the term southern belle with fashion girls from Manhattan to Tokyo. Every piece of Leona achieves the perfect balance of whimsical detailing and sophisticated silhouette. Wearing Leona means winning the adoration of your boyfriend’s parents and making him swoon all in one dress; the perfect balance of charm and allure. Lauren realizes the Leona look with fanciful custom prints and the very best in luxurious fabrications.
Since Leona’s debut in the spring of 2008, it has quickly gained a faithful following and is sold at more than a hundred of the most discerning and renowned retailers internationally. With celebrity fans like Taylor Swift and Giuliana Rancic, sightings in Lucky, Elle and People magazines, and hit television shows Gossip Girl and 90210, Leona is becoming one of the fastest growing contemporary labels in fashion today! Lauren was recognized as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year from the University of Alabama in 2008, and as one of Apex Society’s Atlanta’s top 30 under 30 for accomplishment in business in 2009. The Leona love continues to spread across the world, as Lauren creates from her studio in Nashville TN.
Feminine, modern, refined, cool… Rebecca Taylor is best known for providing the eternally-evolving modern woman a collection to complement and refine her individual sense of style. Signatures include unconventional color combinations and prints, flattering cuts, unique embellishment and a high level of detail — accessible luxury.
Rebecca Taylor hails from the beaches of New Zealand. An early childhood interest in sewing and costume design sparked a fascination with the fashion industry that led her to New York City. Her creativity and energy is poured into every collection with references from the worlds of music, art and entertainment. Rebecca’s daily inspiration is the contemporary woman – her spirited life and her individual style.
The brand has a loyal customer base and a vast celebrity clientele including Alexa Chung, Reese Witherspoon, Rashida Jones, Emmy Rossum, and Catherine Middleton, to name a few. Rebecca Taylor has been featured internationally in numerous leading publications such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, W, Nylon, Marie Claire and In-Style; and is available through company-owned retail and premier boutiques worldwide.
~Available locally at Laura Kathryn
~Pop Up Shop: Thursday April 24th 2pm – 8pm @ Laura Kathryn
Salence was conceived in early 2010. Having a background in making performance outerwear for extreme weather conditions, Andy Gathings and Whitney Hunter perceived a gap in the market for outerwear that had the same functionality but was stylish, that you could wear to work or on an evening out, and that didn’t look so ‘techy’ due to fabrics and logos. We also were aware of the growing trend of combining technology in fabrics and construction with fashion design. So, we teamed up with Carol Owen, a highly regarded designer, to help us design the line and a factory that specialized in making technical garments to build it for us.
Show Me Your Mumu
Salence is now in its second year and the market has embraced our artisanal approach to making quality outerwear. Our jackets and coats are meticulously crafted with attention to detail, innovation, fit, and durability. We use the finest performance fabrics in the world and the most advanced fabrication technologies.
We have won awards for our outerwear, we’ve had insightful articles written about us in magazines, and we’ve been reviewed glowingly. Our goal is to continue to bring innovation, technology, and sophisticated style into the world of finer men’s clothing.
Salence is available locally at THE BAER’S DEN .
FALL PRE-SALE & TRUNK SHOW: Saturday April 26th @ THE BAER”S DEN.
*BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE BAER’S DEN
Since Show Me Your Mumu began in 2010, they have amassed a loyal following and have become known for their effortless, gypset style. The Los Angeles office is staffed with smart, energetic young women, who are the inspiration for the brand. The concept is authentic and simple; stylish, versatile “24/7” clothing that carries today’s girl from work, to nights out, to weekend brunch, to dream vacations. The brand is represented in over 200 prestige stores throughout the US and is produced in downtown Los Angeles.
Since graduating UC Berkeley and working in the Fashion Industry in New York City, Co-creaters, Cammy Hebert and Cologne Schmidt, live the true Mumu lifestyle in southern California. Mumu girls are carefree adventurers who dream big but have no plans. They travel the world, fall effortlessly in love and have late nights but early mornings. They sometimes wear their same Mu for 48 hours – to work, dancing at night, over a bikini, to weekend branch and then to bed.
Love your Mu because Mu loves you!
It’s a Whole Mu World out there!
Show Me Your Mumu is available locally at SOCA CLOTHING.
We created State Traditions in the summer of 2007 in order to offer state-inspired apparel and accessories that reflect individual tastes and lifestyles.
We began by designing polos for a handful of states, and in the past few years, have expanded to include items such as t-shirts, hats, visors, ties, belts and more, for every state in America.
What makes State Traditions unique is that we focus on something people already have a connection with: their home state. Our products conjure up favorite memories of times spent there–backyard barbecues in Georgia, afternoons on the lake in Michigan, twilight nights in Tennessee, fly fishing in Colorado, or Saturday football games in Texas. After all, the places we come from and the things we love to remember make us who we are.
The SW3 Bespoke founders all hail originally from London. “We were all
influenced by the still relevant ‘London Cool’ of the swinging sixties and early
seventies” says Creative Director Julia Chase. From Chelsea’s trendy King’s
Road to the magical vision of Barbara Hulanicki’s iconic Biba. From the
mysterious wonders of hippy, peace and love Kensington Market to the vintage
treasures of Portobello Road, that early inspiration, together with training as
‘grown ups’ in design and tailoring, have been combined to create
SW3 Bespoke’s distinct signature of beautifully crafted, on-trend, women’s
pants, jackets and sportswear. A running theme in the Collection is effortless
and sexy, boho chic!
Although most of SW3’s high quality textiles come from Europe, the vast majority of production is done right here in America. “Keeping production here in the US is our way of saying thank you to the country we now call ‘home’” says CEO John Lankshear. SW3 Bespoke is now available in over 350 stores nationwide.
~You can find SW3 Bespoke locally at GUS MAYER.
~Brought to you by Gus Mayer
~Trunk Show Saturday April 26th @ Gus Mayer
Three07 is the collaborative expression of design from two friends who were brought together by their love of fashion and similar southern values. April Moore and Courtni Tyre design for the classy, young southern woman with a modern twist. The two met at The University of Alabama and graduated with degrees in Apparel & Textiles Design in 2007. After four years of collaborating in school they knew they were destined to become a team and pursue a career in fashion. That dream became a reality in 2010 when they formed three07. At Birmingham Fashion Week they will be presenting their exciting new fall Gameday Collection. Their combination of feminine silhouettes and edgy details creates an effortless ‘gameday’ look.