Published on August 6th, 2012 | by Chris
Fashion in The Southern City – by Elle_belle
In a recent effort to become more acquainted with my new city, I joined the boys of Always ATL, Atlanta’s premiere “haps” information destination, on an exclusive fashion adventure. Atlanta International Fashion Week, held July 24-29 2012, presented “Fashion In The City,” five days of events celebrating fashion in its many forms, as well as acting as a catalyst for vitalization of the Atlanta arts community.
A passion for all things fabulous sparked my interest initially, but the allure of AIFW was more vested in the diverse culture that resonates here and what that would translate into on the catwalk. This phenomenon is not unique to Atlanta, and we would surely see differences on the runways of Paris, New York, Milan, Timbuktu; you get my point. Atlanta, seemingly boasts a different kind of soul, a rich southern culture that resonates in its lofty music industry, blossoming movie industry, and ever-evolving culinary scene. So, fashion, I expected, would be no less unique.
The Ultimate Summer Fashion Show was staged at the exotic and chic, Aja in Buckhead. The event was on Thursday night and showcased local boutique, Raw Denim, and Las Vegas swimwear line, Skinny Bikini. The show was intimate and champagne soaked, a perfect predecessor to the main event on Friday.
Raw Denim Boutique reflected Summer time, with a plethora of printed maxis, tiered skirts, faded pastel skinny jeans, sheer “pirate blouses” and of course, plenty of “hyper-color.” Electro-pop is still hot, ya’ll! Men’s designs contrast the romance of the country and downtown rock n’ roll. Dig it!
True to the labels name, Skinny bikini brought triangle tops, classic bandeaus, and minimally cut bottoms to the stage. We saw rich colors as well as sun drenched corals, sure to flatter any skin tone. Animal prints are not endangered on the catwalk, the beach, or the yacht for that matter, and were accompanied by retro glam kaftans, laden with sparkle! The label boasts print influences from Asia, India, South America, and Europe.
The Celebrity Walk for Charity, a cache, supporting national charities and showcasing ten couture designers, was held at the illustrious 200 Peachtree on Friday night. A red carpet, white marble floors and grand crystal chandeliers set the mood to nothing less than glamour.
Just to name a few (of my favs).. The catwalk glistened with designs from Sacred Heart, or as I call it, “girl, let’s party,” in electro-pop rompers, flirty pleats, and chiffon for days..
Aqua Viva from Brazil, brought me straight to Rio (or the Italian Riviera) and onto a yacht, feelin’ hot. The suits were minimal (in so many ways), brilliantly accentuated with fine fabrics, plunging onesies, and classic color blocking.
L.A.H.A., a company focusing on ultra sheik children’s clothing, utilized minimalist color, rich textures, and sophisticated design to make the wearer feel as fabulous as they looked. The young models stole the show with their sparkle and sass.
Brazilian Designer, Elle Pourl, used exaggerated lines and peplum to create femine waistlines and accentuate shoulders, creating a sophisticated femme fatale. Fine fabrics enriched the already decadent design.
Made by Maria, native to New Orleans, and whimsical to boot, lets her flare shine through in soulful, couture costume/lingerie design. I envision a muggy day in New Orleans, draped over a chase lounge, daydreaming in a Made by Maria design.
Celebrity designers Jason Christopher Peters, known for his apprentice-ship with Betsy Johnson, and Erica Dunk of Hyper Haute Jewelry, were also in attendance. The show was a collaboration of new energy in the fashion world and designers with a reputation of creating beautiful, wearable art.
Atlanta International Fashion week wrapped up its sixth year, and will no doubt become more noted as Atlanta’s art scene continues to flourish in so many directions. The event creates a beautiful synergy, evoking the senses and celebrating the spirit of philanthropy.