Happy Monday! For those of you who follow my Instagram account, you may have seen my post on a couple of week ago (July 28th to be exact) sharing this image and talking about how excited I was that I was about to experience my first Fashion Week. As I stated there, I am a firm believer in the Bible verse: “Write the vision; make it plain…” Here is another example of why. At the beginning of this year, I wrote down all the places I wanted to visit, and wrote down that I wanted to attend at least one major Fashion Week this year. Well guess what?!I did! I attended the Atlanta International Fashion Week! Oooh–and it gets even better! I was blessed to be invited as “Media” and to be in the press box! Talk about a fashion blogger’s dream! I was so honored and could not wait to share all of the fun with you! 🙂
The Fall Winter week was July 27th-29th, 2016. Thursday’s shows were entitled, “Rip the Runway: Kids Edition” and “Celebrity Walk for Charity.” Friday’s show was entitled, “LOOK BOOK.” Since I cover fashion and beauty, I made it my point to visit with the models/designers backstage before the shows began (as much as I could noting how busy and crazy it gets back there) to look at beauty trends and see how hair and makeup is done and meet with the teams. It was amazing, for example I noted the ongoing theme of pronounced highlighting, and beautiful manicures in bright colors that I wouldn’t have been able to spot from my seat.
THURSDAY: “Rip the Runway: Kids Edition” & “Celebrity Walk for Charity”
On Thursday, the show took place at the gorgeous, historic Biltmore Ballrooms in downtown Atlanta. The Biltmore Ballrooms definitely set the mood for the pieces we were going to see! Built in 1924, this beautiful Atlanta landmark was originally designed by the architecture firm Shultze & Weaver, who also designed such legendary hotels as The Breakers in Palm Beach, New York’s Waldorf-Astoria, The Pierre, and The Sherry Netherland. It is now listed on The National Register of Historic Places, and is one of the social and business epicenters of Atlanta. Featuring original handcrafted plaster relief ceilings, restored crystal chandeliers, Palladian windows and Tennessee marble floors, the Biltmore Ballrooms offered a truly spectacular backdrop for the occasion.
Elizabeth Koch hats
Cause for Elegance
What I Wore:
On Thursday, I decided to pair a bright pink top with an equally bright red high-waist pencil skirt. I tied it together with a clean, strappy black sandal and a floral clutch. For some, pink and red are oftentimes considered clashing colors. However, they are actually analogous colors (next to each other on the color wheel). Consequently, these two shades can be paired together to create some surprisingly chic looks.
I am not color shy AT all, but if you are a little color shy, this outfit is a great way to test the waters of wearing pink and red together, as both shades are muted, rather than in-your-face competing brights. Together they create a dressy look that still adds punch.
FRIDAY: “Look Book”
Tago International Center, located in the heart of the blossoming West Midtown Atlanta, was equally perfect for that Friday night as the Biltmore Ballrooms were for Thursday night. Its design is a simple but modern feel featuring an all silky-white shell space. With a blank canvas, the venue provided a neutral template for striking color choices that made the event anything but bland. With a crisp, clean, young, funky, yet very classy ambiance, it was perfect for the designers featured who’s pieces outshined tradition.
What I Wore:
As I look back at my pictures, I noted that “color-blocking” was my theme for my looks. (But are we really surprised? LOL!) On Friday, I wore a summer peach (in honor of the Georgia peach!) sweetheart-neckline midi dress and flaunted a FIERCE shoulder robe with a lemon yellow blazer. I accessorized with a beige bag and floral sandals.
Again, some may be hesitant to put yellow and orange together–those could be very strong together! However, orange and yellow are both warm colors, so they go well together, and the color combination gives off a fun summer vibe. Those colors often appear together naturally as well (in flowers, citrus fruits, etc.), so that is another good sign that they are a good match!
Okay enough talking. Now for all of the photos! (I would like to note that with all that I have been extremely busy since coming back from AIFW, but I wanted to finally get the pictures out to you guys. Thus, a lot of these pictures are raw and unedited. But I think that that’s a good thing! You get to see things as raw as I did. Hope you all enjoy! 🙂
Some of my fav looks from Thursday’s show:
Some of my fav looks from Friday’s show
I was very excited to meet fellow my fellow Fashionistas: Aliya Patrice, Yawa Sarong, & Emma Kohtanen.
I just had to snap a couple of photos of Thursday’s venue to share with you. The architecture of the building was nothing short of amazing!
More random shots of my looks:
Along with photos taken myself, a lot of the photo Credit for a good number of the show photos go to Simon Salt Photography.