MAGIC CITY FASHION WEEK
This past Sunday, I attended an interest meeting for a major event coming to Birmingham this fall – Magic City Fashion Week. Creators Daniel Grier and Derek Matthews (the designers behind Splashed by DKG) announced that it is scheduled to take place from October 24-28, 2017 and that it “is a platform for emerging talent to express themselves artistically through fashion.” Yet although the main focus is to showcase the fashion industry in Birmingham, it’s a very inclusive event as they look to also feature photographers, videographers, beauty industry professionals, and even bloggers! In their mission statement, they declared –
Magic City Fashion Week is [aimed] to fill a void in the Birmingham creative community. We believe that art – specifically fashion – has the power to send important messages that could otherwise go unheard. Over time, advocacy and community outreach has intertwined itself into the DNA of Splashed by DKG – and Magic City Fashion Week is a direct result of that. MCFW is a platform for emerging talent to express themselves artistically through fashion, bring about social change, and promote diversity, while educating the community at large.
In conjunction with the mission statement, Derek stated there are three goals they are hoping to achieve with Magic City Fashion Week:
- Cultivate emerging designers and provide them with a creative, inclusive, and professional platform to showcase their talent.
- To engage with community partners to help existing shops and businesses thrive.
- Transform the knowledge of HIV from awareness to competency, so that people can go from knowing it exists to knowing their status, while being more vocal about its effects and prevention concerning the epidemic.
When discussing the plans they have for MCFW, Daniel expressed that he is hoping they can incorporate it with the infamous Magic City Classic that will take place that weekend. He also clarified that while there will be focus on menswear and plus size, there will not be a children’s category this year so they could focus on getting such an experience done in a short amount of time.
Other notable members of the board that also spoke include moderator Krystal Turner, Artistic Director Portia Nichole, Talent Director Aliscia Gilmore, and Media Director Keicia Shanta. All of these beautiful people will work personally with designers, models, volunteers and even the community to help make this an extraordinary event.
To say that I am beyond excited for what’s about to unfold is an understatement! This is sure to be one of the biggest occasions to take place in Birmingham and you don’t want to miss it! And to be sure that you don’t, visit the Magic City Fashion Week website and sign up to receive updates because this is an experience that will be one to remember!
And as always…
Peace, Love, Blessings, & Hugs