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I’ve been luxuriating in a less stressful schedule as of late, which has afforded me a better work/life balance. I’ve been off on little adventures, both in town jaunts and trips out of town. Research projects, twice weekly dates with the swimming pool, and long dog walks have been great for helping me refocus. See y’all soon.

old dry cleaners on freret & cadiz. i live for old buildings.

pimento cheese grits and a hearty pancake brunch from high hat cafe
Cute as a button bursts of rhinestone earrings from Armoire
F21 chambray sundress, American Apparel belt, Minnetonka moccasins, and a lavender mani
surrealist art from jason rodriguez. read my piece for propaganda to learn more about his work.
keepin’ it classy with the bathoom selfie. vintage scarf, 21 sleeveless button down, joe’s jean shorts via buffalo exchange, everlane tote bag that i take everywhere.
scoping out the wildlife in gulf shores, alabama
not pictured- two grey fluffy boys
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Tallulah’ Designs: Created Not Made Kickstarter Campaign

Heather Williams of Alabama based fashion label Talullah is expanding her brand, and she wants you to help her hire. If you aren’t familiar, Talullah is a “created not made” collection of dresses and separates, all handmade by Williams herself. She’s looking to raise $35,000 via Kickstarter to hire on a staff and expand production from 40 dresses to 200, all while sticking to her mantra of lovingly made clothing vs. mass produced goods.

In addition to feeling good about supporting a southern fashion designer, you’ll get Tallulah goodies, at all levels of support. From exclusive t-shirts, jewelry, all the way to custom made dresses. Watch the video below to learn more about the Tallulah brand, or click on their Kickstarter link here to help.

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Tallulah Faire

In case you missed her at New Orleans Fashion Week, Birmingham, Alabama based designer Heather Williams is the creator of Tallulah Faire, a clothing and accessories line that embraces bold prints and color. Slow Southern Style was able to chat with her about her work, who the Tallulah Faire woman is, and to hear about her experience as a fashion week participant. 

1.       What was your experience with NOLA Fashion Week like?

Fabulous, as always! This was my second season with NOLAFW, so it was great to see “old” friends from October and meet new designers this go ’round. It was especially wonderful to see designers who showed last season show again because I can see the growth that has taken place in their vision and perspective. NOLAFW has also grown; new ideas were introduced, new venues were used, etc. I’m glad that they’re trying new things and seeing what fits and what doesn’t. I’m so proud to be a part of a group of people who want to support artists and encourage fashion in the Big Easy. 

2.       What was your main reason for participating? What were you hoping to gain, and was it a success?

 I participate every season because NOLAFW is one of the few Fashion Weeks where designers are chosen not based on commercial potential but on point-of-view and creativity. Most are very sellable and have created quite a following, but that’s more of an effect of showing, not a prerequisite. I participate because I believe in supporting artists and cultivating talent, which I think is the platform of the week-long event. I also participate in the Fashion Market so that commerce is achieved. Every designer wants a customer to not only love their work, but take it home as well. Fashion Market provides shoppers with the opportunity to purchase apparel and accessories that may not be available in New Orleans at any other time. I’m hoping that my partnership with NOLAFW is a long and successful one!

3.       Given the amount of press of more established brands (Billy Reid, Alabama Chanin) where do you think the future of Southern fashion designers lies?

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: fashion is becoming regionalized, tailored to local flavor and expression. I believe that we’ll see a major progression in the next five years of major cities all hosting their own successful, large-scale Fashion Weeks. Nashville has been doing it for years, Austin for a while now, and Birmingham for two seasons. And I’m so excited! I would argue that the South has the most culture, the most tradition, the deepest roots to turn out designers who are uniquely regional and capture the essence of who their clients are. Both Billy Reid (who is not from Florence, but hey, he gets us) and Alabama Chanin are always my go-to names when I’m proving this point. And the best part? They do very well nationwide, which shows that Southern designers create pieces that fit the Southern woman but are not limited to the Southern woman. Forget New York… Southern designers need to build where they are, pour into their hometowns and heritage.

4.       If you could define the quintessential Southern aesthetic and attitude, what would it be?

Well I think it’s evident from my previous answer that our attitude is pride in where we’re from, but in a nice way. I think we are doing a great job of holding the past in one hand and honoring our families and traditions, while looking forward to the future and holding progressivism and change in the other. And I believe that our aesthetic embodies this. We still love our seersucker and sun dresses, but can put on a pair of Jimmy Choo platforms and a high-low hemline skirt in a hot minute. The Southern woman isn’t limited to just one archetypal “look” anymore. We get to be a different person every day of the week if we choose.

5.       What’s the Talluah girl like? Where would she wear a dress, for example? And can you describe the inspiration behind the two collections?

“Tallulah” is Native American and means ‘leaping waters’, which is the best way to describe a Tallulah girl. She’s natural but fierce and beautiful in a timeless way. Her energy is refreshing and she’s every girl’s best friend. I really try to design pieces that reflect these images; that’s why there will be a few very sweet sun dresses mixed with structured pieces with more powerful hues. 
A Tallulah girl wears a dress every day! Both collections have casual looks that are great for day, as well as snappier dresses that are perfect for a night on the town. Looks from the Tallulah line are meant to be closet pieces that you live your life in, not pieces that are only pulled out for one event. The inspiration for the Spring ’12 collection came from playing with the idea of being both bold and bashful. We all have our sweet ‘ballet flats and nude lipstick’ days, but we also have our ‘I could conquer the world today!’ days. You should have apparel for both! The Fall ’12 collection inspiration came from my obsession with rich fabrics. In the summers I prefer light cottons and easy silks, but my true joy – my favorite textiles- are luxurious leathers and wools and suedes. The hand is heavier and allows for superb structure and subtle details. I am so excited to share the full Fall Collection in the months ahead. 

For more information on Tallulah’s Designs, please visit the website: http://www.tallulahfaire.com
The Tallulah S/S ‘12 line is currently carried at the following retailers:
Birmingham:
    City Arts Boutique – http://www.cityartsboutique.com/  
  Molly Green – http://www.mollygreenboutique.com/
New Orleans:
        Hattie Sparks – www.hattiesparks.com   
 Abeille NOLA – http://www.abeillenola.com/
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Haute and Handmade: A Recap

Make no mistake, I’m certainly not a model. I’m about a foot too short, my cheekbones weren’t chiseled by the hands of a Renaissance sculptor and the only way I’d fit into a sample size is if it were socially acceptable to wear a dress around one’s upper thigh.  Aside from my prototype setbacks I was pleased and quite honored to model Alabama Chanin’s intricate designs as part of Haute and Handmade this past Friday. Each of Natalie Chanin’s pieces are hand stitched with nary a sewing machine in sight. You have to really get up close and personal to inspect and appreciate the labor and love that goes into each garment. They are truly a work of art with needle and thread.


 Along with six local designers, Andrea Loest, Grayson Gold (he’s 12 years old!), Lorna Leedy, Kerry Fitts, Amanda Loest, and Rebecca Rebouche the Ogden Museum of Southern Art served as a pantheon of handmade looks, all designed below the Mason-Dixon line. I’m told there were over 400 people in attendance that evening, a great testament of support for southern based fashion. It was interesting to see which the similarities and stark contrasts of each designer but the common theme throughout the evening was a commitment to quality and originality. 


For more photos go to the Slow Southern Style Facebook page and many thanks to Leslie Almeida for taking pictures of the evening while I was backstage being prepped.
My friend Chanel wearing a Bayou Salvage dress

Fancy Ponyland

Fancy Ponyland

Bayou Salvage

Amanda Deleon

Alabama Chanin

some random girl

oh wait that’s me
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Haute and Homemade: A Showcase of Southern Contemporary Couture

Words can’t even begin to express how excited I am not only to attend Haute and Homemade at the Ogden Museum on Friday, December 9th but also be a part of of the show.  I was positively giddy when I first found out about this event a few months ago and was beyond thrilled when I received an e-mail asking me to model. Well maybe I wasn’t thrilled that I gorged myself all Thanksgiving week before sashaying down a runway but hey that’s my own fault.






Alabama Chanin is the epitome of a damn good Southern fashion label, the type that made me start Slow Southern Style in the first place.  Grown out of love of handiwork with a strong eye for high quality craftsmanship I’m lucky enough to own two pieces designed by Natalie Chanin, my favorite being my black sleeveless dress. The stitching is done entirely by local artisans in Florence, Alabama. In addition to the exquisite work I love the whole company concept and culture and how it promotes the slow fashion movement and proves that you don’t have to subscribe to this fast paced, cutting edge trend driven fashion culture to look stylish. It’s all very galvanizing if you ask me. 


 As if I’m not excited enough there will be six local designers presenting the same night for a little lagniappe, including Slow Southern Style favorites Amanda Deleon and Kerry Fitts along with Grayson Gold, Lorna Leedy, Andrea Loest and Rebecca Rebouche.

my own Alabama Chanin dress, worn here in early fall 2010



In addition to the runway shows there will be a two hour sewing workshop on Saturday, December 10th, something that Alabama Chanin does on a regular basis both in Florence and in other cities. I’m committed to a graduation that morning (congrats to sis getting her master’s degree!) but believe me I’d be there if I could. I’m hoping to see a few of y’all at the Ogden next weekend to see one of my favorite designers up close and cheer me on if I nosedive down the runway.




Haute and Homemade: A Showcase of Southern Contemporary Couture
Fri. Dec. 9, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans, La.
$10 for museum members; $12 non-museum members; $5 for children under 17

Information and tickets: 504.539.9650, or go order: hauteandhomemade2011.eventbrite.com


Alabama Chanin Workshop
Sat. Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-Noon
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans, La.
$149 (includes DIY kit for sewing); SPACES ARE LIMITED AND RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
To register: alabamachanin.com/workshop/two-hour-workshops.

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Ex Voto- Jewelry with a meaning



Elizabeth Adams of Ex Voto Jewelry contacted me to let me know about her great jewelry line based out of Montgomery, Alabama


 Ex Voto jewelry is created from revamped pieces that were “discarded, left behind, and forgotten” then turned into one of a kind pieces.  Elizabeth’s inspirations include  Latin American Catholic relics and medals such as  retablos, milagros and ex votos.  


Both of her parents were artists and her mother’s best friend owned an antique shop.  As a child Elizabeth used to spend  afternoons in the shop, which helped her develop an appreciation for “the warm patina which comes only from time”.  As a gift when she was born her father’s mentor gave her a locket and a card with the handwritten note “May your life be as beautiful as you are.” Elizabeth references this original letter by including a handwritten blessing with each Ex Voto piece. 





Keep up with Elizabeth’s latest designs by following her Facebook or her blog, or pick up your own special adornment from the following retailers:


Montgomery; Apropo on Cloverdale Rd, The Museum Shop at the Montgomery Museum, Charleston House on Atlanta Hwy
Dothan; D. Ethridge on Main Street
Birmingham; Laura Kathryn in Crestline Village, A’Mano in Mountain Brook Village
Atlanta; Mitzi and Ramano in Virginia Highland
Rosemary Beach, FL: Willow Boutique
Seaside,FL:Willow+Woods
San Antonio,TX: Meadow Boutique
Baton Rouge,LA: Stella Boutique
Fairhope, AL: Uptown Boutique
Cincinnati; Soho Boutique in Hyde Park















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Show & Tell

I had the honor of being invited to Anthropologie’s grand opening celebration yesterday and luckily I had a new dress to wear for it. I invited my friend Leslie  along and we enjoyed soaking in the impressive space and sipping on wine. Don’t fret, I’m sharing pictures of the store on GoNOLA this week.

I basically wanted everything in the store, from the housewares to the clothes. Fortunately I exercised restraint and just bought a few small items for the house. Hey, it is my husband’s birthday today so at least I had an excuse. 

I’m going to have a total geek out moment.My dress, designed by Alabama Chanin, is known for their hand stitching. Everything is lovingly made by quilters in Alabama. This picture does absolutely no justice to the details on this dress. 
Necklace: Banana Republic
Shoes: Antonio Melani
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Fashion Week

Alabama Chanin’s Spring 2010 collection  is currently up for perusal on style.com
I love the easy feeling of this collection. These are (soon to be) old favorites that can be layered into an existing wardrobe and worn season after season.
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All images via style.com

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Southern Decadence

Alabama Chanin is the epitome of southern style. Founded by Natalie “Alabama” Chanin, the creator of Project Alabama.

“Project” had a following several years ago and received mention in fashion magazines such as Vogue. The Alabama Chanin line focuses on handcrafted, artisanal style, employing craftspeople in the community. However this ‘aint your maw maw’s doilies and bonnet clad geese sweaters. These highly skilled craftspeople produce beautifully stitched clothing and accessories.

“We craft limited-edition products for the individual and the home. Our products are made-by-hand using a combination of new, organic and recycled materials. Each piece is constructed with care by talented artisans who live and work in communities in and around Florence, Alabama.”

A fine example of their work are the not so basic fitted t-shirts.

The tees are crafted out of organic cotton and have beautiful appliques that showcase sublime stitching. These pieces of art aren’t cheap; the more basic variety starts at $240 and creeps up to $450 for the more intricate ones. However for those of us who can’t afford to drop so many benjamins on one garment there are options. Alabama Chanin also sells DIY kits to try your hand at recreating their masterpieces. For $45 you can purchase all of the materials to make your own Chanin shirt. There are a myriad of other DIY kits for sale, such as skirts, tea towels, tablecloths, and even journal covers. I urge you to view the rest of the site, including Natalie’s journal. This is southern craftsmanship at its finest; intricate and decadent yet laid back and completely wearable.
       
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