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Fashion’s Night Out in Baltimore!

22 Aug

This year Baltimore’s Fashion Night has a new location and a new outlook for all the lovers of fashion in Charm City.

First, let’s start by revealing the new location . . . at Power Plant Live!

Next, it will occur on Thursday, September 6  between 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Most of all, there will be a fashion show at 8 p.m. featuring fall’s hottest trends.

More information about the fashion show below.

Before the big fashion show, be sure to check out local vendors like:

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Career Day with Baltimore Fashion Alliance on April 23 (2012)

11 Apr

Want to start a career in fashion? Looking for a job?

On Monday, April 23, join the Baltimore Fashion Alliance at Intercontinental Court Hotel for “Career Day” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  

You will be able to meet local fashion industry professionals. They will share their experiences in their career and explain career options.

There is a suggested $10 admission fee.

Career Day panelists include: 

Debbie Phelps – Phelps Design and Development

Phil Spector – Fashions Unlimited

Noreen Naroo – Apparel Design at Under Armour

Lee Andersen – Andersen-Becker

Heidi Slacum – Fresh! Boutique

Beverly Hill – Personal Stylist at Nordstrom

Theresa Ketchum – Product Development at 180′s

Paul James Torres – James & James Apparel

Francis James DeSantis Jr. – James & James Apparel

Moderated by Stephanie Bradshaw of Bradshaw Styling.

 

What’s Happening? 

 6-7 pm Networking and cocktails

7-8 pm Panel discussion on careers available in the industry today

8 pm Q&A session

9 pm Closing of the event

 

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Baltimore Fashion Alliance Holiday Party!

5 Dec

It’s Baltimore Fashion Alliance’s last event of 2011 . . . time for the BFA Holiday Party!

On Thursday, December 15, the Baltimore Fashion Alliance will have their second annual HOLIDAY PARTY from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at InterContinental Harbor Court Baltimore located 550 Light Street.

(Photo from 2010 BFA Holiday Party).

The event will take place in the Hamptons Ballroom at the Intercontinental Harbor Court Hotel. Music for the evening is provided by Shiloh on piano and Absolute Entertainment playing your favorite songs.

Remember to dress festive! Come prepared to shop our silent auction and to network with others.

Baltimore Fashion Alliance will be collecting clothes for the Attire 4 Hire program, please bring donations of gently worn business attire.  This is a free event with a cash bar.

Baltimore Fashion Alliance Presents HAUTE COUTURE (2011)

7 Nov

Are you ready for some Baltimore Haute Couture?  On Monday, November 14 the Baltimore Fashion Alliance will present HAUTE COUTUE from 7:00 p.m to 9:30 p.m. at The Pier 5 Hotel located at 711 Eastern Avenue.

What will happen? 

6 p.m. to  7 p.m.  VIP Reception including Exclusive Meet & Greet with Designers, Preview Design Process Video and Haute Couture Gowns

7 p.m. to  8:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception/Cash Bar; Educational Presentation and Runway Extravaganza

8:30 p.m. to  9:30 p.m. Networking, Glamour Shots with Professional Makeup Artists and Photographers

How much it cost?

$50 VIP Ticket includes Valet Parking; 1 Beverage Ticket and Specials listed above

$20 in advance

$25 at door

$10 for Students with ID

To purchase tickets go to hautecoutrebaltimore.eventbrite.com.

First Ever Baltimore Fashion’s Night Out Sept. 8!

6 Sep

Fashion’s Night Out started in 2009 as a New York City event to boost the fashion industry economy during the recession.

When Fashion Night Out expanded from one city to worldwide, I was waiting for the day that my hometown of Baltimore would plan one.

Thank goodness for the Baltimore Fashion Alliance because Baltimore’s first Fashion’s Night is happening on Thursday, September 8 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.  at the Intercontinental Harbor Court Hotel located at 550 Light Street. 

At the hotel there will be 40 of Baltimore’s best fashion designers, fashion manufacturers and more on display. Music for the party will be provided by DJ Ken Rochon from the Good Fellas of Baltimore TV show.

The Bench will make an appearance with fashion photographer Tobechi Tobechukwu. He will will do a fashion shoot with all interested attendees on the bench for 90 minutes during Fashion Night Out.

Your ten dollar donation will go towards supporting The Bench That Gives Apprenticeship.

You will have the opportunity to receive a glossy photo and the opportunity to order additional prints or high res images from Tobechi Studios. “Models” can do an individual or group photo shoot.

All the vendors participating include:

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Chic Alert: Be a Apart of the Baltimore Fashion Alliance

27 Jul

Baltimore Fashion Alliance is an amazing organization for fashion industry professionals in Baltimore that focuses on giving back to our community and providing networking opportunities/events.

This wonderful organization is responsible for creating the first ever FASHION NIGHT OUT in Baltimore that will occur on Thursday, September 8 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

If you want to be a part of planning this historical Baltimore event, the next planning meeting is August 1st at 7pm at the InterContinental Harbor Court Baltimore

(Graphic from Baltimore Fashion Alliance).

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Join Baltimore Fashion Alliance for Laws of Fashion Seminar- The Devil is in the Details.

It will take place at the InterContinental Harbor Court Baltimore located at 550 Light Street.

Attorney at law, Kimberly Neal will share the five Do’s and Don’t’s for business contracts in order to avoid getting into a legal mess. She will expose specific terms and conditions that will help or hurt your fashion business.

Of course, there will be summer cocktails and light appetizers. A great networking and educational event if you are thinking about starting a fashion business or already have a fashion business in Baltimore.


Let Out Your Inner Silk Goddess

19 Jan

When the sun is blazing and the temperatures are hot enough to wear a bikini top outside, the request of taking off from work becomes a trend. The need to travel –whether it’s going to the grocery store or to the tropical land of Brazil — is a part of our lives.

Michelle Murphy has had her traveling shoes on since she was two years old. She has lived in the Carribean, Oklahoma, Texas, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.  Murphy spent most of her time in the Big Apple working on an Associate Degree in Fine Arts and establishing her fashion business. Through all her travels, she discovered her passion for hand dyed silks.

(Photo from Michelle Murphy).

“I designed hand dyed silk neckties for 15 year,” Murphy said. “Eventually, I followed my desire to turn that silk into something that I wanted to wear. My silk dresses feel good on your skin and the body responds to that and it gives the woman wearing them pleasure. If you feel good, you look good. It is delightful to be part of the magic that transforms a woman from being slightly uncomfortable in her own skin into a prancing, sexy, bad-ass goddess of cool.”

Murphy’s love for dressing up people and making them feel ultra confident has transformed into her fashion line with a unique name, Barbarianhead.

Barbarianhead presented at Artscape 2010 (Photo from Michelle Murphy).

“I came across a vegetable peeler in Thailand that I loved and it had an orange plastic handle imprinted with the word BARBARIANHEAD,” Murphy said. “TI thought about the Thai people translating the image and coming up with that term. The blunt and direct description of the image made me laugh. I liked it. It suits my personality, my philosophy, and my particular style in a number of ways.”

(Photo from Michelle Murphy).

Two years ago, the Barbarianhead designer moved back to her hometown of Maryland with her four-year old daughter, Marina Belle. Murphy’s silk dresses have been showcased in many Maryland fashion shows such as Fresh! Boutique, Drive 2 Thrive, and Maryland Academy Couture Arts. Also, she enrolled in one of Maryland’s fashion institution to work on her designing.

At the Fresh! Boutique Bling Fashion Show (Photo from Michelle Murphy).

“I have only been sewing for a few years and I was self taught,” Murphy said. “I took the classes at MACA (Maryland Academy of Couture Arts), and experienced a shift from my hands on method to a more cerebral approach. The attention to detail and patience required to do custom tailored clothing is incredibly difficult for an intuitive monkey like me. I can’t wing it! Our instructor, Ella Pritsker, is gentle but absolutely firm in her demand for quality work.”

(Photo from Michelle Murphy).

As Murphy continues to work on improving her fashion design skills, she is working on art pieces like silk textiles. Her artwork will be on display in January and in February at a library in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania. In March, she will participate in another Maryland Academy of Couture Arts featuring prom and bridal looks.

When she isn’t designing garments, the Barbarianhead designer is attending Baltimore Fashion Alliance meeting and events as a founding member and the Artistic Director.

(Photo from Michelle Murphy).

“The Baltimore Fashion Alliance is full of really motivated and inspiring people,” Murphy said. “I was lucky enough to get involved in the early stages and I really enjoy being there as it grows. It gives me an outlet for my desire to be connected with a like-minded group. I am reestablishing myself here and the BFA has been great for networking. Our aim is to connect the people who are involved in the fashion industry here in Baltimore. As we link together, we can provide a source of information where local designers can find the education and resources they need.”

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