Mobile Fashion Week Has HEART

Last night, we had the pleasure of attending the grand finale of the 2014 Mobile Fashion Week. While the fashion was stunning {more on that in a bit}, there was an evident show-stopper by the name of Richard McGill Hamilton.  And, this was a close race next to an adorable dog that walked the runway at the end of the show. As the founder of Mobile Fashion Week, Richard is the heart of the event and his love for what Fashion Week represents is down-right infectious.

Mobile Fashion Week is not just about the fashion. It’s about giving back. They brought in all parts and pieces of the fashion world to draw attention to local charities, while of course, celebrating fashion.

Ladies and gentleman, what we have here is a fashion show that makes you feel GOOD!

What Richard and his awesome team have created is something to proudly stand behind. It also doesn’t hurt that the shows are really fun and the clothes…. {we said we’d come back to this}.

From brands such as William Bradley to Harold & Mod and local boutiques like Hourglass, Hemline, Lotus and Private Gallery, you wanted to take home everything you saw. Including the adorable, fluffy dog that walked the runway too.

Needless to say, it was an INCREDIBLE week and last night’s grand finale left us counting down the days until next year.

To Richard: you rock. Seriously ROCK. Thank you for what you do for our local organizations and what you bring to our city. Mobile is lucky to have you.

Check out our photos from last night. And, for all the details on how the money raised is given and to what organizations, visit

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ART Works: The Throwdown

Watch the sparks fly as five area artists compete in a battle of creativity, each producing a new work of art as an audience looks on in the third edition of Mobile Arts Council’s ART Works: The Throwdown. Artists will each be given a box of mystery items to be incorporated into their works, access to a common supply area, and 90 minutes to complete their pieces, which will be sold in a live auction.

After that, it’s real simple. The artist whose piece is sold for the largest amount will be named Throwdown Champion.

The two-time Throwdown Champ Jim Hayward returns in hopes of a three-peat against challengers Chris Cumbie, Rando Dixon, Ameri’ca Jones, and Shelley Smith.

In addition to the competition, the evening features a silent auction of items donated by area artists and organizations, ranging from paintings, photographs, sculpture, and fiber art to tickets for performances and gift baskets. You can see some of them on our ART Works: The Throwdown Facebook page:

While watching the competition and bidding, partygoers can enjoy the music of D.J. Hunter Clark, food provided by Heroes and The Royal Scam, plenty of beer, wine and, of course, MAC’s signature cocktail: “The Red Rooster.”

Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased at Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St.) or one of these outlets: Iberia Bank, Ashland Gallery, B&B Pet Stop, Hemline, and (in Fairhope) Page and Palette or by phone (251-432-9796)

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Dedicated to all the things that make you say, “That’s SO Mobile.”  We are excited to launch this blog, a first-hand experience of Mobile straight from the people who know it best, the locals.

From behind-the-scenes at local events to the flavors that go into some of the tastiest dishes around, this blog is all about the Mobile experience.

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Events You Can’t Miss


From bird watching to catwalks, the upcoming weeks have you covered on events and things to do in the bay area.

Jerusalem IMAX® Film –  Now until April 4, 2015

This National Geographic film is REALLY cool and debuts alongside Voices of Jerusalem and Cultural Artifacts from the Holy Land.

Mobile Fashion Week – Sept. 21-27, 2014

Fashion Week brings every factor of Mobile’s fashion industry together to support a local charity, from models to designers and from make-up artists to hairstylists.

Bragg – Mitchell Mansion presents: “Vintage Inspiration: The Brides of Downton Abbey”

Spend time at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion on September 23 for a morning coffee or afternoon tea to enjoy the wit and wisdom of Amazon bestselling author and former Vogue magazine associate editor, Cornelia Powell. Ms. Powell will combine behind-the-scenes stories of the Downton Abbey designers with stories of wedding folklore, tiara legends and intriguing bits of fashion history.

Annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest – Oct. 1-4, 2014

Experience nature at its finest with guided birding tours along the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail.

Annual Taste of the Bayou – Oct. 4, 2014

Dozens of chefs from around the Gulf Coast face off to see who can prepare the best seafood dishes around using the freshest ingredients harvested in our own backyard . . . the Gulf of Mexico.  Kay Robertson, the star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, will be the celebrity guest speaker.

 BayFest 20th Anniversary – Oct. 3-5, 2014

Three days of nationally-recognized and local Rock, Country, Jazz, R&B and Gospel acts performing on multiple stages.  Downtown Mobile.

Eastern Shore Art Center – Grand Festival of Art – Oct. 4-5, 2014

Over 100 artists exhibiting in beautiful downtown Fairhope, Alabama.  Sat./Sun. 10am – 5pm.  (251) 928-2228.