Fashion Week and Food Trucks

This past week was Birmingham Fashion Week, so there were events all week leading up to the three nights of fashion shows Thursday-Saturday. Since my friends and I want to make the most of our time here in Birmingham, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go to one of the shows. We chose to go to the show on Friday night since the headlining designer was Anthony Ryan, winner of season 2 of Project Runway All Stars. Check out the whole week’s schedule here.

The show started at 7 p.m. so we got there around 6:30 p.m. to claim our spots. The show, naturally, started fashionably late. There was a competition throughout fashion week for emerging designers, so eight college-aged and post-grad designers kicked off the show. Some showed true talent but others looked cheap or tacky. They were followed by 15 rising design stars from high school and younger that designed outfits from non-clothing materials such as mardi gras beads or bubble wrap. These were actually pretty fun to see.

After the emerging designers, some local boutiques modeled their fashions. We weren’t crazy about this because we came to see fashion designs, not things that we can go shopping for tomorrow. The next featured designer, Annie Griffin, was similar to this. Her line was resort casual, but many of the fabrics were the same and just repurposed for different styles. There was nothing new or unique to her designs.

Now, onto the designers with Project Runway ties. Joshua McKinley was on Project Runway: All Stars season two, as well, and was a featured designer of the night. His line was a men’s line but it was a little over-the-top for our taste. The designs were garishly colored and the shorts were way too short to look classy. But his models had a lot of personality and spunk and I loved the funkiness of the music choices. Next up was Anthony Ryan, the headlining designer. I really liked his line. It was classy and clean but still stayed true to the high fashion look. He definitely made the show worth going to. After the show, we hit up the after-party sponsored by Avondale Brewery, a local Birmingham brewery.

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Top: Anthony Ryan’s line. Bottom left: Kelsey, Erin and I. Bottom right: Joshua McKinley walks after his line.

Overall, it was a fun night and I was glad we went. However, being the foodie I am, the best part of the night was when I finally got to try one of Birmingham’s food trucks! We didn’t have time for dinner before the show, so by time we got to Avondale I was starving. It’s my goal to try all the food trucks here so I follow them all on Twitter. For once, our location matched up with one: Spoonfed Grill. It was right across the street from Avondale so Erin and I sprinted across the street (in the snow, mind you) to the welcoming smell of delicious food. The best way I can describe Spoonfed’s food is fusion Southern. I ordered the pork loin sandwich with caramel apple slaw and peanut sauce. I still can’t figure out how food trucks have such good food, but this sandwich was so delicious. The pork had a great marinated taste and I would eat that slaw every day if I could. The guy working the truck also told us about the Street Food Rally happening on March 10, where about 10 of Birmingham’s food trucks will be represented. The event is from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Pepper Place and tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. I will definitely be going! Buy your tickets here.

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