The Gold Standard

For the past three years, the folks at Mobile Fashion Week have been helping local fashionistas look and feel good at the same time. This year, the fundraiser is taking things to the next level with a Little Gold Dress contest. Each designer presenting in Mobile Fashion Week was charged with the task of constructing a unique gold look to be auctioned off online. The shimmery signature hue was chosen to raise awareness about childhood cancers, which are represented by a gold ribbon. All the proceeds from the garments’ sales go to Camp Rap-a-Hope, a local organization that gives kids who have or have had cancer a fun summer camp experience. Go to to grab one of these fanciful frocks for yourself. Let the bidding wars begin!

Owning one of these one-of-a-kind creations is just a click away.

1) “Metallic Strong”
Wear these versatile two-pieces together, or pair the open-back top with jeans and the skirt with a tank for day. Designed by Taylor Yates McDonald,   T. Nicole

2) “Gilded Daisy”
Gold lace gives a classic silhouette a modern, chic touch. It’s the perfect go-to cocktail number.  Designed by isabel Thomas, Isabel Thomas

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3) “The Barbie”
A bold, black sash adds definition to a long, shimmery gown, perfect for a sophisticated soiree. Designed by Kerstin Brown, Aminia

4) “Here Comes the Sun”
This flowy, bohemian-style, with bell sleeves and floral embellishment, is sure to brighten up any day. Designed by Aura DeRoucher.

5) “The Tiffany”
A bow at the waistline in the back tops off an already sweet short and sleeveless look. Designed by Anna Victoria, Anna Victoria.

6) “Midas Touch”
Gold brocades and metallic fabrics make this avant-garde outfit a standout. Designed by Ashley Gunkel

September 22 – 28 • Mobile Fashion Week

Seven days of fun and fashion kick off on Sunday night with a party at the Mobile Arts Council. Attendees get the chance to meet the designers, shop owners and magazine editors participating in Mobile Fashion Week. Enjoy pop-up shops and shows Downtown from Lace Boutique and Ruby Blue Boutique on Monday and Tuesday nights. On Wednesday night, Pure Barre hosts a lifestyle fashion show at Legacy Village. A hair show highlighting top salons from across the Gulf Coast takes center stage on Thursday night as a part of the “Pantene: Beautiful Lengths” program, with a portion of the proceeds from this event going towards the American Cancer Society. The week-long festivities culminate on Friday and Saturday nights, when local, regional and national designers unite to present runway shows with local and regional stores. Saturday also features a kids’ couture event with looks from local children’s and tweens’ shops.
Tickets: $100, for week passes; $20, for one night; $50, limited VIP passes Friday and Saturday nights. Locations vary.

text by Mallory Boykin • photo by Richard McGill

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