Your ultimate guide to Magic City Fashion Week Season IV— with insight from a local influencer

🌟 Magic City Fashion Week is BACK!
Denim for days. (Magic City Fashion Week / Facebook)

As we emerge from a world where our fashion was limited to stretchy pants and slippers, we’re excited celebrate The Magic City’s talented designers and fashion culture. After a two-year hiatus, get ready to step inside the world of Magic City Fashion Week, June 9-12, with insight from local fashion and lifestyle influencer, Randall Porter.

How Magic City Fashion Week got its start

Magic City Fashion Week
Randall Porter and Billy Reid circa 2019. (Randall Porter)

Magic City Fashion Week began in 2017 from the mind of Birmingham local, Daniel Grier. The purpose of the week, according to their website, is to cultivate, connect, showcase and provide economic opportunity for the artistic community of Birmingham through fashion.

Focusing on emerging designers, this week emphasizes the importance of individuality and confidence. Over the years, they have gained support from community partners. Some of Season IV’s partners include The Summit, Bib and Tucker’s Sew Op, basic., Forecast Salon and The Pizitz.

A very special partnership is one with Central Alabama Pride, a local group that celebrates the LGBTQ community and supports valuable HIV/AIDS service organizations. Events with Central Alabama Pride have been built into MCFW’s schedule.

Local influencer, Randall Porter, always seem to be frontlines of shaping Birmingham’s culture and fashion scene. On June 9, he’s partnering with local shop owner Billy Reid for a show at the Birmingham Museum of Art for Season IV.

“Magic City Fashion Week since its birth has always been about creativity, inclusivity, visibility and is known for highlighting Birmingham’s fashion culture, due to the founder being a part of LGBTQ community himself. So it only seems natural to partner with Central Alabama Pride this year!”

-Randall Porter, Magic City Fashion Week

What you need to know

Magic City Fashion Week
We’re ready to see the creativity of these runway shows. (Isaac / Magic City Fashion Week)

Want to be informed before Magic City Fashion Week arrives? Here is the schedule of events (including a pre-show event you don’t want to miss).

Pre Show at Saks Fifth Avenue at The Summit

  • Thursday, May 26
  • 6PM-8PM
  • Free to attend—all ages welcome! Register here.
  • This event will feature looks of sustainability, high-end designers and upcycled designs with MCFW designers, Saks In-Store Designers, Tryna B Studios + more.

Day 1

  • Thursday, June 9
  • 5PM-8PM at The Birmingham Museum of Art
  • $75 per day or $125 for a weekend pass
  • Immersive art + fashion experience hosted by basic. and Forecast Salon + Birmingham Museum of Art.
  • Cocktail hour + dance performances by local groups Notinee & Formations Dance Co, and music by DJ Coco
  • Conclude the night with runway shows by designers Sari Drapiér Diana Thomas Rawlings and Billy Reid, a drag show by local queens, basic. and a hair-centric performance from Forecast Salon.
  • Be sure to reserve your seats today.

Day 2

  • Friday, June 10
  • 5PM-9PM at The Birmingham Museum of Art
  • $75 per day or $125 for a weekend pass
  • Splashed by DKG is hosting its 4th annual Emerging Designer Runway Competition, joined by previous winners: Kenya B. and Calechie. The designers will compete for a 10K prize package to further their career.
  • Cocktail hour + community events
  • Plus, catch the newest collection from Splashed by DKG—MCFW’s founder.

Day 3 – Pt. 1

  • Saturday, June 11
  • 12PM-4PM at The Pizitz
  • FREE
  • Celebrate Shop Local Day at The Gallery at The Pizitz with a local makers’ market for its designers and makers.

Day 3 Pt. 2

  • Saturday, June 11
  • 7 PM in Lakeview
  • FREE
  • Join Magic City Fashion Week for a Pride Parade in collaboration with Central Alabama Pride.
  • Make sure to wear clothing that speaks that you’re passionate about in the realm of inclusivity, equality and human rights.

Day 4

  • Sunday, June 12
  • 11AM in Linn Park
  • FREE
  • Join Central Alabama Pride for their Pridefest in Linn Park! Details can be found here.

Attending Magic City Fashion Week this year? Be sure to give us a tag @bhamnow or use #bhamnow.

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