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Fabushoe Friday: Shoes with Flair on the Square

Womens Crystal Jeweled Sandal by Martinez Valero (originally $178, on sale for $79)
Womens Crystal Jeweled Sandal by Martinez Valero (originally $178, on sale for $79) (click to enlarge)

Bras with Flair on the Square is only two weeks away! I’m getting super excited!

Amy Kirchen with ALK Fashion and I worked together to design my dress that I’ll be wearing to emcee the event. I sent her a picture of this dress for inspiration, and a few different necklines I liked better than the one shoulder. What she created was a masterpiece. It fits like a dream!

I got to wear it yesterday for the first time when I went on Fox19 to promote Bras with Flair by doing a sneak peek of the fashion show. With my new dress, I wore the new Martinez Valero jeweled sandals I got at Cincy Designer Shoes‘ Closing sale a couple weeks ago.

My ALK Fashion dress for Bras with Flair!
My ALK Fashion dress for Bras with Flair! (click to enlarge)

By the way, if you’re wondering about the houndstooth toes, I explain them in this blog post. I love them! But I can’t wear any brown with them, so I’m going to be kind of excited to wear all my fall colors when I get them taken off… it’s going to be a while though! The nail tech said they’ll last up to six weeks!

But I digress… The dress and shoe ensemble is amazing. I can’t wait to wear it on Oct. 1 to support Susan G. Komen and breast cancer awareness with a fabulous fashion show on Fountain Square. Click here to buy your tickets (only $15 each and it includes a reusable tote bag filled with lots of great swag). 100% of proceeds go to Komen.

We’ll also recognize breast cancer survivors who you nominated and voted for at the conclusion of the show, and one lucky survivor will get a complete pamper package valued at several thousand dollars. Cincy Chic and Locals on Living narrowed it down to the top five, and even though they’re all deserving, we need you to click here to vote on who you want to win the pamper package!

To view the sneak peek I did yesterday on Fox19, click on the play button below!

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Sneak Peek of ALK’s BWF Fashion Show

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Sneak Peek of new ALK Fashion line to be released with the Oct. 1 Bras with Flair event (click to enlarge)

As part of our Bras with Flair on the Square event Oct. 1, we’re doing a fashion show on Fountain Square.

There will be two parts of the show… a high-end fashion show featuring ALK Fashion, and then a survivor fashion show featuring Serket Jewelry.

I’m super excited because Amy Kirchen, the designer for ALK is going to custom make a dress for me to wear at this event. I just got fitted for it on Monday!

I sent her a picture of this dress for inspiration. I sent her a few other fun necklines too. But I do want the dress pink because it’s a breast cancer fundraiser, and I want everyone to “think pink” for this event! I can’t wait to see the final product!

The photo to the right is a sneak peek of ALK’s new line that will be released with the Bras with Flair show. I couldn’t pull off this plunging neck line, but I know a lot of women who could! And look at that strong shoulder! Reminds me of an 80s power suit. This dress just has the perfect balance of sexy and strength.

Click here to see a photo I snapped of a few sketches Amy brought to our Bras with Flair fashion show meeting. As you can see, ALK’s new line will feature a lot of bold black pieces. I’m kind of excited that black is the “new black.” I love how glamorous, timeless and classy the color black is!

Can’t wait to see the rest of the line on Oct. 1! Click here to buy tickets to the show!

And remember, tomorrow is your last chance to nominate yourself if you’re a breast cancer survivor in need of some pampering! Cincy Chic and Locals on Living will be recognizing survivors at our Bras with Flair on the Square event, and will be giving a pamper/shopping package to one lucky survivor! But tomorrow is the deadline for submissions! I’ll keep you posted on the finalists and how you can vote!

Say Yes to the ALK Fashion Dress

ALK Fashion designer and founder, Amy Kirchen (left), and my friend Sara Celi

Without the perfect body, it’s tough to find the perfect fit.

So, since my prayers haven’t been answered to be a few inches taller yet, I was getting used to getting my dresses hemmed. That is, until I heard about ALK Fashion.

The designer, Amy Kirchen, is a local gal with a passion for fashion. About a year ago, she decided she wanted to make her own custom designs. And she specializes in cocktail dresses and formal wear. So, when you need to look good for a special occasion, she’ll custom make a dress perfect for you.

I know what you’re thinking… you hear the word “custom” and you think “expensive.” Not true with ALK Fashion. It’s actually really affordable in my opinion.

Most of her cocktail dresses go for a little more than $100. You’d spend that at any department store, and much more than that at some local boutiques and high-end stores like Nordstrom and Saks.

I don’t know how Amy does it, making these affordable custom dresses. I should probably tell her to raise her prices – that is, after I buy MY dress. : ) My friend Sara just got a dress made for her (to celebrate keeping off 35 lbs for 2 years YAY!), and she had a really good experience. Read all about it here.

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ALK Fashion at Red, Pink and Blue Fashion Show on June 25 (click to enlarge)

ALK did our Red, Pink and Blue fashion show at the end of June… above is a picture of all her latest designs. (click here for all the pics from the show)

I love all the bright colors! We just did a fashion show with Cala Ossidiana last night, and she had some of the same bright colors. *light bulb over head* I think I spot a trend! : ) I’ll be posting pics of the Cala Ossidiana show next week when I get the pics back from the photog. Have a great weekend!

CFW Spotlight: ALK Fashion

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Me with Nathan Hurst, CFW Founder & Designer. Photo Credit: The Style Sample

Well, Cincinnati Fashion Week officially kicked off in style! On Tuesday, I went to the CFW Designer Meet and Greet night at FBs downtown on Sixth St.

I was so disappointed because I worked late and didn’t get to stop home and change before going to the party. Normally I wouldn’t care. But I was wearing boring work-wear, which looked especially boring next to everyone’s fabulously fashion forward outfits at the event. Ugh, oh well.

I was so proud of Cincinnati as I looked around the room. It was like I stepped into another dimension at that party. Toto, I don’t think we’re in Cincinnati anymore… Seriously, everyone was dressed to the nines, taking fashion risks (except for me, grrr) and meeting people outside their usual social networks. Hey, you didn’t know who you’d run into there! You could be meeting the next Diane Von Furstenberg! That room was full of all the things people say Cincinnati isn’t capable of. But we did it. And everyone there learned that the Queen City is good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like us! haha! : )

I didn’t get to do much meeting and greeting at the event unfortunately. I couldn’t tell who the designers were. But I did get into some interesting conversations with people. One of which asked me who I was most excited to see at Friday’s Fashion Week Finale.

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ALK Fashion

I all the sudden understood how men get so passionate about their sports talk. I completely unloaded on this girl, John Madden style: “Well, I feel like the crowd favorite is David Meister. He’s got a good offense with his evening gown line – the bold jewel tones were a nice play there – and he’s scoring some major points with those one shoulder cocktail dresses. But I’m going with our hometown hero, Amy Kirchen, rookie designer of the new Cincinnati-based ALK Fashion. Her post-world war designs are a huge touchtown with the emerging military trend, but she runs it down the field with romance and wearability I haven’t seen elsewhere. She’d be my first draft pick given the choice.”

It was an out-of-body experience.

Naturally, I didn’t REALLY say all of that. I just said “David’s everyone’s favorite because he’s the headliner, but I’m more excited to see all the Cincinnati talent, especially ALK Fashion.”

I got the opportunity to meet Kirchen a little more than a year ago. She told me she wanted to start her own business, and she picked my brain (not sure she found much) because I had started Cincy Chic a couple years prior. She wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. At the time, she wanted to do something that incorporated makeup, modeling and design. But we caught up for coffee a few months later and she decided to just do the fashion line.

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Amy Kirchen, the designer behind ALK Fashion

And since then, she’s worked like a mad woman coming up with her company’s name, website, and all the designs in her first-ever line which will be unveiled at CFW. Oh, and by the way, she also just got married and had a beautiful baby girl. Talk about a super woman.

On a personal and professional level, I’m very excited to see this talented young woman blossom. She is one to keep your eye on for sure.

I hope you’ve purchased your ticket to CFW’s Finale. It will be epic to see Cincinnati’s own Kirchen, as well as all the other designers who’ve come from all over the world, showcase their new designs on the catwalk this Friday. Congrats to all the organizers for planning it, all the designers for participating in it, and to Cincinnati for supporting it.