Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a local fashion show sponsored by the Alabama Fashion Alliance. This was an exciting night, filled with models, fashion, amazing hair styles, and jewelry. First up was the model walk-off competition. Young women wearing basic black outfits strutted up and down the runway with their most serious faces. Next was a local jewelry designer showcasing her recent designs on several models. Then, finally, it was my turn. I was in the dressing room with all my jewelry pieces laid out on a long table for the models to quickly put on before lining up for the runway. I had 14 necklace and earring sets waiting for their debut on the runway. One by one, the models walked out onto the runway, and AJ Bischoff Designs sparkled and shined under the high energy. Each of the designs had its own title. (All photos taken by Alica Bischoff, except where noted.)
Orbital - Flat, round agate beads in creams and browns mixed with mother-of-pearl and Czech glass copper beads.
Birmingham Steel - Gunmetal colored chain with gray agate as concrete, red Czech glass beads as blood and fire, vitrail Czech glass beads as gleaming steel.
Yellowhammer - Brass wire in the form of the yellowhammer, Alabama's state bird, with accents of glass seed beads on the wing. Photo credit - Vic Vergara of Vergara Photography
Gulf Shores - Long necklace with a nautical knot focal made of brass wire, a teal hollow glass bead as the float in a fisherman's net, and Swarovski crystals as sand.
Ombre Breast Cancer set - A Y-necklace made with rose gold-filled chain, and Swarovski crystal pearls in flesh tones.
Breast Cancer Ribbon Necklace set - A three strand, wrap around necklace made of pink freshwater pearls and accents of Swarovski crystal beads.
Little Black Necklace - Also known as my LBN, this set is the perfect accompaniment to the LBD (little black dress).
Mermaid Soiree - Bold statement necklace with lapis daggers, lime freshwater pearls, orange bamboo coral, and pink agate.
Rain Showers - Simple, rustic necklace made of hammered copper with amazonite and faceted quartz beads on leather cord.
Copper Glow - Simple, handmade copper chain with copper colored Czech glass beads and copper size E seed beads. Photo credit - Vic Vergara of Vergara Photography
Blue Ovals - Long silver-plated necklace featuring oval Swarovski crystals in blue (indicolite) and crystal AB.
A Walk on the Beach - V-shaped copper frame necklace with handmade chain featuring faux turquoise, carnelian, and tumbled glass chips as beach glass. Photo credit - Vic Vergara of Vergara Photography
Mykonos - Bold statement necklace featuring Swarovski's latest pendant, the Greek Cross, in a modern interpretation of the Greek Key pattern.
Marsala - An unbelieveable necklace that is 60 inches long featuring Swarovski crystal coin pearls in Bordeaux, crystal bicones, with a hook at both ends so the lady can wear it as she pleases. A multi-way necklace!
After all models returned, they went out for an encore with me at the end of the line. I bowed gracefully, thanking the audience for their loud applause. It was a fun night and one I will surely not forget.
Photo credit - Vic Vergara of Vergara Photography