But Sally Ann’s winter fashion show will keep you warmBy Franken Dilfer Horshine
When you first meet Sally Ann you know she’s something different, and in a good way. It’s amazing how by just looking at someone’s style you can tell it’s completely original.
For Sally, anything that you think would not work, works. She has a knack for piecing things together and making it look great and effortless. For today it’s pink skinny jeans, a knit top, cowboy boots and a scarf, and somehow it all looks great on her.
The 27-year-old Michigan native made her way down south almost three years ago with plans of broadening her line of accessories and furthering her career as a designer.
“My sister Rachel was stationed at Fort Gordon with the Navy,” Sally explains. “She offered me a place to stay for free, so my plans were to have a more focused approach at working for myself, with no pressure of having another job.” It didn’t take long for Sally to pack up a U-Haul and drive around 1,000 miles to her new home. Turns out, for an up and coming small business owner, Michigan wasn’t the place to be.
“I wasn’t successfully selling things on a local level, it was all online. I thought by moving south I could meet new people, try out new things and branch into the local scene,” she says. “And just look for more creative people. I didn’t know any other artists in my city. And honestly, I just wanted to move.” In a little over a year, Sally has had three successful shows in Augusta: two runway fashion shows and an art show for the month of June at Gaartdensity which featured more than 30 embroidered pieces of art.
Her third show is coming up this Saturday night at Sky City.
“I think the biggest difference with my new show is the presentation. It’s a little more mature than the other two lines, more sophisticated,” she says. “And this show is definitely bigger, more feminine. Also, this line reflects more of my personal style than the last two lines have. I think I’m quite proud of this collection.
“And there’s men!” Sally adds, with a big smile, “A few small pieces.”
Though lingerie is her recent specialty, Sally Ann has made many changes since its start back in Michigan five years ago.
“Five years ago it finally came together as a brand,” she says. “I became focused on sewing and designing eco-friendly accessories. It wasn’t until I moved south that I finally branched into clothing.”
If you go to Sally’s website you can purchase handbags, sunglass cases cassette wallets, just to name a few items. With success making accessories, why move into the world of lingerie?
“I was out thrifting one day buying some lingerie for myself and found one that wasn’t my size,” she explains. “So I thought, I should start sewing these. It seemed like something fun and playful I could do, and it turns out that it has totally changed the way I sew.”
As you could of guessed, Sally isn’t quick to describe herself, or put herself in one box.
“I see myself as passionate, impulsive and hard working,” she says. And others? “I hope people see me the way I see myself.”
With the show only a few days away, Sally is anxious and excited to show the CSRA what she has created, but like any other artist, as soon as one project is done, another is created. So what’s next?
“I don’t know, but I think I’ll know by Monday,” she says with a smile. “There’s no doubt I will be on a new mission by Monday. Possibly more menswear.”
Don’t miss out on this one of a kind show that will not only feature women and men’s fashion from Sally Ann, but other local artists as well. Lauren King and Kendra Fryer, from Perry and Company, will do hair and makeup, along with Anastasia Baker of Sephora. Jewelry will be by Sarah Craig of Cribbledy Goodness. Before and after the show there will be music from DJ Codec. Sally Ann’s Winter Fashion Show Sky City Saturday, December 8 Doors, 8 p.m.; show, 10 p.m. | $5 skycityaugusta.com |sallyannk.com Franken Dilfer Horshine is the pen name for Matt Stone, which is the fake radio name for a local radio personality, who is played by the roommate of Sally Ann. You Might Also Like: