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Former Project Runway contestant Knight was an integral part of the inaugural South Walton Fashion Week in 2013 and comes back to SWFW this year with an exclusive runway show and as a distinguished judge for the Emerging Designer competition.

We couldn’t be more delighted to feature this organization and founder Laurie Hood as our Animal Issue cover story, and in honor of the great work they are doing, VIE will donate 10 percent of its advertisement sales revenue for this issue to Alaqua Animal Refuge. We hope you also enjoy this little sneak peek of photos of Laurie from our cover shoot at the refuge, taken by Dawn Chapman Whitty!

Summer is in full bloom, and we hope you are able to draw some decor and design ideas from our Home and Garden issue. Take a peek at what’s inside or read the full issue online now!

The Alys Shoppe in beautiful Alys Beach, Florida, is holding its First Anniversary celebration all day today, July 3. Stop by the shoppe for great sales, prizes, snacks, champagne, and more from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The Independence Day event on Saturday, July 5 kicks off with a songwriter showcase with country music star Clint Daniels at 6 p.m. with special guests C.J. Solar, Brent Anderson and Jeff Hyde. Come enjoy the daily Happy Hour Sunset Celebration is at dusk and gather for dinner in the dining room or on the rooftop bar deck with family and friends. Fireworks are at 9 p.m. followed by a rocking performance by Bobby Moore and the Rhythm Aces.

South Walton Fashion Week calls for Emerging Designers to apply today! The 2014 SWFW Emerging Designer will be awarded a cash prize, a custom photo shoot with rights to all images, a spread in VIE, and an exclusive runway show in 2015 South Walton Fashion Week. Applications will be accepted online through September 5.

The second VIE Speaks – Think Out Loud event features Shantell Martin, a line-drawing artist who creates an intricately detailed storyline of rambling faces, creatures, and characters with some wordplay intertwined. She does it all with only a black pen or marker on any white background, occasionally adding color when she collaborates with others. Her world is a canvas. Be inspired as you watch this episode of VIE Speaks!

Alaqua Animal Refuge would like to honor Marisa Milford as the Animal Hero of the Month for June 2014. When you talk to this 13 year old, you would think she has been saving animals all her life, and that’s because she has.

As the popularity of art created using state-of-the-art design, animation, and projection technology grows, the cutting-edge Digital Graffiti festival honors the traditions it set as being the first and the largest outdoor festival of its kind, showcasing digital artists of all kinds as they project their work onto the white walls and unique architecture of Alys Beach.

In just his second resort wear collection as an independent designer, Christian Siriano’s work embodies the essence of the coming season: Bright. Bold. Beautiful.