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Designer Mychael Knight to Show at South Walton Fashion Week

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.

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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!


This year, VIE is giving away TWO PAIRS of tickets to the Digital Graffiti Curator’s Tour, which takes place Thursday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m.! Find out how to win.


The event, “Dancing with Desire,” will be on stage at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville on Thursday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. The performance is presented by Fred Astaire Dance Studio-Fort Walton Beach, whose owner Luann Pulliam and Manager Joe Trovato are both local residents and professional dancers.


The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by our featured speaker, renowned British visual artist Shantell Martin, whose work has been seen locally at Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach and the 30A Songwriters Festival, and has also been featured in numerous art galleries, shows, and magazines across the globe.