Spring has sprung, and with the warming weather comes a new mantra, “If the sun’s out, I’m out.” With this month’s A Man About Town: Ask Randall questions, we’re ready to embrace this season and uncover the latest in fashion trends, events, and more.

Q: Hey Randall! If Spring/Summer 2024 were a cocktail, what would be its signature color and style?

Styled in Allen Edmonds at the Summit Birmingham (Lex Soul/Contributed)

A: How about a Sour Cherry Negroni? It’s the perfect mix of sweet, sour, and bitter with a lovely deep red hue and the most delicious garnish—a cocktail pick skewered with cherries, of course. You can find the recipe here. Now, let’s talk about Spring/Summer 2024 color trends which are like the essential ingredients for our warmer-month wardrobes. The runway’s color trends guide our wardrobe choices, urging us to embrace classics like crisp white, black, and burgundy while relegating outdated colors to the background. This season, both heritage labels and emerging designers champion the return to basics, focusing on traditional hues within primary or secondary color families.

Burgundy, barely-there yellow, earth tones, crisp white, and classic black dominate, offering versatile options for everyday wear. Among them, my personal favorite is burgundy, evident in my wardrobe through pieces like my Newman Penny Loafers by Allen Edmonds. Unlike its bolder counterparts, burgundy emerges as a sophisticated alternative, complementing darker shades like chocolate brown and olive green effortlessly. This mature hue featured prominently on the Spring/Summer 2024 runways, embraced by renowned brands such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Hermès.

If you’re considering adding burgundy to your attire, start with accessories. This approach allows experimentation without committing entirely to the color trend.

Q: Hey Randall! I want to know where all the fun is this month. What awesome events should we be hitting up?

Fit By its111brand (Lex Soul/Contributed)

A: Get ready to inject some excitement into your social life! This month is buzzing with fantastic chances to meet new people and mingle with those who share your interests. From elegant charity galas to exclusive pre-Magic City Fashion Week shopping extravaganzas and vibrant artist collaboration events in Birmingham, there’s something for everyone.

Big Apple Gala

April 25 at 6:00 PM

Join the First Light Shelter for a night of glitz and glam at the Big Apple Gala! Think NYC vibes, scrumptious bites, and mingling with awesome folks, all while supporting a great cause. Dress to impress and snag your tickets here.

Rest in Plastic: The Kick-Off Part I

April 27, 2024, at 4 PM

Get ready for a mind-blowing event presented by MCFW Inc. It’s all about sustainability in fashion and making a positive impact on our planet. With exclusive fashion showcases, presentations, and networking opportunities, this is the place to be. Secure your spot here.

Art After Dark

April 26, 2024, at 7 PM

Step into a world of creativity at Pizitz Food Hall’s Art After Dark! Featuring stunning art by Lex Soul and cutting-edge fashion by its111brand, it’s an evening you won’t forget. Dive into the details here.

Get ready to have a blast while expanding your horizons. See you there!

Pretty Woman: The Musical
April 30 – May 5, 7:30 PM
Get ready to be swept off your feet by this iconic story brought to life on the BJCC stage! With an original score by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance and a heartwarming tale, it’s a must-see. Snatch your tickets here and let the magic unfold!

Q: Hey Randall! Are any cool new spots shaking up the scene in Birmingham?

Outside of Grounds Bhm (Lex Soul/Contributed)

A: Get ready to dive into the freshest vibes hitting our city! Whether you’re craving culinary delights, cultural experiences, or thrilling adventures, Birmingham’s got you covered. Picture yourself indulging in mouthwatering dishes and craft cocktails at the hottest eateries and bars in town. Then, venture into the world of art, fashion, and wellness with the arrival of cutting-edge galleries, boutique shops, and wellness studios, each offering a unique slice of excitement. And for those seeking an adrenaline rush, keep your eyes peeled for the latest entertainment spots and outdoor havens where the fun never stops.

Here’s my hot list of places to check out:

As the sun shines brighter and the days grow longer, let’s embark on a journey of discovery and fun. Whether you’re upgrading your wardrobe, filling your social calendar, or simply exploring new horizons, do it with flair, finesse, and a sprinkle of curiosity. Until next time, stay adventurous, stay curious, and keep making Birmingham your playground!