Hot on the heels of Memphis Fashion Weekend, BRIDGES put together a showcase of local designers last Saturday. "Sharing Our World Through Fashion" was both a fund-raiser and a celebration of local talent, including that of Costa Rican native, Yendry Alvord, stylist Andrea Fenise, Eric Evans of Sache, and Jack Sehnert.
While we weren't able to stick around for the whole show, which featured Yendry Alvord's full Spring 2012 Collection, the pre-show offered us a peek at what local designers have been working on.
Emcee Mearl Purvis kicked things off by introducing a sampling of Yendry Alvord's collections, spanning multiple seasons:
Today, my dear coworker and nail polish savant Bianca introduced me to magnetic nail polish.
Contrary to Bianca's hopes, this nail polish does not make your nails magnetic. (Did Bianca figure this out only after painting her nails and trying to pick up metal objects with them?
We'll never tell. Yes.)
What this nail polish does do is create all kinds of cool waves on your fingernails. Behold:
Bianca got her bottle of Magnetic Force at Delia's, but a quick internet search revealed a number of different brands out there, just waiting to bring joy into your sad, non-magnetic life. Enjoy!
Last night was the second and final evening of the first ever Memphis Fashion Weekend.
The evening began with the Spring collection by Annie Griffin, the joint endeavor of native Memphians and sisters, Annie Griffin and Robin Gerber. The two now work out of Atlanta, but their line of lively, feminine casual wear, with bold colors and accessible style, can be found at Oak Hall, Lavish, Isabella, and Therapy (in Oxford, MS.)
Without further ado...
Up next was Billy Reid's Spring collection from his menswear line, available at Oak Hall. Judging by the resounding catcalls, the predominantly female attendees were either won over by the teaser of male models in an otherwise women's wear fashion show, or they were so enthralled by this laid-back, yet sophisticated collection that they could hardly contain themselves. You pick.
After a brief intermission, the show switched gears to a more vintage vibe with What Goes Around Comes Around featuring vintage Chanel. WGACA is an impeccably curated collection of vintage items, as well as a line of custom-made vintage items (clothes that have been recycled and reworked into new pieces.)
And rounding out the evening was a collection of evening wear by Neil Bieff. The shows were arranged in a nice casual-to-couture progression, culminating in this elegant display of rich colors and stunning gowns.
Hats off to Memphis Fashion Weekend and ArtsMemphis for a great weekend! We're already looking forward to MFW 2013.