Tuesday, April 17, 2012

BRIDGES Fashion Show 2012

Posted by on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 10:01 AM

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:

Yendry Alvord
  • Yendry Alvord

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Magnetic Nail Polish!?

Posted by on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Today, my dear coworker and nail polish savant Bianca introduced me to magnetic nail polish.

The future is now.
  • The future is now.

Am I the only one who was not aware of such a thing? How long have you all been using this eighth wonder of the world behind my back?

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:

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Here's how it works: First, you paint one nail with the polish.
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Then, as quickly as possible, you hold the magnet (built into the top of the bottle) directly over the nail for 15 seconds.
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And, voila! Science is magic.

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!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Catwalking in Memphis: Saturday of Memphis Fashion Weekend

Posted by on Sun, Apr 1, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Last night was the second and final evening of the first ever Memphis Fashion Weekend.

Upstairs at A. Schwab
The newly refurbished top floor of A. Schwab become a rustic runway and showcase for collections by Annie Griffin, Billy Reid, What Goes Around Comes Around with vintage Chanel, and Neil Bieff.

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...

Annie Griffin
Annie Griffin
Annie Griffin
Annie Griffin
Annie Griffin
Annie Griffins Spring 2012 Collection

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.

Billy Reid
Billy Reid
Billy Reid
Billy Reid

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.)

What Goes Around Comes Around
What Goes Around Comes Around
What Goes Around Comes Around
What Goes Around Comes Around
What Goes Around Comes Around Spring 2012 Collection
  • Hannah Sayle
  • What Goes Around Comes Around Spring 2012 Collection

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.

Neil Bieff
Neil Bieff
Neil Bieff
Neil Bieff

Hats off to Memphis Fashion Weekend and ArtsMemphis for a great weekend! We're already looking forward to MFW 2013.

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