After moving from the North Chicago suburbs 8 years ago, Charlisha Renata has quietly made her mark in the Memphis fashion world. Beginning as a model, Charlisha soon found a fascination with the other side of the lens shooting fashion and portrait photography. Her keen eye and innate sense of style then led her to pursue a fashion merchandizing degree from the University of Memphis. She then began Memphis Fashion Group, her PR firm focused on promoting local emerging designers and retailers in the fashion industry locally and globally.
“Memphis fashion isn’t different from other cities. Our talent can be and is as good as New York City designers,” she says. Her list of Memphis talent and designers to watch include Prep Curry, Terial Lee, and Derrick Gooden of Urbandel.
Our conversation continued to reveal her seemingly unending treasure chest of talents — designer of leather-made bracelets, necklaces, and earrings; a collector of vintage fashion because of its impeccable construction; graphic and web designer; and not surprisingly a fashion stylist, particularly of her own shoots. Conveniently, she can pull clothes from her consignment studio to style any shoot. The best news - you can buy her finds through her online shop Couture Pieces Resurrected. [ http://cprfashion.com ]
Dressed in a brushed velvet blazer by a 2013 Memphis Fashion Weekend designer Yoana Baraschi , Charlisha styled this statement piece with vintage items including the distressed denim skirt, multi-colored earrings, and baby blue handbag. Charlisha’s head-to-toe vintage style couldn’t have blended in more naturally to the ’50s-style décor of the Arcade Restaurant, bringing it all full circle as she stood in front of the camera, a model of Memphis’ fashion spirit in every way possible.
Blazer, Yoana Baraschi. Shirt, Pink. Shoes, Betsey Johnson. Skirt, bag, and jewelry; vintage finds.
Shoot Locations - Thanks to Arcade Restaurant and Hoot & Louise.