In the casual interior of downtown’s Café Keough, you find traditional café chairs and a bountiful supply of Lorina French lemonade. And, in this case, it would be rather hard to exclude the uniform-free barista Chalsie Petteway among the restaurant's charming details. Laden with layers of beads, large dangling earrings, and a flowing floral top, Chalsie brings both style and comfort together in an authentic way that matches Cafe Keough's ambience.
Presenting the 2014 selection of emerging designers showing their designs at this year’s Memphis Fashion Week.
“The EMDP is about celebrating local designers and their individuality. Seeing how different each collection is shows how much Memphis has to offer in this area. These designers have worked very hard on their collections and they’ve all been executed beautifully,” says MFW Director Abby Phillips.
Last September, Memphis Fashion Week kicked off the Emerging Memphis Designer Project for the second year offering local designers an opportunity to show their work to a wider audience and possibly launch their fashion career. Out of over 30 submissions, these 15 designers were selected to create looks specifically for Memphis Fashion Week. On Saturday, March 29, these emerging designers will present their custom collection. For most of them, it will be the first time on any runway.
Meet the Designers
Their designs will be featured at this year's Memphis Fashion Week as part of the Emerging Memphis Designer Project.
Memphis Fashion Week is March 27-29. For more details on the designers and all events or to buy tickets, visit www.memphisfashionweekend.com.
Shoot Location: Mural by Guillaume Alby in Overton Square. Special thanks to Loeb Properties. Models: Peyton Couch (AMAX), Rebecca Todd (AMAX), and Jasmine Settle.
As part of Memphis Fashion Week, Indie Memphis will screen fashion-industry-related films in March: Ultra Suede in Search of Halston on March 18, and Bill Cunningham New York on March 25.
The films will be shown at 7 pm at Malco’s Studio on the Square. The ticket price for each film is $7with a special three-film package available for $15. There will be no admission charge for Indie Memphis members or for Fashion Week ticket holders.
I spotted best friends Sumer and Dilyana changing directions as they crossed a downtown street. Sumer's multiple colors and Dilyana's layers of denim were noticeably styled with international influence. Clearly they were tourists unsure of where to go.
They were not tourists, but, in fact, fellow Memphians. With little surprise, though, and to their credit, Sumer turned out to be in the modeling and model management business, and Dilyana a designer who creates impeccable dresses, shoes, and handbags.
Sumer and Dilyana both moved here from exotic places, Egypt and Bulgaria, respectively, but Memphis was the city that introduced them to each other and cultivated their friendship. Below I ask them more about this friendship and their style.