Now that it's spring, and actually feels like spring, my shoulders and legs reunite with the sun, and my all-black wardrobe gets injected with a few brightly colored tops, floral fabric heels, and bold geometric accessories.
Investing in key pieces to add to my wardrobe is a long, thoughtful process that usually involves discovering new local designers and boutiques that offer custom handmade items or limited collections. In a city like Memphis that breeds entrepreneurship, those indie designers and boutiques are emerging more and more. Finding them is the hard part, so here are some feature items from up and coming designers and my favorite local boutiques.
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This Memphis location marks the 50th store for the company, which opened its first in Dallas in 2006. The younger sister of the preppy color splash that is J. Crew, Madewell is more subdued, a little more casual, and a lot more pared down.
There are pops of color, to be sure, but denim is the dominant hue of this chic store modeled after its 1937 manufacturing namesake. Chambray, dark wash, distressed: The denim bar features every cut and color you can imagine, and for an $8 fee, any pair can be sent off to be hemmed by the nearby Webb's Tailor Shop.
Madewell, The Shops of Saddle Creek, 7509 Poplar Ave., 309-4759, www.madewell.com
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Last Saturday's condom-themed fundraiser for CHOICES was the place to be for tasty nibbles, cheeky cocktails (prophylactic punch, anyone?), and, of course, outfits made out of rubbers.
Participating local designers included: Kong Wee Pang, Rebecca Belz, Brittney Boyd, Dominic Wolfe, Kitty Devaney, Nick Bursoni, Clara Siegler, Amie Eoff, Ashley Whitten Kopera, Robin Owens, Janice Benning Lacek, Jordan Silvia, Heather Robbins, Mitch Baker of Theatre Memphis, and Bruce Bui of Ballet Memphis.
For more of the dresses and jewelry that lit up Playhouse on the Square, check out our video:
Salutations, stylites! Welcome to 2013!
We hope you're all starting off the new year in style (of course you are.) We'd like to highlight one lucky lady who will have a head start on a new look for 2013: Wendy Mink, the winner of our $1,000 gift certificate to Laurelwood Shopping Center.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our sweepstakes! We're looking forward to a year of more prizes and more style and way fewer drop crotch pants.
Click here to enter! We'll draw a winner on December 20th. Best of luck!
Last night's Strut!Memphis event, an annual benefit to raise money for the Community Legal Center, was the place to see and be seen. Between the runway full of Laurelwood's finest fashions and the stylish attendees, we found plenty of photo-worthy outfits. Check out the slideshow for a taste of the evening's display.
If you've ever thought about designing your own clothes, Memphis Fashion Weekend is here to make that passing thought into a fledgling design into a runway reality. The Emerging Memphis Designer Project is new to the Memphis Fashion Weekend festivities in March, and we sat down with organizer Abby Elzemeyer Phillips to find out the details.
We got a lot of submissions last year from local designers who either had full collections but weren't the current season, or didn't have full collections and therefore couldn't show on their own. This was a way to bring all of the designers in Memphis together to create new Spring/Summer 2013 looks without having to create a whole new collection — because that's time consuming, it's costly, and it's hard to do if you're not a full-time designer or you're just starting out.
So how does the process of selecting designers work?
We have an application process and the designers will submit sketches for Spring/Summer 2013 looks. We have given them a color forecast. For Spring/Summer 2013 there are four different color forecasts that showcase the different trends for the coming season and we picked the one called "Clarity." It has a lot of beautiful pastels and also has some rich plums and greys. We're asking that designers stick with this color palette so that when they all go down the runway together they'll still look like a somewhat complete collection.
So you're hoping to get multiple designers involved in one collection?
We're hoping to have 25 looks walk the runway. Each designer can submit up to five looks. We may have five designers with all five looks, or 25 designers with one look each. We're just not sure what that breakdown is going to be yet.
What does the application itself entail?
What we're requiring is a sketch and for people to fill out the application. We've said that if people want to submit a mood board to help us understand their creative thought process that would be helpful, but it's definitely not necessary. So many people are creating mood boards on Pinterest that creating a mood board is much easier than it used to be.
The application is really a chance for us to see the designer's background, find out whether they've done anything like this before — which they do not have to have done anything like this before. We're totally open to people going, 'Oh, I've always wanted to do that, let's see if I can.'
What sort of resources will be available to these emerging designers?
Each designer gets $40 per look, which isn't a ton, we know, but at least we can give them a starting point. Sew Memphis is one of our sponsors of this event and they are going to be giving time slots for the Emerging Memphis Designer Project to come and use their sewing machines. They'll also be giving one class to the designers to kind of give an overview of how to use the machines and the idea of patterns. If all they've done are sketches, and they haven't brought them to life yet, they'll get a better idea of how to do that.
Another one of our sponsors is the Memphis Fashion Group, Charlisha Renata, and she'll be there to help designers with the business side of things. She'll be mentoring the designers that are chosen, helping them figure out what is their aesthetic, how to stay true to that, and helping them with the business side of fashion.
What's in store for the designers after the Memphis Fashion Weekend?
I'm hoping we'll be able to team up with boutiques to showcase the designs but also help these designers make a connection for future sales. I know K'Presha downtown desperately wants to use local designers and is totally open to trying to sell local pieces and doing custom looks for people. It's just at this point she's had a hard time trying to find local designers.
What would you say to someone who has very little experience with designing, maybe doesn't even know how to sketch, but is interested in designing for the show?
That's the hard part. Because if you don't know how to sketch, it's hard for us to be able to see what your designs are. If we get something that we feel has the creativity behind it, has the passion behind it, we'll make sure we do everything we can to get the full idea of what they want to do for the application process. But we'd rather they give sketching their best try. We have on our website a couple of helpful links and one of those is a link to a YouTube video on sketching and some tutorials. We hope people utilize those links to help them through the process.
Check out this week's Flyer for an introduction to Talant Trade Co., a local design duo producing some of the coolest vintage-military-inspired bags straight from North Mississippi.
Last night was the second annual Curb Couture Trashion Show, a fashion show fund-raiser featuring clothes made partially or entirely of recycled materials. Local designers used aluminum cans, plastic bags, newspapers, chip bags, cardboard boxes, and other discarded materials to create their own unique designs and support the work of Memphis City Beautiful and neighborhood beautification and greening projects.
Of course, on the way to the event, my camera battery died. Was it hoping to be turned into a snappy broach or a statement necklace? Too bad for it, I'm not as crafty as the designers in the showcase; too bad for me, I had to take all my photos on my iPhone.
Now, in the words of Alexis Grace: Are you ready to see some trash?
When Gap closed its location in the Shops of Saddle Creek in April, Saddle Creek management wasted no time getting two upscale stores to take its place. Brighton Collectibles moved in on July 12, and Free People, the sister store of next door Anthropologie, opened its first Memphis location there on September 15.
Free People is part of the Urban Outfitters family of companies (UO opened its first Memphis location near Cooper Young last year), but its style is distinctive from both of its sister stores. Suited for an eclectic shopper, FP offers clothes, accessories, and housewares in a mix of boho, girly, tomboy, and beachcomber styles totally unique to its brand. And while the prices definitely fall more towards the Anthropologie end of the spectrum, we spotted a sale room that was already filling up...
This is only the second Free People location in Tennessee, so you can imagine how excited we were to take a little tour of the “Blacksmith Cottage”-style boutique. Although only 2,000 square feet, the new location feels bright and open, with natural elements and decorative touches that have us oh-so-ready for fall.
Scroll down for a look at the new store:
Free People, The Shops of Saddle Creek, 7615 W. Farmington Blvd., 752-2886, freepeople.com
What's that? You like pups and being fashionable? You wish there were some kind of event that could combine floppy eared friends and flouncy skirts?
Anthropologie of Saddle Creek will be pulling at your heart strings on September 22nd when they host "Sit. Stay. Love." — a pet adoption event featuring dogs from the Germantown Animal Shelter from 11 am. to 2 p.m.
Come and pick up a "Darling Dachshunds" printed dishtowel. And a pup to go with it.
Anthropologie, The Shops of Saddle Creek, 7615 West Farmington Blvd, Germantown, TN, 309-3440, anthropologie.com
Flip to this week's Stepping Out section of the Flyer and you'll notice Susan Ellis' overview of the various fashion events sweeping through Memphis this month. We'll give you the details here and add a few other events as well.
It's the 4th anniversary of Fashion's Night Out, and here are some ways you can celebrate.
South Main Fashion Night Out will showcase the multitude of boutiques and salons that have sprung up in South Main's burgeoning fashion district in the last decade. Expect your favorite looks from K'Presha, Muse, Everleah, and more, as well as hair and makeup by Talk of the Town, Main Event, Chris Styles, and other South Main salons.The event benefits Ronald McDonald House and runs from 6-9 p.m. at The Rumba Room. Tickets are $15 in advance from participating boutiques, or $20 at the door.
On the same night, on the other side of town, Wish at Saddle Creek will host Fashion Night Out, a benefit for Friends for Life, featuring a fashion show, goodie bags, and door prizes. The party starts at 6 p.m. and admission is free but donations are welcome.
And at Carriage Crossing, participating boutiques present Fashion Night Out Gala, with a fashion show, door prizes, goodie bags, and a chance to browse offerings from center’s 75 merchants. From 6 to 8 p.m., guests are invited to a free showcase of local styles on this international night of fashion.
For a fashion show with a dramatic flare, stop by Ballet Memphis' Costume Retrospective and Fashion Show at their headquarters at 7950 Trinity Road. The event marks the opening of the dance company's 26th season and brand new costume shop. Doors open at 6 p.m., the fashion gets underway at 7 p.m., and guests are invited to stick around for a dance party and celebration. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door.
For aspiring fashion designers, Memphis Fashion Week presents the Emerging Memphis Designers Project at Theatre Memphis from 5 to 6 p.m. Featuring five panelists, including designer John Sylvester of Sache, Catherine Walker from James Davis, costume designer Bruce Bui of Ballet Memphis, and others, the event will give up and coming designers information on how to participate in next year's Memphis Fashion Week. For more information, email email@example.com.
Is fashionably late your style? Here's your last chance to make an entrance at the Peabody Rooftop Party and be considered for inclusion in our Fall Fashion issue.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's no secret we love Moziah Bridges' bow tie business. He's got business smarts, the drive to succeed, and he makes one adorable CEO.
So if today you find yourself wondering, "Wasn't I going to pick up some back-to-school bow ties this afternoon?" the answer is yes. And you can find them at the Mo's Bows trunk show at Juliet's Pocket Squares ("pocket candy for the well-dressed man") on East Shelby Drive. Details below: