Monday, October 26, 2009

Big Brother Style

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Oak Hall is having a Knock Your Socks Off "fun raiser" this Saturday, October 31st, with food, fashion, and the unveiling of Ovadafut's custom Big Brothers Big Sisters sock.


From the flyer, it looks like 10 percent of sales from Ovadafut, Robert Graham, Eton, Antique Jewelry Box, Torino, Jose Luis Leather, Frye Boots, Shin Choi, Christopher Fischer, Ava, Minnie Rose, Repeat, Magaschoni, White + Warren, Cullen, and Kinross will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis.

Speaking of fun, here are some other pictures of Ovadafut socks.




Thursday, October 22, 2009

The International Look

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 12:06 PM

I don't know if it's something about us or something about Memphians, but Justin and I have a singular talent for finding and photographing people who are not from here.

Seriously, the Convention and Visitors Bureau should hire us. We've met people from Sweden, Los Angeles, Denver, and Las Vegas, among others.

The latest was Toronto resident Rachel Hilton.


Justin Fox Burks

We first noticed her lovely Virginia Johnson silk-screened scarf — "it's cold in Canada," she said — then her simple cloth and sequin necklace.

"I like jeans and t-shirts, but we've been wearing those all week," she said. "We're going to dinner and McEwen's and we thought we'd put on something nice."

The Layered Look

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 12:05 PM

The other day, Justin and I were hanging out at South of Beale when we saw this very fashionable woman striding past.

We quickly signaled the bartender for our tab and struggled to get our stuff together — cameras, notepads, pens — before we lost her.

"It's no use," Justin said and sighed. "She's walking at a pretty good clip."

"But you just ran a marathon," I reminded him. "And finished! You can probably catch her. Just leave me here. I'll be okay."

He looked back toward the street as if to assess the situation, but she was already gone.

[That's basically what happened anyway.]

We had already gathered up all our stuff and paid our tab, so we wandered into the streets of downtown, and who should we see a little while later but the same woman, Meredy Carnahan? Only this time she was joined by her four-legged friend, Idgie.


Justin Fox Burks

Carnahan, an interior designer with Looney Ricks Kiss, was wearing an American Eagle vest, a Free People hoodie, a tank, a skirt from H&M, and Camper boots.

"I wanted to wear my boots," she said of the outfit. "This is the first time I've worn them this season."

I have to admit: With just a chill in the air, it was perfect weather for layering and boots with skirts. I especially loved the cute little beads hanging from the zipper of Carnahan's hoodie. So fun!


Idgie is wearing a collar Carnahan bought off

The Mom Look?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Okay, actually, while we were at South of Beale, we thought waitress Carla Quin looked cute as a button.


Justin Fox Burks

She got both her pants and her embroidered tunic from Plato's Closet while her little ballerina flats came from Shoe-Nami. And her shell necklace, which I really liked, was from Florida. The whole thing — especially with the color and detailing of the tunic — is so casual cool.

"I'm a single mom so I don't buy anything more than $20. It's a rule," she said.

She said her style was kind of Midtown, but not too indie or provocative.

"I like to look like a mom, but at the same time, I'm 23," she said. "It's hard to pull off."

I think that might make these "mom jeans" but in a good way.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

7 Diamonds for Men

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 1:27 PM

My friends at Lansky 126 are having a special 7 Diamonds event Friday, October 23rd from 4 to 9 p.m., where they'll be showing 7 Diamonds fall line and serving cocktails. It should be fun.

Until then, you can enjoy this preview. (Also you might have seen 7 Diamonds in the Flyer's fall fashion issue. I love the shirts and generally use at least one each year.)






Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Best of the POPS!

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 8:02 AM

Today I would like to talk about shoes that POP!


Justin Fox Burks

I would *like* to talk about shoes that POP! because these definitely do, but I can't because I guess I didn't notice that they POPPED! until I saw this photo. And frankly, looking at my chicken scratch notes, who knows if cute little Sarah Piazza told me anything about her shoes?

(Note to blog readers: If you see Justin and me out and we want to take your picture and your shoes POP!, do me a favor and say, "Hey, have you noticed my shoes? They POP!" Thank you. And now we will return to your regularly scheduled blog post.)

Piazza came to party with us at the Flyer's Best of Memphis party a few weeks back, choosing an almost-basic black dress that she got from Plato's Closet.

"I collect black dresses," she says. "You can do anything to them."

In this particular case, she has tied a scarf around her waist as a belt.

"I didn't like how loose it was. It was kind of boring," she says of the dress.

But add a belt and a warm-toned shoe and, voila! not boring.


Best of the POPS! part two

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 8:01 AM

Speaking of shoes that POP!, look at these.


Justin Fox Burks

And in this particular case, I actually got some information about them (though I'm sure through no fault of my own).

"Everything I'm wearing is ancient and put together at the last minute," Emily Halpern told me. "I wore black because I wanted to be understated."

The top came from Sachi, while the jean jacket is from the Gap. Those were paired with Uniqlo jeans and red Calvin Klein heels.

"It was fairly monochromatic until I added the shoes," she says.

They add a nice POP!, no?

Halpern also mentions a rule of fashion: Keep the classics in your closet, even after they've gone out of style. Her jean jacket, for instance, is about six years old.

"I like to hold onto things. For a while, they might not look good, but after some time, they work."

A Good Pair of Boots

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 8:00 AM

In keeping with today's general footwear theme, let's talk about Joel Halpern's boots.


Justin Fox Burks

We could also talk about Halpern's J. Crew shirt and uniqlo jeans, or the fact that Style Sessions is making an effort to be more inclusive of dudes, but let's talk about the boots.

He says he's had them for three years, and when we ran into him, he had just had them resoled that week.

"When you find a good pair of boots, you keep them," he says.

[I personally could not agree more. I've got a pair I've had since high school and you know that was a long time ago.]

Unfortunately, I cannot read my notes as to where he got these boots (Best of Memphis was kind of an anomaly. Usually my notes are very neat.) but he did say that they were one of the "biggest investments" he's made.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Trunk Show

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Wolford — an Austrian company famous for its hosiery and lingerie — will be hosting a trunk show at James Davis Wednesday, October 14th, and Thursday, October 15th. I'm not sure exactly what they'll be showing, but I assume it will include selections from their fall/winter 09 ready-to-wear line.

Just to give you a little taste, here are some images from the company's website:



(ed. note: Yes, I know this picture is a little racy, but those are some fun spat-inspired tights.)



Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The BoM

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Last week was the Flyer's Best of Memphis party and I have to say, most of the attendees looked pretty damn good. Take Eryka Smith, for example.

(For more examples, you can check out the Flyer's Flickr set here.)


Justin Fox Burks

Smith is the owner of Crazy Beautiful, the winner for Best Women's Clothing Store for two years in a row. For the party, she and her friends all dressed in these cute, petticoat dresses from Hell Bunny.

"We like to step it up a notch," Smith says.

She paired the Hell Bunny dress with bling from Gasoline Glamour. But it's the petticoats that are the real stand out, pun fully intended. Smith says they're selling very well this fall.

"We've been selling them in the store to girls who are conservative and even they're rocking them," she says.

Speaking of stepping it up a notch, even Justin and I cleaned up for the occasion. Of course, we didn't stop long enough to have it documented properly. But I can assure you, when we stood still, we looked very cute.
EDITOR'S NOTE: p.s. Justin doesn't have any sort of offensive mustache, or any mustache at all. Just so you know. Unless he's grown a beard since I've seen him last. This picture is somewhat misleading.


Larry Kuzniewski

Get Down

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 9:37 AM

You know how l love clothes with a story. This entry of Style Sessions is more like a saga, so bear with me a minute.

A few months ago, I happened to watch The Mentalist, and fell in love with both Simon Baker and the costume designer's use of three-piece suits sans tie. Hottt.

(Excuse me while I fan myself off for just a minute.)

I loved the look so much in fact that I wanted to find a slim-fitting, three-piece suit for the Flyer's fall fashion issue. Unfortunately, I was a little pressed for time this year and never came out up with anything.

At some point later on, I ran into the very charming Brett Magdovitz of Get Down and we started chatting, like you do, and though he is a connoisseur of the jumpsuit, he mentioned he owned several three-piece suits.

And then he said he would wear one to the Best of Memphis party. And I said that if he did, I would make Justin take a picture.


Justin Fox Burks

(To be completely accurate, Magdovitz didn't actually wear this to the party. He wore a Cuban shirt and some sort of pants, but I *might* have made him go home and change and come back. Maybe.)

"I'm bringing back three-piece suits and jumpsuits," he says of the two retro styles.

This was actually the first time Magdovitz had worn this suit (he accessorized it with an "Earl" belt-buckle, but you can't see it in the picture). And he would never have found it if he hadn't done a good deed.

He was driving near Highland and South Cooper one day when a hitchhiker waved at him to stop. He said he would give the guy a ride and the guy told him that he was needed to go to his best friend's estate sale. Apparently both the hitchhiker's best friend's mother and father had recently passed, and "there was all this unbelievable stuff."

Brett ended up getting a pair of boots, a hat box, and two other suits (This actually could be two other jumpsuits. My notes are unclear. What can I say? It was late in the party).

Bread & Butterflies

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 9:34 AM


Justin Fox Burks

Gia Barsocchini was visiting from L.A. when we saw her at the BoM party.

She is wearing a dress from her friend's line, Bread & Butterflies, with cute Stella McCartney booties.

"It's the cutest little flirty summer dress," she says. "And it's very versatile."

The belt, though cute, is completely functional.

"The dress is a little too big on me," she says. "If I don't add a belt, it kind of hangs."

Monday, October 5, 2009

Inside the Fashion Bible

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 1:59 PM

For fashion magazines, September is the golden goose. The fall fashion season is starting, the books are at their biggest, and the number of ad pages can be record-breaking.

I assume putting September together can be rather stressful, especially at a place like Vogue, run by the legendary Anna Wintour.

You may remember that Wintour was the basis for the demanding editor-in-chief in The Devil Wear Prada, which came out a few years ago and starred Meryl Streep and that cute little Anne Hathaway. But if you want to see the real-life workings of Vogue, your fashion bible is here in The September Issue.

The September Issue is a documentary that chronicles Wintour's preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue. It weighed nearly five pounds and was the largest issue of the magazine ever published.

The September Issue opens Friday at Malco's Ridgeway Four.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Rock Star

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Former Memphian Cecily Briggs began designing jewelry about 10 years ago.

"I wanted to design a piece for my boyfriend," she says. "He was a boy from Germantown so he was kind of conservative. He didn't wear a lot of jewelry."

She tried to make the necklace three times before getting it the way she wanted it. But, in the meantime, workers at the bead store she was frequenting told her she had an eye for jewelry and encouraged her to continue making it.


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