Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Stacey Rhodes Boutique New Location Celebration: October 7, 2010

Moving out and moving up. Congratulations to Stacey Rhodes boutique for moving into their new location at 144 Franklin Road in Brentwood, TN. And what better to celebrate the big move? A party, of course! On Thursday, October 7, 2010 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, wine and champagne will be served at Stacey Rhodes. And I’m sure there will be some deep discounts, too!
If you haven’t checked out Stacey Rhodes before, put this on your to-do list. Stacey Rhodes is a full-service fashion boutique offering clothing, shoes, and accessories. And this boutique is chocked full of great designer merchandise including names like Free People, Hazel, Max and Cleo, M M Couture, Badgley Mischka, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, and Tom Ford.
RSVP here.
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Color Splash: October 1, 2010

Is it a fashion show? Is it a fashion party? Sure the invite doesn’t exactly make it clear, but hey- this could be fun! And if the Hurd Agency is putting it on, you know there’s gotta be a few tricks up their sleeves.
This Friday, October  1, 2010, the Hurd Agency will be presenting Fashion 2010: Color Splash at 8:00 pm at Durego (1649 Westgate Circle) in Brentwood, TN. Be prepared to shed out $25 to attend this show. The event is sponsored by Hyundai, will be hosted by Christine Maddela of Channel 2 News, and includes special guest Kenny Smoov of 92Q. Oh, and don’t forget about the musical performance by Like Candy Red. The event clothing sponsors include Brooks Brothers, Studio 615, City Gear, Everything But Water, American Apparel, Henig Furs, and Threads Clothing Boutique. And that’s pretty much the most eclectic retail merchandising mix I’ve ever heard. But hey, should be interesting!
RSVP here.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Designer Highlight: TUFT by Jessica Jones

One look at designer Jessica Jones’ TUFT line and you’ll be transported into a prep school world where the popsicles are endless and kittens are a girl’s best friend. With both womenswear and childrenswear collections, the silhouettes are clean and classic, and fabric patterns full of whimsy and fun. The TUFT design aesthetic is “Simple cuts with bright colors and fun patterns...light-hearted fashion.” And where did that name come from? According to the designer’s website, TUFT is taken from “A Candy TUFT”- the name of Jones’ favorite shade of pink. The designer describes her TUFT line as fun, bright, and carefree. Jones received a BFA in Fashion Design from O’More College of Design in 2010 and has been creating fashionable looks for four years.
The womenswear collection features dresses, tops, pants, shorts, jackets, and accessories including purses and belts. In this latest TUFT line, Jones uses a color pallet of light grays, heliotrope purples, mustard and bright yellows, creams, light pinks, and an infusion of black. The childrenswear line features dresses, skirts, tops, and jackets in patterns of creams, light browns, mustard yellows, light pinks, light purples, and pops of black. And the prices? Definitely reasonable! Women can walk away with one of these original shirts from $35 to $72, a dress for $45, and a jacket for $58. And to outfit your little girl or baby sister in all things fabulous? A shirt will cost you $22, the matching skirt $32, a jacket $42, and dress $35.

These clothes are definitely cute.  Jones says, “I wanted to make bright, fun clothes that you put on when you're having a good day.” While the original concept was to create a womenswear line, after an apprenticeship with a local childrenswear company, the designer decided to incorporate the younger aesthetic into the TUFT line. “I realized designing clothes for 3 year old girls is quite possibly the best job ever,” Jones said.

And where does this designer get her inspiration? Jones says, “I've been inspired by flower farms, old perfume ads, Joy Division songs, trees, cats, old furniture, and sometimes even a smell that reminds me of a memory that reminds me of a type of clothing. Inspiration blindsides you. You never know what's gonna make you stop and ponder.” While the designer dreams of one day owning a little pink TUFT shop on a bustling city corner, in the meantime she hopes to land a designing career for a large company like J. Crew.
Jones’ most fabulous fashion moment came when seeing the TUFT collection coming down the runway. She describes it as “an incredible payoff after living in a sewing cave for months.” There is no current knowledge on an upcoming show.
When asked her three favorite designers and why, Jones, after commenting that my question was cruel, said the following:
“Ok, so let's just go ahead and get him out of the way - Marc Jacobs, DUH. If you don't like him you are just trying to stick it to the man, because he is the law when it comes to fashion. I love him because he's creative yet commercial. He introduces new ideas every season but in an accessible way, which is easy to say but so hard to do. Watch the documentary Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton by Loic Prigent and realize why he is the
Miuccia Prada - she's a lot like Marc in the way that everything she does is instant gold. I mean, who would have thought that the rich women of American would like seventies-esque prints of naked ladies? Miuccia Prada did, and she was right. Miuccia is original in a time when nothing is original.
The late, great Luella Bartley - Luella was my favorite fashion line growing up. Luella as a brand aligns more with my tastes than any other brand so of course I was heartbroken when she went under in 2009. Luella was cute and girly but always with a weird twist. Witches and Ghost World were common types of references for her and she was never shy with color. I admired not only the clothes Luella Bartley designed, but the way she didn't take fashion seriously and had as much fun with it as she could.
If fashion lines were people, TUFT could be considered Luella's little sister.”
And where can you find this designer out and about in Nashville? As Jones stated, “Crema for coffee breaks at work, the Belcourt because I can booze and watch movies simultaneously, and Hot Diggity Dog has the best hot dogs in Nashville, ya I said it. I love going to 5 Spot on Mondays and dancing insanely with my friends, and Pangea and treat myself to a special gift - everything is so reasonably priced!” When asked her two favorite bands, Jones replied, “Buzzcocks and Katy Perry...if that doesn't describe my personality I don't know what does.”
TUFT is adorable and so is Jessica Jones. She parts with the words, “I want to make you cute, so just let me and buy my clothes.”
Jones is available for custom requests and illustrations. Visit the TUFT website here, etsy shop here, and blog here.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pinups and Lace Photoshoot: November 13 - 14, 2010

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I couldn’t exactly find out what it was, but Pinups and Lace will be conducting a photoshoot filled with Betty Page-esque sex appeal. Scenes will include tiki, Christmas morning, vintage boudoir or Elvgren inspired pinup. The shots are for the Retro Lovely Magazine Cover Contest or, as indicated on the Facebook page, “as a Christmas gift for your special friend or spouse”. The shoot will take place November 13, 2010 at 11:30 am through November 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm.  at a “middle Tennessee location”. Participants can choose two of four shots for $250. The shoot includes hair and makeup, in addition to 10 fully edited images. For contact information regarding this event, check out their Facebook page.
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Nashville Designer Manuel Wants to Open School

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Nashville’s most famous fashion designer, Manuel Cuevas, has a new project up his sleeve. After a 50-year career outfitting stars from Elvis to the Beatles to Johnny Cash, the 75-year-old King of Cowboy Couture wants to open an international design school here in Nashville. Manuel plans to sell his historic three-story studio located at 1922 Broadway to raise the $1.4 million necessary to open the school.
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When asked about his plans for the design school Manuel said, “My idea is that you select people from all over the world who are in their senior years in colleges of design and bring about 50 of them to Nashville each year. The institute would be housed in a Nashville building. It will be the only institute of its kind around the world.” Manuel believes that Nashville is the perfect central place for Americans to launch their design careers.

The planning stages for the international design school are in their infancy; as of yet, Manuel and his team have been looking into the necessary costs of opening the school and they hope that property and the school building will be donated.

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Source: the Tennessean.
Read the full article from the Tennessean here.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tonight: nD Festival

Don't forget about the nD Festival tonight at Imogene + Willie. See you there!

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HULSED Fashion Show: October 23, 2010

Who is Drew? What is HULSED? Find out at Drew’s HULSED fashion show Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 6-9 pm at the Blue Rooster. According to the Facebook e-vite, patrons can check out some handmade clothes while enjoying some brews and good music. RSVP here.

Naked Without Us Fashion Market: October 2,2010

I love Naked Without Us and the concept of bridging together local fashion and local music. Last year the NWU group put together a fashion market and this time the team is partnering with Next Big Nashville to feature independent designers at an open market. The event will take place at Urban Outfitters (405 12th Ave. South) and will feature designers Shea Stelle, Shannon Lovelea, Truly Alvarangea, Closetcase Vintage, Melissa Tabor, Lacy Fuson, and Amy B. The free event lasts from 12-5 and acoustic bands will be playing in Urban Outfitters to provide the indie ambiance.

Event Review: Local Honey Fashion Show

I can’t exactly do a true event review on the Local Honey fashion show because *gasp* I wasn’t there!!! I know, I know, I’m terrible, but I do have a good reason. I was in Arkansas (yes, really) for my cousin’s wedding. Family over fashion. Womp wah. But I saw the set design for the LH show and have heard great things about it. Here is a link to a video produced by my friends Will and Alicia; review for yourself!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Local Highlight: Escape: Designer Select

If you don’t know designers Dylan Stephens or Nicole Cooley- you’re missing out. These cats are an adorable team of design innovation and personal style. Recently the pair hosted their own fashion show, Dawn of the Apocalypse (view photos here and here, featuring their latest collections. And now this dynamic duo are at it again. With the recent launch of their website, Dylan and Nicole have concocted a Nashville-must: a wardrobe rental service that links models and photographers with fashion designers. The company, Escape: Designer Select, describes their purpose in the following paragraph:
Photo shoots should be an escape, something to release you from reality, and that's what we want to deliver. Models can choose exclusive garments from a variety of designers fresh off runways. A complete outfit is priced vary, but individual pieces from a look will be priced lower and will be negotiable between the model and designer. This price includes a stylist to be with you to deliver the look, help style you, etc. on the day and duration of the shoot. Options can also be brought on the day of the shoot to see which works look best.

And I think this is a fantastic idea! Watch out for this duo. According to inside sources, these two have big plans for Nashville.
To view the website and find out more information regarding Escape: Designer Select, click here.

Upcoming Event: Shopping Party, November 13, 2010

I love shopping and I love parties. So why not combine both? On November 13, 2010 the ladies of Studio 615 (located at 2922 West End Avenue) will be hosting an event titled Shopping Party!!! created by the social group Grown Gals Just Wanna Have Fun 2. According to the Facebook invite guests will be treated to an evening music, shopping, appetizers, drinks, and door prizes.

The event is designed to create a fun night of shopping with the Grown Gals to purchase the latest fall trends and stock up on summer sale items. Tickets cost $7 and there is a minimum purchase price of $150. Also, a $30 deposit is required, which will be counted towards your minimum purchase and must be paid by October 1, 2010. View more about this event here.

Casting Call: Hostess/Promotional Models for a Luxury European Car Show

Ever dream of being a model? Ever dream of being a model on a European car? Ever dream of being a model on a European car whilst getting the champagne flowing? Well, now is your chance! Universal Event Planning wants you for their next promotional event. Here is the information regarding this call as detailed on the Confident Couture Apsu Facebook page

Universal Event Planning is looking for hostess/promotional models for our next event. We are looking for diverse models to be in attendance at a Luxury Car Show for European Cars.

We are looking for 15- 20 Models to host, possibly model the cars, and be champagne and wine pourers for the event. We need models who also have abc licenses. If interested, email a head shot and other experience portfolio to

Information is up for client approval. View more information regarding this here

Monday, September 20, 2010

Fall Frenzy Fashion Show: Photo Update

Photos from last Thursday’s Fall Frenzy Fashion Show presented by the Fashion & Retail Management students at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville have been released! View all the photos including shots from the uber cool photobooth here:

Trousers’ Night Out: October 7, 2010

The adorable Kaitlin McGirl (how can you not love that last name!?), Merchandising Manager from Marie Claire, contacted me about an upcoming event in the Nashville area. 7 For All Mankind, located in Green Hills Mall, is partnering with popular fashion magazine Marie Claire for Trousers’ Night Out on October 7, 2010 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
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As indicated on the e-vite, “enjoy cocktails, music, and styling advice from a Marie Claire fashion correspondent while you shop for the season’s newest trouser styles”. And what’s better than styling advice from a top fashion magazine?- Free stuff! Guests will receive a copy of Nina Garcia’s Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion, written by Marie Claire’s own Fashion Director with any purchase. Get your pocketbooks ready- this is an event not to be missed!!
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Nylon Mag in Nashville!

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Today through Wednesday, the uber-hipster fashion publication Nylon Mag will be in Nashville, TN to scout out street style, fashion designers, and more. Here is the information regarding the event as listed on the Nylon Mag website:

November is our annual America issue, but this year, we're doing something different: NYLON staffers will divide and conquer the country, hitting eight major cities in pairs.  We'll be shooting street style and local bands, artists, designers - everything!  All we need is you to show us around.

Check out our schedule and get on Twitter - you'll need it to hook up with our staffers and tell them when and where to meet you.  Seriously - suggest a cool place and a time, and they'll hit you back if they're free!

WHO: Rebecca Willa Davis, associate editor, and Kristin Eddington, designer.

Fanny's Choice Vintage Clothing Sale: October 2, 2010

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There is nothing better than the excitement of purchasing a one-of-a-kind treasure. I love knowing that what I’m wearing is unique and special. So, when I hear about a vintage clothing sale, I know I have to be there!
Fanny’s House of Music (1101 Holly Street) will be hosting a huge vintage clothing sale on Saturday, October 2 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. You’ll be sure to walk away from this event with treasures in tow! RSVP here.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Local Highlight: The Spotted Fox Website

Sure this blog is dedicated to the local fashion scene, but what kind of blogger would I be without giving mention to our city’s talented crafters and artists?

It seems that only a few years ago only the lucky and talented crafter was able to get their merchandise on store shelves to be sold, but with the popularity of websites like, it seems as though anyone can launch a business (or at least a really cool side project) of diy goodies. And with a search of Nashville, TN on the etsy website you are sure to find hundreds of stores and thousands of one-of-a-kind finds.

I recently came across a website dedicated to chronicling and exploring the Nashville craft scene; The Spotted Fox is the epicenter of all things craft. Filled with cool local treasures and picture updates, be sure to add this site to your favorites list. Here is the description of The Spotted Fox as written on the website:

Handmade leather wallet from Rntn Studio
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The Spotted Fox is the creative brainchild of an art geek and a craft freak who live in Nashville, TN.
Sara Estes and Kelly Phelps are ex-roomates who have joined forces to bring you the best blog ever for art geeks and craft freaks alike.
They do not enjoy writing in third person, however, so that will end now.
Our job is to highlight all things crafty, thought-provoking and aesthetically pleasing–to cheer you up and inspire you everyday.
We  have spent the majority of our lives marinating in the aesthetics of life. Sara went to art school and fell in love with contemporary art, and Kelly has been crafting her way through the Etsy and handmade community for years.
Between our background in fine art and in craft, we have a broad range of passion and knowledge that we want to share with you.
We believe that if we love it, someone else probably does, too. So why not share the wealth?
Art. Books. Handmade goods. Food. Right here.
Thanks for visiting and of course, feel free to tip us off on anything fantastic that you think we should see!
S + K

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Event Review: Fall Frenzy Fashion Show by the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville

I love events. And I love event reviews. But when it comes to the Fall Frenzy Fashion Show produced by the Fashion & Retail Management students at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville, it’s impossible to remain objective on this one. As the instructor for this class (Event & Fashion Show Production) I saw everything that went into this event- the hours spent conceptualizing the idea, contacting boutiques, developing public relations, and venue mishaps. I can’t begin to tell you the painstaking and thrilling process producing the fashion show was. And the hardest thing for me? Doing nothing! As a student-produced event I took an unusual backseat to my instructional style and let my class take charge. And did they! Working together as a collective team, all the students put forth 110% to produce a fantastic show. The clothing choices from Blush, Muse, and Pangea were fashion-forward. The publicity was well executed and uber-hipster photobooth was worth of an art show itself. And the runway set up? Enchanting. All the trees were hand-designed and hand-cut by the students who spent two days putting them together. And yeah, they looked pretty amazing.
I now have a greater compassion for anyone who produces any type of event- fashion show, wedding, concert, art show, whatever. It’s challenging, time consuming, and exciting. All of the ten long weeks the students put into the show were culminated into a twenty minute event. Ten weeks for twenty minutes. That’s fashion.

Although the official photos and video footage have yet to be released, Will and Alicia from were there to highlight the show. View the youtube video here.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

V.P.R.S. Scene and Heard Fashion Show Benefiting Soles 4 Souls: October 10, 2010

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 Once again, I am in the sweet position of that insider information. My job rules.

On Sunday October 10, 2010 the Vanderbilt Public Relations Society will be presenting their first Inaugural Fashion Show titled “Scene and Heard”. The show is designed to “bring together ELITE Designers, along with Nashville’s Leading Industry Professionals”. Proceeds from the event will benefit Soles4Souls, the Nashville-based charity that distributes shoes to those in need. According to a V.P.R.S. email, “The show will serve as a networking event as well as provide designers, models, and business leaders with vital promotion to the greater Nashville area and college demographic.” Musical beats will be provided by DJ Rain and Captivating Light Designs will partner with the show for all lighting needs. Below is more information about the event per the V.P.R.S. email:

The Vanderbilt Public Relations Society’s (VPRS) purpose is to serve as a liaison between those interested in any aspect of Public Relations and those who have already established a career in the field. We also provide a realm of opportunity for local Nashville businesses with creative and ambitious individuals to gain publicity throughout local colleges and universities and penetrate this large demographic.

Finally, we help college students interested in the Public Relations Society obtain internships to further their career. Cofounded by Imani Ellis and Francesca Amiker, the Vanderbilt Public Relations Society was established to help cultivate a favorable and mutually advantageous relationship between students and professional public relations practitioners while organizing interest forums for students that have interests in journalism, communications, marketing, advertising, & broadcasting. The goal is to impact the greater Nashville community by volunteering, giving back, and leading by example.

Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and closets and distributes these shoes free of charge to people in need. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 10 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently donating one pair every 7 seconds.) The shoes have been distributed to people in over 125 countries and has been featured in Runner's World, Ladies’ Home Journal, National Geographic’s Green Guide, and The New York Times.

RSVP here.

SEVEN Nashville presents the launch of: "Kris'Ta Collection": October 30, 2010

SEVEN will be producing the launch of Kris’Ta Collection on October 30, 2010 from 6-9 pm at Smyrna Town Centre (100 Sam Ridley Parkway, Smyrna, TN). The event will feature the designers collections and costs $40 to attend. A reception will follow the show. For further event information contact or call 615-275-9884. RSVP here and view the designer's collections here.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Local Honey Fall Fashion Weekend: September 18-19, 2010

If you haven’t been to Local Honey, you obviously hate Nashville. This is one of my favorite hot spots I don’t get to nearly enough. Filled with a combination of vintage threads and local Nashville fashion designs, you are bound to stumble upon a treasure or ten when hitting this store up. On my last visit I snagged a vintage black boston bag and adorable red belt for under $35. Oh, and I even saw my mom’s prom dress from the 1970’s in a stack of formal finds (see below for sheer awesomeness). But my favorite part about this retailer? The parties, duh! Usually a live band or dj provides the musical ambience and you’re sure to find a tub of chilled PBR somewhere. Bring your cigarettes and polariod cameras- I’m sure this weekend won't disappoint. Here is the event information as written on the site's facebook page:

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::SATURDAY 18th::

LOCAL DESIGNER Fall Premier 2-9 pm debuting new fall collections from:

Jamie & the Jones
Shannon Lea
Amy B
Pink Elephant
Alter Ego

a reel of photographic collaborations with:

Josh Marx
Bradley Spitzer
Sarah Gilliam
Michael Howard
Jude Ferrara
Shea Halliburton

music from:

D. Watusi
Nite Nite
Natural Child


NEW fall vintage from the Local Honey and T&P collections

the PIZZA BUDS truck and BEER!!

::SUNDAY 19th::

LOCAL HONEY and T&P Fall Fashion show 6-10 pm

A cocktail attire event...

featuring 20 top notch Men's and Women's vintage looks

models presented by AMAX Nashville

music from: DJ Wild Cub and Rio and WINE from our friends at Jackson's Bar and Bistro.

My parents at prom. Check out that sweeeet dress. And it may still be available at Local Honey unless someone has snatched that one up!
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Casino Couture: September 24, 2010

Cocktails? Charity? Cute dresses? Count me in!

It may not be fashion related per se, but Little Black Dress Club, Nashville Chapter will be hosting a casino night to benefit Mary Parrish Center & MPC Transitional Housing Program. The charity is “a unique non-residential program that provides access to an array of services for domestic/sexual violence victims and their children during dangerous and/or critical times in their lives”. The event, Casino Couture, will be held Friday, September 24, 2010 at the Gaylord Springs Golf Club. Sponsored in part with Nashville Lifestyles, 107.5 The River,, Jive Digital, Savvy Avenue, and the Social Butterfly, patrons can purchase $50 or $75 packages for the night. Tickets can be purchased here.

This event is reminiscent of that fabulous OC episode where troubled teen Ryan’s mom pulls a She’s All That makeover for the Casino fundraiser and eventually gets drunk and sloppy, and makes a scene as she falls over a few waiters and chips go a-flyin’. Let’s hope this event is OC-tv worthy. And who knows, maybe Seth will be available to blow on your dice for good luck?