Monday, October 31, 2011

Dapper Dons & Silk Chiffons - Fisk University Fashion Show: November 17, 2011

Fashion Spectators, Media, Artists, Photographers, Bloggers, Designers, Students, Alumni, Nashville Residents Join us for a “SoFISKticated” fashion event on the campus of Fisk University. The show is scheduled for Thursday, November 17, 2011 beginning at 7:00pm. It will be a tented event in front of the Historic Cravath Hall. Arrive early to secure your spot.
The pre-reception begins at 7pm, consisting of wine and hors d’oeuvres and Divine 9 Greek Organization standing models. Opening musical performance by former Jubilee Singer and Miss Fisk 2003-2004 , Moiro Konchellah at 8pm.

General Admission: $15 Students: $10
The Official After Party will be held at Club MAI, one of the HOTTEST clubs in Nashville, from 10pm- 3am. 21 and older.
Visit our Facebook Event Page: “Dapper Dons and Silk Chiffons: Fisk University Homecoming Show” for more details and updates.

1000 17th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37208
Fashion Show
Homecoming Concert
Featuring JEREMIH
Comedy Show
Hosted By
Miss Fisk Coronation
Homecoming Game
Women’s & Men’s
Greek Step Show
Visit for a
full 2011 Homecoming

Jeannetta Thomas 
I’Me Designs 
A native of Montgomery Alabama, former soldier, and a 2009 graduate of Alabama A&M University. Jeannetta has worked hard to build a respectful name for her  company and a loyal customer base. I’Me (pronounced I’m Me) is chic, sophisticated and fashionable designs to fit ALL shapes and sizes! Each design is created/altered for each client. She believes that designs should be made to compliment a person’s size and shape. She works hard at what she does, and enjoys it. “Clothing the world, one person at a time”   
CEO Ty Garth / O.L.L.I.E Lifestyle LLC 
O.L.L.I.E Lifestyle 
(Only Living Life In Excellence) is an after- school mentoring program that transitions youth from middle school age, high school, college , and into adulthood. The fashion came from a love of skateboarding, “Ollie” being an actual skate trick. He created the  fashion side of Ollie just to give shirts to the kids he mentored as a reward for their daily excellence. After the  first shirt was made, he couldn’t stop creating and the kids loved the designs. His motto is that O.L.L.I.E is  not just a BRAND it’s a LIFESTYLE. He plans to continually push the brand further and empower as many youth as possible to Only Live Life In Excellence.

DaNisha Greene 
Yours In Fashion 
Yours In Fashion stylist DaNisha Greene is new to the fashion  industry however she is very excited about contributing to it while consuming all it has to offer. A 2004 Fisk  University graduate in Mass Communications, DaNisha has been passionate about fashion since high school. She currently is the Fashion Image Director for Couture Living Magazine as well as a freelance Fashion  Consultant, and Creative Director. She has an array of experience from coordinating and producing fashion  shows, styling photo shoots, fashion editorials, music videos and fashion shows for various designers, boutiques and magazines so to view her work and/or for booking contact her at

Shiquina Andrews 
Charismatic Creations 
A designer at heart, Shiquina hails from a  long line of artists, tailors, & seamstresses. Though, as a psychologist-in-training, she concentrates more these days on mending psyches than hemlines, fashion has always been a mainstay. Shiquina began Charismatic
Creations in 2007 to offer custom Greek tshirts. Since then, Charismatic Creations has grown into a multi-faceted company, offering women's apparel, commissioned art, invitations, and much more. Your only limit is your imagination. Please see for pictures, contact information, and more details about the company.

The Art of EMJ

The art of EMJ bowties have ignited imaginations and pushed a new style of class through the fashion world, merging an iconic design with a strong sense of modernism and urban culture. The passionate and charismaticartist, using unexpected materials to create tie designs that come straight from the future, handcrafts each bowtie with impeccable precision. To view or purchase one of these unique, one of a kind hand-crafted bow ties visit 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Five: Halloween Spirit

Five things, Nashville and beyond, that I'm currently trending...

With the weekend of Halloween upon us, what's more appropriate than a list of five of my favorite spooky themed highlights?

1. Halloween Dinner Parties
If you're an avid reader of Nashville Fashion Blog, you'll know that I'm ALL about the dinner party. I love the sophistication of an elegantly placed dish, the pop of food on a white plate, and delicious hand-shaken cocktails to top off an evening. Themed dinner parties add a bit of flair to the occasion and correlate perfectly with the holiday season. Here are some of my favorite Halloween dinner party pictures and ideas:

2. Pumpkin Carving
On tonight's to-do list, I'm all about engaging in the Halloween festivities with a little pumpkin carving. I prefer the classic and basic triangle eyes, nose, and toothed mouth, but fanatics can get wild with their carving skills.

3. Epic Costumes
One of my favorite things about Halloween is posting up in one of my local watering holes and people watching for excellent costumes. I'm not talking Sexy Finding Nemo (yes, it's a real costume) or Slutty Nurse, but those magnificent ensembles that truly represent Halloween costuming at its finest.

4. Haunted Houses
I have a love/hate relationship with haunted houses. Last year a friend and I attended a local haunted house (Death Valley, maybe?), wherein I spent a good $10 of my entry fee either with my eyes closed or attempting to climb up my friend in terror. The scary makeup, chainsawed men who chase you, loud pops of noise, and the quick leap of a ghoul for a terrifying scream... I love that it scares the hell out of me. 

Nashville has some great haunted houses and haunted woods attractions. I recently gathered a group of friends to test my limits at Scream Creek. It was an epic haunted woods win. 

5. Halloween Movies
Confession. I've been watching nothing but AMC's Fear Fest for the past month. Seriously. I'm absolutely totally obsessed with scary movies. It's irony at its finest, because I get terrified, scream, and latch on to the person closest to me during about 90% of the films, but I love it! There's nothing better than an evening on the couch, curled up in a blanket, munching on some gourmet popcorn, and scaring the hell out of yourself. Although I'll watch just about anything, I'm partial to the classic and timeless flicks. Here are a few of my favorite scary movies:

The Exorcist. 
Not only is this 1973 classic film my favorite scary movie of all time, it's also one of my favorite movies ever. Halloween or not, this film is a must.

Night of the Living Dead.
By today's standards, this 1968 black and white film is seriously tame. But it's important to remember that this classic was a catalyst for the entire zombie movie genre. 

The 1978 film is a classic icon of the spooky season and the first to ever showcase events through the killer's eyes.

The Shining.
Filmed in 1980, this classic horror film is terrifying, suspenseful, and so weird. And nothing is creepier than those little twin girls!

What are some of your favorite horror movies?

Kelly Gray Personal Appearance @ Nordstrom: October 28, 2011

Here's the latest news from Nordstrom at Green Hills:

Kelly Gray Personal Appearance

Today -Friday, October 28th 2011

Nordstrom at The Mall at Green Hills
Women’s on L3

Join us for a Royal Underground styling soiree with co-creator Kelly Gray. Kelly has taken her years of expertise in the high end fashion world and infused it with Nikki Sixx’s rock star world to create the perfect synergy called Royal Underground – a clothing line that is sexy, modern, edgy, and luxurious. Enjoy music, informal modeling, and one-on-one styling with Kelly.

To RSVP or for special accommodations, please call 615.850.6700 ext 1360.

We look forward to seeing you today!

Blush Boutique Groupon: $10 for $20 Worth of Merchandise

Groupon, holler! Blush boutique is featuring a deal where you can pay $10 for $20 worth of merchandise at this fashionable retailer. And from what I saw at the Building Bridges with Blush fashion show last Friday, you won't have a hard time finding something unique and absolutely stylish at this store. Purchase the Groupon here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Andy Hilfiger @ Green Hills Macy's: October 30, 2011

There seems to be a lot of designers heading out to the Green Hills Mall lately, and Macy's is welcoming yet another designer to Nashville. On October 30, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, fashion designer and music enthusiast Andy Hilfiger will be appearing at Macy's to showcase the launch of his Andrew Charles collection- a line "for men and women based on the eclectic stylings of prolific rock legend, Steven Tyler." Annnd, it's not all just fashion. Garage pop band, The Click Clack Boom will be playing a gig; customers can meet Andy and the band after the performance. Find out more information on the event here.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Flavour Groupon: $50 for $100 Worth of Merchandise

Groupon's deal of the day features Flavour Boutique. For $50 you can get $100 worth of goods at this local retailer. Here's the deal:

A jellyfish's handshake is simultaneously weak and poisonous, which is why it seldom makes good first impressions. Avoid the jellyfish effect by donning new duds with today's Groupon: for $50, you get $100 worth of apparel and accessories at Flavour.
The chic staff at Flavour stocks racks with high-quality apparel for men and women from designers such as True Religion, Kat Von D, Splendid, and Robert Graham. Fashionistas can slip into a Lone Ranger tee ($36) to intimidate potential cattle rustlers or a Chan Luu cashmere scarf ($190) to intimidate chilly gusts of wind. The Splendid cowl neck sweater ($88) wraps torsos in trendy warmth, and the Seduce micro-suede dress ($172) hugs curves as gently as a pair of tin-foil overalls. Men can maintain casual charm with Retro Brand T-shirts ($42) displaying classic rock bands, or they can gussy up with a Robert Graham button-down shirt ($248). J Fold wallets (from $38) fit perfectly into the pockets of True Religion jeans ($319), creating a fusion of functionality and style rivaled only by sequined orthopedic shoes.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Five: Fashion Illustration Update

Five things, Nashville and beyond, that I'm currently trending..

In preparation for an upcoming course, I've been doing some research on various fashion illustrators. I've come across some talented artists, designers, and illustrators, I thought I'd share.

An apparel designer at Reebok, this talented artist practices fashion illustration as a much-loved hobby. Her creations are unique, trendy, and in high-demand. The illustrator has been commissioned by giants like Target and Coach. You can find out more about Kathryn and see her creations via her blog, PaperFashion.

illustration of a tsumori chisato fall 2011 look.

Nashville-based designer Amy Breen of amy b. clothing is not only a talented clothing designer, but also an incredible artist. Her loosely drawn sketches are fashion-forward and inspiring. Her illustrations represent a culmination of my favorite drawing techniques- fast lines, imperfection, and pen with watercolor. Amy has lent her talents to my Fashion Drawing class, serving as a guest lecturer, been commissioned by myself for customized art, and her illustrations have been displayed at the local restaurant Jacksons. 
Sketches for her upcoming collection.

My favorite amy b. sketch. I'm obsessed with the monochromatic hues and splattered paint.

Born in Heinkenszand, the Netherlands in 1981, this artist began freelancing after graduation. Her favorite mediums are pen and pencil, colored pencil, and graphite. While her favorite muses are friends and family, she does get inspired by models and fashion designers as well. Denise's impressive client list includes Elle, and she has been published in eight fashion illustration books. 

Dutch artist Judith van den Hoek's illustrations are minimalistic, yet alluring. Simple and timeless. I appreciate the little use of color, and strong facial constructions.

Utilizing a mixed medium of pencil and texture, fashion illustrator Niki Pilkington studied fashion promotion and fashion illustration at Ravensbourne Academy of Design & Communication. The talented artist has had several solo exhibitions and boasts an impressive client list including the likes of Topshop, Nylon Mag, Elle, Laurence King Publishing, and Paul McCartney. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Belk Charity Sale: October 30, November 5-6, 2011

Southern retailer Belk is hosting a charity sale. Whether you're trendy (like these super hot leopard booties) or classic (these Michael Kors boots will last for seasons), you're sure to find something that fits at Belk. 

Sam Edelman Wilma

Price $160.00 

MICHAEL Michael Kors Hamilton Riding Boot

Price $250.00

Tickets are available now from participating nonprofits and go on sale at Belk on Friday Oct. 28. In 2010, the Charity Sale raised over $9 million for participating nonprofits.

Each Charity Sale ticket gives customers $5 off their first purchase including cosmetics and fragrances, and 20-70% off throughout the store. All shoes, including designers brands like Donald J Pliner and Vince Camuto will be 25% off, Better Dresses by designers like Calvin Klien and Adrianna Papell are 30% off, and designer handbags by Lauren, Marc Jacobs and Dooney & Burke will be 25% off.

Also, 60% off fine jewelry, 25% off kids, watches, handbags, dresses, juniors and the list goes on and on. List located here (add www)

Over 50 groups are participating in the Nashville area including:

Newborns in Need (premature baby family support)
United Way of Williamson County
Vanderbilt Children's Hospital
Volunteer Equine Advocates
American Heart Association
West Wilson Middle School
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Boy Scouts of America
Paralyzed Veterans
Sumner County 4-H

The pre-sale opportunity starts Oct. 30 for anyone who can't make the Sat. Nov. 5, 6-10am event. Customers can come by any time that week and chose the items they'd like and Belk will hold them to ring up during Charity Sale hours. Then come by anytime later that day to pick up.

For Immediate Release

Belk Famous Charity Sale Coming November 5th
Private sale benefits local non-profits and schools company-wide while
ticket holders save 20-70 percent off

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct 20, 2011 — Bargain hunters—start your engines and get ready to race to your nearest Belk store to shop to help raise money for non-profit organizations in your community. On Saturday Nov. 5 from 6-10 a.m. all Belk stores will welcome shoppers to take advantage of this unique opportunity to “save money to raise money.”
Belk Charity Sale, the four-hour, semi-annual in-store shopping event, offers an excellent opportunity for customers to support local charities while taking advantage of special discounts of 20-70 percent off on purchases during the event.
“Belk is committed to being involved in our communities and supporting causes important to our customers,” said Jessica Graham, vice president, communications and community relations at Belk.  “Each Belk Charity Sale offers us the opportunity to reach thousands of nonprofits across our footprint and to help them raise much needed funds.”
In 2010 Belk’s Charity Sale raised more than $9.5 million for hundreds of participating charitable organizations.

On the morning of the Belk Charity Sale, the first 100 customers in each store will receive free Belk gift cards ranging in value from $5 to $100, and a chance to win one of three $1,000 Belk gift cards awarded company-wide. Each Charity Sale ticket gives customers $5 off their first purchase including cosmetics and fragrances, 25% off shoes, 60% off fine jewelry, 25% off kids, watches, handbags, dresses, juniors and the list goes on and on. (Full list located here

Are you ready to buy your Belk Charity Sale tickets? Purchase them directly from participating non-profit organizations now—charities get to keep 100 percent of profits from each $5 ticket they sell. Beginning Friday, Oct. 28 tickets may also be purchased at Belk stores with all revenues from in-store ticket sales equally divided among participating charities and schools in each local store. For more information about Belk Charity Fall 2011, please contact your Belk store.

Urban Outfitters Goes Nomad in Knoxville, TN: October 22 – 25, 2011

I had previously posted about UO’s tour, but for all your Knoxville fans out there, UO is coming your way! Be prepared October 22 – 25, 2011 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 314 Church Ave., Knoxville, TN 37902. (See an overview of the tour here: Here’s some additional information about UO’s tour:

  • The Urban Outfitters Store on Tour was envisioned as a way to bring the Urban Outfitters shopping experience to cities without a permanent Urban Outfitters location.
  • This is the first time that Urban Outfitters has done anything like this and Knoxville is the last stop on this year’s tour that has visited four cities throughout October.
  • Shoppers will find a little bit of everything typically sold at Urban Outfitters from men’s and women’s apparel to accessories, bags, electronics and home items. Items were specially selected from the Fall 2011 collection for the cities the Store on Tour will be visiting.
  • DRY Soda, an all-natural, less sweet, four ingredient soda, and Tortoise & Blonde, a family owned eyewear company are joining the Urban Outfitters Store on Tour caravan. DRY Soda will be sampling and selling bottles of their all-natural soda in each city, and Tortoise & Blonde is bringing along their collection of glasses for shoppers to try and purchase.

The Container Store's Nashville SuperFan Contest

Nashville's newest organizational store is looking for a SuperFan. Are you obsessed with organization? Do you have the perfect closet? Want to de-clutter your life? Check out the SuperFan contest!

The Container Store Is Looking For Its Nashville SuperFan

Winner Will Receive VIP Treatment for Highly-Anticipated Grand Opening Celebration
and Ultimate Organized Prize Package

WHAT:         Do you consider yourself a “Super Fan” of The Container Store or know someone who does?  The Container Store is in search of its Nashville SuperFan via the company’s Facebook page.  Go to  to leave a comment about why you are worthy of SuperFan status.

The winner will receive recognition as The Container Store’s Nashville SuperFan, special access to the Nashville Grand Opening Celebration which includes being first in line at the opening on Saturday (typical lines stretch more than 100 people deep prior to the doors opening Grand Opening morning), their very own SuperFan shopping cart, the Ultimate Organized Product Prize Package from
The Container Store, a gift card and an invitation to the store’s Private Preview Party (invitation only).

The Container Store, the nation’s original and leading retailer of storage and organization products, will open in Nashville at The Mall at Green Hills on Saturday, November 5th at 9am.     
WHEN:            The Nashville Super Fan Contest runs now through Friday, October 28th

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Casting Call for Art Institute Runway Fashion Show: October 26 & November 2,, 2011

Mmmhmmm... That's right. My students are putting on an epic fashion show. More details about the event soon, but for now, they're having an open model casting call. Here are the details and find the event on Facebook here:

Location: The art institute of tennessee - nashville
100 Centerview Drive #250 (AiTN & Argosy)
Nashville, Tennessee

The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville's Fashion Show Production Crew presents "projectRED', a fashion show that will be hosted by Fashion Students at the beginning of December!

This audition is for both males and females, age 18+, preferably with runway modeling experience! Two auditions will be held:

Wednesday October 26, 2011 
Wednesday November 2, 2011

Auditions are from 1 pm-5 pm at The Art Institute in Room #2112 on the Argosy side.

For any further questions please contact:
Anne Pevey at or
Indya Perry at