Monday, November 5, 2012

Warby Parker Sets Shop in Imogene + Willie / Cocktail Party: November 8, 2012

Warby Parker is coming to Nashville! The popular fashion brand will open a new showroom in Imogene + Willie in Nashville next week. To learn more about Warby Parker's full collection of men's and women's eyeglasses and sunglasses, please visit

To celebrate the new showroom in Nashville, Warby Parker is hosting a cocktail party at Imogene + Willie on Thursday, November 8 from 6-9 PM (cocktails from The Spirit Run). We look forward to celebrating the launch in style!

In addition, Warby Parker is currently traveling the country on a yellow school bus, bringing their showroom experience to life for customers in nine cities over the course of six month. The Class Trip will stop in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Nashville. The bus will be in Nashville between November 28 - December 9.The traditional yellow school bus has been completely revamped and re-imagined as a professor's library, complete with leather sofas, wood paneling, vintage books, and of course the full line of Warby Parker eyewear. To learn more about the Class Trip, visit We will provide more details about the Nashville stop in the weeks to come.

View more information on the imogene + willie blog here.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

RAW Artist Showcase: Provocations - October, 11, 2012

Back for another amazing showcase, RAW will be presenting a new concept on Thursday, October 11, 2012, titled Provocations. Here is the press release for the highly anticipated event:

RAW: natural born artists presents Provocations, Thursday, October 11th

(Nashville, TN)- National arts organization remixes Mercy Lounge with a collaboration of fashion, art, film, and music: adding a sprinkle of Los Angeles flair to the Nashville night life.

On Thursday, October 11th RAW returns to Nashville for their famous annual
masquerade event at Mercy Lounge. The show will feature 26 talented artists covering several genres.

This show will spotlight musical performances by Set Fire to Ghost, Vanessa Diaz, Wilsdorf, and Buffalo Rodeo; fashion shows featuring clothing by Christine Lopez and Beth Keener; a creepy hair and makeup collaborative runway show that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen by Aria Darling, Brittani Lopez, Smashley, Char Braden, Somica Renee, and Ashley Wright; and local visual artists Paint the Body, Jessamyn Davis, Pippenwyck, Cootie, Sam Flegal, Mary Levinsky, EvilB, Kacey Lynn, Marshall R., Kevin Owen, Brittany Ketring, Jason Busby, Mc Awesome, and Laura Beckwith.

“At RAW, we strive to showcase only the most unique and talented artists we can find! Therefore, we have worked exceptionally hard to present a show that will not only meet the expectations of our audience, but will entice the imagination through its melting pot of creativity!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Christian Siriano Fashion Show - October 12, 2012

Long after his triumph on Project Runway, feisty fashion designer Christian Siriano has held a place near and dear to my heart. Obviously, Siriano is a talented artist with a knack for fashion creativity, elegance, and beauty. But truly, it was 2011 his retort to the equivalence of fashion school-yard bullies when he decided to showcase his then-recent collection at the first Nashville Fashion Week:

About Nashville, I have something I’m confused about. I showed this season at New York Fashion Week, as always. I am also showing some of my collection in Nashville this weekend alongside local talent and Betsey Johnson because it’s a fun way for me to bring my art to a new market that really wants to see it. Some writers seem to look down on this, but I don’t understand what the problem is? My business is growing rapidly and I am doing everything I can to help that happen. What’s wrong with everyone having the chance to see fashion? Is nobody else allowed to have a look except people in New York? I do trunk shows around the country and around the world, as do most designers… and many designers often have fashion shows at or near trunk shows because they help people see the clothes and want to wear them. I am having a trunk show in Nashville this weekend as well. It’s going to be fun and good for my business, and I’m grateful that the people of Nashville want to have me!

Siriano, thank you for your eloquent slam and making Styleite choke on their own words.

Of course, the 2011 showing of the Siriano collection at Nashville Fashion Week was a major highlight, his feminine and beautiful clothes lighting up the runway. (Also, Kelly Cutrone sat next to me at that show, so that was a plus!) I believe this night Nashville fell in love with Siriano, and Siriano fell in love right back.

On Friday, October 12, 2012, Christian Siriano will be revisiting Nashville to showcase his Spring 2013 collection at the annual Nfocus Model Behavior fashion event. Held at the Noah Liff Opera Center, tickets are $50, and VIP seating will set you back $100. Additionally, patrons are asked to choose from ten charities when purchasing tickets; the non-profit with the most support will receive a donation from Nfocus. Tickets can be purchased here. Charities to choose from include:

1) Friends of Children's Hospital | Susan Basel
2) Family and Children's Service | Aylin Ozgener
3) The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation | Dee Anna Smith
4) Fannie Battle Day Home | Liz Beavers
5) Girl Scouts of Middle TN | Sharon K. Roberson, Esq.
6) Nashville Public Radio | Paula Lovell
7) Junior League of Nashville | Jillian Waters
8) NPT | Crissy Welhoelter
9) Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee | Jana Davis
10) Friends of Warner Parks | Julie Rounsavile

See you there!!

Amber C.

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Letter to my Readers

On the morning of Thursday, April 26th, I sat on a lounge chair, burying my toes deep into Florida’s white sandy beach, luxuriously flipped through the latest issue of Vogue magazine while drinking an ice cold beer, and listened to the continual crashing of ocean waves. It had been months since my last vacation, and year since I had been on the beach. I exhaled a content sigh, and immersed myself in the Florida sun. At that moment my mom turned to me and said, “Wow. I haven’t seen you this relaxed in years.” I sat for a few moments, pondering the statement, and realized she was right- I hadn’t been that relaxed in years.
Those who know me personally describe me as driven and ambitious. I’m consistently reaching for more; whether it is for my career, education, fashion, friends, or family, I’ve always got a full plate. I’m also a perfectionist. If I do something I do it right- always giving 110%. I’ve accomplished a lot over my lifetime and I’m proud of what I’ve done and who I’ve become. However, there comes a moment when you realize you need to step back, relax, and refocus.
In the past few months I finished my last Doctoral class, passed my Doctoral comprehensive examination (i.e.- wrote a 57-page research paper in one week), began working on my dissertation, and taken on new responsibilities at work with a promotion to Interim Department Chair for the Fashion & Retail Management and Interior Design departments at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville. In an effort to simplify my life in other ways, I have neglected Nashville Fashion Blog over these past few months. And to my readers, I apologize.
Nashville Fashion Blog was created in August 2010 to fill a void in our local industry. At that time, there was no one-stop-shop for Nashville related fashion events. I aimed to fill that void, educating readers, creating awareness for, and chronicling the Nashville fashion industry by highlighting local events, retailers, designers, and employment opportunities. Until recently, I’ve done a good job achieving these goals.
Keeping up with every and all Nashville fashion happenings became a time-consuming and arduous process, and a process I could no longer do. I love Nashville, love our fashion industry, and am proud of the collective work we have all put in to create a fashion city on the rise. But as a one man show, I no longer have the available time to run a blog that focuses on everything. Therefore, I have decided to re-shift my focus of this blog.
Nashville Fashion Blog will now serve as a platform for commentary on our local fashion scene and provide updates only on major event happenings. Content driven posts will provide readers with a deeper insight into our fashion world and meaningful articles will provide thought provoking substance.
I look forward to the changes Nashville Fashion Blog will undergo, and I’m glad to be back.
See you soon.
-Amber C.
Nashville Fashion Blog

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

In Her Shoes: May 10, 2012

Presented by Dillard's, this years In Her Shoes will undoubtedly be the best yet! Spectacular shoes, wonderful wine and remarkable women...all for a good cause!

To raise awareness and funds for families in abusive situations, we are hosting In Her Shoes, a silent auction featuring stylish shoes and handbags from your favorite designers. The event is an opportunity for you to learn about the women and families in our community who have benefited from the support and services of the YWCA while also bidding on a new pair of shoes—or two or three.

Proceeds raised at the event will directly benefit the YWCA Weaver Domestic Violence Center—the largest domestic violence center in the state.

Company Overview
The YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

General Information
Event Details for 2012
Date: Thursday, May 10th
Place: The Hutton Hotel (1808 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203)
Price: $35 ($40 After May 1st)
Tickets available at

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Naked Without Us: June 1, 2012

I've been attending and directly involved in Naked Without Us for the past four years, and I am excited about this years installment of the fashion event featuring local designers and musicians. This year's event takes place Friday, June 1, 2012 at Exit/In. Tickets are only $10, $25 VIP, and you're sure to have an exciting evening, checking out our latest local talents. I'll see you there!

Monday, April 30, 2012

O'More Student Fashion Show: May 11, 2012

14th Annual Eloise Student Fashion Show Returns To The Factory at Franklin

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Twenty-five student designers will send their individual collections down the runway during the 14th annual Eloise Student Fashion Show on Friday, May 11. Eloise is the grand finale of Design Week, O’More College of Design’s premier annual event showcasing the emerging talent across the College’s four departments.

Pre-juried clothing collections made by selected junior and senior O’More fashion design students are presented in a highly produced, New York-style fashion show. Each collection includes five to ten pieces, all illustrated, patterned, draped and constructed by the participating designers.  The show will be held in Liberty Hall at The Factory in Franklin, Tenn. Seating will begin at 7:15 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35, and can be purchased online at or by calling (615) 794-4254, x236.

“The creative vision and detailed craftsmanship coming from these students could rival some high-profile runway shows around the country,” said Jamie Atlas, O’More’s fashion design department chair.  “Many of these pieces are so well constructed that they could be sold in stores now.”

The student designers’ collections range in style from elegant eveningwear and avant-garde pieces to whimsical children’s clothing and non-traditional menswear. Each student has a unique inspiration driving his or her individual expressions, and several have merged their professional aspirations with the collection that will hit the runway. 

“The students have been influenced by time periods and cultural icons, in everything from the human footprint on our ecosystem to the Modernist painter Florine Stettheimer,” Atlas said. “Most of the collections reflect what the designer wants to pursue after graduation.”

The junior and senior students have spent months perfecting their pieces, which went through several rounds of juries for a chance to make it in the show.

Seniors are competing for “Distinguished Designer” – an honor that includes a top-of-the-line sewing machine from SVP Worldwide and cash stipend. They will also vie for the “Designer Look Book” award, which includes a designer look book produced by and featuring models from the Reflection Agency.  Juniors are competing for the “Design Achievement” award, which carries a cash scholarship with it. Prior to the show, a panel of industry experts will judge the collections on their construction, cohesiveness, creativity and marketability. The designers will also be judged on the runway presentation.

The crowd will have an opportunity to cast their votes, as well. The Eloise Award is given to the “People’s Choice” – sponsors and guests may text unique codes for their favorite collections during the show. The winning designer will receive a PGM dress form. Senior Carly Nelson won the coveted award for the 2011 Eloise Fashion Show for her stunning "Suspiria" collection, which explored a person's innermost thoughts and was inspired by horror films. She also won the “Designer Look Book” honor that year.

The annual fashion show act acts an important facilitator between O'More students and industry professionals. Students are involved in every aspect of the event, including planning, promotion and production.

Presenting sponsors are Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, the McAfee Foundation, the American Center for Law & Justice, the Robert N. Moore Company, A Vintage Affair, Bristol Development Group and IDS.

Founded in 1970, O’More College of Design is a four-year, not-for-profit, post-secondary institution offering bachelor of fine arts degrees in fashion design, interior design and visual communications. The college is located in the downtown historic district of Franklin, Tenn. To learn more, visit

**** Designers to look out for ****

1) Nashvillian George Bray modeled her "Crystal Flowers" collection after Modernist painter and poet Florine Stettheimer. There are 10 looks hitting the runway in her collection, and each reflects a certain painting of the artist. It is '20s inspired and dominated by sheer materials, exquisite beading and incredible detail -- she says each look took her around 20 hours to construct. She has also hand made hats for each look and reconstructed all the shoes to complete the collection. 
Contact information: gbray@omorecollege.edu615-498-0313

2) Paris, Tenn. native Jennifer Evans's collection "Urbanization" was inspired by human impact on the environment. She chose both social and environmental factors and translated that into each of her looks. Her runway pieces gradually become more detailed and striking, culminating in a dramatic couture gown that is a juxtapose of refinement and grunge: there are intricately sequined features, but Jennifer also took a blowtorch sensitive to polyester to the bottom of the organza fabric dress.
Contact information: jevans@omorecollege.edu731-707-3692

3) Anastasia Morozova came to Franklin from Eastern Europe's Moldova to attend O'More. Her collection "Moments" emphasizes on a mix of textures, materials and patterns in soft silhouettes. Each piece shows incredible craftsmanship and painstaking attention to detail.  Both her journey to O'More and her collection are incredible.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

NFB Vacation

Hello all! Nashville Fashion Blog will be on a brief hiatus as I travel to Florida this week for some much needed vacation time spent with family on warm, sunny beaches, revitalizing myself for things to come. NFB will be back soon!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

TXMD Fashion Show Bon Vogage: April 21, 2012

TXMD Fashion show “Bon Voyage” April 21st, 2012

News and Media Relations contact:  
Human Sciences contact:  Dr. Jasmin Kwon, 615-904-8340 or

TXMD Fashion Show “Bon Voyage” April 21st,2012

By: TXMD Fashion Promotion publicity committee

(Murfreesboro)- The TXMD annual student design fashion show will feature many garment submissions designed by TXMD merchandising and design students.  “Bon Voyage” fashion show will take place April 21st at the James Union Building, Tennessee room located on the MTSU campus at 7:00pm. This event is sponsored by the Avenue Murfreesboro and MTSU Student Programming.

Dr. Kwon, director of the fashion show created the theme “Bon Voyage” which showcases 3 subcategories: “jetsetter, stylish splash, and summer nights.  

The TXMD fashion show will be hosted by the TXMD fashion promotion class which has been categorized into six committees: Wardrobe selection, Modeling, Publicity, Hair & Makeup, Stage & Music, and Fundraising.  Each committee has been working for weeks to plan the event.  “Bon Voyage” fashion show is the largest fundraising event of the semester for the TXMD program.  The proceeds will benefit the TXMD development fund and the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition.  

Following the TXMD student design competition, we will be featuring the TXMD senior collections. Students’ portfolios and Bras for cause designs will be displayed in the lobby.

The MTSU student body, faculty and staff as well as general public are invited to attend.  General admission is $15 and VIP is $30.  Seating will start at 6:30pm.

For more information, contact Dr. Kwon, (EHS 104), or 615-904-8430.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fanny's Vintage Clothing Sale: April 22, 2012

Some of my favorite pieces have come from a Fanny's House of Music vintage lawn sale, and I'm sure this Sunday I'll be able to add a few more gems to my collection. Head on over from 10 AM to 5 PM to score some vintage garb from a variety of retailers in the local Nashville area. Happy shopping!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Simon & Ruby in Madison, TN Seeks Interns

Simon & Ruby Internships
Company Name: Simon & Ruby LLC

Job/Internship type:  Unpaid, For Credit Internship

Location: Madison, TN

Dates: May 1 – August 1, 2012; August 15 – November 15, 2012

Internship Description: 
Intern will have the opportunity to learn all aspects of the jewelry design business.   Responsibilities will include, day to day errands, inventory management, tracking samples, social media & website updates, trend research, trade and trunk show preparations, development of marketing initiatives & email campaigns, as well as hands-on experience learning to design & create jewelry collections. 

Candidate Description:
Candidates should have a keen interest in jewelry design and/or fashion business entrepreneurship and
should be at least a college sophomore who will be able to receive credit
for participating in this program. The Intern Program will allow students
to gain exposure to the industry and will provide a real-world experience
that can be a supplement to classroom studies.

Company Description:
Travel, texture, and playful sophistication are the hallmarks of Simon & Ruby.   The collections are created with a story in mind, giving each piece a unique, almost intimate character.  Artisan craftsmanship mixes with a contemporary approach to contrast color and composition, and make Simon & Ruby jewelry an innovative juxtaposition of raw and refined materials.
Contact:  Send cover letters and resumes to

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Upcoming Events at Levy's Clothier: April 12-28, 2012

Trunk shows, pretty clothes, and cocktails. Count me in! Levy's Clothier for Men & Women has a few fun and exciting upcoming events I thought I'd share with you. Mark your calendars, ladies and gentlemen!

A little about the retailer that presented Versace at this year's Nashville Fashion Week:

Levy’s is a family-owned business, offering the latest in men’s and women’s fashions from around the world. Since 1855, Levy’s has been run by the same family for 157 years. We are recognized as the oldest men's clothing store in America, and one of the best in the nation, according to Esquire Magazine’s Gold Standard. Along with our exceptional clothing, we also provide personalized wardrobe consultation and in-house tailoring services. Additionally, we offer lines including Hugo Boss, Armani Collezioni, Sand, Robert Graham, and Flavio Castellani.

Thursday, April 12:
Hart Schaffner Marx Trunk Show with Giovanna Romano, Director of Made to Measure, 10am-7pm. Special pricing, refreshments served, appointments encouraged.

Tuesday, April 17:
Client Appreciation Party, 5pm-8pm
For one night only the magazine comes to life as we honor those featured in Levy’s 2012 Spring issue. Entertainment by Sugar Lime Blue, Hors D’oeuvres by F. Scotts and Table 3, Dessert by Nothing Bundt Cakes, & Tequila sampling by Tequila Cuestion.
RSVP to Robin Rose at
For more information please call 615.383.2800

Tuesday, April 17 & Wednesday, April 18:
LoveTatum Jewelry Trunk Show with Robbin Moody, 10am-6pm
Special pricing, refreshments served, appointments encouraged

Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28:
Carol Lipworth Trunk Show, 10am-6pm
Refreshments served, appointments encouraged

Plucky Presents Francesa Joy Pop-Up Shop: April 14-15, 2012

With an upcoming trip to Panama City Beach at the end of the month, all I can think about is sunny skies, palm trees, oversized hats, and me on the beach sipping fruity drinks. Ahhh..... So, when I saw this upcoming event for new retailer Plucky, I can't help but be on board. I'm DYING for that lobster and anchor cell phone cover; too bad I don't have a fancy phone! But if you'd like to purchase it for me, I'll be sure to get on the iPhone trend asap.

So for those with fancy phones and in need of some new items, head over to Plucky on Saturday, April 14th or Sunday April 15, 2012 for their adorable Francesa Joy pop-up shop!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fashion Show Etiquette: How Should You Act at a Fashion Show?

Jamie and the Jones final walk @ NFW12.
photo by Nashville Fashion Blog

The Saturday of Nashville Fashion Week, while attending the Tim Gunn event at the Mall at Green Hills, I ran into a friend and fellow NFW patron. We began discussing the week’s events, fashions, designers, models, venues, looks, and guests. As the conversation progressed, we rested on the topic of fashion show etiquette, and what we considered ‘appropriate behavior’ when attending such an event. It was interesting, I noted, that while we were all at the same Fashion Week events, the behaviors of attendees varied from night to night, designer to designer, and model to model. Some guests sat poised and collected, watching fashions glide down runways, perhaps eliciting a nod of approval, simple smile, or quick comment to a friend. Other guests watched the same runway fashions and texted on their phones, laughed boisterously with neighbors, or clapped loudly while cheering and whistling for NFW models.

This beautiful Versace-clad model caused quite a response at NFW12.
photo by Nashville Fashion Blog

Over my past four years living in Nashville, I’ve attended a multitude of fashion shows and events boasting a variety of themes, atmospheres, and target audiences. I’ve adorned myself in my classiest ensembles for elegant shows at the Symphony Center and NFW for designers like Isaac Mizrahi, Versace, Christian Siriano, and Marchesa. I’ve dressed down for DIY fashion events put on by high school students and parents. Flirty dresses have been worn for casual fashion shows for Blush Boutique, Naked Without Us, or RAW Artist local designers. Blogger Jade from Diva Fabulosa believes when attending a fashion show, one should always dress the part. She cites, “you may not be one of the models walking the runway, but it still shows good taste when you dress appropriately for a fashion show.” Every show may call for a particular look, but does it call for different etiquette?

A rare glimpse of me at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville's 2009 fashion show.

Designer Joseph Domingo believes poor fashion show etiquette “threatens the class and respect of the industry” and must be addressed. And here we rest on the underlying question, What is proper etiquette at a fashion show? While I certainly have my opinions on the matter, I decided to do a little investigative research to discover what others believed the dos and don’ts of fashion show behavior are.

What is fashionably late?

A 2009 article from Glamour Magazine discusses fashion show etiquette, highlighting ways to look like a front-row regular. The first tip? Have your cell phone in-hand at all times because, “How else are you going to tap out urgent messages (e.g., “OMG: Whitney and Olivia both sitting front row at Thakoon. Hair=Amazing!”) to coworkers and friends?” Writer Sylvie Branch advises those hoping to look like an insider at fashion shows become surgically attached to their phones and to text everyone and anyone constantly. New York-based style expert, TV personality, and author Jene Lucaine also believes texting at fashion shows is not disruptive, as some of those texting are sending notes to bosses, editors, or sharing runway photos with friends. Lucaine says “designers LOVE getting instant attention for their shows” and believes bloggers (especially those front row with live updates) are an integral part of the fashion industry and should be on their electronics for the duration of the show. However, popular fashion runway blogger Laetitia of Mademoiselle Robot believes one should never, ever be on the phone or tweet during a fashion show. She states, “Show some respect to the designer and if you're at a show, watch it rather than brag about it on Twitter or say how amazing it is… sometimes 140 characters just don’t cut it.”

Niki and Paris Hilton texting during a 2009 fashion show.

Personally, I tuck the phone neatly away in my purse, after putting it on silent of course, at the start of any fashion show. I consider it highly disrespectful and rude to be on my phone, texting, tweeting, blogging, etc., during the few minutes a designer has worked hundreds of hours on creating. I want to show my enthusiasm and appreciation for their hard work by admiring every look, fabrication, stitch, and embellishment, and telling my friends about it later.

So when you’re front row at a fashion show or event and an incredible piece comes down the runway, what do you do? How do you react? Do you show support by clapping and eliciting excited yells? Or do you remain silent and reserve your enthusiasm for the final walk? What should you do?

A standing ovation for designer Gustavo Cadile presented by Gus Mayer for NFW11. 
Photo by Nashville Fashion Blog.

According to Glamour Magazine, when you are wowed by runway pieces and models, one must always keep their cool: “a simple golf clap- reserved for the end of the show- is the respectful amount of enthusiasm to show for the clothes.” Branch also suggests curbing your enthusiasm, showing “only mild approval at the most beautiful dress you’ve ever seen.” Eboyne Jackson, fashion editor of DAM Magazine, believes talking during shows should be kept to a hushed minimum. She states, “In most cases, people will side-glance each other to show their disdain or approval, and whisper to each other, but for the most part, talking [should be] kept at a bare minimum.” Jackson also cites that most guests are so engaged in the fashion show, they don’t want to be distracted by conversation or miss a single moment.

Anna Wintour postulates, while Sara Jessica Parker makes a quick comment at the Alexander Wang fashion show.

I can’t help but challenge Jackson’s last comment. What about those who are not absolutely engrossed in the shows? Some fashion show attendees may simply want something ‘new’ to do on a Friday night with girlfriends, or perhaps their significant other dragged them to the event (I’ve been guilty of doing that a few times myself). It is not reasonable to expect every fashion show patron to breathe this industry and fully commit every second to studying the new designs, silently critiquing looks, or taking notes. This is just absurd- some people just want to let loose, see some cool clothes, hang out with their friends, and have a good time. And hey, I’m not saying I’m an exception. I always hope to have fun at the fashion shows I attend. But should my level of commitment to the evening dictate the behavior I exhibit as the fashions are being shown? Perhaps. Perhaps not. It is an interesting examination of human behavior and social acceptability. I’m sure my academic side is getting the better of me right now, but I’m curious to know the opinions of others out there regarding this topic. I can’t help but to think that the star of the evening is the designers and models, and all I want to do is pay attention. Perhaps I have an antiquated viewpoint on proper fashion show etiquette. Or perhaps I just need to let loose and give that intricately designed garment the loud whistle it deserves.