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Fashion in Memphis - MFW 2018

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Fashion and style are elements that transcend race, ethnicities, gender and socioeconomic status.  Every major metropolis and fashion capital holds a fashion week were the designs of local talent are celebrated on the runways.  Across the globe, both men and women from all walks of life come together to revel in their appreciation for fashion and style.  Memphians aren’t a group to fall too far behind the curve, so of course we have our very own fashion week.

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Fashion Lives Here

Memphis Fashion Week 2018

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Here in Memphis, a group of young influential women formed the Memphis Fashion Design Network.  This group sponsors an annual celebration of all things fashion cultivated from right here in the MidSouth.  Memphis Fashion Week is about week long array of events ranging from fabulous galas to runway shows of our local emerging talent.

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I had the pleasure of attending both nights of the runway shows.  The opening night was a larger scale night of shows which included talents from across the nation as well as one or two designers from Mid-South.  The setting was Elvis Presley’s Automotive Hall of Fame, so imagine beautiful models, long runways with vintage cars as the backdrop.  The evening was quite breathtaking.  Freeze models adorning pieces from local boutiques and stores greeted guest, and spirits and hor d'oeurves.  The night’s designers showed their collections, and it was to everyone’s delight that Rachel Roy closed out the show.  Not only is she a celebrity, she is a well respected designers hailing from NYC, and philanthropist.  Her spring/summer collections include vibrant colors and eye catching florals.  Everything was so on trend, with a touch of sophistication and Old Hollywood Glam.  And to top the night off, I got to go backstage and grab a “very dark and blurry” photo with the beautiful honoree.

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Night 2 of runway shows were held in vestibule of Memphis College of Art.  The event was buzzing with fashionistas from around the city, and a ton of family and friends of designers, as this was “homegrown” night.  As mentioned earlier, emerging talent from right here in Memphis presented their mini collections to a sold out crowd.

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Photos are courtesy of Control Free Concept

Best in Vintage with Buffalo Exchange

I spent a few days in Nashville last week, and during our down town I made a mad dash for the vintage shops.  Although I would never want to permanently reside in Nashville, there are tons of  work opportunities and the shopping is actually A-1. 

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I popped into the local Buffalo Exchange because they have some of the best vintage in town.  I also love that this place is 100% Green, meaning they have donate most proceeds to charity and they are environmentally friendly.  The store is set on a buy, sell or trade premise,  so they are simply reselling gently used current fashion items at a price that's undeniable.  They also have a vast selection of high end and vintage pieces.  I feel like the vintage buys are the best in town. 

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This beautiful, bright red orange coat dress immediately caught my eyes.  I was drawn to the color, but then I was sold on the texture and heaviness of it.  And I guess I couldn't leave out that it was only $11.00. 

 outfit details - coat dress: thrift vintage via Buffalo Exchange ( here )( here ); shoes: & Other Stories ( here )( here ); socks: Berkshire ( here )( here ); earrings: vintage: ( here )

outfit details - coat dress: thrift vintage via Buffalo Exchange (here)(here); shoes: & Other Stories (here)(here); socks: Berkshire (here)(here); earrings: vintage: (here)

I paired my vintage coat dress with my all time favorite pair & Other Stories metallic wedge sandals.  Look a little closer and you see that I am sporting a super cute pair of Berkshire anklets.  These ankle socks are so on trend, and perfect for seasonal wardrobe transitions and adding texture and additional elements to a look.

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Say hello to our new family dog, Flex.  He's the smartest Belgian Shephard puppy that you will ever meet.

Seasonal Layering

Do you guys remember that one warm day we had a few weeks ago - well that was this particular day.  The weather was nice and divine, the trees were blooming and everything just seemed right in the world.  Since then Spring has gone on what seems like permanent Spring Break, but let's not dwell on that fact.  For now, we can either reminiscence on warmer days, or pray for more to come.

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One of our photographers wanted to go shoot in a nearby park, and I was happy to oblige.  He's a fantastic photographer that shoots with a Canon (my preferred camera brand).  Canons agree with my melanin, so I knew that despite the bright sunlight and the random, deserted backdrop these pictures would be bomb.  

 outfit details - shirt: ( here )( here ); joggers: ( here )( here ); booties: ( here )( here ); earrings: ( here )( here )

outfit details - shirt: (here)(here); joggers: (here)(here); booties: (here)(here); earrings: (here)(here)

My outfit is pretty relaxed.  I'm wearing some old black silk BCBG joggers, and a thrifted striped silk blouse layered over another striped shirt.  I figured I would flex my styling muscles a bit.  Spring is my favorite transitional season because it's perfect for layering. 

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If you are interested in having any photographs taken this Spring/Summer season please contact the Leaf Center at theleafcenter.com