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.
Fashion Lives Here
Memphis Fashion Week 2018
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.
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.
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.
Photos are courtesy of Control Free Concept