Photo Shoot with Lauren Athalia

I loved creating hats for this honey-themed photo shoot for photographer, Lauren Athalia. She put a great team of local talent together and inspired us all to be creative with this fantastical project.

CREDITS: Photography & Art Direction: Lauren Athalia // Models: Morgan Hollis with JEA Model Management and MAJOR Model NY, Taylor Novak with AMAX Talent //  Gold Playsuit by HELLA TL // Beauty by Glynnis Garcia with Krystal Dickerson // Wardrobe Styling Amber Williams // Milliner: Fanny & June // Set Design: CraftCourse Nashville // Photography Assist: Lauren Walters

The Reclamation

In September, The Nashville Fashion Alliance teamed up with Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee to put on one of the coolest fundraisers this city has ever seen, bringing together chefs, farmers, fashion designers, artists and musicians.

Dinner at The Reclamation; Photo: Mayter Scott

Dinner at The Reclamation; Photo: Mayter Scott

Alex Lockwood, Bryce McCloud and Vadis Turner filled the space with large-scale art installations.

Alex Lockwood; Photo: Mayter Scott

Alex Lockwood; Photo: Mayter Scott

In addition to helping the NFA organize this event, I was one of twelve local designers given gift cards to Goodwill and tasked with a Project Runway-style makeover challenge.

Fanny & June, Ona Rex, Diana Warner Studio

Will & Ivey, Morton and Mabel, Debe Dohrer

Eric Adler, Isabel SK

My contribution: a dress and turban.Β Photo: Mayter Scott

My contribution: a dress and turban. Photo: Mayter Scott

With the only guidelines, that all materials must come from Goodwill, I began my hunt with my hands, feeling my way across the stores in search for any items made of 100% silk. I remade a bias cut ballgown into a cocktail dress and cut strips out of blouses which I over-dyed to make the flowers. The turban started out as a matching shirt and shorts combo, and is lined with a green silk blouse. Working with a challenge was such a blast, and I enjoyed busting out the French Curve and dress form for a change.

From the impressive designs, to the locally farmed flower arrangements, to the incredible dinner, to the Guilty Pleasures dance party, every part of this night was fab!

Fashion Happening Nashville 3

October 15, 2016 marked the third Fashion Happening Nashville! Organized by Hunter Claire Rogers and myself, it brings together local fashion and art, and this time, fashion photography for a one night "happening".

We enlisted the help of Dan Carr, who designed the magnificent wooden and wire displays.

Through this event we were able to raise awareness of local designers and photographers and raise money for the Sewing Training Academy, which is helping train people for sewing jobs in Tennessee.

Black By Maria Silver + Jo McCaughey

Black By Maria Silver + Jo McCaughey

Emil Erwin + Brett Warren

Emil Erwin + Brett Warren

Ola Mai + Lauren Athalia

Ola Mai + Lauren Athalia

Any Old Iron + Max Hsu

Any Old Iron + Max Hsu

Acorn + Archer + Ashtin Paige

Acorn + Archer + Ashtin Paige

Ona Rex + Zachary Gray

Ona Rex + Zachary Gray

Isabel SK + Ramiah Branch

Isabel SK + Ramiah Branch

Event photos by Drew Maynard.

The Wardrobe Project 2016

It was wonderful being part of the first Wardrobe Project this year at Track One. It was put on by The Nashville Fashion Alliance to give area fashion brands an opportunity to showcase their wares among large-scale artistic installations in an elevated marketplace. It encouraged collaborations across the arts, and brought home the message that when you buy local, you're supporting your community.

I collaborated with illustrator, Rebecca Green, on my booth. She painted the sweetest backdrop and little leaves and berries throughout to tie it together.

Me in my booth!

Me in my booth!

I had a great time helping people find the perfect hat.

Some of my favorite Wardrobe Project booths:

Emily Phillips

Emily Phillips

Walker Jewelry

Walker Jewelry

Ona Rex and Ceri Hoover

Ona Rex and Ceri Hoover

Nashville Lifestyles May 2016

I am so thrilled to be included in this month's Nashville Lifestyles magazine with a great group of local designers! See the story here. Stowe, Ona Rex and Ceri Hoover are all doing world class level work, and are such an inspiration.

1. Fanny & June bow fedora ($228); fannyandjune.com 
2. Stowe blue crop ($150); shop-stowe.com 
3. Ona Rex Ellery skirt ($398); onarex.com 
4. Ceri Hoover Waller clutch ($145)
5. Ceri Hoover leather tassel in mint ($45)
6. Ceri Hoover Harper mule in camel ($345); cerihoover.com 
7. Warby Parker Laurel 16 sunglasses in Bellini ($95); warbyparker.com 
8. Carden Avenue Maxine necklace ($385); cardenavenue.com 
9. AILA Cosmetics nail lacquer in Make Him Wait A Day and Im Naked! Im Naked! ($17 each); loveaila.com

Memphis Design in Fashion

Apartment containing many classic Memphis design pieces

The Memphis Group's controversial 1980s furniture, ceramics, and textile designs remain iconic today. The image I most associate with this aesthetic is PeeWee's Playhouse. For a more realistic look of how someone lived with Memphis furniture, check out this article on Karl Lagerfeld's incredible 80s apartment.

PeeWee's Playhouse set

High fashion began referencing this style in 2011 when Dior Couture showed their first line without Galliano in 15 years. At the time many considered it a disappointment, but it's ripple effect can still be felt in fashion.

Dior Couture

American Apparel line, with patterns by one of the original Memphis Group members

Dusen Dusen 2015, ready to wear

Missioni ad from Fall 2014