Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Nashville, the new fashion Mecca?

As Nashville embarks on its annual Fashion Week, I reflect back to almost 11 years ago when I moved back to Nashville from New York. A time when the idea of a fashion week was just a whisper. In 2008 I ran into one of my friends Robert Campbell who was at the forefront of creating Nashville Fashion Week and we spoke in the parking lot of Green Hills mall about how cool it would be to create a fashion week in Nashville. Fast Forward to Nashville circa 2017, seeing nashville in every high profile publication as not only the most desirable places to live, but the possibility of Nashville becoming a fashion Mecca. I can't help but think how amazing it has been to watch this city grow so rapidly. I only hope it doesn't get too big for its britches.

Please read today's article in BOF about Nashville and it's thriving fashion scene below


Friday, April 29, 2016

Nashville Symphony Fashion Show featuring Carolina Herrera Spring 16

 The Nashville Symphony Fashion show is one of the most anticipated fashion events Nashville has to offer. Every year a designer is selected to show their most recent collection in the music hall of the gorgeous Schermerhorn symphony. This year the featured designer was the legendary Carolina Herrera. Her fall 2016 collection featured 3-D embroideries, feather florets and paillettes atop gorgeous silks and elegant modern silhouettes. Here are some of my favorite looks from her RTW collection.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Goodnight Sweet Prince.

It has taken me a few days to reflect on how much Prince has influenced my life. My mother was a dancer and I can remember her dancing in the living room to MTV when MTV was still a music television channel. I vividly remember Prince videos coming on and even as a toddler being absolutely mesmerized by his style, his swagger and tenacity. As I got older and my fashions got more and more experimental and strange, it was Prince that made me feel that it was ok to be strange, it was ok to push the envelope. And as his career evolved so too did my style. When I moved to New York City, I became even more obsessed with Prince and decided that I was going to hire a personal trainer with the goal of being a dancer behind prince. When said personal trainer asked me what my fitness goals were, I said. "To be one of Prince's dancers" he laughed, I laughed but I was dead ass serious about it. In the midst of it all, I started a rock n roll band, had Rolling Stone magazine knocking on my door about 6 shows in right before I decided to call it quits.  I lamented this change for a little while but realized that things change and evolution is necessary for personal growth. Once again it was Prince that validated all of this. With his passing last Thursday it was surely a devastation but not as devastating as it would have been if I had not last my mother almost a year ago. My mother is the one who introduced me to his music, the one who taught me all of my dance moves and encouraged me to be myself no matter what. As a result it seems so appropriate that Prince should join my mother in the eternal dance party.

"Electric Word life, it means forever and thats a mighty long time but I'm here to tell you, there's something else…the after wold. A world of never-ending happiness you can always see the sun, day or night.
R.I.P Prince thank you for making me feel not so weird.
 "I aint gonna stop til I reach the top"

Monday, July 20, 2015

Fiorucci a revolution in retail

Today is a sad day in fashion history as Elio Fiorucci has died, but his legacy will never die.

I am ashamed to admit. My first introduction to the brand Fiorucci was in the 90s when Jenifer Love Hewitt wore the double angel logo on a tshirt. I wish I was part of the cool pack like Madonna and Andy Warhol who discovered Fiorucci in his heyday. But I am sure glad I even had a chance to walk into one of his stores.  For anyone who is unaware of Fiorucci it is an Italian label founded by Elio Fiorucci in 1967. Born the son of a shoe shop owner he created a line of colored galoshes for his father's shop and soon after became a revolutionary in fashion and retail for introducing Milan to the style of Swinging London.  His heyday was in 1976 when he opened up shop in Manhattan exposing the hip and the fabulous to his eclectic mix of new and vintage clothing. Members of his shop team included Maripol, Madonna's best friend and stylist who introduced Madonna to the label making it a sensation in the pop world. His style and influence can still be seen in current collections and will always be a major influence and inspiration for me.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Jeanie C. Riley

While out on my treasure hunt the other day I came across an old Jeanie C. Riley album. Growing up, Jeanie C. was my neighbor and I always knew that inside that brick house was a legend and hell of a well dressed woman. I am wishing now that I could have taken a look inside her closet,  because after hours of researching her, she had some pretty amazing style. Not only was she super stylish for a country singer of that era, she was mostly known for her hit Harper Valley PTA.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Nashville Symphony Fashion Show 2015 featuring Brunello Cucinelli

In recent years Nashville has become quite the hub for fashion. Many amazing people have migrated here changing the game of fashion in our fair city quite a bit. From models, bloggers, designers etc. we have created fashion events giving all an excuse to dress in their finest and admire the fantasy that fashion provides. One such event that I look forward to the most is the Nashville Symphony Fashion Show. The presentation is always exquisite and the people behind it are always so generous and kind. This years featured designer was Brunello Cucinelli. An amazing Italian designer dedicated to the quality and craft of sportswear. In his fall 2015 collection he artfully integrates furs and leathers into a very wearable and cozy way. Below are some of my favorite new friends and favorite looks from the show!

Thank you to Dave Felipe and the Nashville Symphony 
Photos: Laura Cavaliere 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Saint Laurent F/W 15

Growing up in the music business I have always had an affinity for edgy rock -n- roll glam. Since Hedi Slimane's foray into the house of Saint Laurent he has proved that glam and excess is not going anywhere. Critics have complained that his looks resemble cheap youth targeted brands, however the numbers show that women and men alike are scrambling to buy every piece from his collections. 
Here are some of my favorite looks from the F/W collection