Thursday, March 22, 2012

Nashville Fashion Week: Day Two

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 12:43 PM

On Day One, we kicked off NFW with a bit of a bare arse. On Day Two, we closed the evening with a bit of a bare arse. More on that later, now that I have your attention.

Last night, the fearless NFW attendees yet again packed into Marathon Music Works for another hot (literally ... it's pretty warm in there, folks) night of fashion. Lauren Leonard's Leona started the show. We adored her mix of spring-suitable tweeds and sharp hats (and the lovely Judith Bright jewelry was a nice touch).

Major fans of the Bardot hair and makeup (by element and Private Edition, respectively).

The perfect spring dress, anyone?

I got really excited when Wai Ming's show started, because designer Emily Brady Koplar is clearly into everything black and grey. Can we pause this fashion show for a moment and talk about how awesome black and grey are? I nominate black and grey for the best colors ever. Even an idiot can match black and grey.

Back to Wai Ming. Totally loving on this cropped vest thingy (pretty sure that's what it's called) and its incredible versatility. See how sharp it is in this matched combo, perfect for the office:

Or, throw it over a floor-length jersey dress for a night out.

The dress on its own is pretty incredible, too. And unless you're lucky enough to be shaped like this lovely model, may we recommend some Spanx?

Big fan of the way they dressed-down this fancy silk dress with a grey shirt. Very wearable, no?

And for those who are not afraid of a little bit of leather and some serious pleating:

Sjobeck was up next, and while we can't pronounce the line, we loved this duo's use of double-layered skirts. Finally, now we know what to do with our mullet skirts! Thank you, Sjobeck.

Works for dresses, too.

No offense to the designers, but this sweaterdress baffled us a bit. Overheard at the runway: "You could totally buy that at New York & Co." She's probably right.

But they totally nailed it with this colorblocked, minimalist dress! And they get bonus points for using so much grey in this collection.

Next, we had a short intermission, in which our photographer, Eric England, found the shortest and the tallest girls in the room. Looking good, ladies!

Next, we had the portion of the show that I was the most excited about. I looooove Eva Franco. And she started with this incredible dress (grey again!).

This ivory leather number drew rave reviews from my compadres, too. Just stunning.

This whimsical sunglasses print isn't for everyone, but we agreed that it worked best as a skirt. Love the nerd chic, too.

This vintage-inspired lace confection got my vote as Number One Awesome Dress of the Evening. The navy lace with the tangerine slip? Perfection.

We love this girl. Walking in heels is hard, dudes.

This dress wins the Most Likely To Cause Trouble award. I'll take one, please.

Final show of the night was Malaysian designer Zang Toi, who has dressed everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Fergie. Fitting, as I can envision Dame Liz in the coat, and Fergie Ferg in the dress:

Is it a cape or a coat? Who cares? We are obsessed with this Hitchcock blonde look from H to T.

We are also obsessed with this. The clothing is nice, too.

Loved how Toi's line transitioned from blinding white to midnight black. We really hope it gets cooler again so we can wear our black velvet one more time ...

And we really hope that the prince asks us to the ball so we can wear THIS. Words do not do it justice, so just have a look. Intoxicating.

So, if you've scrolled through all those photos in search of the bare arse, I feel like I've mislead you a bit. It's not bare, but it's definitely a surprise when you start with this:

And then turn around and see this:

And while we're on the subject of bare arses, at the end of the show, my tights made a run for it. Like, they literally split in two, and my sequined micromini didn't do much to keep my secret. So, apologies if you saw a bit too much of me last night.

Exhibit A:

I'll try to keep it together tonight for the interactive show featuring AMY B., Black by Maria Silver, Pink Elephants Designs, The Trunk, Tuft, Brittany Blair and Julianna Bass.

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