If you use the same weather app that I do, then you know that tomorrow's forecast predicts a day filled with "stray T-storms." That's a 41 percent change of precipitation, if you like numbers.
Sounds like a perfect day for shopping inside, doesn't it? Lucky for you, there are two shopping events that you'd be simply mad to miss (although, if you get there before me and snag whatever I want in my size, I'll be totally mad at you).
The first is at longstanding luxury retailer Jamie, who is hosting their annual tent sale with designer items (Lanvin, Prada, Missoni, J Mendel, Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang and Jason Wu are among the many upscale brands they carry) at 75-85 percent off. Yes, you read that right — 75-85 PERCENT OFF! (That was my car salesman voice, in case it didn't translate.) That is way better than 41 percent, friends. I'm so excited about it that I'm getting Twix crumbs all over my keyboard as I type, which means that there is a 95 percent chance that everything I try on tomorrow is going to be tight. Anyway, this is their biggest sale of they year, so if you like getting nice threads on the cheap, you better get to the tent (located adjacent to the store at 4317 Harding Pike) between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Also happening tomorrow is an event at our other favorite fashionable Jamie — Jamie and the Jones, that is. We've been big fans of O'More grads Hannah Jones and Jamie Frazier since they launched their clothing line in 2011, and they're opening the doors of their new Berry Hill studio for a celebration-slash-big sale. Their Spring/Summer 2014 line will be offered at 50 percent off, and they'll have some of their incredible hand-marbled items on sale, too. The new studio is at 2517 Eugenia Ave. Suite 203, and they'll be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Like all good reality shows, Project Runway is giving past participants the opportunity to "redeem" themselves and get another shot at the gold. One of our favorite local designers and human beings, Amanda Valentine, a celebrity stylist and the brains and beauty behind Nashville's VALENTINE VALENTINE clothing and accessory line, is in the running.
Now, I don't even need to mention the other candidates because you don't want to vote for them, so just go to this link right now and vote for Amanda so she can compete on season 13 of the Lifetime show.
What's super cool is that, unlike an actual election (or, unlike most actual elections), you can vote as many times as you want. So, while you're enjoying the extended weekend, drinking beer and eating hot dogs and floating around on a lake, just keep your device in hand so you can vote over and over and over again. (Wait. Maybe don't do that in the pool.) And keep doing this until June 6th.
Because, if we can't vote our girl back to have some awesome one-on-one time with the sartorial saint that is Tim Gunn, well, then I'm going to have to put the entire city of Nashville in time-out. Full info from the press release after the jump.
We love a good sale, and our friends at LEONA are hosting an attic sale at their 12South outpost.
If you're assuming that "attic sale" means bargain basement prices in an attic, you're exactly right. Ladies (and gentlemen who like to buy lady clothes for their ladies, or themselves) can score past season merch at what the lovely girls at LEONA describe as "once in a lifetime prices." We're talking $10 to $50 here, people.
If you don't know LEONA yet, please allow me to introduce you to her. LEONA garments, designed by Nashville-based Lauren Leonard and made in New York City — that's MADE IN AMERICA, PEOPLE! — and all of the fabrications and prints are custom, hand-drawn and painted by Ms. Leonard. LEONA has been spotted on stars including Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Catt Sadler and Eva Longoria and her line is sold in over 200 retailers around the world. LEONA has been featured in People, Lucky, Elle and on The Today Show, Ellen, Southern Living, and — my personal favorite — Gossip Girl!
With Nashville Fashion Week just around the corner, you might want to hightail it over to this sale (the store is located at 2309 12th Ave. S.) so you can sport some local threads on the runway sidelines. Oh, and because the people at LEONA are super awesome, they're donating a portion of the proceeds to the ALS Association.
Japan was the first non-Western nation to influence global fashion. Patricia Mears is going to tell us the whole story about that influence — and how it continues through contemporary design in ways we might not even realize — at tonight's Frist Center lecture. I wrote a Critic's Pick about Mears' lecture in this week's Scene, but overlooked one major detail: What should everyone be wearing? Relax, friends. I'm making this so easy for you.
Check out the Spring/Summer 2014 campaign video for high-end skate company (and Barbara Kruger arch-nemesis) SUPREME. Nashville's favorite (and Oscar's least-favorite) pretty/gross shit-stirrer Harmony Korine directed the vid, which features street magician David Blaine and seminal skater/artist Mark Gonzales, as well as a bunch of spit and a flaming skateboard. Killer combo.
Where: The Belcourt
When: 4:30, 7:30, 8:45 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14; 1:00, 8:45 and 11:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15; 1:00 and 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16
The Belcourt will be screening a top-notch digital remaster of the classic romance Casablanca this weekend, and since you've probably nixed the flouncy Betsey Johnson dresses that were your go-tos for all the junior high Valentine's formals, you're probably in the market for some outfit advice. I'm on it.
But before we get started ... here's your soundtrack.
I'd been avoiding walking into 12S boutique Emerson Grace because I could already tell from the window display that I would want to buy everything in it.
Well, yesterday I caved and finally checked it out, and my fears were confirmed (OK, not entirely — I just want to buy the stuff on the women's side of the store). Emerson Grace, which Courtnay Page opened in the 12 South Flats building (2304 12th Ave. S.) in late 2013, brings laid-back, California style — Page owns four boutiques on the West Coast — to Nashville. Page offers many brands that are new to Nashville, including Los Angeles label Clover Canyon, Copenhagen brand Won Hundred and Swedish denim company STROM. The women's side of the store is stocked with familiar brands as well, such as A.L.C., Sanctuary, Current Elliott, MiH and Gryphon.
For those who like to buy men's clothing, Emerson Grace is one of the few local boutiques that expertly caters to both genders, with plenty of Rag & Bone, Maison Scotch, Citizens of Humanity and Relwen.
Emerson Grace is holding their first trunk show today, featuring local favorites Ceri Hoover and Jamie and the Jones with California accessory designers Jill Michael Jewelry and Tsovet. The boutique will host a party tonight from 6 to 9 p.m., giving shoppers the chance to meet some of the designers while enjoying sweets and treats.
If you've got a small frame, a little superfluous wealth and a killer sense of style, today's your lucky day. Nashville's favorite singer-songwriter/international supermodel Karen Elson is teaming with Liz Goldwyn (the subject of this weekend's New York Times profile) to offer a unique selection of 20 vintage pieces from their personal collection, on sale through Moda Operandi. All proceeds go to Dress for Success, a New York-based charity that helps low-income women find jobs by lending them professional suits to wear on their interviews, with the understanding that the client can return the suit for a brand new one once she's gotten the job.
The Moda Operandi model is unique (read: I was confused) and asks that you pay a deposit for the piece if you'd like to delay the full purchase. Kind of like layaway, but for $1,000 skirts. But these are more than just expensive throwaway clothes — high-end, hard-to-find designers like Thakoon, Rodarte, Suno and Zac Posen are represented. And it's only for a limited time — the auction ends in 13 days.
Click here to browse the collection, and check out my favorite picks after the jump.
I live in Green Hills, so I reserve a particular kind of hatred for the holiday season because it takes me 45 minutes to get down Hillsboro Road since everybody in Nashville is trying to get to The Container Store or something. So if you haven't done your holiday shopping yet, it gets worse and worse every day. You've been warned.
Fortunately, you have options, and Saturday presents some pretty solid shopping opportunities if you can't stomach shopping malls. May we recommend:
Urban Outfitters' Winter Fest Pop-Up
OK, I'm the first to admit that I feel like an obese senior citizen when I'm in UO because 75 percent of the clothing is clearly intended for prostitots. However, they do cool shit like make room for pop-ups for local designers, so we can all get on board with that, right? If you stop by UO in the Gulch from 1-6 p.m. tomorrow, you'll find local goods from Ivy & Kind, Magness, Scott Osterbind, and my fav local designer Amanda Valentine. Ms. Valentine will have iPhone cases, new clutch bags (!!!), totes and new women's wear from her Fall 2013 collection. Oh, and you can also snap up one of her iconic men's or women's T-shirts (so many people in the Scene office have one that we look like a Valentine Valentine basketball team when we wear them on the same day). OH! And she'll have sweatshirts, too, so yay for QUITTERS!
The Nashville Symphony announced this morning that Christian Siriano will be the featured designer at the Nashville Symphony Fashion Show on April 29, 2014 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Siriano will show his Fall 2014 collection.
Siriano, who won the fourth season of Project Runway, debuted his first collection in 2006 and has shown each season at New York Fashion Week since. He opened the flagship Christian Siriano store in New York City in 2012 and was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) earlier this year.
You may have seen one of his ethereal evening gowns on the red carpet; his fans include Christina Hendricks, Runway's Heidi Klum and Taylor Swift, who donned the sugary sweet gown below for her Wonderstruck perfume campaign:
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