Just in time for spraaang breeaaaak, Nashville-based artist and filmmaker Harmony Korine has collaborated with Vans to create the best sneaks you've seen since Jeff Spicoli's.
I loved the checkerboard paintings he exhibited last year at the Park Avenue Gagosian Gallery in New York, and these incorporate those works into an updated canvas-and-suede version of the classic Spicoli slip-ons. There's also a lace-up option. Check out some more photos of the sneaks — I'm especially enamored with the melted-Gummy-Bear-looking soles — from the Vans website below. They cost $110 and are available for purchase online, but don't seem to be available at any Nashville shoe stores — the closest I could find was a shop in Birmingham, Ala., and a few in Atlanta.
Proprietor Katy Kattelman, a true pioneer in the neighborhood, opened the clothing store 15 years ago, long before that particular stretch of Granny White Pike was saturated with restaurants, bars and pricey boutiques. Kattelman told the Scene that, after learning that her rent would double if she was to renew her lease after April 30, she knew it was time to close the doors.
"My rent has been raised every year," Kattelman says. "The real estate manager was very good in trying to help me keep it down, but it's still very high for the kind of business I do. I can't afford it now, and I definitely can't afford what it's going to be."
Kattelman says that the building's owners, Martha Thompson and Mary McMillen, have been approached by multiple interested parties grappling for the coveted space in one of the city's hottest neighborhoods. While Kattelman says that Charlie Robin of Robin Realty, the company she directly dealt with as a tenant, did their best to work with her, the building owners have the final say. (Thompson and McMillen, children of the late John McMillan, who Kattelman originally rented from starting in 2000, own several other properties on the block).
Originally, Kattelman was supposed to vacate the building at the end of April, but after prompting from Carmen Jaudon, who runs Closet Case Vintage out of the Katy K shop, asked for an extension. Though her request for a three-month extension was denied — the business heavily depends upon tourist revenue, and summertime is their busiest season — they were given until May 30, though they'll pay a higher rent that month.
Kattelman started her business in Manhattan in the '80s, selling her Western-inspired designs in legendary boutiques like Screaming Mimi’s (where Cyndi Lauper was a shopgirl) and Fiorucci.
"I was doing my own line of Western wear; the '50s, gabardine embroidered shirts — before computer embroidery — and Nashville video people somehow were coming to me for their music videos," she explains, noting that Screaming Mimi's was an incredibly trendy place at the time. "And I thought, there must be some sort of gap if they're coming to New York to get clothes."
Fashion Forward: A Discussion Between Karen Elson and Libby Callaway
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20
Part of USN’s stellar Evening Classes lineup this winter, this discussion between top model Karen Elson — a Nashvillian by way of England — and style editor Libby Callaway is not to be missed.
When Elson isn’t gracing the cover of various publications (including this one), she’s a singer-songwriter, mother of two and ambassador for Save the Children. Tennessee native Callaway, whose fashion expertise is built on years of experience as an editor, stylist and vintage/secondhand shopping guru, is currently vice president/global director of marketing and brand relations for Florence, Ala.-based Billy Reid.
Expect a fascinating conversation between these two sharp, stunning redheads on Music City’s evolving fashion scene and what the future holds. Register online (usneveningclasses.org) for this one-time-only event for $25. The entry fee goes toward need-based scholarships at USN.
Even if most of your winter wardrobe consists of stretchy yoga pants and whatever you can throw over them in order to mask the fact that you are wearing stretchy yoga pants, let's look ahead to a more fashionable future in spring 2015. Before you know it, we'll have warmer temperatures, which makes it a lot more comfortable (uh, probably not more comfortable than stretchy yoga pants, but whatever) to try all those new trends, especially the ones that will show more skin than you want to show right now. With the fifth annual Nashville Fashion Week scheduled for April 7-11, the countdown to celebrating the best of our local fashion community alongside national and international brands begins!
NFW, held in venues around the city, champions the regional design and retail community while providing the opportunity for educational panels, workshops and discussions. NFW also places promising talent alongside established brands through the Emerging Designer Spotlight. If you're a designer with a debut fall 2015 collection, you're eligible, though preference is given to artists with a tie to Middle Tennessee. There is no minimal age or experience requirement, though applicants under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission. Full details and application here.
I'm a big fan of the emerging designers, because getting the opportunity to view their capsule collection early on is kind of like seeing a band that is about to blow the eff up in a tiny, intimate club. Some of my favorite area designers — Black By Maria Silver, Elizabeth Suzann — showcased in NFW's Emerging Designer showcase in years past, so I'm always eager to see what's next.
What does this have to do with fashion? Well, you seem like social people who go to holiday parties and stuff, so maybe you need something to wear to these parties. Something made by a local designer, perhaps?
You don't even have to put this on your Xmas list, because two of my favorite (and really, they should be your favorite, too) local designers will offer their latest collections for sale this weekend. If you read our massive Best of Nashville issue, you know that both Jamie and the Jones and Elizabeth Suzann staked claim over in Berry Hill last year, leading us to wonder if a little fashion district was bubbling up somewhere off of Thompson Lane.
Tonight, your first stop is Tinney Contemporary Gallery, where Elizabeth Pape of Elizabeth Suzann will offer her latest collection, including a limited-edition leather jacket that we hear is totally to die for. The event will be hosted by another of our favorite fashionable ladies, Elise Joseph. Tickets are $15, which includes cocktails, admission to the show, shopping time, and a $50 VIP ticket gets you all that and a bag of chips (or rather, a gift bag) ... oh, and 15 percent off anything you buy tonight. Totally worth it. I mean, THAT VELVET DRESS. Damn. In the words of Wayne Campbell, it will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine ...
Hey, people who like to wear clothes! Knowledge is power, so here are three things you need to know about Nashville-based fashion brands today:
1. Amanda Valentine is a winner!
OK, if you watched the Project Runway finale last night, you know that local designer/celebrity stylist/resident badass Amanda Valentine didn't actually win the competition this time around (she was voted back on the current season after appearing on season 13 in early 2013). She was first-runner up, which in most situations in life is kind of a bummer, as you're waiting for the leading lady (or dude, in this case) to catch the flu so you can be the star, but the fact is, Amanda was already a star. Her two Runway stints helped sharpen her skills as a designer for her Valentine Valentine line, and this lady is poised to launch a brand. Not just a collection for a fancy runway show at New York Fashion Week. I'm talking about clothing that real people will actually buy and use, clothing that people identify with, clothing that people feel comfortable yet cool as shit wearing.
Oh, and don't just take my word for it. Runway's most discerning judge, Nina Garcia, said that Valentine had the potential to be a brand on the level of Donna Karan. Hmmm. Donna Karan's rad younger sister, perhaps, but I think that Garcia meant that Valentine was the only Runway finalist who successfully executed a collection of unique yet wearable clothing that a wide variety of consumers would want to buy, because they like Valentine and want to be associated with her aesthetic, with her brand. Keep your eye on this one, people, as we hear there is more exciting news in the very near future. Beat the rush and shop here. Also, let's leave you with one last image of Valentine and the incredible Tim Gunn. Sigh.
If you happened to pick up our sister publication Nfocus magazine last month, you saw 10 lovely ladies featured in a pretty swanky fashion spread, shot at hotspot Sinema.
These 10 ladies were modeling on behalf of 10 different area nonprofits, all part of a friendly little competition called Model Behavior. Here's how it works: These 10 women, backed by the nonprofits they represent, are competing to raise the most money through tickets sales for Nfocus' annual Model Behavior party, to be held at the Noah Liff Opera Center this Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.
The event includes a runway show featuring Texas' Next Top Designer and The Freedom Project founder Abi Ferrin's Spring 2015 Collection, brought to Nashville via Stacey Rhodes Boutique.
Tickets are available here, and they include entry to the event/runway show, food and drinks. General admission tix are $50, but for $100, you'll score a VIP pass that gives priority seating for the runway show and a gift bag. Who doesn't love gift bags?
Remember, this is a contest, so be sure to specify which organization you're supporting when you buy your ticket (you'll be prompted to select one during the checkout process). The organization that raises the most money will be awarded a portion of the proceeds from the event, so you'll be directly funding a deserving area nonprofit.
The participating nonprofits and their representatives are Katie Crumbo/American Red Cross, Nan Adams/Friends of Radnor Lake, Stacia Freeman/Hope for Justice/Abolition International, Helen Kennedy/Belmont Mansion, Jill Howard/Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, Judy Wright/The Nashville Food Project, Julie Walker/Nashville Zoo, Connie Ford/Nashville CARES, Cara Jackson/Nashville Opera, and Trudy Clark/CASA. More info on each organization and their representatives Katie Crumbo, American Red Cross, Nan Adams, Friends of Radnor Lake, Stacia Freeman, Hope for Justice/Abolition International, Helen Kennedy, Belmont Mansion, Jill Howard, Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, Judy Wright, The Nashville Food Project, Julie Walker, Nashville Zoo, Connie Ford, Nashville CARES, Cara Jackson, Nashville Opera, Trudy Clark, CASA here.
Louisville-based nonprofit Anchal Project, which strives to empower exploited women in India, will bring their Summer Roadshow to Nashville this Saturday, Aug. 9. Anchal Project is a social enterprise that helps marginalized women leave the commercial sex trade by providing career opportunities in the textile industry. In addition to offering an alternative revenue stream, this helps women rediscover their self-worth as well as their creativity.
The roadshow will feature hand-stitched, one-of-a-kind quilts, pillows, scarves, tote bags, and other textiles made from vintage saris. The sale of these items provides the women who make them with income, health care and educational and job training.
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.
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