With fall comes change, and with change comes a change of clothes. The Scene asked five of Nashville's fashion bloggers, style hawks and couture curators to scour the city's shops and boutiques to gather and assemble the perfect fall looks, and then had them all meet up at Peter Nappi's gorgeous, sun-splashed Germantown store to share their inspirations for autumn.Photos by Eric England.
On the Look: "I wanted to pair a timeless fall staple — this lovely plaid skirt by Alter Ego — with a beautiful 100-percent Habotai Silk hand-dyed crop top in camel made by fellow Local Honey phenoms Jamie and the Jones."Local Honey is such a uniquely special shop for the ever-growing Nashville fashion community. Shea Steele has assembled an army of highly skilled, creative designers — all based out of Nashville and each expressing his or her own personal sense of style in the beautiful clothing lines that they design: White Rabbit, T&P, People Like Art, Jamie and the Jones, Amy B, Love Simone, Alter Ego, Chaseash, Lladybird, Blooming Leopold, Acorn + Archer. A girl could go broke. Fast. Luckily, most of the pieces are actually pretty affordable. If you already have Valentine Valentine and Imogene + Willie represented in your closet and you want to find some amazing handmade pieces, I can't think of a better single source in all of Nashville.
"From a fall wardrobe standpoint, I am a huge believer in pairing modern handmade garments with gorgeous vintage shoes like these patent leather ankle boots from my favorite locally run Etsy shop, Granny's Bootery."
Alter Ego plaid skirt with suspenders, Jamie and the Jones blouse and cube necklace, Local Honey; zebra belt, Diamond Star Halo, stacked ring set, H. Audrey; handsewn laptop sleeve, Peter Nappi; black patent bootie, Granny's Bootery.
On the Look: "The fall is the season when I most want to be outside hiking, raking leaves, building a fire, gathering wood, or just being in an open stadium watching football. So I want to wear items that fit on the street but also have functionality that works out in the elements.
"That translates into thick, heavy, durable materials like tweed, denim and leather that are made to be roughed up. I pulled from Billy Reid, Imogene + Willie, Otis James, Emil Erwin and Peter Nappi — these makers and the selected items have classic sensibility but with an influence of workwear. I look for a quality and versatility in fall clothing that can be both sophisticated and rugged."
Sunday coat and Westin shirt, Billy Reid; Willie Rigid Jeans, Imogene + Willie; handcrafted necktie, Otis James; Conway belt and waxed canvas briefcase, Emil Erwin; Julius boots and Shintaro Diago watch, Peter Nappi.
On the Look: "Mixing black and brown is one of my favorite looks, so this outfit came together easily for me. The gorgeous brown leather leggings are simple, yet totally luxurious for fall. An oversized, sheer black top is a definite staple in my wardrobe, and pairs well with everything. A wide-brim hat is stylish and practical, perfect for covering up a bad hair day.
"I love that H. Audrey carries Elizabeth and James, and I never fail to find enough pretty things in the store to overstock my dream closet. A stunning collection of the top designers, all in one perfectly curated space."
Elizabeth and James sheer blouse with leather cuffs and Sienna Diedrick leather pants, H. Audrey; Wish seamless cami, Habit; wide brim hat, Free People; Ted Baker booties and vintage jewelry, Elise's own.
On the Look: "Who doesn't love Americana, denim and a superhero? I do, in a big way.
"It's starting to get cold in Nashville, and I was already bored with jacket options, and I hadn't even begun looking. So after a good episode of Dexter, I thought to myself, 'Who says a man can't wear a cape on a Thursday?' He is a superhero, people. I dug through some of my old Pendleton blankets, and decided to whip one up. A few pins later — voilà.
"Now I can do the cape, but I thought the Lycra bottoms might push it. My friends at Imogene + Willie took the Lycra away and traded it for the new Barton denim. While at the shop, they showed me this great new washed denim shirt. It didn't even have buttons yet, but I had to have it.
"Now some might say I'm obsessed with Aztec (who of you doesn't have a vice) so to complete the look I added a piece from Roarke NYC. Boots? Peter Nappi. Some of the finest footwear I've ever seen.
"So be bold. Fight crime. Wear a cape."
Model: Will Hitchcock
Leo denim shirt and Barton rigid jeans, Imogene + Willie; Lucano boots, Peter Nappi; vintage blanket wrap and Roarke NYC beaded kerchief, Ben's own.
On the Look: "This fall I'm obsessed with rocker-inspired looks, and while I realize this could be because I recently added a streak of purple to my hair, I've decided to just go with it.
"I love this jacket from Posh because it's one of those pieces you can throw over anything to make it look instantly edgy. The hunter green trousers from White Rabbit have a beautiful high-waisted cut and also provide a great complement to the leopard cami. I like experimenting with charcoals, burgundies and deep greens in the wintertime instead of wearing black because I'm a self-admitted color addict!
"For jewelry I go with the motto 'the bigger, the better.' This handcuff bracelet is custom made from Bullets & Mullets and is a daily staple in my wardrobe. Do I get a few weird looks when I'm wearing a handcuff bracelet? Sure. Does it bother me? Absolutely not. I am trying to be a rock star, after all."
Vintage cami and White Rabbit high waist pant, Local Honey; C. Luce studded jacket and dinosaur skull ring, Posh; handcuff bracelet, Bullets & Mullets; Shintaro Diago watch, Peter Nappi; Jeffrey Campbell shoes, earrings and belt, Zarna's own.
With a giant like Nordstrom entering our market, local boutiques carrying designer items, and up-and-coming local designers joining the scene — not to mention the first run with our own Nashville Fashion week — major trends are starting to surface here sooner rather than later. And the growth of the local fashion blogging scene is helping provide up-to-date and current trend information, thanks to sites like Stella Shops, Zarna's Runway, Style Blueprint and Nashville Fashion Blog, just to name a few. Here is a quick recap of some of fall 2011 trends trickling into local boutiques:
Those '70s-era bell-bottoms, bold bright colors, chunky clogs and stacked wedges.
Polka-dot patterns in blouses, skirts, and leg-wear/tights.
Menswear-inspired trends for women: pencil skirts, collared silk or chiffon blouses accessorized with skinny ties, scarves or bow ties. Short ruffled socks or knee-high socks, paired with a wedge, a heel, or a short bootie completing the ensemble.
Feminine '40s-inspired structured dresses with contouring waistline silhouettes
Furs, leopard prints and leather
Mixing and matching prints: dots with florals, stripes with plaids, etc.
Jewelry statements, accessorizing consistently within collections.
These all can become staple items. Intermingling any piece into your collection and flaunting your individual style while combining it with a fashion-forward statement is key. And don't forget to check out your favorite blogs to get current trend updates. —PRIYA MANI
Art Director: Elizabeth Jones
Culture Editor: Steve Haruch
Photographer: Eric England
Photographer's Assistant: Sinclair Kelly
Fashion Coordinator/Stylist: Connie Cathcart-Richardson
Hair and Makeup: Renae Morton and Marwa Bashir of Lucy Pop Salon
Assistant: Brittany Fuson
Location: Peter Nappi Studio
Billy Reid: The Hill Center, 4015 Hillsboro Pike
Bullets & Mullets: 1108 Division St.
Diamond Star Halo: 1101 Holly St.
Emil Erwin: emilerwin.com
Free People: The Mall at Green Hills
Granny's Bootery: etsy.com/shop/GrannysBootery
H. Audrey: The Hill Center – 4027 Hillsboro Pike
Habit: 2209 Bandywood
Imogene + Willie: 2601 12th Ave. S.
Local Honey: 2009 Belmont Blvd.
Otis James: otisjamesnashville.com – found locally at Imogene + Willie
Peter Nappi: 1308 Adams St.
Posh: Hillsboro Village, 1813 21st Ave. S.
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