F all fashion makes women everywhere swoon. The colors and textures and richness of it all energize the soul when the temperatures drop. As festival season draws to an end, the summertime bohemian hippie chicks start to trade in everything flowy and easy for looks that lend structure, tailoring, and refinement that will usher through the winds of change. Sportswear like hoodies and sweatshirts are more grown up. Black and white is a fresh color combination. Borrowing from the boys is seen in menswear details and pieces like blazers and loafers. New hemlines in skirts and pants are also emerging. And leather pieces are everywhere, in its natural form and man-made as well. Fashion is so exciting right now, and the following pages show a sampling of what Memphis has to offer when it finally starts to cool down in the Bluff City.
black + white
Geometric gridwork reminiscent of the 1980s comes back in black and white and feels modern this time around. Pants, $108; long cardigan jacket, $98; bare midriff top, $68; all from BCBGeneration. Velvet Jazz shoes by Bar 111, $90; nylon backpack, Michael Kors, $198; all from Macy’s Oak Court. Silver bracelet, $285; thick silver bracelet, $715; from Oak Hall. Diamond hoops from Sissy’s Log Cabin in Laurelwood; call for price.
Sportswear gets a chic infusion as everyday garments are elevated in finer fabrics and tailored fits. This sweatshirt and jeans look is sophisticated and perfect for the stylish gal who likes to make a good impression. Sweatshirt with detachable silk scarf, $495, by Derek Lam 10 Crosby; flare black jeans by JBrand, $228; shoes by Joie, $290; Lucite bangles, $70-$170; earrings, $295; jewelry by Alexis Bittar; Loeffler Randall perforated leather bucket bag, $295. All from Oak Hall.
Leather or the look of leather is everywhere and black is the new black. So, black leather is kind of a big deal right now and this dress is pretty unstoppable. Isabel Marant leather dress, $305; shoes by Aquazurra, $715; sterling and brass earrings by Margaret Ellis, $310; brass and sterling ball necklace, $515; snakeskin clutch by Carlos Falchi, $850. Everything from Joseph in Laurelwood.
Rich colors, dapper menswear details, and fashion for fashion’s sake are all in this ensemble. Pinstripe button-down, $680; turtleneck scarf sweater, $790; both by Rosetta Getty. Denim skirt by 3x1, $222; purse by m2malletier, $1165; all from 20Twelve on Broad Avenue. Shoes by Steve Madden, $120; from Macy’s Oak Court.
the crop pant
The time has finally come to wear the full-leg cropped pant. Find the length that works and put it with a sky-high heel or ankle boot for a look that will make you feel like a fashion maven. These in denim do just the trick and look posh with an oversized luxurious top. Mongolian jacket with embellished collar by Alphamoment, $325; denim culottes, $242; sterling and diamond bracelets, $418 and $899; sterling earrings, $120; jewelry by Memphian Saundra Messinger; rose gold leather purse, $242. All from Kittie Kyle.
Nicole Forsythe, model
Lucy Hadskey, hair stylist from Secret Services Salon
Emily Van Epps, make-up artist from Gia Marina
Susie Reuter, digital artist