Memphis is trending, and not just because the city is finally enjoying some civic love. Crushing on anything Memphis has been in style for a while. Fashion in Memphis is bright, colorful, sharp — a perfect match for Birdcap's new mural at Midtown's Eclectic Eye. Color takes over in the artwork as explosions of different hues form imaginary beings in an engaging fantasy water scene.
"Street art serves as a cultural connector to other cities," Birdcap says, describing how he's seen images of Memphis' murals on far-flung Instagram and Facebook accounts. "That has one of our walls in it. It says Memphis in the description. I think that's huge ... that's a new Memphis hallmark."
Robbie Johnson Weinberg, director of operations at Eclectic Eye and patron of this particular piece of public art, has her own innate sense of style and played the perfect hostess to our group of models (scouted from the Peabody Rooftop Parties) and behind-the-scenes crew. "I've always had a huge appreciation for and interest in the arts, specifically in Memphis," says this one-time art history major. "The products we carry are truly works of art for your face. Every day, we get to help our community express their sense of fashion and style through eyewear; it's an exciting and fulfilling job."
Local retailers are loaded up with great fall clothing, and the biggest, brightest trend is color ... and having the personality to pull it off. Artists like Birdcap and art supporters like Weinberg are key elements in keeping Memphis moving in a forward direction. Fall fashion here in the Bluff City is confident and reflective of what some good self-pride can do for the heart, soul, and mind. It is our time to shine, and the next few pages are proof that inner style is all about surrounding yourself with expressive design through the arts — painting and fashion and life in general.
Doubling up on denim is a great trend to play with, and when there's a dash of sophistication, like with this fedora, it keeps a stylish balance. Brown fedora, $175, from Mister Hats. Denim button-up by Eton, $255; denim blazer by L.B.M 1911, $695; both from Oak Hall at Regalia.
Maxi-skirts are perfect for fall. Patterned skirt, $88; blue and white top, $65; both from Stock & Belle on South Main. Black-and-gray faux fur vest, Jack by BB Dakota, $68, from Sachi in Laurelwood. Lucite bracelets by Alexis Bittar, $170 each, from Oak Hall.
Raw jeans, $135; gray, fitted button-down, $175; both from Stock & Belle on South Main. Sunglasses by Cuthbert & Chen collection by RetroSpecs & Co., from Eclectic Eye, call for price.
Faux furs are popular with looks varying from sleek-and-chic to big-and-fuzzy. Big, gray faux fur vest by Mink Pink, $88, from Sachi. Lucite earrings by Alexis Bittar, $275, from Oak Hall. Blue-and-white printed dress, $125, from Stock & Belle. Pink sunglasses by Chanel, from Eclectic Eye, call for price.
Layers are the ideal way to stay warm and look cool in the fall. Long, peacock-colored maxi-skirt, $90; white, flowing top, $95; long, knit sweater jacket, $84; all from Stock & Belle.
Bright orange bucket bag, $48.50, from Turkoyz in Laurelwood.
Brave Design green druzy hieroglyph points earrings, $126, available on www.bravearrowjewelry.com.
Invest in a coat infused with color. Long red Italian wool coat by MaxMara, $2,990, from Oak Hall. Long sterling pendant necklace made to order by Lauren Carlson of Question the Answer, $86, available at City & State on Broad. Round red sunglasses by KREWE du Optic, from Eclectic Eye, call for price.
Men's fashion cranks it up in fall with luxe textures. Cozy but handsome cashmere sweater, $1,430; super fine thread button-down, $310; both by Etro. Khaki pants, $178; all from Baer's Den in Laurelwood.
Real men wear awesome jewelry. Brave Design agate tusk necklace, $154.
Real men also wear color. Deep purple sweater by Vince, $195; purple-and-white checkered button-down, $195; AG gray slacks, $178; all from Oak Hall. Black leather beret, $75, from Mister Hats. Eyeglasses by MOSCOT, from Eclectic Eye, call for price.
Rich colors like merlot are perfect in classic silhouettes. Dress by MaxMara, $845; bracelets, $125 each; all from Oak Hall. Amethyst druzy earrings by Brave Design, $134, from www.bravearrowjewelry.com. Eyeglasses by Bevel, from Eclectic Eye, call for price.
Necklace: Brave Design totem collar, $168, available on www.bravearrowjewelry.com.
Fierce fashion will get you through fall. Crisp, fall, sky-blue T-shirt dress, $88, from Stock & Belle. Black, faux fur vest by Charlie Jade, $154, from Sachi. Brave Design druzy cuff, $90, available on www.bravearrowjewelry.com.
Plaid is all over, and this button-down gets an urban twist with a fantastic puffer jacket-styled sport coat. Jacket by Etro, $1,590; red-and-white plaid shirt in wicking fabric, $125; AG jeans, $168; all from Baer's Den. Sunglasses by SALT, from Eclectic Eye, call for price.
The blazer is taking center stage and adds structure to fall's shapes. White-on-white snake-print blazer by Charlie Jade, $178; vegan leather pants by Bishop & Young, $94; fuschia tank top by Eight Sixty, $64; all from Sachi. Aqua quartz collar by Brave Design, $140, available on www.bravearrowjewelry.com. Sunglasses by Sazerac, call Eclectic Eye for price.
Black and white is a popular color-combo for fall and looks modern when paired with color. Black-and-white striped crop top, $56; and pink pleated skirt, $82; both by State of Being; both from Sachi. Gemstone and sterling necklace made to order by Lauren Carlson of Question the Answer, $118, available at City & State. Neon pink eyeglasses by l.a.Eyeworks, from Eclectic Eye, call for price.
Cut-out shapes add interest in this velvet top in a gorgeous color. Burgundy velvet top by Endless Rose, $44; pleated metallic skirt, $64; both from Sachi. Wooden earrings by shove•It, from Stock & Belle.
Shoes from Sachi in Laurelwood.
Sunglasses and hat: Shades by Ray-Ban; hat from Mister Hats.
Robbie Johnson Weinberg, Eclectic Eye
All of the wonderful staff at Eclectic Eye
Isabelle Blais, inferno creative
Scott Bartlett, model
Molly McCormick, model
Catherine Porter, model
Charles Porter, model
Kierra Tucker, model
Christopher Padgett, Bobbi Brown make-up artist, Macy's Oak Court
Lucy Hadskey, hair stylist Secret Services Salon
Amber George, hair stylist Secret Services Salon
Sara Harrison, production assistant and wardrobe stylist assistant
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