Naked Without Us Fashion Event – The Originals

Saturday, April 24 Naked Without Us concludes an amazing week of fashion and music with The Originals Fashion Show at Mercy Lounge.  We are super excited for this show as it showcases some amazing local and national designers, a few of whom we've already featured like Valentine Valentine, Squasht and Clare Bare.  We had a chance to interview two other fabulous Nashville designers whose collections will be featured at The Originals Show, Amy Breen of Amy B Clothing and Shea Steele of White Rabbit and Local Honey fame. 

Amy B
Where do you draw your inspiration for your collections?
Inspiration comes from many things.  A place, a song, a dream, etc.  My sisters are always in mind for every collection.  They're a very big part of my inspiration.

What or who is your muse or inspiration for your Naked Without Us collection?  Can you give us a sneak peek?
This collection stemmed from the movie, "The New World."  Native American dress and feather necklaces.  I wanted a slight tribal feel to be present in the collection.  I stick with my usual black and white with splashes of color.  Using pleating, braiding and draping to create hidden details throughout the collection.
Yazoo's Hefeweizen label is the inspiration for one of your pieces.  Can you tell us what direction you're taking with this piece?
I'm going to go with a Grecian approach using that bright blue as my main palette.

Who are your three favorite designers and why?
Alexander McQueen - always an inspiration, Stella McCartney and Aurelio Costarella, who I had the honor of working for in Australia.  An amazing person and designer.

What is your favorite color to wear and how does it make you feel?
Black.  It's slimming and easy to wear.  Plus, when you wear black you can use crazy colors in other areas.  Shoes, eye makeup and earrings.  I love my giant gold hoops.

Who are two of your favorite bands right now?
I've been listening to a lot of Billie Holliday and Santigold.

What are your five favorite places in Nashville?
I'm always ever at two places, Jackson's and Clothing Xchange, my two places of work.  When I do get out, I like Centennial Park, South Street, PM, Cosmetic Market and my apartment most of all, cause I'm never there.

Shea Steele

Where do you draw your inspiration for your collections?
Right now, I'm super inspired by children's artwork, but I draw inspiration from basically everything.  Being a super intuitive person and having a wild imagination, I can be inspired by something as subtle as a feeling.  Clothing is a powerful vehicle for expression, just like visual art, so using various combinations of color and shape can evoke a strong response.  I'm essentially a glutton for rich color and absurd graphics.

Who are your three favorite designers and why?
It's  hard to put my finger on any particular designer as a favorite.  It would be like trying to name three favorite songs.  There are so many people making clothes and so much evolution from collection to collection that I rarely pay attention to any specific one for a significant amount of time.  However, I can say Vivienne Westwood and Sonia Rykiel have caused a number of my deaths.

What is your favorite color to wear and how does it make you feel?
I am a lover of contrast and I currently have long vibrant red hair, so there is an abundance of blue in my closet.
Who are two of your favorite bands right now?

What are five of your favorite places in Nashville?
Brown's Diner.  Belmont Boulevard.  The Downtown Library.  The furniture section at the Salvation Army.  The home of any one of my endlessly creative and talented friends.

Also showing collections at The Originals Fashion Show are Shannon Lea and Jamie & the Jones.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.  All Access Passes for the Festival are still available at Grimey's or can be purchased at the Naked Without Us Kickoff Party tomorrow, Monday, April 19 at Hard Rock Cafe.  Visit for more information.