Stella Spotlight: Nashville Boutique - Hemline

There are some fantastic shopping options in the Hill Center and another one of our favorites is Hemline.  This boutique can literally outfit you from head to toe and for any occasion.  You'll find maxi dresses for day or night, gorgeous sequin dresses and skirts, breezy blouses, denim in all styles and a perfectly edited selection of shoes, jewelry, hats and other accessories.  We caught up with store owner, Mary Maddox and asked her a few questions about the shop and what all of us should have in our closets to beat the heat this Summer. What inspired you to open Hemline?  What was your original concept and how has the store evolved?

Hemline is a franchise and I worked in one of the Houston boutiques for a year before we came to Nashville.  I learned the business and became close with the founder, so when we moved here, I thought it would be a great boutique for the Nashville woman.  We have always stayed pretty true to the Hemline vision.....having a little something for everyone.

Describe the vibe of Hemline in five words or less.

Flirty, fun, bohemian chic

What are some of your favorite lines you carry and why?

I love Myne.  It is a newer, fresh, line that we have been carrying for awhile and it just fits really well.  Of course, Loretta Jane, which is a line that Kelli Cooper who used to work here, designs.  It is impeccably made and is feminine without being too girly.  Leona is another dress line that is southern and sophisticated and just beautiful! (Loretta Jane and Leona both showed their collections during Lexus Nashville Fashion Week!)

What essentials should we all have this Summer?

Maxi skirts, white flared jeans, wedges, layered bracelets and necklaces, denim cut-offs, easy flowy tops and light-weight dresses to keep us cool in the heat!

What splurge-worthy items should we have?

We have an amazing irridescent sequin dress that is just gorgeous and a taupe sequin skirt both by Basix that are show-stoppers!

Are there any new pieces coming in for Summer that you’re excited about?

High waisted flared jeans by both Genetic Denim and Seven....I can't wait to get them in!!  Also, jewelry by Seasonal Whispers that is great for layering.

What type of experience should a customer expect at Hemline?

Great customer service and personal attention in a fun atmosphere.

If Hemline was a cocktail, what would it be?

A martini!  When we go to market, that is our drink at dinner and we share lots of stories and laughs.

What are five of your favorite places in Nashville?

The park with my two girls, Suzy Wongs House of Yum, Pure Barre, Pied Piper Creamery, The Ryman.

What inspires you?

I love reading fashion blogs and magazines to get ideas.

Thanks Mary!  Pick up the June issue of Her Nashville to see how we styled some fabulous Hemline pieces for our Her Favorites column.  Visit our Facebook page to see more photos.

Hemline is offering our email subscribers a special discount during the month of June.  Make sure you receive Stella in your Inbox to get your coupon!

Hemline is located at 4025 Hillsboro Pike in The Hill Center.

Lexus Nashville Fashion Week Recap

We have a confession to make.  Carla and I did not attend all the shows at Lexus Nashville Fashion Week.  Eek! I know! The hard truth of the matter is that Carla had major surgery a couple weeks before and I just had a little baby named Prudence Joie.  You'll be seeing a little more of her on the blog soon.

What we did attend we absolutely loved.  We picked our favorite pieces from the shows we saw and Christian Siriano, Steven Oo, White Rabbit and Valentine Valentine were definitely at the top of our lists.  We didn't get to see Jamie and the Jones, which we were pretty bummed about, but we've seen a few pieces from the collection at Local Honey and they're amazing!  We are so proud of our Nashville designers.  They rocked those collections!  Let's talk about Steven Oo for a minute.  This collection stopped us in our tracks.  Fashion forward but totally wearable.  We can't wait to see more from this designer.  We'll have more photos on our Facebook page soon, so you'll be able to see more images from the collections we got to see.

Another highlight was definitely Kelly Cutrone's talk at the Belcourt.  What you see on television is definitely not what you get in person.  That lady has a lot of life to share, and her dry humor and quick wit made this a very entertaining and informative afternoon.  It was really amazing to have her in town and to have her support Nashville and the event the way she did.

We have to give a huge congrats to the organizers who we know put in loooooong hours to bring Nashville a first rate Fashion Week.  They did a fantastic job.  It was an uh-mazing week and we can't wait for next year.

Carla's Top Picks

Christian Siriano, Nashville Fashion Week

From left to right:

1. White Rabbit

2. Steven Oo

3. Steven Oo

4. White Rabbit

5. Steven Oo

6. White Rabbit

7. Valentine Valentine

8. Aman Stovall

9. Valentine Valentine

Mizzie's Top Picks

nashville fashion week 2011 christian, white rabbit

From left to right:

1. Christian Siriano

2. Steven Oo

3. Christian Siriano

4. Christian Siriano

5. White Rabbit

6. Steven Oo

7. Aman Stovall

8. Steven Oo

NAshville fashion week

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Shop til You Drop During Lexus Nashville Fashion Week

Lexus Nashville Fashion Week is finally upon us!!  Runway shows start tomorrow and so do the sales, trunk shows and special events!!  It truly is a celebration of fashion all week long with a shopping grand finale on Saturday that includes a citywide shopping day and the Nash Fash Dash presented by whats-in-store and Yelp.com at the Terrazzo in the Gulch. While there are shopping events all over the city on Saturday, you'll definitely want to start your day at the Nash Fash Dash taking place from 10am-2pm.  Whats-in-store and Yelp.com have joined forces to bring the top independent area retailers together to present Spring/Summer 2011's best clothing, jewelry, shoes and other accessories all in one place.  This will be one fun day full of mini-makeovers, the Yelp photo booth, great music and complimentary food and drink courtesy of DrinkHaus, Cha Chah and Provence.  Participating retailers include whats-in-store, Muse Boutiques, Hemline, Lachique Boutique, Mekong Blue, Roya Boutique, Sleeveless, The French Shoppe, Jester's Art, UAL and Project Artisan.

You'll definitely want to be one of the first people at Terrazzo on Saturday as the first 300 shoppers will receive coupon-stuffed goody bags!

Not only is the schedule of runway shows exciting so is the schedule of special events!  We're looking at over 125 of them across the city!  We want you to be able to plan your week accordingly, so with some help from Fashion Week organizers we have a list of those trunk shows and sales.  This list is alphabetical, but make sure you visit the Lexus Nashville Fashion Week website for a handy schedule you can print and take with you so you know exactly where you need to be.

Ash Blue - Thursday - Anne Sportun Cocktail Preview Reception. Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. & Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Anne Sportun Jewelry Trunk Show

Betsey Johnson - Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Discounts offered throughout the day.

Blush Boutique Brentwood - Tuesday, 4-6 p.m. Style Therapy Tuesday: bring your favorite spring staple, and Blush will show you how to mix and match it. Sweet treats and refreshments from local bakeries.

Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mention Nashville Fashion Week at checkout and 10% of your purchase will be donated to the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund.

The Bride Room - Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. In-store trunk shows featuring the bridal collections of Monique Lhuillier, Amsale, Melissa Sweet and Vineyard Collection.

Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 10% off all purchases. Champagne and treats served throughout the day.

Bullets & Mullets - Friday, 3–6:30 p.m. Fashion Friday–A High Fashion Shopping Experience: music complimentary cocktails, celebrity appearances, photo booth, in-store sale, a chance to win a makeover and photo shoot package work $1,500 plus many other door prizes.

Saturday, 4-6 p.m. Marti McFli by Chancellor Warhol Trunk Show with Special Guest DJ Rawtune (N.O.B.O.T.S).

Cindi Earl Fine Jewelry (5101 Harding Rd) - Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Debut of Renee Launiere Black Ice collection, featuring rose cut diamonds in blackened silver and 18k yellow gold.

Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Nashville Fashion Week Celebration Sale: 20% off all in-stock merchandise.

The Cosmetic Market (Hill Center) - Friday, 12-5 p.m. Smashbox Makeup Artist Event: celebrity stylist Edward St. George will give you your own signature look for spring. Call 615-298-759 to book your appointment.

Diamond Star Halo Vintage and Tidwell & Perryman at Fanny’s House of Music - SAVE WRVU! Thursday, 4-6 p.m. Laura Powers, from WRVU’s radio show Needles + Pins, will DJ fashion-related rock, power pop and punk classics.

Emmaline - Saturday, 4-6 p.m. Norma Clare Trunk Show and Robin Haley Trunk Show. Meet Norma Clare designer Anna Redmon. 20% off all day when Nashville Fashion Week ticket is presented. Wine and sweet treats served.

Fire Finch

Free People - Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free feather extensions with $50 purchase (limit per person).

Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Open House: raffle for a Free People gift card, refreshments, and hourly Fit Sessions.

Goodbuy Girls - Friday 12-6 p.m. Featuring designer Tanya Montana and her new line “Desert Wind” feather jewelry and accessories. Cocktails.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 30% off all boots and a free dream catcher with $30 or more purchase.

Gus Mayer

H. Audrey - Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Rag & Bone Trunk Show

Wednesday, 3 p.m. In-store party with champagne, wine, hor d’oeuvres, in-store modeling and gift tote with purchase.

Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mention Nashville Fashion Week and get 20% off one regular priced item.

Hemline

Tuesday–Wednesday, 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Loretta Jane Trunk Show. Champagne and goodies.

Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Leona Collection Trunk Show. Meet the designer on Sunday, April 4, 12–6 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m.–6:30. Spend $150 and get a free gift.

Hip Zipper

imogene + willie - Tuesday, 4–6 p.m. i+w inaugurates a new warm weather tradition at Nashville Fashion Week, playing vinyl records and serving libations.

J. Michaels - Friday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Made in America Trunk Show: Hickey Freeman and Hamilton Shirtmakers. 10% off all trunk show orders.

Jamie - Wednesday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Champagne Brunch. Interactive conversation with informal modeling and other surprises. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. “Dreamweavers”, a new division of Jamie will launch with a showcase of talented designer Jason Wu’s feminine fall collection.

Jigsaw London - Saturday, 5 p.m. In-store fashion show.

Judith Bright

Kate Spade - Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 15% discount when you mention Nashville Fashion Week.

Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Shop, snack and sip. 15% discount when you mention Nashville Fashion Week.

King Jewelers - Tuesday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Chanel Trunk Show and champagne party

Wednesday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Steven Webster Trunk Show (awarded best European jewelry designer three years in a row)

Thursday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Charles Krypell Trunk Show

Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Roberto Coin Trunk Show

Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Cartier Timepiece and Accessory Trunk Show and champagne party. Spend $500, get $100 back on all items storewide.

La Chique Boutique - Wednesday and Friday, 4–6 p.m. Prom/Steeplechase Spring Fashion Show. 20% off storewide.

Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Showcasing new spring clothes with fun and beautiful accessories. 20% discount on everything, including prom dresses and exclusive hats for Steeplechase.

Levy’s - Friday, 4–6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Robert Graham Men’s and Women’s Trunk Show

Local Honey - Saturday 12–6 p.m. Local Honey Annual Spring Premier: new Spring collections from ten local designers, men’s and women’s Spring vintage roll-out, live music and drinks.

Lucy Pop Salon - Tuesday, 2–6 p.m. Darla the Outlaw Trunk Show. Meet Lalie Kavulich and experience her re-worked vintage clothing and accessories. Wednesday, 2–6:30 p.m. Get Dolled Up: get ready for the fashion show in the Blowdry Bar with a Top Shelf Blowout and Eye Only makeup application for the special price of $60 (1/2 of all sales benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund). Show your ticket for Wednesday’s runway show and receive a complimentary faux lash application.

Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $25 gift card with any $50 gift card purchase (in-store only). 10% off any retail purchase.

Margaret Ellis Studio - Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 20% off all silver pieces during Nashville Fashion Week to celebrate 30 years of fabulous jewelry

Thursday, 12–6 p.m. “Baubles and Bubbles” Studio Open House–champagne, view the latest collection, and show off your pieces from seasons past. Prizes for the person wearing the oldest piece, the most bangles, the biggest earrings, the most pearls, and a special prize for the person who brings the most girlfriends.

Saturday, 1–4 p.m. Studio Open House. 20% off all silver pieces.

Monkee’s of Nashville

Saturday, 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Mention Nashville Fashion Week and get a special Monkee’s gift bag.

Muse Boutique - Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Mention Nashville Fashion Week and get 15% off any purchase.

Thursday, 4:30–6:30 p.m. Take a Shot at Chic: featuring the vintage jewelry collection of Love and Flak. Free validated parking in the garage.

Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Discounts offered throughout the day.

Old Made Good - Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (re)Style: spotlighting designers that give vintage clothing new life by altering them into modern looks. Jewelry made from re-used items to be given away.

The Perfect Pair - Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Julianna Bass Trunk Show

Pomme d’Amour - Wednesday, 4 p.m. Born to be Wild: Knuckleheads and Octane Baby Kids Fashion Show. Free gifts to the first 20 people at the show.

Friday, 3 p.m. Faire Joujou: French Euro contemporary fashion and Pomme d’Amour Baby Kids Fashion Show. Free gifts to the first 20 people at the show.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Citywide Shopping Day specials.

Posh Boutique

Thursday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Ben Sherman Trunk Show - Hill Center location

Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free gift with any denim purchase. - Hill Center & Hillsboro Village locations

Private Edition - Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 30th Anniversary Celebration (April 1–9). Call 615-292-8606 for more information.

Roya Boutique - Tuesday–Saturday, 2–6 p.m. Introducing new spring fun, flirty clothing line. Hors d’oeuvres and wine. 30% discount.

Salon N Fuse - Wednesday, 4–6 p.m. Total N Fusion: Get a total head-to-toe pick me up fashion flair before the show. Special guests, food, drink, and beauty tips.

Sleeveless

Sleeveless Nashville, Cirque de la Mode, Nashville Events March

Saturday, 10 a.m.­–2 p.m. Visit Sleeveless at the Nash Fash Dash Marketplace at the Terrazzo. 20% off all jewelry.

Stacey Rhodes Boutique - Friday, 2 - 6 p.m. Union of Angels Trunk Show featuring designer Cindy Baptst

Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 20% off all handbags, and Tom Ford and Roberto Cavalli sunglasses

Studio 615 and The Sole of 615

Saturday, 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m. 20% off storewide.

UAL - Wednesday, 12–3 p.m. High Brow Shopping: eyebrow shaping by The Cosmetic Market along with gift bags and coupons from The Cosmetic Market.

Thursday, 1–4 p.m. Shape Up for Spring with Yoga and Spring Fashion: meet and greet with Gillian and friends from Steadfast and True Yoga. In-store promos.

Friday, 3–6 p.m. Meet and greet celebrity stylist Joseph Cassell for this season’s fashion tips. In-store promos.

Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Secret hourly sales. Gift bags with purchase of $50 or more.

Wear It Out Manuel - Wednesday, 4–6:30 p.m. Wine Wednesday: wine social and amazing in-store sale. Live music, complimentary wine, and a chance to win a makeover and photo shoot package worth $1,500.

Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Citywide Shopping Day specials.

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Edgehill Village - Tuesday, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Summer accessory preview party.  GRAB up specialty items storewide that are 20-50% OFF!  BORROW what you want to wear for a Nashville Fashion Week event at 60% OFF retail price (3 day rental)!  Get a STEAL on the items coming soon with 20% OFF pre-sale items!  Lite bites, cocktails, live music and prizes

Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. 30-70% off spring jewelry and accessories. Free gift with any purchase of $50. Complimentary gift-wrap, drinks, snacks, valet parking (Edgehill Village cooperative).

Franklin - Thursday, 3–6 p.m.

Wolford Boutique Nashville - Tuesday–Wednesday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tights/Leggings/Stay-Ups/Knee-Highs promotion: buy two pairs, and receive a third pair for free.

Thursday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tops and Body Suits promotion: purchase one top and receive a 50% discount on a second top; or, purchase two tops and receive a third for free.

Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. $50 off purchase of $250 or more.

Woo Skincare and Cosmetics - Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Chantecaille National Makeup Artist Eddie Hernandez. Please call for appointment 615-383-2170.

Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Natura Bisse Facial Event. Complimentary Natura Bisse Lumin-Essence Age Defying Treatment featuring the new Sheer Eye Rescue. Facial valued at $250.

Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 10% off any makeup product from any of the spring collections: Bobbi Brown, Giorgio Armani, Chantecaille, Stila, Le Metier de Beaute.

The Mall at Green Hills - Saturday, 12-4pm Nashville Fashion Week Celebration.  Three fashion shows featuring 30+ mall boutiques will take place at noon, 1pm & 2pm.  Dillard's will host a fashion show at 3pm. Nashville Fashion Week is presented

Happy Shopping!!

Fashion Friday - How To Wear It: Julianna Bass

This week's The Lookbook Fashion Friday designer has quickly become a Stella favorite.  Julianna Bass is a Tennessee native now based in New York.  Her designs are romantic at their core, but they all have an edge to them that we absolutely love.  Take a look at Julianna's Spring 2011 lookbook.  Those Sleeveless cuffs and necklaces look gorgeous with Julianna's designs. You can see Julianna's Fall/Winter 2011 looks come down the runway this Friday at the War Memorial during  Lexus Nashville Fashion Week.  You have your tickets already, right?

Here's how Mizzie and Sierra from The Lookbook styled the Julianna Bass Black Duchess Satin Romper.

What's in Her Bag - Designers Jamie and the Jones

Mizzie and I were so excited for this month's What's in Her Bag.  We love Jamie and the Jones almost to the point of obsession and we were thrilled when Jamie and Hannah said they'd share what's in their bags with us.  Since we first met them a year ago they've cranked out some seriously cool knitwear and silk pieces and are now hand-marbling & dyeing their own fabrics.  We can not wait to see what comes down the runway Tuesday night (March 29) when they open Lexus Nashville Fashion Week. What's in Jamie's Bag:

Bag/Wallet:

My camel satchel and enormously large passport wallet: I have an unusually large bag for such small content, but it is a great bag to hold a large sweater when I get cold.

Gadgets:

My phone from 2002, I am guessing. It was handed down to me and sometimes doesn't receive pictures. I can text. Hannah's pen. Great for those moments when you really need a pen. Crazy laser light key chain. I plan to maybe use this when I get intruded upon.

Beauty Products:

American Apparel bandeau... Always handy to have. I don't think I could live without a bandeau.  I hate anything constricting and apparently love to have one on hand whenever needed, as I found this in my purse today. Hair Clip/ Craft Fair Earrings: I use to wear earrings a lot and a hair clip, but recently I haven't been feeling it.  Although I keep them in my purse just in case the urge comes back. Nanak's Lip Smoothee: I don't wear makeup and hate most anything on my lips, but this is a great all natural lip balm.

What's in Hannah's Bag:

Bag:

Anna Corinna, circa 2005 and T.J. Maxx Floral Scarf, also circa 2005:  I've carried this bag and this scarf pretty much every single day for 6 years.  I will wear them until they develop holes...and then probably wear them still. This scarf has been with me to Paris and back.  It's like a baby blanket, but better.

iPhone and business cards:

I have failed to update this gadget and I can never remember to hand out these business cards.

Beauty Products:

Hair Brush : Really great for the afternoon dreadlocks that seem to take place on the right side of my head...daily. Benefit Betty "Flirt Alert" lipstick : I've never fully applied this to my mouth, but it is really pretty. Lip Smacker in "Dr. Pepper" lip balm : ...THIS!... is a small gem that some may have forgotten about, but I love it.

Sewing Gadgets:

Embroidery Needles, Joann's Coupon, and a bottle cap... probably self explanatory... all for a good night's worth of sewing for Jamie and the Jones.

Sugar Wallet :

I've had this pouch for quite some time.  I think it was a gift.  I'm not into much pink, but I love the lamb! License and money: It is sheer luck that both of these have made it to my wallet at the same time. Southwest Airlines Drink Coupons and a love note from my boyfriend/soul mate: Plane rides and long distance... enough said.

Thanks ladies!  You can find Jamie and the Jones collection at our March Spotlight Store, Local Honey.  And don't forget to get those Fashion Week tickets!

Fashion Friday - How To Wear It: Aman Stovall

Last week The Lookbook featured another fantastic Lexus Nashville Fashion Week designer, Aman Stovall.  These dresses are gorgeous and we can not wait to see this Fall line come down the runway on Saturday, April 2.  We can't believe Nashville Fashion Week kicks off next week!  Do you have your tickets yet?  Purchase them here.

Here's how Mizzie styled this gorgeous Aman Stovall dress.  Visit The Lookbook to see the inspiration behind Sierra's look.

Stella Spotlight: Nashville Boutique - Local Honey

Nestled in an old house next to the local popular coffee shop Bongo Java in Belmont is the brand new location of Local Honey.  If you loved them before you will love them even more now. With more space and a newly decorated shop, inspired by old war bunkers, Local Honey is the place to go for local designers like Jamie & the Jones, Tidwell & Perryman and White  Rabbit all making appearances at Lexus Nashville Fashion Week.   Make sure and check out the shoe wall in the back next to the spacious white dressing rooms.  Last time I was there I saw some stunning Frye boots.  Too bad they were not my size or they would be on my shoe wall at home.  We recently caught up with Owner Shea Steele to ask her the usual questions.

Local HOney, Nashville VintageYou recently celebrated Local Honey’s fifth anniversary.  What was the original concept for the shop and how has it evolved?

The original concept for the store was simply to provide good, on-trend clothing for good prices. No one in Nashville at the time was catering to a young, fashionable demographic, or to the weak of wallet, so I wanted to step up and do it myself! The best way to keep the price point down was to go used, and my enthusiasm about local design, art, and handmades rounded out the inventory and increased the one-of-a kind appeal. That concept is still 100% intact.

How do you like your new Belmont location?

The Belmont location is a dream come true really. Its spacious and beautiful, and in my favorite neighborhood in Nashville. You can't get much better than that. I really love the neighbors and all of the students. There's an increased sense of community even beyond what the store already had and that relationship has always been at the core of Local Honey. I'm still chipping away at the transformation and getting settled in, but so far so good!

Describe the vibe of the store in five words or less.

Bright. Homey. Inspiring.

Tidwell & PerrymanWe love your focus on local designers and you are a designer yourself.  Can you tell us a little about the lines you carry?

I have maintained a LOCAL ONLY rule for the designers I carry because I feel it enhances not only the store's mantra, but also the sense that you're getting something truly unique. These designers are your peers and are forging their own creative niche in our community, so supporting them and providing others the opportunity to do the same is increasing Nashville's presence in the fashion industry. We are all working more diligently each year and honing our skills. The garments we put out on the racks are a varied and rare mix of concepts and tailoring styles, and it's all fun to wear. The kind of clothes that put you in a good mood!

Nashville VintageWhat is your favorite era of vintage clothing and what can people find at Local Honey?

I'm an appreciator of all eras. I think they all had their own flair and there's good design to be found in all of them. I'm not a stickler for what is vintage and what is not. I just sell good clothes, regardless of their age. Yes, there is a substantial amount of "vintage" in the mix, but overall you can expect to find a range of affordable, cool, off-beat attire. I'm appealing to the shopper, who wears what she buys until it's threadbare, not the collector or someone looking for a costume.

What are some of your current inspirations for White Rabbit and your other mixed media?Nashville vintage

Honestly, I feel the longer I do this the less I have prominent influences. I'm making a concerted effort to find my own voice as a designer and as an artist. So the things that are inspiring me are predominantly internal. In the design world I think there has really been no stone unturned at this point, in terms of sources of inspiration. I'm really trying to carve out my own path. But I'm a glutton for expanding my mind, wether it be traveling or watching an art documentary in my living room. So inevitably these things influence me on a subconscious level. That said, colors and bold graphics are a staple in my work. That's a constant.

Can you tell us a little about the sewing school upstairs?

The sewing school upstairs, STITCH, is run by Alexia Abegg. She offers beginning to advanced classes in sewing, pattern drafting, and quilting. There is a nice range of commitment levels as well, in terms of time and money. If you don't have time for a weekly class over the course of 2 months, you can sign up for a basic instructional afternoon course and, for example, learn how to hem your own jeans or make a purse.

Jamie and the Jones, NAshville designerWhat Spring/Summer trends can we find at Local Honey?

Oh, I'm all over the map. So you can expect all the usual suspects, just in greater quantity. We are doing even more customization these days. Expanding on our meticulous need to make our inventory JUST RIGHT before you buy it. But I think most obviously the oversized widths from Fall are converting into length for the Spring. Everything is LONG.

If Local Honey was a cocktail, what would it be?Vintage NAShville

Tequila with pineapple juice. You may have never thought to order it, but it's surprisingly refined and good, and you'll probably start ordering it all the time.

What are five of your favorite Nashville places?

Belmont Blvd- I remember this being one of my answers the last time you asked me this question! Now, that I've made it to the promised land, it's even truer. I love it.

The Belcourt Theatre The downtown library Gojo Brown's Diner I could easily keep going. It's hard to narrow down.

Lexus Nashville Fashion Week -  March 29 - April 2nd 2011
Jamie & the Jones - March 29th
White Rabbit - March 31st

Fashion Friday – How to Wear It: The Arnold Dress

Sylvia Hiesel, Arnold DressThis week's The Lookbook Fashion Friday How to Wear It is the Sylvia Heisel Arnold Dress.  Sylvia's pieces are a gorgeous mix of classic and modern and her collection of beautiful silk pieces definitely puts us in the mood for Spring.  You can see Sylvia's collection come down the runway during Lexus Nashville Fashion Week on Tuesday, March 29.  Get your tickets now!

Here's how Mizzie and Sierra from The Lookbook styled it. Do you have a favorite?  Tell us what you think.

sylvia hiesel, arnold dress

Nashville Fashion Week Designers Announced

Ever since the announcement of Kelly Cutrone speaking at Lexus Nashville Fashion Week, we've been anxiously awaiting the list of designers who will show their collections during the five nights of runway shows.  This was definitely worth the wait and here's the thing...this isn't everyone.

  • Akiko by Akiko Cook — A collection inspired by art, vintage prints and embroideries, Akiko has become a favorite with celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez, Tori Spelling, Amanda Bynes and Ashley Tisdale and is sold in over 200 specialty boutiques and department stores. Presented by Posh Boutique.
  • Ben Sherman — The first company to produce the famous Oxford button-down shirt and the fourth largest men’s casual wear in the U.K., Ben Sherman’s design feature effortless cool, with the roundel and colors of the British Royal AirForce. The line now also includes belts, bags, footwear and sunglasses. Presented by Posh Boutique.

  • Betsey Johnson — Betsey Johnson has built her long-standing career in fashion by following her own set of rules. Known for her celebration of the exuberant, the embellished, and the over the top, Betsey has been rocking the fashion industry with her unique and original designs since the 1960s.
  • Cooper by Courtney Warren — Warren has said it is her goal to “create a dress line that makes all women feel sexy and beautiful.” She named all the pieces in the line after her friends and family, a tribute to their support for her work. Presented by Posh Boutique.
  • Gado Gado by Belinda Kazanci — Gado Gado garments are hand-made in Bali, using traditional methods of dyeing and printing and embellished and tailored by local crafts people in their villages. Designs are one-of-a-kind, using traditional Batik motifs, altered to find an innovative balance between Eastern and Western cultures. Presented by Posh Boutique.
  • Gustavo Cadile — Cadile’s designs are a collection of late day and evening gowns which combine the spirit of Argentine glamour with European sensibility and American style. Celebrities and fashion personalities such as Catherine Zeta Jones, Reese Witherspoon, Queen Latifah, January Jones and Vanessa Williams are wearing his clothes. Presented by Gus Mayer.

  • Julianna Bass — Each of Bass's collections have been notably inspired by the past. Various eras have always been intriguing to the designer and have led her to explore the edge of romanticism. Julianna was selected as a designer to watch by both Women's Wear Daily and New York Magazine.
  • Katharine Kidd — Striking a balance between the era of 40s and 50s glamour with today’s sophisticated female, Kidd’s designs capture a feminine aesthetic that exudes both old-world chic and modern day freshness. Presented by Gus Mayer.
  • Kevork Kiledjian—Kiledjian was born into the world of art and design with a mother inspired by architecture and a father who worked as a couturier for Lanvin. Kiledjian’s latest line maintains the designer’s sensuous, refined aesthetic, infusing the luxurious garments with beauty and strength.
  • Leona Collection by Lauren Leonard — Sold at more than 100 retailers around the world, Leona Collection was described by Elle magazine as “whimsically youthful with a pinch of Southern sophistication.”
  • Loretta Jane by Kelli Cooper — Loretta Jane is a burgeoning ready-to-wear line emphasizing quality fabrics for a customer with both a playful spirit and a sophisticated eye for fashion. Presented by Hemline Nashville.

  • Norma Clare by Anna Redmon — Redmon named her line after her grandmother, and her designs are inspired by vintage looks the original Norma would have loved. The fabrics she chooses often inspire her garments, and she often chooses cloth of a heavier weight and drape, with finished products distinguished by clean lines and shapes.
  • Robert Graham — The Robert Graham brand, for both men and women, is characterized by impeccable quality, exquisite detailing, and a wry, subtle wink of British-inspired humor. It's an attitude that carries through to the "Knowledge Wisdom Truth" label integrated discreetly into every garment. Presented by Levy's.
  • Steven OO by Steven Oo — Oo debuted his collection as an MFA student at Bryant Park during Fall/Winter 2010 New York Fashion Week as part of the Academy of Art University. He specializes in intricate and structural knits and brings an unconventional approach to traditional knitting. Presented by Project Artisan.

  • Sylvia Heisel — Heisel’s clothes embody both classic luxury and high-style global modernism. Sumptuous raw silks in her line, often in acid colors, align with vintage upholstery fabrics, startlingly futuristic textures and ornaments, and other surprises. Presented by Project Artisan. Carried by Jamie.
  • Union of Angels by Cynthia Bapst Bapst is an international clothing designer whose designs have been seen in numerous publications and runways. Her spring collection is sold in St. Barth, and she is working with well-known record labels in Nashville to dress their artists. Her future project is production of a television series called "Style in the City.” Presented by Stacy Rhodes Boutique.

What do you think?  Pretty great, right?  There will be more national, regional and local designers announced very soon along with show locations and times.  Your best bet...buy the week-long pass!  It's the best deal to take part in all five nights and if you buy before March 14, you can get your pass for $200 (Insider Access Pass is $350).  After March 14, the price goes up to $250.

See you at the shows!