This year's Memphis Fashion Week, produced by the Memphis Fashion Design Network, marked the first of which I was formally involved, but it was not the first of which I gained a positive impression.
I first felt the energy firsthand when attending last year's pop-up trunk show at The Lab, MFDN's headquarters that incubates and showcases emerging designers from Memphis and around the country. I've always been proud of Memphis' startup mentality to pursue and sustain innovation in areas that need capital—whether human capital, social capital or financial capital—and the fashion community is no exception. I've witnessed MFDN founder Abby Phillips build and institute a standard for fashion design and community. I'm so happy to have been engaged in the smashing success of a production this year!
We all know well that I'm not a traditional fashion blogger, though I couldn't turn down an opportunity to participate in Memphis Fashion Week's series in partnership with featured designer Rachel Roy. Let's be honest: Rachel Roy's clothes will elevate any dinner party you're hosting with my recipes and entertaining tips, right?! I surely think so.
At Thursday night's Fashion Night Out kickoff on Highland, the cucumber cocktails were flowing and the series of pop-ups prompted me to purchase a gorgeous Urban Hardware Designs statement piece (and add a laundry list of items I'd love to add to my wardrobe). To the event, I rocked Rachel Roy's charcoal denim LOVE jacket (50% of whose proceeds support EveryTown and Time's Up) with faux black leather leggings (pictured above).
For Memphis Fashion Week's daytime events—including a beautiful (and not basic) avocado toast influencer brunch at Restaurant Iris with Chef Kelly English—I most enjoyed wearing the white eyelet top (on major sale right now) and paper bag trouser Rachel Roy combo (pictured at the top). Super darling, right?
To the Saturday evening Emerging Designers runway show at the Memphis College of Art, I wore this Rachel Roy navy utility jumpsuit (pictured above) with some 2012 Jimmy Choo crazy bright green wedges.
I urge you to mark 2019's Memphis Fashion Week dates on your calendar once revealed. I can't wait to see you there.