The closing night runway shows for NFW 2014 may have been last but they certainly weren't least. I added a few of the evening's looks to my Nashville Fashion Week 2014 Pinterest board. Here are my favorites, along with my observations about how well these designs would fare with my readers.
Julie Wheat's clothing line Cavortress is only the latest on her long list of accomplishments. She mixes neutrals and metallics with bright colors and uncomplicated lines. Her designs are very figure flattering and can be dressed up or down depending on age and occasion. They're also perfect if you're using mobility aids. I'm definitely saving up for one of her pieces. Here she is with me on the red carpet - did I mention she's a doll?
Denise Roxenstone has done the impossible. She's made me love an aesthetic inspired by traditional Cowboy style. It's all in the way she translates the look into something so cool you're dying to wear it. Some of the pieces are definitely for the under 35 crowd but there's a lot here for us older and curvier girls. There's a few billowy maxi skirts that would be a nightmare for wheelchair users. Otherwise, the collection gets a thumbs up.
The first of two men's collection of the evening, Jacob Holston's clothes take classic, casual menswear to the next level. Lots of trenchcoats, jackets and sweaters with clean, straight lines made for polished outfits. Obviously, when it comes to age, size and ability menswear is much more forgiving than women's.
If you think these gowns look good in the photos I can tell you they looked ten times better in person. Yes, these are definitely not everyday dresses, but Johnathan Kayne is not your everyday designer. The fit on these frocks was impeccable, and the attention to detail staggering.
And then there was this.
If you think couture gowns are only made for tall, thin women - think again. Make a Wish Middle Tennessee and Kayne made Esperanza's wish to be a runway model a reality. Here is a curvaceous, disabled young lady walking out on the arm of the designer that made her gown. Watch out for this man's dresses, because I have a feeling you're going to be seeing them on many high-profile red carpets for years to come.
Rodd & Gunn
There was a real problem with this New Zealand based collection. The models were such hunks I had to remind myself to look at the clothes! I wasn't the one one, either. The young lady next to me kept fanning herself with the program and actually swooned when Mr Lenny Kravitz lookalike strutted down the runway (not to worry; I caught her). The clothes were as handsome as the men wearing them.
The beauty of Julia Clancey's designs is difficult to describe and photographs don't quite do them justice. They are the epitome of chic in a very fashion-forward sense and have already been featured in major magazines. This collection can make any woman look beautiful. I met Clancey after the show and she was kind enough to invite me to her trunk show hosted by a pop-up of brother Andrew Clancey's Any Old Iron. I was too exhausted to attend, but you'll be hearing more about this talented designer in the future.
What do you think about these designs? Which one is your favorite? Which ones can you see yourself wearing?
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