NWAFW 2014 Recap

I’m not going to pretend I didn’t have a fashion-hangover afterwards but all in all it was a ton of fun and quite impressive! I must give a shout out to 3W Magazine/Tres Lifestyle for sending me behind the scenes.

Also, check out Elysian, E. Leigh’s, NA Martin, She Said Yes, SOHO Clothiers, Jodie Franklin, Nicole Shipley in the NWAFW Window Shop! A huge thank you to Mallory Berry, Kory Tyler Simpson, Suzannah Files, Samantha Clark, Darcy Morton Munoz & Celi Birke for their contributions to the Window Shop this year. It was truly a labor of love.

If  you STILL need more, here are all the photos I took during NWAFW 2014. And, my buddy Jess Whalen of Truebadours did badass videos for each night.

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The Window Shopper Previews Art Amiss

[CLICKABLES! see the –> original post & –> all the photos]

I wasn’t exactly familiar with Artamiss before becoming involved with NWAFW. As I said, I had already worked with Mel @ Mayapple. We got along really well and I love the one stop shop she has going with Mayapple (hair/makeup/clothes). When she asked me to put a few of the Art Amiss designers in The Window Shop, I readily agreed. Black Cherry & Good Things were the shops that really wanted to participate. I’ve been a Black Cherry fan since Leea opened. She even put me in a unitard for her instagram recently. So I knew it would be fun to show a few things from there. I had seen Good Things and maybe popped in on my way to Dark Star but didn’t really know what it was about. I met Jessy, the owner/designer and found that she has a passion for organic fabric, processes or practices. That carries over into her boutique and the clothing she carries is either made of an organic fabric or the company employs green practices. I have to admit that, at first glance, the store didn’t carry clothes that I would normally buy. However, I quickly understood that what I could love about Good Things were the basic. Tanks, tees, yoga pants, jackets but mostly bralets. Jessy was not sure what I was going to do with the bralet I took for the shoot but as you may know, skin is in. Everything in moderation, right?

Celi is an art student that Mel asked to shoot for us (Mallory was out of town) and she was really good. It was cool to work with someone that has a different aesthetic and doesn’t know all the faces I’ve already made…At one point Celi told me to “do something with {my} hands”. We got into a friendly rapport.

Mel gave me two different hair & beauty looks. 1. Princess hair complete with a braided bun at the crown with minimal makeup and glossy lips 2. Messy side braid with giant false lashes on the bottom! Needless to say, we had fun.

Leea from Black Cherry came along for the party, she gave me some posing pointers, which I had trouble remembering. We talked about marriage and boys and how to get men to clean. Mel ordered pizza for the group, which annoyed me because I was about to pour into a leopard unitard. Anyway, we had a blast and I hope you enjoy!

I’ve gleaned more info on Art Amiss, Black Cherry, Good Things & Mayapple for your reading pleasure. These ladies will be showing on the runway Thursday but I know you can’t wait so you must try to stop by Arsagas at the Depot tonight from 7pm on. The coffee shop is hosting an artist appreciation exposition put on by Art Amiss. I’ll be heading there after I sip & see at Vetro 1925 (in my LBD, natch).

Good Things’ Jessy Lang majored in Apparel Studies at the University of Arkansas and then worked in product development at the Wal-Mart corporate office for eight years. She opened Good Things in 2008. She describes the store as an extension of her lifestyle and values. She explains, “I like simple, natural, pretty things. I wanted to support positive and good things in my business and also make it easier for others to support those things, and look our best while doing it.”

Jessy told me she is inspired by every girl with big dreams, a huge heart and a great sense of style. She admires women who are motivated to do great things for their communities & world but also look fabulous doing it.

Black Cherry Vintage opened in the summer of 2012. Leea Lee saw a need for a retro woman’s clothing store in Fayetteville and she’s been delivering ever since with feminine silhouettes, beautiful dresses, fun t-shirts and enviable separates. Somehow she finds the time to be an active roller derby girl & play with her (relatively) new hubby, Spencer.

ARTAMISS | web | fb | email |

MAYAPPLE SALON & BOUTIQUE | web | insta | fb | email |

GOOD THINGS BOUTIQUE | web | fb | insta | email |

BLACK CHERRY VINTAGE | web | fb | insta | email |

PHOTOGRAPHY: Celi Birke | web | fb | insta | email |

HAIR & MUA: Melissa Arens of Mayapple | web | insta | fb | email |

STYLING: Payton Bridewell | web | fb | insta | email |

Art Amiss is a not-for-profit art collective based in
Fayetteville, AR created with the express purpose of providing services for artists living in, working in, or from Arkansas.

The organization is composed of 5 board members. We host
semi-annual events for all medias and are interested in working in conjunction with artists all over the state to increase the artistic awareness in our local environments. More @ artamiss.org

NWA FW Window Shop: Maude

by mallory berry

by mallory berry

Hi everyone! This is our first window shopping adventure together! I am so excited to share these collaborations with you. This project has been incredible so far and it has just begun. Before we get to the good stuff, I want to share a little more about your tour guide, me. I’ve been keeping Fayetteville funky for the past 20 years (with a four year detour to NOLA for school). My style is lighthearted & eclectic, I’m a collector of all things fashion and I love treasure hunting.  I love: trying new things/trying on new things, classic feminine shapes, funky details and clean lines. I love piling and styling. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but it gives me great pleasure to play dress up every day.
One of the wonderful things about Fayetteville is the abundance of cool people. Cool people open great shops and great shops want to be involved in amazing community events like NWAFW. When I spend money on my wardrobe, it absolves me to spend it in a way that supports a local business and furthers the community.
 Maude was the first stop for the window shop. I remember when Becca opened Maude in 2007. I still have a dress that I bought on my first visit. Personally, I think Maude was the tipping point for a wave of boutiques that have opened since, offering a variety of contemporary apparel for women who love to look good. Becca (and in turn Maude) was a trailblazer. She started small, cultivated interest in the community and expanded when the time was right. As demonstrated by her interest in NWA Fashion Week, she is proactive and has a vision for community partnership. The store’s website details, “A Maude Girl is much more than her closet, but the one she has should be full of clothes that help her feel confident as she makes her dreams happen.”  What a feel-good place to shop, right?
I went shopping on a Sunday in early January and quickly found it hard to narrow down my selections. Ultimately, I chose examples of styles I already love. I wanted to pull from my own collection to create looks that you wouldn’t necessarily find at Maude but compliment their aesthetic.  I found corresponding pieces in my closet to complete the looks and was lucky enough to snag some of the best creatives in NWA to transform me. They really deserve all the credit (more on them below).
Maude’s High Heels, High Hopes takes to the runway at the Hotel Chancellor on the Friday Night of NWA Fashion Week.
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NWAFW Window Shop: Maude
DETAILS
  • floral skirt-like trouser by Greylin {worn with a vintage Leslie Fay cropped pink blazer, necklace from Forever21, thrifted sunnies and chunky Jessica Simpson heels}
  • open-back sheer maxi by ark & co {worn with pink Gianni Bini heels}
  •  gold paneled crop by mystree {worn with a Lillie Rubin gold lame leather skirt, my mom’s gold star earrings, locket & chunky necklace a gift from my hubby from Mae’s Heirlooms, Miss Me sandals and a vintage hat}
  • high waist black & white trouser by Line & Dot {worn with a vintage velvet Doris Dodson Jrs, vintage /Forever21 necklaces, Lulu Townsend pumps}
  • floor-length print skirt by Line & Dot {worn with a backwards vintage lace jacket, collar from urban outfitters, heels from Forever21 }
The TEAM!
Photography: Mallory Berry, MGB Photo [ instagram.com/mgbphoto ] [email]
Styling/Orchestration: Payton Bridewell, The Window Shopper [instagram.com/mspayton] [email]
Makeup: Kory Tyler Simpson, MAC [ instagram.com/korytyler ] [email]
Hair: Taylor Johnston & Lindsey Wright, Guillotine Hair Lounge [ instagram.com/guillotinehairlounge ] 479.582.8770
Most vintage is either locally purchased at thrift shops or Cheap Thrills in Fayetteville, AR
Featured Items: Maude Shoppe in Fayetteville, AR
Special thanks to the Chancellor Hotel in downtown Fayetteville for being quite the gorgeous backdrop for #3 & #4
More about Maude…