Design Collaboration: Manny Cuevas and Denise Crapps

It all started with an emerald green, Asian print fabric that I purchased over 10 years ago. I bought the fabric with the hope of having someone make a traditional Asian chignon dress for me. Well, I never had the dress made, so I put the fabric away in my closet and virtually forgot about it.

With the Marchesa Fashion Show at the Symphony fast approaching, I thought it was high time that the fabric see the light of day.  I approached Manny Cuevas of Wear It Out Manuel http://www.wearitoutmanuel.com/ with the idea of making me a dress for the event. 

Designer Manny Cuevas

Manny was nice enough to agree to do it and since he loves to collaborate with others, he suggested that we enlist designer, Denise Crapps of Mesyia Designs for the project.

Designer Denise Crapps

Although I was not familiar with Denise’s work at the time, I knew that if Manny wanted to work with her, she must be pretty amazing.

I later learned that Denise, originally from Detroit, Michigan, has been designing for over 35 years! 

One of Denise's Gorgeous Designs

 She has collaborated with Manuel Cuevas, Sr. on occasion and her niche is sexy, stage-worthy dresses that would make Beyonce swoon. 

Leather and Rhinestone Dress by Denise Crapps

I met with Manny and Denise to discuss the dress for the Marchesa Show. My only requirements were that the dress be strapless or one-shoulder and above the knee. I left the rest of the design to the experts.  It was so cool to listen to them brainstorming as the design took shape.  Denise drew a rough sketch as they chatted and narrowed in on the final design.  They chose to add gold piping that created interest without detracting from the beauty of the fabric. 

With sketch and measurements in hand, Denise whisked the fabric away to do her magic.  Manny selected a gorgeous chartreuse silk for the lining…an excellent choice.  I was so excited about the color, I had them leave some peeking out at the bottom of the dress! 

A couple of fittings later and I was all set for the Marchesa show. Manny did a couple of last minute alterations and added the infamous “Wear It Out Manuel” label! 

The day of the event, Denise surprised me with a matching drawstring purse that really completed the look.

 Later, I was treated to the ultimate V.I.P. treatment from K.K. of Works of Art Salon http://www.worksofart.com/. She gave me an incredible scalp and shoulder massage that just about put me to sleep!  Then, she proceeded to create the most amazing up-do!  I showed her a couple of pictures of the french twist I was going for, but K.K. exceeded my expectations and even added her own sparkly bobbi pins to the back!

It was such a relaxing, wonderful experience!  I walked out of her salon feeling like my own version of Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s (my favorite movie).

Zipped on home to put on the dress and get ready and left my house feeling like a movie star! I really felt pampered and a bit like Paris Hilton for the day! I have never had the experience of having a designer (let alone two) make a dress especially for me.  Manny and Denise were great to work with and the result was a dress that fit me to a T!

Me at the Marchesa Show!

I think it turned out great!  What do you think?

Kudos to Manny and Denise for their amazing collaboration! I really hope to see more projects from these two in the future!

You can find Manny’s amazing designs at http://wearitoutmanuel.com. Manny also does lots of custom, one-of-a-kind pieces and he loves to collaborate!

Manny with Paul McDonald's "Idol" Pants

Denise is an awesome seamstress and designer and you can contact her at www.facebook.com/denisecrapps.

A huge thank you to Manny, Denise, and K.K. You are all amazing artists and I thank you for making me feel like a STAR!

Angela

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Alain Patterson Couture: Nashville’s Best Kept Secret



When I heard about Alain Patterson several months ago, I was told that he was a couture designer who also happens to works for Gibson Guitars.  So, I did some research and sure enough, I found his website www.alainpattersoncouture.com.  Simultaneously excited and confused, I couldn’t understand why I had not heard of Alain before.  I could tell immediately from his website that his talent was of the caliber that one would expect to find in Paris or Milan, but Nashville? 

Apparently, Alain has been Nashville’s best kept fashion secret for quite some time.  I have a feeling that this is about to change in a VERY BIG way!

With all of the events coming up such as Nashville’s Steeplechase and Louisville’s Kentucky Derby, I thought the timing was perfect to talk to Alain and find out more about him and his millinery.  Alain was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to meet with me on Sunday, April 10th 2011.

Alain Patterson, Couture Designer

Originally from Greenville, SC, Alain studied Fashion Design at A.I.U.(American InterContinental University) in Atlanta, GA.  Shortly after graduating from the Fashion Design Program, Alain chose to move to Nashville, TN to be closer to family and pursue his design career.   Alain’s love for design was evident from a very young age and blossomed during his college years. He has been making couture clothing since 1988, and in 2007, he began making his amazing couture hats. 

 After chatting a bit, Alain showed me some of his hats.  He actually brought several different hats as well as a couple of “fascinators”.   The fascinators are not full sized hats.  They are smaller head adornments that fasten to the hair with a type of comb.

These goregeous, floral inspired hats and fascinators are part of Alain’s Le Jardin de Julia collection.   http://lejardindejulia.com An ode to Alain’s mother who loves hats and gardening, these pieces are amazing works of art!

Amber Williams Chapman

 

After seeing his hats in person, I have an even greater appreciation for Alain’s talent.  I asked him about the process of making each hat, how long it takes, and whether or not he sketches his designs first.  According to Alain, the process of creating each hat takes approximately two weeks depending on the complexity of the design.  Alain does all of the work himself, by hand, and he uses only silk fabric for his hats.  He usually starts with a general idea and lets the idea evolve and come to life as he goes.  He designs more traditional, wide brimmed hats that are like wedding dresses for your head.

My Fair Ladylike Hat

You can see the amount of detail that goes into the design of these hats and it is clear that each one is a labor of love. 

Alain currently has approximately 20 couture hats available for sale.  If you hurry, you can still get a one-of-a-kind couture hat made by Alain in time for Steeplechase!  Alain will be taking orders for the next two weeks.  After that, well, you can still get one of Alain’s masterpieces to wear for the remainder of hat season.  These hats are investments and every discerning fashionista should have at least one Alain Patterson Couture hat in her closet!  Nashville fashion divas, get in line for your Steeplechase hat.  Kentucky Derby ladies, better contact Alain to see if he has one you can snatch up!  Palm Beach socialites, you definitely need one of Alain’s hats to wear to your next Polo function!  Kate Middleton, you’re missing out!  Nicole Kidman, you and  Alain need to do lunch!  ;)  

You can find out more about Alain and his couture designs on his website http://alainpattersoncouture.com and his exclusive millinery site www.lejardindejulia.com.

 It won’t be long before Alain Patterson Couture is a household name.  Just remember you heard it here first!

Alain Patterson and Angela Wynne

P.S. Thank you Alain for letting me wear the hat for the photo!  I felt like Eliza Doolittle at The Ascot Races and it was GRANDE!

Angela Wynne

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April Fashion Happenings



April is a great time for a fresh new look!  Here are some events happening around the country:

Palm Beach-

21st Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon-

April 16th,11:00-2:00p.m. at Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club, Palm City, Florida.

The fashion show is held by Pt. St. Lucie Business Women. Tickets cost $40 per person.  For information please contact Ellen Falk at (772) 342-7701, or by e-mail at ellen.falk@seacoastnational.com

3rd Annual Le’Chic Fashion Show

April 9th, 6:00p.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, http://lechiccouture2011.eventbrite.com/

All proceeds from the fashion show will be donated to Makeva Harold Foundation, Inc., in efforts to support community growth and outreach.

Meet Michelle Smith, Founder and Designer of Milly.

Thursday, April 14th from 6-8p.m.  Saks Fifth Ave, Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.

Nashville-

An Affair of the Hat
Located @ Stacey Rhodes Boutique of 144 Franklin Road, Brentwood, Tennessee
Starting Date & Time Thursday, April the 21st, 2011 @ 05:00PM
Ending Date & Time Thursday, April the 21st, 2011 @ 08:00PM
Posted By Alicia
“An Affair Of The Hat”
Our 9th Annual Event Featuring Dozens of Exquisite One-of-a-Kind Hats
Perfect for the Steeplechase, Derby or any Occasion!

Special Guest ~ Palm Beach Hat Designer, Carol Carr
Honorary Chair ~ The Tennessean’s Shopping Diva, Cathi Aycock

Wine & Champagne
$10 Donation Benefits The T.J. Martell Foundation

Carol Carr will be available to take custom orders Friday, April 22nd & Saturday, April 23rd by appointment.
615-221-9992

http://staceyrhodesboutique.com

Prophetiks catwalk show “Southern Shores”

hosted by the Standard Club and designed by Jeff Garner.

**VIP options for this show are very limited. We do not expect to have VIP badges available day of show!

Location: The Standard at the Smith House

167 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Nashville, TN 37203

Date: Friday April 23rd, 2010

Time:

5:00 VIP Cocktail Hour and Silent Auction

6:00 VIP Supper with Celebrity Hosts James and Suzy Cameron

7:00 Pre-show cocktails – cash bar

8:00 SOUTHERN SHORES fashion Show

9:30 After Party and VIP Cocktail Reception- Standard Ballroom and Standard Club

Fashion Show

The Inaugural Steeplechase LookBook Fashion Show and Marketplace

Located @ Belle Meade Plantation Carriage House & Stables of 5025 Harding Pike, Nashville, Tennessee
Starting Date & Time Thursday, April the 14th, 2011 @ 05:00PM
Ending Date & Time Thursday, April the 14th, 2011 @ 09:30PM
Event Chairs: Anne Clayton & Grace Clayton
Gen Admission Chairs: Sara Jo Houghland & Chad Blackburn
Decor’ Chairs: Bob Deal, Jason Bradshaw, Valerie Levay & Linda Mohon
Fashion Show director: Connie Cathcart-Richardson
There will be THREE RUNWAYS!
PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS RIGHT NOW at www.steeplechaselookbook.com
VIP SEATING: The interior portion of the Carriage House will be transformed to look like the box seat area at Steeplechase. There will be 10 (6 person) boxes on either side of the runway.
Each VIP box seats 6 people – price per box $750
The VIP box seat guests will each receive a catered, gourmet meal from Kristen Winston catering and a goodie bag from Chopard – compliments of King Jewelers.
The General Admission areas are located on each exterior wing of the Carriage House, with a runway on each.
Gen Admission tickets are $40 per person
The Gen Admission area will be catered by Jim-N-Nick’s
Each Gen Admission ticket holder will receive a goodie bag compliments of Macy’s.

FASHION, FOOD, BEVERAGES & SHOPPING all under one roof.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. (for Marketplace area)
Fashion Show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Marketplace hours are 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and will re-open for shopping immediately following the fashion show.

PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT ONLINE at www.steeplechaselookbook.com

Marchesa Fashion Show at the Symphony

 

 

 

 

Fashion Show
Located @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Starting Date & Time Tuesday, April the 26th, 2011 @ 06:00PM
Ending Date & Time Tuesday, April the 26th, 2011 @ 10:00PM
Posted By Laurie Davis
Link To More Event Info click here

High-end fashion label Marchesa, co-founded by British designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, will team with Naples-based boutique Marissa Collections to present the 2011 Symphony Spring Fashion Show on April 26, 2011. Hosted by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra League at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the show will feature the New York-based designers’ 2011 Fall Collection.

Janet Bentz and Johnna Watson will chair the 2011 event. ABC News Correspondent Deborah Roberts, a reporter on 20/20 and substitute news anchor for Good Morning America, will emcee the event. Roberts, who resides in Manhattan with husband Al Roker, has attended previous Nashville Symphony fashion shows as a guest. Click on the link NashvilleSymphony.org/Fashionshow to request an invitation

Simply Flawless Fashion Show

 
Located @ Epic 9 of 312 9th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee
Starting Date & Time Friday, April the 29th, 2011 @ 06:30PM
Ending Date & Time Friday, April the 29th, 2011 @ 09:30PM
*Simply Flawless* A Fashion Show will feature Nashville’s most prestigious designers such as Dylan Stephens, Nicole Cooley, Kimberly Ocana, Ryan Ripley, Brandon Carruth + MORE!
There will also be an amazing musical performance by SNOWE!
SNOWE has opened for Sean Kingston & The New Boyz. She is currently touring with DJ Dr. Shock who has spun for Beyonce, Jay-Z, Drake, Akon and others! SNOWE is well known for her upbeat personality and stage prescence!
Dress Code: Formal-This is a black tie event
DOORS OPEN AT 6:30pm
SHOW STARTS AT 7:00pm
TICKETS: $20
*Simply Flawless* A Fashion Show IS AN EVENT THAT CAN NOT BE MISSED! JOIN US FOR A NIGHT OF FLAWLESS FASHION AND A BIT OF MUSIC!

VISIT http://simplyflawlessfashionshow.yolasite.comFOR MORE INFORMATION

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Wine Wednesday at Wear It Out Manuel is a Hit!

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In conjunction with Nashville Fashion Week, Manuel (Manny) Cuevas, Jr. hosted an in-store wine social event on Wednesday, March 31, 2011.  The event was held at Manny’s studio/workspace located at 1001 Dickerson Pike from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Manny Cuevas

When I arrived, the place was buzzing with makeup artists as well as hair and wardrobe stylists putting the final touches on the models.  

KK Working Her Magic

The makeup artist for the event was Drea Kaboom and the hairstylist was KK of Art Works www.worksofartsalonandspa.com.  Models and wardrobe stylists (Team Style) were provided by Doll House Agency.  Stylists included: Tarryn Grant, Bridget Talley, Marquis G., Liberty Monroe, and Phillip Johnson Agency.

Manny was hard at work sewing another creation for Nashville’s Paul McDonald, one of the finalists on American Idol. 

Paul is the singer and front-man for the band The Grand Magnolias www.thegrandmagnolias.com.  He made a huge splash on the show early on when he wore a fabulous white rhinestone embroidered suit designed by Manny.  The suit was so hot, Manny was asked to do a second one.  This time in black!

At 4:00, people started trickling in and were warmly greeted by their gracious host. Manny, true to form, did a great job making everyone feel welcome. Complimentary wine and champagne were served, which was a very nice touch! 

 

“Manuel”Cuevas in Blue Jacket

The models were strategically placed throughout the studio wearing different ensembles from Manny’s Wear It Out collection. Each model was wearing a different “look” styled by one of the six stylists mentioned above.   Team Style did a great job putting the outfits together and all the models looked stunning!

Before I knew it, Manny’s studio was full of people!

Among those in attendance were Craig Wayne Boyd, musician, Michael Hap Hapner, artist, Morelia Cuevas, Manny’s sister, and the legendary designer (Manny’s father), “Manuel” Cuevas.  Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves while checking out all Manny’s fabulous creations. 

Designer "Manuel" Cuevas and Angela Wynne

After about an hour of fun and conversation, Manny treated the crowd to an impromptu desgin workshop.  He explained the process of perforating the pattern and transferring the design onto the fabric.  It was so exciting to see such a talented designer at work!  You can see the passion Manny has for his work and I think everyone there was intrigued and impressed.

After the demonstration, everyone continued to mingle and shop.  A good time was had by all.  Wine Wednesday was definitely a smash hit! Manny was a fabulous host and Doll House Agency and Team Style did a fabulous job organizing and orchestrating the event! Phillip, you and your crew totally rocked it!

Erika Isimbi Styled by Phillip Johnson

I am so happy to have been a part of this event and I think everyone that attended would agree that Manny is a Super-Star and he’s on the rise! Not only that, he is a wonderful person. Now, I’d say that’s a combination for success!

Congratulations on a super event Manny! Best of luck with everything that is coming your way! 

Wear It Out Manuel…The Legend Continues!
www.wearitoutmanuel.com

Angela Wynne

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Katy K’s Ranch Dressing–The Saucy Details

Katy K’s Ranch Dressing, located at 2407 12th Ave. S. in Nashville is one of the best places to get cool rockabilly and western wear.  Most Nashvillians have heard of Katy K’s Ranch Dressing and probably shopped there a time or two or at least meant to.  But, how many people actually know Katy Kattleman, the owner, and her history in the fashion business?  I bet few people know that she partied with Andy Warhol (there were tequila fountains, people!) and that her designs were featured in magazines such as Vanity Fair and WWD (Women’s Wear Daily)!


Well, I admit that I didn’t know any of that.  After doing a little research and learning that Katy moved here from New York and was actually designing western wear there before moving to Nashville, I knew I had to meet her for myself and get the scoop.

Well, I did finally meet Katy K.  Prior to our face to face meeting, I asked her a few questions via email.  I figured that might be a good way to start the conversation.  Turns out, I was right!  Check out some of the questions and answers below for yourself!  Wow!  I had no idea!

My Fashion Maven (MFM):  How long have you been in Nashville?  What brought you here?

Katy K:  I have been in Nashville since 1994.  I always had a fascination with classic Country Music which included the visual style.  I was impressed at a young age with Nudie suits before I even knew what they were.  There was a lady on TV who hosted a cartoon show when I was growing up in Philadelphia named Sally Starr.  She used to wear a turquoise Nudie suit with rhinestones and leather fringe.  This to me was the coolest thing I had ever seen.  That image was burned into my brain.  Also much later, when I lived in Canada, I saw the Porter Wagoner show with Dolly and that awakened this childhood memory.  Later on in NYC I found a Kitty Wells album with her in a gingham dress puffed out by crinolines.  This became a focal point for my “look” of the 1980′s.  I had Nashville video stylists coming to me in New York when I had a space in Screaming Mimi’s looking for Western type clothes for their artists.  I perceived that there
 must be a shortage of this type of clothing in Nashville.  I was burned out in New York by this time and followed one of my best friends, Kristi Rose who moved down here.  I thought I’d give it a try and have been here every since.

MFM:  What is your favorite item that you have designed? For whom?

Katy K: I made some bustiers for Cyndi Lauper that I quite liked, also a Marilyn type dress for Russ Meyer superstar, Kitten Natividad.  Another source of pride was a retro baby doll set I designed for The Frederick’s of Hollywood catalogue which was influenced by an old Jayne Mansfield calendar shot.

MFM:  What is your connection to burlesque?

Katy K:  Again, when I was very young I saw ads in Phila newspapers for the Troc Burlesque theater.  They had pictures of gorgeous women like Blaze Starr.  I wanted to look like them too.  Later on in my New York club days we put on burlesque type reviews in clubs like the Limelight, Club 57 etc.  One of my dear friends, John Sex was at the center of a lot of this.  I got to see Blaze Starr and a few other great classic Burlesque stars at the end of their performing careers.  By this time, the Burlesque theaters were gone and we had to go to depressing “sex” clubs to see them perform.  I got to meet some of these ladies and make clothes for them.  I also hung out in a lot of drag bars in the late 70′s and early 80′s which was one of the only places I could find the glamor I craved.

MFM:  How would you describe the Nashville fashion scene?  How do you think it differs from NY?

Katy K:  The Nashville fashion scene right now seems influenced by outside sources.  It differs from NY in so many ways.  New York has a street fashion which is so much more evident since you have to walk, take subway or bus to get anywhere.  Here in Nashville, you are in your car so that interaction is not possible.  That being said, there are definite personalities in Nashville who have cultivated great original style.

MFM:   What is the craziest thing you have seen while working in the fashion industry?

Katy K:  One of my first fashion jobs was working for a large design firm where my duties included using company credit card to shop at Bloomingdale’s for specific items.  I was then taught to do “rub offs” which is copying patterns without taking garment apart.  After I got the tissue paper pattern made, I would return item to store.  This of course was blatant stealing.  I didn’t last too long at this job but at least I learned how to make patterns from existing garments which came in handy when I wanted to copy a vintage dress to fit me.

MFM:  Whose style do you admire (current or past fashion icon, designer, or regular person)? 

 Katy K:  I like a lot of the 1950′s sex bombs like early Jayne Mansfield, Barbara Nichols, Abbe Lane, Tempest Storm.  I also like a lot of movie costume designers like Jean Louis, Adrian even Cecil Beaton.  There are certain movies such as “Girl Can’t Help It”, “West Side Story” “Sweet Smell of Success” “Some Like it Hot” that did it for me as well.

Take a look at some of the photos of Katy’s designs from the 80′s.

Katy K wearing one of her designs.

One can’t help notice the resemblance to Dolly Parton, whose style Katy admired.

80's Punk with a country flair

It’s not hard to imagine how these designs might have turned more than a few heads in New York in the 80′s before this look was the rage.

Coquettish Hillbilly

Fast forward about 25 years and Katy K has one of the coolest shops in Nashville. Not only that, she is super sweet and very friendly.  When I met her on Saturday, March 26th she was very gracious with her time.  She showed me her portfolio of magazine and newspaper clippings from the 80′s which was quite impressive!  Shirley MacLaine and Paulina Porizkova were among some of the notables who were photographed wearing her designs.  Not too shabby!

Katy K Kattelman (right) with one of her employees

After chatting with me for a bit, Katy gave me a tour of her store.  The place was buzzing with customers on a cold and rainy day in Nashville.  I was thankful to be inside to take refuge from the nasty weather and what a great place to spend a Saturday!   Katy’s got an excellent collection of new and vintage western and rockabilly clothing for men, women, children and babies.  And, the prices are very reasonable.  Closet Case Vintage has a room up front that you should definitely check out if you love vintage like I do.  Very well chosen pieces and great prices.   Carmen Jaudon has great taste!  I saw more than a few pieces that I want to go back and snatch up before someone else does! 

Check out my photo tour of Katy K’s Ranch Dressing below.

T-shirts in the front of the store

When you enter the store, you see Katy’s kitschy area which houses t-shirts, coasters, stickers and other items perfect for out-of-towners wanting to take a piece of Nashville home with them!

Cool Coasters

Also in the front of the store is the Closet Case Vintage room where Carmen Jaudon displays her vintage treasures.

Colorful Scarves, Clothing and Accessories inside Closet Case Vintage

Exit the front room down the hall and as you do, you will notice some pretty cool vintage Western wear hanging on the walls.

Vintage Manuel Jacket with Peacock Feather Embroidery

There were several other vintage Manuel jackets, but this one was my favorite! 
Nex up is women’s clothing.  There are some really cute rockabilly style dresses and skirts, new and vintage western shirt, and a cool selection of western boots.

Women's Snake Boots. Fierce!

 

And there’s a little corner in the back of the room dedicated to burlesque type items such as corsetts, ruffled panties and long gloves. 

Calling all Pinup Girls!

 

On the other side of the hallway, there are some super cute items for your little cowboy or cowgirl!

Mini Cowboy Boots and Crinolins!

There were some of the most adorable children’s western shirts I have ever seen!

For Your Little Rockabilly Cowboy

 

Let’s not forget the men!
Men's Hats
Great selection of vintage men’s hats, boots, western shirts, pants, and jackets.

Vintage Men's Boots

 

Although I didn’t get any photos of the back room, it’s probably Katy’s most popular.  She’s got lots of great new western shirts, jackets and boots for men.  But don’t just take my word for it.   Go see Katy and all her fabulous clothes at Katy K’s Ranch Dressing.  What are you waiting for?

Katy K Kattelman and Angela Wynne of MFM

 Thanks Katy for your time and generousity!

Angela Wynne

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Wear It Out Manuel…The Making of an Idol

On Thursday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day), I had the good fortune to be at Wear It Out Manuel! located on 1001 Dickerson Pike in Nashville.  I was there for a Model Call hosted by Doll House Modeling Agency.  They were casting models for Manny’s Wine Wednesday event that will be held at Wear It Out Manuel! on March, 30th in conjunction with Nashville Fashion Week.

My purpose for being there was simply to observe and write a little blog on the Model Call itself.  But while models meandered in and out visiting with the crew from Doll House, something amazing was happening and I was there to witness it!!  Manny was doing what he does best, creating and designing. Manny had some cool batik looking fabric that was just waiting to come to life.  While there, Manny decided to make a vest out of the fabric for  none other than Paul McDonald, American Idol semifinalist.

Luckily, I had my camera and was able to take photos of the entire process while Manny explained each step and even let me help!  First thing he did, was take the vest pattern pieces and cut the fabric out.  Next, he applied a backing fabric, then ironed it so that it would stay in place.

Ironing Ninja!

Then, Manny sewed the two pieces together.

Manny pinning the garment before sewing it.

The next step of the process was to make pockets. Cause, ya know Paul has to have someplace to keep his m$ney and guitar picks.

The "People's Picasso" Working his Magic!

 

Oh, yeah and don’t forget the lining!

It's Tricky Business!

OK, so I have to stop at this point and tell you that this was all very fascinating and exciting to watch!  Manny made it all  look so easy!  But, I know better!  Anyway, I couldn’t help note that this vest could actually be a good luck charm for Paul. After all, it was St. Patrick’s Day and Manny was definitely wearin’ the green for good luck!

Manny's Green Boots

Oh yeah and the coolest part of all was when Manny hand stitched the arrow detail on the vest pockets!

Hand Stitching the Arrow Detail

Voila, it’s almost done!

Mission Accomplished (Almost)

Now, the only thing left to do is wait and see if Paul wears this on Idol and if it brings him luck!  A note to Paul’s stylists on the show:  Let him wear the vest!! :) Can’t wait to see what happens…..
Wear It Out Manuel!
The Legend Continues…
P.S. Come Meet Manny and see all his fabulous work at Wine Wednesday, on March 30th, 2011.  Event will be from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Wear It Out Manuel! 1001 Dickerson Pike.
See ya there!
Angela Wynne

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Tory Burch Fashion Event at Saks Fifth Avenue

 

 

Tory Burch Spring 2011 collection at Saks Fifth Avenue (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) was a great fashion event!  Waiting for Tory Burch to arrive, the vibrant music playing (“Love Cats” by The Cure) was certainly prepping the crowd for what was in store.  This years colors were bright orange, otherwise known as “poppy red”, navy blue, and other monochromatic tones.  The sleek models lightly walked to their designated spots and the audience began to focus on the great spring designs.

Tory is a Rock Star in the fashion world.  People can’t seem to get close enough to her!

 Blue and white were the dominant colors for the next set of ensembles.  I love the Leather Bradshaw Sandals in Venetian Navy the model is wearing with white , skinny pants!

Reva ballet flats are a continuously popular item of Tory’s.  They come in so many colors and are a true classic.  They are also named after Tory Burch’s mother.  Who wouldn’t want to buy a pair solely based upon the sweetness of that?

Reva Shoes

I love the fact that Tory’s collection can be worn to work or out on the town.  She always makes classic designs that are versatile and easy to mix and match.

The best part of the show was when we were able to meet her.  She was so gracious, even with my daughter Ella having a bit of a bad day.

I think Ella really wanted the "Ella" tote by Tory Burch.

What a great day for fun and fashion!  Please take a look at her website at www.toryburch.com.  You will love her fun, classic looks!

Andrea Sobocinski

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March Fashion Happenings

Palm Beach, FL  

Lilly Pulitzer

Fabulous Fakes: The Jewelry of Kenneth Jay Lane
Friday, March 4, 2011  10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
at Norton Museum Of Art, West Palm Beach, FL  
Live Your Dream Luncheon & Fashion Show
Saturday, Mar 5, 2011  11:30 a.m.
at Atlantis Country Club, Lake Worth, FL
Luncheon and Fashion Show presented by Soroptimist International of the Palm Beaches at the Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Blvd., Atlantis, FL. Proceeds to benefit the Women’s Opportunity (women seeking to improve life through education), Violet Richardson (girls 14-17 accomplishing extraordinary community work), and Ruby Award(women who improve the lives of women and girls).
Lovely Strands Hair, Beauty and Fashion Expo
Saturday, March 5, 2011 10:00 a.m.
Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach
Introducing the Lovely Strands Expo 2011, the first hair, beauty and fashion expo catering to the retail client of all backgrounds.
A Pair to Remember To Benefit Easter Seals Florida
Friday, Mar 11 11:00a to 2:00p
at The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens, FL                                                            Gather your sole-sisters and join us for a ladies luncheon and shoe auction. Guests will delight in designer offerings during The Gardens Mall fashion show, pamper themselves at mini spa and lip bars and indulge themselves during our silent auction. The highlight of the event is an amazing live auction featuring the hottest heels for spring.
Price: $125
Phone: (561) 471-1688
 
Teen Spring Bling
Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011 2:30 p .m. to 3:30 p.m.
West Palm Beach Public Library, West Palm Beach, FL                                              Bling up your school notebooks or create a bling fashion wristband! All supplies will be provided. Located in the Teen Area
The Little Lighthouse Foundation’s 2nd Annual Hearts \Stars Gala
Saturday, Mar 19, 2011 7:00 p.m.
 Casa Malinka, Miami Beach, FL.                                                                                             Our first event last march brought over 900 of southern Florida’s most affluent and trendy professionals, to a private, waterfront residence in Miami Beach. We greeted guests with a signature cocktail from Grey Goose, held their attention with teaser videos on the plasmas, and entertained them with a fashion show, Live Auction and a forty minute LIVE musical performance from PRAS, former member of the Fugees.
Price: $100
Phone: (917) 359-4804

 Lululemon-March complimentary In Store Yoga and Beach Bash Boot Camp

Each Sunday from 10:30-11:30,Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

www.lululemon.com

Meet Designer Tory Burch

Join her as she rolls out her Spring 2011 collection at Saks Fifth Avenue.

March 9th from 1-2 p.m.

For more information call 561-694-9009

www.toryburch.com


Nashville, TN

Manuel Cuevas--Legendary Designer

20% of Manuel! 1922 Broadway
Starting Date & Time Friday, March the 4th, 2011 @ 10:00AM
Ending Date & Time Friday, March the 11th, 2011 @ 05:00PM
In honor of our new website, we’re offering 20% off all inventory over $100 and custom orders purchased Friday, March 4th-Friday, March 11th! Mention the website, and we’ll honor the sale! http://www.manuelcouture.com

 

03/04/11- Model Behavior “Shimmer and Shine” Fashion Show  Where: W. O. Smith Music School 1125 8th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37203 When: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.                                                                                          Cost: $40 General Admission, $100 VIP http://www.nfocusmagazine.com/model-behavior

03/04/11- Hillbilly Casino  www.thehillbillycasino.com at Laylas Bluegrass Inn http://www.laylasbluegrassinn.com 418 Broadway.  11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. FREE! Come see the coolest, most stylish rockabilly band in Nashville!

 

02/17-03/31/11- Naked Without Us Designer Call                                CALLING ALL DESIGNERS…We are looking for our next round of designers for this years’ Naked Without US!!! Please send in a link/pictures of your designs and contact info to Nakedwithoutus@gmail.com!!!

 

03/16/11- Showcase at Manuel’s–Ladies Night                                           LADIES’ NIGHT! Stop by all day for retail therapy and live tunes! Showroom-wide sales from 10AM on and two live performances by Angela Scalan and Amanda McCoy from 5PM-7PM. www.manuelcouture.com

03/29-04/02/11- Lexus Nashville Fashion Week!!www.nashvillefashionweek.com 

03/01-03/31- Go see Manny at Wear It Out Manuel! @ 1001 Dikerson Pike M-F 9:00 to 6:00.  www.wearitoutmanuel.com

Manuel (Manny) Cuevas Jr.

He designed the suit Paul McDonald wore on American Idol!  www.thepaulmcdonald.com

Paul McDonald in "The" Suit with Manny Cuevas

Have a great March! Go out and support your local artists, designers, and boutiques!

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Wear It Out Manuel…Do you know Manny?

If you live in Nashville, chances are you know the name Manuel. He is an icon and a legend in Music City and rightfully so. He’s designed clothes for Elvis, Johnny Cash, Salvador Dali, and all three Hank Williams’. But, what you may not know is that there is another Manuel in town. He is none other than Manuel Cuevas’s son, Manny. If you don’t know Manny, it’s high time to change that. Manny is an amazing designer in his own right and has been sewing and learning alongside his father since he was six years old!  Manny has his own clothing label “Wear It Out Manuel” and his own showroom in East Nashville!  He could have his store anywhere in Nashville, but he chose the up-and-coming Cleveland Park area of East Nashville.  As an East Side resident, I appreciate him being a pioneer and setting the precedent for others to follow.


I recently had the opportunity to visit Manny at his workspace/showroom located at 1001 Dickerson Road.  I was able to chat with him at length about his background, childhood growing up among celebrities such as Salvador Dali and Johnny Cash, his vision for his clothing line and future, as well as his commitment to customer service.  I left Manny’s feeling excited about his future endeavors.  Here’s a little rundown of my visit with Manny.

I initially contacted Manny because my curiousity was piqued when he posted a photo on facebook of a very sexy bustier he had made.  I wanted to see it in person and also see his store and get to know more about him. 

Manny's Sexy Bustier

When I arrived, Manny greeted me with a warm smile. He made me feel welcome right away and remembered that I had asked about the black bustier.  He immediately began wheeling racks of women’s clothing out to the open floor space for me to see.

Racks of Manny's Creations

 I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the garments I saw! It definitely was a bit of visual sensory overload but in a good way. I fell in love with every single garment I saw without exception! Manny’s clothes are beautifully made with attention paid to every detail.  From the cut of the garments and the feel of the fabric to the unexpected details, it’s clear that there is lots of thought put into all aspects of the design and execution.

Black Leather Jacket with Sterling Silver Accents

This black leather jacket is an excellent example of Manny’s attention to detail.  The leather is super soft and the  accents are sterling silver.  Gorgeous pink lining!  This jacket would look great on a 20 something punk rock chick as well as a 60 something sophisticated, hip grandma! Manny’s pieces are at once timeless and modern.

While I was browsing through the items, Manny proceeded to tell me stories about the history behind his label and the garments themselves. The name “Wear It Out Manuel” was a natural progression. Manny began signing his garments for his customers “Wear It Out”.  This is because Manny wants his pieces to be worn over and over and cherished for a lifetime.  These pieces are investments and if you think about them that way, you definitely get your money’s worth and then some! 

Each piece has a story behind its conception and creation.  It’s interesting stuff and when you hear Manny talk about the processes for making each item, you realize how much care and workmanship goes into each piece.

Black Embroidered Jacket

I could see this black embroidered jacket on Lucinda Williams.  Just look at the detail!

Amazing Detail!

Manny also has a few pieces that he designed before he started the “Wear It Out Manuel” label.  There were two jackets in particular that caught my eye.  There was a blue one and a pink one both suede with faux fur collars.

Back Detail on Blue Suede Jacket

 This jacket is so hip and modern! I want both of them, but OH, the PINK ONE!!

Pink Suede Jacket with Faux Fur

I didn’t know that it was possible to fall head over heels in love with a piece of clothing!  When I tried this jacket on, it happened.  It felt so amazing!  Manny wants his customers to feel like each piece was made for them even if it’s not a commissioned piece.  I have to wonder if Paul McDonald experienced something similar when he put on the custom made embroidered suit Manny made him for his appearance on American Idol?

Paul McDonald Wearing Custom Suit by Manny

Judging from the looks of things, I’d say the answer is likely “yes”. If you watch American Idol then you probably saw Nashville singer Paul McDonald (singer for The Grand Magnolias http://thegrandmagnolias.com) rockin’ an old school, flower embroidered suit. Well, that was custom made by Manny of  Wear It Out Manuel.  What you may not know, is that the suit Paul wore is not the one Manny originally made for him.  That one was stolen when it was en route to Manny’s showroom!  Yep, Manny had to produce another suit in 24 hours complete with fabric being overnight-ed from Europe! Now, that is truly impressive!

Paul McDonald in "The" Suit with Manny Cuevas

 Manny is an artist in every sense of the word.  If his father is “The Rhinestone Rembrandt”, then Manny is “The People’s Picasso”.   He thinks about not only his vision and how the garments will look and feel but also how they will fit and become an extension of whoever wears them out.  Manny has a vision though and he is looking toward the future.  I got a sneak peek at his new collection and I was blown away!  Manny is clearly an ever-evolving artist.  He does the classic embroidery and rhinestones and does it superbly, but Manny’s designs extend far beyond that. I saw pieces that were very modern and had no hint of country western.  They did have Manny’s signature originality, wear-ability, quality, and attention to detail. 

If you are a musician and you want a one of a kind piece, you should definitely visit Manny.  He will gladly collaborate with you to create a unique, one of a kind piece just for you.  Are you a fashionista who wants something different? Go see Manny!  Live in another state but want Manny to design something for you?  No problem!  He actually has people send him garments that they wear and he designs something for them based on that item’s measurements.  He’s that good!  Manny also told me that he will add rhinestones and bling to people’s existing pieces. Of course, the charge depends on the amount of work and cost of the materials, but still I’d say that’s pretty cool of him!

Women's Mules

 Do yourself a favor, get to know Manny!  Go by and see him at 1001 Dickerson Pike, Nashville, TN, 37207 and check out his website at www.wearitoutmanuel.com. You can thank me later!

Manny's Command Central

This is where things happen!  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Manny!  Be sure to tune in to Channgel 49 this Saturday, 03/05/11 at 11:00 to see Sheyla Paz Hicks  (Spanish TV Nashville) working the red carpet wearing a dress by Manny of Wear It Out Manuel!

Manuel (Manny) Cuevas and His Magic Scissors

 Thanks Manny for your time and thanks for making a positive contribution to the fashion community in Nashville!

Wear It Out Manuel!

The Legend Continues…..

 

 

By: Angela Wynne

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Fashion Designers at Artigras!

Fashion isn’t just fun an a way to look good, it is an art.  Who doesn’t like a classic Channel dress or a David Yurman bracelet?  Fashion is not limited to these well known brands.  I attended Artigras in Jupiter, Florida last weekend.  It’s a venue for local artists to display their work.  For those of you who may have forgotten, fashion is an art!  I don’t mean art like Salvador Dali or Michelangelo, it takes someone with an artistic eye to design clothes and jewelry.


I spotted some interesting jewelry by Judi Wood.  Her jewelry is handmade.  I was drawn to what looked like a piece of coral only to find the closer I got that they were very tiny beads intricately assembled.  Judi was kind enough to allow me to take a picture, as unfortunately many people use other artists original ideas to replicate.  Well, she certainly should be flattered because this necklace was amazing and the picture doesn’t do it justice.  You can find Judi’s work on her website at www.judiwood.com.

Necklace by Judi Wood

As I continued down the row of tents I arrived at “Handmade Chenille”.  Ok, don’t we all love the feel of chenille?  It is so soft, so why not be embraced by this material by wearing it?  Ira and Sue Lances out of Boca Raton, Florida offer stylish jackets and scarves.  One can tell the time it must take to make them.  Many different colors are used in each piece which makes for a very different look.   I was only able to capture one of the jackets, but there are many options to check out at www.handmadechenille.com.

Handmade Chenille by Ira and Sue Lances

I couldn’t leave without taking a picture of this Lilly Pulitzer Jeep.  It looked like it drove right out of Barbie’s driveway.  Isn’t “Lilly” one of those brand names in fashion?  I guess it slipped in simply because she is a local too.  I must admit, it was pretty cute! 

Lilly Pulitzer Jeep

Find out where your fashion artists are and support them!  You will certainly have a one of a kind item in your wardrobe.  If you have an original piece and need help putting it together as an ensemble, go to www.myfashionmaven.com and let us help you!  We are glad to make you look your best and original!

Andrea Hart Sobocinski

www.myfashionmaven.com

…Let us dress you up!

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