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Nashville's Best Dressed

Our top 10 fashion-forward style icons in Nashville.

Written By:  Nashville Lifestyles

Photographers:  Taylor Smith

Sarah Davidson

Singer-Songwriter, SarahDavidson.com

Favorite fashion related item/event you have seen/been to locally recently? The Naeem Khan trunk show at Nordstrom. The fashion house brought their entire fall collection and I was left speechless by the stunning beauty of each piece and also the immense amount of time and detail put into each one of the garments. Naeem’s son Zaheen, was in-store representing the label and was such a pleasure.

What was the best “find” you’ve ever uncovered in Nashville and where? I’m obsessed with “Jewels by Jesse,” a new jewelry line from talented singer, songwriter, and designer Jesse Lee. Each of her one-of-a-kind pieces is made from reworked vintage finds and each piece tells a story of juxtaposed southern romance.

Fashion pet peeve? When people fear taking fashion risks.
Describe your style in 3 words. Feminine. Modern. Chic.
What fashion designer would you choose to create your dream outfit? Alexander McQueen

Pick One:
Solids or Prints? Prints!
Ponytail or Bun? Bun
Colored denim or Traditional denim? I’m happily wearing the colored and printed denim while it is on trend but I try to rotate a good amount of traditional denim into my daily wardrobe.

Ben Vandiver

Interior Designer, BenjaminVandiver.com

Fashion pet peeve? Flip flops. Leave them at the beach.
Describe your style in 3 words. Classic. Luxe. Funny.
What fashion designer would you choose to create your dream outfit? Thom Browne

Pick one:
Aviator or wayfarer? Wayfarer
Colored denim or Traditional denim? Classic French Selvedge - APC
Bowtie or Tie? Bowtie

Johnna Watson

President/CEO, Pinnacle Group Insurance

Favorite fashion related item/event you have seen/been to locally recently? Nashville Symphony Fashion show hands down is my most favorite event in Nashville! Everyone always looks beautiful and you are surrounded by a night of high couture fashion like no other.

What was the best “find” you’ve ever uncovered in Nashville and where? My best fashion find would be imogene + willie in Nashville. As every woman knows finding that perfect pair of jeans is next to impossible. I absolutely love the fact that they custom make jeans to fit your body type.

Fashion pet peeve? I believe that individuals should dress for the occasion and I feel all clothing should fit appropriately. My biggest pet peeve is individuals who wear clothes to tight.
Describe your style in 3 words. Fresh, fashion-forward, and fun
What fashion designer would you choose to create your dream outfit? I have to choose one? It would be a tossup between Oscar de la Renta and Valentino.

Pick one:
Aviator or wayfarer? Aviator
Maxi or Mini? Maxi
Ponytail or Bun? Ponytail

Duane Harrison

Doctor

Favorite fashion related item/event you have seen/been to locally recently? The Oxxford House trunk show at J. Michaels.

What was the best “find” you’ve ever uncovered in Nashville and where? Collapsible travel glasses by Beaumonde at Image Optical. They fold into a small croc-covered case that is approximately the size of a credit card holding money clip.

Fashion pet peeve? Men in tight clothing with shorted sleeves and “high water” pants.
Describe your style in 3 words. My own. Classical.
What fashion designer would you choose to create your dream outfit? Ralph Lauren

Pick one:
Vintage or Contemporary? Vintage
Solids or Prints? Prints
Boots or Loafers? Loafers

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Erika Page White

Actress, Adoption Advocate, wife and mother of 2, ErikaPageWhite.com

Favorite fashion related item/event you have seen/been to locally recently? Black and White dresses

What was the best “find” you’ve ever uncovered in Nashville and where? Muse in Cool Springs (reasonable prices)

Fashion pet peeve? Scarves in 90-degree heat
Describe your style in 3 words. Classic, feminine, clean
What fashion designer would you choose to create your dream outfit? Vera Wang, Max and Cleo

Pick one:
Vintage or Contemporary? Contemporary
Maxi or Mini? Maxi
Solids or Prints? Solids

Juley Le

Blogger, Upperlyne.com

Favorite fashion related item/event you have seen/been to locally recently? I always love people watching at coffee shops. There's always an interesting mix of effortless stylish people.

What was the best “find” you’ve ever uncovered in Nashville and where? Savant has a great and affordable selection of vintage Coach leather bags.

Fashion pet peeve? Wearing too many trends at one time
Describe your style in 3 words. Classic, casual, cool
What fashion designer would you choose to create your dream outfit? Prada

Pick One:
Vintage or Contemporary? Contemporary
Pastels or Neons? Pastels
Maxi or Mini? Mini

Barry Tamburin

Sales Executive

What was the best “find” you’ve ever uncovered in Nashville and where? Perhaps it was the first pair of YSL wing tips I bought when I was 18 years old—at the store where I also was employed, Cain Sloan. Although I had debated for weeks over what was a huge purchase for me at the time, I felt like I owned the store when I had those things on!

Fashion pet peeve? Ill-fitting garments.
Describe your style in 3 words. Well-tailored, classic but contemporary
What fashion designer would you choose to create your dream outfit? Giorgio Armani

Pick one:
Aviator or Wayfarer? Wayfarer
Bowtie or Tie? Both
Boots or Loafers? Loafers

Priya Mani

Stylist, PriyaManiStylist.com

Favorite fashion related item/event you have seen/been to locally recently? The 2013 Symphony Fashion Show featuring designer Monique Lhuillier. Being involved backstage as a stylist/dresser was an honor. Her amazing designs captured me backstage before hitting the runway.

What was the best “find” you’ve ever uncovered in Nashville and where? Nanette Lepore dress at T.J.Maxx

Fashion pet peeve? Shorts with high heels.
Describe your style in 3 words. Simple, classical, edgy
What fashion designer would you choose to create your dream outfit? Helmut Lang

Pick one:
Vintage or Contemporary? Vintage
Pastels or Neons? Neons
Aviator or wayfarer? Aviator

Tony Phillips

General Manager, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

Favorite fashion related item/event you have seen/been to locally recently? The grand reopening of the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in May was a very impressive display of Nashville’s fashion forward citizens.

What was the best “find” you’ve ever uncovered in Nashville and where? My favorite shoes are a pair of Zelli Numano Penny Loafers from J. Michaels.

Fashion pet peeve? Fashion is a relative term, and is very personal. However, I suppose when people try too hard it could considered a pet peeve.
Describe your style in 3 words. Intentional, personal, and comfortable
What fashion designer would you choose to create your dream outfit? Frank Muytjens of J. Crew men and a tie by Otis James.

Pick one:
Pastels or Neons? Pastels
Solids or Prints? As many prints as possible
Boots or Loafers? I own both. I’m most comfortable in cowboy boots, but it’s pretty tough to pull that off daily as a hotel manager.

Mary Seng

Fashion Blogger, HappilyGrey.com

What was the best “find” you’ve ever uncovered in Nashville and where? I was recently at the Nashville Flea Market and scored a super soft leather bag that was well worth more than I paid. It's currently a favorite over any designer bag I might have.

Fashion pet peeve? The assumption that everything has to match and coordinate.
Describe your style in 3 words. Edgy, layered, approachable
What fashion designer would you choose to create your dream outfit? Either RAG & BONE or Alexander Wang

Pick one:
Pastels or Neons? Neons
Solids or Prints? Prints
Colored denim or Traditional denim? Traditional

 

 

 

 

 



 

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